You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

If you don’t know who Herschel Walker is, he is a former football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons. He is the Donald Trump-endorses Republican nominee in the 2022 United States Senate election in Georgia running against the Democratic incumbent, Raphael Warnock.

Like Trump, Walker’s campaign has been littered with false and misleading claims. He’s lied about being in the military, about his education, about being a cop, about his business ventures, about his charities, and even about how many children he has with different women. He claims he is anti-abortion, but he paid for at least one abortion for one of his girlfriends. He is totally unqualified to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate.

In the midterm elections in Georgia earlier this month, Warnock received 49.4% of the votes (1,943,737) while Walker received 48.5% of the votes (1,907,272). A third-party candidate received 2.1% of the votes (81,278). But because neither Warnock nor Walker received a majority (50%+) of the vote, a runoff election between the two is scheduled for early December. If Democrat Warnock wins, the Democrats will have a 51-49 majority in the Senate. If Walker wins the runoff, the Senate will be split 50-50.

But here’s where it really gets weird. During a stump speech yesterday, Herschel Walker said this:

“I was watching this movie called ‘Fright Night.’ It was about vampires. I don’t know if you know, vampires are cool people, are they not? But I want to tell you something that I found out. A werewolf can kill a vampire, did you know that? I didn’t know that. So, I don’t want to be a vampire anymore, I want to be a werewolf.”

How bizarre is that? Yet this man, Herschel Walker, could possibly be elected to serve in the U.S. Senate representing the state of Georgia if he beats Senator Raphael Warnock in the runoff election next month.

You just can’t make this shit up.

Who Won The Week — 11/13/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

It’s been almost a month since I last published a Who Won the Week post. Frankly, there hasn’t been much to crow about in my humble opinion. But this week there is.

Republicans were anticipating a big red wave in this year’s midterm elections, but what they got instead was barely a trickle. On Tuesday, in a repudiation of GOP election deniers and hard-core Trumpism, voters came out in droves to save democracy in America.

Democrats maintained control of the U.S. Senate when the incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto won a close race in Nevada to give the the Democrats 50 seats in the chamber, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Democrats could still gain a true majority (51-49) in the Senate, depending on the outcome of the Senate race in Georgia, which is headed to a runoff between Raphael Warnock, the Democratic incumbent, and Herschel Walker, a Donald Trump-endorsed former football star, after neither won a majority of votes on Election Day.

Democrats also fended off the GOP in most of the tossup districts Republicans had targeted in the House of Representatives. Hence, it’s not likely either party will have more than a slim majority next year, even though the Republicans will likely have more seats in the House than the Democrats. That said, there is still a very slim chance that, when all the votes are tallied, the Dems might still be in the hunt for an upset win.

So who (or what) do you think won the week?

If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

Reblog: Remember When … ???

Like every registered voter in the state of California, my wife an I recently received our mail-in ballots for the upcoming midterm elections. Many pundits have called these midterms “the single most important election in our lifetime” because these elections threaten to be a turning point in election protocol and the future of the United States.

I admit that the phrase — the most important election in our lifetime — is overused and abused. But in her post today, Jill Dennison makes a great case for why it definitely applies to next month’s midterm elections. And since she makes the case way better than I ever could, I figured I’d share who post with you.

Remember When … ?

Remember when mid-term elections were boring, almost non-events?  Remember when the media took their job seriously to inform the public rather than …

Remember When … ???

TGIF — Rocktober

Paula Light, at Light Motifs II, has this prompt she calls TGIF. This week , Paula asks, “What are your October plans and goals?”

Plans? Ha! I’m a retiree. I don’t need no friggin’ plans. Goals? Right. At my age, I’m hoping I’ll still be alive and kicking by the end of the month. Yeah, that’s my goal.

Actually, I hope that October is a better month than September. I had a whole house generator fail in the middle of a power outage during a record breaking heat wave. Then, after I got the generator fixed, our air conditioner failed — twice — during that same heat wave. And with the stock market tanking, my retirement nest egg is tanking, too.

I guess the only bright spot in September was our family vacation, but it was marred when our grandson got sick with a cough, cold, and high fever. Our son and his family had to leave a day early to get their son to the doctor. He’s okay. His temperature is back down close to normal and he’s feeling a lot better.

So, with no specific plans and a goal of October being a better month than September — a low bar, indeed — I’m hoping October will rock. Because in early November, the U.S. will be having its midterm elections, and I’m expecting that November will be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month.

And on that sad note, happy TGIF, everyone.