Herschel Walker Is a Scandal-Ridden Dud for Conservative Georgia Voters
His ramblings make it clear that he has neither the temperament nor character to become a senator.
By Arick Wierson
Television Producer and Documentary Filmmaker
The bold way that the GOP — the pro-life party — continues to support Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker, who allegedly urged an ex-girlfriend to have an abortion and paid for the procedure, is eyebrow-raising to say the least.
Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told NBC News that he’s “proud to stand with Herschel Walker and make sure Georgians know that he will always fight to protect them from the forces trying to destroy Georgia values and Georgia’s economy, led by Raphael Warnock.”
But surely conservative voters must have figured out by now that the GOP has dealt them a dud of a candidate. Less than a month away from Election Day, it’s likely a difficult realization.
However, it’s not the first time Walker has been involved in a deal in which he has failed to live up to expectations.
I am a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings, which means I am a glutton for punishment and everlasting disappointment. And having Walker thrust back into the national news cycle this past week has elicited something akin to PTSD in me and likely countless other Vikings fans, regardless of their political leanings.
As most NFL fans know, Walker was at the fulcrum of what is generally considered the most one-sided trade in the history of the league, or perhaps, as many sports writers have conjectured, the worst deal in all of sports history.
In case you aren’t a sports fan or are too young to remember the infamous “Walker Trade” or, as ESPN’s 30-for-30 documentary film has dubbed it, “The Great Trade Robbery,” here is what you need to know: In 1989, the Dallas Cowboys dealt Walker, the star Georgia running back, to the Vikings. Dallas, in exchange, received a bounty of Minnesota draft picks spanning several years, including several immensely valuable first-round picks — ones that ultimately set up the Cowboys for the dominance they enjoyed in the league throughout the 1990s. Meanwhile, up in Minnesota, Walker turned out to be a complete flop who wasn’t even with the team after two seasons; far more problematic, however, was the high price paid by the Vikings that set back the team’s prospects for a decade or even longer. If you are an ardent Vikings fan, the Walker trade was a raw deal that still stings to this day.
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