Herschel Walker, GOP Senate candidate in Georgia has Democrats in a panic

Herschel Walker, candidate for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat.

You can tell because a CNN idiot has launched an ugly personal attack against Walker.

There might be a bigger idiot at CNN, but Chris Cillizza clearly is in the running with his, “A Herschel Walker candidacy is a total nightmare for Senate Republicans.”

That’s not a brain fart; he didn’t mean to say that Walker would be a nightmare for Democrats, something that anyone with half a brain would know.

But Cillizza’s half brain in the below video tries to dirty Walker with the kind of nasty personal attack that defines the worst of today’s media commentary. Part of the attack, and a reason that Cillizza thinks disqualifies Walker, is his dissociative identity disorder.

The disorder explains his sometimes violent past, including his abuse of his then-wife. But his 2009 biography, Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder, explains how he combatted that illness.

With all the emphasis today on mental illness, I’m amazed that anyone on a (kinda) major network (CNN), would launch this un-woke attack on someone who had an illness and overcame it. It’s the lowest of the low.

I’m reminded of the Thomas Eagleton affair. He had been George McGovern’s running mate in the 1972 presidential race. Word leaked out that Eagleton in the 1960s was hospitalized for depression and had undergone electroshock treatment. Eagleton later explained that he had a history of nervous exhaustion and fatigue.

Quickly the issue became, “Do you want a whacko to have his finger on the nuclear war button?” After McGovern first said he stood behind Eagleton “one-thousand percent,” the blowback against a deranged (as we were supposed to believe) candidate became so intense that Eagleton dropped out of the race.

Cillizza returns us now to those days when mental illness was considered to be an incurable disease and cause for ostracizing and institutionalization. Lock the crazy uncle away in the attic.

Never mind that Walker gives public voice to those suffering from the disorder. Or that the illness is treatable. For them, Walker’s life is a symbol of hope.

Of course Cillizza comes up with other lines of attack. Among them: Walker long has been living out of Georgia, where he first gained famed as a Heisman Trophy running back for the University of Georgia. So, should Hilary Clinton, a reverse carpet bagger from Arkansas and Illinois, not have run for the New York Senate seat?

This is a threadbare response, but suppose, say, FoxNews commentator Tucker Carlson had said the same thing about a Democratic candidate’s “past behavior.” As if he were truly concerned about putting someone in the Senate who at any moment could break into a (hint, hint) violent act. Editorial boards at the New York Times and Washington Post would swing into action and MSNBC would broadcast a special on “right-wing insensitivity.” And the rest of us would once again sigh at the hypocrisy of it all.

For those interested in the Walker candidacy, here’s his campaign commercial.

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  • The MSM are going crazy that black conservatives are stepping up and polls show blacks support them. Couldn’t get Clarence Thomas. Next, Larry Elder, now Walker. Black conservatives are automatically Uncle Toms. No accusations yet about Walker being a secret white supremacist?

  • I don't know. CNN is not the only network reporting that Herschel Walker may be bad news for the Republican party. Fox News is reporting the same concern:
    "Though he has Trump’s backing, Republicans close to longtime Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell are privately expressing concerns whether Walker is ready for the rigors of a high-profile Senate campaign. Sources tell Fox News they’re specifically concerned about the troubling reports detailing Walker’s violent history that Democrats will certainly exploit if Walker wins next year’s GOP nomination."
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/herschel-walker-georgia-senate-campaign-2022

  • In reply to jnorto:

    So here we go again with anonymous sources. The black tennis player and the black Olympic gymnast garnered so much sympathy and awareness of mental illness, so why wouldn’t Walker be entitled to the same consideration? He’s been honest about the illness and treatment over a decade ago. Who trusts Mitch McConnell to do what’s best for the party?

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    I'm just telling you what Fox News is reporting. If you don't like it, take it up with them. I will note too that there is no evidence that the "black tennis player" (actually, she is oriental) or the "black Olympic gymnast" had a history of violence.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Since when do you watch Fox? Or repeat what they report? And she is half black. And you do know that the term “Oriental” is as offensive as the N-word? The correct term is “Asian”. Don’t let the woke people catch you.

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    I started watching Fox when Dennis started watching CNN. As for woke labels, I promise to use the preferred one when you agree to be correct when you put racial labels on people.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Scratch a Norto and the racist come out. No doubt a big supporter of Gov. "Blackface" Northam.

  • Dennis, what would be your defense if Cillizza decides to sue you for defamation of character?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    He’s a public figure, so good luck. Besides, truth is a defense.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Your defense based on New York Times v. Sullivan may be weakening. Clarence Thomas has long advocated overruling the Sullivan decision, and Neil Gorsuch has recently agreed with him. Elena Kagan has remained in favor of Sullivan, but she has said she believes that the extension of Sullivan from protecting criticisms of only public officials to include nongovernmental public figures was a step too far.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/18/briefing/first-amendment-taliban-afghanistan.html

  • In reply to jnorto:

    True, Sullivan has been assaulted for a long time, and yet my name-calling still is protected. How about you and St. Thomas' name calling?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but when have I called someone an offensive name?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Or you could use the Tucker Carlson Defense. His lawyers in a defamation suit claimed “‘general tenor’ of the show should then inform a viewer that [Carlson] is not ‘stating actual facts’ about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in ‘exaggeration’ and ‘non-literal commentary.'”

    Whatever you would do, Dennis, I'd advise you to be careful about calling anybody a "half-brain". Such name-calling is beneath a journalist and just may result in you losing your shirt.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    The judge who decided the Tucker Carlson case suggested it could be called the "bloviating" defense.

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