More than ever the Republican Party and the United States need a qualified formation to face the challenges of the 21th century and offer a real option for Joe Biden's party.
After Trump, it's Walker's turn
The second round of the vote to determine the identity of the elected who will sit in the Senate for Georgia produced the result announced by the polling houses. Democrat Raphael Warnock, however, was re-elected by a narrower margin than expected.
The Democrat won 51.4% of the votes cast, giving Democrats a 51-seat majority in the Senate. This additional seat will make the job of leader Chuck Schumer easier and allow President Biden to continue to exercise his nominating power without worrying about complications.
If Democrats complete a broadly satisfactory election cycle, they would be wrong to feast. Even though Georgia helped Biden win in 2020, it just re-elected a Republican governor by a comfortable 7% margin.
Now a real pivotal state, one can legitimately wonder about the outcome of the vote if Warnock had been offered a competent opponent. Once an unstoppable formidable athlete, politician Walker stumbled in his shoelaces with metronome regularity.
Donald Trump is credited with the candidacy of a man his own son condemned without appeal: “Don't beat women, hold guns to peoples [sic] heads, fund abortions then pretend your [sic] pro-life, stalk cheerleaders, leave your multiple minor children alone to chase more fame, lie, lie, lie, say stupid crap, and make a fool of your family (…).”
If you were looking for the meaning of the title (borrowed from the film by Robert Morin, 1992), it is there. Not only is the man utterly incompetent, but he exhibits the characteristics of a bastard.
Bad week for Trump
Not only the former president must assume the defeat of another of his proteges, but at the same time he continues to defend himself in court.
Yesterday was a particularly trying day in this regard. The Trump Organization has been found guilty of tax evasion, a felony. While that case is closed, there is still talk of his encounter with anti-Semites while the Attorney General investigates the Jan. 6 assault and the classified documents taken by Trump from his Florida residence.
Qualified from “loser”, from loser, by former Republican speaker Paul Ryan, Trump and his minions have become a drag on the Republican formation. More importantly, if he hangs on, he could play into the hands of a Democratic Party torn by its doctrinaire left.
The United States is rarely as strong as when the two major parties manage to offer complementary options reflecting the complexity of the country and its multiple challenges. Long live the return of sane Republicans who present solutions rather than allowing the fanatics to put on a show.