Though it must have killed them to admit it, liberal members of the mainstream media were forced to concede that Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker was “holding his own” in his much-anticipated debate against his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.
While much of the begrudgingly given praise for Walker smacked of back-handed compliments, any positive reaction from the likes of NBC News contributors, an MSNBC anchor, or writers who once called the Daily Beast home, is, according to Fox News, “surprising considering the amount of negative press coverage Walker has received for months.”
Indeed, the NFL legend has been fending off repeated attacks and hit pieces while campaigning, including, as BizPac Review reported, allegations that, despite his current pro-life stance, he once paid for a woman to abort his child.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 4, 2022
But even former Daily Beast writer Patricia Murphy had to acknowledge Walker’s strong performance in the debate.
“That was the most coherent I’ve ever seen Herschel Walker, prepared, aggressive, direct,” she tweeted. “Some of those answers won’t play well, but no catastrophes, which is saying something.”
It’s hard to know if the Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist was impressed or disappointed.
Murphy’s fellow Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter and NBC News contributor Greg Bluestein stated that Democrats were “caught off-guard” by Walker’s performance.
“I’m getting surprised texts from Democrats caught off-guard that Walker is ‘holding his own,'” he tweeted. “As we’ve reported, he’s been preparing for this debate for weeks — and he eagerly sought to lower expectations.”
I’m getting surprised texts from Democrats caught off-guard that Walker is “holding his own.” As we’ve reported, he’s been preparing for this debate for weeks — and he eagerly sought to lower expectations. #gapol #gasen
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) October 14, 2022
In his debate recap for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bluestein admitted that Republican voters “felt they had good reason to celebrate.”
“If the Friday showdown was a make-or-break moment for Walker, as some analysts predicted it would be, the Republican didn’t snap,” he wrote. “And to some of his supporters, the hourlong debate forged him into a stronger contender.”
MSNBC anchor Mehdi Hasan couldn’t bring himself to say that Walker did well, but he did claim he was “not as bad as he could have been,” and for that, he blamed the moderators of the debate and Sen. Warnock.
“Warnock should have hit back way, way harder and was far too defensive throughout; the moderators were abysmal,” he tweeted.
My quick summary of the #GasenateDebate: Walker was bad but not as bad as he could have been; Warnock should have hit back way, way harder and was far too defensive throughout; the moderators were abysmal.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) October 15, 2022
Clearly, Walker must have done something right.
Bluestein reported on Saturday that none other than former President Barack Obama is now heading to Georgia to drum up support for Warnock.
“Obama has staked out a limited schedule this campaign cycle, and the Georgia visit is one of his only announced events,” Bluestein tweeted. “Democrats hope his trip could drive up Black voter turnout and inject more energy into the campaigns in the final stretch.”
Obama has staked out a limited schedule this campaign cycle, and the Georgia visit is one of his only announced events. Democrats hope his trip could drive up Black voter turnout and inject more energy into the campaigns in the final stretch. #gapol #gasen https://t.co/IOKacMOxsJ
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) October 15, 2022
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