Chaos Enters The Georgia Senate Race: Show Notes, 10/4/2022
Plus, social media threats against schools are on the rise.
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We Have To Talk About Herschel Walker
It is the biggest national news story of the day, and it is a major factor in a lot of what I’ve been covering on the show - the midterm elections.
The Daily Beast dropped a story yesterday of a woman claiming Walker paid for her to get an abortion in 2009. This is not, however, the worst part for the Walker campaign. This they can deny (and have). The bigger problem are the social media posts of his son, Christian Walker.
Will this have an impact on the Georgia race? I think so, but it’s really hard to tell how much. My guess is that this keeps Republicans at home rather than swings them to Raphael Warnock’s side. Warnock has very likely hit his ceiling when it comes to support in Georgia, but if enough voters stay home, that favors the incumbent Democrat.
Increased Online Threats Against Schools
This part of the show is going to be hyper-local, for anyone listening online. But it does play into some larger cultural things we need to address.
Yesterday, Lafayette High School was locked down for six hours after an online threat was made against students, faculty, and others. While police were on campus, someone called 911 saying a student was on campus with a gun, which extended the emergency situation at the school. The person who made that call, a student, was arresting for terrorizing. A second online threat was posted last night, prompting the school district and law enforcement to increase the number of officers and administrative personnel on campus today. Another online threat was made against two schools in Cecilia and a student at Northside was arrested today for saying they were going to murder people in the school.
There is a great cultural breakdown here that needs to be addressed. But are we willing to do that?
Russian and North Korea Feel Emboldened
There is a reason Vladimir Putin is willing to entertain the frightened press coverage of possible nuclear action. It’s the same reason North Korea felt like launching a missile in Japan’s general direction.
Joe Biden is not a very strong leader. Just physically, he moves around like a frail old man. His public statements are getting more and more confusing. And when they are clear, they are often undermined by his own White House communications team. You’ll note that North Korea had no interest in launching missiles after they launched one once during the Trump years, and that Putin made no serious moves against Ukraine during the Trump years. It isn’t about tyrants banding together, as the left might suggest. It’s about American weakness on the world stage.
Headlines Of The Day
California High School’s Football Season Canceled After “Slave Auction” Video Surfaces (KPEL)
Poll Update: Republicans Gain in the Senate (New York Times)
BREAKING: Elon Musk Deal With Twitter Back on, Trading Halted (RedState)
Job openings plunged by more than 1.1 million in August (CNBC)
60% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck (CNBC)