Where do we go from here? It’s a question we are all asking and need to be asking as a state and as a state party. I was listening to the Ruthless Podcast last week. They had an excellent segment about Georgia and devoted about 45 minutes of their Thursday, 12/8 episode to breaking down Georgia’s runoff. I 100% agree with them that I think we need to embrace Herschel Walker as an influencer in our party. I also agree with him that he wasn’t equipped to be a United States Senator. That’s not a seat that one would generally consider a jumping-off point for the world of politics. However, I also agree with the fellas on Ruthless that we need to continue encouraging people like Herschel to run. When I say that, I mean that people who are not career politicians and who come from all walks of life need to be encouraged to run. Maybe we need to consider Herschel as a potential state party chairman. Hey, I’m not saying he’s the best option, but it is AN option. He is worth keeping engaged in the conservative movement, and we need to find a place for him.
With that said, we need to find a way forward in the process of doing a post-mortem on the midterms. I think the midterms were quite disappointing across the board for Republicans. It wasn’t a total loss, but it also wasn’t the win that we had hoped for. We spent a lot of time rehashing 2020. And yes, I think it is important to understand what occurred to prevent those things from happening in the future. But, we didn’t create a real plan for how to move forward. What good is that information if we don’t use it to make a plan?
We can blame a lot of different factors for why Herschel lost, from Trump to the GAGOP, to Herschel, to the NRSC, etc. It’s endless. The fact is, this is a problem going back to 2019. It started when Johnny Isaakson stepped down, and the factions started developing then. We have allowed ourselves to keep up this infighting for the last three years. It degraded to “if you supported so and so then you didn’t support Kemp,” and “if you didn’t support such and such, then you didn’t support Trump.” And those who took sides did so as if Trump or Kemp were their own flesh and blood. Support, for one thing, didn’t mean lack of support for another. Politics isn’t always a zero-sum game, and support for things isn’t mutually exclusive. Let’s call it what it is: it’s a pissing contest. Kemp and Trump have both done great things, and they have both done boneheaded things. And you know what? It’s time to move the hell on because the infighting between the two factions has cost us two U.S. Senate seats and ultimately the Senate. The Democrats knew that. We could point fingers all day long. I’ve certainly got some opinions, but that doesn’t help. Instead of blaming and faulting someone or something, let’s start putting things aside and make a plan to move forward as a party and win seats. There’s more than our personal feelings at stake. There are so many things we need to win in order to fight things like ESG, CRT, Ranked Choice Voting, teachers’ unions keeping schools closed, and other things that will affect not just our lives but the lives of generations to come. And, do some self-reflection and determine if you are involved in Georgia politics for your feelings or if it’s to actually make a difference.
I don’t know that I have a singular solution for what exactly we need to do to move forward other than we need a plan for doing so. I do know we need to work together and develop a unified front and plan. We need to start messaging our ideals better. I believe conservatives do have better ideas, but we need to communicate them better. So, while we spend time evaluating what occurred in 2022 and even 2020, let’s start finding our way forward and develop a winning plan.