Herschel Walker just proved (again) how huge a risk he is to Republicans

“Since we don’t control the air, our good air has decided to float to China’s bad air. So when China gets our good air, its bad air has to move. So it moves to our good space. air. Then — now we have to clean up this backup.”

Isn’t that how things work? Not all “bad air” moves en masse. And certainly not everything moves in a direct line from China to the United States where we, uh, clean it up.

(Box: A report by IQAir, a company that monitors air quality around the world, showed earlier this year that only 222 of the 6,475 cities analyzed met the air quality standards of the EU. World Health Organization in 2021. This includes the United States, where IQAir found that “air pollution exceeded WHO guidelines by 2-3 times.”)

For Walker, who is running against Democratic Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock, this nonsensical response on climate change is consistent with a number of self-created controversies he has faced recently.

There was the report that Walker was pretending to be in law enforcement when he wasn’t. And the public acknowledgment of having three children with women he was not married to. And his gun control response to the mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas. And the problems with his business record.

All of these incidents make it clear what a massive gamble Republicans made when they lined up behind Walker’s candidacy.

The bet was this: Sure, Walker is kind of a wildcard, and as a first-time contender, he could be rough around the edges. But he was also a star football player at the University of Georgia and a legend in the state. Nor did it hurt Walker’s cause that Donald Trump was an early and strong supporter.

This bet looks worse with each passing day. Walker is struggling to adjust to the pace and scrutiny that comes with running for Senate in one of the nation’s top races this fall.

And voters realize that. A Quinnipiac University poll released in late June showed Warnock had a 54% to 44% lead over Walker, and more registered voters in Georgia viewed the Republican unfavorably than favorably.

Point: Walker has always been a major risk for Republicans to occupy a seat considered essential to their hopes of regaining a majority in the Senate. But I’m not even sure the most cynical Republicans thought he would be that bad on the campaign trail.

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