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Inside the Beltway: Herschel Walker, the press and the Georgia election

The information media is carefully following Herschel Walker’s quest for the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia as voters in the Peach State head for the polls Tuesday. The press has waited for a lot of weeks to witness Mr. Walker’s problem to incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat.

Mr. Walker — and the particular election itself — has already been topic to interpretation by the information organizations. There’s additionally a lot hypothesis as nicely. A number of headlines of notice from the final 24 hours:

“Republican hopes fade as Warnock momentum picks up in Georgia” (Politico); “Newt Gingrich: Georgia runoff ‘up in the air,’ very real chance Herschel Walker will win” (Fox News); “Walker ‘one of the worst candidates’ in GOP history: Georgia Lt. Gov.” (Axios); “Trump holding ‘Tele-Rally’ for Herschel Walker ahead of Georgia runoff” (Bloomberg); “Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker are starkly different choice for Black voters in Georgia Senate runoff” (Philadelphia Inquirer); “Evangelical voters grapple with Herschel Walker’s controversial image” (National Public Radio); “Georgia runoff underscores GOP struggles with Black voters” (The Hill); and “My God, Herschel Walker, what have you become?” (Esquire).

PESKY PARTISAN ACRIMONY

There’s not a lot political concord on the market, a phenomenon which has been festering for years, in keeping with a hefty Pew Research Center ballot.

We’re speaking 11,377 U.S. adults right here.

“Americans largely expect the partisan acrimony that has characterized U.S. politics in recent years to continue: Just 8% say they expect relations between Republicans and Democrats in Washington to improve in the next year. About half of U.S. adults (54%) say relations will stay about the same as they are now, while 38% say relations will get worse in the next year. These views are little different from surveys conducted following the 2018 and 2014 midterm elections,” the ballot evaluation mentioned.

But it doesn’t finish there. Americans are additionally dropping confidence in the talents of their political management, in the meantime.

“Most U.S. adults say President Joe Biden (65%) and Republican leaders in Congress (61%) will be unsuccessful getting their agendas enacted in the next two years; only about a third say the president (33%) and GOP leaders (36%) will be successful. The public’s expectation of gridlock in Washington essentially mirrors their views in 2018, when about a third of Americans expected Donald Trump or Democratic leaders in Congress to make progress on their key programs,” the pollster mentioned.

The ballot was carried out Nov. 16-27 and launched Dec. 1.

ON THE WISH LIST

One social gathering is busy with its listing, and checking it twice.

“Democrats are in a mad scramble to push through unpopular legislation before the clock strikes midnight on the 117th Congress. The lame-duck session is the period between November’s congressional elections and the convening of the new 118th Congress on Jan. 3,” wrote Jarrett Stepman, a columnist for the Daily Signal, printed by the Heritage Foundation.

“With some Republican help, Democrats in the Senate passed the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and orders the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages. But that’s not all,” he mentioned in an evaluation.
“The legislation has significant implications for religious freedom. It awaits passage in the House, where Democrats still have a slim majority until the new session. Republicans will hold a similarly narrow majority in the House next year,” Mr. Stepman continued.

“Jamming through controversial legislation through Congress during a lame-duck session is a troubling practice to begin with. It’s becoming increasingly common to bring up more hotly contested legislation that didn’t have a chance of passing when vulnerable legislators had to face an election — and the voters,” he mentioned.

A BIG GET-TOGETHER

It’s by no means too early to disclose huge plans.

The 1,600-member American Association of Political Consultants has revealed its plans for “Pollies 23,” a significant get-together set to happen in a California resort in early spring.

In case you puzzled, this nonprofit group consists of political and media consultants, pollsters, marketing campaign managers, company public affairs officers, tutorial professors, fund-raisers, lobbyists, congressional staffers and distributors. And they’re able to get collectively to speak store for 3 days, amongst a variety of different issues.

“Politics is a relationship business. Pollies ‘23 is designed to bring our community together to reconnect and ready ourselves for the new challenges ahead. No other industry event offers the same caliber of speakers, attendees, dining, adventures and fun,” the group explains in its formal invitation to members.

There are 60 audio system and greater than 30 occasions.

“Not only will you enjoy a great experience, you’ll support the work of the only nonprofit Association working to advance the industry, protect your ability to do business, and safeguard political free speech,” the group famous.

Find them at TheAAPC.org

POLL DU JOUR

• 35% of New York state residents say their personal funds are “worse off” this vacation season, when in comparison with final year’s season; 48% of Republicans, 39% of independents and 28% of Democrats agree.

• 38% of ladies and 33% of males additionally agree.

• 37% of New Yorkers say they’re “about the same” this vacation season versus final; 32% of Republicans, 38% of independents and 38% of Democrats agree.

• 40% of ladies and 34% of males additionally agree.

• 25% total say they’re “better off” this season; 19% of Republicans, 21% of independents and 34% of Democrats agree.

• 20% of ladies and 31% of males additionally agree.

• 2% total are uncertain or refused to answer the question; 1% of Republicans, 2% of independents and 1% of Democrats agree.

• 2% of ladies and 2% of males additionally agree.

SOURCE: A Siena College Research Institute Poll of 803 New York state residents carried out Nov. 14-16 and launched Monday.

• Follow Jennifer Harper on Twitter @HarperBulletin.

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