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Friday, August 05, 2022

Michael Kruse: "There is a road that runs through our humanity," Reverend Senator Raphael Warnock said again at the lectern in the gym, "that is larger than politics, bigger than partisan bickering, certainly bigger than race, bigger than geographical differences ... and my job as a legislator, and our job as citizens, is to find our way to that road that connects us to one another - so that everybody can get to where they need to go, so that every child can have access to a good, quality education, so that everybody can have affordable health care ... " Now the applause was so loud he barely could be heard.

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In 2020 and (in the run-off that extended into the first week of) 2021, Warnock won with the mantra to "remain the reverend" - a campaign that combined a faith-based social-justice heart with a careful prebutting of Republicans' race-laced attempts to cast Warnock as radical by calibrating a benign look and vibe. He wore a puffer vest. He was in ads showing him walking a dog (that wasn't his) on the sidewalks of identifiably suburban streets. He presented the even keel that's been a Warnock hallmark from the time he was a teen.

This time, though, according to more than 50 interviews with officials, insiders and operatives from both parties and campaigns, Warnock is doing all that and then some - running in a way that's every bit as disciplined but in a year that's considerably more difficult. After earning by two points the last two years of the late Republican Johnny Isakson's term, Warnock is a low-ranking member of an often stalemated, 50-50 Senate from a mostly riven, more-or-less 50-50 state. While continuing to push for voting rights even as Democrats' signature bills have been stopped and stalled " the franchise has been the most elementally important issue for Warnock forever - his legislative efforts and accomplishments have focused on lowering the cost of insulin and other prescription drugs, investing in infrastructure, agriculture and manufacturing, and prioritizing seniors, farmers, servicemembers and veterans and the lower- and middle-class Georgians he most conspicuously aims to serve. He talks about Covid relief in terms of "tax cuts." He talks about other spending bills in terms of "jobs, jobs and jobs." And he seldom so much as says the name Joe Biden - frustrating foes trying to tie him in ads to the deeply unpopular president. "He is a very gifted politician," Stephen Lawson, the head of a pro-Walker Super PAC, told me - a compliment not necessarily meant to be. "We fully understand," Lawson said, "that he's going to be very difficult to unseat."

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey told me earlier this summer when he called to talk about Warnock: "There's never been anybody like him in the United States Senate."

Good luck Senator Warnock. Georgia is lucky to have someone like you representing them in the Senate.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-05 10:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The GOP has done what they can to portray Warnock as a scary black man.

The thing is he's a nice reverend and the GOP's candidate actually is a scary black man.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-05 04:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

There's never been anybody like herschel walker either. We've never had a functionally retarded senator.

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-05 04:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Ethics and integrity are scary characteristics to some. A strong knowledge and understanding of The Bible make him a challenge to debate for the phony christians on the Right. I'll wager that old #34 will try to win the debate by invoking his loyalty to Der Dotard and Uga the bulldog. His feeble antics will collapse once the hard questions start in their debate. Reverend and Senator Warnock should agree to debate Hershel anywhere, any time. The GOP has a weak slate of dopes, dolts, MAGA shills, grifters and bootlickers lined up. So long as the Dems conduct themselves like the sensible adults in the room, it should be a walkover. Starting with Warnock...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2022-08-05 05:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Loved watching Hershel run the ball, but running his mouth is another story.

I'm kinda impressed a little with Far North Florida, er I mean GA, though. Their AG is kicking butts and taking names, for one.

And their Republican leadership did manage to refrain from the temptation of going along with Trump's Plan to "find" just enough votes to win... or his Plan B to create new alternate Ballots to the ones they had already Certified.

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Warner I don't know that much about. But if he could be even as progressive as as Ike 70 years ago, that would be significant political progress for Georgia.

He was about as progressive as Republicans ever were after TR. They sold out to the MIC long ago, as Ike famously said.

"politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The hope of the world is that wisdom can arrest conflict between brothers. I believe that war is the deadly harvest of arrogant and unreasoning minds. The hope of the world is that wisdom can arrest conflict between brothers. I believe that war is the deadly harvest of arrogant and unreasoning minds."

"But these calculations overlook the decisive element: what counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight -- it's the size of the fight in the dog."

"A famous Frenchman once said, 'War has become far too important to entrust to the generals.' Today, business, I think, should be saying: 'Politics have become far too important to entrust to the politicians'."

"Democracy is essentially a political system that recognizes the equality of humans before the law."

"I propose to use whatever authority exists in the office of the President to end segregation in the District of Columbia, including the Federal Government, and any segregation in the Armed Forces."

:I have no use for those " regardless of their political party " who hold some foolish dream of spinning the clock back to days when unorganized labor was a huddled, almost helpless mass. -Speech to the American Federation of Labor, New York City, 9/17/52

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Pessimism never won any battle."

"You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership."

"If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power."

much more; he was extremely quotable

www.inspiringquotes.us

www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-05 05:29 PM | Reply

LOL, there is nothing progressive about Southern Black evangelicals. That is roughly half my family and they are WAYYYYY more conservative than the white half. Thanksgiving dinner in my family's table would blow all your minds.

#6 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2022-08-05 08:03 PM | Reply

Excellent post, Corky. Unfortunately most people who remember ole #34 are too old to remember him. Thanks for the refresher.

#7 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2022-08-05 09:33 PM | Reply

remember ole #34
I remember Jimmy Johnson trading him for two super bowl rings.

Southern Black evangelicals
Best explained in Sowell's "black rednecks" essays. Having lost their own culture they adopted the culture of the hillbillies around them who themselves descendants of Welsh crackers. If you could play them in Civ VI you'd get +2 religion, -2 science, +3 alcoholism and a stacking nerf to era progression.
Warnock seems like a good guy and he'll make a fine politician. But African Americans need to move on from tent preachers and "sample ballots". Arrivals from the West Indies and recent African immigrants, unburdened by white Jesus and promises of paradise in the next life, are among the most successful Americans. Meanwhile, the 'black rednecks' having been pulled down to the level of white hillbillies continue to "cling to their guns and religion". The instant they release their grip they will surpass Y'all Qaeda in every metric within one generation.

#8 | Posted by BluSky at 2022-08-06 01:50 AM | Reply

Oh wow, this is too funny. When I posted #7 in response to Corky, I was referring to "ole #34" President Eisenhower, the 34th president. I just realized Herschel Walker's jersey # was 34.

#9 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2022-08-06 10:12 AM | Reply

#8 I agree with most of your post except this part
"Arrivals from the West Indies and recent African immigrants, unburdened by white Jesus and promises of paradise in the next life, are among the most successful Americans"
Yes, they are among the most successful Americans, but not because they are "unburdened by white Jesus". Black immigrants are generally MORE religious than African Americans, as Christianity is well established in the islands and Africa, alongside Islam, which also promises paradise in the afterlife.

There are many factors differentiating the rate of success for Black immigrants vs Black Americans, but that is a whole 'nother topic.

#10 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2022-08-06 11:05 AM | Reply

"There are many factors differentiating the rate of success for Black immigrants vs Black Americans, but that is a whole 'nother topic."

^
Can whoever told it please tell the story again about the time the American black called the African black "brother" on the job site, and the African responded along the lines of:

"I came here a free man. Your people came here in chains. You are not my brother."

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-06 11:09 AM | Reply

There are many factors differentiating the rate of success for Black immigrants vs Black Americans, but that is a whole 'nother topic.

I agree. In general most immigrants come here for something that they don't have in their homelands: Opportunity. They see America as the shining light in an otherwise dark existence.

Many of our domestic underclass - regardless of ancestry - has already been beaten down by American society - whether the problem has been with the individuals, their upbringings, their educations, or just their general misfortune in life. IOW these people perceive themselves as (and often are) beaten-down and dispirited. There is no wonder new immigrants look at America's lower end economy and literally drool for the opportunity to improve their lot in life, and many if not most do realize success and improvement.

And therein lies some of the difference between those born here and those who come here after enduring a different type of struggle.

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-06 11:15 AM | Reply

"There are many factors differentiating the rate of success for Black immigrants vs Black Americans, but that is a whole 'nother topic."

For example, one got to keep their name and their religion and their cultural identity and their liberty and their freedom.

The other had all that taken away.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-06 11:19 AM | Reply

"I came here a free man. Your people came here in chains. You are not my brother."

I've seen this anecdote before, and as a black man I find it quite ignorant and dismissive of historical fact and context. First and foremost, it matters greatly which nation the African man came from in accessing his comments. There are still slaves in Africa at this very moment, so the speaker quite frankly has no firm ground to stand upon.

Secondly, we're all brothers according to DNA. Every person living has genetic links to Mitochondrial Eve, so his comment was arrogant, faux-elitist, and substantively meaningless all at the same time. And perhaps most importantly not every living American of partial African descent had ancestors that were slaves.

In 1790, 60,000 free African Americans lived in the U.S.; in 1830 there were 300,000; and 500,000 by 1860.

www.loc.gov

So basically that African "brother" can kiss my black arse with that type of garbage.

#14 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-06 11:27 AM | Reply

#14 Coming here a free man is a huge success factor. I'd probably put it at #1. Not sure where'd youd put it.

Miranda7 will relegate to a footnote.

That was my point.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-06 11:31 AM | Reply

#15

Understood. However, can you quantify any discernible difference in the way that this "free" African man and his Afro-American counterpart will be treated by their non-black co-workers or American society in general?

As matters of fact, they are both "free" in the now, and that is all that matters. Ancestry doesn't impact someone's ability in the present, does it? Or am I missing another point you're trying to make?

#16 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-06 11:36 AM | Reply

"As matters of fact, they are both "free" in the now, and that is all that matters."

No it isn't. Now you sound like a Republican.

"Ancestry doesn't impact someone's ability in the present, does it?"

It does.

What happened to your ancestors impacts your present.

This has been demonstrated through trauma and epigenetic silencing, which essentially means the effects of trauma can be inherited.

And of course there's generational wealth, or in the case of slave descendants, generational poverty.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-06 11:51 AM | Reply

"And perhaps most importantly not every living American of partial African descent had ancestors that were slaves."

You mean, important to refuting the FOB guy's insult, right? Not the issue Miranda7 raised.

Because you kinda just said "As matters of fact, they are both "free" in the now, and that is all that matters."

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-06 11:58 AM | Reply

You're missing my point. You of all people have to realize that not every black individual is impacted by those factors every single second of their lives. I was talking about the moment both men were living in - at that moment, both were the same as far as American society sees them. You're making that case yourself. How can the African man escape the same factors which affect how American blacks are seen or judged by in today's society?

Can the African man escape redlining, prejudice, profiling, etc.?

In my life's experience, he can't.

#19 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-06 01:30 PM | Reply

"How can the African man escape the same factors which affect how American blacks are seen or judged by in today's society?"

By not growing up in America, those factors haven't affected him the same way.

I think I'm arguing for some sort of "by not being exposed to racism in the past, racism in the present isn't as harmful to you" type of dose effect here.

Or even a placebo effect where by not thinking you're a minority, you're less likely to suffer the symptoms associated with being a minority.

I'm not trying to say the African can escape it. But he might be less susceptible. For starters, he might have more money, and he might not be located in an area where the police are there to oppress blacks as a matter of course.

But I'm not trying to disagree with you. An example of what you're talking about is "Sheriff's deputy drops suit against Toronto Raptors president after shoving incident" Masai Ujiri. All that cop saw was a ------.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-06 02:55 PM | Reply

I hope Senator Raphael Warnock lives up to his statements and his hopes.

At present, I am jaded to the idea that there are politicians who promise the moon and can't deliver a scoop of beach sand.

#21 | Posted by BBQ at 2022-08-06 04:06 PM | Reply

At present, I am jaded to the idea that there are politicians who promise the moon and can't deliver a scoop of beach sand.

That's the point of the title - Warnock is delivering on the things he promises and is passionate about.

What Warnock's done, though, is what he can, and also what is pretty much politically necessary in a hard cycle in a purple state. He's focused most on nuts-and-bolts problems like supply chain issues and shortages of semiconductor chips and other "kitchen-table" concerns. As a member of the Agriculture Committee, the Commerce Committee, the Banking Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging, he's zeroed in on gas prices and the cost of prescription drugs and has positioned himself as a champion of the recently passed CHIPS and jobs and competition bills. At times bucking the Biden administration, he's pushed for more student debt relief and teamed with Republican congressman Buddy Carter of Georgia to prevent the closure of a military facility in Savannah, with Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama to try to help the peanut farmers of Georgia and with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to earn increased funding to try to reduce maternal mortality. He has been measurably one of the more bipartisan members of the Senate.

"He is clearly trying to play this moderate role," said Lawson, the head of a pro-Walker Super PAC. "But he's still sort of lockstep with Biden and is seen that way. I mean, I think his voting record with Biden is over 95 percent." It's 96.2.

"He's focusing on bread-and-butter issues," longtime Democratic Senate aide Jim Manley said. "Warnock is almost singularly responsible for just about every single person in this country getting a $2,000 check in their bank accounts," said Steve Phillips of Democracy in Color. "Is that not delivering on economic issues?"

"I've never seen a senator be so effective so quickly," said Adam Jentleson, a former Democratic Senate aide and the author of Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy.

"He's been surprisingly effective," Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio told me, nodding to the unusual way he was elected, resulting in a short-term window to do what is really long-term work - and the reality that Warnock's essentially been running for the Senate, first to get in, then to stay in, for two and a half years straight.

"And he's worked with Ted Cruz," Brown quipped. "I can't say I've done that."

Interstate 14 currently is only in Texas and only 25 miles long, and its completion is a long way off " but when the Cruz-Warnock amendment passed, lawmakers couldn't help but burst into applause. "Miracles happen," said Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, citing the "uncommon pairing."

#22 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-06 06:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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