Guest and reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Greg Bluestein echoed Scarborough’s analysis. “Even the Democrats were saying they were surprised Herschel Walker held on,” Bluestein said. “He got his way, he didn’t, you know, crumble on the debate stage, in a way.”
“Herschel Walker basically had to show that his campaign wasn’t about to collapse, and also give reason to some of these Republicans to support him and his allies, and the Democrats feel like, you know , he did,” Bluestein continued. . (In fairness, Bluestein wrote a comprehensive document Account of the second debate for the Journal-Constitution.)
Scarborough discussed Walker’s absence from the second debate, but that was largely to criticize Warnock’s initial performance. “He didn’t seem to really fit in until Walker wasn’t there last night,” Scarborough said.
Other coverage of the first debate was less blatant towards Walker, but often amounted to fabricating false equivalences between the two candidates or giving Walker a pass. The Washington Post the title said that the two “clash[ed]rather than “abortion, reliability”. In the copy of the article, the Post reports that “candidates accuse[ed] each other from being untrustworthy. Like other outlets, the Post wrote that “Walker’s team seemed pleased with his performance on stage.”
Politics big title on the first debate claimed that Walker had “softened[ed his] position on abortion.
In fact, Walker is anti-abortion extremist and any rhetorical backtracking — or shifting to the center, in DC parlance — should be treated with extreme skepticism.
Much of the coverage of the first debate was dominated by a moment when Walker blatantly posed as an official law enforcement agent, using a prop badge as evidence. The the wall street journal called it a “strange time”, when it was something closer to lying openly and impersonating an officer.