By Akin Ojumu

The Republican Party has the unflattering reputation of fielding unelectable candidates in national elections. Over the years, some of the most colorful and wacky candidates you can think of have been picked as the party’s flag bearers in US Senate races especially. Predictably, the candidacy of many of these weirdos quickly flame out and they often implode long before the first vote is cast.

Take for instance Tea Party Christine O’Donnell, the GOP candidate in the 2010 race for the Delaware Senate seat that the then Vice President Joe Biden had occupied for 30 years. In the run up to the election, her campaign was bedeviled with several missteps and unforced errors including an admission in a TV interview that she once was into witchcraft. “I dabbled into witchcraft – I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I'm not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do,” she said.

Ms. O’Donnell’s attempts to walk back the comments turned out to be much worse than the gaffe itself. She was defeated by his Democratic Party opponent, Chris Coons, by a comfortable margin.

In the 2012 election cycle, it was Todd Akin, the GOP US Senate Candidate from Missouri, whose comment that women’s bodies have a way of avoiding pregnancies in cases of legitimate rape. Asked in a TV interview about his views on abortion, Mr. Akin, a six-term member of Congress expressed an absolute opposition to abortion, even in instances of rape, which Mr. Akin believed is very rare. According to him, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” 

That gaffe was the nail in the electoral coffin of Todd Akin. He was easily beaten by Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, in a state that is heavily Republican. 

In the 2022 campaign cycle, Herschel Walker is the GOP circus clown vying for office. Less than 2 days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, the Georgia Republican Senate nominee was asked on Fox News about the nation's gun violence problem and what to do about it. His response is one of the most incoherent answers you’d ever hear from a candidate running for US Senate on the solution to gun violence plaguing America.

Here was what he said:

“Cain killed Abel and that’s a problem that we have. What we need to do is look into how we can stop those things. You know, you talked about doing a disinformation – what about getting a department that can look at young men that’s looking at women that's looking at their social media. What about doing that? Looking into things like that and we can stop that that way. But yet they want to just continue to talk about taking away your constitutional rights. And I think there’s more things we need to look into. This has been happening for years and the way we stop it is putting money into the mental health field, by putting money into other departments rather than departments that want to take away your rights.”

Cain killed Abel, that’s why America has an epidemic of gun violence? His solution for stopping the mass murder in America’s society is to create a department that will specifically investigate young men who look at women on social media. What on God’s earth has young men checking out women on social media got to do with America’s grim ritual of gun violence?

How dumb can this guy be, for crying out loud. This is the man Georgia Republicans want to send to the US Senate to represent them; a man incapable of stringing together the right words to form coherent thought on a subject that’s as American as apple pie and by far the pre-eminent hot button issue in American politics.

Ring ring, ring ring, ring ring. Genesis 4 is calling. Cain has filed an appeal in the court of Heaven. He wants his guilty verdict vacated, his curse reversed, and his exile rescinded.


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