I generally think “hypocrisy” charges are irrelevant as well as ineffectual, but this is an obvious exception:
Herschel Walker, the football legend now running for Senate in Georgia, says he wants to completely ban abortion, likening it to murder and claiming there should be “no exception” for rape, incest, or the life of the mother.
But the Republican candidate has supported at least one exception—for himself.
A woman who asked not to be identified out of privacy concerns told The Daily Beast that, after she and Walker conceived a child while they were dating in 2009, he urged her to get an abortion. The woman said she had the procedure and that Walker reimbursed her for it.
She supported these claims with a $575 receipt from the abortion clinic, a “get well” card from Walker, and a bank deposit receipt that included an image of a signed $700 personal check from Walker.
When you think conduct is so immoral that you think people should do hard time over it, it is highly material that you engaged in it.
I will also be interested in how many pundits/reporters who thought that Cal Cunnigham’s PG-13 texts would and should be a major scandal suddenly become world-weary nothing-matters types when someone who thinks women should be thrown in jail for getting abortions paid for one. Since cynical assumptions can become self0fulfilling prophecies, the Beast’s coverage here is a model for how to present the story. I have no idea about whether this will matter but Walker’s allies are in a position to ban abortion because enough marginal voters were made to care about a goddamned email server, so perhaps we should not pre-judge the issue.
…this is like watching a seal trying to juggle chainsaws:
Note that in this hilarious whipsawing between "old news," "not news," and "made up" he concludes by saying that Walker is lying and everyone knows it pic.twitter.com/jRVfTkE0rm— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) October 4, 2022