Herschel Walker is one of the hottest political figures in America today. He jumped into the Georgia U.S. Senate race that was already one of the most-watched in the country. This seat is currently held by Democrat Raphael Warnock based on porous voting procedures that Georgia has supposedly since fixed. It’s easy to see why the nation is watching this race so closely. Republicans could regain a majority in the U.S. Senate by winning this seat next year.
Trump immediately endorsed Walker, which is no surprise since it was Trump who first vocally encouraged his longtime friend to enter the race. Walker is campaigning on the American Dream, which is a good fit for a former phenomenal football running back who has continued his remarkable athleticism. His ad declares, “I’m a kid from a small town in Georgia who lived the American Dream, and I’m ready to fight to keep that dream alive for you, too.” As Walker well knows, the American Dream separates Republicans from Democrats: Republicans believe in and promote it, while Democrats are cynical about it.
No one can doubt that Walker embodies the American Dream. Obese and bullied as a child, he embarked on a self-improvement regimen that included 1,500 pushups and 2,500 to 3,500 sit-ups every day. An old tire is an environmental blight to liberals, but to Walker it was an opportunity to increase his sprinting speed. He would fill a tire with weights to create resistance for sprinting exercises, and went from an overweight kid to an NCAA track star in the 55m and 100m dashes.
He became a sensation throughout Georgia by leading its University of Georgia Bulldogs to the national football championship in 1980, with an undefeated season. He is considered the greatest college football player ever, finishing among the top three in Heisman Trophy voting every season and winning it once.
Other Republican candidates would do well to imitate Herschel Walker’s football-and-apple-pie approach to political campaigning. Americans are fed up with professional politicians who pose for the cameras. We want champions who will fight for us on the biggest playing field of all, the American political landscape.