We’ve written before about how the woes are piling up for Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) on multiple fronts, including on how President Biden’s low approval ratings are helping drag him down big time in a potential match up with likely Republican nominee Herschel Walker, who Warnock has trailed in all but one poll taken to date, including one from a Democrat polling firm.
Not only that, but Warnock is in the middle of a child custody dispute with his ex-wife Oulèye Ndoye, who is “accusing Warnock of neglect of his children and failure to pay for childcare, leaving her ‘financially strapped,’” according to a Free Beacon report, which also noted both Warnock and Ndoye recently filed a joint motion requesting to have past and future pleadings sealed and family court hearings closed so they can’t be used as political fodder by Warnock’s opponents and/or those who support them.
Warnock may be conscious of the fact that Biden is dragging Down the Democrat Ticket, also, given how he and other vulnerable Democrats have now made a mockery out of pretending they are tax-cutters trying to help the small guy, while Americans feel the pinch at both the pump and in the grocery store. Warnock is also desperately trying to distance himself from the Joe Biden’s decision to allow Title 42 to expire near the end of May, which is a highly unpopular move not just with Republicans but also with Independent voters.
But it’s Warnock’s latest campaign move that in my opinion confirms more than anything else he’s done so far that he knows he’s in big trouble with Georgia voters. In a new video released Tuesday titled “Magician,” Warnock seems to acknowledge that he hasn’t been a very effective Senator and doesn’t really have much of anything to show for his first year-plus in office:
“I’m Raphael Warnock. I’m a dad, a senator, a pastor, but a magician I’m not. After just one year as a senator, I thought I was capable of fixing Washington. No. However, every day I focused in on the things I could do to help our state: creating jobs, improving infrastructure and expanding healthcare. I approved this message because that’s not magic. That’s doing the job for Georgia.”
“I’m Raphael Warnock. I’m a dad. Senator. A pastor. But a magician I’m not. After just one year as a senator, did I believe I could solve Washington? Of course not …” Warnock’s latest campaign ad nods to challenges facing Democrats in Georgia #gapol #gasen pic.twitter.com/ZM0EhlGNpX
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) April 20, 2022
I’m sorry, that’s just a terrible ad, basically telling voters who elected him based on the promises from both him and Joe Biden in January 2020 that electing Warnock and Jon Ossoff (who was also running at the time in Georgia) would ensure Democrats could “get things done” in Washington, D.C. because it would make the Senate 50-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris being able to give the 51st and deciding vote on legislation:
#GASEN: interesting message choice from Sen. Warnock, acknowledging that he alone couldn’t “fix Washington” because he’s “not a magician.”
A lot of defensive play. https://t.co/cpPXNlRofS
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) April 20, 2022
Saying Warnock is “playing a whole lot of defense” at this point is actually an understatement. Let’s just say that Warnock is little more than an office holder in the Senate since his appointment. Now he’s also saddled with the burden of having the President of the United States, who vigorously campaigned on his behalf, being deeply unpopular in Georgia with the economy and inflation being the top concern for voters.
To fight back, he’s actually portraying himself as a moderate, sensible Democrat (is there even such a thing?) We knew everything about him before the election that was true. I hope Georgians will be able to see past this plotting come Election Day. Warnock has shown on numerous occasions that he doesn’t have the best interest of Georgians in mind.