MAGA GOP Candidates for 2022 Avoiding more and more debates

In another troubling sign that the foundations of democracy in this country are weakening by the month, MAGA candidates, especially those who are privileged enough to be deemed worthy of Trump’s approval, are dodging primary debates.

According to AP:

Ted Budd skipped four Republican primary debates in his candidacy for a seat in the United States Senate in North Carolina. GOP candidates for governor in Ohio, Nevada and Nebraska have also refused to engage with their opponents from the podium of the debate.

And on Tuesday, Herschel Walker is expected to skip a second debate against his Republican rivals for a crucial seat in the US Senate after missing the first. For some gaffe-prone candidates like Walker, avoiding the debate stage reduces the chance of an awkward moment.

“Gaffe prone” regarding Walker is charitable. Indeed, in some cases, with Walker and others, the classic political definition holds. A “gaffe” is when too much truth escapes. In Walker’s case, it could be that he is not equipped to serve in the United States Senate. In Budd’s case, he may be trying to squeeze Trump’s approval to the finish.

But some Republicans understand what all this means in the long run:

“If you can’t get on stage and argue with fellow Republicans, how the hell are you going to argue with Raphael Warnock in the general election?” asked Latham Saddler, a Navy veteran and former Trump administration official that he is among five Republicans defying Walker, referring to the Democratic incumbent. “Usually if you’re hiding, you’re hiding for a reason,” Saddler said in an interview.

The decision to avoid debates may also be a way to hide the fact that Trump approved candidates almost exclusively on the basis of loyalty, not ability, and that lack of ability would expose candidates’ weaknesses as well as Trump’s selfishness. when it comes to approvals.

Worryingly, there was a time when voters punished candidates who refused to argue. Now, too many see it as a badge of honor, proof that this MAGA will not play by the old rules … the old rules are some of the pillars of democracy.