A win for sanity in Georgia and a jury verdict in New York.
ATLANTA — Democrat Raphael G. Warnock on Tuesday was projected to win reelection to represent Georgia in the Senate, defeating Republican Herschel Walker in a tight runoff and expanding his party’s slim majority in the chamber.
It was a hard-fought victory for Democrats in an increasingly purple state that was central to the party’s gains last election cycle and is expected to be a key battleground in 2024. Rural turnout for Walker, 60, a former Georgia football star, was not enough to offset a strong Atlanta-area performance by Warnock, 53, a pastor at a historic church in the city.
Warnock’s win gave Democrats their 51st Senate seat — handing them more leverage in a chamber that for two years has been evenly split, with Vice President Harris empowered to break ties and two swing-vote Democrats able to make or break their party’s plans.
The result also capped a disappointing midterm cycle for Republicans, who expected a red wave but fell short of retaking the Senate and reclaimed the House majority by a margin of just a few seats. Walker, a first-time candidate ridiculed for gaffes, accused of serious misconduct and elevated by former president Donald Trump, exemplified broader Republican concerns that their nominees — and Trump — undermined their chances. His loss spurred more calls to rethink the party’s direction and strategy.
Mr. Walker conceded, which is something most Republicans don’t do without a fight. Good for him.
And in New York:
NEW YORK — Former president Donald Trump’s namesake company was convicted Tuesday of tax crimes committed by two of its longtime executives after a Manhattan trial that gave jurors a peek at some of the inner workings of the Trump Organization’s finances.
The real estate, hospitality and golf resort operation headquartered at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue faces the possibility of a $1.6 million fine at a sentencing scheduled Jan. 13. New York Supreme Court jurors began deliberations Monday.
The company was charged with scheme to defraud, conspiracy, criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records. Trump has not been charged with wrongdoing.
He may not have been charged, but his name is all over it and he’s always said he’s in charge.
At the very least—and perhaps at the very most—for the first time since he came down the escalator in 2015, the words “Trump,” “convicted,” and “fraud” appear in the same headline. Possibly this is the icebreaker that gets people to realize the former president* is not only a wannabe dictator and a threat to the republic, but also a cheap crook who ran a cheaply crooked business in cheaply crooked ways. That should shake loose some of his Big Scary Monster cred (not that any prominent Republicans will notice). I’m no expert, but with the New York DA’s probe “jump-started” and the implacable Fani Willis still on the case in Georgia, and the January 6 committee talking about criminal referrals, and the ongoing Pool Shed Papers scandal, I’d say the stage is pretty well set. Bring in the juries—all of them.
The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they work, as does karma.