I do not take this as a good sign that Herschel Walker did not concede and I am not alone. An MSNBC panel called his remarks “conciliatory” but not a concession. The Associated Press called the race in Georgia at approximately 10:20 ET. Herschel Walker went before his supporters briefly at 11:00 p.m. according to Rachel Maddow, and complimented them on running a good race, fighting a good fight all that. He did not concede the race.
Is the lack of concession a red flag? The race had been called, first by Dave Wasserman at Cook Political Report, then by NBC, then by the Associated Press. When AP calls a race, as well you know, game over.
Walker’s aides know this, too. So why did Herschel Walker not concede? Or did he concede and this is it, even though he didn’t follow protocol and admit he lost and that his opponent won?
People are challenging this as not being a concession speech — at least in the You Tube comments. And technically, they are correct. A concession speech qualifies as a concession when you admit loss, say the opponent won, and if you have any class, make an effort to bring all the voters behind the newly elected winner and say something life affirming about democracy.
I’m going to take it as a concession speech, because if Walker tries to ask for recounts or claim a stolen election, he is going to get blowback from Brian Kemp that will be mindboggling. After Trump’s making Georgia recount the vote three times in 2020, Kemp is not up for a repeat of that.
I guess that this is as close to a concession speech as it gets in the MAGAverse. Or, maybe Walker waffled on purpose and didn’t definitively concede because he’s leaving his options open. That is a possibility as well.
Time will tell.
Meanwhile, Trump is screaming in all caps on Truth Social about the endless “witch hunt” because he’s trying to process the beating he took today with the Trump Organization being convicted of fraud.
Fun times in the GOP.