Alabama should have listened to President Trump. Conservative voters are now being represented by bland Democrat Doug Jones instead of someone who actually represents their views.
Roy Moore’s embarrassing loss could have been prevented. In the election that gave Moore the candidacy, Trump supported Luther Strange. If voters had felt the same way, Republicans almost certainly would have won last night’s special election.
Matt Drudge agrees. He slammed Moore on Twitter, implying that he was too crazy to be elected, and admitted that Strange would have destroyed Jones.
“Luther Strange would have won in a landslide… Just too much crazy in nerve-racking times,” he posted Tuesday. “There IS a limit!”
Trump eventually threw his support behind Moore, but only because there was nothing else he could do. It would have been ludicrous to support a Democrat; the Republicans’ slender majority in the Senate is barely strong enough to support the president as it is.
“Jones’s stunning victory tightens Republicans’ margin in the Senate, giving them just a 51-49 advantage over Democrats heading into the 2018 midterm elections,” The Hill notes.
Republicans are still reeling from the defeat. A Democrat hasn’t done so well in Alabama for decades. Jones would have no shot at victory if Moore’s campaign hadn’t been derailed by a string of sexual abuse allegations.
Moore has yet to admit his loss, demanding a recount. The numbers were close enough to justify the precaution. Jones squeaked past the former judge by a tiny margin.
Republicans should be concerned about 2018. Moore’s loss reflects badly on the whole party.
(Source: The Hill)