An Alabama upset win for the Democrats

A big ouch!

Alabama Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones won a tight race over Republican Roy Moore. Is this the end of Moore’s career?

The question is what will Donald Trump do now. In a seat where the Republicans won by over 30 points in the last senate election only to lose by over a full percent.

Will Trump open a Twitter storm and blame everyone but himself? He should admit to the mess and take part of the blame. Same for other Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Trump tweeted “The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election.  I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!” How was it stacked? Trump still endorsed Moore. Didn’t have to.

Moore’s votes plus write-ins would of put Moore over the top – barely. Democrats controlled the major cities and the center of the state, Republicans controlled the outskirts/rural areas.

Privately, some of Trump’s advisers cast blame on his White House political director Bill Stepien, already under fire for losses last month in New Jersey and Virginia. Stepien unsuccessfully advised Trump against backing Moore — a sign, his detractors say, of his middling influence.

“This guy [Stephen Bannon] does not belong on the national stage. He looks like some disheveled drunk that wandered on to the national stage,” said Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican.

“Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment got their wish and delivered the Yellowhammer State into the hands of a liberal Democrat,” said Andy Surabian, senior adviser to the Great America Alliance, an outside political group aligned with Bannon.

Moore appeared on a conspiracy-driven radio show twice in 2011, where he told the hosts in an interview that getting rid of constitutional amendments after the Tenth Amendment would ‘eliminate many problems’ in the way the US government is structured. Those amendments include the abolition of slavery, voting rights, etc.

In a May 2011 episode, Moore told the two radio hosts, who have repeatedly rejected the official explanation for the 9/11 attacks, that he would be open to hearings looking into “what really happened” on that day.

Moore campaign spokesman Brett Doster said that Moore “is the only Senate candidate with experience serving in a combat zone.”

When Trump backed Luther Strange, who lost to Moore at the end of September, Trump was infuriated at having taken his team’s advice. Worried his support for Strange risked alienating his Republican base, Trump erased all evidence that he’d endorsed the senator at all, including on Twitter [which is probably illegal].

Moore was favored in exit polls by whites, males, voters 50 and older, and those with some college or less. 2% of Democrats would vote for Moore but 8% of Republicans and a slight majority of independents would vote for Jones. Most moderates and the vast majority of liberals would vote for Jones.

Moore had said after his loss that he will ask for a recount. With a 20,000 majority by Jones, that would be a losing battle.

“This is the worst political operation in my lifetime in a White House, Republican or Democrat,” said one Republican close to the White House. “It’s just a rudderless ship with no direction and no captain.”

Republican Senator Richard Shelby, who was the last Democrat to win a Senate seat from Alabama in 1992 before switching parties two years later, declared the charges credible, despite Moore’s denials, and the senior senator said he’d write in another Republican. No nasty tweets about him by Trump. Maybe Trump can’t afford to completely alienate a senator after losing one.

 

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