As the nation wakes up this morning, there is a feeling of some restored faith in out still-divided nation. Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Neanderthal Roy Moore in the Alabama US Senate special election with big turnout from the African American community. This is 2017, not 1865.
• Besides Moore, the biggest losers are Donald Trump and Steve Bannon followed closely by the Republican National Committee, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham. Trump tried to downplay the loss but it was nothing short of a full rejection of Trump’s politics of division.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
• Trump’s on a losing streak, bigly. The president backed Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor’s race and was even more involved for Moore. His dismantling of healthcare failed, his tax scam is not a done deal and he has no legislative wins to speak of. It was a bad night last night on top of some serious losses.
Every county in Alabama moved toward Democrat compared to presidential race in 2016, with some moving more than 15 points. Moore lost 12 counties that Trump won.
• Steve Bannon is a two-bit huckster who has no juice. Nice move slappin’ around both the University of Alabama and Ivanka Trump in the same speech. John McCain’s daughter has some straight talk:
Suck it, Bannon
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) December 13, 2017
• Alabama US Sen. Richard Shelby played an outsized role. The Republican senior senator went on TV and made clear he could not vote for Moore and urged other Republicans to write in someone as he did. It in essence gave other Republicans “permission” to not vote for Moore. The number of write-in votes was greater than the margin of victory for Jones.
• Don’t think Trump’s hit on Kirsten Gillibrand didn’t count. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is apparently the only person on the planet didn’t think there was sexual innuendo in Trump’s tweet against Gillibrand. Any woman on the fence in Alabama, particularly those unsure about the truthfulness of the woman accusing Moore of sexual harassment or assault, broke for Jones.
• While the Democrats cut the already razor-thin Republican majority in the Senate, it also further empowers Republicans like Jeff Flake, John McCain, Bob Corker, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and possibly Shelley Capito, Dean Heller and Cory Gardner.
• The Jewish population in Alabama is less than one percent. But the decent, tolerant and civilized percentage of the state’s population is much higher. This gem from Kayla Moore didn’t help her husband’s cause (not the eye-widening, here-comes-my-gotcha phrase):
I wrote Tuesday morning that Jones would win. It was based on a general feeling that people even in the deep red state of Alabama are good and would not vote for a sexually preying, Muslim-hating, anti-Semitic, slavery-preferring, pig-of-a man (sorry for that pigs).
Instead, they chose a KKK-prosecuting, rights-respecting, Olympic bomber-prosecuting, former US attorney who is a good and decent man.