Remember when the Republican Establishment chose not to back Roy Moore after allegations of sexual assault surfaced? Moore’s poll numbers took a major hit when this news surfaced. Once Moore’s poll numbers rebounded, the Republican Establishement and the RNC started supporting him again. As I pointed out, these two moves were nothing more than political calculations.
The Republican Establishment not only showed us that they don’t really care about the allegations against Moore (Regardless of whether they are true or not), they also lost an election in a deep-red state in the process. Many people say that this is not a meaningful victory for democrats because Doug Jones will be a one-term senator. This is pish posh. Democrats won a senate seat in a deep red state and will be able to hang on to it for at least two years while we have a Republican president. This will make blocking Trump’s agenda significantly easier for democrats. This will also give Republican senator holdouts a lot of leverage for back-room deals so that Republicans can get the votes to pass their bills. Not only have the Republicans lost the election, they also looked like idiots while doing it due to their waffling on supporting Moore.
Should Moore have won? He only should have if the people of Alabama voted for him; however, they did not. Alabamians looked at the baggage that Moore had (including disturbing allegations) and chose to roll the dice by voting for Doug Jones instead. I am hoping that Doug Jones will use his new position responsibly and will be willing to break party lines if it is the ethical thing to do.
Should Republicans be mad that Moore lost? Anger is premature in this case. Some people point to Doug Jones’s pro choice stance (which is infuriating), but thanks to Trump, conservatives have control over the courts. When it comes to issues of abortion, the court is what is going to matter the most. Doug Jones may also be hesitant to back pro choice legislation due to his constituency. Before we start raging over what happened with the senate race last night, let’s see how Doug Jones governs first.