All Politics Is Local.
There really isn't much more to it than that. The people of Alabama have spoken. Not Hollywood, not Washington DC, not a bunch of outside special interest groups and not George Soros.
The people of Alabama, and that's the most important thing.
The reality is whoever won this race was going to be nothing more than a placeholder for the next two years because both candidates are terribly flawed.
Jones will be nothing more than a rubber stamp for the Democrat Party and a lame duck as a result. He has a huge target on his back already and I'd bet is the most vulnerable Democrat to have to defend a Senate seat in 2020.
Judge Roy Moore was going to face an endless barrage of calls for him to resign should he have won, and a Senate Ethics Committee (that's a laugh right there!) "investigation." That would've been a big distraction for the Republican Party and President Trump as well.
So IMO there really wasn't a good choice here, dare I say not even a good "lesser of two evils" to be honest.
The real race for this seat will be 2020. This wasn't even a bump in the road despite the victorious crowing we'll hear from the Democrat dominated liberal media today.
The Democrats have to defend 25 Senate Seats in 2018. The Republican's only 10. Prospects are good to increase Republican control in the Senate this cycle. That's where the focus should be right now. This "victory" for the Democrats will be short lived, it'll burn itself out as soon as the next big story breaks and be forgotten.
Let's all move on and focus on 2018 and not get distracted.
imo, the way to move on and crush the dems is to use the coming year to get all the swamp corruption into the public consciousness. This means indictments.
without indictments the swamp wins
“The people of Alabama have spoken.”
The Washington Post?
That analysis made me feel a bit better.
Maybe this will get conservative voters focused on the One Big Thing for 2018:
Keeping RATS out of power.
Nothing else matters. As Ann Coulter said, there are many bad Republicans, there are no good Democrats.
If I had been an Alabama voter, I would have cast a defensive vote for Moore, just as I cast a defensive vote for Rubio in our last Florida senatorial election.
If you can’t vote for someone, at least vote against someone.
Conservatives need to keep that uppermost in their heads as we head into 2018.
A few other thoughts:
1.) I have a gut feeling Trump is going to counterpunch in some way very soon. It may have nothing to do with the Alabama race per se — just anything to rile up the Left, as we saw with his wise decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
2.) From this point on, I will treat all allegations of sexual harassment with extreme skepticism, even when directed at people like Ryan Lizza and Garrison Keillor who I normally can’t stand. No man should have his life ruined on the unsupported word of a woman. Conversely, our victimhood culture clearly awards cash and prizes for the best “he groped me” stories. Absent any proof, why should I take a woman’s word over a man’s — or a man’s over a woman’s, just to be fair.
Prospects are good only if you posit that the Republicans quit trying to prove to one and all that they are compliant adjuncts of the DNC.
I appreciate your analysis - and, more importantly, your tagline.
You’re not allowing for the heard mentality.