“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!” – Trump tweet 12-13-17
By 9:45 pm last night I was done. When I went to bed Roy Moore had a narrow lead over Doug Jones. For the last hour and a half I watched Jones close the gap and then the gap would widen. The MSNBC election guru was making a case for Jones’ path to victory but all I saw was the state of Alabama awash in red and a thin blue line.
Yesterday 22,000 Alabamians didn’t vote for the Republican nominee Roy Moore. They also didn’t vote for the Democratic nominee Doug Jones. Jones beat Moore by 21,000 votes while write-in candidates received 22,000 votes. So what did this election prove to me? That 22,000 Alabama Republicans realized Roy Moore is a dinosaur, a relic from the past and if the state ever had any intention or interest in moving out of the ice age dinosaurs like Roy Moore needed to remain extinct.
As much as I would love to say it was, Jones’ victory last night was not necessarily a vote against Trump and 22,000 Alabamians stated that loud and clear. It was though a vote against Steve Bannon and his brand of nasty politics but at the end of the day that decision really doesn’t have any bearing on us. I suspect, in the not to distant future, Bannon will be just another sad footnote, like Trump, in American politics. Historians will look back on this tragic period and wonder, “What were these guys thinking?” I hope they will offer an answer as well.
Today, Trump could still sweep Alabama in a reelection bid but these kind of defeats do show the effects of a 32% approval rating. What this win demonstrates, and the chink in Trump’s 32% approval rating armor, is a path to victory for Democrats namely, getting people out to vote who are tired of Donald Trump’s brand of ugliness. Trump is his own worst enemy and he is certainly the enemy of the “modern” Republican party. At this point, the best thing he can do for those of us you are ready for his departure is to just continue to be himself. Keep tweeting, keep lying, keep playing golf, and keep running his mouth.
At the end of day I am proud of Alabama. Hell I am even proud of the 22,000 who just couldn’t make themselves vote for a Democrat. I am proud of the Republicans who stayed home. Make no mistake about it this was a big deal but let’s not lose sight of the ultimate goal, sending Trump back to Mar-a-Lago for a permanent vacation. The sooner that happens the better off this country will be.