I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m surprised. While the results were going to be much closer than they would have normally been, I still fully expected accused child molester Roy Moore to become our next United States senator.
Thankfully, that’s not the case.
For me, this race wasn’t about politics — though it’s clear to scumbags like Donald Trump that’s all this was about.
This race was a test to see what Republicans wouldn’t support from one of their own, and to see exactly how much influence Trump really has over his own party.
The answers to those two questions are:
- At least some Republicans decided supporting a child molester was a step too far.
- Not a whole lot.
Oh, and so much for Steve Bannon’s ridiculous prediction that Moore would win by at least “10 points.” What a loser.
For the second major election in a row (the first being the primary battle between Luther Strange and Roy Moore — where Strange lost), Trump’s endorsement didn’t seem to make much of a difference. That’s extremely telling considering, just over a year ago, in one of the biggest shocks in political history, he defeated Hillary Clinton to become this nation’s 45th “president.”
Though make no mistake about it, this election was as much about Moore’s sick history as it was about the good people of Alabama, including a strong showing by minority voters, rejecting a man who’s not only an accused child molester, but a racist bottom-feeder who would have spent his time in office doing nothing but trying to set this country back decades — if not centuries.
While Republicans might not realize it right now, this was a “victory” for the GOP, too. Whether any of them want to admit it or not, at least history won’t remember the Republican Party as a group of people who elected a credibly accused child molester — even if the vast majority of them, including this current “president,” did endorse one.
Either way, congratulations to the people of Alabama — especially the heavily black counties which turned out huge to exercise their right to vote, and the small amount of Trump voters who stepped up to the plate and decided to do the right thing. And congratulations to Doug Jones for running a campaign worthy of the trust of Alabama voters. Let’s hope he can make them proud in the United States Senate.
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