Wednesday, December 13, 2017
That's the short version.
At least the country hasn't gone completely crazy. Any loss for Donald Trump is a win for America.
Close, but enough. Thank you, God, Jesus and Alabama. Roll Tide!
The long version is more complicated.
Put it this way:
Shame and pride had a wrestling match in Alabama on Tuesday.
Even in a solid Southern red state that hadn't elected a Democratic Senator in a quarter century, the idea of electing Roy S. Moore—a Republican, yes, but also credibly accused of groping several young women and girls—to the United States Senate was simply too much for voters to bear.
Even Republican voters. Even Alabama voters. Even in the debased, tawdry Era of Trump.
Or as NBA legend and Alabama native Charles Barkley succinctly put it, campaigning for the victor, Doug Jones: "At some point we got to stop looking like idiots to the nation.”
That point is now.
Okay, not now. It's not as if the state had a communal change of heart since November, 2016, when Alabamans voted for Trump almost 2-to-1 over Hillary Clinton.
They just didn't want to be embarrassed by electing an alleged child molester. It's a start.
That Moore was a bad judge, is a bad man, and would certainly be a bad senator, assuming the Senate didn't expel him immediately upon being sworn in, was not so much a factor as that electing him would look bad. Few Alabama voters seemed to care that he was dismissed from the bench, twice, for refusing to obey the law. They liked that. They're proud of that defiant attachment to faith, a Duke of Hazard flipping off of the man.
Doug Jones won....
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