In a shocking turn of events, Democrat Doug Jones has defeated Republican Roy Moore in deep red Alabama. Now, Jeff Session’s securely-Republican seat will be taken over by a pro-abortion, pro-sanctuary, and pro-high taxes Liberal.
Perhaps the most dmaning consequence of this failure is not the seat loss, but the negative political advertising that will come about because of the GOP’s relationship with Roy Moore. Now, every Republican hopeful in 2018 will be slammed with ads attributing Moore’s sexual misconduct to the party as a whole.
So, what went wrong? Two things.
- Not Pulling Out of the Race
Moore’s accusers were too credible to dismiss. Every red flag propped straight up into the air and the American public decided his guilt, even fellow conservatives and conservative organizations.
But, President Trump decided to go with his gut and continue to support Roy Moore. He was followed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and the GOP at large.
What the Republicans should have done in the wake of Moore’s sexual revelations is pull the Republican Party’s official endorsement of Roy Moore as a candidate. The decision could either have been made by President Trump, as leader of the party at large, or Governor Ivey as leader of the state party.
This would have forced a new election to be called if Moore had won the general election. Of course, it’s possible he would still have lost, but at least then the GOP wouldn’t be tied to Moore. The Democrats would have no way of credibly tacking on Moore’s depraved record to all Republican candidates because the party would have disowned their candidate rather than embrace him.
- Trump Endorsed Luther Strange
The President should not have listened to counsel from Jared Kushner and Mitch McConnell to endorse acting-Senator Luther Strange. Strange was a milk-toast candidate at best and a perfect lapdog for McConnell.
Sure, that means he’s a vote for the President’s agenda, but that doesn’t make him a champion for Trump. It makes him a champion for McConnell who has many glaring differences with the President and his Administration, and is altogether unpopular with Conservatives.
Trump should have endorsed Freedom Caucus member Mo Brooks, who agrees with the President on just about every issue. He would have been an excellent representative for Alabamians because he shares their values and morals.
Whereas Mo Brooks was for the Wall, Strange wasn’t too keen on the idea. So again, why Strange?
Because McConnell convinced Trump that Roy Moore couldn’t win in a general election, so he pushed for the President to campaign for his lackey. Of course, time proved McConnell to be right, but before anyone knew about his sexual misconduct, Moore was projected to win by 10 points over Jones.
McConnell convinced the President that only his moderate, lack-luster candidate could defeat Doug Jones in the general. Why? Because McConnell doesn’t want real, uncontrollable conservatives like Mo Brooks in his majority.
Going in to 2018, the President must remember that he did not win because of the movement he created. The movement preceded Trump. In fact, Alabama voters who love Trump didn’t even vote based on what their President said to do. Trump’s base can’t be manipulated or controlled by any politician, including Trump himself.