Note #1 to Democrats: for Ray Moore’s defeat in Alabama’s special election yesterday, be thankful not merely for the larger-than-expected Democratic turnout, be thankful to tens of thousands of Republicans. And to one in particular.
I don’t know how many Republicans crossed over for the Democrat, or stayed home. But the number of Republican write-in votes exceeded the margin of victory. Thus adequate numbers of Republicans of conscious denied an ignorant, racist jackass a seat in the United States Senate. Thank goodness.
Note #2 to Democrats: any other Republican would have won in a cakewalk. Anyone, that is, without Moore’s history of predation and wildly insensitive commentary — like saying America was last “great” during the woebegone days of slavery.
Note #3 to Democrats: because of what Ray Moore so nakedly stands for, his defeat, per se, means little. Except — note #1 to Republicans — flipped-out pedophiles can be defeated.
That said, Democrats can be thankful for a gift that will keep on giving — the spiritual and financial support from so many leading Republicans for Ray Moore, a real low-life.
In fairness, many Republicans — in the U. S. Congress, in Alabama, and across the country — did denounce Moore. But voters in 2018 and 2020 will be reminded, in fairness but likely ad nauseam, about how, in the Moore campaign, most Republican leaders showed their (ugly) true colors. These clowns, many of them classic kleptocrats, plainly will do most anything to indulge their fetish for hyper-partisanship, decency be damned.
When reports of Moore’s pedophilia surfaced, House Speaker Ryan and Senate Leader McConnell joined former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in urging Moore to drop out. Other Republicans followed suit. But then McConnell said, well, it’s up to Alabama voters, which, of course, it was. Recklessly chasing this one seat will cost the Republicans more than one.
McConnell lost the courage of his convictions after the Republican National Committee, which had stopped sending Moore money, incredibly turned the spigot back on…thanks to Trump’s cajoling. And Mitch having the backbone, and political IQ, of a jellyfish.
In the end, many good Republicans in Alabama helped make the difference. As did all the Democrats who turned out, of course. But my big hero in this, if there is one, is Republican U. S. Senator Richard Shelby, from Alabama, the single most influential Republican in that ultra-red state. A week or so ago, he volunteered he couldn’t stomach Moore, that “the people of Alabama deserve better,” and so he was writing in Alabama native and former National Security Advisor Condoleza Rice.
Thank you, Senator.
Finally, a heartfelt thank-you to the RNC, the Senate Majority Leader, and the majority of Republicans in Congress. Note #2 to Republicans: you’ve done more than you know to hurt your own tribe, for at least the next two election cycles. Which begs the question: can Democrats take advantage?
To make the most of this opportunity, the equally hyper-partisan Democrats need to dial up something positive. I’m talking different messages and different messengers. Note #4 to Democrats: you can’t be a successful party — whether you prefer to call yourself the loyal opposition or leaders of, or in, The Resistance — by relying solely on the low-hanging fruit. By defaulting to cheap-shotting the obvious low-lifes who richly deserve to be called out, and taken out of the game.
Paraphrasing Senator Shelby, we all deserve better. Which — note to both parties — requires avoiding the default to the politics of gesture posing as policy, and the relentless, ugly, ad hominem attacks. It involves having the guts to try a more earnest, and plain spoken, approach to advancing forward-looking, unifying themes with sorely-needed, specific, practical new initiatives. Initiatives of benefit to our country, i.e., to squarely address urgent issues of infrastructure, environment, foreign affairs, health care, education, job growth, and social mobility.
Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?
I fear it gets worse before it gets better. Hope I’m wrong.
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