It appears that the people of Alabama have rejected craziness and defeated Roy Moore. This is the first time in 25 years that a Democrat has been elected to the Senate from this solidly red state. It was a day that Roy Moore rode to the polls on his horse and his wife declared that even one of their lawyers was a Jew (you can’t make this stuff up).
Rather than repeat all of the events that the media has thrown at us, I’d like to believe that the people of Alabama are the heroes of the day that pulled us back from the brink of the crazy abyss that would have resulted if Moore had won. They probably saved the Republican party at the same time.
I don’t know if Moore was an abuser of young girls back 40 years ago as alleged. It’s just that I don’t care really about the ancient past and un-provable charges. However, I do care that in a radio interview in 2011, he asserted that every constitutional amendment after the 10th should be gotten rid of. Which would mean essentially, slavery might still exist, women couldn’t vote and a host of other unacceptable stuff (although there also would be no federal income tax!).
In September, at a campaign rally, he asked what “making America great again” meant. He responded: “I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery. They cared for one another. People were strong in the families. Our families were strong. Our country had a direction.” That slavery thing was a nuisance for some but… Now in fairness, he went on to make a good point about how we’ve overcome slavery and we’re making progress on civil rights and that shows our greatness.
But if you’re stupid enough to say the first sentence about the good old days of the South, you really shouldn’t be a United States Senator, right? And please don’t tell me about former Klansman, the late Senator Robert Byrd (D. West Virginia). Two wrongs do not make a right.
In a normal world, this alone should have disqualified Moore. However, in the middle of that special election, with one month to go, the harassment of women media show came to Alabama led by the Washington Post story about allegations made about him. And then – all hell broke loose.
The Democrats gallantly sacrificed a Senator (who had no intention of resigning) to sexual misconduct charges to seize the moral high ground from Moore, who defiantly fought on. By the time it was over, Barrack Obama and Alabama native son, former NBA star Charles Barkley himself had campaigned for Democrat Doug Jones.
As a political commentator, I can’t help but think how interesting it would have been if Moore had won. I mean the Mainstream Media was having a field day of breathless pearl-clutching and eye rolling the last hours of this race. What would the Senate have done if he’d won? How would the Republicans look in 2018? Can you imagine how much more Trump Derangement Syndrome would grow?
So much to write and so little time!
But as an American, I am relieved that the people of Alabama pulled us from the brink of crazy and injected some sanity back into our lives for at least one day. They did the right thing and may have saved the hapless Republicans after all. One Senate seat is not worth the cost of a party’s soul.
Jon Saltzman is the Publisher and Senior Editor of Political Storm.