Thursday, December 14, 2017


Political Mayhem Thursday: Jones's win/Moore's loss-- does it matter?

The big politcal news of the week-- and it IS big--is that Doug Jones, a Democrat, defeated Republican Crazyperson Roy Moore in Alabama's special election for the US Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This will reduce the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49, and seems to be a rebuke to President Trump, who actively supported Moore.

Does it matter?

It's going to be a difficult thing for the Democrats to recapture the Senate in 2018, because they are defendant many more seats, and many more vulnerable seats, than the Republicans. Overall, 24 Democratic seats are up for election in that cycle, but only eight seats now held by Republicans.  While the Republicans in Nevada and Arizona might be vulnerable to a Democratic pickup (the Arizona Senator holding that seat, Jeff Flake, is not running), while there are vulnerable Democrats in West Virginia, Montana, Florida, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, all states that went for Trump in 2016. It still seems unlikely that the Senate will flip.

But... it could be that the Jones victory (and Moore loss) is about something larger... is this a turning point? And if so, what are we turning towards?

What do you think?

It could be that we are turning back towards caring about character. That is where Trump has led us.
The shocking thing to me isn't that Roy Moore lost, it's that nearly 50% of Alabama voters STILL voted for him. In spite of the beautiful sweep here in VA, dems and reasonable republicans better not think we're turning into a kinder, gentler nation. There's still a lot of work to do.
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