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Open Thread: Showdown in Alabama

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 11:00 am

Often we say “let the best man win” but it seems like an odd thing to say in a race between a pedophile and a supporter of killing any baby for any reason before it’s born.

I still believe Roy Moore will win despite a Fox News poll released yesterday showing Moore down by ten points. Then again, another poll shows Moore up by nine points. Even a veteran pollster like Nate Silver seems flummoxed by it — although he seems to be leaning towards a Jones win, based on the superiority of the polling methods showing Jones ahead. [UPDATE: As Donald Trump likes to say: WRONG! That’s what I get for skimming Silver’s post too fast this morning. He actually says the opposite: “I still think Moore is favored, although not by much.”]

The polls are trying analyze voter turnout in which some people feel like me (I would never vote for either man), while some other people are extra fired up — whether it’s by Moore’s past behavior and statements, by Jones’s position on abortion, by unthinking tribalism . . . or by dark thoughts of Bernie Bernstein and his pack of Jewish infiltrators from the #FAKENEWSAMAZONPOST.

As an amusing aside, True Populist Steve Bannon was in Alabama stomping all over his own junk as he fought the scourge of Joe Scarborough:

I don’t like Scarborough, but I still gave a solemn standing O in my head for this response:

So what’s gonna happen and what’s the fallout?

As a mere spectator, it feels like a win-win. If Moore wins, it’s (like Trump) endless entertainment where you never know what crazy damn fool thing he’ll say next. We’ll get to enjoy the spectacle of seeing the Democrats hang Moore around the neck of the GOP. There will be endless debates about whether to seat him or subject him to an ethics investigation, all amounting to nothing. Al Franken will try to worm out of his resignation, citing Moore. And we’ll probably get some pretty good votes in, amid the stupid ones:

And if Moore loses? I guess there’s a lesson in there somewhere about the ultra-alpha-male guy who never apologizes for anything, treats women like objects, and promotes bigotry against Muslims and gays.

But that’s if he loses. And let’s face it. He’s gonna win.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. Looks like Moore lost.

    Trump will probably claim (rightly) that if his pick, Luthor Strange, was the candidate, this wouldn’t have happened.

    Trump’s critics will probably claim (rightly) that if Trump hadn’t picked Jeff Sessions for AG, this wouldn’t have happened.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 12/12/2017 @ 7:33 pm

  2. I don’t know Alabama politics but from what I’ve read, there was already a split in the GOP well before this race. Plus Moore wasn’t a great candidate. Bad luck and bad personnel made a bad result.

    But the worst part for the GOP is that Sessions was re-elected in 2016, so it should have been a GOP seat until 2022. Now it will be in Democratic hands for 5 years.

    Comment by DRJ — 12/12/2017 @ 8:18 pm

  3. Trump tweeted congratulations but said the GOP will have “another shot at this seat” in a short time. How is that so? I thought Sessions’ term ends in 2022.

    Comment by DRJ — 12/12/2017 @ 8:23 pm

  4. JVW says his term ends in 2020.

    Comment by DRJ — 12/12/2017 @ 9:12 pm

  5. This is a loss born from both Bannon and Trump. Strange isn’t someone Alabama voters wanted, an establishment cornet and Trump yes man, but then McConnell and Trump destroy the true Constitutionalist Brooks and Bannon ushers in Moore. Two years from now I hope Brooks runs again.

    Comment by Sean — 12/13/2017 @ 6:28 am

  6. I bet we will see Brooks on the ballot in two years, and a lot of grassroots pressure from Alabama Republicans to make better choices.

    Comment by DRJ — 12/13/2017 @ 9:11 am

  7. Even before the sex scandal, Moore was in a far closer race than a sane candidate would have been.

    I’d have assumed that Republicans had learned a lesson from that lunatic Todd Akin in Missouri (the one famous for his rape comments and losing a very winnable race) in 2012 that nominating a demented fanatic won’t end well.

    I don’t envy the people of Alabama. I know I’d have stayed home on election day, so I can’t blame those that did.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 12/13/2017 @ 2:30 pm

  8. And the Colorado stuck a shiv in mcmillan, rove pulled fund from akin, who was a very admirable candidate, Luger did the same with Murdoch, they have developed a deep taste for cannibalism.

    Comment by narciso — 12/14/2017 @ 6:58 pm

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