David French is ecstatic that Doug Jones won in Alabama:
“Let’s plainly state the reason why Roy Moore lost tonight. Alabama conservatives took a stand. By the tens of thousands they either stayed home, voted for other candidates, or — in some instances — voted for Doug Jones. To say that conservatives beat Roy Moore is not to take one thing away from Doug Jones. He ran a smart race, he mobilized Democrats, and his voters came to the polls in large numbers — large enough to win. But this is Alabama. He could have run the perfect race, and he still would have lost — if conservatives supported their party’s nominee.”
I fully agree.
Everyone in Alabama knows that is what happened last night. A drive through the Huntsville or Birmingham suburbs or the wealthier areas of the smaller towns was enough to reveal that the country club crowd wanted Doug Jones to win. They all had Doug Jones signs out in their front yard.
“Tonight, Alabama conservatives told Steve Bannon and, yes, Donald Trump that integrity matters. They told their party that some victories aren’t worth the cost. They declared that partisanship isn’t worth grotesque moral compromise. The deep South said no to Roy Moore’s bigotry. It said no to his ignorance and malice.”
I admired Roy Moore BECAUSE of his integrity. He was twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court over his religious beliefs. A conservative would have simply folded, declared that gay marriage is “the law of the land” and accused anyone who opposed it of “bigotry.” But anyway, I grant the point that the college educated, suburban voters who voted for Luther Strange – who are a minority in Alabama – look down their noses at the rural, working class voters who have given them absolute power in this state. As I said last night, they don’t believe in the “social issues” and only give them lip service.
“To give you a sense of the magnitude of the conservative rebellion tonight, consider some numbers. Donald Trump won Alabama by 28 points. Jeff Sessions had such a hammerlock on this seat that he ran unopposed in 2014 — collecting more than 97 percent of the vote. The closest Senate election in a generation was a 19 point GOP victory in 2002. In other words, what happened tonight wasn’t the result of changed hearts and minds in a tiny few swing votes. It was a mass rebellion.”
What is the result of this mass rebellion going to be? The result will be the death of the Trump agenda in Congress. In other words, the GOP is going to pass the massive corporate tax cut for wealthy donors, but when the 2018 midterms get here there isn’t going to be a border wall. More importantly, the mass rebellion proved that the GOP doesn’t care about the social issues.
Every election cycle we are told that we have to vote for the GOP because of judges, immigration, gay marriage or some other polarizing cultural issue. In reality, the GOP just wants the tax cuts, deregulation, entitlement reform and others things like that and considers the rest of the agenda to be “bigotry” and laments having to be associated with it. The lesson was sent loud and clear to White working class voters that the social issues are a ruse and party unity is a one way street.
Where do we go from here? The answers are obvious. Nominate conservatives with integrity. Retake the seat. Reject the vicious, malicious politics of men like Steve Bannon. Center the political fight around ideas and values that men and women are proud to vote for. In the meantime, Alabama conservatives have sent their message. May the GOP hear it loud and clear.
Where do we go from here?
The 2018 midterm elections are coming up in Alabama. Mark my words, the sons of bitches who sat out the election last night are going come back next year and say, “you guys, we got to have party unity. We got to stop the Democrats.” We’ve got nearly a year to discourage White working class voters from voting for the party of management and Corporate America.
The same tactic that was used against Roy Moore last night can be used much more effectively against conservative politicians in the South. Just don’t vote for them. Let them go down in defeat. Understand that the “social issues” aren’t real and are just bait to get you to vote for the donor class agenda for they can do things like take away your healthcare and cut the corporate tax rate.