No Moore (About Last Night…)

Alabama Slammed Him

First some quick numbers from the  WaPo:

  • Jones won women by 16 points.
  • Jones won African Americans by 92 points.
  • Jones won independents or “something else” by 8 points.
  • Moore won white women by 29 points.
  • Moore won whites with no college degree by 55 points.
  • Moore won voters who approve of Trump by 80 points.

Jones is the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama in 20 years, the last one being Howell T. Heflin (who was an old skool conservative Democrat, and would be a Republican today). 

Note: Once again, women of color have rescued our asses. I hope someone at the DNC has spotted this.

Technically, Jones has not yet won the election: Roy Moore has yet to concede:

“You know, part of the thing — part of the problem with this campaign is we’ve been painted in an unfavorable and unfaithful light,” Moore told his supporters. “We’ve been put in a hole, if you will.”

Moore said it reminded him of a passage in Psalms 40:

I waited patiently for the Lord. He inclined to me, heard my cry, brought us out of a horrible pit out of clay and set me feet on the rock and established my goings and put a new song in our mouth. Praise to our God. Many shall see it and hear it and shall be moved by that, if you will.

“That’s what we’ve got to do,” Moore finished, “is wait on God and let this process play out.”

So while Moore is waiting for Godot Jeebus, the Republicans may be encouraging him to keep stalling for as long as possible, so that they have a 52nd senator for as long as they can to pass their Billions for Billionaires bill.

We will know if that’s true if that noted cheapskate, amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell, offers to pay for a recount if the numbers get close enough to trigger one.

So all the Villagers are telling us winner and losers today, and I won’t bore you with more of those things except to note that this marks the third time (Gillespie, Strange, and Moore: worst law firm ever) that Preznint Stupid has proven to us that he has no political capital left, and even he seems to sense it:

Shorter Stupid: “It’s not my fault!!1!”

UPDATE 1: From the Reliable Sources news letter:

Kurt Bardella, who used to rep Breitbart, has become an outspoken critic of Bannon and the site.

“Let’s not forget,” he says, “that this race was competitive in the first place because of the diligence, competence and tenacity of some enterprising reporters at the Washington Post and the Birmingham News (among others). What happened tonight illustrates how impactful and important the free press is in our political process. No matter how much noise there is about the ‘fake news’ media, the fact remains that the frontline of defense for our Republic begins and ends with the ability to pursue the truth and tell it…”

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9 Responses to No Moore (About Last Night…)

  1. Sirius Lunacy says:

    My better half, the cartoonist, said she’d love to draw Moore on his horse. So I am expecting a cartoon today of him riding off into the sunset. I suggested adding a young girl in western wear standing by a fence post yelling after him “SHAME!” but she didn’t think many people would pick up on the Shane reference.

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    • tengrain says:

      She’s right.


    • MDavis says:

      Let’s not forget, also, his horse hates him as a rider (hmm, similar to teen girls…)

      His (riding) seat resembles that of the statue behind him over on the post about his non-concession speech – he just assumes the form of ‘astride a horse’ and freezes, proceeding by jerking the reins around and leaning back…


      • MDavis says:

        Ten, help please! I didn’t mean to post all those tweets, just wanted a link to that poor horse’s account. Can you please fix?


  2. Moore won voters who approve of Trump by 80 points.

    NOW can we stop treating these people as some sort of pitiable, economically disadvantaged, misunderstood poor snowflakes we have to bow to and court and throw the rest of our party under the bus for and start treating them as the lost cause and despicable bigots that they are, and start working to to, you know, elect Democrats from the Democratic wing of the party?

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  4. w3ski4me says:

    Never forget that ‘white rethugs’ willingly and in lockstep supported an all but convicted pedophile, over a “KKK killing” Democrat. This does not bode well for the rest of our country.
    Ignorance and separation are rampant.
    Even we Democrats need to unify much, much more effectively than we are, in order to evenly defeat such attitudes.
    This race was far too close for decency versus ‘party’.


  5. If your top set of six bullets were all there was to it, Moore would have own. He lost — not comfortably, not devalidatingly — because a lot of his potential voters sat home. Much depends upon why they sat home: but this is what we can never know.
    1) Anti-Moore abstentions have no predictive value.
    2) Anti-Trump abstentions would be worth watching to see if they became a pattern.
    3) Anti-Republican abstentions would be a sign of actual progress and an opportunity.
    My own hunch is that last night was mostly 1), with a little bit of 2), but essentially no 3).


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