WHOA: Hilariously Crazy Alabama Senate Takes

Special election hot takes are the best takes.

If I was a Democrat leftist, I would be ecstatic about what happened Tuesday night in Alabama. But I also wouldn’t be a lunatic. I’d be thankful that in the reddest of red states, Republicans managed to pick a candidate toxic to the electorate and too stubborn to admit it and put the good of his stated convictions ahead of his personal ambition.

But it seems that there’s a reason I’m not a Democrat leftist. They just don’t do things that way. Instead, they’d rather convince anyone who will listen that they truly believe Doug Jones is the beginning of a tidal wave of liberal vengeance about to spread across the country.

Among the best overreactions was Vice writer Sean McElwee who floored the crazy accelerator writing,

“A pro-choice, pro-immigrant, pro-healthcare and pro-Social Security politician just won an election in Alabama. There’s no reason Democrats shouldn’t be running these candidates elsewhere.”

It’s almost as the McElwee truly believes that it was Jones’ policy positions that won over voters. But that take completely ignores the shocking amount of Republican Trump voters who couldn’t, and wouldn’t support Moore in the voting booth. The only way McElwee’s advice is correct is if the Republican Party commits to fielding candidates incapable of providing a rational defense against accusations they molested girls. As much as I question the wisdom of Republicans, I don’t see that happening.

But McElwee wasn’t alone. Charles Pierce wrote in Esquire that,

“[W]hat the results from Alabama demonstrated is that, with good candidates and a solid message and tireless work, you can swamp the b**tards and all their works just by showing up.”

Umm, Roy Moore only managed to bring in 49% - less than half! – of Trump voters in 2016. But don’t let facts stand in Pierce’s way,
he’s on a roll as he calls Jones’ winning of the vote a “revolutionary act.”

Former rising Democrat “star,” Julian Castro, also took this as a harbinger of the future, sending this message to Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas:

“Be afraid, Ted Cruz. Be very afraid.”

I suppose Cruz should be frightened if he plans on publicly criticizing the abolishment of slavery, suffrage rights for women, and equal protection under the law, and if he suspects evidence will emerge that he dated underage girls while in his 30s. If not, I think Julian may be a tad bit out in front of his skis.

But none of these overzealous dudes – McElwee, Pierce, Castro – can come close to rivaling the gut-busting overreach that came from Slate:

“Maybe Doug Jones Should Run for President.”

Special election hot takes are the best takes.

Comments
BiggDoggie
BiggDoggie

We simply need to run solid conservative-leaning - conservative Republicans. Vetted Republicans. Minimal "youthful indiscretions" and nothing even close to being current. Allow the Dems to hang themselves.

im_frank
im_frank

Candidate Moore was good enough to win the primary. Then the whole thing went south when questionable allegations were made by the lame stream media, and the Republican voters in AL suddenly all became stupid. Were they stupid to support him in the primary, or stupid to abandon him in the special election? I've got my opinion, you've got yours . . .

johntfs
johntfs

While it's certainly too soon for Democrats to declare themselves the new Lord of Al Creation based on this one race, it's also not a good idea for Republicans to decide that Roy Moore was just a bad candidate so "move on, nothing to see here." The policy achievement Republicans hope to get is a tax cut. That tax cut is less popular with the American people than some tax increases have been. The GOP might be wise to consider the election of Scott Brown before the Obamacare vote. The Democrats "rammed Obamacare down people's throats" and they paid a heavy price for that over the next several years. The GOP could easily be making a similar mistake with their tax reform bill.

etbass
etbass

This race isn't an indicator of anything outside of this one race. In fact, a man who most people (though not most Alabama Republicans) believe was a child molester came within 1.5% of winning.
Moore was a bad candidate. However Peter's portrayal are dishonest. Moore bmnever advocated for slavery or against women's sufferage. That is taking him out of context to an absurd level and something the left does. We should be better than that. There are legitimate criticisms of Moore without just being a peddler of false information. Moore's problem is that he says stuff that can be taken our of context in the first place.