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.
“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.
“[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.”
“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.
“Maybe Doug Jones Should Run for President.”
Special election hot takes are the best takes.