Right and Left React to Roy Moore’s Defeat in Alabama

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From the Right


Roy S. Moore addressed the crowd at an election night party on Tuesday.

Audra Melton for The New York Times

Jim Geraghty in National Review:

“As frustrating as it is to lose a Senate seat in a ruby-red state, it would be worse to spend the next three years having every inane, offensive, and Constitutionally illiterate utterance from Roy Moore’s mouth hung around the necks of rest of the party.”

For Republicans upset over Roy S. Moore’s loss in the Alabama Senate special election to his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, Mr. Geraghty has good news: “the Republican party dodged a bullet yesterday.” In the long run, he argues, the benefits of not having to deal with Mr. Moore in the Senate are worth the “short term pain.” Read more »


Sarah Rumpf in RedState:

“With Moore out of the national political scene, the Democrats lose a punching bag.”

Ms. Rumpf tallies the winners and losers from last night’s special election. In the short term, she concedes that Democrats are the winners. But Mr. Moore’s loss deprives the Democrats of a target for their criticism. Her list of losers includes the president, Stephen K. Bannon, the Republican Party establishment and Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, among others. Her list of winners includes Richard C. Shelby, the senior Republican senator from Alabama, and the White House staffers that have sought to limit Mr. Bannon’s influence. Read more »


Robert Tracinski in The Federalist:

“The obvious lesson here is that angry populism fueled by resentment against the bogeyman of supposed ‘elites’ is not the basis for a political party or movement.”

Though Mr. Tracinski admits that no one could have predicted, before the election, that Mr. Moore would have a litany of sexual misconduct allegations weighing down his campaign, voters should have seen other problems likely to arise. We could have foreseen, for example, that “he is the kind of personality that is a constant source of random political embarrassment” outside of the Republican mainstream. And those who think that it was merely the sexual misconduct charges lodged against Mr. Moore that sank him, Mr. Tracinski argues, are not seeing the coalition of voters that came out for Mr. Jones, including the overwhelming majority of black women. Mr. Moore may “have retained the loyalty of his die-hard, core supporters, but at the expense of alienating everyone else.” Read more »


From the Left


Doug Jones after winning the Alabama Senate election at a victory party in Birmingham on Tuesday.

Bob Miller for The New York Times

Michael Harriot in The Root:

“Black people did this. Don’t let anyone tell you different.”

According to Mr. Harriot, neither the Democratic National Committee nor the national news media deserve credit for Mr. Jones’s stunning victory on Tuesday. “Doug Jones didn’t even do this,” he adds. Instead, all of the credit should go to African American voters who came out in support of the Democratic candidate. “We’ve been cleaning up your messes since 1619, and it’s getting kind of old,” he writes. Read more »

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