Al Franken, Alabama, Democrats, Donald Trump, Doug Jones, Jeff Flake, John Conyers, Mark Steyn, Mitch McConnell, Roy Moore, the stupid party, US Senate
As regular readers know, I’ve recently written two articles relating to Roy Moore:
Those articles focused on the moral hypocrisy drenching DC and the Media. So desperate were the Democrats for an issue, any issue, against President Trump, anything that might win back a majority in the House or Senate, they fell back on the “War on Women,” and were willing to cry “sexual harassment” and sacrifice at least one of their number on that fatuous battlefield. What’s that you say? What about Al Franken? Good question.
John Conyers was acceptable collateral damage. Even though black, and according to Nancy Pelosi, “an icon,” he was ancient, mentally failing, a lecher long known as such by every Democrat in Congress, and the holder of one of the safest Democrat seats in Congress—Detroit, that stunning example of socialist success; a gift that keeps on giving—throwing him under the bus was a no-lose, no-pain ploy, a pristine example of no-cost virtue signaling. But what about Franken? Franken only claimed he would resign at some time in the hazy future. There is good reason to think he’ll soon realize his indispensability to the nation, and so will his Democrat colleagues. On the other hand, Franken’s usefulness may have expired. He pushed Obamacare over the finish line, and Democrats now know The Stupid Party will never repeal it. He just might be expendable too.
Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated Roy Moore in the Alabama senatorial special election on November 12. In a special election in a solidly red state, a state virtually any Republican should have easily won, and even Roy Moore nearly won, Jones won—at last count—by only 1.5%. That’s not a Bush v. Gore squeaker, but it’s still pretty close.
The big questions are, of course, why did Moore lose, and what does this portend? The invaluable Mark Steyn opines:
Nonetheless, Moore lost narrowly enough to suggest that it wasn’t the accusations that did him in. He could have survived those, just about. What killed him was that he was running against both the Democrats and the Republicans – including Alabama’s own senior senator, Richard Shelby. (Trump post-Billy Bush was in a similar position, as the likes of Paul Ryan, Kelly Ayotte, etc, stampeded to distance themselves.) But Roy Moore was the nominee only because the smart guys over-invested in Luther Strange (just as in 2015 they over-invested in Jeb Bush). In the first round of primary voting, Mitch McConnell’s priority was to prop up Strange by taking out what he regarded as his principal threat, Mo Brooks. Congressman Brooks would have made an excellent senator, and would have been elected in a walk, and he can also claim more plausibly than Moore to be a populist conservative aligned with the Trump agenda. But McConnell didn’t want him in the Senate and, as he saw it, once Brooks was gone, Luther Strange would have no trouble walloping Moore in the run-off.
Unfortunately, Strange owed his eminence in Alabama to the patronage of a corrupt and discredited governor. As I wrote three months ago, given the disposition of GOP primary electorates in the Age of Trump, they were unlikely to turn to “a creature from the Alabama swamp …to drain the Washington swamp”. So, thanks to McConnell and the ten million bucks he blew through, Moore won the run-off and became the candidate. And thus, of all preposterous outcomes, Alabama is now a blue state.
But don’t worry, say the usual geniuses: Doug Jones is just this season’s Scott Brown. As Massachusetts did with Elizabeth Warren, Alabama will return to the natural order of things in 2020. Well, maybe. But, as we’ve just seen, the one thing you can take to the bank is the Stupid Party’s unerring knack to out-stupid themselves. In the meantime, a Congressional majority already vulnerable to the monstrous egos of John McCain, Susan Collins et al just got shaved to a micro-sliver: Mike Pence is going to be spending a lot of time at the Senate casting the deciding vote – assuming, that is, McConnell has any legislation he can actually get to the floor.
Like Steyn, I blame the members of The Stupid Party, particularly their Stupid Leader, Mitch McConnell. Some are blaming—or mocking—Steve Bannon, a man about who most Americans would intelligently ask “whodat?” Others blame President Trump, but of course, they blame him for bad weather, the common cold, New Coke and rolled underwear waistbands.
Reasonably intelligent commentary suggests had more Alabama Republicans, many of whom apparently stayed home, voted, Moore would have easily won, which is doubtless true. Some also suggest write-in votes, of which there were more than usual, also sunk Moore. Obviously, the “Moore is really icky” November surprise was a major factor, but it’s likely the lack of support given him by Mitch McConnell, who obviously decided someone like Moore wasn’t fit to be in the ethically pure–bwaaaahahahahahahahahahahaha, guffaw, wheeze—United States Senate, was also a significant factor. “Lack of support” being defined as: “doing everything to attack Moore other than challenging him to a duel with the little swords one finds skewering olives in cocktails.” Even so, Moore, who as this is written has yet to concede, nearly pulled it off, so it’s probably not a great idea to make self-assured pronouncements on the various moral issues raised in this electoral mess.
For the short term, as Steyn observes, the loss of this Senate seat for the next two years, may very well make it impossible to pass any legislation of note, even though The Stupid Party will still have a majority in the House and the Senate, as well as a president more a constitutional conservative than most former presidents with that billing. Forget national concealed carry reciprocity, which McConnell and Never Trump Stupid Partiers never wanted to pass anyway. Forget any meaningful immigration legislation that would benefit and protect America, which McConnell and Never Trump Stupid Partiers never wanted to pass anyway. If tax reform isn’t passed by Christmas, kiss that goodbye as well, because even with a slightly less narrow majority than before Jones’ election, there remain at least four Stupid Party Senators who, at any moment, might chose to jerk away Mr. Trump’s—and the American people’s—football at the last moment.
As some pundits are observing, Jones, elected to serve the remaining two years of Jeff Session’s seat, will be up for election in 2020, giving The Stupid Party time to find an unassailable candidate that will restore the red of Alabama to its normal—uh, redness. That way, if we only give The Stupid Party a majority in both houses of Congress, and the presidency, why, they’ll be able to do things like repeal Obamacare and…oh.
Pundits have also observed that black Alabamians overwhelmingly voted for Jones, who is a Democrat. This falls under the general category of “the Pope is Catholic,” and “it’s dark at night,” particularly when “Republicans doing well with black voters” is normally measured as one to two percentage points more than the usual ten percent.
Until the members of The Stupid Party, and its Never Trump subsidiary, lose their fear of what Democrats, and the Media—I know, I know: one in the same–might think and say about them, until they realize they’re the only thing between us and a much larger version of Venezuela, and actually do something about it, no Republican majority of any size will matter a whit. Why would anyone think politicians unwilling to accept the election of Donald Trump will behave like reasonably sane, emotionally stable statesmen focused on upholding their oaths to the Constitution? The mere fact that subsidiary is comprised of a substantial number of Republicans In Name Only (AINOs), allied in hate, and willingness to ignore American constitutionalism, with the entire Democrat Party puts all in jeopardy. We expect that of Democrats, and we had better expect them to become even more militant in the future if they don’t get their way. Of course, if they’re stupid enough to push that far, it’ll be a brief battle. They’re used to their enemies wilting under their strategic rhetoric. In a real battle with normal, flyover country Americans, they’ll be forced to relive history as our enemies always have when normal Americans are sufficiently ticked off.
One thing is certain: with Moore defeated, the allegations that faux-shocked a nation and made the needle of our moral compass spin like Nancy’s Pelosi’s memory will disappear with scarcely a whimper. The women about who Democrats claim to care so much, the women that must be believed, have served their purpose, thanks so much, don’t call us, we’ll call you (snicker). Democrat loyalty is infamously– flexible.
And in one additional predictable development, Jones is already being pressured to vote with Republicans. Considering Alabama is very much a red state, and Jones will be up for election in two short years, if he likes the perks of the Senate, he might be wise to change his party affiliation. He might set the stage for that by supporting Republicans on key votes in the interim, and if offered a choice committee assignment or other goodies, might decide his only chance to earn a Senatorial pension is going with the flow, unless his chances in Alabama look good in 2020, as do the chances of Democrats for taking back the House or Senate.
Democrats are stupid enough to think this election a victory in their never-ending struggle to depose Donald Trump, which, beyond any other consideration, is their foremost political goal. They think Moore and Trump comparable, the tactics used against Moore will be effective against Trump. Even high-ranking agents of the FBI are now revealed, by their own words, to have thought the election of Mr. Trump an existential threat to the nation, and to have worked against him as the nation’s saviors. They’re stupid enough to think trumping up mere allegations, no matter how old or suspect, of some sort of sexual impropriety, or merely possible behavior that might have been kind of icky by contemporary standards, can defeat any Republican.
The Stupid Party is almost certainly likely to prove them right, not with Mr. Trump who is, in most respects, outside normal politics, but with just about anyone else.
Moore out, Jones in, same old, same old.
Damn, but you are a good writer.
Mike McDaniel said:
Looking in the mirror, are we?
Ditto for both of you.
Mike McDaniel said:
That’s most kind of you.
Al “Fishlips*” Franken, the Minnesota Groper, is supposedly leaving after the first of the year. I think it is timed so he qualifies for another year’s pension credit. His replacement, Tina Smith, is not Jewish, unlike 29 years of elected predecessors Rudy Boschwitz, Paul Wellstone, Norm Coleman, and Al Franken.
The 2018 MN Elections should be interesting, with both USSenate seats and the statewide offices including state governor. Last time was in 1978, when Republicans swept the governor and both senate seats (the “Minnesota Massacre”).
I don’t think President Trump will turn Senator Jones. He hasn’t been able to turn Senator Joe Manchin, who supposedly is a RINO-esque Conservative Democrat from WV and up in 2018. My fear is “Principled Conservatives” Jeff Flake and Bob Corker will cross the aisle and become “Principled Democrats.”
* As described by Leeann Tweeden.