When there is not an intelligent component to politics we get the outcome that took place in Alabama tonight
The victory tonight might feel good to the base of the GOP who views everything from only ten feet away. But to those who like to think beyond the aim of their remote control the outcome tonight shows rough sledding for the party moving forward. There is now every reason to believe that the split in the party only becomes wider between populists and the establishment. After a solid electoral victory for Republicans in 2016 for the president and control of both house of Congress it should all have been fine with the majority party. But the fact they can not govern, and can not even pass a single major bill on their own so to meet the promises made to their base shows the rot and incompetence just below the surface.
Instead of Moore being a proud victor for the party it rather only underscores the divisions and rancor that seethes within. Instead of cohesion what happened tonight emboldens more lawmakers to defy the party leadership and encourage other insurgents to challenge Republican incumbents.
But the victory tonight by Moore also shows President Trump has as much control of his party as polar bears have at making their ice not melt. Luther Strange, whom Trump supported and campaigned for, lost. For those who love irony let it not be forgotten that Trump, in this case, sided with the establishment forces who had lined up against his campaign for president. Now Trump has been out-hustled by the very people who made him think he was smart enough to sit in the Oval Office. There is no way to make this stuff up! (And I love it!)
Going forward Trump will no longer have the huff and puff to inoculate others from being challenged by populists from the underside of society. When a president is no longer feared there is nothing left to do but fold up the card table and move to Camp David until the term ends. Just ask LBJ.
Liberals, such as myself, are waiting for the next act of this absurd play to start. Wait until Moore starts his bat-crap crazy comments as a candidate for the general election, and then makes explosive comments as a member of the Senate. All those GOP candidates next year around the nation will be asked to respond during the mid-term elections to Moore and his tirades on gays, guns, and gonorrhea. The late night comics will only need to read the newspapers for their monologue so to get their laughs.
While I have reasons based on constitutional concerns as to why Moore should be placed in a straight-jacket as opposed to being in the Senate, there is also a real slice of me that relishes this outcome as it underscores the civil war that rages in the party. Republicans have not yet reached the bottom of their lowest common denominator barrel. They have to be close (right?) but in the meantime get some popcorn and watch the basket of undesirables as they march off the cliff.
All together now, the last step is a doozy.