There are plenty of reasons why you should be angry in the aftermath of the Alabama Senate special election. There is enough blame to go around, and the situation was easily avoidable.
But this election undoubtedly paints a grim picture for the immediate future of the Republican Party, for three key reasons.
The Democrats’ New Favorite Weapon
First off, I will say it outright that I never believed the allegations against Judge Moore, and never will. I would even go so far as to state that I believe those women are just actresses, paid off by the Washington Post or some other insidious far-left group to make these accusations.
The convenient timing of 40-year-old allegations aside, never ever forget that they did the exact same thing to Herman Cain back in 2011. He too was an outsider who threatened both the left and the establishment right, and appeared on track to possibly win both the nomination and the general election. Then suddenly, about half a dozen allegations came out of nowhere in a manner that was rushed and too convenient. Then, after he dropped out, all of those women suddenly vanished. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
They tried the same thing again with Trump. Most people forget that after the infamous tape was released, well over a dozen women suddenly came out of nowhere in an obviously coordinated effort to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct with extremely dubious claims. Those women also disappeared once the election was over.
Then it happened again with Roy Moore. It should be more than enough proof that these claims were promoted almost exclusively by the Washington Post—which had endorsed Doug Jones just a week before the first allegations were revealed—and is owned by the prominent anti-Trumper Jeff Bezos. Even after half of them were debunked and the other half remained dubious, the media still promoted this self-fulfilling prophecy with the exact same key word: “Credible.” The accusations were only credible to those who share the cosmopolitan bias of the mainstream media as a whole.
But this is significant because it marks the biggest shift in the Democrats’ ever-shifting anti-Trump strategy. They tried the usual plethora of buzzwords in 2016 against Trump—“racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, bigoted, xenophobic, bananaphobic,” and the like. That didn’t work.
Then, under President Trump, the Left conceived a fanatical neo-McCarthyist “Russia” conspiracy. Now that angle is dying out, whether you like it or not. The last few attempted “bombshells” have backfired horribly (just ask Brian Ross), and it is clear that there is no there there after all. The Democrats may have finally realized that “Russia” is no longer a legitimate talking point going into 2018, despite the vigor it initially had.
But now, it should be all too obvious what their new attack will be. Clearly, in this “#MeToo” world we live in, claims of sexual assault are virtually the new “racist” in terms of how quickly they can destroy one’s reputation even with approximately zero evidence behind them. And as the tsunami of accusations continues to roll over major figures in entertainment, media, and politics, it’s clear that this trend will not stop anytime soon. Ever since the bastardization of Title IX with the “Dear Colleague” approach, “guilty until proven innocent” has become the norm when it comes to claims of sexual misconduct, and instead of an actual court deciding these matters, the verdict is now handed down in the court of public opinion.
In short, expect “rapist” or “sexual assailant” or “sexual harasser” to become the Democrats’ new boogeyman for any Republican they don’t like. And with an ever-complacent and all-too eager media right behind them, expect many more fake allegations propagated by well-paid actresses to continue in the next year.
But of course, the power of this new line of attack would never be possible without a craven core at the heart of the GOP.
The Spinelessness of the Establishment
Of course the establishment played a massive role in this loss. Not only did they completely abandon Moore the second the dubious allegations came out, but a handful of them even celebrated their support of the Democrat. Whether it was Jeff Flake writing Jones a $100 check, or Mitt Romney declaring “country over party,” NeoCons and the rest of the establishment seemed suspiciously eager to support a pro-choice, semi-socialist Democrat over an actual conservative.
Worse yet, some individuals like Cory Gardner—obviously attempting to get cozy with establishment higher-ups—openly suggested and supported the notion that Moore should be expelled from the Senate if he were to win. Once again, “guilty until proven innocent.” Why? Obviously because Roy Moore represented the biggest threat to the establishment since Trump’s election. He represented a threat to Mitch McConnell’s atrocious leadership, and his victory would have opened the floodgates for the tide of Bannon’s challengers in 2018.
At the same time, this particular brand of “Republican” still follows the sorely misguided idea that if they make enough concessions to the Democrats—if they too demonize so-called “radicals,” throw politically incorrect candidates under the bus, and virtue-signal on some of the same issues as the Democrats do—then the Democrats will somehow like them.
Spoiler alert! They won’t. They never will. Democrats will ALWAYS hate anyone with an “R” after their name. They hate everything Republicans do. After all, Nancy Pelosi didn’t call the Republican tax bill “the end of the world” for no reason. There’s a reason Democrats have created such fantastical illusions like “Russian collusion” as an excuse to impeach a President for the crime of being a Republican.
They viciously hate and oppose us and everything we do. But even then, some in the establishment would rather bow down at the altar of “decency” and run over to the enemy’s side against an ally, completely ignorant of the enemy then holding a knife over their back as they point and mock the ally they just abandoned.
Let that sink in. Establishment Republicans would rather support Democrats than support conservatives who don't favor the status quo. As Kurt Schlichter said for TownHall, they are very talented at “losing like well-behaved little wusses.” They’d rather focus on “losing with dignity” (read: cutting off their noses to spite their faces) than have conservatives in their ranks who don’t support the disastrous leadership style and record of Mitch McConnell. And therein lies the third and final reason, easily the most important one, behind Moore’s loss. This is the unspoken reason that no one else is talking about. People may blame Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Doug Jones, Mitch McConnell, the establishment, but if there is one thing to take away from Alabama, let it be the ineffectiveness of our Republican leaders.
The Incompetence of Congress
While their surrendering to such obviously questionable allegations was despicable, McConnell and his incompetent Senate doomed this race in another key way: Their inability to get anything done. President Trump is wildly popular in Alabama, as is his National Populist agenda.
But for the last year since his election, the establishment Republicans have essentially hijacked the Trump Train for their agenda, not his. Immigration, infrastructure, and trade have not been taken up by the Republican Congress—and those that have been taken up (Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, for example, have both passed in the House) have been inexplicably and indefinitely shelved. Instead, the Congress wasted six months trying to repeal Obamacare, and then failed miserably due to a handful of traitorous RINO’s. Now, they’ve spent the last five months on tax reform, which has gone about a couple inches further than the Obamacare repeal efforts did, and still could very likely fail.
The problem? No one cares. When Trump was firing up his crowds of tens of thousands in his rallies, what was he talking about? Immigration. Trade. Infrastructure. Those crowds weren’t chanting “tax reform, tax reform, tax reform.” Those conventional “Republican” issues do not excite the base. No one gets fired up over lowering the corporate tax rate. People do get fired up over building the wall. They do get fired up over bringing American jobs back from overseas.
This election was not a referendum on Trump, nor was it even necessarily a referendum on Moore. This was not a victory for “the resistance.” This was a loss for the Republicans on Capitol Hill who can’t get anything done.
What happens when the Republicans finally control Congress and the White House, only to suddenly and inexplicably botch everything and get nothing done? You kill voter enthusiasm. Alabama is one of the reddest states in the country. This election wasn’t like Virginia, where the Democrats actually do outnumber the Republicans in the state—this election went down the way it did solely because of a lack of enthusiasm among Republican voters. It is a known fact that Alabama is one of the deepest-red states in the country, yet a Democrat just won. That’s not because of some sudden, giant influx of Democratic voters. That’s because enough Republicans stayed home.
Roy Moore is not to blame for that. Donald Trump is not to blame for that. Steve Bannon is not to blame for that. That lies squarely on Mitch McConnell and this do-nothing Senate. There is no enthusiasm among Republican voters, because they see the largest GOP majority in almost a century being completely wasted. The chance to get so many historic things done is being flushed down the toilet as the Republicans in Congress flail around, wallowing in their misery. Thus, they look at an election and say: “What’s the point of voting for a Republican?”
If the Trump agenda was being taken up and passed, Republicans would be more fired up than ever before. But instead, the Trump agenda is being suppressed in favor of typical, boring issues that the establishment has been dying to push for years—even then, they can’t do that right. A double-whammy against any potential enthusiasm among the base. So, there are three lessons that need to be taken away from this, one for each main problem that contributed to this tragedy.
- Always, always doubt conveniently-timed claims of misconduct right before an election. Chances are they are 100 percent fake and politically-motivated. Remember Herman Cain, remember Donald Trump, and now remember Roy Moore. There is no shortage of left-wing women who will gladly accept a hefty payment to play the part of “sexual abuse victim from 240 years ago.” And now you’d better believe there will be no shortage of left-wing organizations who will pay that money since they now have proof that such an investment is worthwhile.
- The establishment needs to stop throwing its own under the bus. Period. The Democrats, for better or worse, have mastered the art of sticking together through thick and thin. Whether it’s Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy, they always either ignore their own improprieties at least, or outright forgive them and then praise the culprits at most. They never, ever apologize for wrongdoing in their party, and look how it’s worked out for them so far. Clinton, a serial abuser and rapist, is still revered to this day. Ted Kennedy, who literally killed a woman, is memorialized as some sort of “lion.” Yet men like Herman Cain and Roy Moore are instantly exiled from the Republican Party over obviously false allegations. It’s time to ditch our faux moral high ground and start playing the same game they play if we’re going to have a fighting chance.
- Congress: Do something. Anything, for God’s sake. More particularly, get to work on the Trump agenda. It doesn’t help that we’re incompetent enough that Republicans in Congress can’t even get their agenda done, but it’s even more infuriating that they’ve been deliberately ignoring the key issues that Trump won on. Once this tax reform mess ends—whether it passes or fails—it’s time to stop screwing around and start taking up the President’s agenda—immigration, trade, and infrastructure. Only rapid passage of such policies as these in 2018, and a subsequent energizing of the Republican base, leading up to the midterms will stave off a possible blue wave that year.
Remember, we won in 2010 because the Democrats were getting everything they wanted done, but Obama’s policies were widely unpopular with the American public. We won because the majority of Americans believed in our cause and supported our policies.
If we lose in 2018, it won’t be because the American populace suddenly did a 180 and no longer supports our agenda, it will be because the Republican base will be so thoroughly disillusioned by a do-nothing Congress that they will no longer see a point in voting for Republicans. They’ll stay home, and the Dems will win deep-red seats. Just like in Alabama.