Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The maverick Christian conservative who enjoyed the full-throated supported of Steve Bannon, the slightly-more-tempered endorsement of Donald Trump and the outright antipathy of certain sections of the GOP, has failed in the reddest of red states. So how much should be read into this defeat?
Needless to say - and understandably - most of the attention will fall on the humiliation this represents to Donald Trump, but the bigger loser is his erstwhile White House head of strategy Steve Bannon. Alabama was to be the Petri dish for next November's mid-term elections.
If this is a Bannon comeuppance that's fine with me. But honestly, if the GOP had come with a Roy Moore who didn't hanker after his now infamous semi-parapedipedophical objects (viz., jailbait), does anyone doubt we would now be reading commentary about how Moore's election represented an ultimate crisis of populism? And whatever you say about the groperdammerung, you can hardly say only conservatives are wearing the horny hats and belting out incomprehensible show tunes.