Into every life, adversity and disappointment fall. Fairness, as Dogbert eloquently put it, is a concept invented so children and idiots can participate in discussions. Bad things happen to good people while for some reason fools and fanatics prevail.
Tonight it seems it’s time for me to make good on some things I’ve said before. Yesterday I believed. Tomorrow, I and every other Republican face consequences. Yes, there are reports and questions that this election smells. I was watching the results steadily dribble in with Judge Moore holding a commanding lead until about 9:20 CT and then the AP called the race when Moore was still up sixteen points according to the Secretary of State. Slow-walking the Democratic districts reeks of time-honored vote tampering, but then, I’m told Alabama requires its electronic ballot records to be deleted not long after the vote is tallied–who the hell thought that was a good idea? The plain fact is it could reek like a dead skunk on the highway in July, nothing will come of it. And if it was close enough to rig, it’s a very bad sign. Vote totals are looking like Judge Moore got only about half of Trump’s voters out.
They stayed home over these laughably transparent allegations. Let that sink in.
For people like Jeff Flake who call themselves Republicans and are out gloating over the Alabama Senate results, let me tell you where we go from here. Yes, I am forced to admit I was wrong. As were pretty much every poll in existence. I am also forced to acknowledge my prediction from last month when the Virginia elections took place, this was the bellwether. Everyone claiming this is just local, god damn I hate to be the negative one, but this wasn’t just local. This was a loss in a red stronghold, and it will reverberate through the entire country. The Weinstein wildfire will rage ten times hotter in the coming weeks and it has already been clear that President Trump is its next target. The Democrats were always going to claim a “wave” going into 2018 but now they have the ammunition to back that up, and really, it doesn’t matter if they actually have the enthusiasm plus the disenchantment with President Trump or if they’ve just stepped up their vote fraud game that much.
In the immediate future, this means that the Democrats and the NeverTrump RINOs (who we have wanted guys like Roy Moore to replace for decades) will sit on their hands and completely stonewall the Trump agenda. On that subject I make the following prediction: the tax bill that the left has been screaming bloody murder about is now going to die in the Senate. You heard it here first. With only two GOP defections needed to completely kill any bill you can look forward to an entire year of going nowhere. The wall won’t get funded. President Trump won’t be able to do anything but what he can do on his own. The Democrats will snicker and grandstand while the establishment Republicans throw up their hands in futility and forget that they’re supposed to still be in control and technically they do still have the majority. Or I should say, “forget”–they’ll know damned well what they’re doing and they couldn’t care less.
If you’re invested in the stock market, I’d suggest getting out now. If I had the first idea how to short stocks I’d be taking whatever I can scrape together and doing it. Wall Street’s not stupid, they’ll see the writing on the wall here. The sick thing is President Trump will get blamed for the crash and that’s just going to be icing on the cake for these jackasses.
And don’t come back at me with “Roy Moore was creepy” or “Roy Moore was crazy” or “Roy Moore was too conservative” or even “Mo Brooks or Luther Strange could have won this!” No. Moore was cruising to an easy win before the bogus allegations cropped up. If he had stepped aside, at least as many and probably more GOP voters would have sat home and said the hell with this. We’re tired of being given establishment squishes and told that we have no alternative, and when we nominate a real brazen fighter some scandal pops out of nowhere and suddenly something trivial or completely fabricated (or both) becomes the worst thing ever. Roy Moore won the primary because of what he stands for. He lost the election because of a lie, not because those views were rejected.
I hope I’m wrong. If anyone can turn this around it’s President Trump. But I think the winning ended tonight, and it’s the Republicans themselves who ended it.
We press on. Tomorrow is another day.
UPDATE: last report is, Moore’s not conceding and is demanding a recount. Good for him, but don’t get your hopes up. We had our chance to do sweeping election integrity reform and we missed it.