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Kurtz: aftershocks of the earthquake of Alabama
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the big surprise in the Alabama Senate election between Roy Moore and Doug Jones.
It is not much of an exaggeration that the media upset of Alabama.
It is, among other things, a great story, one that feels as much like a cultural moment, coming in the middle of a fierce national debate about sexual harassment, as a political judgment. And it’s the late-night drama from Doug Jones surging past Roy Moore in the last few hours, was to count the vote, making a Democratic victory might once have been difficult to imagine.
And before we were overshadowed in the finger-pointing, these elements, while the noise at the end of the campaign: Jones in terms of financial Moore is a 10-to-1, resulting in a flood of TV commercials and a superior ground game. And that was, in turn, in the production of black turnout at the same level as in the case of Barack Obama on the ballot, which no one expected.
But there is no getting around the fact that President Trump, despite his initial reluctance, was confirmed by Moore, promoted him to a rally near Pensacola and recorded a robo-call for him. It makes Trump’s 0 for 2 in Alabama, since he had supported senator appointed Luther Strange, in the elementary school.
Of course, it is quite possible that Moore would have lost without a trump card, by far-over 20,000 votes.
At the same time, Moore is a terrible candidate who not only does not successfully against the sexual harassment allegations, which he was of the nine women, but she was barely on the trail—and always in trouble, along with his wife, and the word leader, as.was
Politically not mince words, declared that Alabama had “managed the crushing and embarrassing political blow to the President, Donald Trump young presidency.”
Still, it was apparently hard to find, Politically, to say that an unnamed ” senior administration official, that the Jones-win “is a big black eye for the President.”
The editorial in the New York Times page, which declares that “reason prevails,” pop the cork:
“A triumph for decency and common sense in a country that seemed for a time in danger, the task of the two, Mr. Jones win, narrowed the Republicans’ Senate majority and achieved a depth direction of President Trump deserved.”
But it was not only the liberal press that Moore handles, was delighted. “Only a historically flawed candidate” could have been lost, the National Review, said, “and Roy Moore fit the bill. Twice rebounded from the Alabama supreme court, prone to crazy and harmful views, ignorance of the law and public policy, Moore was already a shaky election bet, even before the accusations of several women showed up, he had dated, or forced his attention on you, if he was a grown man and you were a teenager. Moore’s denials were tinny, contradictory, and unconvincing.”
The Wall Street Journal editorial page with the name Moore’s loss “a useful act of political hygiene for the national Republican party in the face of allegations of sexual misconduct against the former judge.” The magazine also said it was a defeat for the candidates of the champion, Steve Bannon, and that Moore “was a political self-implosion to happen, guaranteed.”
The President, during the congratulations-Jones, took credit for its original position.
“The reason why I approved originally, Luther strange (and his numbers went powerful), is that I, Roy Moore was not able to win the election to the Bundestag. I was right! Roy worked hard, but the deck is stacked against him!”
Stacked against him, and by whom? He lost the election in one of the reddest of the red States.
The disorder means that the Republicans have to get through next year—probably after a tax-cut vote this month-with a 51-49 Senate majority. But the party also has a lengthy ordeal in saves, whether to space for the candidate that the GOP is divided bad.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.