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Title: Some Thoughts on Roy Moore’s Boatracing of Luther Strange
Source: Redstate
URL Source: https://www.redstate.com/streiff/20 ... m_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl
Published: Sep 28, 2017
Author: Streiff
Post Date: 2017-09-28 20:43:11 by CZ82
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Some Thoughts on Roy Moore’s Boatracing of Luther Strange

Posted at 1:30 pm on September 27, 2017 by streiff

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, greets supporter Patricia Jones, right, before his election party, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, greets supporter Patricia Jones, right, before his election party, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

There have been several posts about yesterday’s results from the GOP Senate Primary in Alabama.

Luther Strange was boatraced.

Strange didn’t lose last night, he was repudiated. He lost 55-45.

Strange’s loss was not a surprise.

Alabama polls have shown Moore leading comfortably from Day One. The only two outliers were an internal poll by Strange’s campaign and another poll commissioned by the NRSC. A victory for Strange would have been a 1-3 point loss. Everyone knew that.

Trump got a wake-up call.

I disagree with my colleague, Joe Cunningham. I don’t see any evidence that Trump went “all in” for Strange. Trump didn’t want Strange (that sounds pretty weird, doesn’t it? Because a lot of Trump’s life was devoted to wanting strange), he was convinced to support him. Trump’s support was the minimum necessary in order to be able to say he had supported Mitch McConnell. Keep in mind, at the rally he held for Strange, Trump mused about his endorsement being a mistake and said he would support Roy Moore if he won the primary. I think Erick Erickson calls this exactly right:

From this campaign, it looks as though that Trump is the creature of a significant populist backlash in the nation rather than leading a movement. As the old saying goes, “There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.”

(As a late edit, I just noticed NRO has the same observation.)

The real proof of this will be in the upcoming primaries where some GOPe senators may face a primary stranger. If I’m right, you will not see Trump helping them out.

McConnell has been shown to be a toothless ally.

If you followed the activities of McConnell’s PAC, the improbably named Senate Leadership Fund, they tried to pull the same stuff on Roy Moore that they did to Chris McDaniel in his race against doddering adulterer Thad Cochran and it didn’t work. It is estimated that McConnell dropped something on the order of $9 million on the race and Strange spent another $4 million in GOPe dollars. If you want to identify the major loser it was Mitch McConnell who threw the kitchen sink into the race and couldn’t make it close.

Moore’s victory will have an impact far beyond Alabama.

Most observers think the combination of Moore’s impending victory in Alabama and lots of people willing to spend lots of money to unseat him, led Tehran Bob Corker to announce he would not run for reelection. The magnitude of Moore’s victory is going to act as blood in the water in contested primaries, like those faced by Jeff Flake and Dean Heller, and open races where the GOPe has a preferred candidate.

It isn’t a coincidence that McConnell dropped all that money on this race. He saw a win there as a way of impressing upon the lumpenproletariat of the GOP base that they weren’t all that important. The failure demonstrated that McConnell’s money can’t buy victory and that has a great value.

The Senate will be a lot more interesting.

It is entirely possible that the number of reporters based in Washington will double just to cover what Moore has said lately.

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#1. To: CZ82 (#0) (Edited)

McConnell has been shown to be a toothless ally.

This. McConnell more than Trump looks real weak.

Strange outspent Moore 15:1 in the first primary, came back to spend 15:1 in this runoff. Reportedly Strange and allies spent $40 million (~$140 a vote). And still lost. Just like Felonia Von Pantsuit outspent Orange Hitler 2:1 and still lost.

There's talk that McConnell might lose his job as Majority Leader but I just don't see it. Who would they get? Someone like Thune? I like him okay but I don't see him having any more moxy corraling those like McStain/Murkowski/Collins to stick with the caucus. Or in getting more GOP senators elected.

And those who say "Dump The Turtle" forget how the Turtle kept Scalia's seat open despite pressure and as a result, Trump was able to appoint Gorsuch. That will count for something. I say Turtle stays as leader until they think he's lost a couple of winnable seats.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-09-28   21:43:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Tooconservative (#1)

I say Turtle stays as leader until they think he's lost a couple of winnable seats.

He seems to be sitting on everything that comes from the House, now whether that legislation in any good or not well who knows. But if enough people get tired of that along with his own crappy legislation he's been crafting then maybe they will act.

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2017-09-30   6:47:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: CZ82 (#2)

You could be right. Perhaps this loss to Moore will lead to crisis of confidence and he'll go.

Normally it takes something pretty major to eject a senate majority leader. If you look back at others like Frist or Trent Lott, they could be pretty ineffective and suffer quite a few losses and still remain majority leader. In large part because the job is no fun and no one wants it that much.

If they do dump Turtle, I would think it would be months from now. This loss to Moore was not unexpected. Moore is polarizing but he has won two statewide elections previously.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-09-30   7:02:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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