Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Senate Republicans can rejoice that the pervert lost. They should rename themselves The Purity Party: only the truly virtuous may apply. If they get choosy enough, they can save on convention expenses – meet for coffee at the local Denny’s, plenty of room for The Chosen Few.
92% of Democrats voted, only 50% of Alabama Republicans. Disheartened? The Establishment, the media, everyone against them, and some people probably had legitimate concerns about the allegations. Still, it was close. Democrats learned the tactic will work but they need to adjust the timing. Republicans learned . . . what?
What everyone in The Purity Party forgets is that Democrats vote as a unified monolithic block, marching to the same party line with no thought of principles or morals. Senate Republicans are like herding cats, which is why even with a majority they can’t get anything accomplished. One fewer person in their saintly congregation isn’t going to make it easier to roll back Obama’s successes.
Which makes one wonder: do Rockefeller Republicans care about that?
On the one hand, I’d very much like to see the GOP get a lot better both at vetting candidates (if Moore did do what’s been alleged, I find it hard to believe it surprised everyone) and defending against this sort of thing (why did Moore not sue every single accuser for defamation, as fast as possible, if only to get their statements – perjured statements? – on record immeidately?)
On the other? I thinks this is a continuing lesson to Republicans that are paying attention – especially if the charges against Moore wind up being frauds. I say “continuing”, because the election of Donald Trump itself proves that an awful lot of voters are starting to ignore the noise machine.