A lot of people are understandably disappointed after a Senate seat in a deep red state went blue last night. I'm not happy about it either, but we have a lot to be thankful for, so I'm just chalking it up to the nature of politics. The conservative movement continues to advance, even though we lose some battles here and there. This should be expected.
First things first, you can thank Mitch McConnell for sabotaging Roy Moore, just like he did to Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi election in 2012. There's nothing McConnell hates more than a conservative and he will move Heaven and Earth to prevent one from being elected.
I'm really disappointed with Steve Bannon. I do believe his heart is in the right place and he wants to make the country better and get conservatives elected, but it appears he's just out of his league in this politics game. I wonder if Robert Mercer figured this out too late. Maybe President Trump did as well. Bannon made a big ruckus, but McConnell has been a ruthless politician for decades.
I'm curious how the Moore allegations got past Bannon. Was there no opposition research? McConnell no doubt set up the accusations with the yearbook and the lie about the shopping mall, but how did Moore's preference for girls much younger than he get by Bannon? It's the way it was back in the old days, and there was nothing illegal, and I'm not one to point the finger at someone and call them a child molester without evidence, but how did Bannon get outplayed by McConnell with how the narrative played by the media? Bannon also seemed to have no finger on the pulse of the local political vibe of Alabama.
When Bannon left the White House he declared war on the Republican establishment since he was finally unshackled. Now he's 0-1 leading hard-core conservatives in deep red states. I think he's a very smart man, but unfortunately he can't be taken seriously when it comes to politics. Why did Bannon not cultivate Roy Moore's novice campaign? I'm not trying to pile on Bannon, but I'm very curious about his thought process.
McConnell's trouncing of Bannon aside, I am still optimistic about how things are going. That was one loss, albeit a precious Senate seat, but it was an odd election. It was an off-year, special election with a unique candidate of a party with a unique incumbent President.
The seat will be up again in two years in 2020 -- not the full six-year term. I'm probably not the best person to listen to about picking elections, as I was way off with Romney, Clinton, and now Moore, but I'm sure it's a safe bet the GOP takes this one back shortly.
The GOP still has the majority, not that it matters in regards to legislation as they can't even get simple tax cuts passed (maybe this will give them a kick in the fannie). The President is still doing great work on his own by slashing regulations, pushing for a stronger national defense through space initiatives, increasing border security, appointing conservative justices, ferreting out conspirators within the intelligence agencies, outing media collusion, bailing out of Marxist scams like TPP and the Paris Accord, and just promoting a pro-American attitude every chance he gets.
If you told me two years ago that we could have a President who accomplishes all this under a year, I'd ask you who I'd have to kill to make this happen.
The map isn't in the Democrats' favor for 2018. They need really high turnout with low GOP turnout. The out of power party typically has the better off-year elections, but this year will be more difficult for the Democrats. They will need to burn through money they don't have, contend with sex-related allegations, and defend against crimes like paying off the Imran Awan family under the table, not to mention, they still run on a consolidated anti-American platform.
I was bummed for five minutes about the Alabama loss, but I am very excited for what's happening now and the overall outlook for the country.