After the Alabama Senate election, Chuck Schumer is ecstatic (if not a bit irrational).
On the floor of the Senate, the minority leader proclaimed that “the lesson of this election is that the Republican policies are all wrong.” Dreaming of a majority, Schumer wants us to believe that the Alabama race was about policy — not about the possibility of making an accused pedophile a senator.
To Schumer, it's as if the Doug Jones victory definitely didn’t have anything to do with the teenage bombshell broken by the Washington Post. The mothers, sisters, and daughters of Alabama pulled the lever Tuesday without thinking twice about the fact that Moore habitually chased the skirts of young girls barely out of middle school.
Because Jones certainly didn’t make character the cornerstone of his campaign. He didn’t flood the airwaves with ads listing the names of Moore’s accusers, asking Alabama “will we make their abuser a U.S. Senator?” And he didn’t make decency his tagline.
Because Jones totally didn’t face a historically awful opponent in Moore. He didn’t run against an incompetent, arrogant, ludicrous wannabe cowboy who contradicted himself constantly, who alienated entire voting groups with each passing breath, and who didn’t understand the most basic and most obvious policy positions of the current administration.
Oh wait. That’s exactly what happened.
How else can Schumer explain how Jones overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat Moore in a state that hasn’t sent a Democrat to the Senate since the Clinton administration, to the governor’s mansion since the George W. Bush administration, or to the White House since Jimmy Carter?
When voters shut the curtain of the voting booth, they weren’t agonizing over where Jones stands on corporate tax rates. They weren’t wondering about his position on environmental regulations. And no, they didn’t think twice about infrastructure spending. Instead, they rebuked a moral reprobate of a candidate.
Luckily, not everyone in the Senate is as duplicitous as Schumer. While the minority leader was doing his best to spin a national movement out of last night’s isolated victory, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., gave the only analysis that matters.
Asked what message the election sent, Johnson replied: "Alabamians didn't want somebody who dated 14-year-old girls."