You’ve probably heard by now that Roy Moore lost his Senate bid in Alabama to the Democratic challenger, Doug Jones. It seems to me that there are a number of lessons to be learned from that election including:
- Don’t chase after girls half your age.
- Don’t even be open to the charge that you’ve chased 14 year old girls.
- The bad or just dumb things you’ve done in the distant past can come back to haunt you, even if you’ve been given a pass on them for 30 years.
- Don’t support a bad candidate for strategic reasons.
- Don’t double-down on your support for a bad candidate for strategic reasons.
- There are some boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed even in presumably rock-solid states.
There are also some lessons that shouldn’t be learned, i.e. that the election in Alabama is a sign of an anti-Trump wave sweeping across the country. It was a sign that there are boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed. Whether it’s a sign of an anti-Trump wave remains to be seen.
I’m not an Alabaman and as I’ve noted before I wouldn’t have voted for Moore before the allegations of sexual misconduct but I’m glad that he won’t be joining the U. S. Senate and I think that all of us should be.
Will anyone take any of these lessons to heart? I doubt it. Doubling-down is the mode of the day.