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Subj: Re: WOW! Moore-acalpse averted! Humanity gets a second chance.
Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 at 04:29:29 pm EST (Viewed 187 times)
Reply Subj: Re: WOW! Moore-acalpse averted! Humanity gets a second chance.
Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 at 01:43:28 pm EST (Viewed 175 times)



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        The backlash against Trump has been happening all year with Democrats winning the majority of special elections in the United States. The more Trump tweets and riles up liberals/progressives, the more likely Congress will return to the Democrats in 2018.

      I don't see this as a rejection of Trump. I think the pedophilia issue made it impossible for some to vote for Moore. I think if anything, a lot of died-in-the-wool Republicans probably just stayed home this election, whereas the anti-Moore contingent were highly motivated to get to the polls.



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    It's certainly more a rejection of Moore than Trump, but it's also partly a rejection of Trump. With a few weeks to go in the election, Trump decided to go all in and endorse Moore and record robo-calls for him, and this enticed a Republican committee to start funding Moore's campaign again. The brazenness of a Trump who's been accused of sexual harassment and who has basically admitted to it publically trying to help a man also accused of sexual harassment and statutory rape certainly motivated some voters to even more vehemently oppose Moore.



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      I've read articles that say this is more of a rebuke to Steve Bannon and his attempts to reinvent the Republican party to be more in line with his own brand of politics. I hope Bannon and Breitbart fade away forever after this.



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    That's not happening. Breitbart now has 15 million readers, a scary thought.


Scary, but not shocking. Trump normalized it into the conservative mainstream. If it was not already.


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      I'm always suspicious of political stories in my Facebook feed, but I saw a chart that showed black men and women overwhelmingly voted for Jones, while white men and women voted in favor of Moore (around the 70% range). That's very telling, and says a lot about the state of Alabama.



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    I was born and raised in Arkansas and so am pretty familiar with dynamics of the South. Alabama is a fairly segregated state with largely white regions and largely black regions (called the "black belt") and those regions have very different values. Since about 95% of blacks voted against Moore, it was barely sufficient to overcome the 70% of whites that voted for him.


Sad stuff. Though not entirely shocking. It is always ironic when you hear somebody making the case that the culture in many Southern communities is so much more tolerant now from some.

I never thought that was the case but it is just pretty sad. It is like the mentality is just changing from overt hostility to more subtle hostility. At least on the public stage.

Jones was quite right in his speech that Alabama is guilty of taking many wrong turns during its history. And the state usually being on the wrong side of history.






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