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Mitch McConnell and his crony, big donor buddies are estimated to have spent $10 million in Alabama (I have also heard $30M) because they preferred one Republican candidate over another Republican candidate. They lost their bet, and squandered millions of dollars that would have been helpful in next year’s Senate races.
I suspect the GOP really doesn’t really want a 57- or 58-seat Senate majority. I think they like it better that they can pretend to forward conservative agenda items and then blame their failures on the defection of a handful of left-leaning Republican senators. But I digress.
As a senator, Ray Moore is not my cup of chai. Too old and too cozy with state authority for my preferences. That said, I didn’t care about the Alabama race because I would have expected Strange and Moore to vote the same way almost all of the time. OTOH, I can hope this is a harbinger of a Senate without the McCains, the Collinses ,the Flakes, and their like who have spent their entire careers thwarting conservative reforms and constitutional government.
Republican voters are like people who kept driving American cars out of sheer loyalty even after Japanese cars surpassed them in quality and reliability. There comes a point, though, when you’ve had to take your new Chevy back to the dealership so many times that a Toyota starts looking pretty good. That’s what happens when something you trusted repeatedly lets you down.
If Republicans don’t like that the people rejected their chosen candidate, then they should repeal the 17th Amendment. I am actually in favor of that. Since its enactment, the US Senate has become a parliamentary body emphasizing the desires of the national parties rather than the interests of states. And I don’t like it.