President Trump this morning tweeted out an effort to salvage some measure of victory from Tuesday night’s loss in Alabama, saying defeated Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was playing at a disadvantage and that he was right about endorsing Moore’s GOP primary opponent Sen. Luther Strange.
The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
Well, it’s true the deck was stacked against Moore. Both the Democrats and the GOP establishment opposed him. But all the reporting I’ve seen suggests Trump regretted endorsing Strange. Whatever the circumstances, a win is a win, and a loss is a loss. Trump was all in by the end for Roy Moore. He lost. And it’s bad political news for Trump, though not nearly the disaster some are suggesting. I’ll have more to say about the Alabama election in a few minutes.