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No, the Moore Loss is Not a Big Blow for Trumpism

Let’s put this in perspective. Not spin it, but put it in proper perspective. Because most journalists and pundits in Washington, even many conservatives and Republicans, are dancing on what they think is Trump’s political grave. And they are gravely mistaken. Like they were many times before.

Roy Moore’s decisive victory in the Republican primary several weeks ago over a sitting U.S. senator reflected the intensity of Republican antipathy toward the GOP establishment. Just because Moore lost the general election does not mean the antipathy or the desire for change that originally put Trump in the White House has diminished in any way. It is a fundamental thing, one that elected Trump and that could elect many Republicans in 2018.

Washington political types and the people you are forced to listen to on TV look at politics as a sports event, concentrating on who’s up and who’s down and assuming that a trend is an inevitability, while failing to understand deeper dynamics that cause events. So let’s remember a few things.

In the same way Trump was elected despite obvious flaws and red flags for the conservative and deeply religious voters who backed him, Moore nearly won in Alabama despite major hurdles.

Moore had in the past said some controversial things that were probably already offputting to moderate and some other Republicans who might have stayed home even before the sexual misconduct allegations came down. Then, of course, he was accused dating teens in his 30s, and worse.

I think it is hard for most people who have heard these charges not to believe at least that he had a predilection for teens while in his 30s. The charges are just too numerous, and most of the women do not seem to have been cooked up in some George Soros-funded laboratory for smearing Republicans. The charges must have at least made Republicans across the political spectrum uncomfortable with Moore, with responses ranging from voting for his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, to sitting home, to putting aside their concerns and backing Moore. That’s not a great get-out-the-vote recipe.

Meantime, Moore was vastly outspent, perhaps by $7 million in a state with only about five million people. The national party only late and grudgingly backed Moore, and the Republican Senate campaign committee never got behind him. Even Alabama’s other U.S. senator, Republican Richard Shelby, said he couldn’t vote for Moore.

And yet Moore nearly won, losing by only 20,000 votes against Jones, a credible Democratic candidate, not some horrendous ethical mess like Hillary Clinton.

Admittedly, Alabama is a deeply Republican state. But Moore was deeply disadvantaged. His loss says nothing about the future of Trumpism. It says nothing about the state of Republican populism that is seeking to upend the establishment.

And it says nothing about Steve Bannon’s talent for picking candidates. Bannon, when he first came out for Moore during the primary, could not have known about the sexual misconduct allegations. Such charges seem to attach themselves just as easily to “normal” public personas as they do to colorful characters like Roy Moore. That they came up with Moore does not reflect on Bannon.

Republican congressional leaders, driven by what they read in the press and hear on the TV, will have the wrong reaction to this. They will use Moore’s loss to reaffirm themselves in the illusion that people don’t want fundamental change in Washington. But as long as Bannon’s money doesn’t dry up, he will still be able to run anti-establishment candidates in GOP Senate primaries. And they will win those primaries, and they will mostly win general elections.

Because these are the candidates that will bring out the GOP base. They are the ones who can counter the Democratic base, which is highly energized. If Republican Washington swamp runs establishment candidates, then the GOP is going to get swamped.

“Normal,” establishment candidates are bad political news. Bannon isn’t just trying to “blow things up,” he is doing what he thinks is politically advantageous, avoiding candidates who will fail to excite the GOP base. Just ask Ed Gillespie, professional Washington lobbyist — and pitifully failed 2017 Republican candidate for governor of Virginia.

Trump: “Deck was Stacked Against” Moore

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.

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.

Trump Repeatedly Sexually Harassed Ted Cruz, Saying He’d “Do Anything”

President Trump repeatedly and gruesomely sexually harassed Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, White House Dossier has learned, sending out tweets in January 2016 suggesting that Cruz would have sex with Goldman Sachs and that Cruz and Jeb Bush would use their bodies to maintain political power.

The shocking harassment was repeated Tuesday when some of the most profound minds in journalism and politics recognized similar language in a widely criticized tweet Trump made about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

In that tweet, Trump alleged Gillibrand would “do anything” – “anything,” obviously, including sex – for his campaign contributions back when he was in the private sector.*

*No double entendre intended by use of the term “private sector.”

Shockingly, Trump used the very same language in reference to Cruz and Jeb Bush.

Some astute observers noticed Trump’s use of the term “begging” – in quotes – with respect to Gillibrand, phrasing which obviously somehow has something to do with sex. White House Dossier can now reveal that Trump in fact used the same term in July 2013 when he accused the Obama administration of offering to have sex with Russia in order to secure the release of Edward Snowden.

Fortunately, within hours of Trump’s sexist tweet about Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, a Native American senator from the state of Massachusetts, picked up on the insult and tweeted that Gillibrand would not be “slut shamed.”

White House Dossier, which prides itself on performing accountability – I mean doing accountability – I mean, oh forget it – will continue to monitor Trump’s tweets for sexy language.

H/T Fox News and Mark Levin.

Trump: Gillibrand Used to “Do Anything” for His Contributions

President Trump Tuesday fired back at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has called for Trump’s impeachment, saying she used to come running to him for money but is “now in the ring fighting against Trump.” Gillibrand, who appears to be positioning herself for a presidential run in 2020, has suggested Trump should be removed from… Continue Reading

Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital HELPS Mideast Peace

That’s right. All the conventional, in-the-box thinking you’re hearing about how President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – which, de facto, it already is – and move the embassy there actually increases to prospects for an eventual negotiated settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Even supporters of the move who… Continue Reading

Trump Early on Election Night: “What a Waste of Time and Money”

President Trump initially thought he was going to lose to Hillary Clinton on election night and bemoaned the waste of resources expended to become president, according to “Let Trump be Trump,” a new book by former Trump campaign aides David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski. From a Politico article about the book: “What a waste of… Continue Reading

Trump: Hillary Lied, Nothing Happened; Flynn Lied, They Ruined His Life

President Trump spoke briefly to the press this morning before leaving for Salt Lake City. He didn’t directly answer a question about Flynn, instead comparing his fate to that of Hillary Clinton: I will say this: Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI and nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and they destroyed his… Continue Reading

How Mueller May be Trying to Get Trump

It seems it’s becoming clearer what Special Counsel Robert Mueller is after. It’s President Trump, of course, but you knew that. What is coming into focus is how he plans to get Trump. And the charge would be obstruction of justice, not collusion. It’s unlikely, as I and many other conservatives have noted, the original… Continue Reading