“The political genius on display in throwing away a red state in America is hard to ignore,” the Senate majority leader said.
McConnell is right. It took true “political genius” for him, McConnell, to throw away a red state. Republicans in Alabama nominated Roy Moore. He was not a perfect candidate, though Bannon could not have known how imperfect he would be because he did not know about the sexual misconduct allegations before endorsing him. What McConnell did, unprecedented for a Republican national leader was to decide not to provide any financial support for Moore, which undoubtedly supplied the margin of victory – and more – for Democratic Sen.-Elect Doug Jones.
The Senate Republican leadership decided it would be better to have a Democrat win a seat. Given that it could rob conservatives of a Supreme Court pick next year and other initiatives, that’s a remarkable thing.