Doug Jones, a Democrat, won the special election on Tuesday to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now the attorney general. Mr. Jones aimed to create a lead in the urban counties that include Birmingham and Montgomery, and across a band of largely black counties. Strong support for Roy S. Moore, the Republican, was expected in rural, mostly white parts of the state.
I will leave the punditry (of which there will be much from many) to others except for these three observations.
- The election results underscore how polarized the country is around partisanship and what that partisanship purportedly represents.
- The sexual harassment and assault allegations against Moore were the lightening rod and tipping point in this election. By a wide margin, the U.S. public, according to Pew Research, view recent reports of sexual harassment and assaults as more reflective of widespread problems in society rather than acts of individual misconduct. Majorities across all demographic and partisan groups – including men and women in both parties – hold this view.
- The Alabama Supreme Court today (April 19, 2017) upheld the decision that removed Roy Moore from his position as chief justice for egregious violation of the Canons of Judicial Ethics. That this removal from office was not more prominent in a race for the United States Senate is baffling.
With that said, Thank you Alabama!