MiamiHerald / Now that the confetti has been swept away, the sighs of relief exhaled and dropped jaws scooped up off the floor, the lessons of Doug Jones’ stunning Senate victory in Alabama loom large —for Democrats.
Jones, indeed, pulled off an unlikely feat. He and his ardent supporters, including heavyweights imported from out of state, helped Alabama — and the nation — dodge a bullet, one poised to do real damage to this democracy. However, in the clear light of day, the Democratic Party needs to curb its enthusiasm. Jones, a former U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted the KKK, beat the deeply flawed Roy Moore — who had seemed likely to crush Jones at the polls — by just 1 percent.
That razor-thin margin should sober the Dems right up.
Moore, who served as former chief justice of the Alabama’s Supreme Court — twice — and who was removed from the bench — twice — is a delusional misogynistic racist who somehow found a silver lining in slavery, is adamant that Muslims are unfit to serve in Congress and believes “homosexual conduct” should be illegal. In 2016, he was suspended for ordering probate judges to enforce Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban, though it was ruled unconstitutional.