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What They're Saying (Or Not): What Roy Moore's Win In Alabama Means For the GOP

by Countable | 9.29.17

What’s the story?

Firebrand party outsider Roy Moore won the Alabama special election yesterday, despite his opponent Luther Strange having the support of the president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Many are even suggesting that it was exactly Strange’s alliance with party leadership that heralded his defeat; possibly indicating deep fissures within the GOP between right-wing activists and traditional party leadership.

What are they saying?

In their article, Roy Moore’s Alabama Victory Sets Off Talk of a G.O.P. Insurrection, the New York Times writes:

"Republicans are confronting an insurrection on the right that is angry enough to imperil their grip on Congress, and senior party strategists have concluded that the conservative base now loathes its leaders in Washington the same way it detested President Barack Obama."

"If nothing else, divisive intraparty battles could cost party donors tens of millions of dollars and weaken Republicans’ position in a year when Democrats were already poised to make gains, at least in the House. They could also reshape the party’s agenda, driving it further in the direction of Mr. Trump’s strain of nationalism rather than the more conventional, business-oriented agenda espoused by Mr. McConnell and Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin.”

Fox News analyzed Moore’s appeal in Moore's path to victory in Alabama: God, guns and defiance:

"Roy Moore wouldn't stand a chance in many Senate races after defying federal court orders, describing Islam as a false religion, calling homosexuality evil and pulling out a revolver on stage before hundreds of supporters.”

"But in Alabama, he's now the odds-on favorite to join the nation's most exclusive political body. Moore prevailed Tuesday in a Republican primary runoff by defeating an opponent backed by both President Donald Trump and deep-pocketed allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell."

"As hard as it may be to understand in liberal cities such as New York or San Francisco, Moore is widely popular across a mostly white, Christian-dominated state where voters have repeatedly embraced outsiders who campaign on embracing God and rebuffing authority.”

Ousted White House Strategist and Breitbart head Stephen Bannon campaigned for Moore, and proclaimed that voting for Moore would help Alabama voters, "take their country back":

Unusual for a cabinet member, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson supported a different candidate than the president:

And many on the far-right of the party are hoping Moore’s win is just the beginning. Now, they’re setting their sights on Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, both of whom have criticized the president and taken more moderate positions on policy:

What do you think?

Do you think the GOP is splintering? Is that a good or bad thing, in your opinion?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Lawrence Tribe / Twitter)

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  • Azrael
    09/27/2017
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    He was thrown off the bench twice Lets change the laws People removed from public service should be banned from all public service 21st century 21st century ideas Why do we want to go back in time? The good old days are fake news People died because they were discriminated against Waving guns and bibles is a thing of the past Let’s move on as a civilized, intelligent society

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  • WaterHopsBarley
    09/27/2017
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    Christians who believe their religion is the supreme law of this country, above the constitution, have lost their grip on reality. The establishment clause of 1A is clear.

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  • Linda
    09/27/2017
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    The GOP does not need Roy Moore in Washington. His win will bring further controversy to the party. His stance on separation of church and state opposes the U.S. Constitution. His failure to uphold a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and also installing the Ten Commandments in a government building confirm this. These acts of breaking the law should have made him ineligible for public office. Democrats must rally to vote for his opponent, Doug Jones. He is the better candidate.

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  • Mark
    09/27/2017
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    I think the question is more about what this says about America that someone like this could get elected. Lunatic Fringe, Yikes!!

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  • Edward
    09/28/2017
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    Note to Mitch: now you have to deal with Roy Moore. We’ve had to deal with you for 9 months. Karma! Now you have two to worry about, the trumpster and Roy. Sleep well! Actually I don’t know how you can sleep at all. Oh wait, you do your dirty work in the middle of the night when you think no one is watching. Say hello to the Koch brothers when you see them, which will be soon, I suspect.

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  • Anne
    09/28/2017
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    Not a firebrand but a dangerous crackpot who will not support the Constitution.

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  • Sharon
    09/28/2017
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    Tom Moore is a nightmare of bigotry, bluster, and hypocrisy. Voters who support candidates like Moore and Trump do not appear to be choosing candidates with either ethics, morals, or adherence to the teachings of Christ in mind, in my opinion. I suppose fear and related anger which many of our politicians have preyed upon by distorting and cherry-picking information may be overpowering critical thinking and driving hypocritical political views by otherwise smart, good people. The social fabric that binds us as a nation is being badly damaged as a result, however, and placing us at risk as a nation and individuals, I think. Selecting candidates based on their ability to shout the loudest, bully the most effectively, and care the least will only contribute, I believe, to an increase in ambient anger and anxiety with a concurrent rise in violent acts large and small. Please take a stand for ethics, care for all citizens, and tolerance of diversity as one of the foundational philosophies of our country in your speeches, your debates, and the legislation you support.

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  • Dave
    09/28/2017
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    Roy Moore does not care about the rule of law or up holding the rule of law, but his beliefs, so does ISIS, neo-nazi, KKK, white supremacist and the white nationalist. There is a reason for separation of church and state, who's church? Show me a religion, I can show you corruption and hate! In fact you can google it.

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  • Jesse
    09/27/2017
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    This is very bad for american

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  • Cark
    09/28/2017
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    This man is terrifying.

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  • Abbe
    09/28/2017
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    Hard to believe that such a despicable human being ,who has been removed from the bench TWICE ,could run for office let alone be elected as a Senator!!! He has already proven that he will NOT uphold or defend the Constitution of the United States.

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  • Ticktock
    09/27/2017
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    Just another cat to the litter! They always spray the house until their fixed.

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  • C
    09/28/2017
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    The GOP has to say that Roy Moore cannot run on the Republican ticket, which is what happened to David Duke ( they should have done it with Trump ). These people are ruining the party

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  • BeStrong
    09/28/2017
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    Good lord?!😳. What next? This gentleman had made outrageous statements about gays and god. Alabama...if you vote this guy in, you deserve him.

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  • Brent
    09/28/2017
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    It means we don't like McConnell

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  • Sheila
    09/28/2017
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    Dems should introduce laws to make candidates who have been removed from public office ineligible to ever run for public office again. Roy Moore is a disgrace to our values and really dangerous.

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  • Kodiwodi
    09/28/2017
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    I can't believe someone as extreme and in direct conflict with the US Constitution could get elected to Senator. But then again they elect trump.

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  • Andy1
    09/28/2017
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    What it means is GOP voters now expect their elected officials to stop hiding their bigotry. Go ahead complement Hitler, talk about how you don't trust black people, tell them what you really think of women in positions of power. You'll only get more GOP votes. At least until your voters die off, or kill us all.

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  • Joanne
    09/28/2017
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    We need to stop this lunacy. We need to get out there and support Doug Jones @GDouglasJones the democratic candidate, any and every way we can. Even if you are not from Alabama, you can follow him on Facebook or Twitter and pass the word around.

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  • GatewayJohn
    09/28/2017
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    Will the Republcans go so far Right that they will be on the Left

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