A handful of rogue Republican senators relished in Roy Moore’s loss to Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s special Senate election.
‘I know we’re supposed to cheer for our side of the aisle, if you will,’ said Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker. ‘But I’m really, really happy with what happened for all of us in our nation, for people serving in the Senate, to not have to deal with what we were likely going to have to deal with should the outcome have been the other way.’
Legally, Moore – an accused pedophile – would have had to have been seated, but then his Senate colleagues could vote to expel.
At a luncheon with House and Senate members at the White House to discuss the tax deal, President Trump expressed disappointment in the race result, though smarted that some GOP lawmakers disagreed.
‘A lot of Republicans feel differently, they’re very happy how it turned out,’ Trump said.
Corker’s sentiment was shared by Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who announced his retirement in order to be a thorn in President Trump’s side.
‘Decency wins,’ Corker tweeted Tuesday night, shortly after Jones’ win was announced.
Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who was previously wavering on Trump’s tax reform bill, had a frank assessment of what lost Moore the race.
‘Alabamians didn’t want somebody who dated 14-year-old girls,’ Johnson quipped to reporters Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
And while Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, stayed mum on the subject, his daughter Meghan, a co-host on The View, tweeted her delight.
‘Suck it, Bannon,’ she wrote.
Even before Tuesday’s upset, Republicans on the Hill warned of the damage Moore could do for their brand, as Democrats could use the accused pedophile in political messaging to hit the party through 2018.
‘Roy Moore will be the gift that keeps on giving for the Democrats,’ Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said Monday on CNN. ‘It will define the 2018 election … To think you can elect Roy Moore without getting the baggage of Roy Moore is pretty naive.’
However, these sighs of relief will add more fuel to the fire from the GOP’s anti-establishment wing, who have been baited by Bannon to blame their own party – and not Democratic strength or candidate weakness – for the losses in Virginia and Alabama, despite how different the candidates were.
In Virginia, gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie was a former lobbyist, a Washington guy, who couldn’t overcome anti-Trump forces in the Northern Virginia suburbs of D.C.
‘I do believe that Gillespie’s going to pull this thing out,’ Bannon said directly ahead of the race, before Gillespie got walloped by Democrat Ralph Northam.
Once Gillespie lost, Bannon’s Breitbart website branded him a ‘Republican swamp thing,’ in an effort to get readers to blame the establishment.