Guest editorial: Time for GOP to take a stand against Bannon

Bernie Sanders campaigned together in Omaha for a mayoral candidate with a record of sponsoring anti-abortion legislation. He made robo calls and threw a big rally for Moore in Pensacola - yes, that's in Florida, but it's close to Alabama and in the Mobile, Alabama, TV coverage area.

What's clear is this: Jones won by arousing a decency coalition chiefly composed of African-Americans (who, mobilized by the NAACP and Democrats, among other groups, turned out in greater force than they did for Obama!); an unusually robust minority of college-educated women (still a minority but still many more than usual); and young voters, perhaps tired of being viewed as retrograde wackos by coastal cosmopolitans.

Akayed Ullah, 27, an immigrant from Bangladesh who lived in Brooklyn, strapped on a homemade pipe bomb with a plan to blow up himself and many others in a narrow hallway connecting subway stations beneath Times Square. Because enough of them saw who Moore really was, and either stayed away from the polls or voted for another candidate. He called for "homosexual conduct" to be outlawed, said a Muslim should not be seated in Congress and waxed nostalgic for the era of slavery. His missive was delivered in the wake of the Democrat Ralph Northam's win in the Virginia governor's race.

But Brooks, a conservative member of the House Freedom Caucus, wasn't to Mitch McConnell's liking. "But now it's time to heal". Winning a U.S. senate seat in the state that gave Donald Trump a 62 percent victory margin, narrowing the Republican-Democratic split in the Senate to one and scoring a victory for minorities, women's dignity and gay rights, in Alabama, is no small thing.

He claimed allegiance to ISIS and even left a Facebook post for the president: "Trump you failed to protect your nation". The newly elected Democratic senator from Alabama, who will fill Jeff Sessions' recently vacated seat, said that it's time to move on.

True, Roy Moore was uniquely baggage-ridden, haunted by allegations of sexual misconduct that included preying on a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s. "Let's get on with the real issues that are facing people of this country right now, and I don't think that the President ought to resign at this point", Jones said on CNN's State of the Union. Nor did it probably sit well that Trump came to Alabama and denounced kneeling black athletes as SOBs.

There is a congressional special election looming in western Pennsylvania. The loss also took Steve Bannon, the former advisor to Trump and Moore champion, down not just a peg but a fathom or two. The nightmare prospect of Sen. A Republican opponent's racism, love of violence, hatred of anything not hetero, predatory pussy-grabbing and inability to tell the truth isn't enough, as Trump triumphantly reminds us. He had long stood for lawlessness and disorder. And some voted for Jones. In not having Moore to kick around, they lose what would have been the most potent demolition charge under Trump's rickety Republican Party in the run-up to the mid-terms.

Democrats also have a charismatic U.S. Senate candidate in Congressman Beto O'Rourke, whose race against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz immediately began drawing new attention when Moore's loss narrowed Republicans' edge in the chamber.

Of course, not long after the results were announced, Trump tweeted that he told everyone that Moore would lose.

That is why the Democrats should temper their excitement.

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