Is the Alabama Senate Election a Repudiation of President Trump?

With all the focus on the Senate race in Alabama that has been in the news for last several weeks (has it only been weeks?) there is plenty of reaction to what this means for President Trump's future and his ability to pass any major legislation through Congress.

Trump Repudiated in Alabama Senate Election

Atlantic Sentinel
Roy Moore’s defeat in Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday is a repudiation of Donald Trump and the party he wants to build.
Never one to accept responsibility, the president was up early this morning tweeting he knew Moore couldn’t win and that’s why he supported his Republican opponent, Luther Strange, in the primary.

Changing minds

Reporting at the time was that Trump sympathized with Moore but was forced into endorsing the more mainstream Strange by Republican leaders in Congress.
He later threw his full support behind Moore, even when three women accused the former judge of sexual assault and others claimed he pursued romantic relations with them when they were teenagers.
That wasn’t enough for Trump, who has himself been accused of sexual misconduct and sexual assault by numerous women, to change his mind about Moore. <more>

What Happened in Alabama May Stay in Alabama

U.S News

As Alabama goes, so goes ... ah ... just Alabama?
It's inviting to posit the notion of sweeping impact to Doug Jones's Senate victory in Alabama or, as it will be better known, the defeat of Roy Moore (and Steve Bannon and President Donald Trump). But some, not all, smart folks demur and would have done same even if the poster child of poor candidates had won.
"This has nothing to do with the rest of the country or the rest of the GOP," argues John Feehery, a Republican consultant in Washington and onetime top aide to GOP chieftains on Capitol Hill.
"There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot and missed," Feehery says, alluding to the prospect of a victorious Moore, the man whose wife assured that her family is not anti-Semitic because "one of our attorneys is a Jew."
Says Feehery, "The GOP escaped a bullet." <more>

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