Alabama Senate Race: MAGA Stronger Than Ever!
Excellent news from Alabama as I woke up this morning.
The election as Republican candidate (and therefore sure winner) of Roy Moore for the Senate seat sends an extremely powerful message to the Republican establishment: Trump is not the movement.
The movement finds in Trump, on most occasions, an extremely valid representative. But Trump cannot decide how much of it he wants. The rediscovery of patriotic and religious values has now every chance of sweeping the Southern States and reinvigorate some Northern ones, changing the balance of power in both the Senate and the House in 2018. This, as the Democraps seem to have sunk into a spiral of anti-Americanism for which they are going to pay a steep price.
Trump is not the movement. Whilst politics is, as Giulio Andreotti famously said, “the art of the possible”, it is not the art of Jared and Ivanka, or Cohn and Tillerson, or Ryan and McConnell, to slowly steer Trump in a swamp-ish direction one “smart” compromise at a time.
Smart, Trump certainly is. It can be that he endorsed Strange in exchange for Establishment Republican support on other matters like the tax reform. But it was still wrong to support an establishment candidate, and it is still true that the message has come loud and clear: Trump will not be able to tell the grassroots what to do with the movement, or decide about the doses of the medicine.
Did he foresee, and even desire, the result? Maybe, maybe not. He is smart enough to accept a seeming defeat for advantages of various kind, both in the short and long term. But he is not smart enough to avoid many of his voters doubting his motives on DACA or illegal immigration in general, or asking why on earth Jaranka is not asked to pack and go back to New York, sharpish.
You can flip it as you want, but a fact remains: Trump has been taught a lesson by the movement he has so brilliantly brought to success. Bannon, Palin, Farage all supported Moore. They will keep supporting good candidates in 2018 in both Senate and House racing, whether Trump likes them or not. They will sway a number of races in the right direction, sending to Washington a troop of valiant soldiers whose loyalty to the King lies in being more Royalist than the King, because what they most care for is the Kingdom. The movement is Sessions and Bannon, Palin and Gorka, Moore and, yes, Farage. Trump is its hero and spearhead, but he is not its helmsman.
It started with Brexit. It did not finish with Trump's election.