I think this story is rather important: Roy Moore still refuses to concede the Alabama special Senate race, and in fact tried to call “shenanigans” on the whole election. It’s baloney, of course, and now it’s officially been ruled baloney.
1) Sigh of relief! Congrats again, Doug Jones!
2) Thank you, establishment Republicans who actually value the rule of law. I have to believe you exist and you will do the right and good thing even if you’re disappointed or you disagree. This challenge was batted down by fellow GOP officials, not Dem opponents. That’s very important.
3) This is just one more signal of how hard the fight will be to create a more just America: Those who feel they are owed the reins of power will scratch and claw rather than relinquish them. Paradigm shifts are not pleasant or peaceful, and “love” is not enough of an answer when the enemy is full of hate, fear, desperation, anger and entitlement. (Not all political opponents are enemies… see point 2.)
4) Note that certain types simply will not accept or concede a loss — even a clear loss. This is currently considered a flaw in personal character… if that refusal turns into a trend, it could morph into a group show of strength, and could fundamentally alter a basic American value: peaceful transfer of power. and YES, I am looking at the Federal government and White House fearfully when I say that. (THESE are the folks who see all opponents as enemies. That is very scary for democracy and domestic tranquility.)
5) The exceedingly dramatic and ongoing battle for the Virginia statehouse is a related story, in terms of electoral operations, resolutions, and overall stakes. Don’t forget to keep an eye on that one, too.