Roy Moore had the backing of damn near every Republican, including Donald Trump, the Republican National Committee, most evangelical Christians, and Sean Hannity, despite being twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for misconduct, despite being disbarred, despite numerous credible allegations that he is a child molester, despite his support for getting rid of all the Constitutional amendments after the Tenth (including the ones that banned slavery and gave women the right to vote), despite his anti-Semitism.
Credit is due to the tiny minority of Republicans who didn’t go along, including the 1.7% of Alabama voters who wrote in someone else (giving the 1.5% margin of victory to Doug Jones), and the Nebraskan who quit the RNC over its support of Moore. One wonders what it would take to get those people to quit the Republican Party.
Can the Republican Party ever live down their support of such a candidate? It’s up to us to give a resounding “hell no” in answer to that question. No forgiveness, no normalizing of a party that is openly racist, no legitimacy. The Republican Party is permanently beyond the pale of democracy.