Nibble at majority
Alabama voters struck a blow for decency Dec. 12, electing Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate.
In rejecting President Trump’s appeals that they vote for Republican Judge, Roy Moore, Alabama voters showed their allegiance to real family values that begins with upholding the equal rights — and dignity — of women.
I think voters believed the women who accused Moore of molesting them.
A coalition of women, African American, Latino and white voters mobilized for Jones who won by 21,000 votes, according to media reports.
Jones is the former prosecutor who won conviction of two Klansmen who murdered four young African American school girls in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church Sept. 15, 1963.
The martyrs were Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair, according to media reports.
When Jones is sworn in, the Senate lineup will be 51 Republicans versus 47 Democrats and two Independents who vote with the Democrats.
If only one moderate Republican switches, the GOP “steal from the poor, give to the rich” agenda can be blocked.
There are media reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to lure Jones to caucus with the Republicans.
That would be suicidal.
The progressive coalition that elected Jones is the future of Alabama.
Republican defeats this year in Virginia, New Jersey, Alabama and here in Washington improve hopes of ending Republican majority control on Capitol Hill.
Our challenge is to flip from “red to blue” the eighth Congressional District now represented by Republican Dave Reichert.
To paraphrase, “As Alabama goes, so goes the nation.”