When President Donald Trump came out and backed the Alabama Senator appointed by the governor, one might think that the race was over. It is not going well for Senator Luther Strange, however. Former Judge Roy Moore, the Ten Commandments hero, and advocate is putting distance on Mr. Strange. This now seems to be a proxy war between Trump and his former advisor, Steve Bannon. Why is the President backing this not so sure thing? He should pull away right now!
As Written by Allapundit for Hot Air:
Trump critics were breathing heavily this morning after he retweeted a GIF of him driving a golf ball off of Hillary Clinton’s back but the item below remains the most surprising thing to appear on his Twitter account in the past 24 hours. I thought he had all but abandoned Luther Strange after endorsing him a few weeks ago in the Alabama Senate primary, which would have made sense. Strange has trailed Roy Moore badly in independent polls and is being championed by Mitch McConnell, currently one of POTUS’s least favorite Republicans. Trump’s populist base, led by Steve Bannon, is also all-in on behalf of Moore.
The safe play, especially after pissing off some of his fans this week by [alledgedly] dealing with Democrats on immigration, would have been for Trump to limit any further endorsements of Strange before the runoff to Twitter or even to decline to say another word about the race, hanging him out to dry. Doubling down on him is a lose/lose proposition. If Strange wins now, Trump’s base will be angry that he rescued the establishment candidate from near-certain defeat, and if Strange loses, the media will ooh and ahh that Trump’s endorsement doesn’t mean much even in deep red Alabama. POTUS couldn’t save the incumbent, they’ll say. Maybe he really is losing his fans.
But no, against all odds, he’s going all-in. And just a day after populist Mo Brooks endorsed Moore, too:
I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate. “Big Luther” is a great guy who gets things done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2017
What’s he thinking? The lazy psychological read is that….
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