Contrary to what the Washington Post claims, there is no “Democratic wave.” Even if there was one, the idea that Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama yesterday was indicative of anything resembling a wave is utterly ludicrous.
More Americans are waking up to the reality that the Democratic Party doesn’t have their best interests in mind. This is why they’re losing membership almost as quickly as the Republicans. As more people become Independents or join the Libertarian, Green, or Federalist parties, it’s a signal that the Democrats are not rising or part of some wave. There is an anti-GOP wave. In the current two-party system, that results in Democratic victories.
The real wave points to the idea that third party and independent candidates can start winning elections in the near future. It may not happen in 2018. It may not even happen in 2020. It will happen at some point. The corruption in both parties is too blatant for them to hold on to their duopoly for much longer.
Regarding Moore, mainstream media has been putting out stories about how improbably his loss was and how ruby red Alabama is a sign of the end for the GOP. Their end may be in sight, but Moore’s loss is not a result of it. The more truthful narrative is that the Democrats barely won by 1.5% against a man accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct with minors, including at least two accusations of pedophilia. Ruby red or not, that doesn’t sound like anything resembling a wave.
The WaPo article below is a pep talk. It’s a rallying cry. It’s an attempt to get the Democratic base excited about its prospects going into the midterm elections. Perhaps more importantly to their narrative is the idea that this is the sign of a trend towards removing President Trump from the White House, whether soon through legal means or at the latest during the 2020 election.
In other words, it’s opportunistic propaganda riding the wave of the Moore loss and trying to pretend it’s a Democratic wave instead.
Democrats did absolutely nothing to win in Alabama. The Washington Post did all the work. Now, the same publication is trying to translate their first big win of 2017 into more victories for their agenda in 2018. They, not the Democrats, are the GOP’s biggest threat until we’re able to mount a formidable challenge from outside of the duopoly.
Jones’s improbable victory was much more than a rejection of Moore. It reflected a broader trend within the American electorate since the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s presidency has divided Republicans and energized Democrats. As a result, Democrats have made substantial gains in special and off-year elections.
Last month, Democrats won the Virginia gubernatorial election by a larger-than-expected margin. More surprisingly, they made substantial gains in the Virginia House of Delegates, coming close to regaining control of that chamber. At the same time, Democrats were making inroads in special elections across the country, including flipping three GOP-held seats in the Georgia legislature.