By Erick Erickson - Posted at The Resurgent:
There are only so many things that can be extrapolated from the Alabama race. Here are the basics.
There are going to be a lot of hot takes about Alabama. I'd like to try to avoid them and stick to the basics here in bullet point fashion.
- Credible allegations need to be treated credibly. Whether Roy Moore supporters want to believe it or not, most voters treated the allegations of child molestation seriously and they didn't buy the Moore defenders' excuses that it didn't happen and if it did it was okay. I've been berated in the comments here and it did not matter. What matters was the Moore campaign didn't treat the allegations with the seriousness they should have.
- Only Trump can behave like Trump. What Moore did was act like the President. He attacked the press, changed his story multiple times, and otherwise never mounted a real rebuttal to the accusations. He probably could not because of their veracity, but the reality is that he never really even tried.