Well, I was clearly dead wrong about the Alabama election. I have to say, I don't get it; this was an absolute must win for the Republicans. Alabama is one of the most Republican States in the country- if Dems can win there, they can win anywhere, and we all know it. After the recent string of Democratic victories in other State elections, this represents a blast of momentum going into next year's election that the Republicans should find terrifying. Republicans have always counted on leaving so many liberal voters so discouraged that they just don't vote because they think the system is so rigged against them that it is useless. Well, they know that isn't true any more, and I think you are going to see people turning out all over the country because of this election that would have just stayed home otherwise.
And the Republicans know this perfectly well. Of course, the Alabama voting commission hasn't certified the results yet, so who knows what dirty tricks the Republicans can still come up with, but right now, that looks like a long shot.
I have to admit that I don't know what happened here. Were they so sure that they had as much chance of losing an election in Alabama as Putin would of losing in Moscow, so they didn't really do a good enough job of preparing the cheating? We may never know the answer to this question, but Roy Moore's loss here could end up being a gigantic turning point for the corrupt dominance that Republicans have exercised for so long; after all, money can buy a lot, but it still takes votes to win, and when a party reveals what a nauseating sinkhole of criminality it is, maybe even the Koch Brothers' money can't buy a ladder long enough to climb out of the hole.