Last week, Katie Boyd Britt threw her hat off in the race for the US Senate for the seat vacated by her former boss, Senator Richard Shelby. It was no surprise to anyone. It has long been said that the Enterprise native, who was the CEO of the Business Council of Alabama and chief of staff to Shelby, was the outgoing senator’s choice to replace him. And as expected, she got her approval this week.
So, we now know for sure who the players in the race between choosing Shelby and former President Donald Trump’s choice of Congressman Mo Brooks will be.
And there’s also Lynda Blanchard, who served as ambassador to Slovenia under Trump and organized a fundraiser in Mar-a-Lago. Although she could not get Trump’s approval, she significantly filled her campaign war chest, largely thanks to a $ 5 million loan that she herself deposited there. But even though she announced early, she wasn’t very visible. Has she even been to Mobile? If she did, I certainly missed it.
While a few more may still step in, it’s hard to see which “lane” in the Republican primary they would occupy now. If you don’t have Trump or Shelby’s approval or deep pockets like Blanchard, it’s going to be tough.
So how is this race going to go?
The Republican primaries of the last election cycles have turned into competitions over who could verbally take down Donald Trump the most. And it’s nauseating to watch. This is not a partisan observation. It’s disgusting to see any adult individual bow to someone, lick their boots, and take all the abuse inflicted on them by another adult individual. It doesn’t matter which party or person. It’s humiliating. It makes applicants weak and pathetic, and it just isn’t good looking for anyone. I don’t care what your political advisers at Beltway tell you! Do not do it !
I hope that since Trump has already given his endorsement to someone who is currently accused of instigating an insurgency for him (pretty hard to beat that mark of the aforementioned verbal fellatio), others won’t feel the need. to prove that they are the most Trumpiest of Trumpers.
Because why would you do it? Brooks has their voices.
Britt will get a good chunk of Shelby’s voters, many of whom are ‘old-fashioned’ Republicans who have never been particularly in love with Trump, but even more so with Shelby’s status as Bringing-Home-the-Bacon- ator from Alabama, which as much as we all joke, is going to be important to replace. Shelby himself has not gone out of his way to suck Trump off and is said to have “expressed extreme contempt” for his behavior behind closed doors.
It’s a tough line to walk in Alabama, however.
People who love Trump, LOVE Trump. I’ve really never seen anything like it. Going down to Dauphin Island over Memorial Day weekend, there were still many Trump signs lining AL-193, including one that had a Terminator-type message: “He will come back.” I mean, have you ever seen so many signs for a candidate who is not in office? I certainly didn’t.
And on the other hand, people who hate Trump hate Trump. And no candidate who does not publicly say that he is the devil and must be destroyed will ever get his votes either.
But I think there is a significant bunch of Alabamians in the middle that fall into one of those categories that might make this race more interesting and not a guaranteed win for Brooks (who currently leads the early polls) … .
Pragmatic and moderate Democrats and center-left Republicans
The name I hear most often being the Democratic candidate for this seat is Alabama Democratic Party Chairman and State Representative Chris England. But I’m sure even England knows it would be a tough hill to climb to win the Senate seat in that state, given the demographic calculations.
Many voters in this category also know this and want to support the person they see as “the lesser of evil”. Bradley Byrne has been in this lane for a very long time, and I still think he would have – at the very least – had a better chance of already being our US Senator if he hadn’t thought he had to become “full.” Trump, ”which no one bought and kept voters in that category at home in this election. Can Britt avoid falling into the same trap as Byrne? It remains to be seen.
Voters sick of everything
I think this is a relatively new category with bipartisan membership. I think there are more and more people on “both sides” who are just fed up with all this political bullshit. They are fed up with Trump and the Trumpers. They are fed up with the left and the leftists. They are fed up with the left attacking the right and the right attacking the left. They are fed up with the marginalized in their own parties. They are fed up with the national “media” they can see through and their apparent inability to remain impartial in their reporting.
They are tired of all the ceaseless and exaggerated hyperbolic yelling and statements. They’ve stopped watching MSNBC or FOX News all day and are now tune in to what the Pioneer Woman is up to or have started doing what they were doing again before watching and engaging in some bloody political sport. becomes a national pastime.
I really think the last four years of nonstop hyperventilating and hair burning – whatever your political conviction – has just run its course for many Americans, and yes, Alabamians. They want something fresh, new, authentic and reasonable… and LESS ideological and partisan. And someone who is their OWN brand, without co-opting someone else’s. But he must be someone charismatic enough to woo people and also comfortable enough in his own skin to take the daggers, while following his own arrow.
And it is hard.
Do we have a candidate in the race who is still able to capture these two types of voters? And even if we do, are there enough in this cycle that will make it to the polls? I do not yet know the answer to either of these questions. But it will definitely be interesting to see how it all plays out, Alabama.