Republican Roy Moore’s defeat in Alabama Tuesday signaled the power of sexual misconduct, even when only alleged, as an issue in U.S. politics. The dynamics at play seemed to provide a winning formula for Democrats after a previous string of red-state election losses.
But the party is not ready to claim “Me Too” as its midterm campaign slogan just yet.
Instead, Democrats assessing the fallout from the Senate special election insist there was more to Moore’s fatally flawed candidacy, and to their winning message, than what the shifting cultural ground on sexual assault and harassment exposed.
“I think Moore had something to do with it, and obviously a party that clings to a candidate like that has something wrong with them, but it wasn’t the whole story,” Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Wednesday. “The lesson of this election is that the Republican policies are all wrong.”