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GOP on Moore: 'We Didn't Just Dodge a Bullet, We Dodged a Missile'

GOP on Moore: 'We Didn't Just Dodge a Bullet, We Dodged a Missile'
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By    |   Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:16 AM

Various Republicans reacted to their lose-lose proposition in the Alabama special election, embracing the loss of a seat in the Senate with relief that they didn't have to cope with a Roy Moore victory.

"We didn't just dodge a bullet, we dodged a missile," a senior Republican strategist told the Washington Examiner. "If Moore had won, our candidates would have spent the next 11 months being forced to react to every crazy thing he said and did."

National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Cory Gardner wasted no time Tuesday night reacting positively to the loss of a fellow Republican.

"Tonight's results are clear — the people of Alabama deemed Roy Moore unfit to serve in the U.S. Senate," Gardner said in a statement. "I hope Senator-elect Doug Jones will do the right thing and truly represent Alabama by choosing to vote with the Senate Republican Majority."

Even the usually reticent Matt Drudge took to Twitter to bemoan the "too much crazy" that Moore brought to Republicans.

Then there's the reaction toward Steve Bannon, who put all of his political muscle — perceived or otherwise — behind Moore while alienating establishment Republicans along the way.

"Steve Bannon managed to do what was previously regarded as absolutely impossible for Senate Democrats," Josh Holmes, former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, told the Examiner.

"If Chuck Schumer doesn't already have him on the payroll, the Dems will be funding Breitbart's efforts in short order because he's the best strategist they've got."

Bannon is now in the crosshairs of the establishment vs. the other way around.

The chief of McConnell's Senate Leadership Fund also tore into Bannon.

"This is a brutal reminder that candidate quality matters regardless of where you are running. Not only did Steve Bannon cost us a critical Senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the country, but he also dragged the president of the United States into his fiasco," CEO Steven Law said in a statement.

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Various Republicans reacted to their lose-lose proposition in the Alabama special election, embracing the loss of a seat in the Senate with relief that they didn't have to cope with a Roy Moore victory.
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