Mitch McConnell and his crony, big donor buddies are estimated to have spent $10 Million in Alabama (I have also heard $30M) because they preferred one Republican candidate over another Republican candidate. They lost their bet, and squandered millions of dollars that would have been helpful in next year’s senate races.
As a senator, Ray Moore is not my cup of hot chocolate. Too old and too cozy with an authoritarian state for my preferences. That said, I didn’t care about the Alabama race because I would have expected Strange and Moore to vote the same way almost all of the time. OTOH, I can hope this is a harbinger of a senate without the McCains, the Collinses ,the Flakes and their like that have spent their entire careers thwarting conservative reforms and Constitutional Government.
I suspect the GOP really doesn’t really want a 57 or 58 seat senate majority. I think they like it better that they can pretend to forward conservative agenda items and then blame their failures on the defection of a handful of left-leaning Republican senators.
If Republicans don’t like that the people rejected their chosen candidate, then they should repeal the 17th Amendment. I am actually in favor of that. Since it’s enactment, the US Senate has become a parliamentary body emphasizing the desires of the national parties rather than the interests of states. And I don’t like it.