Remember when Hillary Clinton insulted Trump voters, calling them “deplorables”? That line caught attention and fired up the base against Hilary.
Temporary Sen. Luther Strange may have made a similar mistake in Alabama’s U.S. Senate debate Thursday.
In the Senate debate Thursday, Strange said supporters of his opponent, Judge Roy Moore, “look like the White House unemployment line.”
That insult could fire up the Roy Moore base.
Turnout appears vital in this Tuesday’s Republican runoff. Sec. of State John Merrill predicts a poor voter turnout – 12 to 15 percent of registered voters. A low turnout increases the importance of which candidate’s supporters are motivated.
If Moore voters turn out strongly, polls indicate he wins. The strange insult from Strange could backfire on him and encourage Moore supporters to get out and vote.
Strange is depending on millions of dollars in ads and mailers paid for by Mitch McConnell and Washington Insiders. Moore is counting on Alabama supporters calling their friends and neighbors reminding them to vote Tuesday and recommending Roy Moore.
The Washington money versus the grassroots of Alabama. A classic David v. Goliath contest. Luther Strange, at 6 feet 9 inches, is clearly Goliath.
Jim Zeigler is the State Auditor of Alabama.