Jeff Sessions

Alabama redeems itself — barely

Alabama redeems itself — barely

The special election held in Alabama this week to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he resigned to become Donald Trump’s attorney general was not held to decide whether the deep red state favors Republicans or Democrats; that much was already known. This was an election that pitted common decency and respect over indecency and suspected criminal behavior. In the end, decency won out — but only just barely.

Democrat Doug Jones, a former prosecutor without a blemish on his record, emerged victorious by only 1.5 percentage points over his Republican opponent, Roy Moore, who claimed to run as a Christian backed by God himself. As chief justice of the Alabama Supreme...

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