Roy Moore

Witcover: The political earthquake in Alabama

Witcover: The political earthquake in Alabama

President Trump's late decision to go all-out for accused sexual predator Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate election has cost him greatly in terms of his own political credibility, and it has clouded his legislative prospects in dealing with the Congress controlled by his own party.

Instead of a Moore victory that would have triggered an embarrassing Senate ethics investigation into Mr. Moore's fitness to serve, the election of Democrat Doug Jones will narrow to 51-49 the already slim Republican majority there. It could augur trouble for Trump's contentious tax reform bill that heavily favors wealthy corporate interests at the expense of poor and middle-class workers.