Roy Moore's win may be great news for his supporters who were hoping that the candidate would emerge victorious in the battle for Alabama Senate seat, but for the Republicans, this is cause for anxiety. The main reason behind the anxiety is Moore's well-known aggressive stance in politics. The Republicans believe that this could well leave a big impact for them in the coming years.
React to win with alarm
What made evident the Republicans' stance toward Moore was their alarmed reaction to the news of his win. Speaking about the development, many also said that they are hoping for Moore to toe the line drawn by the other members of his conference if the December special election goes in his favor too. In particular, the Republicans are concerned about the man's penchant for making rather inflammatory speeches and how it will impact the party itself.
Shelby about the impact of Moore on party future
Speaking for his party, Sen. Richard Shelby did not state that Moore will not turn out to be a problem for the party. In fact, he made a rather non-committal response that the party members will 'have to see'. Moore has stirred the pot quite substantially in the past, thanks to his harsh views on homosexuality, conservative stance, strong religious views, and so on. In fact, his views have been responsible for his removal from the Alabama Supreme Court earlier.
Angry GOP base behind Moore win
Trying to explain why Moore won the Senate seat, Republicans have been saying that it was the angry GOP base that pushed through to get the candidate his victory. They believe that the anger arises from the fact that the party has failed to fulfill its promises made during campaign time. One of the main issues that are rankling is the failure to get rid of Obamacare and bring in a plan that will completely overhaul it, say the party members.
Abysmal poll numbers indicate that the Republicans may be right in thinking so. A recent poll shows that not even 30% think that the party is heading the right way. It is, in fact, the lowest ever ratings that the party has achieved. With Moore's views that could make him a party member very capable of dividing the party supporters strongly, it is clear that the Republicans' fears after his victory are not unfounded at all.