Even more so that the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, twice-removed Alabama Supreme Court Justice (and accused pedophile) Roy Moore is a cartoonishly bad political candidate. But the GOP swallowed hard and backed him in last Tuesday’s special senate election, only to lose to conservative Democrat Doug Jones. The idea that a Republican could lose a statewide deep-south race was all but unthinkable, and the party’s decision to go all-in with the nuttier parts of its base doesn’t bode well for 2018.