Trash-talking former attorney general Jeff Sessions’ dreams of a political comeback to reclaim a Senate seat that he had previously held crashed in an embarrassing heap Tuesday night. Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville stomped him mercilessly to win the Republican nomination for the Alabama Senate seat.
Tuberville won with a resounding 60.7% of the vote as Alabamans beat the swamp out of Sessions who limped away with only 39.3% support. After months of talking trash about President Donald Trump, the man he shivved in the back after he loyally rewarded him for his ‘support’ with a plum Cabinet position, the night ended in shame and defeat.
Sessions will go down in history as one of the sneakiest, most underhanded turncoats in political history after he recused himself from his new appointment as attorney general in 2017 when the president was under vicious attack from all corners of Washington and needed a smart, strong ally.
Instead of shutting down a series of unsubstantiated claims that Trump and his associates were colluding with Russia to steal the 2016 elections, which the president’s enemies were concocting to strip him of the presidency, Sessions allowed the hoaxes to metastasize into a full blown investigation led by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Shattered and teary-eyed, Sessions addressed his loyal supporters on Tuesday night at a Mobile, Alabama, hotel insisting, “I leave elected office with my integrity intact. I hold my head high.”
For two years Sessions chose to sit on the sidelines while alligators in the FBI and CIA ripped at the flesh of Trump and his campaign associates, virtually abdicating the job he had been newly appointed to do.
Sessions told the crowd, “I followed the law, I did the right thing, and I saved the president’s bacon in the process.” The president did nothing wrong so he didn’t need a savior. He needed a strong law enforcement officer to put a stop to an investigation based on lies.
Sessions claimed he did not want to be perceived as having a conflict of interest because of his participation in Trump’s 2016 campaign, so he just looked the other way and went off on a sabbatical while Trump stared down the swamp alone. Trump urged Sessions to limit the investigation or intervene to end the probe, but his entreaties were ignored.
The smarmy Mueller investigation finally ended after Trump fired Sessions following the 2018 midterms, replacing him with seasoned conservative attorney William Barr who had served as attorney general in George H.W. Bush’s administration.
“I’m one of the architects of the Trump agenda — I’ve always supported it and always will,” Sessions tweeted when Trump endorsed Tuberville in March. “Nothing the President can do will deter me from supporting this agenda, because my principles, just like my faith, are fundamental to who I am and immovable.”
When the primary ended in a runoff between Sessions and Tuberville, Trump gleefully mocked his former ally tweeting on March 4, “This is what happens to someone who loyally gets appointed Attorney General of the United States & then doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt. Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller Scam begins!”
With Republican voters solidly behind him Tuberville is now well positioned to reclaim the Senate seat held by Democrat Doug Jones in November.
“Wow, just called! @TTuberville – Tommy Tuberville WON big against Jeff Sessions, Trump tweeted Tuesday. “Will be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama. @DougJones is a terrible Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. Represents Alabama poorly. On to November 3rd.”
The Democrats’ fantasy of winning the Senate majority in November may have ended after a cold clash with reality in deep red Alabama.