On Tuesday Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore to became the first Democratic Senator from Alabama in a quarter of a century, and political pundits are eager to give their two cents on how he pulled it off.
Some of them claim that Jones’s victory was due to the high turnout of Black voters, and Black women in particular
Let me be clear: We won in Alabama and Virginia because #BlackWomen led us to victory. Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and we can’t take that for granted. Period.— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) December 13, 2017
Others say it was due to those GOP voters who refused to back an accused child molester who had twice been kicked off the state supreme court
What was the real story of the Alabama special election? Disgusted conservatives went on strike. Breaking it all down with @xan_desanctis on the Liberty Files: https://t.co/50uvyrLCOJ— David French (@DavidAFrench) December 14, 2017
While others think that the credit should go to Doug Jones himself
Tonight is why you run real candidates even in races you don't think you can win. Democrats were lucky that Roy Moore's past spilled out into the open. But they only won because Doug Jones was good.— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) December 13, 2017
When something momentous happens in politics there’s nothing the media loves more than fighting about what “the real reason” for it was. But these debates are always kind of dumb, because in reality political events never happen for just one reason.