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NBA Great Charles Barkley Has A Message For Democratic Leaders

One of the most contentious races in recent political history came to a close on Tuesday night and those that have had enough with the endless chatter surrounding it are nothing short of thankful. No, President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton didn’t go toe to toe in a rematch or anything, but it sure felt like that at times. The race between Republican candidate Roy Jones and Democratic challenger Doug Jones was one for the record books, as it helped to make at least one thing perfectly clear: the national discourse on politics is irreparably broken.

In normal times, a special election for a vacated Senate seat would be nothing more than a blip on the radar. That’s certainly not the case in today’s day and age, as each and every congressional seat is viewed as the keys to the kingdom that will ultimately lead to a shifting of the balance of power if it falls into the right hands. If that sounds a little on the outrageous side, you’re certainly not alone, but that’s exactly how those that trade in political capital view it.

In one corner, we had Moore, a flawed candidate that had been leveled with allegations that suggest he’s nothing more than a sexual predator with a proclivity for underage girls. In the other corner, we had Jones, a far-left liberal that normally wouldn’t stand a prayer in a traditionally red state. Moore’s flaws and the inordinate amount of attention that the race attracted shifted the pendulum in the direction of Jones, who was able to walk away with the victory.

The commentary continues to roll in on this contentious battle, and we’ll hold out hope that the rhetoric gets turned down for the time being. That’s no guarantee in today’s toxic environment, but perhaps Christmas can come early in that regard. We’ll have to wait and see about that. In the meantime, we can expect an endless amount of pontification about what the results mean for the future of both major parties. As CNN shares, NBA great Charles Barkley has weighed in with his thoughts on that, and he has some advice for Democrats.

Barkley considers the victory of Jones to be "a wake-up call for Democrats," which he notes is a party that has "taken the black vote and the poor vote for granted for a long time."

"It's time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black folks and people who are poor," he noted.

Beyond the wake-up call, Barkley points out that his home state dodged a bullet by rejecting Jones.

"I've been in Alabama for the weekend campaigning with Doug Jones, all Roy Moore's commercials were he's against abortion, he's against gay marriage, and he talks about God, those are not three good enough reasons to be in the Senate," he added. "At some point, we got to stop looking like idiots to the nation. This is a great night for Alabama."

That sentiment is certainly open for debate, and we’re not just talking about the endless drama that exists between the Left and the Right. This was far from a great night for the state - or the nation, for that matter - as it was on full display just how broken things really are. When the best that the state has to offer is two extreme candidates that are the polar opposite of each other politically, then it’s quite obvious that there is something very wrong with the process as a whole.

Source: CNN
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, YouTube

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