President Trump, never one to accept blame, may look for a scapegoat for his failure to lift Mr. Moore to victory in Alabama.
Republicans embraced Trump, Moore and post-ethics politics. In defeat, they are officially post-shame.
The results in Alabama might offer a warning for the future of the G.O.P.
A public hearing of the conference committee on Wednesday will be largely a show given that Republican lawmakers have a deal on a consensus $1.5 trillion tax bill.
A defeat in Alabama should inspire a course correction in the White House — but it won’t.