Win or Lose, Moore is an Alabama Nightmare for the Republican Party
Win or lose on Dec. 12, the Republican Party has a Moore nightmare on their hands.
There is a good chance that GOP senate candidate Roy Moore will win the elections and that is when the nightmare begins. The Republican Party will have to decide whether to seat him, remove him, investigate him or just ignore him.
First of all, it will be hard for them to ignore him. With more women accusing him of coming after them while they were not of age and others accusing him of molestation and sexual harassment, it is hard to see a situation where the GOP just ignores him.
The next option is to refuse to seat him or seat him and then remove him but the Republicans do not have the votes to do that. With the unfolding scandal surrounding Minnesota senator Al Franken, Democrats may be reluctant to join in an effort to remove Moore from the U.S. Senate.
The final option is to just seat him and pretend that none of the sexual harassment accusations against him are true. Doing that will mean they are ceding their authority to accuse Democrats of being weak on crime – in the future. Imagine a Democrat senator being accused of sexual harassment a few months or years from now, do you think the Republicans will have the moral authority to ask for his or her resignation after failing to act on Roy Moore?
A recent Fox News poll from Alabama shows Democrat Doug Jones leading Moore 50 percent to 42 percent with nine percent unsure of who they will vote for. As surprising as that may appear, if recent history is any guide, most Americans are betting Moore will win.
For starters most people don’t tell pollsters the truth. Last year, most voters were telling pollsters they would vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the presidential elections. Today, Trump is U.S. President while Clinton is sitting at home in New York.
Alabama is as red a state as they come and Moore has smartly wrapped himself in the Bible. Most White Americans will support anyone who talks about the Bible and calls himself a “Christian” even if he is a pedophile, sexual molester or murderer. To them, the Bible trumps everything.
That may also account for why Donald Trump who is never short of words when it comes to others, seems reluctant to say anything about Roy Moore. Friday morning, Trump spoke up about Al Franken but as hard as the media has tried to get him to say something about Roy Moore, Trump wouldn’t.
“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?” Trump wrote of a photo that surfaced this week in which Franken appears to grab a woman’s breast while she was asleep during a 2006 USO tour.
Trump continued, “And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?”
Trump was referring to a 1995 New York magazine article quoting Franken joking in the “Saturday Night Live” writers’ room about drugging and raping journalist Lesley Stahl. He later apologized.
“Alabama is as red a state as they come and Moore has smartly wrapped himself in the Bible. Most White Americans will support anyone who talks about the Bible and calls himself a “Christian” even if he is a pedophile, sexual molester or murderer. To them, the Bible trumps everything.”
Surprisingly, on Roy Moore, a much bigger scandal, Trump has very little, if anything to say.
“The President said in his statement earlier this week that, if the allegations are true, then that Roy Moore should step aside. He still firmly believes that,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Thursday. “This is a decision people of Alabama need to make, not the President.”
Sanders added that a Senate investigation into the allegations against Franken were an “appropriate action.”
Sweet! Trump, himself a serial molester and sexual harasser, is willing to have Sen. Franken investigated but wants nothing to be done about Roy Moore.
Like Republican leaders, Trump is hoping Roy Moore wins so the GOP can retain the Alabama seat and they can seat him without negative consequences. Just like they hope all the Russia probes will go away.
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