Opinion Trump needs to push Moore out of Alabama Senate race

00:20  14 november  2017
00:20  14 november  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

Moore says he'll remain in Senate race, blasts McConnell

  Moore says he'll remain in Senate race, blasts McConnell Republican Roy Moore says he'll remain in Alabama Senate race, accuses GOP leader McConnell of trying to 'steal' seat.A defiant Moore appeared at a news conference on Thursday to reiterate that he would be staying in the Alabama race.

Mitch McConnell Leads Establishment Republicans in Effort to Push Roy Moore Out of Alabama Race . Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and several other Republican senators said on Thursday that if allegations of misconduct are true, Alabama Senate Republican candidate Judge

Luther Strange and firebrand jurist Roy Moore face off in Alabama ’s US Senate runoff Tuesday in a He also lashed out at attack ads run against him in the race , including one suggesting he was weak “Mitch McConnell needs to be replaced and your vote tomorrow may determine that,” Moore said in a Trump on Monday continued his push for Strange. Speaking to several hundred supporters at an

U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama Roy Moore © Hal Yeager, AP U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama Roy Moore

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A convergence of electoral results, polling and unsettling allegations against a Republican Senate candidate should have conservatives worried about their party’s future. Nothing short of Democratic control of Congress and the success of Donald Trump’s presidency is at stake.

In Alabama, an accused pedophile is the Republican Party’s nominee for a U.S. Senate election on Dec. 12. Roy Moore's campaign was rocked last week by credible, well-sourced reporting that he sexually molested a 14-year-old girl in 1979 — and rocked again Monday by Beverly Young Nelson, who accused him at a press conference of trying to force her to have sex when she was 16.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to vote for Roy Moore in Senate race despite sex allegations

  Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to vote for Roy Moore in Senate race despite sex allegations Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Friday that she will vote for beleaguered GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in next month's special election in the hope of preserving Republican control of Congress. Moore, a former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, has been accused of sexual misconduct toward several women who were in their teens when he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s.One of the women told The Washington Post that Moore tried to initiate a sexual encounter with her when she was 14. Another said Moore assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress after he offered to drive her home.

Trump appears to be placing other factors over ideology as he pushes to keep Strange in the Senate over a candidate more in sync with the tone of his own 2016 campaign. Mitch McConnell Leads Establishment Republicans in Effort to Push Roy Moore Out of Alabama Race .

ELECTION RESULTS: Alabama GOP Senate primary between Luther Strange, Roy Moore . America needs Judge Moore ." "It's how I feel in my heart," Green said. "I think ( Trump ) knows he made a mistake. Trump looms large in Alabama Senate race .

Trump and other national GOP leaders preferred Sen. Luther Strange over Moore. But Moore, unfortunately, won the primary to replace Jeff Sessions and presidential intervention is required to save the Republican Party from one of two bad outcomes: Moore wins, plunging the Senate GOP into immediate turmoil; or Moore loses, reducing the Senate GOP to a one-vote majority after giving away a reliable seat.

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President Trump should intervene with the following plan: demand the Alabama Republican Party withdraw Moore’s name as a candidate, which it almost certainly would do if ordered by the White House; dispatch a still-popular Sessions to run a write-in candidacy; and campaign for and hope Sessions wins.

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  Alabama Senate race a toss-up, new poll finds <p>Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, lost his lead in the race after allegations that he had sexual contact with teenagers years ago, and the election is now a toss-up, a new poll indicated Sunday.</p>Moore trails Democratic candidate Doug Jones 46 percent to 42 percent among Alabama voters, a lead for the Democrat that is well within the poll's margin of error of 4.1 points, according to the new survey by Louisiana-based JMC Analytics. That finding is consistent with two overnight polls that were released since the allegations came to light Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and several other Republican senators said on Thursday that if allegations of misconduct are true, Alabama Senate Republican candidate Judge Roy Moore should drop out of the race .

Steve Bannon is fighting to advance President Trump ’s agenda, and he has thrown his support behind Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate MOST POPULAR. Mitch McConnell Leads Establishment Republicans in Effort to Push Roy Moore Out of Alabama Race 0 comments - 15 hours ago.

In that scenario, if a disqualified Moore receives the most votes, the election is voided and a new one is scheduled. It’s a no-lose plan for Trump, plus he can then choose a new attorney general that he doesn’t hate so much.

Trump has no relationship with Moore; he spoke to him for the first time on Sept. 27. There are no guarantees that Moore supports Trump’s agenda. Win or lose, Moore has already wrought horrible damage to the Republican — and therefore Trump’s — brand. Trump tosses people under the bus all the time for far less; ask Ed Gillespie, who found himself beneath the wheels minutes after losing the Virginia gubernatorial race last Tuesday.

Moore is embarrassing Trump, and the president should rid himself of this brand anvil. There are over 1 million Republicans in Alabama, and virtually any of them could be elected to the U.S. Senate. Can’t we pick one who isn’t accused of pedophilia, or of creepily hanging out at “high school football games and the mall” to pick up high school girls while in his 30s?

The Latest: Moore uses sex claims to raise money

  The Latest: Moore uses sex claims to raise money The Latest on the debate over Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, who faces allegations that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year old girl decades ago. (all times local):4:30 p.m.Alabama Republican Roy Moore is trying to raise money for his U.S. Senate race on allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s.Moore wrote in his fundraising pitch that "the vicious and sleazy attacks against me are growing more vicious by the minute." He told supporters that he's counting on them to stand with him by "chipping in a donation,"Moore4:30 p.m.

On Thursday, senior Republicans, including President Donald Trump , swiftly called for Moore to step aside from the Senate race if the allegations are shown to be true. "If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election."

A super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has pumped millions of dollars into the Alabama race on behalf of Strange. America needs Judge Moore .” “It’s how I feel in my heart,” Green said. “I think ( Trump ) knows he made a mistake.

Snap polling conducted in the wake of the allegations show the race tied. Some pundits have suggested that Moore might yet recover his previous lead, as Alabamans would rather stick it to the establishment than trust The Washington Post.

But salvaging Moore’s candidacy doesn’t make it right, and President Trump can lead the Republican Party down a better path by using his political influence to prod the Alabama GOP to a good decision. It wasn’t that long ago that a Republican president (George W. Bush) forced a Senate majority leader (Trent Lott) out of his leadership position for making a dumb, insensitive remark at a 100-year-old man’s birthday party – a good template for today’s far worse situation. 

Some have argued a presidential intervention would be hypocritical, as Trump himself has faced allegations of crude sexual behavior. But Trump was never accused of pedophilia, for goodness sakes. The Moore revelation drew comparisons to Trump’s Access Hollywood tape but, beyond their emerging in close proximity to a general election, the moments are quite dissimilar.

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  ‘SNL': Kate McKinnon’s Jeff Sessions Tells Roy Moore He’s ‘Too Alabama’ in Cold Open (Video) McKinnon's Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence, played by Beck Bennett, try to convince Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race because of the scandal about Moore dating underage girls."Roy, I don't have to tell you that the Senate hangs in the balance," Bennett's Pence said. "We are trying to pass a tax reform plan this year to bring Mr. Trump's list of big legislative accomplishments to one. We can't lose your seat this December.""I know you are Bannon's guy, but this latest news about you is concerning," Pence continued. "Voters in Alabama will never elect someone who has had relations with a minor.

President Trump is doing as good a job as anybody could possibly ask, but he needs support.” Bannon said the Alabama Senate race , with its outsiders vs. Establishment overtones, was Mitch McConnell Leads Establishment Republicans in Effort to Push Roy Moore Out of Alabama Race 0

9:35: Moore says “we need to wake up” as a country. Poll: Roy Moore beating Trump -backed incumbent by 11 points in Alabama Senate race https Mitch McConnell Leads Establishment Republicans in Effort to Push Roy Moore Out of Alabama Race 0 comments - 11 hours ago.

Licentiousness isn’t the same as pedophilia. If fear of hypocrisy is enough to paralyze a president (or any politician, for that matter), our entire political leadership might as well go into a soundproof bunker, never to be heard from again.

For Trump supporters reflexively jumping to Moore’s defense, please stop making stupid arguments. You are hurting the president.

Already, Trump’s dumbest defenders are slamming Leigh Corfman, the accuser who was 14 at the time of the alleged encounter, of having multiple marriages and bankruptcies. These conditions no more disqualify Ms. Korfman from telling her story than do they a New York City businessman from ascending to the Oval Office.

Republican midterm prospects and Trump’s own re-election viability hang in the balance. Reuters released a survey this week showing, among other things, that 85 percent of Trump voters would do so again. Trump cannot afford to lose 15 percent of his 2016 take and expect to be re-elected.

After what happened in the Virginia suburbs last week, where a turnout surge propelled Democrats to a sweeping victory (albeit, as Kyle Kondik points out, among an electorate “hostile” to Trump), Republicans should think hard about what failing to shun Moore would signal to women and college-educated whites. Gillespie was certainly running uphill in a blue state, but exacerbating the GOP’s problems with suburban voters by dying on Moore’s Hill would be galactically stupid. It’s not worth it and puts GOP congressional majorities in danger. Only Hillary Clinton’s flawed candidacy saved the GOP from women voters in 2016, and she’s not running again.

While Democrats still have much to prove if they wish to turn today’s political atmospherics into a 2018 wave, Republicans may transform a tornado watch into a full-blown warning if they stick with candidates like Roy Moore. Trump can put a stop to it right now by zigging when everyone thinks he’s going to zag. 

It’s never the wrong day to do the right thing.

Scott Jennings is a contributing columnist for the Courier Journal, where this piece first appeared. Follow him on Twitter: @ScottJenningsKY

 

'Women for Moore' to rally outside Alabama capitol .
Roy Moore will host a "Women for Moore" press conference on Friday, where women supporting the Alabama GOP Senate candidate will speak on his behalf as his campaign attempts to recover from allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls from years ago.An announcement posted on the An announcement posted on the Facebook page of Moore's wife Kayla encourages supporters to "join women from the state of Alabama who know Judge Roy Moore and have the courage to stand with him and his family against salacious accusations of s*xual misconduct.

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