If anybody thinks Roy Moore is going to step aside, even if he did what was alleged, they've not been paying attention to his career and they've not been paying attention to this political environment.
— Brian W. Schoeneman (@BrianSchoeneman) November 9, 2017
I know: How deep is down? Per Politico, they’re stuck either way:
GOP leaders desperately want Roy Moore off the ballot. But they have neither the legal nor the political leverage to force the defiant ex-judge out of the race…
But some absentee ballots have already been sent to voters, which appears to make it impossible to install someone in place of Moore on the Republican Party line…
Apart from the legal considerations, Moore owes no loyalty to Republican leaders in Washington, who backed another candidate in the primary and spent millions of super PAC dollars to defeat him while Moore won the nomination on an anti-McConnell platform.…
Though Republicans have begun looking into options to replace Moore, Alabama law requires the candidate roster on the ballot to be set 74 days before an election. If Moore does withdraw, however, any votes cast for him would not count.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and other Republicans have suggested that GOP Sen. Luther Strange, the appointed senator who lost to Moore in the special primary, could put himself forward as a write-in candidate. State law bars a candidate who lost in a primary from appearing on the general election ballot as an independent, but it does not appear to forbid a write-in campaign…
Earlier in the day, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on CNN that “there’s no path forward” for Moore if the allegations were true… Short raised the possibility of legal action to get a new candidate in the race if Moore drops out.
“Remember that the president supported Luther Strange in that primary,” Short said. “I think what’ll happen is that there’s options for write-in candidates and there’s also options for lawsuits I think will arise about [the] path forward. But I don’t think we should begin going down that pathway until we give Roy Moore the chance to defend himself and defend his character.”…
The RNC, which hammered Dems for their Weinstein money, has a joint fundraising agreement with Moore. They did not respond to a question of whether they’ll end it https://t.co/eKx9Kt4Jw2
— Sam Stein (@samstein) November 9, 2017
Mr. Pierce. at Esquire:
… I may be entirely too cynical but I think, if Moore has the sand for it, he will follow this up with an explanation of how he had sinned, as all fallen humans do, but that Jesus has forgiven him and washed him in the blood of the Lamb, and now it’s time for him to bring his redeemed hindquarters to godless Washington to show the heathen the path to glory that he’s been blessed to follow. That might work…
As a devout Cynic my own self, I wonder: When exactly did Moore turn into a rabid public Bible-humper? Just as some ex-drunks become raging teetotalers, convinced that no human could possibly enjoy the occasional alcoholic beverage without sinking into helpless addiction, there are more than a few “reformed” sexual criminals who re-focus their addicts’ energies on their particular version of Holy Writ. Mere speculation — barring further reports of his behavior during the last thirty years — but ‘Judge Roy’ would not be the first aging predator who seized upon the Bible as the best defense for him, and by his restrictive logic everyone else, against the temptations of the flesh.
The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I’ve EVER faced!
We are are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message. (1/4) #ALSen
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 9, 2017
As an officer of the court, you tried to molest a child who was at the courthouse for a custody hearing, @MooreSenate. Nothing is more vicious or nasty than that, you piece of shit. https://t.co/PcMzh5PplO
— David Simon (@AoDespair) November 10, 2017
He’ll have his GOP defenders, regardless:
Judge Roy Moore told to withdraw by Senators who won’t or can’t help move Trump agenda. https://t.co/CIu13mbsvo
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) November 10, 2017
The rush of Senate Republicans coming out quickly to denounce Roy Moore is convincing Moore supporters that this is a coordinated hit job
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 9, 2017
They were in the Senate, voting and having lunch, so not exactly hard to get on message. https://t.co/8zGybVEerT
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 9, 2017
Tally from my calls to Alabama GOP county chairs: 4 vehemently pro-Moore, 3 no comment/"haven't read the story yet," 15 I couldn't reach, 0 criticism of Moore.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 9, 2017
The Washington Post, continuing their assault, “The GOP’s Roy Moore and Steve Bannon nightmare just came into focus”:
… [I]f Moore’s political career has shown us anything, it’s that he is more than happy to take a stand against anybody who tries to tell him what to do. This is a guy who has made not one but two principled stands that effectively forced his removal from the state Supreme Court. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him try to fight this, especially after President Trump withstood numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations on his road to the presidency. Put plainly: It’s hard to rule anything out in the Trump Era — even a Moore victory.
But if Moore doesn’t win and Democrat Doug Jones does, Republicans’ effective Senate majority will have declined from 52-48 to 51-49. That gives them almost no margin for error in passing legislation.
It would also make the GOP’s Senate majority significantly more vulnerable next year. Given that Vice President Pence breaks ties in the Senate, Democrats need to pick up three seats and hold all their seats (many of them in red states) to win back the chamber. But they only had two obvious pickup opportunities: In Arizona and in Nevada. If Democrats can win in Alabama, those two pickups might suffice. The math and their path to a majority will be significantly clearer…
Senate Republicans should think hard about whether they want to be in ads about how they endorsed Roy Moore next year. Even if Moore can win in Alabama, not every state is Alabama.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 9, 2017
And there may be a bit of a gender gap on this story.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) November 9, 2017
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— Scott Dworkin (@funder) November 9, 2017