(Mike Luckovich via GoComics.com) . 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 …
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