Republicans have seen the polling, and with Democrat Doug Jones leading the Alabama Senate race, Senators like Pat Toomey (PA) are calling for Moore to drop out of the race.
Sen. Toomey is a perfect example of the increasing desperation among Republicans to get rid of Moore.
Transcript via Meet The Press:
Happy to have you here. Let me start with the Roy Moore situation. Is it worse if Roy Moore loses or wins for Senate Republicans?
SEN. PAT TOOMEY:
Oh, I don’t know, Chuck. I don’t know how this is going to turn out. You know, this is a terrible situation: a nearly 40-year-old allegation. We’ll probably never know for sure exactly what happened. But, from my point of view, you know, I have to say I think the accusations have more credibility than the denial. I think it would be best if Roy would just step aside.
It doesn’t appear right now he’s going to step aside. So I guess the question is what does the party do? Do you run a write-in? Or do you try to ensure that he doesn’t win?
SEN. PAT TOOMEY:
You know, I think a write-in is something we should certainly explore. I think Luther Strange would be a strong candidate for a write-in. But a write-in is very difficult, let’s face it. So there’s no easy solution to this. I think we should consider a write-in.
The write-in candidate that Toomey was referring to would likely be Sen. Luther Strange, who is the candidate that the Republican Party wanted in the first place.
It would be nice to say that the Republican Party has experienced some great awakening and found their morals, but the truth is that the party wants to be rid of Moore because they are looking at a realistic possibility of defeat with him as the candidate.
The same party that backed Trump after he admitted to sexually assaulting women on tape is not less than a year later turn their back on Moore because of what he did.
If Moore loses, the Republican agenda is dead in the Senate. It is the polling not the sexual assault of underage girls that are driving the calls for Roy Moore to drop out.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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