Tag Archives: Republican Party

The Republican nightmare is just beginning

Source: The Atlantic
by McKay Coppins

“Roy Moore’s stunning defeat Tuesday night was met with quiet sighs of relief throughout the GOP establishment, where the culture-warring ex-judge and accused child abuser was widely regarded as radioactive. Yet even as Moore’s political obituaries were being written, party strategists were bracing for the army of Moore-like insurgents they expect to flood next year’s Republican primaries. Indeed, Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon has already pledged to field challengers for every incumbent Republican senator up for reelection next year (with the exception of Ted Cruz). … While Republicans in the political class will no doubt cite Moore’s loss as proof that their party needs to nominate stronger, more mainstream candidates next year, it’s far from certain that primary voters on the ground will heed such pleas from the swamp.” (12/14/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/alabama-and-2018/548327/

This bloodsport needs to end

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The left is getting nuttier, the hard right is getting scarier, and the entire enterprise of political control seems ever more outmoded. Over the last century, we’ve seen these gigantic government institutions with hegemonic power. All that remains is the struggle for who gets to control them and these elections are the public vehicle we’ve traditionally relied upon to render a decision. It was once believed that mass elections like this would bring peaceful outcomes to the struggle. Not so any more. It only pushes the conflicts into the future. The seething over the results begins as soon as they are announced, and the cries for revenge follow in short order. It is particularly dangerous when the results track racial and gender demographics so closely, inviting everyone involved to regard his or her neighbor as an enemy. This winner of this election declared that his victory had united the state. That’s absurd. The losers will be madder than ever and swear that they too will have their day.” (12/13/17)

https://fee.org/articles/this-bloodsport-needs-to-end/

It’s never fun to lose a Senate seat, but the GOP dodged a bullet

Source: National Review
by Jim Geraghty

“The populists are indeed miracle workers, they’ve managed to elect a Democrat in Alabama. Roy Moore may very well have been the worst Senate nominee for any major party in American history. Even if you dismissed the allegations of him sexually pursuing teenagers in his 30s — and there was no compelling reason to believe Moore’s shifting denials — he managed to create appalling new controversies in almost every appearance. He completely avoided the campaign trail in the final days, because he could not be trusted to speak to the public. Despite the frustration of a 52-seat majority becoming a 51-seat majority, tonight’s result is in fact, a long-term victory for the Republican Party.” (12/12/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/454598/its-never-fun-lose-senate-seat-gop-dodged-bullet-roy-moores-defeat

Another election “against”

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“As I write, Democratic candidate Doug Jones has just taken the stage to declare himself the winner of the Alabama Senate race, the one in which Roy Moore became more infamous than famous, and better known for the worst kind of reasons. The final counts are not in, and I suppose there could be a turnaround at the last moment, but it doesn’t look like it. It looks like Republicans lost the seat. Hillary Clinton is already crowing that this is a sign of more Democratic victories to come. Maybe. Too soon to tell. Meanwhile, what to make of it all?” (12/13/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/12/13/another-election-against/

Where’s the omelet?

Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“The Western world was at one point quite full of apologists for the purges and brutalities of Joseph Stalin, with our Communists and fellow-travelers — just ‘liberals in a hurry,’ they said they were — justifying what ended up being 100 million deaths as the brush-clearing necessary before laying the foundations of utopia. The inevitable cliche, ‘You’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelet,’ was answered with characteristic economy by George Orwell: ‘Where’s the omelet?’ Republicans ought to be asking themselves the same question. … The Republican party took the lead in seeing off both American slavery and worldwide Communism under the leadership of men including Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan. The most today’s Republican party can say for itself is: ‘You can’t prove our guy was a serial molester of adolescent girls! That’s up to the people of Alabama to decide.'” (12/10/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454506/roy-moore-sleaze-record-makes-him-unacceptable

AL: Trump to do robocalls for Moore

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump has recorded automated phone messages urging support for Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. White House spokesman Raj Shah said Saturday that Trump has recorded the phone message on Moore’s behalf. Moore’s campaign said the calls will go out to households Monday, a day ahead of the U.S. Senate election. Moore is locked in a heated contest with Democrat Doug Jones for the seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump urged Alabamians to vote for Moore during a Friday-night rally in neighboring Florida. Trump had done similar calls for incumbent Sen. Luther Strange who lost to Moore in the GOP primary.” (12/09/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/The-Latest-Jones-hits-GOTV-events-ahead-of-12418790.php

Senate committee advances GOP tax bill, moving closer to floor vote

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Source: CNBC

“The Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday approved the Republican tax bill, a crucial procedural step toward a vote by the full chamber later this week. With the party-line 12-11 vote to advance the plan, Republicans overcame one possible roadblock in their push to chop tax rates for businesses and individuals by the end of the year. … Republican Senate leaders want to pass the plan later this week. As it holds 52 seats, the GOP can lose only two votes and still approve the bill under special budget rules, assuming all Democrats and independents oppose it.” (11/28/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/28/senate-budget-committee-advances-gop-tax-bill-moving-closer-to-floor-vote.html

Trump endorses Moore

Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Alabama voters must elect embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, to prevent ‘liberal’ Democrat Doug Jones from winning next month. … Trump, repeatedly pressed on the accusations against Moore, said he took the GOP candidate at his word — that he did nothing wrong. ‘He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. And you know, you have to listen to him also,’ Trump said in response to shouted questions from reporters about the nine women who have made claims against him.” (11/21/17)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-says-republican-roy-moore-must-be-elected-alabama-n823026

UT: Opening for Romney Senate bid gets wider

Source: Politico

“Utah Republican Boyd Matheson is forgoing a 2018 Senate campaign, a decision that further opens the door for Mitt Romney to run. Matheson, a former chief of staff to Utah Sen. Mike Lee and the president of the conservative Sutherland Institute think tank, announced on Monday that he would not run for the seat currently held by longtime Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is 83 and deciding whether to seek another term. … Romney appears increasingly likely to launch a campaign if Hatch calls it quits. ” (11/20/17)

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/20/mitt-romney-utah-senate-race-250342

Fifth woman accuses Moore of ephebophilic assault; Republicans threaten expulsion

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Another woman has charged Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her. In an emotional news conference, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore groped her and tried to force her head onto his crotch in his car behind the restaurant where the then 16 year old worked. Nelson, appearing alongside attorney Gloria Allred, said the incident occurred in 1977. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday, ‘I believe the women’ and called on Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama to ‘step aside.’ … The National Republican Senatorial Committee has pulled out of a joint fundraising agreement with Moore, and the list of prominent Republicans opposing Moore’s candidacy has steadily grown. … NRSC Chairman Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., issued a statement … ‘If [Moore] refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.'” (11/13/17)

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/13/563747648/mcconnell-calls-on-roy-moore-to-step-aside