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Should Roy Moore Drop Out?

Should Roy Moore drop out of the Senate Race in Alabama? I’ll keep it short and simple. Yes.

The strongest argument AGAINST what I’m suggesting, is that in this country, people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. True enough. But in this case, we’re not talking about JAILING this man for the allegations against him. (And the statute of limitations would likely bar either criminal or civil actions from being taken against Moore anyway.) We’re talking about whether or not he should be in the United States Senate.

And in my humble opinion, he should not. Here’s why. There are multiple credible allegations that Moore made unwanted sexual advances against a number of women, albeit many years ago, and two of them were underage – one being only 14-years-of-age at the time (Moore was not only in his 30’s then, but he was an authority figure – an assistant district attorney.) Moore’s response to the charges has been pretty weak. Sean Hannity for example asked Moore if he ever dated 16, 17, or 18-year-olds when he was in his 30’s, and Moore replied “not generally, no” and then added that it “would have been out of my customary behavior.” Pretty lame.

Moore is of course not the only man of late to be accused of sexual harassment. Others include: Harvey Weinstein, Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman, George Takei, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Spacey, Louis C. K., Bill Cosby, Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, Al Franken and just yesterday Congressman John Conyers. And if you go back a little further in time, you could add a number of U.S. presidents to the list of those accused of bad behavior toward women, including LBJ, JFK, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and of course our current President Donald Trump.

The American people deserve better from the people representing them in elected office than someone who would harass those in vulnerable positions under them. That’s the real reason Roy Moore should step down – the people he wants to represent in the Senate deserve better.

A second reason he should step down, is that in my opinion, he’s going to lose. All the Democrats, and now probably most independents in Alabama, will vote for the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones. And Republican voters will be split. Some probably believe that Moore is innocent, and some will hold their noses and vote for Moore despite the allegations; some will vote for the Democrat, and some who normally vote Republican will not vote at all, or write someone else in. This is a recipe for a Republican loss.

 

And even if Moore should manage to win, Republicans lose. Because every Republican candidate, for virtually every office, will be asked – do you support Roy Moore? Instead of talking about improving the economy, or creating jobs, or cutting taxes, we’re going to be asked sordid questions about this guy. It’s a no-win situation for Republicans.

If Moore wanted to show some class, he’d withdraw from the race, and encourage his supporters to write in the name of the Republican he defeated in the primary, Luther Strange. Republicans would still have a chance to hold this Senate seat, and every one of these seats is precious since Republicans only hold a two seat majority currently. However Moore is probably too selfish to do this, and let’s face it, only a very selfish person would have put his improper wants and needs before the interests of a 14-year-old, even if it was many years ago.

One final point. In my view, Democrats and/or The Washington Post don’t have clean hands here. The things Roy Moore is accused of doing occurred many years ago. Yet The Washington Post story didn’t break until AFTER Republicans had held their primary election, and Roy Moore was picked to be the Republican candidate. Had this information been disclosed to the public before or during the Republican primary process, Moore would almost certainly not have won the Republican primary. But no, the story didn’t break until Republicans had settled on Roy Moore. How convenient.

That’s as sleazy as what Roy Moore is accused of doing.

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