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How bad would it be for GOPer’s if Dem Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate seat?

 over at FiveThirtyEight explores the negatives for Republicans  if Doug Jones wins the special elkection for the Alabama US Senate seat….

But?

He also looks at the postives if Doug Jones wins the election that has pitted national Grand Ole party against the Alabama state party….

How bad is it for Republicans if Jones wins? It’s really bad. Having Jones in office would reduce the GOP margin in the Senate to 51-49, meaning that Republicans could afford only one defection on legislation such as tax reform. For example, if both Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska opposed a bill and everyone else voted along party lines, it would fail by one vote.

Moreover, whoever wins the special election will serve out the remainder of former Sen. Jeff Sessions’s term, which runs through January 2021. Having Jones in office already would make it considerably easier for Democrats to win the Senate in the 2018 midterms: With a win banked in Alabama, flipping Flake’s open seat in Arizona1 and Republican Sen. Dean Heller’s in Nevada would be enough to put Democrats in control of the Senate — provided (and it’s a big provision) that Democrats didn’t lose any of their own seats.

To play devil’s advocate: One could argue that control of the Senate in 2019 and 2020 isn’t all that high-stakes…

How bad is it for Republicans if Moore wins and remains in the Senate? It’s really bad. The inverse of Jones sometimes voting with Republicans is the likelihood that Moore would sometimes vote against Republican leadership. Moore’s policy positions actually aren’t all that different from Republican leadership on issues such as health care and taxes — he’s a culture warrior but not an economic populist. However, he likes to pick fights with the Republican “establishment” and might try to undermine Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (That McConnell has said Moore should get out of the race would likely only make the antagonism worse.) A good analogy might be to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has somewhat heterodox political views and is generally an unpredictable vote for McConnell.

But let’s not neglect the much greater consequence, which is that Republicans — if they didn’t expel Moore — would be seen as aiding and abetting, or at least tolerating, someone who has credibly been accused of being a serial child molester…..

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GOP lawmaker backing Moore: Conservative agenda ‘more important than contested sexual allegations’

Getting down to real nitty gritty…..

Party  and power above all!

….from the Hill….

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said he plans to vote for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race because of the importance of the conservative agenda.

“America faces huge challenges that are vastly more important than contested sexual allegations from four decades ago,” Brooks told AL.comin a text message.

“Who will vote in America’s best interests on Supreme Court justices, deficit and debt, economic growth, border security, national defense, and the like? Socialist Democrat Doug Jones will vote wrong. Roy Moore will vote right. Hence, I will vote for Roy Moore.”

His comments come as Moore is facing increasing pressure to step asidein the Alabama Senate race after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct….

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House Speaker Ryan wants Moore to step aside…Session will not go back to the Senate…

…..And Luther Strange says no write in….

Things ARE going sideways on the Alabama Special US Senate election race….

House Speaker Paul Ryan urged Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step aside Tuesday morning just a day after another accuser came forward alleging that Moore assaulted her when she was a teenager.

“He should step aside,” Ryan said during his news conference.
“Number one, these allegations are credible. Number two, if he cares about the values that he claims to care about, then he should step aside.”
Ryan’s comments come as more than a dozen Republican lawmakers have urged Moore to step aside…

Attorney general Jeff Sessions “has told political allies in Alabama that he is not considering running for his old Senate seat as a write-in candidate in next month’s special election,” the Weekly Standard reports.

“That’s according to a spokeswoman for Sessions at the Department of Justice, Sarah Isgur Flores, who also tells me that Sessions is telling Alabama Republicans he is not considering being appointed to the seat if Roy Moore wins and is either not seated by or is expelled from the Senate.”

Politicalwire….

Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) said it is “highly unlikely” that he will stage a write-in campaign against Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate special election, according to multiple media reports….

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Roy Moore goes on the offense…Threatens to sue the Washington Post…

The election is a month away….

Going after the Post ain’t gonna stop all of this…

Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Sunday threatened to sue the Washington Post over its report last week on allegations from several women who said Moore pursued relationships with them while they were teenagers.

During the Christian Citizen Task Force forum in Huntsville, Alabama, Moore said that the Washington Post “will be sued,” per NBC News.

At a Saturday event, Moore questioned why the four women came forward with their accusations now, just a month out from the December election, according to the Washington Post. The Senate candidate has painted the allegations as a “political attack” on him from the left.

“Why do they come now?” Moore said Saturday, per the Post. “Because there are groups that don’t want me in the United States Senate. They’re desperate.”….

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First Alabama Senate race tied poll yesterday…Now Jones leads poll is out….

Republican Roy Moore is in serious trouble down their in Red State Alabama ….

In the week since there surfaced reports that he spent time with a 14 year old?

It has become common knowledge that he aslo spent time with high school females….

Moore, who has been kicked off the judges bench a few times is known to be ‘different’ and in tounch regularly with ‘man up above’….

Republicans in his home state are used to the Moore antics and have his back, GOPer’s in Washington do NOT….

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While polling up to the revelations had Moore as the run away favorite in the December 12 Specail Election for the US Senate seat that Jeff Session gave up to become Attorny General?…..

That was then…

The new poll has Doug Jones, a Alabama Democrat, is ahead by 4% points with the undecided’s at 9%…..

A new JMC Analytics poll in Alabama finds Doug Jones (D) now leading Roy Moore (R) in the U.S. Senate special election run off, 46% to 42%, with 9% undecided.

Interesting: “While 38% of poll participants said they were ‘less likely’ to vote for Moore in the aftermath of the allegations, 29% said it made them ‘more likely’ to vote for him and 33% said it made ‘no difference.’

Politicalwire….

We still ahve a month to go …..

Moore has huncked down and will be on the ballot….

But the untinkable may just happen next month…

A Democrat could win in Red State Alabama….

And the Grand Ole partties majority in the US Senate for the enxt year could be down to 51/49…..

Politics sure can be interesting, eh?

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The new RealClear Politics average is Moore +1.7 today 11/12/17….

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Breaking…A Washington Post report that Republican nominee Roy Moore had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s

Ouch?

There goes a GOP US Senate seat?

Roy Moore, the controversial GOP nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, had sexual contact with a 14-year-old in the 1970s, and pursued two other teenaged girls, according to a bombshell Washington Post report published early Thursday afternoon.

Leigh Corfman told the Post that she met Moore, then a 32-year-old district attorney, outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Alabama. Moore obtained her phone number, then made arrangements to pick her up near her house a few days later. She said that on a first date, he kissed her. On a second encounter, he took off her pants and shirt and his own clothes, touched her over her bra and underwear, and guided her hand to touch his penis over his underwear.

“I wasn’t ready for that….

“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. A string of other Republican officeholders, including Cory Gardner, who leads the GOP’s Senate campaign, made similar statements.

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Could Democrats grab a US Senate Seat in Alabama?

Oh Shit!

If this Special Election race to replace Attorney General Sessions went to the Democrats I think the media and Republican heads would explode ….

Looking for another poll on this race…

Could bad news about WTH out here Moore be sinking his chances of an expected win and give Democrats that unexpected seat?

Is the Steve Bannon angle the kiss of death for GOP candiadtes for office?

Republican Roy Moore (left) and Democrat Doug Jones.

A new Fox News poll in Alabama finds Roy Moore (R) in a dead heat with Doug Jones (D) for U.S. Senate, 42% to 42%, with another 11% unsure.

Among just the 53% of Alabama registered voters who are “extremely” or “very interested” in the race, Jones has a one-point edge over Moore, 46% to 45%….

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image…Republican Roy Moore (left) and Democrat Doug Jones.  (Associated Press)

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Steve Bannon vs the Grand Ole Parties establishment….

The Republican Political Civil War continues on….

The view below from the establishment Trump ran against (That Bannon urged him on ) and now has to contend with …..

Establishment Republicans are skeptical that former judge Roy Moore’s victory in last week’s Alabama GOP primary runoff means that an alliance of insurgent conservative groups, led by former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, are about to knock off more Republican incumbents.

Bannon and his allies have used Moore’s Tuesday night victory over the establishment-backed Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) as a springboard to float challenges against a fleet of Republican incumbents. Bannon and his allies see the wind at their backs after a unified and high-profile push, arguing that the win means that no incumbent is safe.

But some establishment Republican strategists aren’t buying it. They argue that the influence Bannon and his Breitbart News outlet had on Moore’s victory is overblown and that the unique set of circumstances that won Alabama won’t be easily transferable to other primary challenges across the country.

“Moore was leading this race long before Bannon got involved and he won this race for reasons that have nothing to do with Bannon’s involvement,” said Alex Conant, a strategist who worked on Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) presidential campaign.

“There were a lot of extenuating circumstances that made it difficult for Sen. Strange to win.”

The Alabama race hinged on several factors that are unlikely to reappear the next time Bannon tries to take out a GOP incumbent…..

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Donald Trump took TWO Losses yesterday….

Enough with the bullshit that Donald Trump can walk on water…

He can’t….

Most of things the guy does eventually turns to shit….

Yesterday was a prime example….

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He backed the guy who lost in Alabama’s GOP  US Senate Special election primary….

He backed Obamacare repeal 3.0, the Graham/Cassidy Bill….

The same senators from HIS adopted party threw him a loss AGAIN….

But hey?

What him worry?

Just like during last years campaign?

He has laid down cover fire, distracting the media narrative to his knocking pro athlete’s for their expression of frustration against inequities against people of color and other differences ….

THAT STILL works for him…..

Attention IS attention….Positive or negative

And that he can count on to get over…..

Even if he’s going on almost 10 months in office and hasn’t won much , except what he does by executive order and what he can get from his friends over at the Supreme Court….

Oh, and Robert Mueller and his people are out there asking people ALL about his campaign, the Russians, his friends, family and his taxes…..

“In private, President Trump has taken to physically mocking M&M: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (slumped shoulders; lethargic body language) and Sen. John McCain (imitating the thumbs-down of his historic health-care vote).”

“Trump is venting about his frustration with what he considers failed leadership by Senate Republicans as he takes his lumps this week in wars with, well, everyone… All this has left Trump isolated inside his White House at a time when he needs muscle with the Hill and juice with the public to try to pass tax reform.”

“With his stoking of the culture war and bombastic style amid national and global turbulence, Trump continues to make every issue about himself — at the very time that he most needs friends.”….

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Democrats will support the Democrat in the Alabama US Senate Special Election….

Nobody expects Democrat Doug Jones to actually beat Roy Moore , who is ahead in the polling for the Republicans in the primary to pick a GOPer to replace Senator Jeff Sessions, who now has the Attorney General job and is isn’t liked very much by his boss Donald Trump…

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But the Democrats will take a crack at things in the VERY Red state….

Sen. Chris Van Hollen believes Democrats will invest in their candidate in the Alabama special election to fill the remaining term of former Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump’s attorney general.

And as the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which will fight to retain current and capture new Senate seats in 2018, Van Hollen’s word carries considerable weight.

No one in his party “is kidding themselves how tough politically Alabama has been” for Democrats, Van Hollen, the freshman senator from Maryland who previously served seven terms in the House, told ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast Wednesday.

“We all know it’s Alabama. That’s been tough territory for Democrats. … On the other hand, we have a terrific candidate.”

Victory is a long shot for Democratic candidate Doug Jones, the U.S. attorney who gained acclaim for successfully prosecuting two suspects in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four young girls. Jones secured his party’s nomination by nearly a 50-point margin over his closest opponent in the August primary.

An Alabama Democrat hasn’t served in the Senate for 20 years. And President Trump carried the state by 28 points last November.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Likely Republican, a downgrade from its previous “Solid Republican” status…..

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Republican Roy Moore is running for the US Senate in Alabama…He is The Angry Man….

The Republican US Senate primary race in Alabama is turning out to be a headache for the Grand Ole Party which has a ‘true believer’ rightwingnut leading…..

Ya reap what you sow , eh?

With the thunder and fire of an old-time revivalist, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore rose before the assembled souls at the Redemption Baptist Church, a front-runner in the polls days out from an election that could rattle the rickety structures of the Republican Party.

“You think that God’s not angry that this land is a moral slum?” asked Moore, 70, reciting a rhyming poem he had written years earlier during a 50-minute address before several dozen believers. “How much longer will it be before his judgment comes?”

Republican primary voters across the country have been trying since 2010 to elect angry outsider candidates who promise to disrupt the ways of Washington. But no one in recent history has promised to be quite as disruptive as Moore, a former chief justice of Alabama who was twice removed from the bench for defying judicial orders.

And few have divided the GOP as Moore’s candidacy has, producing a momentous power struggle over an election that is likely to turn out less than 20 percent of Alabama’s Republican voters but could nonetheless set the tone for the coming 2018 election battles…..

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image…Roy Moore, a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, pauses for a closing prayer at a “Faith and Family” rally at Shoals Christian School in Florence, Ala. (Nathan Morgan for The Washington Post)

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