December 12 is just around the corner and we will finally see a conclusion to the seemingly never ending Alabama Senate race. The showdown between Republican Judge Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has been a complete spectacle. I for one, can’t wait until it is over.
What was originally supposed to be an easy grab for the Republicans, has now become such a tight race is it is anyone’s guess who will win. Real Clear Politics has Moore up 2.3 points, but between margin of error, polling accuracy (we know they don’t always get it right!) and variety between polls, the outcome is far from certain.
Of course, the race has been upended by the controversy surrounding Moore and the five women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. Moore has denied all allegations and there has yet to be a credible shred of evidence.
Still, Republicans have wavered in their support of the Judge. Mitt Romney jumped ship tweeting “Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.” Mitch McConnell has also voiced his support of the women and his desire for Moore to leave the race.
Then yesterday, in a bold and unexpected tweet, Republican Senator Jeff Flake tweeted out “Country over Party” accompanied by a picture of a donation check of $100 made out to Doug Jones. Flake has long been considered a complete RINO and has not supported Trump from day one. He also has decided not to run for another Senate term. I wonder if he would have had the stones to flaunt his donation to a partial birth abortion supporting, gun grabbing, co-ed bathroom pushing, Doug Jones if he hadn’t made that decision?
Last month Flake stated ““I would literally—if I were in Alabama—I would run to the polling place to vote for the Democrat.” Come on. I could perhaps understand abstaining from voting, but he would “run” to vote for Jones? What a tool.
Steven Bannon, a huge supporter of Roy Moore mocked Flake’s donation at a Moore rally saying “Did he sign a check today, $100 to Jones? If you’re going to write a check, write a check. Don’t give the man $100. Are you kidding me? Hey Flake, this is why your approval rating in your home state is like 11 percent.” Good observation, Bannon.
The RNC was quick to cut off the cash to aid Moore when the allegations surfaced. However, now that Trump has endorsed Moore, the money is flowing again. Trump tried to stay relatively quiet on the whole matter, but Monday he tweeted “Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!”
Trump is right. There are bigger things at stake here and in this country you are innocent until proven guilty. The evidence against Moore is non-existent and the the stories of the 5 women included a lot of suspicious claims, not to mention the timing of it all.
Look, I get why people are suspect of Moore. The media has certainly done a commanding job convincing Alabama voters that the stories are true. But the bottom line is that there is no evidence whatsoever that Moore did anything wrong.
All voters can do is look at the proven records of both candidates and make a decision that is best for the country. On the one hand you have an actual conservative who has a great track record of supporting conservative values. With the Senate balance as close as it is, we need every vote to help move Trump’s agenda along. On the other hand we have an ultra-liberal Democrat that will do whatever he can to stop it. The choice is clear.