Mitch McConnell, champion stonewaller, may need all his skills to whip expulsion votes.

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The harrowing spectacle of Beverly Young Nelson sobbing as she described the ordeal of her life left little room for doubt: Roy Moore is a monster who molested young girls, in this case groping a 16-year-old waitress and pushing her head towards his crotch in a car parked next to a restaurant dumpster in the gloom of a December evening.

Only the willing suspension of disbelief can ignore what Moore’s coworkers seemed to know when he was a young district attorney: He hung around shopping malls and high school football games so that he could prey on girls, including at least one as young as 14.

This is the man Alabama could send to the U.S. Senate, and he cannot be removed from the ballot before the Dec. 12 election, so Republicans are scrambling to figure out what do if Moore were to defeat Democrat Doug Jones.

We’ll make it easy for them, now that 16 GOP Senators have withdrawn their support, led by majority leader Mitch McConnell. They should refocus the party’s energy on a write-in candidate, and expel Moore if he is elected, because seating an unrepentant pedophile is no way to maintain a Senate majority.

Indeed, both choices are long-shots, but this is what the party deserves for including vile characters like Roy Moore among its members.

A write-in campaign is unrealistic, but there are historical successes. The problem, as Senate scholar Ross Baker of Rutgers sees it, is that the only viable candidate is Curtis Strange, who Moore pummeled by 10 points in the primary. “And assume it happens,” Baker said. “It divides the vote, and the Democrat wins. I’m not sure that’s the outcome McConnell would want.”

And if Moore wins, expulsion takes a two-thirds vote in the Senate, which is problematic for Republicans who fear being primaried by a Steve Bannon troglodyte dragged in from the lunatic fringe.

“Two-thirds is a very high bar,” Baker said. “Some may denounce him, but they would vote against expulsion so as not to antagonize the Trump base in their states. A lot of people are going through the agonies of the damned on this one.”

Donald Trump is not one of them. The president has provided a different context for what makes someone unelectable, after a life of crashing women’s dressing rooms, more than a dozen …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News

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