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Roy Moore Still Has Support in Alabama Senate Race

Not everybody is jumping on the “trash Moore” bandwagon. Sean Hannity has been a strong voice of support for Roy Moore, the Alabama candidate in the special election to fill the seat of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The White House has called the charges “mere” accusations. But Steve Bannon has gone on full attack.

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Sean Hannity continues to say that there is no proof that Moore is guilty. That has not set well with liberals. The Daily Caller notes that Media Matters has waged a campaign to bring down Hannity by getting advertisers to turn against him, including the example of Kuerig.

Left-wing activist group Media Matters is using scandalous allegations surrounding Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore as a new weapon in their months-long campaign to oust Fox News host Sean Hannity by pressuring sponsors into pulling their advertisements. . .

Media Matters’ effort to defund Hannity comes after they and other left-wing activists successfully pressured Fox News into firing Bill O’Reilly following sexual harassment allegations against the host.

In response, Hannity fans have been smashing their Kuerig coffeemakers out of spite. But the company made peace with Hannity, who told viewers to stop destroying their coffeemakers. Presumably, they will have to go out and replace the Kuerig products now.

But Steve Bannon, former Trump advisor and current head of Breitbart is doing more than talking in defense of Moore. And while Hannity blames Democrats, Bannon blames Republicans for the controversy.

Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon discussed the allegations of molesting an underage girl leveled against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Monday’s Breitbart News Daily. Bannon agreed with SiriusXM host Alex Marlow that Moore is the target of a “coordinated hit” by Democrats, the media, and Establishment Republicans. . .

“This is just another desperate attempt by Mitch McConnell to keep power, and it’s not going to work. You know, people in Alabama see through this. The good folks of Alabama are going to be able to weigh and measure this. Plenty of time to weigh and measure this, and to come to a conclusion, an independent conclusion, which the folks down there are obviously capable of doing. But this is an orchestrated hit from the Uniparty,” said Bannon.

Marlow cited a man-on-the-street report from an Alabama affiliate of ABC News that was unable to find anyone who believed the charges against Moore, and his own difficulty in finding callers for Breitbart News Daily who believed them, to suggest the credibility of the Washington Post is low with many voters. . .

“This was a Republican operative hit on Judge Moore,” Bannon declared. “The facts will be coming out over the next couple of days that this is a Republican operative hit from some of the usual suspects. I think it’s time to have a frank conversation, I think it’s time for the grassroots to have a frank conversation about, ‘Do you want to be associated with these people?’”

In fact, Bannon has decided to use the Breitbart organization to investigate Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who now says he believes the women who have made claims against Moore.

“One thing I do want to say about going back, what, 40 years on Judge Moore – one thing we’re going to start going through is Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell has got some controversial things that we haven’t brought to light, that we’ve been kind of looking at,” he added. “Mitch McConnell was in the Army, but he wasn’t in the Army that long. There’s a lot of controversy about why Mitch McConnell got rolled out of the Army. We’ve been doing some investigating, I guess you would say, into Brother McConnell’s earlier life. It’ll be interesting. I guess that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”

Gloria Allred has brought forth a fifth woman. This one charging actual physical abuse, although Moore denies the charges, according to the Washington Examiner.

The Alabama respnse? State Auditor Jim Zeigler says that sex between adult men and underage women is ok, according to the Washington Examiner. As an example, he noted that Joseph was an adult carpenter when he married Mary, who was already pregnant with Jesus. However, that comparison has not set well with many religious people.

Moore is still favored by the betting site, PredictIt, where his election is predicted by 54% of the bettors (as of 8am ET). Note that this is from people who “put money where their mouth is.”

The polls also show support for Moore, according to The Hill.

Roy Moore holds 10-point lead in poll taken after accusations
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore holds a 10-point lead over his Democratic opponent, according to a new poll.

The Emerson College survey found that Moore has the support of 55 percent of the Alabama voters polled, compared to 45 percent for the Democratic nominee, Doug Jones.

The poll was conducted from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11, after The Washington Post published its report in which a woman accused Moore of initiating sexual contact with her in 1979, when she was 14 and he was 32.

There has been talk of running a write-in candidate, since Alabama law won’t allow Moore’s name to be removed from the ballot. One possibility is Luther Strange, current, sitting senator, who was defeated in the Republican runoff primary, as noted by Fox News. Some have said that he has the name recognition, and it’s a lot easier to spell “Strange,” than when Lisa Murkowski won a write-in election to retain her seat from Alaska.

A more creative solution would be for Jeff Sessions to go back to the state to win his seat back, according to the Washington Examiner. He has the name recognition, is very popular in the state, and from all accounts, is not very popular with his boss in Washington—Donald J. Trump. Sessions could easily win the seat, and Trump could then find a more malleable attorney general.

Goethe Behr :Goethe Behr is a Contributing Editor and Moderator at Election Central. He started out posting during the 2008 election, became more active during 2012, and very active in 2016. He has been a political junkie since the 1950s and enjoys adding a historical perspective.

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    • I saw an interview of an Alabama politician, who said that all the hand-wringing is from outsiders, but nobody inside Alabama believes the charges. And as noted, one poll shows him up to 10 percent ahead--after the allegations.

  • Another conservative Washington Examiner story says, "Moore denies all, except that he may have dated teenage girls." Dude. Once you admit "dating," the idea of "touching" is a foregone conclusion!

    Also, Alabama journalist Glynn Wilson says that Moore was banned from the local shopping mall and the YMCA--for bothering young girls. That seems to be supported from reports from the time.

    The Examiner story also talks about "statute of limitations." Except for the latest physical charges, it's not really illegal to "date" a young girl. It's just icky. Moore would have done better to admit that he dated younger women when he was young and foolish. By denying the charges, it becomes a current issue of lying, regardless of the charges.

  • In lieu of these damsel-in-distress narratives, what happened to the power of an absolute “NO”. Or how about a little scornful laughter? A little ridicule goes a long way in cooling ardor. The power actually doesn't flow in only one direction in these encounters, nor does the vulnerability. And why wait ten or twenty years to air dirty linen?

    Having said this, I will also say that Roy Moore’s political views are unworthy of anyone’s vote. But even mired in scandal, with his national party turning against him, it’s still highly possible Moore could still win. The Alabama state GOP has rallied around him, and polls still show the former state Supreme Court judge in the lead to be elected.

    • I don't think the issue is how old the claims are, but rather the zeitgeist of the time during which it occurred, ih which men felt entitled--and no one disputed it. There's also the issue of statute of limitations.. So the real transgression that impacts Moore's fitness is not the old claims, but rather, his current lies about them.

      Then, here's the question some raise of "why now?" Is either stupid or disingenuous. First, there's a flood of accusations that have been bottled up for decades that are now all coming out at once. Also, except for the last one, these women did not "com forward," they were found and encouraged to tell their stories.

      • As Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up their joint statements to the press in Beijing [and] ducked backstage, Xi summoned his interpreter and posed an inquiry to Trump: 'Who is Roy Moore?" No report yet on Trump's reply.

          • Doug Jones doesn't stand a snowman's chance in hell of being elected in this race. Jones is a blue collar man with a righteous conscience. This is an unacceptable trait in 90% of Alabama voters primarily due to his stance on abortion. The 90% strongly believe, and practice, filling their houses with children they cannot afford to feed and educate. Georgia ranks among the worst states in the U.S. in high school graduation rates. According to Governing.com, Georgia has the fifth lowest high school graduation rate among all 50 states.

          • Alabama's graduation rates, beginning in 2011, are not reliable, federal officials said in the report they issued in June, and must be noted in as such in federal reports. Accurate drop out rates between grade1 through 8 doesn’t seem to be part of Alabama’s public records.

            Alabama's new state superintendent of education, Michael Sentence,
            revealed earlier this month that high schools have "misstated student records ... resulting in diplomas that were not honestly earned." At a recent meeting of the state school board, he also admitted that Alabama's Education Department had not provided enough oversight.

            Alabama suffers economically from drop?outs generated by its current method of addressing drop?outs. Not only does Alabama suffer from the expense of directly supporting drop?outs and their families, Alabama does not gain revenue for the work or accomplishments of most drop?outs as they would if students completed school.
            So, there is no true assessment of Alabama’s education standards.

            If Alabama were to decrease its currently claimed dropout rate by 2 percent and sustain that annual rate of improvement, the state would gain more than $190 million in government savings and revenues. If the state also increased by 2 percent annually the number of high school dropouts who return to get a diploma, the net gains would approach $400 million.