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Moore Loss Would Be DC Swamp Win

Moore Loss Would Be DC Swamp Win
On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore waited to speak at a news conference in Birmingham, Ala. (Bryan Anderson/AP)

Clarence V. McKee By Monday, 27 November 2017 03:48 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Voters in Alabama who are being urged to throw Judge Roy Moore under the political bus based on accusations of sexual misconduct — which he has denied — should look at the double standard treatment of the issue in the Washington, D.C. "swamp."

No less than 21 "guilt by accusation" Senate Republicans and the GOP establishment have universally thrown Moore under the bus based on allegations of sexual misconduct against under-age girls — over three decades ago.

Senate Democrats on the other hand have been less harsh and have taken a more reserved so-called "due process" approach against their colleague, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., accused of various forms of sexual misconduct by four women. One instance was captured in a photo, for which he has apologized, and others which he does not recall. He says he will not resign.

Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have called for a Senate Ethics Committee ("run out the clock") investigation. His Democratic colleagues get off the hook from passing judgement on him by saying the matter should be investigated by the committee.

There have been no calls for him to resign by any of his colleagues—including the Republicans who were so quick to pass judgement on Moore!

In the U.S. House, Democratic Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., used his office — taxpayer funds to pay off a former staff worker who said she was fired because she refused his advances. Other former staffers have also accused him of harassment.

Conyers is the longest serving member of the House and was the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee until he stepped down in the wake of the allegations.

As was the case in the Senate, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and a few other Democrats have called for an ethics committee investigation. Unlike in the Senate, one of Conyers Democratic colleagues — only one — has called for his resignation — Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N. Y!

Pelosi even said that he had "done a great deal to protect women" — obviously not his alleged accusers — and called for due process.

Washington establishment GOP elites, and many Democrats as well, take the word of Moore’s accusers and want him to go away as being unfit. Yet they are not taking the word of either Franken’s or Conyers’s accusers and want an investigation. Note that not one Senate Democrat has said Franken is unfit for office and should resign — based on the unproven allegations.

To sum it up, in the D.C. swamp accusations of sexual misconduct against Republicans make the accused unfit for office; but, such accusations against Democrats merit due process and investigation.

So, what does this have to do with the Alabama U.S. Senate race?

Alabama voters should keep the above double standard hypocrisy in mind as they mull over whether to vote for Moore or his opponent former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.

The question is what will a Jones victory mean for Alabama and the country?

Jones is to be commended for his successful prosecution of two members of the Klu Klux Klan for the bombing of a church in Birmingham in 1963 that killed four little black girls.

That said, and Moore aside, that is no reason to give Jones — who has said that he would have opposed the confirmation of Alabama’s popular Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general — a pass on his leftist liberal political positions which are not reflective of Alabama voters.

They should know that Doug Jones is nothing more than Chuck Schumer with an Alabama accent.

That’s the argument President Trump should be using against him in the deeply anti-abortion state of Alabama. For example, on abortion, Jones told MSNBC that he opposes a ban on abortions after the 20th week of gestation which is a bill now pending in the Senate after passage in the House. He went on to say that "I’m not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose."

In other words, according to Jones, babies have no right to life until born.

He is the perfect poster boy for Planned Parenthood and the abortion rights lobby.

Abortion is not the only reason for Alabama voters to vote against Jones — not as a vote against Moore — but because of what Jones’ going to the U.S. Senate would mean for the country.

Jones in the Senate would be a victory for the Trump resistance, bringing the Senate that much closer to majority control by Chuck Schumer.

That would give GOP Trump obstructionists like Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and John McCain, R-Ariz., to name a few — an ally in impeding the Trump agenda of rebuilding the military, enacting tax and healthcare reform, bringing more choice in education, controlling our borders and fostering economic growth as well as job creation.

These are a few of the real issues that Alabama voters should be concerned with when they vote next month. What’s really at stake in Alabama? A Moore defeat would be a victory for the Washington establishment, major media, and the Trump resistance.

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.

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In the swamp that is Washington, D.C., accusations of sexual misconduct against Republicans make the accused unfit for office; but, such accusations against Democrats merit due process. Alabama voters should keep that double standard hypocrisy in mind.
alabama, collins, corker, flake, schumer
Monday, 27 November 2017 03:48 PM
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