Moore’s fate in the hands of scared shitless Alabama GOP central steering committee

Filed in National by on November 14, 2017 27 Comments

I have to say, the Schadenfreude is awesome.

As national Republicans ramp up the pressure to force Roy Moore to drop his Alabama Senate campaign, the small group of local GOP power players who will ultimately determine Moore’s political fate are taking reluctant steps towards deciding whether to cut him loose.

The 21 members of Alabama’s Republican Party central steering committee are the only ones who can pull Roy Moore’s nomination and potentially block his path to the Senate. After days of mounting allegations that their Senate nominee had sexual contact with teenage girls while he was in his 30s, two Alabama GOP sources tell TPM they’ve finally decided to hold a meeting later this week to hash out whether they can stand by his side.

“We are still weighing the evidence, but realize some decision or statement must come from the state party soon,” said one Alabama Republican.

Most members of the committee have so far stayed silent, worried about fury from Moore backers if they reject him and damage to their own political careers no matter what they do.

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  1. Alby says:

    Funny how quiet the Sussex GOP players are on this one. “Look! Transgenders! Your son Jack can now decide he’s your daughter Jill without telling you!”

    You’ll notice what links the two issues for conservatives: the state interfering in parental control of minor children (remember, Roy always asked their mamas). This is something the right-wing Christians both preach and practice, and it’s what really scares the shit out of them — that though they created these children, they have their own lives and might someday do whatever they want. At root, they’re control freaks.

  2. Alby says:

    Just in from Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby just said the steering committee should pull the nomination. That would void any votes for Moore; people would have to write in Luther Strange’s name. This sounds like a long shot, but it worked for Lisa Murkowski even with the R still in the race.

  3. It’s a longshot, all right. The entire Moore primary campaign was based on standing up to the Washington power brokers. Not to mention the skeevy way that Strange was appointed to the Senate to fill out Sessions’ term.

    I doubt that most of those Moore supporters will come out to dutifully pencil in Big Luther’s name.

  4. mediawatch says:

    Still hoping they can minimize their embarrassment by having all the dominoes fall their way: Roy wins; Senate expels or refuses to seat; Sessions named to fill the vacancy he created; Trump finds a better sycophant to serve as AG.

  5. Liberal Elite says:

    And now someone is making phone calls trying to discredit the Washington Post.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/11/14/alabama-pastor-says-man-posing-as-washington-post-reporter-offered-reward-for-dirt-on-roy-moore/

    He was posing as a WaPo reporter and offering $7000 for information for about Moore’s behavior. It’s clearly an attempt to discredit the WaPo story, by insinuating that all published accusations were made just for the money.

    How low can they go???

  6. jason330 says:

    The “Bernie Bernstein” calls will work on the dummies they are targeting with those calls. Muddy up the water, muddy up the water, then muddy up the mud. With the extra dash of anti-semitism, it smells like Stephen Bannon.

    I just heard it and the caller also has a Boston accent, which southerner’s who I know find especially grating.

  7. Alby says:

    Really? Bernie Bernstein? Was Goldy Goldstein busy on something else?

  8. Scuttlebutt302 says:

    Is anyone going to discuss the “brain trust” at our Delaware Democratic Party and what they did this week? How they quite willingly waded into the battle on these transgender regulations, instead of, I don’t know using what little capital they have to get the attention of the Delaware media to discuss anything else? Republicans prefer that we spend time talking about bathrooms, and sex changes, and the like, rather than their horrific tax plan or how they run candidates who molest young girls. Or how they are destroying our environment and gutting any semblance of safety regulations. And we walk right into their trap. And the Governor doesn’t even appear to want this fight. smdh…

  9. Alby says:

    What do you suggest they should have done once the troglodyte brigade made an issue of it? Run for the hills, as Carney did?

    I don’t think you know much about getting the attention of the Delaware media.

  10. Scuttlebutt302 says:

    The Party should have ignored it and allowed the appropriate proxies to engage, such as the people who drafted it and wanted it in the first place. Just because a Republican says something stupid does not mean you put the state chair and executive director on the radio with Susan Monday. Don’t fall right into the GOP trap. There is no upside. Or better yet, maybe have a proactive message and plan, instead of reacting to GOP bullshit. By the way, is there a message? Or a plan? Or will the party spend the next year coming up with a new name for the JJ dinner, as opposed to doing something to get Dems elected?

  11. Alby says:

    “Or better yet, maybe have a proactive message and plan”

    You saw their plan — the port, which is a boondoggle waiting to happen. That’s it. That’s all they’ve got.

  12. Scuttlebutt302 says:

    exactly – and wasn’t that Tom Gordon’s idea? Where’s ol’ Tommy at?

  13. Anono says:

    @Alby What a total wingnut are you? Let minor children decide, what gender they are and what they want to be named? What a joke.
    The school, sometimes have no idea what is going on at home.
    Maybe, the parent’s are have some money problems and there is fighting.
    The child finds less attention on them. So, they go to school and decide, they want to be called AL, instead of Alby. Just to get attention.
    Let the government, have more control. Your a total communist! MORON!

  14. Ben says:

    A little early for Frangelico and ‘Jager, isn’t it, Anono?

  15. Alby says:

    @Anono: How many transgender people do you actually know, and how many people who pretend to be transgender do you know?

    If the answer to either is “none,” you might want to STFU until you know something.

  16. Alby says:

    @scuttlebutt: As best I can tell it’s actually Julius Cephas’ plan, which he sold to Gordon, who bought it because he was going to rise again on black votes.

    It would be a great plan if there were no other ports along the Delaware, but there are several, all of them backed by much bigger governments than Delaware’s. In other words, if business goes south (literally), those ports have much deeper pockets to bail them out than we do.

  17. Anono says:

    @Alby We are talking about children, are we not?
    Shouldn’t the Parent’s have a say or opinion?
    Or should the State, dictate where we work and who we are?
    Is the State going to pay, for a Psychologist to talk to the child?
    Are we going to pay, as taxpayers for that?

    And to your question….yes.

  18. Alby says:

    “Yes” is not an answer to “how many.”

    Letting the parents have a say is why so many transgender youth kill themselves, so on the burning question of whether a school should call Jack by Jill if the student so desires, I would say yes. It carries no weight beyond that. I also fail to see how allowing this leads to the state “dictating where we work.”

    Fear of losing control of their children is what conservatives are all about, isn’t it. That, and pissing your pants in panic at everything new under the sun.

    BTW, if you’re truly worried about wasted tax dollars in education, you should join my crusade to ban tax dollars being spent on football.

  19. Anono says:

    “ban tax dollars being spent on football”
    Why not just go all the way and include all sports! You’ve really moved over to the far left, now that your at DL.

    Go back to bed, your utopia is in your head.

  20. Alby says:

    Because not all sports cause brain injuries at the rate football does.

    Why do you want tax dollars spent on football? We send kids to school to learn, and then we pay for them to play a sport that damages their brains?

    Maybe you were a football player. That would explain your limited mental capacity.

  21. Anono says:

    @ Alby, Typical personal attacks. The concussion severity in soccer, is significantly higher than in football.
    But, of course your always right. Now that your a big writer at DL. OH boy a legend in your own mind.

  22. Alby says:

    The first two sentences are not personal attacks. And the last one came after several personal attacks on me. Snowflake.

    The concussion severity in soccer is high, but not as high as football. If you have different data, you’re going to have to produce it.

    I spent 40 years working in local media. Being a “big writer at DL” is hardly the high point of my career.

    Now prove your assertion.

  23. Anono says:

    That explain’s everything, The News Urinal.

  24. Alby says:

    Prove your claim. You can’t. And “explain’s” is so grammatically incorrect that your dismissal of anyone else is laughable.

    In case you hadn’t noticed, you have added nothing to this discussion except personal attacks. You apparently have no brain.

  25. Anono says:

    “You apparently have no brain.” And you contradict yourself and make personal attacks, as well. OK, so let’s stop the personal attacks then.
    Concerning the football issue, here or should it be hear? Here is an article from the TBI, concerning this same issue.
    http://www.traumaticbraininjury.net/is-soccer-really-safer-than-football-concussion-experts-arent-so-sure/

  26. Alby says:

    Thank you for the link. Yes, I said as much in my response: Soccer has a concussion problem too. What does that have to do with football? We are going to have to pay someday, whether through taxes or insurance rates, for the injuries these kids sustain. We shouldn’t have to pay to cause them, too.

    If I had my druthers, we would end all school sports on the taxpayer dime and make the kids take up music instead, which has been shown to improve academic performance more than sports does. But because football is both the most damaging and most expensive, it makes a certain amount of sense to start there, don’t you agree?

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