The GOP readies itself to welcome Roy Moore
A majority of American voters voted against Trump, as you may recall. If you buy Republicans' logic, that would mean the public found Trump guilty of sexual misconduct and wanted him to disclose his tax returns.
Moreover, casting a ballot for a politician does not necessarily mean you endorse a candidate's every policy stance, character trait and action.
When choosing between candidates, voters have to select one bundle of beliefs and behaviors or another. It's a combo plate. No substitutions allowed.
Maybe Trump's supporters backed him because they don't believe the allegations made against him. Or maybe they supported him in spite of finding those claims credible. (They heard him admit to grabbing women "by the p -- y" on tape, after all.)
In any case, by arguing that victory refutes all allegations against Trump, Republicans are laying the groundwork to welcome Moore to Washington if he wins next month.
Already, White House officials are ducking questions about whether Moore should be allowed to serve as senator. A mere week ago, Conway said there was "no Senate seat worth more than a child." On Monday, when asked whether Alabama voters should cast their ballots for Moore, she denounced his Democratic opponent and said, "I'm telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through."
Sure, some Republican senators have said they believe Moore's accusers. Some, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), have even suggested that they might try to expel him if he gets elected.
But with tax cuts hanging in the balance, don't be surprised if they lose their nerve once "the voters have spoken."
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