The most controversial United States Senate election in recent memory is just five days away. As maligned Judge Roy Moore – accused of sexual misconduct by nine different women – prepares to run against a Democrat no one can name, the Republican Establishment has reversed course. What they have just said is shocking in that it needed to be said.
The Republican Establishment – represented by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – has decided that “the voters of Alabama should decide” who their next senator should be. Appearing on ABC’s This Week Sunday, McConnell said, “I’m going to let the people of Alabama make the call.”
Last month, when Moore was down 12 points in the polls, McConnell said, “Roy Moore should step aside; the women who’ve come forward are entirely credible. He’s obviously not fit to be in the United States Senate, and we’ve looked at all the options to try to prevent that from happening.”
Now, with Moore suddenly up six points in the latest polls, the Establishment has reversed course, adopting the White House position. While President Trump has called the accusations against Moore “very troubling,” he has also said “the people of Alabama should make a decision on who their next senator should be.” Trump has not wavered from that position.
So, in a matter of a few days, the Republican Establishment has shifted from “We’ve looked at all the options to prevent” Moore’s election to “the voters of Alabama should decide” and “I’m going to let the people of Alabama make the call.”
I’m sure the 4.3 million Americans who call Alabama home will be glad to hear the Senate Majority Leader has acquiesced his role naming their Senator for them to “letting” them go ahead with the vote.
At best, Sen. McConnell stated his position clumsily. At worst, he revealed the cancer of Washington – and it is not limited to one political party. For the leader of the Republican Establishment to even feel the need to say he would “let the voters decide” the Alabama Senate race themselves says all we need to know about the dangers of a centralized government that founders Washington and Jefferson fought so hard to deny.