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Senate GOP Leader Dashes Roy Moore’s Hopes Of Getting Past That Whole Child Molesting Thing

Monday morning, any doubts about where the “establishment” of the Republican Party stands on the issue of disgraced former judge Roy Moore’s predilection for dating teenage girls were erased, by none other than Mitch McConnell himself, the leader of the Republicans in the Senate.

Surrounded by reporters, McConnell said in no uncertain terms that he thinks Moore should step down. Pressed on the exact reasoning, a reporter asked him, “Do you believe these allegations to be true?”

In the very first instance in at least two years in which I thought something a Republican said was actually decent, Mitch responded in the affirmative — but not just a simple “yes.” Very importantly, he specified that he believes the women making the accusations.

Reactions to the Senator’s statement were, to say the least, mixed. I can’t stress how hard it is to actually believe something good could come from a Republican Senator, let alone the guy who publicly stated that his number one goal a few years back was to make Barack Obama a one-term president.

But for now, I believe him. And it’s got me all kinds of confused. Some of Twitter felt the same:

Some people shared my view of The-Rest-Of-His-Career Mitch McConnell:

Others shared my skepticism and cynicism:

The bottom line is that if Mitch really believes the women, and honestly thinks that Roy Moore should step aside despite the fact that it almost certainly means giving up a Senate seat to a Democrat, he has something he can personally do about it.

Mitch McConnell can refuse to seat Roy Moore in the Senate, even if he wins.


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