This week establishment Republicans fired a possible mortal blow in the civil war instigated by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. This particular skirmish started in Alabama when Bannonite Roy Moore defeated establishment candidate, Luther Strange, in a special primary election to become Republican nominee and presumptive U.S. Senator.

The unusual off year vacancy occurred when President Trump selected Jeff Sessions to become U.S. Attorney General. Strange, the former Alabama Attorney General, was appointed to fill the vacancy and received millions of dollars from Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s PAC and the lukewarm support of President Trump.

Moore emerged in the primary as the anti-establishment choice. His list of wing nut bona fides is pretty extensive, even for a candidate supported by such right wing luminaries as Steve Bannon, Sarah Palin and Brexit supporter, Nigel Farage.

Moore was elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2001. He was removed two years later for commissioning and then refusing to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building in violation of a federal court order.

After two failed attempts at the Republican nomination for governor, Moore was somehow re-elected as chief justice in 2013. This time he lasted three years before being suspended for ordering Alabama’s state probate court judges to refuse marriage licenses to same sex couples in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges.

Any Google search of Roy Moore reveals a long history of controversial statements especially regarding homosexuals. Despite, or perhaps because of, his rabid anti-federal government leanings and big mouth Moore defeated Strange in the Republican primary practically guaranteeing that he would become Alabama’s next U.S. Senator.

Even as Bannon celebrated and threatened to attack other establishment Republicans the proverbial other shoe dropped and Emperor Palpatine, look alike Mitch McConnell, gassed up the old Death Star this time to take a shot at his own party.

The Washington Post broke a story last week quoting one Alabama woman who claimed Moore had “initiated a sexual encounter” with her when she was 14 years old and three other women who also claimed Moore “pursued them romantically” when they were between 16 and 18 years of age. Three days later another Alabama woman accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 and as I wrote this article four more women lined up to add their voices to the growing chorus of Moore accusers.

McConnell and his allies pounced, demanding that Moore step aside. The vote on the Senate tax reform bill was quickly delayed and other important matters like immigration reform, ISIS and North Korea were relegated to the back burner while McConnell and Bannon locked horns in a power struggle for control of the Senate.

As for the rest of us, at least until November 2018, it is no longer enough to let Trump be Trump. We also have to endure McConnell being McConnell, Bannon being Bannon and Moore being Moore no matter the cost to the country.

Neil G. Baron, an attorney and former League City Councilman, is writing columns from a progressive perspective.

(40) comments

Diane Turski

I hope that voters find their consciences and vote country over party for a refreshing change!! Vote for Jones!

Doyle Beard

Enough Voters should have done that is the 90's and Hillary would have been history then. OH I forgot Bills women were trashed by her and too many did not have the guts to stand up or either had the mule blinders on.

PD Hyatt

If people had done that BHO would not have been voted in to begin with....

Gary Miller

When I was young we called it 'flirting', now it's a felony.

Jim Forsythe

Gary:
Is this what you think 'flirting' is, was? Anytime someone is forced , it's not 'flirting'. It is one thing to say I do not think he did it , verses it was just flirting. Gary was it OK  to have forced sex with a 14 -year -old? if not, that's part of the issues with Moore.

"Most of the incidents are alleged to have occurred when the women were in their teens and Moore was in his 30s. One woman said Moore touched her over her underwear when she was 14-years-old. Another said he tried to force her to perform oral sex on him when she was 16-years-old."

Carlos Ponce

Jim, all you have is accusations. I bet you bought all of Bill Clinton's denials until evidence in the the form of a blue stained dress showed up. The only "evidence" is a yearbook page Gloria Allred will not turn over to a neutral third party. But she will turn it over too late to investigate.Look up her CNN questioning by Wolf Blitzer and female MSNBC reporter. Gloria seems awfully nervous when it comes to checking the validity of the yearbook page. But she will provide "exemplars" of Moore's signature to compare to provided PHOTOCOPIES of the page. Maybe that's where a forger got the pattern for the signature.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos , the article was about Moore. who do you thinking Gary was talking about?
The  article talked about Steve Bannon, Sarah Palin , Nigel Farage, McConnell, Trump.
Nowhere did Neil Baron mention Bill Clinton, Gloria Allred ,Wolf Blitzer . 
So  Gary was talking about which one that were in the article , Carlos?
As Gary did not say anything about anybody else, and the article was about Moore, how do you get that he was talking about others, not mentioned?
And what did Gary do, that would now be a felony? 

Jim Forsythe

From my post above.
Most of the incidents are alleged

Carlos Ponce

Jim, just pointing out the hypocrisy of the Left. Now tell me what Little Marky would not answer. Despite all the allegations of sexual misconduct including rape against Bill Clinton did you vote for him in 1992 and 1996 knowing they were just allegations? And now there are unproven allegations against Moore but the Liberals are heading a lynch mob. Hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy.
And I once heard of a local scout master who once had allegations told about him but he was innocent. Know who I'm talking about?[innocent]

Jim Forsythe

Carlos , the article was about Moore. who do you thinking Gary was talking about?
My response was to Gary, As the story was about Moore.

Carlos Ponce

I read your post the first time. I knew it was about Moore. My reply still stands.

Doyle Beard

Neil just mentioned one side because he was on the other side years ago and this woul show his hypocrisy

Mark Aaron

Gary: [ When I was young we called it 'flirting', now it's a felony.]

When you were in your thirties you hit on fourteen year old little girls?

Kelly Naschke

Amazing how so many of the sheeple like little Marky hear the ALLEGATIONS against Moore and automatically assume and act as if it’s fact ...despite not ONE shred of concrete evidence. And... in other cases there were numerous facts including stained dresses and testimony that included very intimate details of the presidential “package”...impeachment and loss of a legal license. Yeah....you tell em little Marky!!!!

Mark Aaron

Leroy: [Amazing how so many of the sheeple like little Marky hear the ALLEGATIONS against Moore and automatically assume and act as if it’s fact ...despite not ONE shred of concrete evidence.]

So despite 9 women and a police officer coming forward you are still defending a child molester Leroy? So much for the right's "moral authority."

Carlos Ponce

There you go again, Little Marky. No proof produced but you're heading the local lynch mob. Allegations are not the same as proof. The allegations warrant an investigation not a lynching. Alleged child molester. What part of alleged don't you understand? If the proof is there then he should step down and face the consequences. Again, allegations are not the same as proof.
Did former Gadsen police officer actually come forward? Did Faye Gary witness any impropriety from Roy Moore? No. Hearsay is not the same as proof.

Steve Fouga

"When I was young we called it 'flirting', now it's a felony."

I'm pretty sure it was a felony back then, too. You'd better hope no one decides to accuse you. [batman]

Jarvis Buckley

I sure wish she would have told her mother when & if this happened. Mom would have told Dad & Dad would have made him wish he was never born. Having said that I know of no parents that would let their 14 year old daughter date a 32 year old man.

Doyle Beard

I don't agree with the 14/32 either but you can take it to the bank, it happens. Sad.

Mark Aaron

Jarvis: [ I sure wish she would have told her mother when & if this happened. Mom would have told Dad & Dad would have made him wish he was never born.]

What do you think about people still trying to defend Moore?

Carlos Ponce

Defend Moore or seek the truth, Little Marky?
If someone were to accuse Mark Aaron of sexual misconduct and it was not true wouldn't you demand they prove their allegations?
The only "proof" is a 1977 yearbook which Gloria Allred will not release to an unbiased third party to check authenticity. Asides from that only allegations from the other women who did not speak out until decades had passed.
If the allegations were true parents and school counselors could have helped the high school teen aged girls cope with what happened.
And the allegations coming out mere weeks before an election is a typical Leftist tactic. Roy Moore has been engaged in many elections since the dates of the allegations. Why didn't they speak out as adults?
The tactic didn't work against Trump. But shorten the time and give the heinous crime of child endangerment and abuse maybe it will.

Jim Forsythe

If you think that it's a Democrat, or a Republican problem, you are wrong. These are from 2010–2017.
We can keep blaming the other party, or we can address it.

Eric Massa, Representative (D-NY), resigned to avoid an ethics investigation into his admitted groping and tickling of multiple male staffers. He later stated on Fox News, "not only did I grope [a staffer], I tickled him until he couldn't breathe," (2010)
Mark Souder, Representative (R-IN), a staunch advocate of abstinence and family values,resigned to avoid an ethics investigation into his admitted extramarital affair with a female staffer. (2010)
Chris Lee, Representative (R-NY), resigned hours after a news report that he had sent a shirtless of himself flexing his muscles to a woman via Craigslist, along with flirtatious e-mails. He did not rely on a pseudonym or a false e-mail address but used his official Congressional e-mail for all communication. Lee said"I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents.... I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.” (2011)
Anthony Weiner, Representative (D-NY), admitted to sending sexually explicit photos of himself to several women through his Twitter account.He resigned from Congress on June 16, 2011,but kept sexting after his resignation. (2011)
Scott DesJarlais, Representative (R-TN), admitted under oath to at least six affairs, including two affairs with his patients and staffers while he was a physician at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, TN. Additionally, while running on a pro-life platform, DesJarlais made his ex-wife have two abortions, and tried to persuade a mistress who was his patient, into an abortion as well.
David Wu, Representative (D-OR), resigned from the House of Representatives after being accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a fundraiser's daughter. July 26, 2011.
Herman Cain (R) 2012 Republican presidential candidate, was accused of sexual harassment by several women. These accusations eventually caused him to suspend his run for the presidential nomination (2012) including Sharon Bialek, Karen Kraushaar, and having a 13-year affair with Ginger White. Donna Donella also reported possible inappropriate behavior.
Vance McAllister, Representative (R-LA), who is married and the father of five, was caught on surveillance camera deeply kissing a married staffer. Several prominent Republicans asked McAllister to resign. In response, he stated he would not seek re-election in 2016.  McCallister said: "There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve". (2014)
Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (R-IL), pled guilty to structuring bank withdrawals in order to conceal deliberately-unspecified misconduct by Hastert against an unnamed individual years earlier.At a sentencing hearing in October 2015, Hastert admitted that he had sexually abused boys while he worked as a high school wrestling coach decades earlier. (2015)
Tim Murphy, Representative (R-PA), had an extramarital affair with Shannon Edwards, a 32-year-old forensic psychologist. The pro-life Murphy asked Edwards to have an abortion after she became pregnant. The information was revealed as part of Murphy's divorce proceedings and published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after it fought in Pennsylvania state court to have the documents unsealed. Murphy resigned his seat in Congress. 

Carlos Ponce

Left off the big boys Bill Clinton (D) and Ted Kennedy (D).

Steve Fouga

2010-2017. Clinton and Kennedy were before.

Carlos Ponce

Bill Clinton however continues his sexcapades in 2017. The Secret Service named her "The Energizer".
And Ted Kennedy's foibles are worthy of note since his voters returned him to the Senate despite full knowledge of his sexual immorality and causing the death of his secretary.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [Bill Clinton however continues his sexcapades in 2017]

Now you are just lying Carlos. Do you have no shame? You make this claim with zero evidence and then you defend a child abuser. What is wrong with your party Carlos?

Carlos Ponce

"Bill Clinton however continues his sexcapades in 2017"
Little Marky responds with "Now you are just lying Carlos"
Too much evidence produced by the Secret Service who prefer "The Energizer" to Hillary - Energizer is much nicer.
Do a web search on Bill Clinton and "The Energizer". While you're at it search Bill Clinton and The Lolita Express. I doubt if you'll find anything from the FAKE NEWS news services. They like to keep their readers/viewers ignorant.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [ I doubt if you'll find anything from the FAKE NEWS news services.]

In other words you are a liar, just as I said, and you can't back up your bogus claim. Why should we believe anything you say Carlos?

Carlos Ponce

Little Marky posts: "In other words you are a liar, just as I said, and you can't back up your bogus claim. Why should we believe anything you say Carlos?"
Such a nice reply.[rolleyes]
Because I check out ALL news services. Non-Liberal News Sources are legit. I seek truth, evaluating each side while you seek partisan Leftist views only. One day you will see the that you've been misled and it will hit you like a ton of bricks.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [ Such a nice reply.]

You are telling a blatant lie, what else would you expect? You are acting as an amoral propagandist trying to pass on salacious rumor.

==> [ evaluating each side while you seek partisan Leftist views only. One day you will see the that you've been misled and it will hit you like a ton of bricks.]

The polls overwhelmingly agree with me Carlos. You are the one badly in need of an epiphany.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [Left off the big boys]

You mean Clarence Thomas? Yeah he is one of the worst.

Doyle Beard

Evil empire begin in the 30s with LBJ being elected to the U.S. Senate. Good ole George Parr from Duval County.

PD Hyatt

Do you happen to know how many millions Congress has paid out to keep these kinds of sexual incidents quiet? It is many millions to hush men and women from telling their stories.... I wonder why people aren't screaming about the foolish Sen from MI who had a picture taken while he was groping a women that was out.... Oh that is right it doesn't matter if it is a demon-crat as they like the Hildabeast are above the law....

Jim Forsythe

Until the following practice is changed , Congress will not treat sexual complaints they way the rest of the USA does. It keep hidden
which one does it, and they have no personal penalty.

"Congress makes its own rules about the handling of sexual complaints against members and staff, passing laws exempting it from practices that apply to other employers. 
The result is a culture in which some lawmakers suspect harassment is rampant. Yet victims are unlikely to come forward, according to attorneys who represent them. 
Under a law in place since 1995, accusers may file lawsuits only if they first agree to go through months of counseling and mediation. A special congressional office is charged with trying to resolve the cases out of court. 
When settlements do occur, members do not pay them from their own office funds, a requirement in other federal agencies. Instead, the confidential payments come out of a special U.S. Treasury fund. 
Congressional employees have received small settlements, compared with the amounts some public figures pay out. Between 1997 and 2014, the U.S. Treasury has paid $15.2 million in 235 awards and settlements for Capitol Hill workplace violations, according to the congressional Office of Compliance. The statistics do not break down the exact nature of the violations. "

Jim Forsythe

If you are talking about Franken's, he referred his conduct to the Senate Ethics Committee . The ethics committee is not exactly the world's swiftest when it comes to meting out justice. 

Mark Aaron

Paul: [. I wonder why people aren't screaming about the foolish Sen from MI who had a picture taken while he was groping a women]

Are you saying you have seen photographic proof of this Paul?

Jarvis Buckley

One more time , I ask each that commented about this article. Would you allow your 14 year old daughter to go out on a date with a 32 year old man? Just asking.......

Steve Fouga

No way. Fortunately it never came up.

Jim Forsythe

Jarvis , 
Her mother knew nothing about what was happening , because she met Moore around the corner.
Since she was a child, she made bad choices. 

"Ms Corfman told NBC's Today show: "Well I wouldn't exactly call it a date, I would call it a meet. At 14 I was not dating.
"At 14 I was not able to make those kinds of choices. I met him around the corner from my house, my mother did not know.
"And he took me to his home. After arriving at his home on the second occasion he basically laid out some blankets on the floor of his living room and proceeded to seduce me, I guess you would say."
She alleged that he removed her clothing and stripped to his white underwear before molesting her and trying to get her to touch him.
"At that point I pulled back and said that I was not comfortable and I got dressed and he took me home," Ms Corfman said.
"But I was a 14-year-old child trying to play in an adult's world and he was 32 years old."
The age of consent in Alabama is 16.

Jim Forsythe

      If you think only the other party is guilty, than take a look at the list above ant the one below, and should be clear both parties have problems.  
   From 2000–2009   Shows a few more that have had problems. What is missing are the one's hidden by Congress , and the money that has been payed out to protect them   
        Until we demand reforms from the one's in DC, nothing will change.
      
Gary Condeit, Representative (D-CA): his affair with 23-year-old intern Chandra Levy was exposed after Levy disappeared. Her body was found a year later and in 2008, an illegal immigrant with no relation to Condit was charged with her murder. Condit had often demanded that Bill Clinton "come clean" about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. (2001)
Ed Schrock, Representative (R-VA), announced he would abort his 2004 attempt for a third term in Congress after allegedly being caught on tape soliciting sex from a male prostitute after having aggressively opposed various gay-rights issues in Congress, such as same-sex marriage and gays in the military.
Strom Thurmond, Senator (R-SC), noted segregationist, fathered a child, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, with a 15-year-old African American in 1925 who was employed by the Thurmond family. (2003)
Jim McGreevey, Governor (D-NJ), elected in 2002. In early 2002, McGreevey was criticized for appointing his secret lover, Israeli national Golan Cipel, as homeland security adviser even though Cipel lacked experience or other qualifications for the position. Cipel resigned but threats from his lawyers about sexual harassment lawsuits prompted McGreevey to announce, on August 12, 2004, that he was gay and would resign the governorship, effective November 15, 2004. This made McGreevey the first openly gay governor in United States history. Subsequently, McGreevey separated with his then wife Dina Matos McGreevey in late 2005. Shortly afterward McGreevey and Australian-American executive Mark O'Donnell began a relationship. (2004)
Steven C. LaTourette, Representative (R-OH), was elected in 1994 and had voted to impeach Bill Clinton for the Lewinsky scandal. He himself had a long-term affair with his chief of staff, Jennifer Laptook, while he was married. He married Laptook after his divorce. (2003)
David Dreier, Representative (R-CA), voted against a number of gay rights proposals, but was outed concerning his relationship with his chief of staff. (2004) He is featured in the 2009 documentary film Outrage.
Don Sherwood, Representative (R-PA), failed to win re-election following revelations of a five-year extramarital affair with Cynthia Ore, who accused him of physically abusing her. (2004)
Mark Foley, Representative (R-FL), resigned his House seat when accused of sending sexually explicit e-mails to teenage male congressional pages. He was replaced by Tim Mahoney. (2006)
David Vitter, Senator (R-LA), took over the House seat of former Congressman Robert Livingston, who resigned in 1999 following revelations of an extramarital affair. At the time, Vitter stated, "I think Livingston's stepping down makes a very powerful argument that (Bill) Clinton should resign as well... Vitter's name was then discovered in the address book of the Deborah Jeane Palfrey (the "D.C. Madam"). (2007)[
Randall L. Tobias (R), Deputy Secretary of State and former "AIDS Czar" appointed by George W. Bush, stated that U.S. funds should be denied to countries that permitted prostitution. He resigned on April 27, 2007, after confirming that he had been a customer of Deborah Jeane Palfrey (the "D.C. Madam").
Larry Craig (R-ID), a U.S. Senator for 18 years, was arrested on June 11, 2007 and charged with lewd conduct arising from his behavior in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. Craig pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of disorderly conduct; he later unsuccessfully sought to withdraw his guilty plea.He announced his resignation three months later on September 1, 2007, but changed his mind again, although he did not seek re-election in 2008. (2007) 
Tim Mahoney, Representative (D-FL), was elected to the seat of Mark Foley, who had resigned following sexual harassment charges from his congressional interns. Mahoney ran on a campaign promise to make "a world that is safer, more moral". In October 2008, he admitted he placed his mistress on his staff and then fired her, saying, "You work at my pleasure." He then admitted to multiple other affairs.
Vito Fossella, Representative (R-NY), was arrested for drunken driving. Under questioning, the married Congressman and father of three admitted to an affair with Laura Fay that produced a daughter. (2008)
John Edwards, Senator (D-NC), admitted to an extramarital affair with actress and film producer Rielle Hunter, which produced a child, seriously undercutting his 2008 presidential campaign. (see federal political scandals)
John Ensign, Senator (R-NV), resigned his position as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee on June 16, 2009, after admitting he had an affair with the wife of a close friend, both of whom were working on his campaign.Under investigation, he then resigned his Senate seat 20 months early in 2011 In 1998, Senator Ensign had called for President Bill Clinton (D) to resign after admitting to sexual acts with Monica Lewinsky. (2009)
Chip Pickering, Representative (R-MS): on July 16, 2009, it was announced that his wife had filed an alienation of affection lawsuit against a woman with whom Chip allegedly had an affair.The lawsuit claimed the adulterous relationship ruined the Pickerings' marriage and his political career. (2009)

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