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Do Republicans Benefit from the Roy Moore Scandal?

Written by Joe Scudder

We don’t know if there is anything real behind the Roy Moore scandal, but it is convenient for some people.

If the Roy Moore scandal is fake, then the obvious suspects are Democrats. But might there be others who would frame the Senate candidate in order to defeat him at the ballot box? Here’s the headline from Yahoo News: “Roy Moore scandal in Alabama might slow Bannon’s insurgency, GOP leaders hope.” So, if the scandal is fake, some Republicans have an interest in entangling Moore in scandal as the Democrats do.

The explosive allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore may have an unintended casualty: Steve Bannon, the former adviser to Donald Trump who is leading an insurgency against the GOP establishment.

At least, that’s what Bannon’s chief target, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is hoping.

When Bannon first backed Moore in the Republican Senate primary in Alabama, it looked like a shrewd move. Moore led in the polls by double digits in the runoff with Sen. Luther Strange, who’d been appointed to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

And Bannon was looking for a way to establish himself as a kingmaker, after leaving his post as senior White House adviser to President Trump.

When Bannon endorsed Moore, he told allies that he wasn’t opposing Strange — whom Trump backed — to spite the president.

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His real target was McConnell, he said, and he expanded on this theme in a highly publicized interview with “60 Minutes” in early September.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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