When embattled Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was in the midst of a sexual misconduct accusation onslaught, the Republican National Convention withdrew from their fundraising agreement.
The same day President Trump formally endorsed Moore, the RNC reversed course and is once again throwing their hefty financial support behind the Republican candidate.
If polling is accurate, Moore scoots through the race handily trouncing his Democratic opponent. Which is why I suspect the Republican party’s upper echelon has decided to rejoin the game.
From the WaPo:
President Trump’s endorsement of Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore on Monday prompted the Republican National Committee and a pro-Trump super PAC to re-enter the state, boosting a candidate who had been largely cut off by his party.
Senate Republican leaders remained critical of Moore on Monday, warning that the former judge is likely to face an immediate ethics probe if he is elected next week. But the America First Action super PAC, following Trump’s lead, announced that it would spent $1.1 million to elect Moore, while the RNC said it was returning to the field after pulling out in mid-November.
The divergent attitudes toward Moore, who has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward teenage girls when he was in his 30s, underscored how polarizing a figure he would be among his party’s national leaders if he wins the Dec. 12 special election.
Even if Moore is largely ostracized by his Senate colleagues, the support of the president could make him an influential figure in Washington — a point he appeared determined to emphasize on Monday.
“I look forward to fighting alongside the President to #MAGA!” Moore wrote on Twitter, using the acronym for Trump’s signature campaign theme, “Make America Great Again.”
Trump and Senate Republicans have already started pondering Moore’s place in the party if he gets past Democrat Doug Jones in a contest that recent polling shows is neck and neck. The president wrote on Twitter on Monday that the united Democratic opposition to the GOP’s sweeping tax plan showed “why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama.”
Moore sustained political wounds from a bevy of sexual misconduct accusations, party betters insisting he drop out of the race, and a bloodthirsty political media set demanding a scalp. As I predicted, Alabama voters have tuned out the national chorus and are supporting Moore nonetheless. If anything, the meddling by outsiders and particularly the entrance of Gloria Allred to the circus galvanized Moore’s support. The South (and Texas) prefers to be left alone to sort their business out amongst themselves.
The RNC along with its DNC counterpart has one goal — winning. We passed the part in this where principles matter to the party betters at least 8 political lifetimes ago.
What this says: The RNC stopped funding because they thought he was doomed, not because they believe accusers or because child molestation is bad. Now that he’s probably going to win/Trump endorses they have no problem backing him. https://t.co/wUlmogmHYH
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) December 5, 2017
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