If Roy Moore Gets Elected, The Senate Must Seat Him

Whether you like Roy Moore or not, you should recognize that the Senate tossing him for decades-old​ behavior is bad.

The voters in Alabama will amount to a jury of Roy Moore's peers. With allegations now dragged out into the open and pursued by the press, the voters will make up their minds. They will do so as Democrats demand Republicans take a position on Roy Moore while they themselves leave Al Franken and John Conyers alone.

The call now, by Mitch McConnell and others, is for Roy Moore to be immediately referred to the Senate Ethics Committee should he be elected. Republicans and Democrats alike insist they will either refuse to seat him or expel him from the Senate. They should not do so and are arguably playing with dangerous precedent should they.

Whether you like Roy Moore or not and whether you support him or not is actually irrelevant to the issue of expulsion from the Senate. The allegations against Moore are decades old. He was not running for the Senate when they occurred nor is he presently in the Senate. If voters choose to send Moore to the Senate, the Senate should honor the will of the people even if you and I disagree with the vote.

To do otherwise sets the precedent that the Senate can exercise its disciplinary powers over someone's conduct decades before they were in office. That is asking for partisan abuse in an increasingly partisan atmosphere. The Senate can, constitutionally, make its own rules and govern the discipline of its own members. But I think it is constitutionally dubious to believe the Senate's powers to control and govern the discipline of its members applies to times decades before they were members.

Voters in this country are angry. That anger is fixated at Washington and is across parties. Republican voters in Alabama and elsewhere are particularly aggrieved at the Republican leaders in Washington. Should the voters of Alabama elect Roy Moore and the Senate refuse to seat him or expel him, the Senate will be choosing to ignore the will of the voters. That is a dangerous, dangerous thing that none of us should encourage. As we see more and more in our national politics, if expelling Roy Moore can be justified, other behaviors less extreme will, over time, also see expulsions justified.

The voters will decide and the Senate and everyone else should accept it whether we like it or not.

Although I am not from Alabama (go Auburn beat Georgia) I would like to see a republican seated and if these allegations become absolute truth and actionable offenses I would take the chance that he would finally resign. Kay Ivey then could seat another republican. If Jones wins, you’re stuck. There might be another way out of this mess. If Franken and Conyers are forced to resign then Moore will follow. The whole thing is sickening.

If Moore were to be expelled, would the next vote be for Menendez? How about Warren for lying about her Indian heritage? Blumenthal for lying about his military service? Harris for her criminal behavior as California Attorney General? Any 99 Senators for financial shenanigans?

As it should be, and should always be. It is not up to the rest of the country to tell Alabamians what they should think, especially when the rest of the country knows only what the media has told them. If that is the example to be set for a state to elect it's representatives to the federal government, there would be nothing left for a state to have an original idea about governance. The mob doesn't get to elect a state's representatives unless the mob is in that state. Leave Alabama alone, and to Mitch McConnell, if Moore gets elected, leave him alone. You are no better.

EE: I get whiplash reading you.

Miss Mo is right, the whole thing IS sickening. It is sickening because I doubt there are more than a handful of sitting Senators who could pass the sniff test if it was applied properly, i.e. their corruption outside of sexual mores. If Jesus was here and writing in the sand, I doubt if even a handful of them could throw a stone, much less the first one, at Roy Moore. Furthermore, I doubt that Jesus would be writing just about sexual impropiety. There is far too much corruption, compromise of our values, and legislation written that is bad for THE PEOPLE in a government that is supposed to be Of the People, By the People, and For the People, and that hurts THE PEOPLE (namely you and I). Small wonder The People are angry

Interesting. Obama was elected and had constitutional right to appoint Supreme Court nominee. The GOP refused to let that happen. Because he was black? If Roy Moore was black how would this be treated?

I doubt that the votes against Obama's nominee's was just because he was black. While I no longer consider myself a Republican, I can see why the Republicans did not want another life-long liberal on the bench.

Erick Erickson seems to have periodic blood rushes to the brain. In this case, he gives credence to the descriptive that there are two parties in America, the Dumb party and the Evil party,.