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.