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Kurtz: Has the shock worn of Moore’s accusations?
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on why Trump and Republican leaders are now covering Roy Moore back.
If the allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore first appeared, President Trump was quick to distance.
To destroy while a “mere allegation” should not be allowed, someone’s life, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, “the President also believes that, if these allegations are true, judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.”
Mitch McConnell said that if Moore won the Senate seat in Alabama, he possible deportation. “When he swore,” the majority leader said in a Wall Street Journal forum,” he would immediately, in a trial before the Senate ethics Committee.” Moore would be ” to bear witness asked under oath,” what would “at the beginning of an unprecedented.”
And the Republican National Committee, quickly pulled its financial support.
Then that was it.
On Monday, Trump formally Moore in a telephone conversation with the former judge. “To give Democrats a rejection, a vote for massive tax cuts, why do we need to win over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama,” the President tweeted.
McConnell left the eviction to speak, which was designed to force Moore out of the race. He says now, Alabama, the voters should “make the call”, to send him to the Senate.
And the RNC again, his financial support has made.
How did GOP leaders flip back in Moore’s direction in only three weeks, in which the goal just before the Dec. 12 Special Election? After a total of nine women have Moore of the sexual misconduct or accused, when you were a teenager as young as 14. Moore vehemently denies the allegations.
Many in the Republican party were horrified by the women in the accounts, and hoped to force Moore out of the race. But he owed nothing to the statement that against him in the primary, and after the race against Democrat Doug Jones more competitive, the Republicans began to lose the fear of what should be an incredibly safe seat.
In effect, Moore’s strategy of denial and delay worked. Accusations, seemed to be shocking and beyond the pale, if you showed up first, and became part of the political background noise. Moore pointed to the Prosecutor, attacked the Washington Post, some of their stories and the question of why it took almost four decades for their accounts at the surface.
If John Conyers and Al Franken moved ahead of your own sexual misconduct allegations, the atmosphere discreet, this was not an exclusively Republican problem. The 88-year-old Conyers announced his resignation yesterday after the mounting of the sexual misconduct allegations, a week after a Prosecutor, his former deputy chief of staff, went on the “Today” show.
The delay strategy has worked, especially for Bill Clinton in 1998. If Clinton admitted had a sexual relationship with a “woman” when the Monica Lewinsky broke a story, he probably would have been forced to resign. The country was appalled by the President involved, with an internal and apparently lies. But in his grand jury testimony came seven months later, many Americans had grown tired of the saturation coverage in the media and the White house attacks on Ken Starr took their toll. The house accused Clinton on a party-line vote, but there was never much doubt that the Senate would acquit him.
In the Moore case, not all Republicans are on Board, and that includes his fellow Alabama senator Richard Shelby. Mitt Romney said that Moore would be in the Senate “a stain on the GOP, and the nation.”
One of Moore’s prosecutors, Debbie Wesson Gibson, who says she dated Moore, when she was 17, showed the Washington Post a signed high-school-graduation-card, which you receive from him. To know Moore once confirmed Gibson as a “friend”, but now maintains he doesn’t know any of his accusers.
What we see here is the cold political reality. As the stories of the women faded from the headlines, Roy Moore, the win is very likely, next week’s election. Trump had already help unofficially to him by attacks on Jones as a tax-and-spend liberal. The RNC is doing what the President wants. And McConnell, who have recognized needs in a hands-off approach, that the expulsion is unlikely.
The bottom line: In a CBS poll (Moore, 6-points lead), 71 percent of likely Republican voters say that the misconduct allegations against him are false. And of this group, 92 percent say the Democrats are to say that behind the charges, and 88 percent, the Newspapers and the media are behind you. About half of the Moore supporters say that their voice is the support of trump.
And that is why the President and his party change their attitude to the controversial candidate.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.