Episode #205: Moore Problems in Alabama
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of many Beltway Republicans who have called for the withdrawal of Roy Moore from the Alabama Senate race. But Bill Stewart of the University of Alabama notes that Moore, under fire for sexual misconduct and harassment charges from decades ago by women who were in their teens, is not likely to be forced out of the contest by out of state Republicans.
Some Republicans would love for Moore to quit the race so they could replace him on the ballot with a better candidate, but Alabama state law says it’s too late for such action. A similar situation occurred in New Jersey in 2002, when an ethics-tainted Sen. Robert Torricelli (D) wanted to quit. Don Ritchie, the former historian of the U.S. Senate, explains what happened at the time … and how Jersey Democrats managed to hold onto the seat.
Charlie Sykes, the conservative former radio talk show host from Wisconsin, explains the thought behind his new book, “How the Right Lost Its Mind” — a deeply critical look at Donald Trump from the right, and how the president is hurting the conservative movement.
It was 14 years ago this week when Arnold Schwarzenegger was improbably sworn in as governor of California. Sean Walsh, his communications director, explains how the recall election that dumped Gov. Gray Davis and elected The Terminator was possible.
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