The fight over who will occupy Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ open Alabama Senate seat continues to get butt-uglier by the minute as Roy Moore refuses to go and the swamp may be starting to realize that they have a big problem.
The Republican establishment is hellbent that Judge Moore will not be allowed to enter the temple of the moneychangers but his continued defiance in the face of a rather suspicious media smear campaign based on decades-old allegations seems to have caught Mitch McConnell and his ilk off guard.
How else to explain the Senate Majority Leader’s trial balloon that if Alabama voters do elect Moore and the GOPe follows through on their threats to have him barred from serving, that perhaps Sessions would be an acceptable alternative.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 14, 2017
The Washington Examiner reports on this latest twist in the story “Mitch McConnell publicly floats Jeff Sessions as write-in alternative to Roy Moore”:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday publicly floated the idea of getting Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take his old Senate seat, as Republicans continue to seek alternatives to Judge Roy Moore.
McConnell made the comments to the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council while talking about who could mount a successful write-in campaign, like Sen. Lisa Murkowski did in Alaska in 2010. McConnell said she was popular in the state and was universally well-known, qualities that Sessions has in Alabama.
“The name being most often discussed may not be available, but the Alabamian who would fit that standard would be the attorney general,” McConnell said. “He’s totally well-known and is extremely popular in Alabama.”
“That obviously would be a big move for him and for the president,” McConnell said. He said President Trump is discussing what to do in the Alabama race “in great detail” as he wraps up his Asia trip.
McConnell conceded that he isn’t sure Sessions would come back after leaving earlier this year to take over as head of the Department of Justice. Some reports were already saying Monday that Sessions had no interest.
“We don’t know, but he fits the mold of somebody who might be able to … in the same way Lisa was able to do it in 2010,” McConnell said.
When told by the Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib that it sounds like he really wants to see Sessions come back to the upper chamber to retake his seat, McConnell said his main priority is to keep the seat in Republican control.
Considering that “Mr. Recusal” was shorn of all that remained of his dignity before a rabid pack of Democrat fanatics at Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearings, it is an idea that could be worth considering for the Trump administration.
Sessions wriggled on the hook this afternoon and dashed any hopes that another special counsel would be appointed to investigate the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s involvement in the stinky Russian uranium deal as was earlier reported.
Not only that, but Sessions also appeared to side with the Washington Post and Moore’s accusers. It was yet another sign that the wishy-washy marijuana hardliner is a dinosaur who was never up to the job of being the nation’s top law enforcement official from the get-go.
Whatever shred of credibility that Sessions may have had left is now gone.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 14, 2017
This could be a perfect opening for squishy Sessions to be replaced at the Justice Department without Trump having to fire him. It would incur the wrath of Democrats but these days, what doesn’t?
A new Attorney General (provided that it isn’t the tainted Rod Rosenstein) could quickly move to erase all of Sessions’ blunders – especially ending the witch hunt by Bob Mueller and his unaccountable police state Gestapo.
Can Mitch and Trump make a deal?