To his credit, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) conceded yesterday that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, represents a problem for his party. In particular, the Arizona senator pointed to Moore’s insistence that Muslim Americans shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress, regardless of voters’ will.
“That’s not right, and Republicans ought to stand up and say, that’s not right,” Flake said. The GOP senator, who conceded he was “troubled” by Moore’s record, added, “I think that when we disagree with something so fundamental like that, we ought to stand up and say, that’s not right, that’s not our party, that is not us.”
Flake, however, appears to be the only prominent Republican in D.C. raising these kinds of concerns.
Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada – who faces a potentially tough primary and general election challenge this cycle – told The Associated Press that he wasn’t even aware that Moore had won the Alabama Republican primary on Tuesday, despite a day of nonstop TV coverage of the race about what his victory meant for Trump, McConnell and the GOP.
“Who won? I wasn’t paying attention,” Heller said. “I’m just worried about taxes.”
Little known fact: “Who won? I wasn’t paying attention; I’m just worried about taxes” is the official Republican Party platform condensed to 11 words.
Similarly, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) told Politico, in reference to Roy Moore, “He’s going to be for tax reform, I think. I don’t know, I don’t know him.”
We’re left with a party facing a test, which requires them to balance a sense of limits with an unquenchable thirst for tax breaks for rich people. So far, it’s a test the GOP is failing.
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