Oh boy, this is going to be good.
Roy Moore has issued a fiery video statement explaining why he has not conceded the race. He says that all the provisional and military ballots have not been counted yet and that the secretary of state (a Moore supporter) has not certified the result. He seems to think that his god will carry out a miracle on his behalf. But it seems likely that the secretary will certify the result soon and then I am not sure what Moore will do.
In the video, he says that the country is going to hell in a hand basket, giving a litany of the usual things that right-wing Christians trot out. Ironically, he also says that the election was ‘tainted’ by large amounts of outside money, which is of course the very thing that the Republican party has worked hard to allow because it helps them.
“Today, we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty. Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…. We have stopped prayer in schools… We’ve redefined marriage and destroyed the basis of family…. We’ve even begun to recognize the right of a man to claim to be a woman and vice versa.”
I notice that he did not include pedophilia or grown men hanging around malls and high school sports events and ogling girls as one of the evils ruining the country. I wonder why?
Moore continuing his campaign is adding fuel to the Republican party infighting that is going on between the party establishment and the insurgents led by Steve Bannon as to whom to blame for the loss and which way the party should go.
While the Trump administration is malevolent in its actions. it also has the elements of a soap opera and the latter was in abundant evidence yesterday by the abrupt departure of Omarosa Manigault Newman, a Trump confidante who had appeared on his TV shows but whose duties were not clear to other White House staffers who were irritated by her erratic and self-serving behavior, and they were ecstatic about her removal.
Reports are mixed. Wags have suggested that Donald Trump was furious that 98% of black women in Alabama voted for Doug Jones and in an act of revenge, fired the only black woman who worked for him. Some say that she was fired by chief of staff Jack Kelly and had to be dragged out of the building cursing and swearing. On the other hand, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that although Newman no longer works there, she resigned effective January 20, 2018.
Why would she be denied access but yet be on the payroll until January 20? It may be that she gets some benefits from having worked for at least one year. What seems factual is that the Secret Service has immediately taken away her White House access pass.
Meanwhile Seth Meyers gives his own thoughts on Tuesday’s shock election result.