AG Jeff Sessions may return to the Senate if Mitch McConnell gets his way and a write-in candidacy is successful. The White House is said to be discussing it in great detail…
Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions considering a return to the Senate, running as a write-in candidate to regain his old seat? The idea is being kicked around, according to Mitch McConnell, who said Sessions “fits the mold” of someone who could win a write-in campaign.
McConnell has been in contact with the White House on the race but claims he is not optimistic about a Republican winning without having their name on the ballot. Speaking at a Wall Street Journal CEO Council event, McConnell said, “That’s very seldom successful.”
But the reality is that there is a building momentum against Judge Moore, partly festered by McConnell, who doesn’t want Moore to represent the state. He labeled Moore’s campaign as collapsing and agreed that a last-minute effort by Sessions to win back his former seat is a possibility.
In what amounts to an endorsement of the idea, McConnell said Sessions “fits the mold of somebody who might be able to pull off a write-in. Obviously it would be a big move for him and for the president. It’s an issue they are discussing in great detail.” That would indicate a decision may have already been made and the mechanics are being worked out.
If it’s an issue they are discussing in great detail and there is nearly universal dissatisfaction among Republicans, including Sessions himself, with the situations that have evolved with him as Attorney General and the failure to pursue Democrat criminals, it’s hard to see any objections from much of the GOP. President Trump might welcome the opportunity to put he special counsel out of business with an Attorney General who was not part of his campaign.
Those backing Judge Moore will likely resist, as will the Democrats and some establishment Republicans. They’ve put a lot of effort into railroading Moore and some of them won’t be too thrilled at having all of their work evaporate into a Sessions candidacy. Still the fact is that Judge Roy Moore could win and then the Republicans have to continue to deal with the fallout.
Sessions has shown himself to be more of a friend to the establishment than we realized during his tenure in DOJ. The corrupt Democrats should be thrilled with his misconduct to this point, so they may welcome a kindred spirit, a fellow good old boy back into the Senate. He’s shown us that his MAGA credentials were only skin deep in many ways. The Senate, where it’s all talk, much of it theatrical script reading, and little action, is where Sessions is most comfortable.
McConnell carried a threat with him in his message, aimed directly at Judge Moore and intended to dissuade his supporters. McConnell and the GOP establishment will be coming after him if he wins. He promised a rocky beginning to a short tenure in the Senate, saying, “If he were to be sworn in he would immediately be in a process before the Senate Ethics Committee under which women would be sworn in, he would be asked to testify under oath as well.”
There will be a lot of support for the idea, from Sessions himself to President Trump to the American people who were hoping the dual track justice system and criminality of the DOJ, State Department and FBI and intelligence agencies would be coming to an end with a “bulldog” like Sessions as AG. The worn-out old Shih-Tzu we ended up with has been a major disappointment. This would be an arrangement through which a lot of movement and face-saving could be facilitated.
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