Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Ed Rogers: What Should the GOP Do If Roy Moore Wins?

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Ed Rogers: What Should the GOP Do If Roy Moore Wins?

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In addition to whining, hand-wringing and adopting a general state of denial (my personal plan), there are some practical things that individuals, the Republican Party and the Senate itself can do to both minimize the impact of Roy Moore's possible election and send signals to the rest of the nation.

First, at the individual level, no one should think that he or she can go to work for Moore (if he becomes a senator) and somehow be serving the greater good. I meet a lot of young people who want to get their start in Washington, and that includes a lot of kids from my home state of Alabama.

To them, I say, whom you work for matters. And just like in any other place, one job in Washington tends to credential you for the next job.

But having Moore on your resume would be more of a blight than a useful credential. Having worked for Moore will be something you will always have to overcome. To say the least, working in Moore's Senate office will not make anyone think you learned something useful or served the body politic in some meaningful way.

I draw an important distinction between those who might go to work as a Senate aide for Moore and those who are serving in the Trump administration. There is an important "guardrail" function that executive-branch public servants are providing. These appointees, from Vice President Mike Pence to Schedule C employees in the agencies, are all playing a vital role in inhibiting President Donald Trump's worst biases and instincts and providing important management to the executive branch that has significant authority over American life and America's future.

But a senator's main responsibility ultimately boils down to binary "yes" or "no" votes. And Moore will vote however he pleases, without any staff input. No one will be protecting the nation by working for Moore.

Next, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) should withhold any support for Moore and his likely run for reelection in 2020. …

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