Roy Moore, you lost. You need to concede. Now.

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Published by: Robert Laurie on Wednesday December 13th, 2017

Go away.

I've made no secret of the fact that I haven't bought Roy Moore's shifting denials. He should have stepped aside back when Republicans still had a chance to turn this mess around. Now, he's lost - handing a Senate seat to a flaming liberal - and still he refuses to do the right thing.

From the LA Times:

“It’s not over, and it’s going to take some time,” Moore said, citing the narrow margin between him and Doug Jones in the preliminary count. 

Appearing downcast at his election night party in Montgomery, Moore quoted Scripture and bemoaned attacks during the campaign.

“Part of the problem with this campaign is we’ve been painted in an unfavorable and unfaithful light,” he said. “We’ve been put in a hole, if you will.”

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a Republican, told CNN that he would certify the final vote count between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3.

With votes from 100% of Alabama’s election precincts counted late Tuesday night, Jones was nearly 21,000 votes ahead of Moore.

“There’s always a chance of a recount because any candidate can ask for a recount, and if they pay for it, they can receive a recount,” Merrill said.

Guess what.  A recount isn't going to help Roy Moore.  He lost thanks to write-in votes.

In other words, Moore lost (in large part) because a sizable chunk of voters – when faced with two terrible options - chose to reject both the Republican and Democrat candidate.  It may not feel like it, but this is actually good news for the GOP going forward. It’s also something of a poison pill for Dems who think the Alabama special election is a 2018 predictor.

I get that people don't like the way Moore lost.  I also get that some people still think he's completely innocent. I disagree, but that's fine.  You can believe whatever you like.  

That said, the results are the results. Moore has no reason to do anything but walk away. A: It's the right thing to do, and B: There's simply no recount that's going to overcome his losing margin. He should concede immediately and spare Republicans the headache he seems intent upon delivering. 

Meanwhile, the GOP should be taking a good long look at its disastrous strategy and rethink the kinds of candidates it's willing to get behind.

If they run another guy like Moore in Alabama, they'll endure the same disaster. If they run a guy like Moore anywhere else in the country, they''ll endure such a bloodbath that this loss will look like a major victory. 

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