Editorial: Time to drain the swamp in DC

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell, R-Kentucky, should be the poster child for the effort to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C.

When a photo of Democrat Sen. Al Franken surfaced that showed him molesting the young girlfriend of an American serviceman aboard an airplane, McConnell mildly suggested that Congress investigate. More women surfaced and spoke of Franken’s sexual harassment and he even admitted that he was guilty as charged.

Yet in the case of Judge Roy Moore, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, McConnell rapidly and forcefully said, “Moore must quit immediately or be expelled.”

Of course there are differences in the two incidents. First, Moore’s accusations are 38 years old. After four decades of excellent public service, this is the first time that these accusers – prodded by the ultra-liberal Washington Post (who hates Moore) – have said a word.

Moore denies all the charges and there is no evidence that they are true. There is photographic evidence against Franken and he admits he did.

McConnell’s push to dump Moore would give Alabama a Democrat senator and upset the balance in the Senate, thereby diminishing President Trump’s ability to pass his agenda.

But that is exactly what McConnell’s and fellow establishment Republicans like Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Jeff Flake and House Speaker Paul Ryan want.

Trump is a reformer and they crave the status quo. And they are willing to dump on a Republican candidate and pardon a confessing Democrat in the process.

Drain the swamp. McConnell is the one that needs to go.