It's desperation time for Republican leaders on Alabama.
Sexual misconduct allegations against Senate nominee Roy Moore have repelled party leaders and convinced them that he can't win next month's special election in one of the nation's most conservative states. Nor, in their view, can a last minute write-in candidacy by incumbent Sen. Luther Strange or Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose resignation triggered the election in the first place.
That has led Republicans to consider a series of legally improbable and political dubious options to preserve the 52nd seat of their narrow Senate majority — which could mean the difference between success and failure on the pending push for tax cuts.
One is the idea, promoted by conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt, that interim Sen. Strange could resign before the Dec. 12 election. Under this scenario, the resulting vacancy could trigger a new special election that would give Republicans a "do-over" primary in which they could try again to defeat Moore.