Unless he loses, and then my post, in its entirety, will read, “Good!”
The Republican Party reversed its previously signaled course this week, and appeared to be supporting the Senate candidacy of Roy Moore. This has been greeted by Democrats, the leftward pundits and news media as the equivalent of the GOP endorsing Jeffrey Daumer. “This is the end of the Republican Party!” I have read, in various forms. meanwhile, the predictable feckless Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also reversed himself. Once he said that Moore would not be seated if elected, said he believes Moore’s accusers and called for the candidate to step aside. Now he’s saying it’s up to Alabama voters to decide. “The people of Alabama are going to decide a week from Tuesday who they want to send to the Senate,” McConnell said on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday. “It’s really up to them. It’s been a pretty robust campaign with a lot of people weighing in. The president and I, of course, supported somebody different earlier in the process. But in the end, the voters of Alabama will make their choice.”
- The Republican Party had an obligation not to endorse (or run) Moore before a single accusation regarding his fondness for teenage girls surfaced. He was already unfit for office; it wold be unethical to support him if he had the personal life of Pat Boone.
If the party somehow decides that stalking shopping malls for dates and persuading mothers to pimp out 14 year olds was nothing to get upset about in a U.S. Senator, there would still be the fact that Moore doesn’t believe in the rule of law, the Constitution, Equal Justice or the Bill of Rights, and that he’s an anti-gay bigot. These are more disqualifying than any sexual misconduct he engaged in 40 years ago. After all, I strongly suspect that 20-30, maybe more, U. S. Senators have engaged in past sexual misconduct that would make their continued presence in the Senate unpalatable. I don’t think any of them have acted or considered acting as Moore has, repeatedly violating the hierarchy of authority in the government, and arguing that that God has veto power over the Supreme Court. Mike Huckabee, at his worst, has said similar things, but he’s a talking head now; I can’t envision him actually defying a court order.
- As I wrote back when the GOP had a chance to refuse to nominate Donald Trump, a political party is charged with maintaining the integrity of the government and our democracy, which means only offering for election candidates for office who are at least minimally qualified and trustworthy. That is a party’s duty: not just to win elections, but to win them with candidates of whom it can be reasonably and objectively said will serve the nation with honor and competence. That can’t be said of Roy Moore, and it never could.
To a great extent, all the focus on his teen dates obscure the real problem with his candidacy. Since a majority of Alabama Republicans don’t believe Moore’s accusers, this has helped him.
- The Democrats have disqualified themselves as critics of Moore and Republicans, and long ago. Yes, supporting and enabling a sexual predator President who used his high office to cover up his conduct while lying under oath and to the American people is much worse than supporting the likes of Roy Moore. Both are still unconscionable, but as the Democrats were not “finished as a party” by their cynical defenses of Clinton’s conduct as President, I really am not interested in their indignation over Roy Moore’s alleged conduct when he was a horny, perverted assistant attorney general. Hmmm…is raping an adult woman when one is an Attorney General worse than feeling up a 14-year-old girl when one is an assistant attorney general? I have an opinion, but to be fair to Democrats, I want to see the child-molester give the keynote speech at a national convention dedicated to women’s rights first.
This, by the way, is why Moore will probably win.
- It appears that Alabamans who vote for Moore will do so primarily because he opposes abortion and gay marriage. To be brutally blunt, this tells me that they hate gays and abortion more than they believe in protecting in the rule of law, enforcing the separation of church and state, and not having renegade, lying theocrats in Congress.
- That, and the fact that a whopping 71% of Alabama Republicans don’t believe the accusations against Moore, make his election depressingly likely. Why don’t Republicans believe the news accounts? Gee, let me think: maybe it is because the same journalists and news organizations reporting the scandal has been observed routinely spinning the news against Republicans and conservatives for years. Actions have consequences. Flagrant lack of integrity and trustworthiness will allow confirmation bias to fill the vacuum created by the absence of ethical journalism.