As many of you know, I don’t often write an opinion piece on big news just as it happens like many others do. These “hot takes” more often than not are based on emotion and not rational thinking. They lead to more clicks than I often get on my articles, but I dare say my views are more likely to stand the test of time and new information.
As to the recent scandal of Judge Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, I can see both sides of the argument.
Now, before anyone loses their mind over that, let’s do a little background. First of all, I’m not a Roy Moore fan. I haven’t been since before this scandal broke. First of all, he’s a lawyer, and I don’t personally feel lawyers should be elected to the Executive or Legislative Branches of the Federal Government; they have an entire branch of government that is set aside for basically only lawyers. Second, Moore is the latest in a long line of GOP Senate candidates who have lost or made an election much closer than it should be through sheer stupidity.
The Moore scandal stems from a Washington Post article in which four women claim he dated and/or made inappropriate sexual advances toward them while he was in his 30s and they in their teens. Now, three of the women were 17 or 18 when this allegedly happened, so there’s no real “pedophilia” there, though there is a definite creepy vibe a la Jerry Seinfeld, but let’s stick a pin in that.
The fourth woman claims that she was in some way sexually harassed and/or assaulted by Moore when she was just 14 years old.
Full stop. If this allegation is true then there is no excuse for it. I’ve seen every argument out there justifying this in some way or another, from the idea that this 14-year-old girl “consented” to the contact with Moore, to the idea that the age of consent at that time was 12, to the belief the girl’s mother consented to the relationship.
It is really remarkable that a Republican Party that hates his guts and worked to get him pitted against Luther Strange in a run off so as to beat him was too staggeringly incompetent to find this information about Roy Moore’s accusers. Moore is being accused of inappropriately touching several girls around 40 years ago. He has not been convicted, but the story is deeply troubling because these are multiple victims who do not know each other, all have similar looks, and they all have similar stories.
Every single one of these justifications are complete crap, and I find anyone making them reprehensible. The fact that this even needs to be said is mind-boggling. I think my friend, The Foo, said it best:
Well said, Foo. Right there with you.
Now, there’s the political side of the argument, which I also get. Why isn’t this coming out 40 years after the fact, and AFTER the primaries. Additionally, Moore has not exactly toiled in obscurity before his Senate run. He has been in the public eye nationwide while on the Alabama Supreme Court for some controversial moves including putting a Ten Commandments monument up in the middle of the night, defying a US Supreme Court order.
Many saw his actions at the time as courageous. I agreed that SCOTUS was out of line in making such a demand, but if Congress isn’t willing to use their checks and balances authority to reign them in, then Moore was out of line to openly defy them.
So if Moore has been in the public eye for so long, why didn’t all of this come out earlier?
A good friend of mine, Jeffrey Clark, who is a brilliant man and former military officer, had this question to ask:
Let me get this straight…Mitch McConnell spent $30 million opposing Roy Moore but his opposition research somehow missed scurrilous allegations about him until just now? You are right there is no excuse for that but here is food for thought.
— Jeffrey Clark (@WarriorRN61) November 11, 2017
Good question, Jeff. I’ve spent the last day pondering that. I have a theory.
Now, as I pointed out on the radio show America Off the Rails with Rick Robinson (a great show on KLRN at 11PM Eastern, Check it out) I’m not big on aliens at Roswell or government mind control type conspiracy theories. However, I find political conspiracy theories very plausible. Why? Too much about many of them fits for none of them to be true.
A cold conspiracy theory
So here’s mine in this situation, and feel free to disagree with me:
I think McConnell DID know about the accusations, but wanted to have an ace in the hole as it were, should his preferred candidate, Luther Strange, fail to secure the nomination. If the allegations against Moore come out during the primaries, the GOP voters of Alabama may have flocked to candidate Congressman’s Mo Brooks, who made perhaps McConnell couldn’t find any dirt on. Perhaps Moore might have even stepped aside and endorsed Brooks who, while far from ideal, was far more conservative than the liberal in Republican clothing, Strange.
By saving the information about the alleged sexual abuse until the general election, McConnell is nearly guaranteeing Moore cannot clear his name in time for the election. I don’t think any principled conservative would have a hard time believing that McConnell would rather have a fire-breathing, pro-partial birth abortion Democrat than a Republican he can’t control. It is, as Jeff Clark said to me, not atypical for the establishment Republicans to go for a scorched-earth policy when the voters don’t do what they want. We saw that when the Bush Presidents decided to vote for Hillary Clinton rather than Donald Trump, when they could have voted 3rd Party.
And yes, I understand the hole in my theory. This only works if Moore is guilty, or concocted by the woman herself, perhaps with Democrats helping. If they are a complete fabrication, as Moore claims about the 4th woman, then it doesn’t hold water. McConnell could have just as easily fabricated a story against Brooks.
I honestly have no idea if the allegations against Moore are true or not. I do know the timing is suspicious. I also know that if this IS true, there is no excuse for supporting Moore. I know Moore isn’t helping himself by refusing to debate his Democratic opponent over “his support of transgenderism.”
David Horowitz, a man who I USED to have respect for, suggested that even if the allegations are true people should still vote for Moore because not to do so would allow his far-Left opponent to gain the seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
I had to read Horowitz’s tweet several times before I could believe what I was seeing. He was actually suggesting the voters of Alabama elect a pedophile to keep the other side from winning.
As I wrote about a while back, credibility isn’t a delicate thing, and like glass once it is broken it is not easily repaired. In the age of Trump, with so many members of the Republican Party having thrown theirs away, embracing a guilty Roy Moore isn’t as big a leap as some would like to think.
Moore will never be prosecuted. The statute of limitations has LONG run out. But as failed Presidential nominee Mitt Romney pointed out:
Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 10, 2017
Good point, but I’m curious where Romney has been for the last couple years as Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) faces actual charges of bribery and soliciting underage prostitutes? The lack of consistency is astounding.
Speaking of which, the faux outrage from the Democrats is laughable. I think the reasons are fairly obvious and I’ve written about them before at length, so I won’t reiterate them here.
The final point I’d like to make is the conundrum the GOP finds itself in. If Moore drops out over 40-year-old allegations, then the Democrats will never lose an election again. All they have to do is convict credible but false charges late in the game, and their candidate wins. We all know the reverse isn’t true. Democrats are never held to the same standard. Just look at Menendez.
Quite the pickle indeed. The solution of course is for people to lead lives that are above reproach. No one isn’t blameless. We all have things we regret. And yet we have Vice President Mike Pence, who was vilified by the Left for not meeting with women who are not his wife or family member alone. Bet you won’t see any credible allegations of a nature against him. Just food for thought.