By the time we learn everything there is to know about the sexual allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, we wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out that Mitch McConnell’s opposition research team were the ones behind the scandal. It has been obvious from (before) Day One that McConnell and the GOP leadership wants nothing to do with Moore. It might be said – and, indeed, given the Establishment’s response to this story, must be said – that the Republican Party would rather shave their majority in the Senate down to nothing than to have a Bannon-backed guy like Moore in the upper chamber.
When it comes to stories like this one, it’s unwise to jump to the defense of the accused too quickly. Perhaps the women who have come forward are lying, perhaps they aren’t. More information is certain to come out soon enough, and at that point, the court of public opinion will come down with judgement one way or the other. As we’ve seen in so many Hollywood cases as of late, the first accuser out of the gate is seldom the last. And that is why we’re going to withhold our opinions on the character of Mr. Moore until we have a little more time to assimilate the stories.
Which is, frankly, what we wish more Republicans in Washington would do. They were so eager to get in front of the nearest camera on Thursday and denounce Moore that you almost have to wonder if they weren’t giddy to see this happen. And why wouldn’t they be? Did you see the Republicans who rushed to condemn him? NeverTrumpers as far as the eye can see. It’s just so damned coincidental how it’s always the same people. The same people who vote against healthcare, throw a monkey wrench into tax reform, and blast President Trump every time he makes some off-color remark on Twitter. Always the same people, bitter and angry that they can’t return the Republican Party to the days of yesteryear, where they were much more comfortable playing (bad) defense against an ocean of terrible Democrat legislation.
“The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying,” said Chief NeverTrump himself, John McCain. “He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.”
Gee, John, you ever heard of due process?
From what we’ve heard, the Republican establishment is pondering some sure-to-fail scheme where Moore drops out of the race so that Luther Strange can run a write-in campaign in his stead. Which would all-but-guarantee that Democrat Doug Jones would become the next senator from the great state of Alabama, slicing the GOP’s senate majority down to a single seat. Good luck passing Trump’s agenda with that sliver of power. You can’t even seem to do anything with the majority you have now.
But maybe they don’t even care. Maybe they’re hoping to lose the seat, so they’ll no longer have to answer to angry voters asking tough questions like: “You have all the power, so why can’t you get anything done?” Why, now they can just blame Steve Bannon and Roy Moore! How very convenient.