Looks like another manufactured scandal that has a certain familiar odor wafting from it.
And then there is Roy Moore, an outsider who I would prefer was not the nominee but I am not an Alabamian and I don’t get a say. I don’t know whether he did something 40 years ago, nor do you, but was it a smart move by the GOPe to immediately jump on-board the tumbrel taking him to the guillotine and give up on a Senate seat based upon a mere accusation? We know the case against him – he may well have done it, and there may be more shoes to drop – but why might GOP voters view this ultra-convenient revelation with suspicion? Here are some reasons:
- A critical Senate seat is at stake, and this ancient news only dropped after it became impossible to replace him.
- Moore denies it.
- It is a uniquely deadly charge that cannot be refuted (or proven) except by believing one of the alleged participants.
- We’ve seen many false sex crimes accusations.
- We’ve seen Fusion GPS paid by Never Trumpers and/or the Democrats manufacture a fake dossier to falsely accuse the President of sex weirdness.
- The Washington Post is a rabidly partisan liberal paper and part of a mainstream media whose members have, in the era of Trump, decreed that they are no longer to be objective put instead advocate for their partisan agenda.
- We have not heard directly from the woman. Yes, the WaPo article contains alleged quotes, but those quotes are processed through the paper (Raise your hand if you’ve ever been misquoted – yep, that’s everyone). Her claims have not been subject to cross-examination. That makes her WaPo statements hearsay, which is traditionally viewed skeptically if admitted at all.
- The WaPo did not reveal that one of the (legal age) girls worked for Hillary. That seems like a potentially relevant fact, right?
- The WaPo found this woman when no one else – either in Alabama’s media or among opposition researchers over decades of Moore’s political life – did, no doubt via the extensive web of contacts that WaPo maintains in rural Alabama. Doesn’t that seem…odd? What’s the real story about how this all came out?
I don’t know if Moore is guilty – if he is, the hell with him and let’s replace him on the ballot a la Robert Torricelli – but I know that the facts around this claim should make any reasonable person want to know more before they judge. Except not among the GOPe. In 2017’s least surprising development, John McCain demanded Moore drop out simply because he was accused. Yet when the New York Times accused McCain – he says falsely – of an affair, well, the Blue Falcon didn’t drop out of anything. And Mitt Romney, who always reminds me of a talking weasel wearing a $5,000 suit, had to pipe up and do the same. This was the same Mitt who Harry Reid lied about regarding his taxes so effectively. You’d think they’d both be sensitive to the potential for left wing smears, but no. We have two Republicans who were both falsely accused demanding that we give up a Senate seat because of an accusation the accused says is false – an accusation made on the pages of one of our greatest enemies no less. Does that seem legit?
So what are GOP voters supposed to think when they note how these paragons of virtue signaling have not been demanding the resignation of Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, who is in the midst of a federal corruption trial – a case where there are hints their pal The Distinguished Gentleman from New Jersey cavorted with underage hookers? And the Adults In The Room wonder why their voters have nothing but contempt for them.
As for Moore, it is properly the people of Alabama who will pass judgment. My guess is the voters of Alabama will believe Moore and choose him over the guy who wants to kill babies. I suspect that part of the reason will be to tell the GOPe that Alabamians will decide for themselves who represents them.
What a mess. The Republican Party seems to have no interest in addressing its electile dysfunction. The Democrats are preparing for battle; the Professional Republicans are sulking because their voters won’t obey.
Oh, the Republican shitweasels are doing battle all right—against their own supposed base of supporters. If that means Roy Moore has to be tossed under the nearest handy multi-axled public conveyance and a once-safe Senate seat lost, well, hey, collusion with the Democrat Socialist machine is never pretty, right?
This is just another odious example of the Deep State refusing to go gently into that good night. Moore may or may not be guilty as charged; personally, I very much doubt it. But I’m about to the point now where even if he was, I’d still be rooting for him anyway. Not because I’m okay with grown men in their late 20s who ought to know better screwing around with 14 year old girls, but because that’s how vital it is that these treacherous Deep State curs lose, and keep right on losing, each and every chance we get to stick it to ’em.
The Menendez business—namely, the usual GOPe suspects’ damning silence about it, as contrasted to their alacritous, indignant farting and harrumphing about Moore—is very telling indeed. Roy Moore is Not Our Kind, Dearie; worse still, he serves as another reminder of the stinging slap in the face we gave them by electing Trump, even though Trump himself supported Moore’s politics-as-usual opponent in the primary.
I hope Moore refuses to yield to the devious snakes in the grass, and I hope he pounds the crap out of his election opponent, Doug Jones, thereby dealing out a satisfying defeat to both the Democrat Socialists and their Republicrat partners in crime. But more than that, I hope Mitch “Yertle” McTurtle, Juanny Mav, Ms Lindsey Graham (D-Ladiesroom), and the rest of the Establishment ticks choke to death on it when and if he does—yes, literally. Moore could well be a damnable reprobate for all I know; there is at least some evidence that he might be, or once was. That he’s still even marginally preferable to yet another Big Government GOPe phony despite that possibility says a hell of a lot about them, not one bit of which they ought to find comforting.
Neither knowing nor giving a shit about Alabama politics as I do (uhh, don’t?), I’m eminently unqualified to opine about Moore’s character, or the likelihood of any veracity at all attaching to these accusations of decades-old misconduct. But I DO know enough about those backing said accusations to be highly skeptical; that, plus the highly suspicious timing, raises the odor level to paper-mill levels. Based on the stench alone, I’m inclined to back Moore to the hilt unless and until he’s proven dirty beyond debate—which, in a case like this, is highly unlikely anyway. All in all, I’ll take Moore over McTurtle And Pals six days a week, and twice on Sunday.
And then maybe DC’s Swamp Rat class will finally start to figure out just how fed up we are with them…and how serious we are about seeing them off at last.
Smelly update! The odor intensifies:
Now read the Post article and assume that the reporters wrote the exact truth about what four human females told them (a big assumption, I grant). Then three of the four claim that Roy Moore dated them when they were women, not girls. And not only did they themselves consent to dating Moore, their families consented to their dating Moore. (Actually, according to one, her family withdrew consent, after which Moore ceased to date her). Furthermore, according to these three women, Moore never went beyond kissing and hugging. Which are the only acts a Christian man is permitted to engage in with a woman not his wife. According to these three women, Moore consistently acted as the Christian he claims to have been, and claims to be now.
The fourth human female told the Post reporters a completely different story. She claims that not only did Moore date her when she was a girl of fourteen, but that he also undressed her, and exposed himself. Notice the differences between this single claim and the other three reports: In a single case, Moore, a trained lawyer, dated jailbait. In this single case, Moore behaved in a dishonorable manner to a girl, not a woman. In this single case, we have reasons, given in the Post article, to doubt the claim: the accuser has been married three times, and has been in bankruptcy twice.
A commonsense view of human behavior is that bad guys repeat their MOs. Willie Sutton did not stop with a single bank robbery. Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, and Bill Cosby have numerous rape accusers, not just one. Yet we are asked to believe a single report of mere sexual misbehavior, which is not even a claim of statutory rape.
Actually, when it comes to sex crimes and/or predatory behavior, recidivism is a near-absolute rule. Child molesters, rapists, and others in the panoply of criminal sexual deviancy are driven by compulsions that are just about impossible to blunt or eliminate short of either chemical or physical castration. So the likelihood of Moore’s having committed just the one infraction and never doing it again—and you can bet your life that if they were out there, the WaPo would be trotting ’em out by the dozen—is infinitesimal.
This is looking more and more to me like a political dirty trick, a hit job plain and simple. The reveal will be when the allegations are suddenly dropped after the election, and down the ol’ memory hole it will go. The big question at this point is whether Alabama voters will wind up being taken in by it.
Updated update! Porter explores another aspect:
But languid reporting aside, another dutifully ignored element of this story is America’s changing customs of courtship. As you may know, we habitually project today’s mores backwards, and hold our predecessors strictly accountable to them. It’s a remarkably dishonest cultural tic that someone should eventually write a piece about.
Pertinent to this topic was a conversation I had with an old friend I’ll call Mike following the Roy Moore revelations. As boys, Mike and I occasionally played at his grandparents’ sprawling farmhouse, with he being one of some multitude of grandchildren that marriage ultimately produced. While talking the other day Mike described how his grandfather first approached his future father-in-law seeking permission to court the woman who would eventually become his wife. His grandfather was 32 at the time. His grandmother was 17. Her father said yes. A 50+ year marriage was the result. So was Mike’s grandfather a predator? Was his great grandfather a pimp?
If the answers are yes, then the old age homes are bursting with malice. That’s because the median age of women at first marriage was 20 as late as 1970. I understand math is a less precise discipline to liberals than raysis, though that figure suggests half of all marriages in America involved a teenaged bride within most adults’ lifetimes. Does anyone think some number of these completely common unions didn’t involve men in their early 30s? Were all those people child molesters like Roy Moore and Jerry Seinfeld?
Like every WaPo reporter, I know nothing of Roy Moore’s sexual pursuits. Though the left’s replacement pursuits are quite a bit clearer. Thus I tend to side with populist conservatives, even when they are being attacked by the media organs who hate me. If the age 14 accusation were confirmed that would change. But it’s likely that stealing an election is the only salve his accusers seek.
Seems so to me, yeah. As WRSA says: “One side understands “by any means necessary.” Understands it—and has no qualms or compunction about putting it into practice, too. Funny, though, how Republicans have so quickly gone from nobly “taking the high road” and being hapless victims of such despicable tactics to eagerly abetting them—when they’re being used against their true adversaries, that is. Even funnier: if they’d fought half this vigorously against Obama and the Left all along, neither we nor they would be in the mess we all are.
And no, I don’t mean “ha ha” funny.