It’s quite remarkable. Just a couple of weeks ago Republicans—the National Republican Party, Mitch McConnell, various US senators and others—came out strongly against Alabama US Senate candidate Roy Moore. They took a stand, called for Moore to drop out of the race and seemed to have some moral backbone left. But now as we are one week away from the election, President Trump is endorsing Moore and it’s quite possible Moore will win, we know the shelf life for GOP intolerance for this type of abhorrent behavior is a couple of week, tops.
It’s nothing short of despicable. Nothing in Alabama has changed. In fact, one woman who claims she was 17 when she dated the 34-year old Moore, has come forward and presented evidence that Moore did indeed at least know her despite Moore claiming he didn’t. Moore is having trouble keeping his stories straight.
Trump himself encouraged Moore by telling him (in an unfortunate choice of words), “Go get ‘em, Roy.”
Republicans who had shown some courage on the Moore candidacy have now fallen in line, softening their tone and hiding behind some version of, “Let the people of Alabama decide.”
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who once said he believed Moore’s accusers and called for him to drop out of the race, has gone mealy-mouthed. “The people of Alabama are going to decide … It’s really up to them,” McConnell now says. When asked if there would be an effort to expel Moore should he win, the Kentuckian deflected: “We’ll swear in whoever’s elected and see where we are at that particular point.” A real profile in courage.
Right behind McConnell is Texas US Sen. John Cornyn, who is McConnell’s top deputy. “None of us get to vote on who’s the senator from Alabama. Just Alabama voters do. So I think we have to respect their decision — whatever it is,” So because we don’t get to vote in Alabama we shouldn’t take a stand against a perv? Sorry, “alleged” perv.
The chief strategist for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign has an interesting take.
When David Duke won Republican nomination for La. governor, President Bush endorsed his opponent & Republican former governor Dave Treen led the state wide effort to defeat Duke.
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) December 5, 2017
In a rather stunning development, the Republican National Committee, which had cut off funding for Moore after the credible allegations surfaced, is back in the get-Moore-elected-at-any-cost business. Shameful.
Let’s sum up the latest moves in the Moore race:
• Polls now show the race a dead heat.
• Trump endorsed Moore, setting off an avalanche of support for Moore, or at least less condemnation.
• Trump has called Democrat Doug Jones “soft on crime.” The man is a former prosecutor who put child molesters (like Moore is accused of doing) in jail.
• The RNC is back behind Moore despite no change in the fact set on the ground in Alabama.
• Trump is holding a rally in Florida, just over the border from Alabama and in the Mobile media market.
Anyone who has children or nieces, nephews, grandkids or friends with kids and cannot give a full-throated condemnation of Roy Moore is a coward. Plain and simple.