The following editorial appeared online at wsj.com last night as I was sitting down to write this post.
A famous country song aptly summed up where the Republicans are with Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama: You’ve got to know when to fold ’em.
There is no doubt a sense in which Mr. Moore deserves the opportunity to challenge accusations against him for acts alleged to have happened more than 30 years ago. Though too many women were too easily ignored in the past, we do not want to live in a country or political culture in which every accusation of sexual misconduct is automatically accepted as true. Accusers can be liars too.
But Mr. Moore isn’t in a courtroom today. He’s in the political arena in which a candidate has to maintain a minimal level of public credibility to survive. And his political situation has moved well beyond a more familiar she said/he said predicament.
Several women have made detailed accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Moore, and multiple people now say he was known for trolling shopping malls for young girls while in his 30s. Mr. Moore’s public defenses have also been less than convincing, not least that he doesn’t know his latest accuser, though he signed her yearbook.
Mr. Moore’s credibility has fallen below the level of survivability. Some of Mr. Moore’s presumed colleagues in the Senate have said they believe the women and that the judge should withdraw. Colorado’s Cory Gardner has suggested that even if Mr. Moore wins, the Senate should vote to expel him from the body. It’s a rare candidate who achieves that degree of political abandonment.
The sensible move would be for Mr. Moore to step away from the campaign and allow Alabama’s Republicans to put forth a more credible candidate to run as a write-in against Democrat Doug Jones. Most likely, Mr. Moore won’t do that. He made his reputation as an Alabama state judge by openly defying valid court orders, which twice cost him his court seat.
In the event that Mr. Moore refuses to drop out in the next day or so, President Trump might have more sway if he suggests that he leave the race. If Mr. Trump won’t do that, then the GOP will be better off if Mr. Moore loses, despite the blow to its Senate majority. Democrats and the media will make Mr. Moore the running mate of every Republican in 2018.
Alabama’s Republican voters are in a tough spot, and ideally they’d at least get the chance to choose between a prominent write-in candidate from their party or opt for sending a message by voting for the Democrat. For 25 years Democrats and feminists euphemized and apologized for Bill Clinton, starting with Gennifer Flowers before he was President. Republicans can show their standards are better.
There is one other obvious loser in this debacle: Former White House aide Steve Bannon. Some have argued that the Bannon insurgency against the Republican “establishment” is in the mode of earlier party challenges led by Ronald Reagan or Newt Gingrich. This one isn’t close. The populism of Reagan and Mr. Gingrich was always about building the conservative movement into a majority that could govern and change the country.
The Bannonites have given no evidence or argument that they are aiming that high. They want to defeat the existing majority—a conservative majority by any historical standard—mainly to show that they can depose Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
They have no discernible governing agenda beyond trade protectionism and slashing immigration, and those often appear to be convictions of convenience. It is hardly a surprise therefore that instead of recruiting talented candidates, Mr. Bannon is collecting cranks and outliers like Roy Moore who, demonstrably, will take the GOP into the minority.
The lesson Republican voters should draw from the Moore mess is that their future lies with nominating candidates who want to achieve substantive policy goals, such as a serious reform of the tax code or confirming originalist judges, rather than pouring their emotions into a political fringe that will always find a way to lose.
Raging against the establishment for the sake of raging is an agenda for losers, and it will cost conservatives the votes in Congress they need to achieve conservative goals.
I am so glad that a bunch of stuffed shirts in (said in my best Pace Picante Sauce commercial voice) New York City, know what is best for voters in Alabama.
Evidently, those who are aligned with the DC Republican Establishment up in the Northeast Corridor are just as clueless as the Democratic Elite who believe that America would elect a stone cold bi…err….Hillary Clinton as our president.
Just as it is blatantly obvious that the “Trial By Media” of Judge Roy Moore is a set-up, it has also come into sharp focus as to who is ultimately pulling the strings of the marionettes involved and why.
Rush Limbaugh explained it all on his program yesterday, as only he can…
I think Roy Moore is actually Steve Bannon being told by Mitch McConnell, “Oh, yeah? You think you’re getting rid of me? Let me show you what’s gonna happen to everybody you nominate to try to get rid of me.” Because Bannon has said that his objective is to get rid of Mitch McConnell, not just as leader of the Republicans, but out of the Senate. But certainly he wants to oust McConnell as the Senate Republican majority leader.
McConnell may look like a turtle, he may talk like a turtle, he may walk like a turtle, but the guy is not the turtle. He’s the scorpion, and you are seeing the McConnell scorpion sting right now. And if it weren’t Roy Moore, it would be somebody else that Bannon had chosen to support who had become a Republican candidate with the objective being to get rid of Mitch.
…See, this is the thing about this story that, without even commenting on Moore’s guilt or innocence, it’s so obvious what’s happening here. It’s just patently obvious. They don’t want this guy in Washington. Nobody wants this guy elected anywhere near either political party. The establishment doesn’t. To hell with what the people of Alabama have done voting-wise. To hell with what the voters of Alabama want to happen, that it doesn’t matter. The parties do not want this guy anywhere near.
The latest is — believe this. Apparently if the Republican Party of Alabama, after the election, if Roy Moore wins it, they can essentially say, “You know what? We were not represented. This guy is not a Republican.” They can void the election outcome by simply claiming that he was not a Republican or that they don’t sanction the result because he’s not a Republican or he doesn’t represent, whatever. If the party pulls out and does not allow Moore the identification, then apparently they can void the election and start the whole process over.
So you’ve got McConnell responding to Bannon. There’s no question that’s a lot of what this is. But you’ve also got the swamp. Nobody in either party wanting this guy anywhere near Washington, DC. And it doesn’t matter what the voters want. It doesn’t matter. Just on the basis of allegations, it doesn’t matter, because there isn’t a conviction, there isn’t without-a-doubt proof or any of that. It’s just that they don’t want this guy anywhere near there. And that’s what they’re gonna make happen.
This is a microcosm of what they’re trying to do to Trump. They’re essentially trying to say Trump is not fit, Trump is not worthy, Trump is not justified. There’s a coup that’s been underway to essentially disregard the duly constituted presidential election of 2016.
From the day that Donald J. Trump announced his intentions to run for the office of the President of the United States of America, the sphincters of those in the Halls of Power of both Political Parties in Washington, D.C. have been puckered tighter than Rosie O’Donnell’s grip on a Thanksgiving Turkey Leg.
The Republicans tried every which way they could to take the nomination away from him at the Convention. When they failed, they resigned themselves to ride his coat tails to victory and deal with him once he got into office.
Since Trump assumed office, there have been two impediments to him keeping his promises to the American People: the Democratic Party…and the Republican Party.
For every promise that we hear from Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and the rest of the G.O.P. that they are going to support and assist Trump in fulfilling his campaign promises, there are also deals being struck in the Congressional Coatroom, where “business as usual” has always been conducted on Capitol Hill.
The Establishment Republicans seem to be quite content, in their Moderately Left-leaning stupor, even after the mandate that We The People delivered to them on November 8th, 2016, to be totally oblivious and tone-deaf of their Base, average hard-working middle-class Americans like you and me.
You know, the people who actually put them into office.
They keep on making bad choices.
Spineless Vichy Republicans have been a barrier to Republican victory for as long as I can remember. Like Quakers, Establishment Republicans seem to believe that passive resistance and reaching out to their sworn enemies as “friends”, is the way to defeat those who oppose you.
It was especially bad during Obama’s reign, as the House and Senate Republican Leadership apparently cherished their friendship with the Democrats more than they did the wishes of the folks back home. Yes, they talked a good game, but so did Jon Lovitz in those “Liar Sketches” during the old days of Saturday Night Live, back when they were actually funny.
Yeah, my wife Morgan Fairchild. Yeah, that’s it. That’s the ticket!
With the cries from the Establishment Republicans for Judge Roy Moore to end his campaign in Alabama, it is now very clear that the noble sentiments that we hear and the “Hail Fellow well met” reaction to the Populist Movement and President Trump himself that we see from Ryan, McConnell, and the rest of the entrenched Republicans are a reenactment of William Shakepeare’s “Julius Caesar”.
Beware the Ides of March.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Political Aisle, you have San Fran Nan Pelosi and the rest of Democrats joining in the chorus to string Judge Moore up from the nearest tree…while ignoring all of their fellow Liberals and Democratic Donors in Babylon West, otherwise known as Hollywood.
Backing them up is the Main Stream Media, like the Associated Press, who word their articles about both Trump and Judge Moore very carefully in their role as the Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Party.
However, they can not hide their bias. Their hatred of anything to do with the “Uprising of “The Heartland Political Uprising” shines through in both their prose and the individuals they use as sources for their articles.
Those who Support the Republican Establishment in their effort to subjugate us “peons’ are just as didactic and condescending in their writings, as the above article by the Wall Street Journal clearly demonstrates.
To summarize, average Americans and the “political outsiders” whom we wish to see in power in DC are catching flack from both sides of the Political Aisle.
Clowns to the left of me…jokers to the right…here I am…
If the Republican Establishment keeps mooning average Americans and showcasing their Spines of Jell-O, instead of supporting average Americans’ political choices, including President Trump and the mandate which the American People gave them on November 8, 2016, average Americans are going to show them what they think of them by decimating the entrenched House and Senate Vichy Republicans in the Mid-Term Vote.
In summation, the American people are tired of Political Correctness and anti-American political expediencies being forced down our throats by both political parties looking out for their own personal interests and trumpeted by their lackeys in the Main Stream Media.
Political Outsiders, like President Trump and Judge Moore, with their straightforward no-nonsense way of talking to us, instead of down to us, are a breath of fresh air and, quite frankly an anomaly. They are not professional politicians who have made their fortunes up on Capitol Hill. They have actually worked for a living, alongside average Americans.
And, the Establishment Elite simply cannot have that.
Until He Comes,