Saturday, November 11, 2017
The U.S. Senate and the GOP's Accused Child Molester
PM Carpenter on the Roy Moore scandal in the Republican Party:
The Republican Party is already "associated" with a president who has unwittingly confessed to sexual predations, mocked the disabled, disrespected Gold Star families, repeatedly lied about his election results, confessed to obstruction of justice on national television, coddled and possibly conspired with a hostile foreign power, violated the constitution's emoluments clause, disparaged a terminally ailing senator, said that he would "date" his daughter if she weren't his daughter, and committed other abominations so numerous, they have by now simply melted away in one's memory banks.
Steve Bannon, with whom the dissolute president still consults, yesterday said "without offering evidence" that "the Post article was an opposition hit planted by Moore’s enemies." Added Bannon: "This is nothing less than the politics of personal destruction," which is like Sen. Joe McCarthy condemning the same.
"If Mr. Moore wins," continues the Times, "the party faces a potentially … untenable prospect: welcoming a child-molesting suspect into their ranks, a move that every Republican candidate would have to answer for.
So they're OK with the pussy-grabbing Trump, but Moore is just too much? Has he proudly confessed to sexual predations or mocked the disabled or copped to obstruction of justice on national television?"
Yesterday, McConnell recalled with personal fondness that he once "pushed to oust Senator Bob Packwood, Republican of Oregon, a long-serving and powerful figure, after a throng of women came forward to accuse Mr. Packwood of sexually harassing or abusing them." Said McConnell: "So character does count in America and in the United States Senate."
But obviously not in the office of the POTUS!
Max Boot/USA Today:
"Roy Moore response shows GOP deserves to die.
In the final analysis, no indictment of their candidate will convince the faithful. As Trump once said, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Or, more to the point, Roy Moore could molest a 14-year-old girl and not lose votes. Because for Republican partisans, their opponents are “the forces of evil,” and anything is preferable to that. Even Donald Trump. Even Roy Moore. So in ostensibly fighting evil, Republicans have become complicit in it.
This is a party that does not deserve to survive."