Trump's Moore Endorsement Taints Republicans For Nothing

What a waste of political capital and a terrible indictment of the party that ended slavery, and all for nothing.

With one tweet, President Trump has sealed the fate of the GOP to be the party of sleaze, forever yielding the high ground on any issue. And he did it for the pettiest of reasons.

Roy Moore, in any other context, would be tarred and feathered and slathered in plutonium sludge. As Jake Tapper (one of the few media giants untouched by the sex scandal fallout—permanently, I hope) tweeted, “Full throated presidential endorsement for @MooreSenate, who has been credibly accused by Alabama women of sexually molesting a 14 year old and of sexually assaulting a 16 year old.”

The arguments against Moore have not changed. Moore’s defense against the accusations has remained as murky as a foggy night in a decrepit cemetery. And don’t bring “innocent until proven guilty” into this. Do we want a credibly accused, and long-suspected, past sexual predator in office, complete with rumors?

Is the bar for shame and character now to be absolute proof? According to our president—it depends on which team you play for.

With that one tweet, character is been completely subsumed to political expediency and tribal loyalty. If it’s possible to make this even more sad, even the dullest political strategist knows that Moore’s vote in the Senate is a long term loss. The GOP needs at least a majority of four to five seats—if not a super-majority—to actually do anything.

Let’s take a look at Trump’s list of justifications for sacrificing every future Senate race where Moore will be paraded out in states where Democrats could win.

Stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall. All laughable. The Senate will continue DACA (or Trump will “revisit”), the border wall will be a 16-mile prototype showpiece and probably nothing more than a fence in other places, and crime will rise and fall on the efforts of local law enforcement, not the federal government.

Military: Trump will get his military budget increase because the natural course of the Senate is to vote for spending. Trump doesn’t need Moore’s vote to spend money on the military.

Pro Life: The Democrats have vowed to shut down the government rather than have abortion curtailed in any way. Yes, Moore is pro-life, and Jones loves the baby-slaughtering abortion industry. So don’t vote for Jones, or for Moore.

V.A., judges, 2nd Amendment and more. Again, putting the entire GOP agenda on Moore’s back is idiotic. Why not let Moore run for president? Would Trump support that?

What a waste of political capital and a terrible indictment of the party that ended slavery being so morally bankrupt as to endorse a morally impaired individual (at least his ability to claim morality is impaired, and nobody can argue it isn’t) to advance a morally superior agenda.

Either Trump thinks people are stupid, or they are willing to walk through hip-deep hypocrisy in the name of tribal loyalty. I think we know which one it is (because he himself won).

But in every case where Trump is selling lousy vodka or passing off cheap steaks as Kobi beef, or pitching real estate get-rich-quick schemes, your mileage with Roy Moore in the Senate may vary. Results are not guaranteed, and the advertised benefits are atypical of what you will receive.

All we’ll get with Roy Moore in the Senate is another tainted Republican senator, and what we give up for it is something we cannot get back. Regrets work that way.

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Sanity
Sanity

The idea that anyone in the world could do anything at all to damage the reputation of Republicans is hilarious. There is not a single member of the Senate or the House who is not guilty of much worse crimes that dating underage girls. In fact, I would argue that they are all traitors and that there can be no worse crime. Please keep your self righteous garbage to your self because no one in America is stupid enough to think that anyone in the Republican party leadership even understands the meaning of the words honor or character; and it is painfully obvious that neither do you. You simply can not stomach the fact that yet another outsider is about to be elected to office.

rjfxvi
rjfxvi

@lifeofgrace I have looked for this answer online but so far to no avail. whoever wins this election (Moore or Jones), do they serve the remainder of Sessions' 6-year term? or just until the next general election, which would be November 2018, to fill the rest of the term from that point?

Steve Berman
Steve Berman

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@etbass Actually I supported Moore over Strange. I supported him when the allegations first appeared in the Washington Post. I supported him for days after that while his campaign played blind man's bluff and fumbled again and again to respond. But I think at this point, Moore is just playing politics and the waiting game and taking advantage of news cycles to make this story disappear.

I don't want Jones to win. But facts are facts. Either four women are vicious liars and WaPo, AL.com, and other media deserves to close forever for fabricating and promoting this story, leaving only Breitbart and The National Enquirer, or at least one of them is telling the truth. Given that stories have been in the press here and there for decades, the odds of a complete fabrication are less than one of them telling the truth.

It is what it is. All the "he's a good man" in the world doesn't amount to a hung jury in the Cosby trial. Cosby was a good man too.

Sorry. I would love for this to not have happened. But it has. Attacking everyone won't change it. Moore's winning won't change it.

Revelation29
Revelation29

kardiognóstés: knower of hearts. Only God is the knower of hearts. Acts 1:24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen. Jesus knew the heart of the woman at the well and he knew he could use this woman to save many in Samaria. None of us know what is in the heart of Roy Moore or if these allegations are true. I am going to leave this in God's hands.

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