I caught a story about the new ad being run by Doug Jones in Alabama. I don’t think it’s the knockout punch that CFNN seems to believe, but I will admit it’s hitting me below the belt. Just not for reasons that the Jones campaign was probably hoping.
The ad leads off with a quote from Ivanka Trump about how there’s a “special place in hell for those who prey on children.” It would be nice if she could have directed that language at, say, Cecile Richards, but we’re talking about a vapid cutie who sells purses. This frame was followed by quotes from Ivanka, from Alabama’s other senator Richard Shelby, and…Jeff Sessions. All three of whom are quoted (and I don’t know the context) as saying “I believe the accusers.” Et tu, Jeff?
Look folks, it’s real damned simple. The accusations against Roy Moore are obviously bogus to anyone with a brain, and the more we learn about them, the more apparent that becomes. The yearbook signature, the details that Stefan Molyneux so expertly highlighted, the fact that hey, there’s an election with pivotal national implications in a month, the cluster of “accusers” pulled together to make it look like there was a chain of incidents only to find that only one of the accusations even approaches bad behavior, followed by a plainly-scripted sob story as the expected finishing blow, and top it all off with the little fact that this behavior, even if it’s all 100% true (and it’s NOT), was from forty goddamned years ago. If Moore was a “predator” there’d be a line of victims miles long. We’d have heard about this way back when he put the Ten Commandments outside his court. I’m not going to go any more into how the accusations against Moore are utterly unbelievable, I’ve done that several times already and if you’re still on that train there’s frankly no hope for you. I’ll give you another shot, sure, but I’m not holding on for a happy ending there.
This is where the problem lies. Republicans all up and down the spectrum leapt right past the “well if it’s true he ought to step down” to “I believe the accusers” after Mitch McConnell (god damn it Mitch, I wanted to believe) made the first step. Ben Shapiro, who has been walking a fine line between Zombie NeverTrumper and the reason and sanity that demolished Piers Morgan, took a headfirst dive down the ZNT side on an appearance with Steven Crowder where he not only called the accusations “very credible” but then he ripped President Trump for his very wise decision not to say anything more about this matter. Bye Ben, have a good life and remember, the facts don’t care that you feel like Roy Moore is guilty until proven innocent. I don’t know if the Republicans in general are just trying to engage in preemptive fireproofing against the Weinstein wildfire but for God’s sake they ought to know better. They’re taking a knee to the “listen and believe” types and sacrificing one of our finest in the hopes of scoring points that don’t matter.
Reports from Alabama waver between Moore’s still got this to it could go either way, and I still maintain that if the Democrats take this seat following their (realistically insignificant) wins in Virginia and other blue states, then it’s all over for us in 2018. The Trump revolution will stop, the establishment will sit on its hands and wait for their Democrat overlords to reclaim Congress, and the combination of the (meaningless) wins in the blue states plus the upset victory in Alabama plus this “come to Jesus” moment wherein all these Democratic politicians and backers are outed for their supposedly-sordid pasts will snowball into a resurgence of Dr. Pantsuit-backed woman-pandering Democratic enthusiasm. GOP voters, on the other hand, will see they’ve gotten nothing for their efforts and faith, and many will remember that the establishment types and even some of our supposed conservative superstars got on board with the witch hunt against Judge Moore, and they’ll ask the time-old Republican question, what’s the difference between these two parties again? Now don’t get me wrong, a win for Moore is not going to mean 2018 will be smooth sailing and sunshine, but it will energize the base in the same way President Trump does, because frankly most people can see that this story is the same old bulls**t that the Democrats always pull, and the base loves the hell out of politicians who fight back. That’s why we love President Trump so much.
I continue to believe that the fate of the Republican Party hinges on this election. Watching the responses from even men whom I have praised to the rafters to these patently obvious lies against Roy Moore, I am forced to conclude that if we lose this race, then the Republican Party deserves to die. If we betray one of our own, not just a soldier but a champion, in order to try to win some favor or friendship from baby-murdering Gaia-worshiping gun-grabbing fascist harpies who wouldn’t dump a bucket of icewater on us if we were on fire, then we deserve extinction. I kept my faith in my party through eight long and difficult years under the last president, watching my side bow and yield and surrender and refuse to even try to fight back and stop the destruction he wrought. I am rapidly losing that faith now.
I will remember. Forgiveness will not come easily. I am not alone. There comes a point where “what choice do you have” ceases to be a persuasive reason to vote Republican, even for those of us who know it’s a binary choice.
UPDATE: It appears President Trump has broken his silence and come out in support of Judge Moore, saying he denies the allegations and that’s that. That’s all I need to hear. Thank you Mr. President.