December 6, 2017

All Hail Jonah

Rumors that the Republican National Committee was built on the site of an ancient moron burial ground gained new credence this week when it confirmed that it was renewing its support for Alabama's Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. -- Jonah Goldberg
Okay, it's hard. I am sympathetic to the President and the RNC for being in a tough spot. The rules were followed, the nominee was chosen, and a party exists to push its candidate over the line. I totally get it.

The WSJ Ed Page came out forcefully against Moore today, I think National Review has as well; Jonah does not speak for the board, but his vocality has been unmistakable. That his opponent is not even a moderate, guy-we-can-deal-with, but another Sen. Warren (Pocahontas, MA) has held some back, but I have never seen anything like this.

Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at December 6, 2017 12:20 PM

The prospect of Roy Moore (20th century southern blue-collar male - AL) being elected to the US Senate is indeed quite disturbing, inasmuch as that lot is such a bastion of modern gentlemanly purity. I'm not sure how I would react to that not unlikely outcome - it's possible I might even declare it a harbinger of Armageddon.

Posted by: johngalt at December 6, 2017 7:07 PM

I would submit the following filter:

switch (PersonNotSupportingGopNominee) {

case MINORITY_LEADER_NANCY_PELOSI:
return "No big deal";

case WSJ_EDITORIAL_BOARD:
return "Big deal";

case NATIONAL_REVIEW_EDITORIAL_BOARD:
return "Really big deal";
}

The WSJ Ed Page is back today.

President Trump's endorsement of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore got us thinking about the game of chess. A recent Wall Street Journal article described how a bright amateur taught himself chess so he could play the world's number one player, Magnus Carlsen. The rookie got wiped out.

On Wednesday Senate Democrats adroitly placed the Republicans, and Mr. Trump, in check. Six female Democratic Senators-- Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Claire McCaskill, Patty Murray, Mazie Hirono and Maggie Hassan --called on fellow Democrat Senator Al Franken to resign over multiplying allegations of sexual harassment. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the same hours later. Mr. Franken’s office said he will make an announcement Thursday.

It is not hard to see what is going on here. The Democrats are creating a Frankenmoore nightmare for Donald Trump.
Even from a purely partisan standpoint, Moore creates far more long-term cost than the short-term benefit of one R in the Senate. Man, I can already hear the commercials against Mike Coffman (R, competitive CO6) pinning every crazy quote on him. Posted by: jk at December 7, 2017 2:17 PM

While I generally agree that that the Senator Moore "package deal" is more negative than positive, who is prepared to disenfranchise Alabama voters? Having seen all that has transpired, if more of them vote for Moore than the other guy, what are the other citizens of a "free country" to do?

Posted by: johngalt at December 7, 2017 2:47 PM

Oh no, I would certainly seat the victor. The WSJ is suggesting that the President and RNC remain neutral. I think that would have been wise.

If there are any remaining serious Alabama Democrats, they are probably kicking themselves for not nominating a moderate instead of Doug Jones.

Posted by: jk at December 7, 2017 3:22 PM

In light of the renewed push to discredit or even force the resignation of the President for "sexual harassment" do you see the political wisdom in his endorsement of Moore?

Posted by: johngalt at December 11, 2017 5:21 PM

No. (I'll give you a moment to recover from the shock...)

I think the problems with Moore go beyond the more lurid accusations. He was removed from the bench twice and has made several impolitic (I'd say outrageous) comments. I can appreciate keeping support if it is only unproven accusations, but think those who do are playing with fire, or as they say in Alabama, "Faaahr!"

I missed ThreeSourcers' comity this week. Making a similar point in a comment on a Shawn Mitchell post, I was savaged about as badly as I have been from the left. A lefty friend of a co-worker did wish me dead once; the Moore supporter only hoped I would be falsely accused of something.

Let's say my contrarian views were not welcomed.

Posted by: jk at December 11, 2017 6:36 PM

This is ridiculous. Moore (simply accused of weird, but legal behavior, 40 years ago) & Franken who's tacitly admitted to _repeated_ behavior that's on the hairy edge of harassment, which he was a Senator.

WSJ autta have it's cajones checked at the door. Now, OTOH, Moore apparent repeated behavior-behind the bench brings to mind Judge Roy Bean (not in all good ways).

Besides, this really isn't about Moore, it's about Trump... D'UH!!! The WSJ is running around shouting sex-bingo while the DNC is playing 3-D chess. Sheesh.

Posted by: nanobrewer at December 12, 2017 1:06 AM

The other Republican Senator from Alabama is not voting for Moore.

Posted by: jk at December 12, 2017 10:19 AM

At least, not publicly. Did Shelby vote for Moore in the primary? Probably not.

If there ever was a "party over person" electoral race, brother, this is it. This is a choice between a candidate endorsed by Trump or one endorsed by Obama. Alabamians, make your decision.

If Moore is elected then he can face his accusers and have a fair adjudication, rather than a political noose in a tree.

It's just a dad-burned shame that Roy Moore's accusers weren't so eager to prevent his success in the primary election as they are in the general. Or, perhaps they were. Perhaps they told the Washington Post about it then and that august organ chose to wait. Naaah, a major metropolitan newspaper would never do something so nakedly partisan in an election season.

Posted by: johngalt at December 12, 2017 2:39 PM

Great speaker at Liberty on the Rocks -- Flatirons last night. No, I put no perfidy beyond the manipulators of the MSM.

But one could conceivably keep quiet in the belief that former-Judge Moore would not win, then suffer the consequences of embarrassing publicity when a Senate seat is actually on the line. That comports with Hanlon's Razor.

Again, I find his public and undisputed-even-by-his-most-fervent-supporters actions disqualifying. His baggage and potential damage to the party go far beyond even these disturbing accusations.


Posted by: jk at December 12, 2017 4:26 PM

It was doubtless a lose-lose scenario for the GOP.

Posted by: johngalt at December 13, 2017 11:01 AM | What do you think? [11]