I have been a hypocrite on the Roy Moore matter . . . and I intend to stay one.
Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who defeated appointed Senator Luther Strange (R-AB) in the Republican primary for the special election to fill the seat previously held by Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III¹ has been credibly, though certainly not provably, accused of dating and trying to seduce a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old attorney. Stories in the media indicated that Mr Moore made a habit of dating younger girls, including girls still in high school, when he was in his thirties, and he even admitted such on the Hannity show.
Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore believes allegations that he pursued inappropriate relationships with teenage girls decades ago are “politically motivated” and says he doesn’t “remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother.”
The firebrand former jurist offered a tepid denial on Friday as he spoke out for the first time since he was accused of sexual assault and harassment against at least four teens.
Moore, now 70, flatly denied reports that he molested a 14-year-old girl in 1979, but wavered when asked about dating much younger women.
Moore said he doesn’t “remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother,” but admitted that he “dated a lot of young ladies” when he returned from the military, though “not generally” 16-or 17-year-olds.
You know, I call b(ovine feces) on that. I’m only six years younger than Mr Moore, I can remember every woman I’ve ever dated,² and I have a difficult time believing that Mr Moore’s memory of his early dating life is as poor as he tried to make it seem. And let me be clear here: if a 32-year-old man was dating a teenager, he was trying to get into her pants, whether he succeeded or not.
“Allegations of sexual misconduct with her are completely false. I believe they’re politically motivated,” he said. “I believe they’re brought only to stop a very successful campaign, and that’s what they’re doing.”
It is certainly true that the left and the credentialed media³ are trying to sabotage his campaign. Mr More has twice run, and won, two statewide races for the state Supreme Court, and also run, and won, a difficult, statewide Republican primary campaign for the Senate nomination, yet, with all of those campaigns behind him, the allegations that he tried to seduce, and sexually touched, though being stopped short of copulation, a then-14-year-old girl never surfaced until he had won that primary, and it was only a month until the December 12th special election. It is an attempt by the Democrats to steal a Senate seat via a November version of the ‘October surprise.’ The Democrats will recall that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has whined complained bitterly4 about being the victim of such, with the famous Comey letter. Whether or not Mrs Clinton’s complaints that she would have won absent that letter are true or not — and that is unknowable — October surprises are an almost venerable political trick, some of which work, and some of which do not.5
But, November surprise or not, the question becomes: are the allegations true? We don’t know that they are, and were this a court of law, in which the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, Mr Moore would have to be acquitted. But it isn’t a court of law, and we are not bound by the standards of proof in a criminal trial; the voters of Alabama will take that decision on December 12th, regardless of what the pundits and newspapers and talking heads outside of Alabama say.
Of course, the left don’t really care about sexual assault, if it affects them! Lena Dunham, who said that all women have to be believed about such accusations, dismissed one against her friend. I was reminded of Roman Polanski, the infamous director and idol of the Hollywood glitterati, who said, after his conviction, and subsequent flight to raping a 13-year-old, as detailed in The Washington Post:
In 1979, he defended his rape of a child in an interview with novelist Martin Amis as something everyone wants to do.
“If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see?” the Telegraph quoted him saying. “But … f(ornicating), you see, and the young girls. Judges want to f(ornicate) young girls. Juries want to f(ornicate) young girls. Everyone wants to f(ornicate) young girls!”
Interestingly, in an article written three years before the sexual assault revelations against Harvey Weinstein, Mr Weinstein is quoted as having “described the admitted rape as a ‘so-called crime.'”
Now, why am I a hypocrite on this? It is my opinion that most of the allegations against Mr Moore are true. I certainly don’t know that, but I believe it. Were this the primary, I’d be among the first to say, ‘Vote for Luther Strange!’
But it isn’t the primary, and the effect of not voting for Mr Moore is to hand the seat over to a Democrat. And, to put it as bluntly as I can, I would rather see a man who may or may not have tried to f(ornicate) an underaged girl 38 years ago6 than a man who would f(ornicate) the whole country today sitting in the Senate.
And that is what this election has become. Many of the defenders of Mr Moore see the allegations as untrue, but there are a lot of allegations, and his own admission that he was dating teenagers when he was in his early thirties lends credibility to those claims. I believe that many of them are true, despite one being pushed by the odious Gloria Allred, and thus there is some hypocrisy on my part in preferring a Moore win over losing the seat to Democrat Doug Jones. I hope, that if Mr Moore wins, the charges are investigated, and if there is merit behind them, he is expelled by the Senate, so that the Republican governor of Alabama can appoint another Republican to fill that seat.
That isn’t a comfortable position to take, but it’s one which has to be taken, for the good of the country. We cannot ignore the already slim Republican majority in the Senate, currently 52-48; if Mr Jones is elected, that drops to 51-49. That’s one fewer vote the GOP has to get things done, and I have speculated before that, if that became the case, Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and John McCain (R-AZ) might switch to the Democrats, to give them the majority, just because they hate President Trump so much. That would mean no more judicial nominations pass, and nothing would get done without the Democrats’ consent.
So, yes, I’m being a hypocrite here, but it is hypocrisy born of necessity.
Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.
¹ – I always use Mr Sessions full name in the first instance, because it is the best Southern name ever!
² – Which is, admittedly, not a large group.
³ – Please pardon the redundancy.
4 – As recently as yesterday, Mrs Clinton was still questioning the legitimacy of the 2016 election results.
5 – The deliberately delayed release of Governor George W Bush’s (R-TX) DUI charge didn’t quite cost him the 2000 election, though it just might have led to his popular vote loss. And in 2004, CBS News conspired to withhold the forged Killian documents until October, but The New York Times got hold of the story as well and broke it in September. The earlier-than-planned breaking of the story gave the Powerline and Little Green Footballs blogs time to demonstrate that the documents were forged.
6 – As a Catholic, I am supposed to have a forgiving attitude concerning sin, but for sin to be forgiven, first it must be admitted; Mr Moore has not admitted to any wrongdoing.