No Matter What, the Election Result in Alabama Will Hurt the GOP
Regardless of today’s election result, one thing is certain: it will not be good for the Republican Party.
On one hand, we have a pro-abort Democrat ready to do the party’s bidding in D.C. On the other hand, we have a bigoted, “constitutionally illiterate” judge who is very likely a predator.
It’s a loss no matter who is victorious in the end.
Naturally, members of the GOP are showing full faith in Moore and his chances because – well – we can’t have a Democrat take the seat!
Give me a break.
I won’t feel sorry for the Republican Party if Judge Roy Moore loses his race. We can thank lazy primary voters for choosing him. We can also thank Trump fever for carrying over from the 2016 election and turning this race into what it has become.
The bed has been made. Now all that’s left is for (R) voters to lay in it and cuddle up next to that Moore-supporting RNC logo.
There is no scenario where Judge Roy Moore obtaining a U.S. Senate seat does wonderful things for the prodigal party. (The fever that has already infected the GOP faithful will spur them to say the opposite, though.)
Long before Moore was the subject of national interest, he was a highly questionable, activist judge who got away with much under the guise of conservatism and Christianity. If you need a refresher, David French’s superb election eve piece, The Comprehensive Case Against Roy Moore, should do the trick.
Moore believes he’s a law unto himself.
…the very instant that we permit any judge to actively defy the constitutional order simply when he — in his subjective wisdom — believes a superior court has overstepped its bounds is the instant we begin to lose the rule of law.
Indeed, Moore’s actions as chief justice were so brazen and so egregious that they should disqualify him from the Senate on their own. Yet they don’t even come close to constituting the totality of his sins.
Moore is a vicious constitutional and historical illiterate.
In a 2006 op-ed, he wrote that Muslim representative Keith Ellison “cannot swear an oath on the Quran and an allegiance to our Constitution at the same time.” Article VI of the Constitution directly, unequivocally, and unambiguously says otherwise. It prohibits any “religious test” as a “Qualification to any Officer or public Trust under the United States.”
In September, a man asked him when he thought America was great. “I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another,” he responded. “Our families were strong, our country had a direction.”
Moore is absolutely, positively obsessed with gay people.
There is nothing obsessive about or wrong with defending religious freedom and free speech from sexual revolutionaries.
But then there’s Roy Moore. He is the stereotype. “You could say” America is the “focus of evil in the modern world,” Moore opined earlier this year. The reason? “We promote a lot of bad things” like “same-sex marriage.”
Yes, Moore is a likely sex abuser.
The fact remains that multiple women have come forward offering corroborated stories that as a 30-something prosecutor, Moore dated teenage girls. In two instances, one of them involving a 14-year-old girl, he is credibly accused of grotesque misconduct.
Moore will hurt the pro-life cause.
The GOP will enjoy its majority in the short term with or without Moore. It will confirm judges between now and 2018 with or without Moore. It cannot, however, continue to drift toward vile, malicious ignorance and hope to remain the majority party. Moore won’t overturn Roe, but he will continually embarrass its pro-life opponents.
That is but a portion of French’s solid case. The entire piece is worth reading, though it may taste sour to those with a palate more accustomed to tribalism.
If Doug Jones wins, it’s easy to see how that could hurt the GOP. However, if Moore wins, the reasons listed above (and others) are enough to show just how damaging it would be to the party as a whole.
As an ex-GOPer, it’s difficult to even feel concern for a party that so recklessly supported and promoted someone like Donald Trump during the 2016 election. Back then, there were plenty of solid choices in the form of Rubio, Cruz, Bush, and even Fiorina. Of course, they were laughed off, ridiculed, and maligned, and playboy Trump, a Republican for a solid five minutes, was ultimately inaugurated.
A Roy Moore victory would only further push the Republican Party along the path it began journeying down at the start of the most recent presidential campaign. This is not a positive development no matter who the members of the U.S. Senate are long after the national nightmare known as Alabama Senate Race 2017 concludes.
Despite everything listed above, there will still be many who disagree with me as they exclaim, “A Roy Moore win would be great for the GOP! We need the seat!”
As I’ve stated before, morality is multi-faceted. The questions and concerns surrounding Moore, the majority of which are irrefutable, aren’t resolved by the political letter next to his name.
A Jones win would be a loss. A Moore win would be, too.
Elections aren’t just won at the ballot box. Often, the real victory is found elsewhere. In this case, the GOP captured defeat long before Tuesday dawned.