The Senate race in Alabama is a head-scratcher. As a card-carrying supporter of the whole Buckley/Friedman/Reagan thing, one hesitates to support a candidate accused of being a dirty old man. But what if one’s inability to bend his principles would cost the Republicans their control of the Senate?
In the end, one is weak on certain principles when survival is at stake. Forget about degrees of probability of guilt, about degrees of revulsion over the alleged behavior. Here is my final offer: If the tradeoff for the withdrawal of Judge Moore’s candidacy were, instant term-limits for the entire Congress, with all extant terms expiring today, meaning we could throw out 535 tubs of mostly dirty- bathwater even though they contained a few healthy babies, I would go for it. To get rid of every corrupt, lazy, or stupid member of Congress and start from scratch with a new set of elections, I’d trust the American electorate and take my chances with that deal.
But until that deal is on the table, I am not willing to sacrifice control of the Senate in order to enforce a moral code that we have reason to believe is violated on a regular basis by large numbers of politicians, many of whom, actually most of whom (if you can trust even the media), are actually Democrats. So long as American politics remains an unfair fight, my gloves stay off and I am carrying a tire iron.
The left has seemed oblivious to this issue since Bill Clinton’s inauguration and has only focused upon it lately, when they have finally located an actual Republican against whom they could raise it. (Actually, we do have our dirty old man emeritus, Bush 41, but he is now reduced to pinching nurses.) But a prisoner-exchange of Al Franken for Judge Moore? – any Democrat would jump on that deal.
Other side of the same thought: the Republicans might be the only group on earth that would be dumb enough, sanctimonious enough, to turn down that kind of deal if the roles were reversed. If you asked nicely, they might sacrifice Judge Moore (and the Senate) without demanding a single Democrat in exchange, not even a hapless/feckless Democrat like Franken.
All of which tells you a lot about how this nation was frustrated enough to hire a president whose essential campaign promise was to drain the Swamp.
As Obama’s recent comparison of Trump to Hitler has shown, American politics are now a battle to the death, no holds barred. I am not surrendering any of my troops on the grounds that their deportment offends the volatile sensibilities of the American Left. If Alabama does not want Moore, so be it. If Obama and the media do not want Moore, I am massively unmoved and will await the outcome of any judicial determination of his guilt.