Roy Moore is toast. I don’t know the truth of the allegations, and neither do any of you. But the truth hardly ever matters in politics. What matters is that Alabama voters will not want to vote for a creep. They are not like Massachusetts Democrats who re-elected Gerry Studds ten times after he molested a Congressional page and named a Marine Sanctuary after him. No, Moore’s candidacy for the senate is dead and with it any hope of tax reform, border security, or Obamacare repeal. Which will be fine with Mitch McConnell and the Republican Establishment because they didn’t really want to do any of those things anyway.
Republicans have been rushing to throw Moore to the wolves, knowing full well that under Alabama law he can’t withdraw from the race and so he would be essentially forfeiting the seat to a Democrat. but I don’t think they realize that this is not a one-shot deal. Going forward, every Republican candidate for anything is going to be dogged, like clockwork, one month before the allegations, by allegations of sexual misconduct. And like I said, the allegations don’t have to be true, they only have to be timed properly.
One more thing, I noticed that CNN all day has been using the construction that a woman has accused Moore of “Initiating a Sexual Encounter.” It’s an interesting and very deliberate way to describe what what happened because, even according to the accuser, there was no sex. If what the woman claims happened happened, then it was still gross and skeevy, but it wasn’t sex. But by phrasing it that way, CNN sure makes it sound like Moore had sex with an underage girl, which is what they want you to think. It’s the opposite of when they characterize Anthony Weiner as “sending inappropriate texts” or Hillary of “mishandling emails” in order to downplay what they actually did. This is not a defense of Moore, just an observation about the media.