What the GOP Has Come To: “He Hasn’t Been Convicted of Anything”


Alabama Republican Senate Candidate Roy S. Moore

Alabama Republican Senate Candidate Roy S. Moore

And now we have Roy Moore. Defrocked – twice – Alabama Supreme Court Justice, constitutional scofflaw and, on the evidence, pervert. And Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate for Alabama.

WC isn’t going to rehash the allegations; if you care about our government, read the terrific investigative journalism on display in The Washington Post article. In all the noise and excitement since that story broke, no one has contradicted a single material fact disclosed in that story. That tells you everything you need to know about the accuracy of the article.

Instead, WC wants to focus on the reaction of the national Republican party to the news that their candidate was a pervert, a child molester.

This would be the same Republican Party whose Ethics Committee voted unanimously to expel Senator Robert Packwood (R, Oregon) from the U.S. Senate because of his “habitual pattern of aggressive, blatantly sexual advances, mostly directed at members of his own staff or others whose livelihoods were connected in some way to his power and authority as a Senator.”1 The Chair of that Ethics Committee? One Mitch McConnell. Mind you, all of the women Packwood sexually harassed were adults, not 14, 16 and 17-year old children.

So with the Packwood example in mind, let’s examine some of the responses offered by Mr. Moore’s fellow Republicans

He hasn’t been convicted of anything; he hasn’t even been charged.

Can we be clear about this? The criminal laws set the minimum standards. If you do stuff this bad, they say, we will put you in jail. WC can tell you that, as an attorney, some of the most wretched excuses for human beings WC dealt with were never charged with crimes. Corrupt, venal, immoral and disgusting, yes, but never convicted of crimes. That doesn’t mean they should have been elected to the U.S. Senate, the most powerful legislative body – and most exclusive club – on this planet. WC, even after decades of exposure to the American political system, thinks we are entitled to expect a little higher moral standards than “hasn’t been convicted of a crime.”

Hell, even Mitt Romney, a venture capitalist who sold his soul to filthy lucre a long time ago, recognizes this. “Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections,” Romney said. “I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.”

“Other than being with an underage person — he didn’t really force himself.”

“Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”

Moore partially undressed a 14-year old girl, felt her up, forced her to fondle his crotch, and someone claims “He didn’t really force himself.” a 14-year old kid, even in Alabama, can’t consent. By legal definition, as well as any decent sense of morality, Moore forced himself. On four different girls. WC hopes whoever came up with this “defense” or “justification” doesn’t speak for all or a majority of Alabamans. A state that fails to protect its children is impossible to defend.

President Trump was accused of the same thing.

No. Simply untrue. As despicable as Trump is, he has not been accused of molesting children. He is a sexual predator; he’s on tape speaking as a sexual predator. 15 or more women have accused him of being a sexual predator. His conduct would get him edited out of a Hollywood movie. But there’s despicable and then there’s a child molester.

“Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”

This little nugget came from the Alabama State Auditor. There are so many things wrong with it that WC cannot, in a single blog post, address them all. Just a few.  (1) It’s perilous to rely on the Bible for examples of morality. (2) Can we think about why Roy Moore was defrocked as a justice? Twice? (3) Virgin Mary?2 (4) Does this auditor have a daughter? Does he want Roy Moore to feel her up while she is 14 years old?

There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.

The state auditor again. Maybe Alabama law enforcement should look into this creep. Anyone who think it isn’t immoral to molest a 14-year old girl is a pervert. Anyone who thinks it isn’t unlawful is an ignoramus.

A “mere allegation” shouldn’t “destroy a person’s life.”

This one comes from the President himself, or one of his spokespersons. Read the Post article. This is far more than “mere allegations.” This is a carefully sourced, multiply-documented story. Implicit in this claim is that we should not treat perversion as the crime and sin that it is. This is about what you’d expect from a man who boasted, in a recording, of his sexual assaults. But as a defense of Roy Moore, it’s pretty lame.

“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years.”

This one comes from State Representative Ed Henry, who told The Cullman Times. “Someone should prosecute and go after them.” This miserable excuse for a human being wants to punish the victims. He wonders why women are reluctant to come forward and press charges against perverts and predators? It’s because assholes like him will blame the victims for the crimes of the perp. WC watched the late Terri Foster demolish this “defense” in a rape case in a Fairbanks courtroom. WC should have taken notes, but Terri told the jury that the defense was attempting to make the victims suffer a second assault.

Roy Moore hasn’t even flatly denied dating teenagers. Sean Hannity, hardly the most aggressive interviewer of conservatives, asked Moore if he remembered dating girls that young. “Not generally, no,” Mr Moore replied. That non-answer pretty much says it all.

And yet only two prominent Republicans – John McCain and Jeff Flake – have demanded Moore drop out of the election. Others have “withdrawn their support,” and that spineless jellyfish Mitch McConnell has said “if the allegations are true,” then Moore should withdraw.

There are tweets from the Alabama Republican Chair, saying he’d vote for Moore, even if the “charges were proven,” before he’d vote for a Democrat.

This is what the party of Lincoln, the party of Reagan, has come to: supporting a pervert at any cost.

 


  1. Yes, WC knows that Packwood resigned before the motion to expel came to a vote on the Senate floor. He resigned because his fellow Republicans were going to vote to expel him. 
  2. As Gail Collins notes, “I swear this is the first time I’ve seen a [political] race hinging on the issue of virgin birth. 
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