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Just as a thought experiment, let’s say that all those very belated accusers of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama are telling the truth. Okay. In this world (which may or may not be Actual Reality, considering we are in the middle of a witch hunt situation) we now have a super-creepy and sleazy guy as our Republican Senate nominee.
Whose fault is it? Trump reluctantly backed Strange, the establishment guy, so it’s sure not his fault. The GOP and other contributors spent between $15 and $30 million dollars on Strange, a cost of as much as nearly $140 per vote he got. Those are some darned high costs.
But wait. What was all that cash spent on?
Where was the oppo research that should have turned up at least something shady here on Moore? How about Republican candidate vetting? Why do all these women suddenly appear about a month prior to the December 12 special election? And how is it that from a count of zero sex allegations over a 40-year legal and political career, Moore had four appear in the same Washington Post story? All uncoordinated? None familiar with one another? Seems mighty coincidental to me.
I can only see three possibilities here.
First, that our GOP leaders are utterly and hopelessly incompetent. If the WaPo can turn up four different women at once, why didn’t Republican candidate and oppositional research during the primary turn up even one? If it was so well-known in the Gadsden area that Moore was a creeper or at least an ephebophile, how is it that Luther Strange and other Republicans remained blissfully unaware of it? And how can we voters trust such pathetic information mastery in our leadership?
Second, that the Democrats are making the whole thing up. The WaPo is heavily in the tank for (D)oug Jones, who is a pretty weak candidate with little funding (the DNC sure can’t afford to fund him) and no political experience to speak of. Now, I’m not saying this is happening, but politicians have always found it to be cheaper to buy mud for the other candidate than buying goodwill from the public, especially when their party essentially owns the press. It seems most Alabama voters have been leaning toward this possibility.
The third possibility is the one that scares me to death. It is possible the GOP knew all this stuff about Moore but sat on it because they were overconfident that Strange would be the candidate. Even with Strange’s not-entirely-unpredictable loss, they knew they could get a do-over with this “fresh” information. In other words, they had worked out a strategy in which even if their establishment candidate failed, they could destroy Moore, declare him to be not a Republican, and force an entirely new election while keeping Strange, a McConnell loyalist, in his temporary Senate seat.
If I’m correct and the third possibility is the truth, then the GOP is actively disenfranchising its own voters in Alabama. Far from doing their job and enacting the policies of their constituents, they are working against them — and working to keep the swamp swampy.
Is it any wonder that Republicans are rebelling against their would-be masters?