The Senatorial race to fill the seat previously held by now Attorney General, Jeff Sessons, is something that I have been following for a while. With the election now being less than a month away, on December 12th, I'm not breaking any news that the allegations that Judge Roy Moore had an affinity for teenage girls some 40 years ago when he was in his 30s, that was first reported in the Washington Post, and has been completely dominating the news lately.
Personally, I have been very torn on who to believe in all this. It would be easy to dismiss the Post's account due to their very blatant bias, but when I read articles by such people as Jonah Goldberg, of the National Review, it does give me pause. Something that I try to keep in mind is that so many people that are loudest now against the Judge are some of the same people, who from the very beginning, have posited that Alabamans made a big mistake in nominating him in the first place.
Another thought that keeps me hoping that the allegations prove to be false, or that they are much ado about nothing, is my strong suspicion that Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell, was either the person who was behind this story in the first place or is a major force in pushing the narrative. This is based on three main factors:
- The way the GOP leadership treated Chris McDaniel in his race against Thad Cochran in Mississippi in 2014.
- McConnell and his Super Pac spent over $10 million in support of Luther Strange in the Alabama primary
- McConnell's practically bragging during his Press Conference with Donald Trump with this statement: "Back in 2010 and 2012, we nominated several candidates, Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock. They are not in the Senate. And the reason for that was that they were not able to appeal to a broader electorate in the general election. You have to nominate people who can actually win, because winners make policy and losers go home." Of course, this completely ignores the likes of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio who did win their elections during that period.
One person who has supported Judge Roy Moore from the beginning and still stands with him is talk show host and Conservative Review contributor, Steve Deace. Deace has made it very clear that he knows Moore on a personal level and explains why he believes that Moore is telling the truth about this situation.
Steve Deace spent his entire show, titled On Roy Moore, on CRTV on Tuesday night, in a very heartfelt manner explaining why he continues to endorse Roy Moore. The problem for many is that you have to be a CRTV subscriber to watch the program.
A good summary of what Steve Deace discussed on his CRTV program can be heard in an interview he did with Glenn Beck on Beck's Wednesday program.
Steve Deace also posted a lengthy statement on his Facebook page explaining why he still supports Roy Moore. Stating in part:
I am being asked legit questions about where my endorsement stands. Since I believe in as much transparency as possible whenever I can, I want to explain why I have not pulled my endorsement yet. I want to share my heart, so I apologize in advance for the length of this post.
The issues I raised yesterday, and in fiery fashion, about the hypocrisy here are a separate issue from this post. And they will remain once the matter with Moore is settled. At some point we’re going to have to decide we’re going to fight for our people. Now, maybe this isn’t the right time, and I’ll get to that in a moment. However, one can think Moore is guilty or innocent, but see the total and complete fake horse puckey Kabuki Theater of the past few days. Make no mistake, anybody we try and get through the swamp/establishment/etc they will try and destroy if they can. My best sources believe it’s the Republicans/McConnell that have been feeding this story all this time -- not the Democrats.
I avoided going after the judge for his response once the allegations broke because of our relationship, because I knew I couldn’t be objective. But he actually came to me, called me directly over the weekend, and without me asking vehemently and strongly denied everything right to me. Now, I’m a conservative who’s spent 10 years as a full-time activist in the GOP, so I’ve been lied to more times than I count -- and often convincingly -- by Republican politicians. If he was lying to me in that conversation, he’s the best one I’ve ever heard. So if he’s this good of a liar, and this much of a creep, shouldn’t there be other things in his life where this level of sociopath showed up? With Bill Clinton we saw systemic immorality, for example, that explained his predatory behavior. Systemic immorality that raged for decades well into his presidency. Not predatory behavior over here, and then perfect southern gentleman over there as with Moore. The narrative is essentially from the time he returned from his tour of duty until he got married, Moore was a sociopath and then it just stopped from that time forward forevermore. So why did it stop then? Who can control such urges for thirty years after acting on them so irresponsibility and wickedly for such a period of time? I have spoken to those who have known Moore longer and far better than me. All of them are standing behind him. I’ve even quizzed them. Cross-examined them. Offered alternative theories I thought were plausible. Nobody, at least so far, is budging. And if you’re a friend of Moore’s you’re not a typical Republican. In fact, you probably distrust to despise the typical Republican, because Moore has been at war with the party for more than a decade. These aren’t “roll Tide evangelicals” as we like to say. These are serious people, and so far none of them have jumped ship. Why?...
I hope that all will read his entire post before passing judgement on Judge Roy Moore.
Ultimately, it's up to the good citizens of Alabama to made the final determination. I can foresee them, if no concrete proof of the allegations is presented, giving a giant middle finger to the DC establishment and overwhelmingly elect Judge Roy Moore to fill this Senate seat.