I grew up watching people lie about my father and hit him with false accusations in an effort to destroy his reputation and ruin his career. As a result, I’m deeply troubled by the character assassination campaign now being directed at Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama U.S. Senate race.
The accusations against Judge Moore are 40 years old and come just weeks before the election. People have every reason to be skeptical about the timing and nature of these attacks, especially with reported media payoffs and partisan attack dogs involved.
Since the American principle of “innocent until proven guilty” has not been repealed, and since such last-minute smears against conservative candidates have unfortunately become the “new normal” in politics today, I see no reason to abandon Judge Moore at this time.
If Judge Moore is elected by the people of Alabama next month and is later proved to be guilty of these serious allegations, it would then be appropriate to demand his resignation or take steps to remove him from office. But to try and convict him in the media solely on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations is, at best, premature.
As Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) put it, “Right now we’ve got to get through the election and see if that’s something we even have to deal with.”
Yet that hasn’t stopped establishment Republicans such as Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Jeff Flake and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller from rushing to judgment. And their true motivations for piling on are nakedly transparent: They desperately want to keep this true, unapologetic conservative from joining their elite club on Capitol Hill, no matter what.
In fact, Sen. Flake said exactly that today: “If the choice is between Roy Moore and a Democrat…I would literally – if I were in Alabama – I would run to the polling place to vote for the Democrat.”
Ever the follower and tool of the Republican establishment, Sen. Heller was late to the party but joined the DC feeding frenzy today with this statement: “I believe the women who have come forward. Roy Moore should do what is best for the conservatives of Alabama and step aside.”
I wonder how Sen. Heller would feel if a woman came forward next June, just weeks before our own Republican primary election, claiming to having had an affair with him many years ago – like the one his predecessor, Sen. John Ensign, was caught in and forced to resign.
Would Sen. Heller “step aside” just because some people “believed” the woman?
Regardless, it’s not Sen. Heller’s opinion or Sen. McConnell’s opinion or Sen. Flake’s opinion or even my opinion that matters. What matters is who the people of Alabama want to represent them in Washington, DC. And that political jury will render its verdict on December 12.