After Roy Moore collapses in polls, Mitch McConnell denounces him: "I believe his victims"


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/11/13/after-roy-moore-collapses-in-p.html


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Is there ever a situation where Mitch McConnell ever shows some degree of integrity or backbone? The guy is the most obvious opportunist slimeball in Congress.


#3

I hear Mitch came out very strongly against Hitler in 1945.


#4

I hope Moore stays in and gives Alabamians (I love Alabama, genuinely) a chance to prove that they’re not all redneck, backwards, pedophile supporting assholes and vote Democrat.


#5

He can’t actually withdraw his name from the ballot. It’s too late for that.


#6

Yep. Politics 101. If your horse still has a shot, no matter how bad it shit the bed - you keep supporting it. You see there is no way it can win, you take it out back and shoot it. This is generally the norm.


#7

your link is borked.


#8

That’s how he got in trouble in the first place.


#9
  1. I believe the victims too.

  2. McConnell wants Moore out of there regardless of the facts. The facts just happen to be on McConnell’s side.


#10

More like 1946.


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It’s interesting. When Trump first started to rip through the ‘official’ Republican candidates, there was all kinds of talk about how the Republican party couldn’t possibly survive this, and it would tear itself apart, possibly before the election. That didn’t happen.

But now the ‘mainstream’ Republicans do seem to be trying to distance themselves from any candidate controversial enough to threaten their program of upward wealth-redistribution, while a certain fraction of their base will blindly embrace any candidate who tweaks the libtards hard enough. And the angry brigade aren’t going to forget how the rich old white suits running the party ‘betrayed’ their heroes like Moore and Arpaio. I think it’s going to get progressively harder for any Republican to hold together the fragile coalition of the venal and the frothingly insane.

Trump, of course, is the perfect president for the party at this point in time, because he represents both venality and know-nothing lunacy. But if he turns into a real liability and the core GOP cuts its losses and kicks him to the curb, then that promised fission really might happen after all. Then we’ll have the Deplorable Party on the one hand and the Koch-Norquist Front on the other, perhaps attended by a few satellite splinters of the Ayn Rand Died For You Tendency. And these would be actual distinct parties (probably not under those names), rather than simply factions within the larger party.

If that happens, then the party of Trump/Moore/Arpaio is going to be something spectacular: the amount of raw hatred and full-on madness out there waiting to be tapped by any sufficiently unprincipled demagogue is considerable. This will not be simply another nationalist party along the lines of the Front National or Vlaams Blok, but something even more frightening. I’m not a great believer in the notion of American exceptionalism, but I do believe that when it comes to introducing something truly psychotic to the political arena, the US may still have an edge.

P.S. When I describe the Republicans as either ‘venal’ or ‘frothingly insane’, I do not actually believe that all (or even a majority of) Republicans fall under one or other of those headings. But they do seem to be the two factions that are steering the majority of the party’s actions just now.


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#12

Didn’t stop the Dems with Frank Lautenberg in '02; not sure the particulars of NJ law v. AL law, but I trust the GOP in Alabama will find a way.


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Now if the GOP had just had the balls to do this to the Pussygrabber-In-Chief, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in right now. But the GOP congress are Trump’s willing, self-castrating eunuchs.


#15

I think that award might go to Paul Ryan. Ryan is the epitome of “big talk, no action.”


#16

True, but he could do a whole “I’m withdrawing and go ahead and write in a Republican” thing. I’d prefer for him to stick to his guns (pun intended) and lose badly.


#17

Yeah, McConnell didn’t like Moore before this scandal, all it does it prop up his position. Not saying I don’t like it, just saying it’s not due to any inherent altruism on his part.


#18

I mean absentee ballots are already in the mail. Moore can withdraw and any votes for him would be invalid, but he can’t be replaced or removed.


#19

He came back around to Hitler in 2017, though.


#20

At some point, and he will, all he has to say is “Jesus has forgiven me, can you not do so as well?” and the religious buffoons will be pacified.