Make no mistake: Mitch McConnell is making a concerted effort to disenfranchise the entire state of Alabama. If Alabama sends Roy Moore to D.C. as their chosen senator, Mitch’s plan is to immediately convene an ethics investigation into Moore and throw him out on the street as soon as humanly possible.
Here is his exchange with Laura Ingraham last night:
MCCONNELL: They’re going to make the decision in Alabama —
INGRAHAM: Should you in the Senate invalidate that by expelling him out?
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MCCONNELL: We will deal with the aftermath the decision of the people of Alabama make on December 12.
INGRAHAM: So you think it is a possibility he could be expelled from the Senate?
MCCONNELL: I think there is a possibility he will have an ethics issue.
INGRAHAM: An ethics investigation once he gets here?
MCCONNELL: Yeah, I think it’s almost certain.
The arrogance, condescension, and outright swampiness of McConnell’s plan is stupendous in its staggering display of everything ordinary Americans have come to hate about Washington.
Mitch’s view is apparently that Alabamians are too rednecky and too hickfied to be able to make an intelligent decision of their own about whom they want to represent them. So Mitch is going to make that decision for them. Mitch’s view is if Alabama wants a senator, he’ll give them one – a senator of his choosing, not theirs. It would be hard to fathom a worse display of nauseating elitism.
I suspect many Alabama voters have just about had it up to here with McConnell, and many of them might even be inclined to vote for Moore just to stick it to the majority leader. They can recognize snobbishness when they see it, and they don’t like any more than the rest of us do.
Worse, McConnell is manifestly violating a principle rule of American jurisprudence, that a man should enjoy the presumption of innocence until there is actual proof of guilt. This standard should apply in the court of public opinion just as much as it does in a court of law. Many conservatives have embarrassed themselves and betrayed this fundamental moral principle by rushing to judgment against Moore despite the total and complete absence of even one shred of actual evidence to support any of the accusations against him.
These “conservatives,” with their sneering contempt of Roy Moore, have managed to excuse their own appalling lack of character by pointing out that we are not in a court of law. They act is if it’s okay to dispense with moral standards and standards of decency, fairness, and justice as long as all we’re doing is trashing a man’s reputation beyond repair and destroying his career.
Rep. Mo Brooks, who ran in the Alabama senate primary against Roy Moore and Luther Strange, is a former prosecutor. Here’s how he broke the Moore brouhaha down last night with Laura Ingraham (emphasis mine):
And my evaluation of the evidence is that there is only the remotest of possible chances that if this went to a court of law that jury would find Roy Moore guilty of anything. That’s how flimsy the evidence is and if I were ordered by a judge to choose which side I wanted based on who I thought would win in front of a 12-person jury of our peers, I would in a heartbeat jump on Roy Moore’s side because that’s where I think the evidence is. But what you have is the mainstream left-wing socialist Democrat news media (Note: with the enthusiastic compliance of the GOP establishment) trying to distort the evidence to cause people to reach the conclusion that Roy Moore engaged in unlawful conduct with a minor.
Most importantly, the media likes to say ‘well, there are nine complainers.’ Seven of them aren’t complainers. In fact, I would be calling seven of those ladies as witnesses on behalf of Roy Moore on the issue of whether he is engaged in any kind of unlawful conduct.
There are only two that have asserted that Roy Moore engaged in unlawful conduct. One of those is clearly a liar because that one forged the ‘Love, Roy Moore’ part of a yearbook in order to try to for whatever reason get at Roy Moore and win this seat for the Democrats…
So, now you’re down to one witness who said that Roy Moore engaged in nonconsensual sexual contact, OK? Well, that one witness’ testimony is in direct and stark contrast with that of the other seven ladies, who said that he acted like an officer and a gentleman.
In sum, there is precisely zero evidence to substantiate even a single one of the accusations against Moore. It is inexcusable to deprive a man with an unimpeachable record of public service and moral character just because the Washington Post tells us to.
It’s time for Mitch to ditch his electoral jihad against Roy Moore and the state of Alabama. It’s also time for the voters of Alabama to remember their state motto,
“We Dare Defend Our Rights.” And the place for them to start is by insisting on their constitutional right to choose their own senators.
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