Let us see if we can pull apart the various threads over whether Roy Moore, a former justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is fit to be a US Senator.
1) Ivanka: ‘Special Place In Hell’ For Child Predators… which no one is contesting. The question is whether Roy Moore is such a person.
2) There is no evidence for any of the accusations
3) The only supposed proof that Moore met one of the accused is a signature in a yearbook from 1977 in which mid-signature the ink changes colour – the colour of the ink goes from black to light blue – there are plenty of other reasons for thinking it’s a forgery including the woman’s lawyer won’t deny that it is
4) The media in the US has a history of bringing forward spurious accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Republicans none of which have any evidence other than the word of the accuser. Here is the list from 2016 against Donald Trump which have all disappeared since the election.
So where are we now. Here are a few conclusions that spring off the page.
The Republican mainstream are opposed to Trump’s agenda and will see him out of office as quickly as possible. The left and the media could not make this accusation stand if the Republicans wished to take the small bit of trouble required to show that the accusations are false.
To my tremendous disappointment, Drudge has crossed over and Instapundit may have as well.
Irrespective of the outcome in the Senate special election, Trump’s extraordinary achievements in Asia have been all but obliterated.
If The Swamp succeeds here, PDT will be next.
AN UPDATE: From Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit whose commenters are far more on the ball than the actual posters, including Glenn, unfortunately.
So on the one hand I feel like I’m not taking this seriously enough, but on the other hand I find it impossible to take seriously. Based on what we know so far, what percentile of awfulness in the Senate would Roy Moore be? Would he be 99th Percentile — making him the worst person in the Senate? Seems doubtful given that there’s a secret slush fund paying victims of Congressional harassment already. He can’t compare to such past lions as Ted Kennedy or Robert Packwood, and it seems likely that there are other, current ones that we just haven’t hear about. So say he’s at the 90th percentile. That means there are 10 sitting Senators worse than him. How exercised should I be about the prospect of him joining them? And maybe he’s only, say, 75th percentile!
The truth is, the Senate is just awful — and the House is no better — because it’s full of politicians. The real travesty here isn’t that we might send another clown to join the clown show. It’s that the clown show has so much power, and so little accountability, when it’s doing things that are a lot more serious than groping.
And no, this isn’t good, it’s terrible. It’s more evidence of our decline. And I feel bad for having to point it out, again.
Here then are the top comments at Instapundit.