Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walked back his condemnation of child molester Roy Moore, his party’s nominee for Senate in Alabama, on Sunday. Donald Trump endorsed Moore on Monday. But sure, pity the poor Republican Party for the terrible position Moore has put it in:
“There’s no outcome here in which the Republican Party can say, ‘Well, that turned out OK,’ no outcome where we can sit back and breathe a sigh of relief,” said Scott Jennings, a GOP strategist who is close to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Both outcomes are bad for the overall health and brand of the Republican Party.”
Just a thought: if they cared about the brand (and didn’t want that brand to be “supports child molesters”), they could have completely distanced themselves from Moore. He might still have been on the ballot, but he could have been on the ballot while disavowed by his party. That’s not the route Republicans have taken. So forgive us for thinking that they care more about having that one extra vote in the Senate than they care about not being the party of child molesters. It’s entirely clear that Mitch McConnell would rather have a vote from a child molester than walk entirely away from the child molester—and instead cope with opposing votes from someone who made his name prosecuting KKK child-murderers.
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