Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Continuing Moore Saga

'Mooring' Bill Clinton
November 15, 2017

Compared to Clinton, Roy Moore looks like a gentleman.

That it is appalling to go back 38 years and dig up a "he said she said" story. After all, how many of us remember everything that happened that far back? I mean no disrespect to the very serious issue of sexual mistreatment but 38 years is a long time ago.  It's unfair to Judge Moore and it is using the women for political purposes, whether the victims realize it or not!

Sorry, but this is not good journalism to me. Nevertheless, it is the partisan journalism we have. But where does former President Clinton fit into this? Would it be fair for reporters now to go back and interview the women who were generally ignored years ago? Should they get a hearing?.............More
   

By Thomas Lifson  November 14, 2017

Another thought-leading progressive publication has connected the dots and realized that Bill Clinton cannot be allowed to skate on his abuse of women.  In The Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan writes a political history of the feminist movement and Bill Clinton's sexual predation. The sub-headline says it all:

Feminists saved the 42nd president of the United States in the 1990s. They were on the wrong side of history; is it finally time to make things right?

 
The piece is accompanied by a copyrighted graphic (see it here) designed for a strong social media impact.  Those who see it on Facebook and click will find a well written, long, substantive, and thoughtful article.  Feminists who care about the movement will read it and absorb it, as will progressives in general.  Then they will start to speak out to their contacts.  And so on, and so on, as new ideas predictably propagate [i].
Chris Hayes was the first progressive thought leader to ask his followers to think it through and realize what is at stake.  He opened the door with a tweet:
 
As gross and cynical and hypocrtical as the right's "what about Bill Clinton" stuff is, it's also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him.........More
 
By Jack Hellner November 14, 2017
 
I have no idea whether the stories about Roy Moore are true or not, but neither do the Washington Post reporters and all the other reporters who just repeat the unverified story with no investigation.  Forty-year-old allegations are especially hard to disprove.
 
I find it odd that this story came up after the primary and after decades of service by Roy Moore.  Why did the Washington Post reporters wait until after no one else could be put on the ballot to run a 40-year-old story?  Isn't it also strange that a supposed sexual predator would have all of a sudden quit going after young girls 40 years ago?  Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Bill Clinton never quit.  Clinton couldn't control himself even when he was in the White House.
 
Who gave the reporters the story?  They certainly didn't come up with the story on their own, and the women didn't come to them, so how did they get it?  Did the Democratic National Committee funnel money to a law firm so it could pay someone like Fusion GPS to come up with this?
 
We know from DNC emails last year that there was a stable of reporters Democrats could plant stories with and that they would print the stories with few questions asked.  We also know from Ben Rhodes at the White House that the Obama administration could plant false stories on the Iran deal with reporters that they would run with no questions asked.  So who planted the story?
 
The Roy Moore story has a familiar ring and methodology to it..........More
 
Jon N. Hall November 15, 2017

The allegations of sexual improprieties with minors against GOP senatorial nominee Roy Moore have created tumult in Republicans circles. Several sitting U.S. senators have opined that Mr. Moore is unfit to serve. We’ve even heard some wonder whether Moore, if elected, should be seated...........The refusal of the United States Senate led by Harry Reid to seat Roland W. Burris fails that test............Mr. von Spakovsky made a solid case that the Senate does not have the authority to deny any duly elected senator his rightful seat.............If the U.S. Senate were to not seat Moore, it would surely set off a constitutional contretemps between the feds and a state, and the Senate would ultimately lose. However, the Senate does have the authority to expel its members, and expulsions are final, not appealable......More

 
 By Steve Flesher November 15, 2017 

Up until one week ago, the worst thing one could claim about Judge Roy Moore was that he stood for the Ten Commandments as a judge and ticked off the ACLU. While arguments exist constitutionally around that particular matter, Moore's actions in doing so were certainly not indicative of a man with a weak character who would exploit young ladies. In fact, he stood for something and risked losing a political position. Another matter that put Moore's political post at risk was his stance on marriage. Again, he didn't go along to get along. He stood for what he believes in. His steel spine is yet another objective fact we're able to consider. This is why Alabama voters trust Moore, who has proven himself when he promises to stand on important issues: religious liberty, securing our borders (which includes building a wall), the Second Amendment, protecting the unborn, etc.............More
 

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