GOP Hypocrisy: Harvey Weinstein vs Rob Moore
So there are different classed of GOP response.
1. The Alabama Republicans are basically saying: I don’t care if it’s true or not Roy Moore is a Republican and I don’t want a Democrat.
It’s the ‘Who cares if it is true?’ defense. I guess you have to at least give them credit for honesty.
2. The national mainstream GOP response is: ‘This is terrible if it’s true.’
But who knows if it’s true or not?
Kellyann Conway played this card in her CNN interview on This Week this morning:
“I said very early that the conduct as described should disqualify anyone from serving in public office, and I’ll stand by that,” Conway told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz in an interview Sunday. “Everybody should know that conduct is disqualifying.”
So how will we decide ‘if it’s true or not?’ Presumably we’re supposed to wait for a trial. But, look, at least the GOP is totally consistent: when Harvey Weinstein was accused they said ‘Gee, we don’t know if it’s true or not so let’s not rush to judgement on Harvey Weinstein.’
I’m kidding, of course. In the case of Weinstein he was universally treated as guilty until proven innocent in the court of public opinion-and certainly the GOP and MSM presumed it.
Now with Moore it’s ‘It sounds bad but let’s see if it turns out to be true or not.’
Mitt Romney-now that he’s out of elective office-has the right answer:
“Mitt Romney waded back into the political spotlight yesterday, becoming one of the few prominent Republicans to call for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step down amid allegations he initiated sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl — and spurring speculation that the 2012 GOP nominee might try to position himself as a moral leader within the party if he runs for a Utah Senate seat next year.”
“I absolutely think he would represent a moral voice — and I don’t think he’d be afraid to use it,” said Dan Hemmert, a Utah state senator and an organizer of Recruit Romney, an official draft PAC that launched Thursday promoting a petition to urge the former Bay State governor to run for U.S. Senate. “I just think he’d represent a voice that seems muted right now in national politics, perhaps a little more rational, more reasoned, a little more thoughtful and a little less political, frankly.”
We’ll see how long Mitt can remain ‘a moral leader’ if he does get back into politics. Usually the key to a Republican showing integrity is he’s out of office.
Kellyann in her interview seemed to want to claim that the media paid no attention to Bill Clinton when he was in office(!)
Evidently she was beamed up to Mars during the Clinton years.
But that’s a case in point: nobody ever proved Bill Clinton guilty of sexual misconduct-his relationship with Monica Lewinksy was consensual as she herself emphasizes in her actually very interesting recent writing.
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