Allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore continued to fire as the week began. Even in the minds of skeptics and some of his strongest supporters, there is now little room for doubt:
The evidence against Roy Moore is credible.
Reasonable doubt was acceptable in the first few days of this scandal unfolding. A rush to judgement is never wise. After all, the Washington Post is always looking to score points for the leftist agenda.
But, two things can be true at once. The Washington Post could be running this as a hit job, AND the allegations could be true. The media’s bias holds no bearing over whether or not Moore did the deed as pointed to by the facts.
What began as a convenient story told by a source obtained by the Washington Post and was rightfully subject to scrutiny has now been multiplied by a cacophony of corroborating evidence.
On Monday, a fifth accuser came forward alleging that Moore had stalked her when she was a senior in High School. He scouted her workplace every night and tried to catch her on her way out. Moore had also signed her yearbook, which she presented as a key piece of evidence to corroborate her story.
Moore claims he doesn’t know her.
Perhaps what was the biggest selling point for many conservatives who initially bombarded the Left for their rush to judgement on this issue was conservative radio and TV host Sean Hannity’s interview of the former judge.
Hannity grilled Moore on the accusations, refusing to give him an inch. Time and time again, Hannity asked him about every allegation down the list. Each time, Moore changed his tone slightly. Each time, the words were a little bit different. Each time, Moore became less and less confident.
The only words Moore used consistently were “I did not do anything illegal.”
Obviously, that does not rule out kissing, dating or pressuring underage women during his 30’s as a powerful state attorney. Moore’s rebuttal was simply unconvincing. It seemed disingenuous. Then, the fifth accuser came out with the most detailed, well-substantiated account of Moore’s advances nearly 40 years ago.
Many of the remaining die-hard conservatives have even conceded that it’s likely true, and that’s where the major problem lies. They would, if given the choice, still vote for him. This isn’t a problem isolated to any one side, it’s a major problem which exists on both ends of the American political spectrum.
The fact is, today’s divisiveness has led to the perception of those on the other side of the fence to be evil. Liberals believe Republicans are evil and Conservatives believe Liberals will ruin the country. This leads to a classic prisoner’s dilemma where the only choice is to pick the lesser of two evils.
Roy Moore is the example on the right, where many voters will still choose him over the Democrat because they feel that ceding the senate is too costly. Bob Menendez, a Democratic senator currently undergoing trials for corruption, as well as the Clintons are similar examples on the left.
The way we’re going, the character of our politicians won’t matter so long as they stop the other side. That’s a dark, dark road.