All the typical Republicans are jumping off the Roy Moore bandwagon at the first sign of trouble like they always do. On Monday, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for Moore to drop out of the Senate race to replace Jeff Sessions after decades-old allegations surfaced claiming Moore did sexually inappropriate things with teenage girls.
If that’s true. Obviously, he should step down. The problem is that there’s no real way to know if these allegations are true. The Washington Post, who initially broke the story, has zero credibility. Also, it is impossible to ignore the fact that these allegations didn’t come out until Moore was roughly a month out from a landslide Senate victory. Like it or not, politics is a blood sport and there’s no question that it’s possible these allegations are false. Again, Moore has no business running if they are true.
McConnell, Orin Hatch, and all the other establishment types have jumped ship. So has John McCain who has clearly established himself as nothing more than an attention starved political opportunist. War hero? Yes. Good senator? Not even remotely.
Here’s what McCain said.
The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 9, 2017
What a lot of people seem to forget about John McCain is that he’s been a womanizer for decades. In fact, he was accused of sexual misconduct during his 2008 presidential campaign and he immediately dismissed the charges.
From Western Journalism:
In February 2008, The Post and The New York Times published stories alleging McCain had had an improper relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman. The stories both related that the senator had developed a close relationship with the lobbyist who had business before the Commerce Committee, which he chaired.
The severity of the allegations against McCain regarding Iseman were clear. He was potentially using his position in government to do favors for someone, who was at least his friend. At worst, she was his mistress and the senator was engaging in public corruption.
Clearly these allegations would be “disqualifying” not just for any seeking the highest office in the land, but for serving in the senate — if true.
After the piece was published, McCain’s campaign team swiftly issued a statement describing the story as “gutter politics,” and clearly part of a “hit and run smear campaign.”
So, let’s get this straight. When McCain is accused, it’s a smear campaign. When Moore is accused. The women must be believed and the allegations are disqualifying.
Little bit of a double standard there?
When John McCain was a POW in Vietnam, his gorgeous wife was seriously injured in a horrible car accident. When McCain was released, he came home to a wife who was in very bad physical condition and who had gained a lot of weight due to the lack of mobility from her injuries. What did McCain do? He left her for a richer and younger woman.
From The Daily Mail:
When Carol was discharged from hospital after six months of life-saving surgery, the prognosis was bleak. In order to save her legs, surgeons had been forced to cut away huge sections of shattered bone, taking with it her tall, willowy figure. She was confined to a wheelchair and was forced to use a catheter.
‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens…it just does.’
Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centred womaniser who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.
McCain was then earning little more than £25,000 a year as a naval officer, while his new father-in-law, Jim Hensley, was a multi-millionaire who had impeccable political connections.
But Ross Perot, who paid her medical bills all those years ago, now believes that both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is unusually slick and cruel – even by the standards of modern politics.
‘McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory,’ he said.
Definitely read that whole Daily Mail piece to get the whole picture.
The bottom line?
McCain has no business playing morality police in this race.