“Go get ’em, Roy!”: Republicans finally show their true, dishonest, and immoral colors

If you donate to the RNC, you’re supporting an accused child molester.

– Susan del Percio, Republican strategist on “Morning Joe,” 12.5.17

The news was both stunning and indicative of what the Republican Party has become. Donald Trump finally cut the pretense and openly endorsed Judge Roy Moore’s bid for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat in Alabama. In the wake of the Presidential endorsement, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced it was back in the game and firmly behind Moore. Having previously pulled its support from Moore in the wake of allegations that he was a child sexual predator in his 30s (and banned from a mall in Gadsden, AL, because he was creeping on teenage girls), the RNC decided he wasn’t so bad after all.

So he tried to seduce a 14-year-old girl; who in Alabama hasn’t done that at some point??

I rarely watch MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” I don’t have a lot of respect for the hosts and their finger-to-the-wind politics…and I’m rarely not awake that early. For some reason, I was wide awake at 3am PT and decided to turn on MSNBC. It was the most depressing hour of television I can remember. Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski, who initially supported Donald Trump, spent the time lamenting what the Republican Party and the President it supports have devolved into.

The GOP used to be- or at least reasonably effectively portrayed itself as- the party of morality and decency. The election of Donald Trump and the party’s support for Judge Roy Moore has revealed that’s it’s only ever been about one thing- power. If it means supporting the most dishonest, unprincipled, and hypocritical President in our nation’s history, so be it. If it means supporting a Senate candidate who may well be a sexual predator and a pedophile…well, you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, eh?

The underlying theme is that principles are for losers and Liberals…and they certainly don’t win elections.

Judge Roy Moore is a life-long Alabamian and committed, constitutional conservative who has stood up for liberty and religious freedom his entire career.

– Judge Roy Moore’s Twitter bio

Republicans have chosen to cast their lot with liars, hypocrites, religious zealots, and sexual predators. Why? Because they win elections…and you can’t redistribute wealth upward if you don’t have Republicans in office. Whatever their personal failings may be, it’s really all about political power. Republicans have demonstrated repeatedly that their commitment to principles such as integrity and morality is a sham which crumbles when it comes time to win elections.

The question that Scarborough and Brzezinski appeared to be wrestling with is whether this is where the GOP finally dies, where it demonstrates once and for all that it’s a party with no principles. When good and decent Republicans are deeply disturbed by what their party has committed itself to, it’s hard not to agree. GOP leadership, particularly after Donald Trump’s election, has shown itself willing to hold its collective nose and stand behind their men. Trump and Moore may not be their preferred choices, but they’re what the party has…and they’re still better than seeing Democrats in power, eh?

IS this where the GOP dies? Will it’s flexible situational ethics and fungible morality finally prove its undoing? Or will the party find a way to continue to successfully demonizes Democrats which papering over their own considerable moral failings?

I’m no longer willing to believe we’ve scraped the bottom of the barrel…because it’s become clear this barrel has no bottom.

Nice work, America.

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