Over at Esquire.com political raconteur extraordinaire Charles P. Pierce doesn’t just drop a dime on the morally repugnant reaction of many in the GOP to the Roy Moore story, he drops the Comstock Lode on their pointy heads and doesn’t ask for change….
He begins by asking where Jeff Flake has been lo these many decades…
Come on, Republicans. Is this who we are? This cannot be who we are. https://t.co/Fp0xnwOdqz
Ã¢ÂÂ Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 10, 2017
…informing the apparently clueless Junior Senator from Arizona:
“The fact is that Roy Moore is very much who the Republicans are. He is representative of a fanatical splinter of American Protestantism that has accounted for a great deal of the success enjoyed by modern conservatism and the Republican Party for over four decades, and there always has been dark sin at the heart of that success.
The rise of what used to be known as “the religious right” did not begin with the legalization of abortion. That’s a nice story that the various Bible-banging charlatans would like you to believe. No, the institutions that would nurture and produce the religious right were the white-only Christian academies and universities that sprang up in the South as part of the massive resistance to desegregation—the churchgoing end of that strategy. The religious right was not born out of opposition to Roe v. Wade. It was born out of opposition to Brown v. Board.
There was always something wretched in its founding that invariably asserted itself in our politics. Dishonesty and camouflage were its primary sacraments. As part of their bargain with these people, Republicans and conservatives agreed tacitly to overlook these things, and so they became accustomed to overlooking everything until, today, alleged pedophilia of the most grotesque sort is the latest thing to be overlooked in the cause of tax-cuts and the restriction of women’s reproductive rights.”
You hear that, Jeff?
The modern Republican Party was re-founded from bigotry and hatred of black Americans that Democrats rid themselves of in the 1960s and only after graduating a generation or two of Americans from its lily white Christian academies did it move on to forced birth, bankrupting the Treasury and defending pedophiles.
And , sadly, but not surprisingly, Jeff, your party is now, in Pierce’s brilliant summation – “if-then’ing themselves into incoherence” in support of the perverse toy store cowboy Roy Moore.
What you can do to redeem yourself, Jeff Flake, if not the organization you no longer recognize as your own, is to launch an Independent bid for the Arizona Senate Seat next year to deny another Robert Mercer/Steve Bannon backed loon from swelling the festering cyst the Republicans call a Congressional delegation.
Mr. Pierce has his eye on you… and his keyboard at the ready.