This was an interesting article. In it, Jonah Goldberg demonstrates that he knows Roy Moore about as much as I know Gilmore Girls — which is to say, not at all. He goes through the usual curmudgeonly thinking and ends up doing only what an intellectually flabby and ignorant man can do — he critiques Moore from the left. Unimpressive, to say the least.
He throws federalism under the bus. (Basically, Alabama should elect a moderate so that McConnell’s job will be easier!) Yes, this was National Review. Uh, what?
He throws integrity under the bus. See above. I had no idea the whole point of elections was to make liberal republicans’ jobs easier. I had no idea that truth was expendable and we needed to go along-get along to make sure that liberalism continues unabated. Every state should send to the Senate what that state wants — period. The Republican party (a zombie organization if there ever was one) exists to serve the voters, not the other way around. In light of the chaos at the Republican presidential convention, I can hardly believe anyone is interested in making McConnell’s job easier.
He accused Moore of bigotry. Really? You think that being opposed to Islamification means you’re bigoted? Sorry but no. That line of thinking has long been null and void. Why don’t you go talk to Hirsi Ali or Geert Wilders? You have pull. Get them on the phone, Jonah. And if you don’t have specific evidence, then shut up and stop trying to smear someone.
He shows zero familiarity with the man’s past or his character. Knowing the subject is a prerequisite for talking about it. Go read his book. You know, I thought National Review writers did things like read? Moore is the real deal. He has the battle scars to prove it.
Goldberg shows an absolute ignorance of the magnetism of principle. According to his tired and bored perspective, principles aren’t worth fighting for (except maybe if you have the charisma of Churchhill), so we might as well not bother. Shut up you silly little colonists! Make King George III’s job easier!
This was a piece that would have fit just nicely in Huffpo. However, it was written for the National Review and that has a purpose — to cast doom and gloom upon a godly man, to fight for the status quo, to give aid and comfort to liberals. I know; I know. Why bother letting the people choose anything, because they won’t always choose (or have the options) of the most erudite, charismatic, intellectual, suave people ever? Principles don’t count — only appearance. I’m reminded of the war that our so-called-friends waged against the Tea Party.
Jonah Goldberg has become Karl Rove.