A plurality of Alabama Republicans nominated Roy Moore, a judge famously removed, twice, from his office as chief justice of the Alabama supreme court, as their candidate in the upcoming election to fill Jeff Sessions’s Senate seat. Moore’s appeal lay mainly in his promise to offend the sensibilities of the great and the good in Washington. He has a talent for saying things that incense the elite—that “the transgenders don’t have rights,” that parts of Illinois and Indiana are under sharia law—but he is not otherwise accomplished. He is a small, countrified Trump.

Now Moore faces credible accusations that he preyed on underage girls, and his circumlocutory denials seem to confirm the allegations’ truth. They won’t end his candidacy, however, because the people who invested most heavily in outsiderism and the benefits of “disruption” can’t bring themselves to believe what everybody else can see clearly: that they’ve backed a fraud …

We understand … that there was never any hope of persuading President Trump to disavow his support for Moore. The president, as he amply proved in his responses to the Charlottesville riots last August, is constitutionally incapable of condemning anyone, no matter how awful, who has praised Donald J. Trump.

This sudden addiction to troublemaking has been called “populism,” and maybe it is. The populisms of the past, however, had content—a set of ideas or ideals, however imperfectly expressed. The new populism looks like nothing more than a perverse need to outrage the nation’s bien pensants.

(The Weekly Standard)

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Any doubt about where the Economist stands on this race?

Okay, then: the title is “Doug Jones against the darkness.”


I long ago ceased being enough of an Anglophile to care what anyone in England thinks. I’ll neither grovel for their approval nor flash them the bird.

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“Liberal education is concerned with the souls of men, and therefore has little or no use for machines … [it] consists in learning to listen to still and small voices and therefore in becoming deaf to loudspeakers.” (Leo Strauss)

There is no epistemological Switzerland. (Via Mars Hill Audio Journal Volume 134)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.