After reports about his alleged predilection for teenagers, Roy Moore’s Alabama campaign is becoming a national issue. But ultimately, his Senate race is about persuading voters in his own state.
“It doesn’t matter what we think,” Glenn said on today’s show. “It only matters what the people of Alabama think.”
Glenn and Stu also talked about the basic principles of conservatism that Republicans are leaving behind because they simply want to “win.” When it comes to governing, Republicans have so far failed to keep their promises to repeal Obamacare, pass tax reform and fight for the average American. Where is their credibility now?
“I want to win elections … but I’m not going to pay any price to win elections,” Stu said.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: You know, Stu just said to me, you know he’s going to end up winning. I think he’s going to.
STU: He probably will.
GLENN: I think he will. I think the people of — of Alabama — I mean, think of this, this is the reason why — one of the reasons why our Founders made sure in the Constitution that all of the senators were — were picked by the people in their state. And each senator was picked by the —
STU: The state legislature.
GLENN: Yeah. The state legislature. So we reversed that. With progressives, we reversed that. Why? To make every Senate campaign a national election.
Well, that’s not what it was for. They were to make sure that they defend the state. It’s changed everything. But also, it has involved all of us in something that we have nothing to do with it. We have — we can sit here — I can sit here in Texas. You can sit in Utah or California or New York, and we can all talk about this all day long. It doesn’t matter what we think. It only matters what the people of Alabama think.
And I think the people — I just have this feeling that — remember how the Democrats dumped all of that money into the Georgia election?
STU: Yeah. Yeah.
GLENN: Okay. And they dumped it all and said, “This is going to be a big deal and everything.” And what happened? The local people were like, you know what, screw all you people. Don’t come into our town and tell us what to do.
I think that might happen in Alabama.
STU: Yeah. Sean Trende is an elections analysis, and we’ve had him on before. Really smart guy. Over at RealClearPolitics. He said this — tell me this isn’t exactly what’s happening, not only now, but in past elections as well. And I think it’s a really understandable response.
He says: I don’t think you can underestimate the degree to which many conservatives have this attitude. A, we fought a battle over whether character counts, and we got our asses handed to us. And, B, liberal leaders always circle the wagons around their guys, and ours always cave.
STU: Both of those things I think individually are true. But to me, it adds up to something that we should try to resist.
GLENN: Yeah. Yes.
STU: An instinct we should try to fight against.
GLENN: We don’t want to be — we don’t want to be them. Otherwise, you have no — otherwise, you have no credibility. They don’t have any credibility with us. They can’t ever make any inroads with us because they have no credibility. You can’t talk to me about, oh, how much you care about women, Hollywood, when you’re — when you’re defending all of these monsters and hiding them. You can’t do it. You can’t preach to me about ethics and how women are, you know — have powerful males over them. And even if it’s consensual, it’s not really consensual, and then defend Bill Clinton. You can’t do it. But they do.
I don’t want to be that person. I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to defend people who are doing things that, you know, are slimy. I don’t want to — I don’t want to be that person.
STU: And I think the battle there is, people will say, well, look at what that gets you. It means you lose.
If that’s what it gets me, that’s what it gets me. I want to win elections. I want to — sure, yes. That’s all true. But I’m not going to pay any price to win elections.
GLENN: Let me ask you this: That’s what it gets you. Okay. If we don’t stand by our principles, if we don’t stand by and say, “No, I don’t care if this guy can win, he’s got to have principles,” where does that get you? First of all, we have no credibility. We now as Republicans — and I’m not a Republican, thank God. But now the Republicans — and I’m afraid too many churchgoers and too many religious people and just blanket conservatives, now have lost all credibility to be able to stand up and say, “Hey, this is wrong. Morally, this is wrong. What are we teaching our children?” You can’t say that anymore.
You not only have lost that. But you also have — well, let’s talk about Texas. We’re for small government, right? Did we get that? Are we getting a giant tax cut?
No. Because the guy — the guy who we elected doesn’t really believe in that stuff. He’s not a champion of that stuff. He just wins.
Well, he’ll take a win. But it’s not really a win. Not for conservatives. Not for small government. Not for low tax people. That’s not a win.
How about — give me the audio of the guy from the Pentagon? This is the new guy representing the DOD.
STU: Oh, yeah. Yeah. This is the Trump nominee for the DOD.
GLENN: Okay. So here’s a guy that Trump is putting in, at the DOD — now, he’s talking about guns. This is our champion. Listen.
VOICE: I’d also like to — and I may get in trouble with other members of the committee, to say, you know, how insane it is that the United States of America, a civilian can go out and buy a fully semiautomatic assault rifle, like an AR-15, which apparently was the weapon that was used. I think that’s an issue, not so much for this committee, but elsewhere.
GLENN: Wait. What?
STU: Huh. Wait. What?
GLENN: This is the guy that Trump is appointing? What? That’s not good.
And if you don’t think that we are not entering a time where there is massacre after massacre, and instead of going after, one, the laws that have loopholes and closing all of those loopholes, two, making sure that the law is actually enforced every time, three, we go and examine the message health in this country, and four, we look at domestic violence. That’s what’s happening in our country.
Now, we’re doing the same thing with guns that we are doing now with radicalized Islam. We are looking for any other reason, other than their religious belief. We’re looking for, what did we do? What can we do? Maybe we should have grandma go through an anal cavity search at the airport. Instead of saying, no, it is the religious belief of these crazy people, that believe they have a right to enslave people that don’t agree with them and kill people that they deem infidels. That’s the problem.
But we’re looking at every other place. And we’re going to do the same thing with guns. A battle is coming — and I’m telling you, if Donald Trump can appoint that guy in the Department of Defense, he thinks that’s okay to have a guy who says, “Semiautomatics, I mean, how can you possibly have a semiautomatic?”
STU: It’s insane that a regular person could go buy — how could we let regulars go into stores and buy things like that?
GLENN: What is that? What is that? So did you really win? Because you’ve lost all credibility. All credibility. You can no longer say, we have the high moral ground. We’re America in the Middle East. That’s what — that’s what conservatives are now. We’re America in the Middle East. We talk a good game. But we don’t actually stand for anything.
We get in, our guys, we’ll just accept everything.
STU: And, look, there are costs to some of these things. Sometimes standing on these values does have costs. You could lose elections. You know, there’s — a very defensible with Roy Moore is if you don’t believe these people. If you go through this and say, I don’t believe any of them, and here’s my reasons why, that’s a defensible position. If you believe them, but eh, I just want to win, that’s not a defensible position to me. But, I mean, you make your own decisions. I think if you look at it though — we talked to Johnnie Moore yesterday, you brought up the Middle East. We talked to Johnnie Moore yesterday. Look at what people will sacrifice for their principles around the world. He told the story about a family who had a letter sent to him by a terrorist, that basically threatened their lives.
GLENN: Didn’t basically. Said, we will behead you, unless you convert.
STU: And they wrote back —
GLENN: I’m sorry. Crucify you.
STU: Wrote back to the terrorist — now, I can’t imagine wanting to respond to that mail. And said, you know what, we’re never going to convert. And actually, you can come kill us, but please don’t kill us through crucifixion, because we’re not worthy of that punishment, because that’s really about Jesus and it’s a little bit above us. So please don’t kill us that way. But kill us any way you need to. Come on over whenever you need to. Because they were so dedicated to their faith. They were willing to give up that cost. And were like, eh. I don’t know. An Alabama Senate seat. I can’t — it’s too much. It’s too much.