Roy Moore and the end of Republican credibility

Only a few weeks ago, the media was awash in stories about “the Republican civil war” pitting limited-government conservatives against less-principled tribalists and who simply want to win at any cost. Roy Moore may well represent the final straw for principled conservatives. The GOP has manifestly failed to shrink the size, scope, and spending of government every time it has run the roost; this year’s failure to pass a repeal-and-replace Obamacare bill, let alone a sensible budget, is more salt in those wounds. Given his lack of ideological coherence or commitments (not to mention his pussy-grabbing comments), Trump was bad enough. A Senate seat isn’t as big a deal as the presidency of course, but it may well be the cherry on top of the shit sundae that the Republican Party has become. What comes next is anybody’s guess, but here’s hoping that the “clarifying effect” of all this is an actual commitment to shrinking the state and limiting its power in all aspects of our lives.