If you want to vote for the lesser of two evils, then you would vote for the Democrat in Alabama, for the US presidency.

The Federalist published an article by a Christian studies professor at Ouachita Baptist University arguing for Alabama voters to vote for “the lesser of two evils”–by which he meant Roy Moore. Christians supporting a corrupt liar and sexual degenerate guilty of assault? Wouldn’t be the first time they’ve done it in the past two years.

After both questioning the heavily-substantiated allegations and stating that the allegations are probably true, he eventually gets to the meat of his argument:

If one can’t vote for someone who is better (that is, less bad or less evil) or who is equally bad but has better policies, then one should opt out of politics and the voting process altogether!

That sentence, itself, is absolutely true! So why do conservatives and Republicans–including the writer himself–never follow it? To wit, why, if he thinks we should vote for the lesser of two evils, did he write an article expressly advocating for voting for the most evil candidate (“Why Alabamans Should Vote for Roy Moore,” it is titled).

A lot of conservative Republicans are so extremely partisan that they think the very fact of one being a Democrat is the worst thing anyone can do in the world. For eight years, a not insignificant amount of conservatives have been discussing whether Obama is “evil or incompetent,” without considering whether maybe he thinks allowing poor people to have health insurance by redistributing income is good for the country. He might be wrong about that, but that doesn’t make him evil.

In 2009, the most widely-listened-to conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Obama was “demolish[ing] the America we know and love” faster than al-Qaeda. Eight years later, a major candidate for president, Marco Rubio, said it on the stage of a Republican primary debate. When asked if Obama was “intentionally trying to destroy America,” Rubio’s spokesman said, “Absolutely.” That view is shared by rank of file Republicans: 36 percent of Republicans classify the Democrats as “a threat to the nation’s well-being” versus 27 percent of Democrats viewing the GOP as such.

Research confirms that both parties in America have moved closer to the extremes over the years. But Norm J. Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, who wrote a book on the subject with Thomas E. Mann, argues “Polarization Is Asymmetric—and Conservatives Are Worse.”

A survey of economic confidence before and after the election found such a shift in partisan viewpoints, based on nothing but the election results. The percentage of Republicans who thought the economy was getting better increased by 33 points. Democratic confidence in the economy decreased, too, but only by 15 points.

Even David French, while arguing against voting for Roy Moore, said, “I’m not urging any person to vote for Doug Jones, [the Democratic candidate].” He “would never vote for a pro-abortion politician.” That Jones supports abortion rights was also the only argument the prof had against him. He also makes a disingenuous attempt to cast Jones as particularly extreme on the issue of abortion. Jones holds the same position most Democrats hold and not far off that of the majority of Americans (79 percent support abortion being legal in some or all circumstances). Abortion is a subject tied to faith and religious beliefs that true-believing Christians aren’t going to give ground on easily, but at its end it’s a political issue–not a moral issue that strikes at the very heart of a candidate’s character and competence to decide on other political issues.

David Horowitz, when asked, “What kind of crime would be horrific enough for you not to support a Republican perpetrator against a Democrat?” responded, “Rape, murder, molesting a pre-adolescent child.”

Considering Moore committed one of the very acts described–and appears to have attempted another one–we probably know who Horowitz would vote for if Charles Ng were somehow released from prison and won the Republican nomination, Horowitz would vote for him. Or, more to the point, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

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