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Here's 'what about' Roy Moore that is different

Dana Milbank on

WASHINGTON -- Call the CDC. Alert the surgeon general and put the National Institutes of Health on standby.

We're having a severe outbreak of whataboutism.

In mild forms, the primary symptom is a vulnerability to false equivalencies. Virulent strains, such as the current one, can cause victims to lose all moral perspective.

After I wrote about the grotesque spectacle of President Trump and Kellyanne Conway throwing their support behind accused child molester Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate race, Trump fans answered with a flurry of whatabouts:

What about Al Franken?

What about John Conyers?

What about Bill Clinton?

"You write these words without even mentioning Conyers, Franken (who both need to go) and of course Bill Clinton," writes a retired Air Force colonel. "Crickets from you on a louse like Bill."

Another (of many) asked: "Where was your indignation and outrage due Bill Clinton? And how can you justify electing his enabling and complicit partner Hillary?"

I would have thought the best treatment for this faulty logic would be to ignore it, but it seems to be infecting the commentariat, too, to some extent: We are now hearing that the Conyers and Franken cases are muddying the waters and causing Democrats to lose the political high ground.

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