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