He Did It Because She’s Queer?

Remember the good old days when Samuel Johnson wrote that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel? Would that it were still true today! These days, the last refuge of a scoundrel–Mary Moriarty, in this case–is far worse.

We have written repeatedly about Moriarty, the Hennepin County Attorney, and her misadventures, most recently including the prosecution of a Minnesota State Trooper for what was obviously an act of self-defense. Moriarty is a good example of a public official whose political commitment is so strong that she can’t see facts and events in any normal fashion, and thus makes terrible decisions.

After Moriarty’s persecution of Trooper Ryan Londregan collapsed, it was reported that far-left Governor Tim Walz had been on the brink of taking the case away from Moriarty and giving it to Attorney General Keith Ellison. It was not obvious to me that this would be an improvement, but the impending move may have played a part in Moriarty’s decision to abandon her bigoted prosecution.

So how does Moriarty see these events? Naturally, being a leftist, her instinctive defense is that she is a victim:

Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty complained publicly again Tuesday that DFL Gov. Tim Walz treats her differently than her male predecessor because she’s a queer woman….

The top prosecutor in the state’s most populous and busy county talked at length about her critics, including the governor, delegitimizing the system. [Ed.: Not her, mind you–the system!]

She said the criticism was personal as well. “I never saw this happen to my predecessor,” she said in the interview. “Why is the governor treating me this way? Why is the governor questioning me is something I’ve asked myself and others quite a few times.”

When asked why she believes that to be the case, Moriarty said, “I think it’s because I’m a queer woman in this role. I think it’s because he looks at the political winds and which way they’re blowing and I think that’s what he reacts to, which is horrible.”

If Minnesota’s political winds have been blowing against queer women in the last half-century, I haven’t noticed it. On the contrary. In fact, my own Congresswoman is, as Moriarty put it, queer. And the remainder of the linked Star Tribune article consists of tributes to Tim Walz by other DFL politicians, who say (I paraphrase) that Walz is the most pro-queer politician in America. It could be true.

Ms. Moriarty should take a lesson from this: identity politics are the Democrats’ stock in trade, to be indulged in without restraint when it helps to win elections. But if an office-holder (here, Moriarty) does something so profoundly stupid that it threatens to cost the Democratic Party votes, identity politics won’t save her. There are limits, and–belatedly–Mary Moriarty is discovering them.

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