Republicans have to deal with a Senate candidate, Roy Moore, who has been accused of plying girls with alcohol and touching them up. In Alabama the local GOP’s answer is simple. They deny he did it and besides most of the accusers were at least 16 – so fair game for a 30-something.

And that’s if the accusers are telling the truth anyway. Which they probably aren’t, as it has been forty years – and isn’t it an interesting coincidence that they should be making these assertions just as Roy Moore is running for national office.

Even though Moore has been known for years to be a fan of teen girlfriends. Although he did wait until his wife was 24 before marrying her at 38.

And even if he did do it, the local Christians have the ‘biblical’ argument. Mary was a kid when she and the much older Joseph, a carpenter (somehow that makes a difference) had Jesus. Which ignores that Mary and Joseph were married. And God and angels were involved.

And then there is Moore’s own defense of his high school trolling habits: “I always got the girl’s mother’s permission.” That is the standard of decency in Alabama? Really? All the mothers were good with it? No wonder he’s not dropping out of the race – the rules are apparently different in The Heart of Dixie.

“Ma’am may I touch your teenage daughter’s private parts”. “Yes, you may Roy, as long as she and you keep your undergarments on”.

Unfortunately for Moore, Alabama’s dating standards are not nationally recognized, so there is a revulsion factor. To the extent that Republicans realize there is electoral jeopardy. And moral degeneracy becomes a problem when jobs and power are on the line.

Some Republicans get it. John McCain said Moore should quit. Mitt Romney agreed, tweeting that ‘innocent until proven guilty” was for criminal trials. But the rest of the Republicans equivocated. Most said that Moore should go, “if the accusations were true” – which is the same as saying Moore should stay, as long as he denies it.

Sen. Pat Tomey (R-PA) signs on to the homegrown ‘why now after 40 years’ defense? Suggesting there may be substance to Moore’s whinge about a Washington Post/Democrat plot – but let’s flesh that out. Has anyone alleged these women have been paid? That they are left-wing moles? That they decided that public shaming was missing from their lives. No. As always the evil-doers are not rationally explained. It’s enough to mention their names.

Whatever happens in the election there will be a significant number of Alabamans who will not support the evil toad. But there will be enough that you have to ask yourself – what gives? I can only imagine that clanism takes precedence over decency. That your greatest – and apparently only – loyalty is your own, no matter what he’s done.

And that isn’t Christian.


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November 2, 2017

Republicans are shameless liars — especially when it comes to selling corporate care as populism. Take their tax cut bill. The cherry on the cupcake is the cut of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. This cash-back to business is sold as a ‘job creator’ and ‘wage booster’ — but the real beneficiaries […]

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Donald Trump Jr. Reveals the Downside to Monarchy.

July 14, 2017

You can give a man an education, put him in a good suit, and give him a decent haircut – but you can’t make him smart. Take Donald Trump Jr. A product of the Ivy League – and dressed like a “Wall Street” extra – he was given the tools to be a success – except […]

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Republicans Think Trump’s Expenses Are Just Jim-Dandy

April 16, 2017

During his presidency, Republicans ripped Obama for his travel expenses. Now that Trump is President  – and vacationing every weekend – his profligacy makes Obama’s bills seem modest. Then there is the cost incurred with the missus staying in New York. And the security costs of protecting Trump’s children as they jet around doing private […]

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Really? 1.5.17 – Marsha Blackburn: A Star Is Born. Lincoln weeps.

January 4, 2017

The new Michele Bachmann – Part 1. (What women don’t want) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) lacks the maniacal glint in her eyes that Michele Backmann so indefatigably displayed. However, she gives no ground to Bachman when it comes to crazy talk. Take women’s rights. Blackburn voted against the ‘2009 Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act’. She later […]

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What Happens if Trump Wins the Presidency?

November 6, 2016

Elections have results. Should Trump win the presidency, his happy band of warriors will celebrate. But now the easy part is over – and the governing has to start. And that is when the real tragedy begins. Conservatives have no more faith in Trump’s management skills than Democrats do. They will hope he turns over the […]

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The GOP Believes the Constitution Mandates Only Republicans Pick Supreme Court Justices.

October 29, 2016

After Justice Scalia died, conservatives were faced with a left-shifting Supreme Court. Obama wasn’t going to nominate anyone nearly as right-wing as Scalia. In reaction, Republican Senators took the extraordinary step of making up a new tradition – and ignored Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. Out of whole cloth, they created a new ‘rule’ – that […]

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Really? 9.30.16 – Biden Finds Trump Dumber than Palin and some other stuff.

September 30, 2016

Joe Biden said of Donald Trump’s debate performance “I’ve never seen anybody who knew as few facts.” Consider that this is a man who debated Sarah Palin. *********************************************** Fox contributor A. B. Stoddard makes an incisive point. While Trump complains about the media’s fairness and sources, he doesn’t take the next step. “He’ll rail against the reporter […]

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Does President Trump Worry Democrats or Republicans More?

September 29, 2016

Trump’s debate. Trump has made progress in the polls. His new management team has kept him relatively on message. His speeches have been more coherent. Republicans who had held him at arm’s length warmed to the idea that their candidate might win. The Senate looked safer. And the #NeverTrump movement became marginalized. Then he debated. What effect Trump’s […]

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