This may be wading into somewhat dangerous territory here, but bear with me for a moment, because the I think the case of Roy Moore may be even worse than you already think it is.
First let me say this, if a grown man of 32, a man who was prosecuting criminals as an assistant District Attorney, had any kind of sexual contact with a child, that is completely reprehensible. He should be thrown in jail. People have been branded as sexual predators for life (thanks to politicians like Roy Moore, actually) for having sex with underage partners even though they themselves were barely over legal age. So Moore should be facing a criminal investigation.
Having said that, please indulge me when I say that it seems to me that there is something even more deeply disturbing here. It is contained in the “defense” of Moore by a colleague, Jim Zeigler.
Basically, what Zeigler said is that thirty-something Moore was actually seeking out high school age girls to date and marry. Let that sink in a moment.
This is not a case of some horny old goat who can’t tell the difference between a 22 year old college student and a 17 year old girl. Wanting to have casual sex with someone younger than yourself, as long as it is consensual, is legal and perhaps even understandable.
But thirty something Roy Moore didn’t just want a quickie with a younger woman. Thirty something Roy Moore was actively seeking high school aged girls to have a relationship with. He wanted to hang out with them, chat with them, hold hands with them and kiss them. Thirty something Roy Moore wanted to spend all his time with and marry a high school aged girl.
Consider the story that is getting all the attention. Moore sees a girl who is clearly underage — she is still with her parents! The girl is clearly facing family trouble, she is in court. Moore seeks her out, not for some kind of titillation, but to have a relationship with her. And not a big brother mentoring kind of relationship. He wants to date her and groom her for marriage. Ugghhh. Roy Moore is obviously a deeply disturbed individual.
Zeigler’s “defense” of Moore says that this is basically how Moore met his current wife. And in fact the age difference between Moore and his wife is exactly same as between Moore and the women named in the original Washington Post Story. So Zeigler is, in fact, totally confirmed the Post’s reporting.
You really have to ask why a thirty plus year old man wasn’t yet married. Hmmm. And why did he think he would be more comfortable with a girl, rather than a woman of his own age and education? And did he use his position to target girls who were having family or personal troubles as the Corfman case seems to indicate?
What deficiencies in his personal relationship life was he trying to cover up by trying to date completely inexperienced, naive, possibly troubled girls? And yes, it is totally speculation, but I am going to go there anyway…Is it possible that Roy Moore is actually attracted to men? Roy Moore might be gay?
Whatever the case may be, Roy Moore clearly has some deeply warped ideas about relationships and sexuality. But we knew this.
No wonder he was such a terrible judge and will make an even worse Senator.
But hey, he’ll vote for the enormously unfair Republican tax plan, so the Republicans will welcome him into their club, no matter how sick he is.