Yesterday Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for senator in Alabama who had been off the campaign trail and hiding for the past week, emerged to hold a final rally before the vote today. Olivia Nuzzi was there and says that it was fittingly weird, and in attendance were well-known Republican loonies: Steve Bannon, Representative Louie Gohmert, and Sheriff David Clarke.
They trotted out the usual ‘fake news’ charge to deflect from the allegations that Moore has a creepy fixation with very young girls and sexually abused one who was just 14 years old. As to the other charges of racism and anti-Semitism, Moore’s wife Kayla even brought out the cringe-worthy cliché defense of ‘some of my best friends are Jews and/or blacks’, probably not being aware that nowadays that is actually evidence of having prejudicial beliefs and is only said ironically.
“Fake news will tell you that we don’t care for Jews,” she said. “One of our attorneys is a Jew. We have very close friends that are Jewish and rabbis and we also fellowship with them.”
She added, “Fake news would also have you think that my husband doesn’t support the black community. Yet my husband appointed the very first black marshal to the Alabama Supreme Court. We have many friends that are black and we also fellowship with them in church and in our home.”
Since this is Alabama where older men preying on very young girls is considered a Christian thing to do, it is likely that Moore will win. The polls have been slightly favoring him and while it would be unwise to place too much faith in polls in such a volatile and highly charged race, there are people who will vote for him but are too ashamed to tell pollsters that. There are also, likely fewer in number, those who will vote for his rival Doug Jones but will not tell pollsters that they are voting for a Democrat in such a fiercely Republican state. So the polls are likely underestimating Moore’s support and he may well win comfortably and become a US senator.
Just in case he wins, Wisconsin Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore has written a letter to the office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, the administrative body that runs the Senate, asking them what precautions they are taking to ensure that the teenage girls and boys that are employed as pages to run errands and carry messages around the long hallways of the Capitol building are protected from Moore if he should be elected.
The Wisconsin lawmaker said she was concerned about Moore’s potential interactions with the high school juniors who make up the Senate’s pages, and asked whether the office was preparing for his possible election.
The rules stipulate that pages must be at least 16 years old. The program dates to 1829; women were allowed into the program beginning in 1971.
The program has been at the center of controversy before: The page program in the House, which was canceled in 2011 after the body’s leaders said it was made largely obsolete by email and other technological advances, was rocked by two sex scandals.
Reps. Gerry E. Studds (D-Mass.) and Daniel B. Crane (R-Ill.) were censured for having sex with 17-year-old pages in separate incidents in the early 1980s and in 2006. Mark Foley resigned after it was revealed that he had sent explicit emails and messages to current and former male House pages. Leaders vowed to improve the program’s oversight at the time.
Yes, folks, this is what the US Senate, the body that brags that it is ‘the worlds greatest deliberate body’ without any evidence whatsoever to support the claim and plenty of evidence to the contrary, has come to, having to ensure that its members be monitored to prevent them abusing young people.
If you can stand it, watch this video of twelve Alabama voters justifying their support for a pervert. Even Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who convened this focus group, seems incredulous at what he is hearing.