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I'm stunned that this is even a close race. How can so many Republican voters back a child molester to represent them at one of the highest offices of the land? Are they that blinded by party affiliation? I have to say, Hillary was right in referring these voters as as basket of deplorables. I'm only stunned by the fact that there are so many of them to make an election too close to call.
"Alabama’s Senate race is too close to call."
Doesn't that depend on what you're going to call it?
"Farce" comes readily to mind.
Roy Moore pursuing teenage girls is not his biggest sin (although it would be in the eyes of evangelicals if he was a Democrat, hypocrisy does not come any more blatant than this). What in any other state of the union would make him unelectable is his homophobia, racism and xenophobia. He is poor human specimen by any measure but him not being a "liberal" Democrat trumps all else in Alabama. I am sure there are many fine people in Alabama but even a significant number of those fine people live in a different mental universe than most of the US.
P*ssy grabbing didn't bother idiots in Alabama; why would sexual harassment of children bother them? To jackasses in Alabama, it's all fake news. Any reality these a'holes find unpleasant is fake news and a conspiracy by Obama or Hillary or Soros. Or all three.
You can't fix stupid.
As people vote for and Trump appoints horrible, malicious unqualified partisan hacks for senior government positions, they in turn hire horrid malicious unqualifed nepotistic sycophantic hacks into the civil service to the extreme detriment and degradation of everything that America is and could be in the future. Trumpism and all that that means is not a temporary aberration to be excised wholly when he leaves office. The repercussions of his presidency will last for a generation.
By "Why cannot TE have a balanced viewpoint and not the constant hate Trump invectives?" do you mean why can't The Economist be to the right of Faux News and Breitbart and spew out disgusting right invective fake news?
I thought so.
"One must admit, Roy Moore has hung in their thus far. "
It is easy to "hang in their (SIC)" when one completely avoids the press and basically only deals with sycophantic right-wing media...
Also, fine- let's completely omit any of these sexual allegations from judging his worthiness for office.
We still have a ton of other items- being removed from the AL Supreme Court, saying things like "God is the only source of our law" and "getting rid of every amendment beyond the tenth would be a good start", etc- that make the man wholly unfit for office.
the majority of American people and EC voted for when Donald Trump won the election as a Republican.
Except, of course, that while President Trump won a majority in the Electoral College, he did not have a "majority of the American people" vote for him. Not by several million.
And it is rather rich to suggest that electing Roy Moore would "stem the moral decay of our current culture." Roy Moore embodies moral decay. Or are you suggesting that he could be especially effective in working against it because he is personally so intimately familiar with it?
"Democrats will make him the running mate of every Republican office-seeker next year."
Wishful thinking. Nowadays, we cannot assume that even child molesting can sway the opinion of republican voters. They will vote on Trump's side nonetheless.
You sir are a hopeless tribalist. One of those who would vote for Trump even if he shot somebody on Fifth Avenue. In the words of your fearless leader,"sad."
Yes Jesus was all about using his position to force himself on young girls. I remember when he said, "Love thy neighbor unless they're gay. And about the poor, changed my mind, they're just takers."
Where else would you find people who are fine with someone who says:
"I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another.... Our families were strong, our country had a direction."
Well, at least it clarifies where he's coming from -- the days of slavery that the Confederacy failed to make permanent.
Couple of observations, Orange Sphincter pimp:
1. Nancy Pelosi isn't a candidate in Alabama.
2. Clinton isn't a candidate in Alabama.
The lawless pistol waving clown was TWICE thrown off the bench. He has no business being a lawmaker when he's a law breaker.
The lecherous monster in the White House is the unsurpassed model, all others are second rate clones.
Any time a bigot or sexual harasser wins or survives is a victory for Trump. Every time standards are further diminished works in his favor.
RIP, Constitution. Heil Trump!
Got it sodomy bad, child molester good or you just stick your head in the sand.
"Ain't no Yankees gonna tell us rebels how to vote! We ain't got no problem with p*ssy grabbing and we ain't got no problem with dating teenage girls. And besides, all them women is LIARS anyway."
You tell 'em, Bubba. Putin tooled your ass in the presidential race and now the Repugnican Parody is going to tool you in this senate race.
We may regret that Lincoln didn't let this American backward of inbred 'necks secede.
Putin is loving all this chaos. Putin kicked America's ass when he put Orange Sphincter in the White House.
"Why cannot TE have a balanced viewpoint and not the constant hate Trump invectives?"
So party loyalty is more important than sexual abuse?
I think not.
And say what you will about Clinton's philandering - at least he had the common decency to not go after children, which is more than we can reliably say about Mr Moore.
Moore's remaining supporters either minimize the importance of his behaviour, or they accept Moore's implausible denials. This is not that mystifying. Other people, too, have been willing to stretch the facts to suit their feelings. Journalists, loathing Moore and eager to demonstrate their fashionable horror of sexual offenses, have been calling him an alleged paedophile or (as here) child molester. He wasn't. He seems to have been a creep who seduced, coerced, and, at least once, grabbed at teenage girls. That should be enough. Exaggerating him into a bigger monster than he was is dishonest, and it plays into his hands: it makes the idea of a media conspiracy seem less delusional, and it reinforces conservative Americans' view of the press as the mouthpiece of the enemy tribe.
Anyway, Trump seems to have calculated that none of his fans will desert him just because he supports someone who's a bigot, a cretin, and a molester of young women. How could they? They do the same.
Because most Democrats feel its not the governments choice to make that decision for them.