What does it take for someone to get on a public platform and literally say "I'm with the child molester!"
How can an individual have such a repulsion to the Democratic Party that they consciously side with a pedophile instead?
I guess we'll have to ask Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who says she plans to vote for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. This despite Ivey saying “I have no reason to disbelieve any of them [the women]" and will still vote for Moore because "we need to have a Republican in the United States Senate" in order to maintain a majority, and thus confirm conservative appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Roy Moore remaining defiant, saying he will not drop out no matter what, is one thing, but the governor throwing her support behind him has taken this dark narrative to new depths. Every time you think the Roy Moore saga hits rock bottom, the bottom drops out and it sinks way lower.
There are nine Roy Moore accusers, and by the time you read this, we could be up to #10 or #11. If you think Moore is repugnant, and he is, it's still nothing compared to his enablers and apologists. Between the Governor, the State Auditor, the goofy newspaper op-ed writer, and the Alabama GOP leadership, it's clear that his support system is even more immoral and delusional than he is.
Then there is his significant other.
The wife of Ray Moore, Kayla Moore, basically characterizes a combination of the title protagonist in the 1993 HBO movie The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom with a Rush Limbaugh show listener call-in, an All Lives Matter Facebook Group discussion board and The 700 Club.
She gave a speech at a #WomenForMoore rally (with a tiny turnout) that was pretty much a dive bar cover band performance of any Sarah Palin and Donald Trump stump speech.
Kayla Moore played most of the #MAGA and Evangelical political platform hits, treating the Constitution, the news industry and just the notion of facts and truth in the same manner that a baby treats a diaper.
By the way, the uber-Christian Kayla Kisor was already divorced, and 14 years younger than Moore when they married in 1985. Even before the very first woman, then just a girl, accusing Roy Moore of sexual misconduct came forward, he was well known within the state for trolling malls and high school football games, trying to locate his next object of lust.
The fact that this was common knowledge, and yet his career continued on an upward trajectory speaks to how this is a completely systemic issue, not just a Roy Moore issue. It's quite similar to Penn State University and their football program.
The issue went well beyond just one individual child sex predator, in their case Jerry Sandusky.
At PSU, the even bigger problem was Joe Paterno and the school higher-ups who were complicit to the Sandusky crimes.
Getting back to Alabama, Moore was booted off the state Supreme Court not once, but TWICE, and yet he still keeps failing upwards worse than George W. Bush, Tomi Lahren and Lane Kiffin combined. State officials have known exactly who he is for decades and they still can't stop him.
That's the aspect of this story that's truly scary- he seems to have reached the Donald J. Trump level of teflon.
Moore might be a creepier, older real life version of Wooderson, the character played by Matthew McConaughey (whose infamous signature line is "That's what I like about those high school girls, I get older- they stay the same age" ) from Dazed and Confused, but he might just win.
The polls have him dropping like a rock, but we should all be skeptical. He may be several points down now, but you really can't trust those numbers to be indicative of the actual result come December 12.
We just learned this lesson, yet again, the hard way on November 8, 2016.
Moore is every blatantly hypocritical holier than thou individual you have ever met but his jailbait fetish has not ruled out his chances of winning and he knows it. That's why he's staying in.
Kayla Moore got on the stump and claimed that she spoke for the state of Alabama, believing her Christian theocratic ideals were a reflection of the 22nd state's electorate. That section is awkward, don’t know how to fix it.
Let's hope that's not the case.
Roy Moore and his, as Right Wing Watch put it, "history of extremism, both well-known and little-remembered, from his opposition to a Hindu prayer in the U.S. Senate to his close relationship with a neo-Confederate, Christian nationalist debt collector to his support for criminalizing homosexuality" has not been a deal breaker.
Will his extremely dark and twisted version of a Lolita complex finally be the straw? If it isn't how can we look at the state of Alabama the same way ever again?
All this time we've made Florida the national butt of all our state jokes. If Roy Moore wins in a little less than a month, it's not just their disgrace. It's a major national crisis and a frightening problem for all of us!
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune corporation blogging community Chicago Now.
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