“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggone it, women want me to feel them up while they’re sleeping on airplanes.”
Roy Moore, Republican candidate in a special election to fill Jeff Sessions’s Alabama Senate seat, is credibly accused by about half a dozen women of having thrust his attentions upon them when they were teenagers and he was a district attorney in his thirties. One woman says he partially undressed and groped her when she was 14; another says he forcibly groped her in his car. Ivanka Trump, referring to Moore, said there is a special place in hell for pedophile predators. But the Alabama GOP, and many conservatives, lack the moral sensitivity of the first daughter. (President Trump has indicated his support for Moore, though he apparently will not campaign for him.) Moore backers offer various arguments: He deserves a presumption of innocence — but that’s in a court of law, and the public can make its own judgments in life and in politics. The accusers kept silent for 40 years — but how many small-town kids will challenge a local DA? Do you want a Democrat to win the seat? Don’t run a creep, then. It were better for Moore that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he be cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. And it were better for Moore’s besotted backers that they show some moral discernment.