I'd much rather be writing about Masterpiece Cakeshop and His Majesty Justice Kennedy today. I think in the scheme of things, that's the more important story. But we need to revisit, one more time, Roy Moore.
If you believe that all the evidence against Moore is fabricated, that these women never knew him, that the Washington Post and AL.com have engaged in an elaborate and meticulous fraud, then by all means, vote for Moore. And stop reading here. In fact, stop reading everything except Breitbart, Infowars and the National Enquirer. That's all the news you'll need from now on.
If you believe that there's something to the stories from 35-40 years ago with Roy Moore, but he's still "a good man" and therefore deserves your absolution and your vote, then by all means, vote for him. If you believe that Moore's denials are less than believable but his vote in the Senate is more important than his character, then vote for him.
But if you are still undecided on the evidence, or perplexed by Moore's flip-flops on his story, then this should put things in perspective for you.
Debbie Wesson Gibson is one of the women who told her story to the Washington Post about dating Roy Moore. Recently, Moore denied knowing or dating any of the women, after telling Sean Hannity that he did remember Gibson and Gloria Thacker Deason.
Gibson told WaPo that she was in her attic pulling down Christmas decorations last week and came across an old storage bin that contained a scrapbook from her senior year of high school, and found a graduation card from--guess who--Roy Moore. Now, before you go off into "how convenient" and all those conspiracy theories (if you're still reading), let me tell you this is a perfectly believable story.
My own wife goes into the attic around this time of year to haul out the Christmas decorations. She also has bins of old high school stuff up there. If she was so inclined (having been the subject of a national story might incline her), she could pull out yearbooks and other items from her senior year. This is perfectly believable and in context it makes sense.
What doesn't make sense is that Moore told Hannity he remembered Gibson and Deason and called each of them "a good girl." Gibson said she dated Moore when she was 17 and he was 34 and was proud of it until the other women's accounts came out.
Moore's denials sound more like a particular Arkansas native who was president in the 1990s.
At a Nov. 29 rally at a church in the south Alabama town of Theodore, Moore said, “Let me state once again: I do not know any of these women, did not date any of these women and have not engaged in any sexual misconduct with anyone.”
But the women said Moore knew them, Moore dated some of them, and Moore touched a 14 year-old inappropriately. Moore is the one who has changed his story. The women have not changed theirs. The evidence is mounting here.
“Happy graduation Debbie,” it read in slanted cursive handwriting. “I wanted to give you this card myself. I know that you’ll be a success in anything you do. Roy.”
How much evidence will it take before people start believing that something happened, and that Moore is fibbing or using sophistry to evade the truth?
It's no surprise that President Trump, and now the RNC have lent their support to Moore, after the RNC withdrew after the initial allegations. The election is in one week. Moore is losing ground again, though before today I'd have said he would still win.
I think this revelation calls Moore's truthfulness into further question by people who have given him the benefit of the doubt. But if he continues to change his story and vacillate, he will continue to lose more voters and supporters. It's a no-win situation for Roy Moore unless people in first three categories (those who believe in the big conspiracy, those who forgive Moore regardless, and those who think party politics is more important than individual candidates) all show up to vote and take the day.
But it's going to be very close, and Moore could lose. If Moore loses, those who backed him to the end have nobody to blame but themselves. The evidence has been mounting for a long time.