Anderson Cooper remembers: Ever since the stampede began, Roy Moore has been discussed within one context only.
Pundits have staged pleasing, but often incoherent, discussions of various sexy-time matters, including the fact that he married a woman who was only 24. The craziness of Moore's public career has gone almost wholly undiscussed.
Roy Moore's Big Crazy has been forgotten. Last night, like Pepperidge Farm, Anderson Cooper remembered.
Through some miracle, Cooper was granted a long interview with Janet Porter, a Moore campaign spokeswoman. For various reasons, the interview was unsatisfying—Porter evaded every question; Cooper interrupted too much—but the format let Cooper take us back through Moore's greatest Big Crazy hits.
Because our pundit corps simply luvvvs sex, none of these questions have been discussed in the past month. The Alabama candidate's Big Crazy has gone unexplored. For the record, here are some of the questions Cooper asked:
COOPER: He violated state and federal regulations, and he was removed from the Supreme Court for that, and then four years later he misled the judges by saying he didn't order probate judges not to marry same-sex couples. They said he was essentially lying.How about it? Does Roy Moore still believe that the United States is the focus of evil in the world? Because of our exciting panic, the public has been kept from hearing that Roy Moore actually said that.
COOPER: He said that those judges were radical homosexuals and transgendered activists. Do you really believe that the judges on the Alabama Court of the Judiciary are radical homosexuals and transgendered people?
COOPER: Does Judge Moore still believe that homosexual conduct should be illegal and that homosexuality is still the same thing as bestiality?
COOPER: Does he still believe that 9/11 may have happened because, "We distanced ourselves from God?" That's what he said in the past. Does he still believe this?
COOPER: Does he still believe an American citizen who's a Muslim should not be able to serve in Congress?
COOPER: Does he still believe that communities in the U.S. are being ruled by Sharia Law as he did in the past?...He said there were actually communities that are being run by Sharia Law. Does he still believe that?
COOPER: Does he still believe Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States?
COOPER: Does he still believe that the U.S. has become the focus of the evil in the world because the U.S. promotes things, in his words, like same-sex marriage?
Porter kept evading those questions last night. We thought these questions should be reproduced just to create a record.
Ever since November 10, our reporters and pundits have conducted a moral stampede concerning alleged behavior by Moore from the late 1970s. Granted, these topics are very exciting because they involve highly exciting sexy-time sex topics, with plenty of teenage dating thrown in!
The corporate suits who foul your world simply luvvv these exciting discussions—discussions where the actual facts are extremely hard to determine. In the process, the public has been kept from hearing about the crazy public behavior of the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama.
The GOP tax proposal has been moving through the Congress while we hysterics focus on Moore's forty-year-old dating behavior, which is often described in blatantly distorted ways. Somewhat similarly, George W. Bush got elected while the press corps spent two years inventing crazy statements by Candidate Gore.
People are dead all over the world because the press corps conducted that earlier scam/entertainment/payback. But so what? As part of our species' extremely low intellectual and moral capabilities, this is the way our corporate press corps prefers to play the game.
Lawrence praised Jack, while battering Roy for marrying such a young wife! Upstairs, the suits who covered for Lauer and Weinstein set up a very loud cheer.
Do you think this isn't the way it works? Who's naive now, Kay?
Despite what you hear from the Washington Post, where the only thing that counts is the dating, Moore has been charged, by two women, with two acts of sexual assault in 1979. Earth to "press corps:"
It's possible to discuss that fact while also discussing the blatant craziness of Moore's ridiculous public career.
Our cable pundits haven't done that. The suits don't want them to do that.
They prefer that we stick with the sex. While we're at it, let's all pretend that we're in a "watershed moment!"