Epilogue—Craziest candidate ever: Was Roy Moore the craziest candidate ever? Or at least since Judge Roy Bean?
Possibly not! That said, he was almost surely the craziest Senate candidate in the modern era. He made, and makes, Sharron Angle seem excessively sane.
Moore had been a major public figure since 1992. He had routinely engaged in crazy behavior as a public official—behavior that was crazy even by Alabama conservative standards.
He'd made endless crazy statements, a practice he maintained this month to the very end.
Yesterday, Moore was likely the only voter in Alabama who arrived at the polls on a horse. Aside from his wife, that is, who's a much better rider than Judge Moore is—or so said Mika Brzezinski this morning, in one of her angry rants.
Judge Roy Moore may have been the craziest candidate ever! That's why we were struck by what Vaughn Hillyard said on today's Morning Joe.
Hillyard may turn out to be a great TV journalist. At present, he's the very young NBC News reporter who was dispatched to Alabama to cover the Senate race.
What do we mean by very young? Hillyard is four years out of Arizona State (class of 2013). He's inexperienced, but telegenic. This brings us to his statement today, as seen on Morning Joe.
We were struck by what Hillyard said. In our view, it helps explain a horrible headline which appears on the front page of today's Washington Post:
HILLYARD (12/13/17): You guys, I'm not a man from the Deep South here. I haven't spent much time in Alabama until this last month, when I came out here the day the Washington Post broke the story, on November 9.Hillyard went on to make some fairly silly but on-script remarks about the things he's learned, "over these last five weeks," about Alabama.
Forget those fairly silly remarks. We were struck by Hillyard's statement, which we've heard him make before, about when he arrived in Bama.
Uh-oh! According to Hillyard, he was dispatched to Alabama on November 9. According to Hillyard, that was "the day the Washington Post broke the story."
There was no need for Hillyard to say what "the story" was. He was referring to the original Washington Post report about an alleged sexual assault by Moore, and about the famous jurist's dating habits circa 1979.
Full disclosure: According to Nexis, Hillyward was in Alabama on Tuesday, September 26, covering Election Night in the Senate primary. After that, NBC News pulled him back—until "the story" broke.
Here's the way we read that fact. We'll speculate a bit:
NBC News probably wasn't hugely concerned about the fact that Judge Roy Moore was the craziest candidate ever. Along with all the other big orgs, the network probably wouldn't have paid a lot of attention to the crazy statements and behaviors which have marked Moore's life in and around public office in the past twenty-five years.
By the standards of corporate news, that sort of thing is boring. But when the Post launched a good sex story, young Hillyard was on the next plane.
Over the next five weeks, he provided a youthful, telegenic presence in the deep red state. Early this morning, he closed his run with some fairly silly remarks.
We're commenting here about NBC News, not about Vaughn Hillyard. Sadly, we're inclined to link the network's love for "the story" to this front-page headline in today's hard-copy Washington Post:
"GOP nears deal to cut top tax rate for wealthy"Over the past five weeks, the boys and girls of the upper-end press have been in love with "the story." Again and again, especially on cable, they seemed to focus on Moore's dating habits from forty years ago.
The children love to talk about topics like this. More substantial topics bore them. The suits consider substantial topics to be deadly. This has been the norm in corporate news for at least the past thirty years.
They love to talk about sex—and, at one time, about drugs. They hate to talk about matters of substance. As they talk about sex and drugs and the like, they love to embellish, invent and disappear facts. This proclivity has now been extended to their new love, their love for virtue-signalling stances regarding gender and "race."
As they've entertained themselves in these ways, they've enabled a deadly war which changed the course of world history. They've enabled the massive looting which still characterizes our nation's health care "system."
And uh-oh! In their childish horseplay, they've also enabled the GOP tax proposal which may pass in the next week or so. Doug Jones won't be sworn in yet. He won't have a vote.
As that ludicrous tax proposal has been making its way through the Congress, the children have been talking about Judge Moore's long-ago dating habits, not excluding the scandalous fact that his wife was only 24 when the pair got married. But then, the children have been behaving this way for at least the past thirty years. At the upper end of the guild, they're quite well paid for their service.
As you know, it's all anthropology now! Through miracles of telepathy, future anthropologists keep sending us statements from the years which follow the nuclear conflagration they refer to as Mister Trump's War.
Our species simply wasn't up to the task, these gloomy savants keep saying. As we listened today to NBC's fresh-faced reporter, we couldn't say that these gloomy sprites necessarily have it wrong.
More to come: Clown college! Pathetically, Willie Geist-Haskell tries to discuss turnout rates.
Also, Kathleen Parker has heard enough from someone on Morning Joe.