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Roy Moore is a child sex offender. His accusers, in comingforth, are illuminating a very dark corner of the human experience,one in which we’re afraid to look because it is so painful. The patterns of behavior and technique of child predatorsare well established. Moore fits the classic paradigm of thepedophile to a tee. That is not the most burning issue right now.The most burning issue is why is this man still running for UnitedStates Senate? GOP strategist Rick Wilson is one of the peopletotally fed up and he wrote most compellingly today on thesubject.  RawStory:

“In a just and sane world, Roy Moore would have already beendisqualified,” Wilson wrote, referring to the multiple allegationscharging Moore with seeking out sexual relationships with underageand teenage girls. “But in the era of BannoniteRepublicanism, the gravity, credibility, and seriousness of theaccusations against Moore aren’t disqualifiers; they’re sellingpoints to a faction of the GOP intent on showing the world just howlow they can sink as a party and as humans.”

Wilson argued people within the Republican party who arecontinuing to support Moore are “driven by the cult of Trump-Bannonoutrage politics,” adding stories of the Alabama Senate candidate’s“teen predation is rapidly metastasizing into another tumor in thepolitical cancer that is consuming America from the insideout.”

“The throat-burning putrefaction rising off the corpseof the GOP’s moral stature is at its most pungent not justfrom Moore’s actions, but from the passionate chorus of hisdefenders,” Wilson wrote.

Wilson places the blame for the insurgence of this unqualifiedcandidate from the fringes not only of society but of all humandecency squarely where it belongs, on the shoulders of Steve Bannonand his Breitbart “war machine,” as he has characterized theoutlet.

“Some Republicans have taken the politically expedient andmorally vacant ‘if true’ position on Moore, which is a perfectexample of why Steve Bannon’s war to destroy them is succeeding,”Wilson continued. “MSNBC’s Chris Hayes got it exactly right when hecalled Bannon ‘the strategic genius who’s managed tomaneuver the Republican Party into being all in on a man who standsaccused of molesting a child.’”

That pretty much says it. The GOP owns this one.  At leastMitch McConnell has the political savvy to recognize dynamite whenhe sees it and attempt to defuse it. Unfortunately, he’s talking toa pair of mad bombers, Moore and Bannon and they don’t care who orwhat they blow up. That’s their forte.

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