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Old joke from when my native Kentucky was a Democratic state:

senator roy moore

Republican: “You’d vote for the devil if he ran as a Democrat.”

Democrat: “Not if he ran in the primary.”

Not a joke from 2017 Alabama:

Democrat: “You’d vote for an alleged pedophile if he ran as a Republican.”

Republican: “Yep, in a primary, too."

In the Heart of Dixie, you can be an alleged child molester and a Republican in good standing.

Alabama GOP Gov. Kay Ivey said she had no reason to disbelieve the women who accused Republican senate candidate Roy Moore of molesting them when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers.

Their accusations are credible. Ivey is voting for Moore anyway in the special election on Dec. 12. “I believe in the Republican Party, what we stand for,” the governor said.

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Her GOP stands for shafting minorities, immigrants and women, turning the country into a reactionary Christian theocracy, busting unions, getting rid of laws to protect workers and the environment, and lavishing big tax breaks on rich people.

Republicans like Moore who have turned the party of Lincoln and Liberty into the party of Confederate revanchists, social Darwinists, white nationalists and reactionary evangelical Christians

By word and deed, Moore, 70, is a racist, sexist, misogynist, xenophobe, homophobe and religious bigot. He’s the incarnation of George Wallace, Lester Maddox, Theo Bilbo, Big Jim Eastland and the rest of the rogue's gallery of Dixie’s long gone, white supremacist Democratic demagogues.

Their spiritual heirs are Republicans like Moore who have turned the party of Lincoln and Liberty into the party of Confederate revanchists, social Darwinists, white nationalists and reactionary evangelical Christians who want to take a sledgehammer to the constitutional wall of separation between church and state.

Not surprisingly, Moore fans dote on Donald Trump, who got elected president despite his “grab ‘em by the pussy” brag on that videotape and accusations from two dozen-plus women that he sexually assaulted them.

Anyway, polls show Democrat Doug Jones, Moore's opponent, edging ahead. Veteran pundits and other observers of Alabama politics are skeptical that Moore can win.

I fervently hope the polls are right, but I fear they’re not.

A lot of Alabama white folks see Moore as the second coming of Gov. Stand-In-The-Schoolhouse-door Wallace, just as a lot of white folks in Kentucky—where I’ve lived all my 67 years—and nationwide see Trump as a Yankee Wallace.

After several days of keeping mum on Moore, the president says he believes the GOP hopeful and wants him to win. Moore has boosters in Kentucky, too. While Majority Mitch McConnell isn't on the Moore bandwagon, his fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul is.

Anyway, I saw a pickup truck--foreign-made--the other day with a Trump sticker on the bumper. I'd bet this month's Social Security check that the crew-cut white guy behind the wheel is a Moore fan, too.Clinging to the back window was a white sticker with the outline of a pistol and a bible and the caption: "Two things every American should know how to use...neither of which are taught in schools."

Berry Craig

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