Chattanooga Softball Gets Alabama Regional With Alabama, Stanford, Murray State

Roy Exum: Roy Moore’s Set-Up

Monday, November 13, 2017
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

One of America’s greatest sages once observed, “It’s much easier to fool a man than it is to convince him he’s been fooled.” And before Will Rogers charmed us with that one, the great Mark Twain admonished us to “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” So I reckon that’s why my doubt gauge is blinking bright red after the Washington Post published a story on Thursday that alleged famed Alabama judge Roy Moore had sexual encounters with little girls about 40 years ago.

It seems to me something like that wouldn’t have stayed bottled up for this long, particularly with as colorful a life as the judge has led in Alabama. But now that he holds a double-digit lead in Alabama’s hotly contested Senate race that is less than a month away, the timing of such a revelation is downright peculiar. What’s worse is that this is almost what we feared would happen during this era of rancor and hate.

Judge Moore has vigorously denied any wrong, saying such allegations are "very hurtful to me personally -- I have the highest regard for the protection of young children." He also denied he has ever provided alcohol to a minor and has given his word that he has "not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone."

The Constitution of the United States – which Judge Moore has upheld for decades -- flatly declares a person is innocent until proven guilty but the lawmakers in Washington seem to have misread it. “Look, I’m sorry, but even before these reports surfaced, Roy Moore’s nomination was a bridge too far,” said Tennessee Senator Bob Corker when, in truth, Bobby would have been far better served keeping his mouth shut unless…well, unless the GOP choir boys needed Corker’s Southern clout to stage a bogus set-up.

Think for a minute. The story just broke Thursday but by yesterday every Republican in Washington should have been flagged for piling on. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was on CNN and said with a trace of worry, “It appears that there is a significant issue here that needs to be addressed … if the allegations prove to be true, he should step down."

On another network, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway sang her verse. "The President and others in the Republican Party have made clear that if the allegations are true, this man should step aside," she said on ABC. "But I've gone farther than that, and I've reflected something the vice president said as well, which is everybody should know that conduct is disqualifying."

What? If “conduct” is disqualifying in Washington – versus viable proof – we might as well send everybody home on a one-way ticket.

But it was Senator Pat Toomey, (R-Penn) who was so full of himself he tipped the GOP ‘hold cards.’ Toomey was on “Meet the Press” when he allowed that "Luther Strange would be a strong candidate for a write-in.”

But -- wait -- Strange was President Trump’s choice for the key Senate seat before the state’s former attorney general was soundly defeated by Judge Moore in the primary. Brother, what we have here is a bridge getting longer! Toomey even gave a peek of the final act. “We've got a 40-year-old allegation that is unprovable, probably," Toomey explained as the stage lights dimmed for the sinister end of Judge Roy Moore.

"Despite that, many of us are suggesting that the preponderance of the evidence seems to support the accuser and, therefore, many of us, I'll speak for myself, would prefer for Roy to step aside. I think that's a responsible way to approach this," Toomey said and, oh my goodness, I don’t know how he kept himself from smiling like a Cheshire cat.

Isn’t it odd that with everybody in Hollywood claiming they were groped, it suddenly and without warning came Judge Moore’s turn with the election less than four weeks away? If I were the rulers of the Republican Party I would demand better script writer than this, lordy goodness!

Seriously, what’s keeping some covey of women from alleging Senator Corker, Senator Toomey or Secretary Mnuchin touched any of them 40 years ago? Each would instantly deny it, just as the Judge has done, and while those women could never prove it, would it still disqualify any of the men for such behavior? Please, if you never did it, how can you misbehave?

“I’m not an expert on this issue, but what I would say is people should investigate this issue and get the facts,” the Treasury secretary said. “And if these allegations are true, then absolutely, this is incredibly inappropriate behavior.”

Excuse me! I say this is an incredibly inappropriate response by our leaders in Washington. Roy Moore graduated from West Point, served our nation as a combat officer in Viet Nam and has been re-elected by the people of Alabama time after time after time. He and his wife have four children of their own. This entire ruse is preposterous and, man, “innocent until proven guilty” definitely has no behavior loophole.

Don Graff wrote a newspaper article in which he stated, “It is not good news that the news business in this country is not in such a good repute with the people of the country these days. The press, if we are to believe what we hear, is widely regarded as arrogant, overbearing, biased, and obsessed with sensation and more interested in getting a story than in the rights of individuals and the interests of the nation.”

On Sunday a story broke that some lady in Alabama was offered “thousands” by a writer at the Washington Post if she would say Roy Moore acted like some pedophile 40 years ago. The woman said she would not. But she now says she has a tape on the conversation. She claims she sent it to the local district attorney in her county.

She didn’t give it to the FBI because … well, the FBI is making its own news. Add she is one of a growing number who are increasingly distrustful of where Corker, Conway, and Toomey stay. But she told a friend she still has the original tape because it’s like Carl Sagan, the noted astrophysicist, once said: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

Now, you can either believe this hastily drawn GOP chorus or you can believe Judge Roy Moore with his 70-year track record. But come what may, believe this: Bobby Corker is going to darn sure wish he had kept that “bridge too far” tucked away in his hip pocket by the time the curtains are drawn on Dec. 12.

royexum@aol.com


It's All About Competence

Roy Exum: A Fair Trial

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies


Joe Biden’s answer to no COVID test kits during the December 2021 surge was, “I wish I had thought about ordering 500 million tests two months ago” (ABC News, Dec 22, 2021). Move ahead to ... (click for more)

I have undergone more surgeries than anyone I know. I am also among those who are lucky enough to have discovered that the hero nurses become your best friend when things go sour. Because of ... (click for more)

HENNY YOUNGMAN QUOTES * -- "Doctor, my leg hurts. What can I do?" The doctor says, "Limp!" * -- I bet on a horse at ten-to-one. It didn't come in until half-past three. * -- A drunk ... (click for more)



Opinion

It's All About Competence

Joe Biden’s answer to no COVID test kits during the December 2021 surge was, “I wish I had thought about ordering 500 million tests two months ago” (ABC News, Dec 22, 2021). Move ahead to 2022. Joe’s answer, “If we’d been better mind readers, I guess we could have,” when asked if his team could have acted sooner to address drastic shortages of baby formula. (CNN, MJ Lee & ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Fair Trial

I have undergone more surgeries than anyone I know. I am also among those who are lucky enough to have discovered that the hero nurses become your best friend when things go sour. Because of my affection for those in the healing arts, it seems like I have worried about RaDonda Vaught for a long time. She is the Vanderbilt nurse who was just convicted on criminally neglect homicide ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Woman Gets 6-Year Suspended Sentence In 2018 Stabbing Death Of George Deramus

A woman charged in the stabbing death of 60-year-old George Deramus pleaded guilty on Monday morning to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. Tavowia Hinton, who was 49 at the time of the Dec. 2, 2018, incident, had been facing a charge of second-degree murder. She was given a six-year prison sentence, but it was suspended. Ms. Hinton was directed not to have any contact ... (click for more)

Florida Man Says Deal Should Go Through To Buy 6,161 Acres In Hamilton, Sequatchie Counties From Pattens

A Florida man has filed suit in Federal Court, saying he had a deal to buy 6,160 acres in Hamilton and Sequatchie counties from Bryan and Cartter Patten, but they are backing out of the deal. C. Lee Eggert, of Brandon, Fla., said the agreed purchase price was over $11.6 million. He acknowledged that he was being furnished the money by a logging company, Consolidated Timberlands. ... (click for more)

Sports

"I Just Want To Travel" - Pare Pene On To Big Things

The swishing of nets, the squeaking of sneakers, the bouncing of a basketball, the applause of the crowd and Pareunuora ‘Pare’ Pene’s voice echoing through McKenzie Arena. If anyone decided to put together a “soundtrack” of UTC women’s basketball over the last four years, those would be the essential elements. Pene’s cheers of joy and encouragement through the highs and lows ... (click for more)

Dan Fleser: Vols And Lady Vols Recruiting Has Changed

Used to be when someone like five-star prospect Julian Phillips signed with Tennessee basketball, the news would’ve been hailed as a rare achievement for the Vols. Not anymore. Likewise, the thought of Tennessee women’s basketball adding four transfers in one incoming class would’ve been unthinkable in years past. Times have changed. The recruiting of both Tennessee ... (click for more)