♬Who can turn the right on with his bile?
Who can take a sunny day, and turn it into a big stinking pile?
Well, it’s you, Roy, and you should know it,
With each slur and with that tiny pistol, you show it. ♪
♫ They’ll slap you on the back and get all tribal,
So spread your hate around, and thump your bible.
It’s Alabama after all,
It’s Alabama after all. ♪
Senate Republicans say they know almost nothing about Roy Moore, their wildly controversial candidate in the Alabama special election. But they really, really want him to be elected to the Senate.
What about Moore’s history of racially insensitive comments? Haven’t heard anything. Homophobic remarks? Nada. Moore’s claim that some American communities are living under Sharia law? Crickets. Moore’s statement that 9/11 happened “because we’ve distanced ourselves from God”? Nothing for you on that. Moore’s assertion that Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress because he’s a Muslim? We’ll get back to you. Moore saying Mitch McConnell should be replaced as Senate majority leader? Uhh, zip.
The day after Moore handily defeated incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange — who was backed by both McConnell and President Donald Trump — his potential future Senate GOP colleagues insist they’re not aware of the years of inflammatory comments and actions by the Alabama jurist.
“I don’t know anything about Roy Moore,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). “If I’ve read anything he’s said, I wouldn’t have any recollection of it.”
“I don’t know him. I think I’ll leave it there,” said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who laughed when asked about Moore. “I supported Luther Strange.”
“I’ve never met the gentleman,” said Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson. “Being from Georgia, which is next to Alabama, I’ve heard his name in the Alabama Supreme Court. I know what I’ve seen on TV and what I’ve read in the papers.”
So what does Isakson think about Moore? “I like to keep my comments to my own.”
“He’s entitled to his opinion. This is America, you can believe what you want,” declared Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. Is Moore a racist or homophobe? “You’re gonna have to talk to him about that.”
Sen. Roger Wicker of neighboring Mississippi said he couldn’t recall whether he’d ever met Moore. And if he had, Wicker added, it was many years ago.
“I want to make sure we hold the seat. I want to make sure he wins in Alabama,” insisted Wyoming Sen. John Barasso.
“Who won? I wasn’t paying attention,” [Nevada’s Sen. Dean] Heller said. “I’m just worried about taxes.””He’s going to be for tax reform, I think,” volunteered Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. “I don’t know, I don’t know him.” [You have a gay son, Sen. Portman, and I bet you know that Moore compared gay people to goat-fuckers.]
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the lone African-American Republican in the Senate, said he “didn’t know anything about Roy Moore, and I’m not going to comment about anything I haven’t read about. … I literally have not followed that race.” [I would bet that he had plenty to say about your race, Sen. Scott.]
Alabama GOP Sen. Richard Shelby backed Strange over Moore in the race to replace now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Shelby, though, was less eager to talk about Moore’s record.
“Roy Moore is unique,” Shelby said cautiously. “A lot of people have history up here.”
There was one Republican who admitted to knowing about Moore’s record and not liking it — Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.
“Yeah, I know his history,” Flake said in an interview. “I’m obviously not enamored with his politics because that’s not the future of the Republican Party, that’s for sure.”
I guess Jeff Flake is what counts as Rethuglican courage these days. He dared to make a mealy-mouthed comment about someone who blamed the murder of little babies at Sandy Hook on Americans who have “forgotten the law of God.” Fuckers!