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A grim spectacle is unfolding in Alabama right now as the state's special election draws closer, and as the nation's collective visceral reaction to the horrifying revelations about Roy Moore's history of sexual abuse begins to wear off.
Polling numbers that had shown a big boost for Jones when the news first broke are now shifting quietly back in Moore's direction.
For Mitch Mc Connell, serving alongside a man who picked up girls in divorce court is a less objectionable proposition than serving alongside one more Democrat.
The latest polls show Moore holding a slight lead over Jones, but in this reddest-of-red territory, where Democrats' built-in partisan disadvantage usually proves insurmountable, even getting within the margin of error is a grimly surprising development.
None of these voices—Donald Trump, or Mitch Mc Connell, or Ted Cruz, or RNC brass, or Alabama politicians and pastors, or any of the right-wing media outlets who have decided to make 2017 the year that rejecting pedophilia became a partisan issue—are clamoring to take credit for Moore's revival.
And many of the impulses that are motivating some of his supporters—racism, xenophobia, sexism, populism, tribalism, and so on and so forth—are the product of complex, diffuse social phenomena that existed long before this one special election in Alabama.
A man who predates on young women might be seen as approaching the outer limits of acceptable conduct, but there are people who can find it within themselves to forgive him for going there.
One who predates on young men, though, would have ventured too far beyond them to come back.