YES HE SAID IT: Just to be clear, Billy Bush writes that the tape of Donald Trump talking about molesting women is no fake.
Sex dominates the political headlines.
Billy Bush writes an op-ed for the New York Times
to emphasize that Donald Trump
DID say those things about molesting women. He thought it was a put-on at the time; now he realizes Trump is a molester, thanks to credible accounts from many women.
Coincidentally, the Pussy Grabber in Chief took to Twitter
to fully endorse a creepy predator, Roy Moore, for the U.S. Senate from Alabama.
What's at work, of course
is tribalism. A New York Times sampling of voters in Alabama
finds many Republicans who don't like Roy Moore,
but won't vote for Doug Jones. Many say it's because Jones supports abortion rights. But it seems much simpler than that: Jones is a Democrat. Party branding is so strong in Alabama (and maybe everywhere) that individual acts can't defeat brand preference, determined by a range of issues including, but not limited to, abortion.
The branding is evident in Arkansas, too. It was only last week that a philosophy professor at Ouachita Baptist University
wrote that Alabama voters could justify a vote for Roy Moore over Doug Jones even if it's true that Moore had sexually assaulted an underage girl because Jones supports a woman's right to choose abortion. There you have a harsh reality: Brand loyalty means voting for a criminal over someone who professes support for a legal medical procedure.
Republicans are calling for Al Franken
to resign from the U.S. Senate, but majority leader Mitch McConnell says he'll leave it to the people of Alabama
to decide on Roy Moore's fitness to serve in that body. Brand loyalty at work again.
Maybe sometimes it really is NOT about sex, but politics. Some of the bedrock issues are rooted in sex and gender, however — comprehensive sex education, availability of birth control, abortion choice, same-sex marriage, LGBTQ discrimination, workplace equality.