New Moore accuser Beverly Young Nelson says he assaulted her when she was 15 and 16

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Monday November 13th, 2017

Does the involvement of Gloria Allred make her less credible? Hmm . . .

Up to now I'm thinking any benefit of the doubt Moore deserves is hanging by a thread. 

Now we've got a new accuser. She gives her name and she's specific about the accusation that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 15 and 16. She is willing to testify under oath. All that is very bad for Moore.

If there's any saving grace for Moore, and that's stretching it, it's that she's got hack Gloria Allred in tow. But at this point I'm not sure even that's enough to save Moore:

Allred's hackery is in rare form here. You don't just demand that the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a hearing within two weeks and threaten to talk to the press if they don't. And Allred's record of accusing Democrats is irrelevant. What kind of lawyer sits there when she's supposed to be representing her clients and goes on and on about herself as Allred does here?

Gloria Allred is a joke.

But even though that's the case, she's going to have a future career after today. I don't think you can say the same for Roy Moore.

All the detail she offers about the night Moore first offered her a ride and ultimately, as she alleges, assaulted her could be the result of Allred coaching her. That's the sort of thing Allred would do. The fact that they produced the yearbook with Moore's signature at least proves that she knew him and that he was a bit creepy in the way he expressed himself to her. (And why is a district attorney signing a high school student's yearbook anyway?)

This woman could be lying. I just can't, for the life of me, figure out why she would or what would be in it for her. This kind of attention isn't going to bring her anything positive at this point in her life. 

It would help her if she had told the boyfriend at the time and he could corroborate it. That would pretty much be the end of Moore. But honestly, I think it is anyway. What they offer today isn't enough for a conviction in a court of law - not by a longshot. But given everything else that's happened, it's more than enough to end Roy Moore's candidacy. I just hope he does indeed step aside, and that there's still away to replace him with Luther Strange or someone who can give the GOP a chance to hang onto this seat.

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