Less is Moore

Dave Schuler (from Chicagoland) points out the following lessons of the Alabama special election:

1. Don’t chase after girls half your age.

2. Don’t even be open to the charge that you’ve chased 14 year old girls.

3. The bad or just dumb things you’ve done in the distant past can come back to haunt you, even if you’ve been given a pass on them for 30 years.

4. Don’t support a bad candidate for strategic reasons.

5. Don’t double down on your support for a bad candidate for strategic reasons.

6. There are some boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed even in presumably rock-solid states.

Anent item number two, Randy Newman says:

They say that money
Can’t buy love in this world
But it’ll get you a half-pound of cocaine
And a sixteen-year-old girl
And a great big long limousine
On a hot September night
Now that may not be love
But it’s all right

Newman wrote that at thirty-five, which strikes me as an age when you might take entirely too much interest in teenagers. Not that I’d know anything about that, of course.

The rule for robbing the cradle, as I learned it in the Deep South, was a minimum of half your age plus seven years. If your eye is on a 14-year-old girl, you need to be, um, at least 14. Damn math.


  1. McGehee »

    15 December 2017 · 11:46 am

    I stand by what I said the other day:

    Moore should have been able to weather the storm, but the fact is, he’s a bit of a fruitcake.

    Whether people believed the allegations or not proved to be less damaging than the manner in which he addressed them.

  2. jsallison »

    15 December 2017 · 9:00 pm

    After having seen what my slightly younger sisters put their wannabe suitors through, I said to myself,’self, I said, what they have on offer is so not worth the BS. A smart guy would wait til the stupid twits grow up. And I did, didn’t actively start seeking a relationship til I was 32 and ultimately proposed to a woman 3 yrs my senior. We’ve been married 27 yrs to date, so far so good. :) My sis’s, otoh, are still idiots relationshipwise.

    I’ve heard that the ideal candidate wife for a hubby to be should be half his age, plus seven years. At this stage that’d make her my daughter’s age. Can you say creeeeeeeepyyyyyy? I can. ;) Methinks Judge Moore forgot the ‘plus 7’ part.

    And then: Forget it Jake, it’s Alabama.

  3. ETat »

    16 December 2017 · 7:09 am

    There is a Russian saying of someone sanctimonious: he wants to be more saintly than Pope.
    That’s what Rep Party is. That should be written on their tombstone .

  4. Holly H »

    18 December 2017 · 12:32 pm

    Generally, it’s best to marry someone about the same age. I think it’s just as weird for France’s president Macron to be married to a much older person, as the other way around. It’s short-sighted and unsustainable, to marry way older or way younger. Nature will not be denied.

  5. CGHill »

    18 December 2017 · 6:47 pm

    Dear Cupid:

    Could you knock it off with the cute 30-year-olds already? It’s not gonna happen.

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