On "Meet the Press" this morning, yes, Republican Senator Pat Toomey indicated that Alabama Candidate for the U.S. Senate - Roy Moore - should step aside.
But more destructive than that was the shift in the language referring to Moore's situation.
As many know, the cloud hanging over Moore's political career is the issue of allegedly having sexual/romantic relationships with underage females. In the discussions of this on "Meet the Press," the language used included the horrific words: "molestation" and "pedophilia."
Of course, someone on the panel jumped in, but not all that aggressively, and clarified that one term, at least, "pedophilia," was not appropriate. After all, all the Moore had admitted dating underage girls, but it was, he added, always with their parent's permission. Such an admission does place him in dangerous rip tides. But, not yet in a state of flailing his arms and drowning.
Language, as every political strategist has down cold, is the most powerful weapon in blowing up the opposition. When he found himself saddled with the word "old" in his presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan flipped it during one of the national debates. Leveraging civility, he said he would not hold youth and inexperience against his opponent. End of that issue.
Those supporting Moore have a much more difficult task dealing with language such as "molestation" and "pedophilia."
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