(and the alleged victim’s prior unwillingness to tell her story does, in my mind, tend to boost her credibility) But how does Roy Moore go about proving his innocence?

We’re to demand he drop out of the race and just disappear whether he is innocent or guilty?

This does not make Corfman’s allegations true, but it does offer a plausible non-political explanation for why she didn’t come out until now.

What does she get out of making these accusations against Moore? Besides, if you have spent any time talking to sex abuse victims, especially if they were kids when the abuse happened, you have no trouble at all understanding why they stay quiet for years.

Seems to me that she had nothing to gain except hatred and grief, which lots of conservative Alabamians and others are piling onto her. It could be that Corfman felt emboldened by what’s been happening since the Harvey Weinstein allegations broke — in the same way that scores of victims of Catholic priest sexual abuse came forward after the dam broke in Boston.

from the Catholic Church’s gutting of its own moral credibility because of its own sex abuse scandal.

It is possible — unlikely, in my view, but possible — that Roy Moore is not guilty of what Corfman alleges.

Addressing a gathering at the Huntsville Christian Academy in Huntsville, Ala., on Sunday night, the former judge suggested that he was investigating his accusers, threatened to sue The Washington Post and called on the United States to restore its culture by going “back to God.” “We can be proud of where we came from and where we’re going if we go back to God,” Moore said at his second public event since The Post reported the allegations of misconduct last week.

“If we go back to God, we can be unified again,” he said.

Just 28 percent said the allegations made them less likely to vote for Moore and 34 percent said the allegations made no difference in their decision.

So, while national Republicans are cutting themselves off from Moore, Alabama Evangelicals are either doubling down on him or don’t care — 71 percent in all. Pat Toomey today repudiated Moore, saying that we will likely never know for sure what happened between Moore and 14-year-old Leigh Corfman, but her accusations of sexual assault are more plausible than Moore’s denials of same — especially given that Moore conceded the other day that earlier in his life, he had a thing for much younger women.

From a Democratic perspective, Moore is the Platonic ideal of a Republican poster boy in 2018.