The Hill reports from Alabama as Colorado political water-cooler denizens experience a strange sense of deja vu:
Republican Roy Moore says he completed a lie detector test after the Alabama Senate election concluded to prove the allegations of sexual misconduct are untrue as he seeks to challenge his loss to Democrat Doug Jones.
“Also provided in the complaint is an affidavit from Judge Roy Moore stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming the representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false,” Moore’s campaign said in a Wednesday press release…
Moore, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, has defiantly refused to concede in the Senate race — despite President Trump urging him to accept the results.
Earlier this month, as our readers know all too well, accused serial sexual harasser Rep. Steve Lebsock proclaimed his innocence of the charges leveled against him by 10 or more women who worked with him in the Colorado General Assembly based on the results a self-administered polygraph examination. For Lebsock, the claim that a polygraph examination offered anything like proof positive of his innocence was quickly laughed off by every responsible media outlet in the state. Again quoting KUNC’s Bente Birkeland:
Lebsock paid $350 for the polygraph test. While he said it completely exonerates him, an expert in the validity of polygraph testing said the test “doesn’t have much credibility.”
“The tests themselves are not supported by scientific evidence,” said William Iacono, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota.
He has served as an expert witness in 50 trials and published many papers on the topic.
“They have a weak foundation in terms of their accuracy,” Iacono said, adding “and then one that is arranged by the person to serve their own benefit is one certainly that shouldn’t be trusted.”
To be clear, we’re not trying to suggest failed GOP U.S. Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore relies on “scientific evidence” for anything–and his similarly unscientific supporters, desperate for anything to justify having supported Moore, will no doubt be completely satisfied. They would probably be okay with sheep entrails if you could convince them it was a Christian thing.
As for everyone with critical thinking skills, this only shows again why Moore didn’t deserve to win.
It shouldn’t even be necessary to point out what this does for Rep. Lebsock’s credibility, especially with his (nominally) fellow Democrats, but suffice to say Lebsock now has about the most dubious company possible in his defense against allegations of serial sexual harassment. Perhaps Lebsock will now leap to Roy Moore’s defense, which would be…something.
Stay tuned, in both cases we probably haven’t hit bottom yet.