Unusual filled the seat that was open when Jeff Sessions left to become the attorney general. Then-Gov. Robert Bentley appointed unusual in the interim.
But let's be clear: The allegations reported yesterday in The Washington Post are carefully sourced.
"There's a very unusual propensity of sexual allegations to suddenly become politically useful in the run-up to an election, or when someone stands up for the principles of the republic, like Clarence Thomas, and needs to be taken down", said Sebastian Gorka, a former White House adviser who became a Fox News contributor this week.
"Like most Americans, the president believes we can not allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person's life", Ms. Sanders said.
Vice President Mike Pence also "found the allegations in the story disturbing and believes, if true, this would disqualify anyone from serving in office", said spokeswoman Alyssa Farah. As senators headed in for an afternoon vote on a Transportation Department nominee, reporters swarmed Republicans in a bid to get their reaction.
"I'll always vote for him", said 28-year-old Erica Richard, of Altoona, Alabama, adding that she wouldn't change her mind even if the allegations of sexual misconduct are proven true. Twice disbarred, and routinely disrespectful of the Constitution, Roy Moore was unfit for office before these allegations came out.
The intensity of the reaction may partly reflect lingering bad feelings from the primary contest between unusual and Moore, held in late September.
Every day Moore remains in the race is a day where Republicans - already reeling from across-the-board losses in the 2017 election that can be directly traced back to President Donald Trump's unpopularity - watch their brand further deteriorate.
Republican lawyers and strategists in Washington were engaged in a furious search Thursday for creative ways around that restriction, seeking a loophole that would allow the party's leadership in the state to anoint a new candidate.
On the ground in Alabama, some Republicans were willing to downplay the allegations. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. "They're blessed with a wonderful marriage and his wife Kayla is 14 years younger than Moore", he said.
In the small eastern Alabama town of Heflin, a handful of people interviewed by the AP indicated they were indifferent to the allegations if not disbelieving of them. "I think it's sinister".
"The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal -- even inflict physical harm -- if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me".
So now Alabama voters have a choice: an accused child molester versus Doug Jones, a Democrat who successfully prosecuted two Klansman for killing four African-American girls.
Some Republicans are so fed up with Moore's behavior that they'd rather lose the seat - which would make the possibility of a Democratic Senate in 2019 more likely - than have to deal with him any more.
I know that a lot of people wonder why this story was written. "So I just wonder if it's, you know, maybe these are just the times we are in right now".
Leigh Corfman, an Alabama woman, states that the former Alabama Chief Justice made sexual advances on her when she was 14, removing her clothes and fondling her through her underwear.
"Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says". On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and trousers and removed his clothes. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. "Please just get this over with".
"The Moore campaign never asked if they could use Sen". John McCain, whose statement did not include a "if true" caveat. "The legal drinking age in Alabama was 19".
The state's statute of limitations for bringing felony charges involving sexual abuse of a minor in 1979 would have run out three years later. They did not have sexual intercourse, according to the report.