If you were a writer for a political satire website, and you submitted Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore as your version of caricature of a right-wing politician, a good editor would send it back.
He'd say, "This is too much — it's every pejorative stereotype rolled into one character."
Moore is a fan of the "birther" theory, which alleges former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and that his U.S. birth certificate is a likely forgery.
In reference to all the murders committed in 2017, Moore said that "we've asked for it" because the country has become more secular.
Moore also voiced admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin recently after he was told they both believe gay rights issues have made the U.S. basically "the focus of evil in the modern world," the same phrase that Ronald Reagan once used to describe the Soviet Union.
Moore also believes there are certain communities in Indiana and Illinois where Muslim Sharia law is the law of the land. It's unclear whether he believes Sharia is being practiced by Christians or Muslims. It makes no sense at all, really.
And yet, despite this target rich environment, MSNBC's Chuck Todd managed this week to make himself look even more uninformed and ignorant than the Republican senate candidate.
This is a real thing that happened.
"Roy Moore, where the phrase Christian conservative doesn't even begin to describe him, could very well be your next U.S. senator and if you don't understand just how freaked out some folks in the GOP and the White House are about what that means, then you don't know Roy Moore," Todd said this week during a segment introduction.
"First off," Todd added, "He doesn't appear to believe in the Constitution as it's written."
The network producers then rolled a clip of Moore saying, "Our rights don't come from government. They don't come from the Bill of Rights. They come from Almighty God."
Just to be clear, this is an obvious reference to when Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Also, let's not forget when John Adams wrote in his Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, "I say rights, for such they have, undoubtedly, antecedent to all earthly government. Rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws. Rights, derived from the great Legislator of the universe."
The idea that human rights flow from a divine creator was shared by many if not almost all of the drafters of the U.S. Constitution — which, by the way, contains no language suggesting that our rights come from government or any sort of man-made institution.
Back to Chuck Todd: "Now, that's just a taste of what are very fundamentalist views that have gotten him removed from office twice as Alabama's chief justice."
Of all the insane and irresponsible things Moore has said over the years, this was the thing that Todd chose to highlight as an example of the GOP candidate's "very fundamentalist views"?
With a news media like this, let me be the first to say: Congratulations, Sen. Moore.
(h/t Alex Griswold)