Twain had choice words for William A. Clark

When the Montana Copper King, William A. Clark, bought a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1899, the Senate hearing to unseat him was drawn out, disruptive of Senate business, and a national embarrassment. This is likely one of the reasons the GOP opposes the election of Roy Moore. How can the GOP eject a Sen. Moore and his ugly past without getting splattered with mud? If Clark's ordeal predicts the outcome of this one, the mud will stick.

Mark Twain said of Clark and we may well say of Judge Moore:

"He is as rotten a human being as can be found anywhere under the flag; he is a shame to the American nation, and no one has helped to send him to the Senate who did not know that his proper place was the penitentiary, with a ball and chain on his legs. To my mind he is the most disgusting creature that the republic has produced since Tweed's time."

— Carole Mackin, Helena