Hamilton used the word “pedophile” incorrectly throughout the debate. It is not a synonym for child molester. It is not a legal term and has no place in a discussion of legal consequences. She uses the word as she does deliberately. She knows that it produces a visceral response in people, and she uses that; it is a form of manipulation. Her total approach was based on emotionalism and sensationalism, and while the abuse of a child is an emotional issue, the response to it should not be. Visceral and emotional responses to specific instances of serious criminal behavior are what got us where we are in the first place.