There’s a special election for Jeff Session’s old Senate seat in Alabama and a runoff election will be held in a week to determine the Republican nominee.
Both Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are supporting the temporarily appointed Luther Strange, who by-and-large (and he is quite large) has kept quiet, lined up with the GOP on votes and not pissed anyone off during his brief time in DC.
Strange is an extremist. He’s against gay marriage and was quick to come to the defense of oil companies when he was Alabama Attorney General, even after Alabama was devastated by the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in 2010. He voted to rip away health insurance from tens of millions of Americans and he’ll likely do so again should the Graham-Cassidy monstrosity come to a vote.
But he, Ted Cruz and the cast of Deliverance are progressives compared to the other candidate in the Republican runoff: former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.
When it comes to Trump, some of the most degenerate thugs in his entourage have titles in front of their names. The “General” Michael Flynn is a modern day mercenary, a Benedict Arnold. The “Sheriff” is Joe Arpaio or David Clarke, a racist, camera-humping savage and a human rights abuser, respectively.
The “Judge” would join this group of gangsters (despite Trump’s support for Strange) and would fit in perfectly. On the campaign trail he’s already been stifling reporters and openly using racist slurs. He was elected as Chief Justice of Alabama in 2001 and then booted from the bench in 2003 after refusing to obey a federal court order to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama state Supreme Court. He was elected for another term in 2013, but was again suspended from his duties, this time because he disobeyed the United States Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide.
It’s pretty telling that Senate Republicans are already going on the record in a primary to say that Moore would be an awful Senator and wouldn’t fit in with the caucus. Let’s hope Alabama voters tell him the same thing.