Yes, Alabama’s Roy Moore Is Going to Be a Senator

If someone had told me five years ago that former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore would eventually be representing his state in the Senate, I never would have believed you. Then again, had someone told me five years ago that Donald Trump would become president of the United States, I would have laughed. Now, both will likely be realities come 2017 — and you simply couldn’t have a Moore victory without Trump to pave the way.

The Alabama Republican primary has become yet another stand-in for the establishment versus anti-establishment battle waged within the GOP on a national level. Incumbent Senator Luther Strange has the backing of the D.C. powers that be, while Moore is the insurgent — the uncontrollable far-right challenger hoping to take him down.

Moore is an unapologetic theocratic hoping to use office to usher in Biblical law in the U.S. and undermine the “secular” laws of the Constitution. And despite that — or maybe even because of it — he will very likely win.

A major contributing factor — and one we will likely see more frequently as the far-right challenges their sitting GOP lawmakers in highly conservative states —  is that voters seem to have switched from a mentality of “devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know,” instead slipping into a viewpoint of “can’t be worse than what we have.”

When it comes to deciding between the lesser of two evils, voters appear to prefer shaking up the status quo. And that’s especially true in Alabama, where voters don’t seem to like either of their choices.

“The race to fill Jeff Sessions’s former seat has come down on the Republican side—the side typically expected to win—to a pair of tall, white, Christian men whom a surprising number of conservative Alabamians consider unfit for the office, yet preferable to a Democrat (in this case, a lawyer named Doug Jones known for his civil-rights-defense work),” the New Yorker reports. “‘I don’t like either one of them,” [Alabaman Linda] Peterson told me. ‘You’ve got Roy Moore, who’s a little too far right. An extremist, who would take it all to a whole new level. And then you’ve got the other one—his name is Strange, and he is just strange.’”

Somehow, despite this ambivalence towards both candidates, Moore is actually gaining support. He leads Strange in polling by double digits, and now he’s starting to gain endorsements from a number of prominent conservative groups — including Iowa Congressman Steve King.

If there was any hope that the final debate between Strange and Moore would shake things up, well, that was dashed, too.

Strange tried to play up President Trump’s support, yet Moore came out of the debate as the most appealing to actual Trump supporters. He delegitimized the president’s endorsement by tying him to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP establishment figures.

As NBC reports:

Strange said only his ‘personal relationship’ with his ‘good friend’ Trump will help get the president’s agenda passed in Washington, encouraging Alabamians to follow the president on Twitter and bragging that they had spoken for a half hour the night before. Trump will hold a rally for Strange in Huntsville on Friday. ‘I’m sorry I don’t know the president personally,’ Moore shot back. ‘I can’t tell you when he goes to the bathroom and when he doesn’t, like my opponent.’ Moore said Trump’s grassroots supporters were with him, not Strange, whom he portrayed as everything Trump ran against — a corrupt product of the GOP establishment and the Washington “swamp,” alleging that the president had been duped into supporting him.

By neutralizing the benefits of the president’s endorsement, Moore likely put the breaks on any hope Strange had of regaining ground on the Dominionist judge — and that means Moore is just steps away from a Senate seat, ready to enact “God’s” agenda.

“‘Our foundation has been shaken. Crime, corruption, immorality, abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion sweep our land. When we become one nation under God again, when liberty and justice for all reigns across our land, we will be truly good again,” he said in his first and only one-on-one debate against appointed Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL),” Talking Points Memo reported. “The comments came shortly after he said he wanted to free the country and military from “political correctness and social experimentation like transgender troops in our bathrooms.”

The Republican primary will take place on Tuesday, September 26, while the general election falls on December 12. And many believe that the winner of the primary will become Alabama’s next U.S. senator.

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62 comments

Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld1 months ago

David F.,
Trump only supported Moore, because he defeated his preferred choice.

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David F
David F1 months ago

Both Strange and Moore were strong President Trump supporters and Trump supported both of them, just Strange more than Moore.
Either would be fine Senators for the betterment of the US.
Go Orange.

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Carl O
Carl O1 months ago

What an election. What a choice between Luther Strange and Roy Moore. One candidate was Strange and the other was stranger still. I suppose this is one of those rare times when Moore is less.

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Philippa P
Philippa Powers1 months ago

Thanks.

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David F
David F1 months ago

Kathryn l, George Wallace was a die hard Democrat.

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Joan E
Joan E1 months ago

In one way, it's nice that any child might grow up to be a Senator or President of the United States, but I wish more of them had qualifications that made them competent to hold those offices. I can name way too many who aren't even close, starting with the hopefully very temporary President.

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Kathryn I
Kathryn I1 months ago

Aside from my wonderful open-minded parents, sixteen years of my life were wasted, given that it was spent within the ignorant/politically-uneducated redneck State of Alabama--back when George Wallace was Governor. If I never enter that State again, it will be too soon!

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei1 months ago

-- cont --

...... and just WHO was therefore responsible for increasing the national debt, from 2011 until now??!! -- WHICH political party was in the majority in the House, and therefore controlled the budget, from 2011 until now??!!

YOU are the poster-child for rightwing stupidity. Keep right on posting and advertising that fact.

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei1 months ago

Why David F., thanks for letting your balls descend long enough to admit that you are an intellectual COWARD, amidst your incoherent babbling about Africa and bathrooms!

That your level of purposeful ignorance and rightwing revisionism would presume to be able to instruct me on the Constitution is a **JOKE**, a joke that won't be missed by any of the regular readers here on Care2.

I have already disemboweled any number of your past, insipid, fantasy-inspired posts with detailed accuracy. And you have yet to respond lucidly to a single one of my comments. You are a COWARD, plain and simple. You have consistently shown that you have nothing to offer except rightwing fairytales and sophomoric drive-by ad hominem.

You are correct about one thing though: you and lover-boy Dan B. are two peas in a rightwing pod. Dan B. has also sat silently by as any number of his insipid posts were also disemboweled with substance.

Here's a real lesson for you:
You are correct in your monkey-like, rote repetition that "Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives"; but all bills appropriating that revenue also originate in the House. Now the House was led by [R]s for 6 of Obama's 8 years in office, and all during that time you $hit-for-brians [R]s have vapidly and INACCURATELY complained that Obama increased the national debt. Just WHO was responsible for creating the national budgets, and just WHO was therefore responsible

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Freya H
Freya H1 months ago

Not if enough people get behind Doug Jones and vote for him! There is still hope.

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