Democrat Doug Jones was the big winner in yesterday’s special Senate primary election. He won a resounding victory with over 60% of the vote. The Republicans? Well, the best Facebook relationship status for them would be “It’s Complicated.”
The ethically-challenged incumbent, Luther Strange, used to brag that, as AG, he went to work everyday and thought of “ways to sue President Obama.” That inventive use of tax dollars resulted in nothing but windfalls for dubious legal experts. Now he’s no doubt just hoping he gets to keep his job.
Moore proved again last night that he still has trouble understanding the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution. He excoriated federal judges (including SCOTUS) for thinking they can “make law” and push states around. No surprise. The “Moore Supremacy Clause” has been his guidestar since he took a home woodburning kit and carved a “Ten Commandments” plaque for his courtroom in Gadsden.
A Moore victory in what is sure to be the nastiest of mud-slinging runoff elections in recent memory provides Alabama Democrats with an opening. Moore is very, very popular with his hardcore base, but not so much with the more business-friendly, establishment Republicans. Those two groups have been battling it out for years in Alabama at both the state and county party levels.
Remember 2012? That’s was the second time Moore ran for a job he was determined to screw up so badly he’d get tossed out and locked out of his office. In spite of (or perhaps because of) his notoriety, Moore barely squeaked into office with just 52% of the vote against Democrat Robert Vance. It was a significant underperformance: compare it to Republican Mitt Romney, who received 60.55% of the presidential vote.
Judge Vance was actually a respected judge (just like Doug Jones was a highly-respected US Attorney), who entered the race late. He was endorsed by one of Moore’s former fellow Supreme Court justices, and garnered enough Republican support to cause institutional blowback against those Alabama Republicans who actually respect the rule of law.
If Moore is the nominee, are there enough of those Republicans left to cross over in December and help elect Doug Jones? We’ll see.
Finally, the best story to come out of yesterday’s Republican primary was the news that AL-05 Congressman Mo (War on Whites) Brooks not only finished 3rd and barely received a majority (50.5% – perhaps voters forgot what he looked like) in Madison County. An even tastier treat was that Mo was listed as an “inactive” voter when we went to the polls.
No surprise there. He’s been an “inactive” Congressman the whole time he’s been in DC.