Monday night’s GOP campaign rally erupted into cheers as Roy Moore proved his true feelings. Moore told fellow Alabamians he has had enough of being attacked by lies. He is fed up with “nearly three months of negative ads… ads that were completely false. That I don’t believe in the Second Amendment.” He drove home his point by whipping out a pistol. “I believe in the Second Amendment.”
The Ten Commandments Judge firmly declared to everyone before tucking it back in his pocket. This isn’t the first time he has done the little demonstration either. When asked about his views on guns during a recent GOP meeting, More pulled a firearm out of his wife’s purse.
The quick-draw show of support for the venerable right to bear arms comes on the eve of a runoff election to decide who takes the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. The former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice faces stiff competition as voters take to the polls on Tuesday.
Moore has gained increasing national attention over the years ever since he refused to take down a hand-carved wooden plaque of the Ten Commandments that he hung behind his bench to remind everyone of the original source for all laws. Moore lost his job when he refused to take down a different marker of the Commandments from the judicial building in 2003, after ordered to by a federal court. In 2016, he was removed again from the bench for defying federal gay marriage orders.
Moore currently has a lead over both his opponents. The toughest contender is Luther Strange, currently serving as “moderate,” aka “RINO” Senator from Alabama. The winner Tuesday will then go up against the Democratic candidate when the general election is held in December.
According to a piece in Conservative Review, “It didn’t take long for Luther Strange to learn the strange and duplicitous modus operandi of GOP establishment candidates. They join with the swamp, collect millions of dollars from the swamp to put out ads touting how conservative they are, vote with conservatives (but remain publicly silent on the issues) while they have a primary challenge, then get reelected and follow the bidding of those who gave them the money, not the content of the ads they used to trick voters.”
Strange was weirdly silent when Judge Moore was hammering home all the traditional GOP plank points in defense of traditional marriage and against judicial tyranny. Now he has the nerve to put out lobbyist-sponsored ads calling himself a “champion” of conservative values.
His history of life in the political swamp speaks for itself. Caught in lie after bold-faced lie, his McConnell super-PAC money pays for slick Madison Avenue spin. After colluding with disgraced Governor Robert Bently to lock down his appointment to the Senate, he later was rumored to benefit from an arrangement to hold the current special election to 2018 as a bid to leverage the power of being the incumbent. To repay the favor, Strange asked the Alabama State House to drop an investigation into Bentley.
President Trump backed Strange early in the race but was causing anxiety lately by seeming to back down. Trump made his displeasure with the other candidate for Sessions’ job, Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, known for a long time. Brooks has a habit of making “provocative comments” but has endorsements from Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and Ann Coulter. “I love him, but that was completely idiotic,” Coulter complained when she heard of the president’s endorsement. Insiders point to Brooks support for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2016 primary as the main reason for losing the President’s loyalty.
Trump’s supporting tweet came as a surprise because Strange is well known as a minion to do the bidding of “moderate” McConnell. “What has Trump gotten from McConnell? But he’s still sucking up to establishment Republicans.” Coulter asked. “This is not how the president drains the swamp,” Conservative radio host Erick Erickson complains. “Strange is a pillar of the establishment status quo and will not rock Mitch McConnell’s boat. In fact, Strange is one of McConnell’s oar hands in the boat.”
When Moore entered the race as a latecomer, it caused even more anxiety over whether Trump would favor a candidate who appeals strongly to his conservative base. Moore has fiercely loyal supporters in Alabama after being removed from his position on Alabama’s Supreme Court, not once but twice, for his stance on the Laws of Moses. Loyalty could be crucial in a low turnout special election.
Not all of the money is being bet against Moore either. Figureheads of the Conservative movement including Sarah Palin, who ran in 2008 for Vice-President and former White House Chief Strategist and editor of Breitbart, Stephen Bannon feel that an anti-establishment Republican is exactly what Alabama needs. Last week, Moore’s campaign announced that Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and actor Chuck Norris are on his side.