Jonathan Martin, a reporter for the New York Times covering the Roy Moore-Luther Strange primary runoff, seemed dumbfounded that the Strange campaign did not ask for help in their battle with a popular conservative insurgent. Right next door in Mississippi was a political machine that knew how to swing an election:
The Alabama runoff was very similar to the Mississippi contest in 2014 between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran. Martin wrote:
Mr. Strange made little attempt to find a new, more moderate universe of voters in the runoff who would recoil from the thought of Mr. Moore as their senator, a strategy fashioned next door in Mississippi when Senator Thad Cochran found himself in a runoff with a hard-line primary challenger in 2014. In fact, some strategists who had been with Mr. Cochran’s campaign said they did not hear from Mr. Strange’s advisers.
Perhaps there is a big reason why the Luther Strange campaign did not ask for or even want Barbour help: They know what a sleazy, deplorable campaign Cochran and the Barbours ran in June 2014. Luther Stange was obviously not interested in race baiting Judge Moore, smearing him with accusations of KKK affiliations, or bribing voters with food stamps and welfare, and then shelling out $15 in cash per vote!
Luther Strange seems to be an honorable, decent man who many predict will make a return to politics, perhaps has a strong candidate for Alabama governor in a few years. He simply did not want to run a campaign from the gutter and that is very commendable of him. We should wish him well in the future!