Just like they did to Chris McDaniel in Mississippi in 2014, the Establishment is now putting out the word for the general election in Alabama’s US Senate race, just as they did during the primary and runoff: A dangerous ultra-conservative candidate in Roy Moore might cost Republicans the Senate seat by losing to a Democrat in the general election.
In a recent Townhall.com piece, Guy Benson, a conservative commentator, “cast” a “vote of no confidence” in Roy Moore because of some of his opinions. The Hill is citing a poll that shows Moore less than 6 points ahead of his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.
But this is Alabama we are talking about here, not Maine. Republicans are different across the country, as they should be. A Republican in Mississippi or Alabama would probably get smashed in New England, but a Yankee Republican would get slaughtered running in the Deep South.
And if Roy Moore ran in Maine, he would have never gotten the GOP nomination, let alone won the general election.
So let’s take a quick look at some of Moore’s “controversial” positions and see how they stack up in Alabama:
Moore supports the Ten Commandments and twice defied federal court orders over the issue. So what’s his Democratic opponent going to say in response? That he opposes the Ten Commandments? Not in Alabama.
Moore supports the Second Amendment to such an extent that he actually brandished a pistol in a rally the night before he won the runoff. So what’s his Democratic opponent going to say in response? That he opposes the Second Amendment and refuses to carry a pistol? Not in Alabama.
Moore opposes homosexual rights. So what’s his Democratic opponent going to say in response? That he supports homosexual rights? Not in Alabama.
Moore has spoken out against the implementation of Sharia law in the United States. So what’s his Democratic opponent going to say in response? That he supports Sharia law? Not in Alabama.
In relation to his opposition to Sharia law, Moore wrote a column for World Net Daily in which he opposed Keith Ellison, the only Muslim member of Congress, being seated in the US House. Critics, including Benson, attacked Moore for essentially imposing a “religious test” on Ellison, which the Constitution prohibits.
But if you read what Moore actually said in his piece, he does not believe Ellison is fully committed to the Constitution and US law but to Islamic law. Ellison has connections to pro-Islamic groups that seek to impose Sharia law in the United States. In his column, Moore simply asked how Ellison could take his oath of office on the Quran, rather than the Bible, yet also swear an allegiance to the Constitution. Others, besides Moore, have stated that the two are not compatible. So Moore viewed the issue from a legal standpoint, not so much a religious one, since Muslims believe Islam and the State are one and the same.
Another position that his opponents have attacked stems from statements he made about “shootings and killings” being divine judgment because we have removed an “acknowledgement of God” from society, since prayer is disappearing from schools and council meetings. Most Christians in the heart of the Bible Belt would probably not disagree with such a statement.
Regardless of these controversial positions, no Democrat is going to win a US Senate seat in Alabama no matter what Roy Moore says or does. Period. But by all means, let’s hope the national Democratic Party pours millions of dollars into Alabama to try to win an unwinnable seat.
Roy Moore’s courageous stand for what he believes in, even in the face of removal from the judicial bench, which happened to him twice, should be seen by conservatives as a badge of honor, not a mark of disgrace.
It demonstrates that Roy Moore will stand on principle no matter what threats are thrown his way by the Establishment. And that’s just what we need in the United States Senate – a conservative with real backbone!