If Roy Moore wins, I’m cool with it



It isn’t like me to say I’ve been wrong — indeed, it isn’t like me to be wrong in the first place — but I seem to have been rooting of late for Roy Moore’s political career to be ended by the reports that he was forcing himself on teenage girls decades ago when he was in his 30s.

These reports have spawned a sensational political scandal that now threatens Moore’s Republican candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat from Alabama previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

I’ve had to remind myself of the column I wrote here seven weeks ago in which I said this:

These days, I find the Republican Party mostly a source of amusement. This gang holds the White House and both houses of Congress — but they can’t get anything done.  How many times have they tried to repeal and replace Obamacare?

And now, the party is pushing a true-blue extremist to fill an Alabama seat in the U.S. Senate previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The guy’s name is Roy Moore, and he’s a judge — or at least used to be.

You may have heard of the many legal battles Moore has had with the Supreme Court of Alabama and the Supreme Court of the United States. Most of these wrangles have arisen from Moore’s stubborn refusal to remove depictions of the Ten Commandments from court property. Not surprisingly, he’s been on the losing side in most of these cases.

Simply stated, Roy Moore is a theocrat. He’s also a racist, a homophobe and an Islamaphobe. Still, I expect to be pleased if he’s elected to the Senate.

I should point out here that more than a few prominent Republicans have publicly turned against Moore in light of reports that he was an awkward stalker of young girls when he was almost old enough to be their father.  Good for them, but I would prefer that the Republican philosophy that gives rise to the likes of Roy Moore face the embarrassment of having him serve in the Senate.

The Democratic Party had to go through the same kind of painful readjustment when it finally rejected the Dixiecrat philosophies of old in the 1960s.  (Interestingly enough,  those philosophies were adopted for the most part by the Republicans who eventually gained control of Southern representation in Congress.)

Anyway, though I think of Roy Moore as a despicable person, it won’t break my heart if he ends up in the Senate. It would  be fun to watch Republicans struggle with the embarrassment represented by the junior senator from Alabama.

Then, too, Moore would serve as a convenient reminder that our Republican president, Donald Trump, was something of sexual scamp himself back in the day.