As a member of the elitist leftist snoot cabal, I should be overjoyed that Alabama Republicans picked Roy Moore as their candidate for the U.S. Senate.
The former Alabama Supreme Court justice is a caricature of right-wing nuttiness, with bona fides like:
• Pulling out a gun at a campaign rally and proclaiming his love of the Second Amendment.
• Blaming the terror attacks of Sept. 11 on general American godlessness.
• Believing former President Barack Obama is a secret Muslim.
• Saying, with no supporting evidence, because there is none, that parts of America are under Muslim Shariah law.
The 10-gallon-hat-wearing Moore, who rode a horse to his polling place — presumably because his ark was in the shop — is a simmering amalgam of biblical verses, National Rifle Association pamphlets and paranoia poured into the skin of a retired birthday party cowboy.
And when Alabama Republicans cast their ballots in the state's U.S. Senate primary Tuesday, a majority of them thought: "Yep. This conspiracy-theory-believing religious zealot who was twice suspended when he was chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is the best man to send to Washington!"
As a loathsome liberal squish whose soulless opinions have likely doomed America to eternal damnation, I should be delighted. Moore highlights everything whack-a-doodle about the extreme right wing of the GOP, and he gives Democrats a shot, albeit a slim one, at picking up a Senate seat in deep-red Alabama.
And the cherry on this remarkably nutty sundae is that President Donald Trump — who looks positively reasonable by comparison — didn't endorse Moore. Trump endorsed the other candidate — Luther Strange — making Moore's victory an embarrassment to a president who likes being embarrassed about as much as Moore likes subtlety.
The elitist leftist snoot cabal should be enraptured by this news. But this particular member is not.
To explain why, let's look closer at Moore.
His last suspension from the court came after he told state probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore has been outspoken about his views on the subject, once saying: "I think homosexuality should be illegal."
He once seemed to equate homosexuality and bestiality, and when asked whether he was comparing one to the other he said: "It's the same thing."
He has written columns for the conspiracy-theory website World Net Daily, including one in which he said Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, shouldn't be allowed to be sworn in with a Quran:
"But common sense alone dictates that in the midst of a war with Islamic terrorists we should not place someone in a position of great power who shares their doctrine. In 1943, we would never have allowed a member of Congress to take their oath on 'Mein Kampf,' or someone in the 1950s to swear allegiance to the 'Communist Manifesto.'"
To liberals, having the anti-gay, anti-woman and anti-Muslim Roy Moore in the Senate will be the gift that keeps on giving.
By Ed Rogers
Sep 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Moore recently said at a campaign stop: "People are getting killed in the streets. Chicago has the highest murder rate you can imagine. All across our land we have child abuse, we have sodomy, we have murder, we have rape, we have all kind of immoral things happening because we have forgotten God."
His devout religious views would be simply his own business, but Moore, as a judge and now as a would-be lawmaker, vehemently asserts that God's law prevails over the laws of humans.
On top of all that, Moore doesn't believe in evolution and he writes terrible dystopian poetry that includes lines like:
"You think that God's not angry, that our land's a moral slum?
"How much longer will it be before His judgment comes?
"And how can we face our God, from Whom we cannot hide?
"What is left for us to do, but stem this evil tide!"
Yeesh. It sounds like somebody whacked Morrissey on the head with a Bible.
Moore's Democratic opponent in this race to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. It's possible Moore's extremism could tip the scales to Jones, but it's a long shot.
And that means that in the year 2017, it's likely that a man who thinks it should be against the law to be gay will become a senator.
One of the 100 senators who make laws and help govern this country could be a guy who not long ago told a reporter for the news site Vox: "There are communities under Sharia law right now in our country. Up in Illinois. Christian communities."
When pressed on that statement, Moore said: "Well, there's Sharia law, as I understand it, in Illinois, Indiana — up there. I don't know. … Well, let me just put it this way — if they are, they are; if they're not, they're not."
And that's why I take no joy in Moore's victory. He may make the Republican Party look bad, but the truth is he makes all of America look bad.
His victory shows the sharpest division that exists in America right now. It's not between liberals and conservatives. It's between people living in the present day and people living in a made-up past whose very existence depends on conspiracies and unhinged websites and biblical contortions.
This guy doesn't belong in the Senate. He belongs on a street corner screaming at passers-by to repent.
If you believe otherwise, there's a gap between us that can't be bridged. It's not a liberal snoot vs. conservative grump thing, or even a conservative vs. ultra-conservative thing.
It's a sane vs. crazy thing. And the latter, in Alabama, prevailed.
Which doesn't speak well for Alabama. Or for the country as a whole.