Even in Alabama, You Need More than the 10 Commandments

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Even in Alabama, You Need More than the 10 Commandments

Post by Corlyss_D » Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:26 pm

'Never Moore'

Roy Moore's political career came to an emphatic end Tuesday with his 67%-33% loss to incumbent Gov. Bob Riley in the Alabama Republican primary for governor. The former "Ten Commandments judge" was defeated soundly even though turnout was more than 25% higher than in the 2002 primary. Mr. Moore had been counting on drawing people to the polls who might not have voted otherwise. It seems those non-habitual voters did turn out by the thousands -- but to make sure he lost.

Mr. Moore was noncommittal on whether he would run for office again in the future, telling the Birmingham News: "I'm not going to rule it in, and I'm not going to rule it out." But it's hard to see how he could expect to do much better when the event that catapulted him into the spotlight -- his 2003 refusal as Alabama chief justice to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse -- grows more distant each day.

Running for the state Supreme Court again had been considered a potential fallback for Mr. Moore. After Tuesday, that possibility may be gone with the wind as well. His close ally, Tom Parker, lost in the primary for chief justice to incumbent Drayton Nabers Jr. And three other candidates on Mr. Parker's informal slate were all handily beaten by sitting associate justices. Just two years ago, Mr. Parker unseated an associate justice running largely on a Roy Moore/Ten Commandments platform. These days, though, being affiliated with -- or named -- Roy Moore doesn't seem to be an advantage in Alabama.

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Post by Ralph » Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:44 pm

Most voters, whatever their political affiliation, are particularly troubled when a judge is a public lawbreaker.
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