I’m catching the story from yesterday’s ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.
From ABC: “Trash and filth” “Inside hit job” “The Washington elite who wallow in the swamp.” It would appear the fun is not yet over. There is wallowing yet to come. We enjoyed former Alabama Judge Roy Stewart Moore for a number of years, even before I started chronicling his escapades here. From Wikipedia:
When Moore’s tenure as circuit judge began, he brought his wooden Ten Commandments plaque with him, hanging it on the walls of his courtroom behind his bench. Moore told the Montgomery Advertiser that his intention in hanging the plaque was to fill up the bare space on the courtroom walls and to indicate the importance of the Ten Commandments. He states that it was not his intention to generate controversy; still, as he told the Atlantic, he understood that the potential for controversy was there, but “I wanted to establish the moral foundation of our law.”
Yeah, that was just the start:
Soon others noticed the commandments, as well as Moore’s habit of opening court sessions with a prayer—a practice begun many years earlier by George Wallace when he was a circuit-court judge and not uncommon in the years since. In June of 1993 the local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court threatening to sue anyone who opened court with a prayer. Moore smelled a fight.
Moore parlayed the controversy into a successful election bid, and religious voters in Alabama kept up the momentum, supporting Moore as the representation of their values. Then came the matter of the Ten Commandments monument:
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended with pay after a judicial ethics commission ruled he brought his office “into disrepute” for defying a federal court order.
The commission filed formal charges against Moore on Friday for not removing his Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial Building.
After being ousted from his position as Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice for his misconduct, Moore obtained vindication from Alabama voters, who re-elected him to the post. Of course, nothing like legal niceties were bound to keep Judge Moore down:
An Alabama judicial oversight body on Friday filed a formal complaint against Roy S. Moore, the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court, charging that he had “flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority” in ordering the state’s probate judges to refuse applications for marriage licenses by same-sex couples.
So, once again Judge Roy Moore was out. But not down:
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange in the state’s Senate Republican primary runoff election Tuesday, delivering a blow to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who backed the incumbent.
Moore advances to face Democratic nominee and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the general election on Dec. 12.
The special election primary gained national prominence because of what was at stake: the political sway of Trump’s administration versus the base that helped him win the White House.
So now Judge Moore is on a roll, ordained by God, apparently, to take his version of sharia law to the United States Senate.
Oops! Not so fast.
It is true, dear readers. Judge Moore’s Christian ethic continues to dog his heels, threatening once again to drag him down. Moore’s earlier predilection for females of a young and tender kind is starting to bubble to the surface:
Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32
Oh, Dude! You didn’t know back then not to do this sort of thing if planned a future would require you to cotton to pesky social norms? Apparently not:
Beverly Young Nelson claimed that when she tried to leave a car that she was sharing with Roy Moore — who was then the District Attorney of Etowah County while she was 16 — he “reached over and locked it so I could not get out.” She then attempted to fight him off and yelled at him to stop, which prompted Moore to start “squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch.” As she continued crying, he tried to rip her shirt off, she said.
“He forced my head onto his crotch,” Nelson said. “I continued to struggle. I was determined that I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought he was going to rape me.”
Nelson claimed that Moore warned her that no one would believe her if she accused him because of his political power and her status as a minor. “You’re just a child and I am the district attorney,” she said. “If you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.” Then he left her in the middle of a parking lot.
Beverly, it no longer matters whether people are going to believe a district attorney over a 14-year-old girl. They are not going to believe a senatorial candidate, especially after he has worked his entire public life accumulating more baggage than even God allows.
To be brutal about it, I am divided over which I would rather see:
- Judge Moore going down to defeat against a Democratic candidate
- Judge Moore snagging a seat in the United States Senate, where he will be a humiliating embarrassment to the party that claims to be this country’s moral base.
Wait. Wait! There are others who seem to be as unclear as Roy Moore. There remain a few who are beyond embarrassing:
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, ran away from an ABC News reporter trying to ask him whether he believes Roy Moore or the women claiming Moore committed sexual misconduct against them.
Brooks was followed down a staircase on Capitol Hill and did not directly answer the question.
“I believe the Democrats will do great damage to our country,” the Huntsville congressman said. When the reporter asked again, Brooks replied: “I believe that the Democrats will do great damage to our country on a myriad of issues.”
“A myriad of issues.” Apparently one of them is not respect for the United States Congress.