What They Vote For (Yellowhammer Special)

#supremacism | #WhatTheyVotedFor

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This is the sort of thing only voters can achieve:

Rep. Mo Brooks is moving on after a distant third-place finish in the Republican primary on Tuesday for the Alabama Senate special election.

And Brooks is doing that without endorsing either of the two men, Judge Roy Moore and appointed Sen. Luther Strange, who beat him to enter a runoff on Sept. 26 to decide the GOP nominee.


More precisely: After rejecting Rep. Mo Brooks to replace Attorney General and former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, voters find themselves presented with a choice between the disgraceful Luther Strange and the disgraced Roy Moore, and history reminds that state voters have already re-elected the twice-disgraced former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court after his first tumble from grace for abuse of authority. What chance does Luther Strange have? All he ever did was take his dispute against human rights, on behalf of religious supremacism, to the Supreme Court and lose.

No, really. And the lot of them really were determined; Strange v. Searcy provided one of the more bizarre melodramas of the gay fray, when a probate judge refused a federal court order to complete an intrafamily adoption, and, yes, he had Roy Moore’s support throughout. And in the end, yes, Luther Strange lost, and it really was undignified when the probate judge decided to leave it for a colleague from a neighboring county to deal with, but we did get to witness U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas concede the inevitability of Obergefell in a stinging dissent functionally demanding that the Court owed Alabama supremacists the right to carry on until then.


Chappell, Bill. “Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended For Rest Of Term Over Gay Marriage Stance”. The Two-Way. National Public Radio. 30 September 2017.

Connolly, Griffin. “Brooks Declines to Endorse Moore or Strange After Conceding Defeat”. Roll Call. 16 August 2017.

Thomas, J. “On Application for Stay”. Strange v. Searcy. Supreme Court of the United States. 9 February 2017.

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