The Further Adventures of Roy Moore
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Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 01:38:24 PM EST
A few weeks ago, Roy Moore the disgraced ex-chief Judge of he Alabama Supreme Court floated the idea that he may run for the Republican nomination for president.  Now he has, according to The Iowa Republican (a Republican web site that still calls him "Judge"), formed an exploratory committee and is touring Iowa to drum up support.  The short video below is a snippet from a rally last month sponsored by the Iowa Focus on the Family state affiliate last month. In it, Moore denounces marriage equality in ways that suggest this could get very nasty.
"No society is prepared to deal with the problems arising out of same-sex marriages: child abuse, adoption, divorce, foster care, alimony, and the list goes on and on."
Moore flirted with running for the nomination of the overtly theocratic Constitution Party in 2004. But he didn't take the plunge.  Nationally known as the "Ten Commandments Judge," Moore had installed a 5,280-pound granite sculpture of an open book inscribed with the commandments shortly after he was elected (as a Republican) as Chief Judge of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2001, and then defied a federal court order to remove it -- which resulted in his being removed from the bench by a panel of retired judges.  He went on to become a celebrity headliner for events across a wide swath of the Religious Right including appearances at state Constitution Party events.  

He also made noises about running for president in 2008, but didn't go for it; and he lost primary challenges to incumbent Alabama Governor Bob Riley in 2006 and 2010 by wide margins.

It could be that Moore's time is well past and he is more of a perennial candidate in the mold of Alan Keyes than a serious contender.  On the other hand, the large GOP field is currently led by Donald Trump.

Moore has one strong ally in Danny Carroll who is the current lobbyist, and former chairman of The Family Leader, which is the Iowa political affiliate of Focus on the Family. (FOF has a national network of 36 state political affiliates.)  The network was established in the late 1980s, although the connection of state groups to FOF is not always prominently featured.  Carroll, who supported Mike Huckabee in his successful Iowa caucus victory in 2008 (co-chairing his campaign there) is accompanying Moore in a 25 stop, week long tour.

Judging from his exploratory committee issues page, he appears to be positioning himself as a Pat Buchanan populist, promising to restore jobs in the manufacturing sector and "revoke unfair trade agreements," oppose illegal immigration and encourage states to do as Arizona has done; oppose multilateral treaties (such as the Kyoto Protocols and the Law of the Sea Treaty); opposition to "socialized medicine," as well as emphasize smaller government, pulling back in foreign affairs (except for increased spending on advanced weapons systems)  and considering radical tax ideas such as the "flat tax."  

But as always, he can be expected to highlight his distinctly theocratic approaches to the Constitution as well as familiar Religious Right themes, such as:

"A strong family based on marriage between one man and one woman is and shall remain our only guide and model.   I oppose abortion, same-sex marriage, civil unions, and all other threats to the family.  Funding for Planned Parenthood or any form of abortion using federal funds should be stopped."

Indeed, based on his public appearances so far, it appears that he intends to make opposition to homosexuality a centerpiece of his campaign. This would include the idea that "Homosexuality should be against military policy, as was the law prior to Bill Clinton."

It is difficult at this writing, to assess how serious he is or how much support he can generate beyond the most hard core of the Christian Right.  Bigger name and better funded candidates whose ambitions are more transparent form exploratory committees as a first step.  But Moore is a different kind of candidate, and he probably means it when he says exploratory.  Indeed, on his site he says he is "testing the waters."  It will be interesting to see his test results.

Calling the disgraced ex-jurist Roy Moore "Judge" is like calling a defrocked pedophile priest, "Father."  And yet, that is what too many writers do.  

More on this as the campaign season develops.

by Frederick Clarkson on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 01:56:08 PM EST

Steve Benen @Washington Monthly is another great journalist who is not averse to calling it like this, as he uses the term "disgraced former Speaker Newt Gringrich" and I'd bet he uses the same term as you to describe this theocratic blight on society.

by trog69 on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 09:18:16 PM EST

"No society is prepared to deal with the problems arising out of same-sex marriages: child abuse, adoption, divorce, foster care, alimony, and the list goes on and on."

The problems are human problems, not limited to homosexual unions. All of them occur in heterosexual unions as well.

When candidates like The Donald and Roy Moore can be taken seriously, it says something sad about the state of America - and it's citizenry.

by phatkhat on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 01:46:50 PM EST
"Funding for Planned Parenthood or any form of abortion using federal funds should be stopped."

It's ALREADY forbidden to use federal funds for abortion. Sheesh. Most of what PP does has nothing to do with abortion, but let's not let facts get in the way.

by phatkhat on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 02:37:04 PM EST
that is why I included quotes directly from his exploratory committee web site.  For all of Moore's efforts to portray himself as a principled pol, in fact he is a demagogue and a liar.

by Frederick Clarkson on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 04:00:57 PM EST

Theocrats who wish to destroy our country and end whatever strides, or toddler steps, we have made toward a better country for all instead of just for some. The only way someone like the disgraced Roy Moore could get elected is if our whole electoral system was compromised. Let us hope it never is to such an extent that a monster like Moore could have the reigns of power.

by Nightgaunt on Mon May 30, 2011 at 12:55:42 AM EST

This article provides a comprehensive overview of Roy Moore's political career and his recent activities, particularly in Iowa.  diamond rings It sheds light on his controversial views on marriage equality and his alignment with the Religious Right. The author's analysis of Moore's potential as a serious contender in the crowded GOP field is thought-provoking. Well-researched and informative.

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