This is an opinion column
With his campaign stuck in first gear and the challengers gaining ground all around him, Mo Brooks is looking for a message that will elevate him among the pack. Considering her competitors – Katie Britt and Mike Durant – are highly regarded and bona fide conservative people, it’s hard to find a zinger who makes Mo stand out.
So he went into the bag of ideas and came up with a real gem: Let’s make this Senate race another referendum on Roy Moore!
But since he insists, let’s take this trip down memory lane and relive Roy’s heyday, a golden age that Brooks would like us to still reside in. It’ll be fun. I brought Pepto-Bismol.
Let us remember how positive it was to hear from several women – whose stories have been corroborated by many friends and family members – about Moore’s pronounced liking for underage girls when he was in his thirties. . And how we all had to walk around with Leigh Corfman’s very detailed allegation of an adult Moore romanticizing a 14-year-old at his rural Etowah County home etched into our brains.
Oh yes. The good old days.
Recall how GOP leaders across the country begged Moore to put aside his personal ambitions and withdraw from the race, allowing us to present a candidate without moral credibility issues in his place and retain an important seat. for the party. (We could have put my dog, George, in the Republican category in this race and won, given this state’s strong Republican bent. George doesn’t have a problem with sexual misconduct. He was fixed.) Moore n He had no interest in reducing casualties and protecting the group, choosing instead to sink the ship under the weight of his pride.
Remember how Roy Moore was more or less rat poison to Alabama businesses, causing great concern among business leaders that his election would hamper our state’s economic development.
I can’t wait to bask in the warm glow of existential hell this has created for Conservatives who vote like we do for biblical reasons. It was so much fun making a horrible choice between a candidate who smacked of moral hypocrisy and who could vote the right way against a man who seemed a lot more believable as a human but who would vote the wrong way on certain issues. .
As we stood at the crossroads of that choice, many of us knew that our integrity would never allow us to vote for Roy Moore. It would also not allow us to vote for Doug Jones, whose stance on abortion was disqualifying. Many conservatives have written to Republican candidates that they could either live with it (my personal choice) or stay completely home on Special Election Day. We were wise enough to kick and play to get the ball back after a short run.
And how did it go for us? Pretty nice doggone.
Instead of being stuck with a creepy culture warrior and business killer in the US Senate for the rest of his natural life, we gave ourselves a chance to elect the much more believable and effective Tommy Tuberville. He has already proven himself to be a vigorous defender of our Conservative tenets, and he does so without staging any of the self-glorifying props that were Moore’s bread and butter.
Senator Tommy Tuberville is infinitely better for Alabama than Roy Moore would have been. And if everyone had done the way Mo Brooks now brags about doing, Alabama would have missed out on the leadership that Tuberville provides and continues to grow every day as it carves out its place in the Senate.
Mo Brooks knows it. If he was proud of his vote for Roy Moore, he would mention the man by name when he deploys this little courier warship. Instead, he carefully chose to say, “I’m the only candidate in this race to vote. against Doug Jones. “
Well, congratulations, Mo. Your problem is that we are not brain damaged, and we know that means you have voted. for Roy Moore. And there’s a whole generation of young Republicans and college-educated Republican women who are turned away by it. But thank you for reminding us who you are and how easily you shed the values that make us who we are.
It was kind of you to wrap yourself in the Roy Moore mantle, reminding us that a vote for you is a step back in time, where career politicians like you and Moore think you are beyond all. responsibility. It was truly decent of you to point out that you did not have the wisdom to take a three-year hiatus to occupy a crucial Senate seat with a credible leader.
So thanks, Mo. Thanks for the memories.
Dana Hall McCain writes on Faith, Culture and Politics for AL.com. She has a very low tolerance for sexual misconduct involving adult men and teenage girls, and a long memory.