Judge Roy Moore runs for Senate despite opposition from President Donald Trump and top Republican leaders.
Roy Moore announced he is running for Senate. Again. Judge Moore’s decision to reeks of selfishness. He is willing to jeopardize an important senate seat that the Republicans could claim in 2020 by running once again.
His announcement drew a sharp rebuke from President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr. who tweeted, “I can assure everyone that by running, Roy Moore is going against my father and he’s doing a disservice to all conservatives across the country in the process.”
Despite that, Moore claims he isn’t going against the wishes of the President.
One can understand Moore’s desire for vindication at the ballot box, and a general election with Donald Trump at the top of the ticket is a prime opportunity for it. However, Moore should ask himself if personal vindication is worth the risk of a necessary and perhaps critical Republican Senate seat?
Moore faces many difficulties in winning the seat.
Assume for a moment that Moore is correct that Mitch McConnell and his associates plotted against him—why should we expect differently now?
Cocaine Mitch has only grown more powerful. Why run afoul of him again?
Also, Roy Moore is a bad statewide candidate. Whether this is because of his conservative beliefs, because of dislike for him as a politician or a reflection of opposition within the establishment Republican and business community is hard to say. Whatever the case, Roy Moore underperforms other Republicans on statewide ballots.
There is no doubt Roy Moore was treated poorly last time. Christian conservative elites attacked Moore before the sexual misconduct allegations surfaced. The attacks were personal. However, the sexual misconduct allegations were what derailed Moore’s campaign.
Also, the sexual misconduct allegations were stunningly well-time and coordinated to do the maximum damage to Moore’s reputation and the GOP’s election prospects. It reeked of the blueprint later deployed against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
However, one views those allegations, Moore’s actions now are selfish.
One can doubt the veracity of the claims against Judge Roy Moore last time, and still believe this is not the best decision for Alabama or the United States.
This campaign appears to be a vendetta.
The issues at stake in 2020 are too important for one man’s personal quest for vindication to risk control of the United States Senate.