If former judge Roy S. Moore defeats Sen. Luther J. Strange III in the Sept. 26 Alabama Republican Senate primary runoff and then goes on to win the seat against Democrat G. Douglas Jones, he will not only kick a Karl Rove client out of the Senate, he also blocks another Rove client from joining the Supreme Court.
First, here is some political reality. Both Moore and Strange are locks to defeat Jones, who served as President William J. Clinton’s U.S. Attorney for the northern region of the state.
Another reality is that both Moore and Strange would have nearly identical voting records in the Senate—with the only exception being that Moore will finally pay back federal Judge William G. Pryor for kicking him off the Alabama Supreme Court by blocking him from the highest court in the land.
Pryor was on President Donald J. Trump’s short list to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, losing out at the last days to Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. Smart money has Pryor as the next pick, especially if he remains the top pick of the Federalist Society.
If Strange, like Pryor a former Rove client, keeps his seat, nothing and no one stops Pryor from getting the bump up to the high court. In 1998 and 2002, “Big Luther” was Pryor’s campaign chairman for his runs for attorney general–campaigns that also hired Rove as a consultant.
Expect Strange to be the campaign manager in the Senate cloakrooms for putting Pryor on the Supreme Court.
For most people, the only thing they know about Moore is that in 2003, as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, he installed a nearly 3-ton display of the 10 Commandments in the rotunda of the Supreme Court building and that he lost his job when he refused a court order to remove the display.
Few people remember that the federal court challenge to the display was brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center and that when the court ruled against Moore, it was Pryor, as the attorney general, who convened the nine-judge panel that had Moore removed from office.
Pryor said at the time that he was upholding the rule of law.
Yet, what he was really doing settling an old score for Rove.
In the 1990s, Rove developed a strong line of business as a campaign consultant for elected judgeships in Texas and Alabama, urging his clients to rail against trial lawyers. However, Moore, who then and now a political force unto himself, took the opposite tack. Instead of taking on trial lawyers, Moore stood up for them as champions of the little people against entrenched interests.
In short, Moore was bad for business.
Returning to the situation in 2017, the harsh reality for Strange, Pryor, Rove—along with Rove’s acolyte Kristin Davidson, who just joined the Strange campaign—is the Moore is on the glide path to winning the runoff.
According to Montgomery-based Southeast Research poll conducted Aug 29 through Aug. 31, Strange is the choice of 31 percent of Republicans with Moore the choice of 52 percent.
President Donald J. Trump shocked Capitol Hill conservatives when he endorsed Strange Aug. 8, a week before the Aug. 15 regular primary. In that primary, nine Republicans vied for the party nod, including House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Morris J. “Mo” Brooks.
In the Aug. 15 vote, no one garnered 50 percent of the vote, which triggered the run-off between the two top candidates, Moore and Strange.
Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017
Trump’s endorsement meant the president overlooked Strange’s tenure as an oil industry lobbyist in Washington and as a Birmingham power broker.
It could be that Trump was acting out of courtesy to Majority Leader A. Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell (R.-Ky.), which may turn out to be the last such ticket the majority leader had left.
The Atlanta Falcons would tell you that no lead is safe, but a sure sign that the Strange campaign has given up the ghost is the endorsements coming in for Moore.
Tuesday, the Senate Conservative Fund, founded by former senator and Heritage Foundation president James DeMint, endorsed Moore. Then, Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus Rep. Mark Meadows (R.-N.C.) threw his support behind Moore Wednesday.
“The people of Alabama are seeing millions of dollars in false advertising flow into their state. From what I know about the people of Alabama, their vote is not for sale. They want a strong man–a principled conservative–to send a clear message to Washington,” Meadows said. “I look forward to working with him to advance conservative principles by repealing ObamaCare, passing real tax reform and securing our borders.”
Perhaps more important than either of those endorsements was the private meeting Moore and his wife had with Stephen K. Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News Thursday night at his Capitol Hill residence.
It is interesting, too, that Meadows would name-check the advertising pouring into Alabama on behalf of Strange. A lot of the advertising was paid for McConnell.
In July, McConnell’s camp told Politico the leader’s PAC was prepared to spend $8 million to keep Strange in the Senate, in addition to hosting a $10,000-per-plate fundraiser for the incumbent.
McConnell’s sway and swag on Capitol Hill is rooted in both his success reaching into primaries to keep conservatives out of his caucus and his reputation as a master political strategist.
After pitching shutouts in the 2014 and 2016, a Moore victory would signal that McConnell’s dice have cooled down.
As for McConnell’s reputation as a master political strategist?
C’mon? Who believes that anymore?
House Republicans Beg Attorney General Bill Barr to Investigate Hunter Biden’s Laptop
Barr doesn’t seem too concerned.
House Republican leaders are pleading with Attorney General Bill Barr, essentially begging him to actually investigate Hunter Biden’s laptop.
They issued a letter to Barr on Monday urging him to appoint a special counsel to look into the contents of Hunter Biden’s emails, which appear to show an extreme amount of cronyism that may implicate his father in some illegal or at least highly immoral activity involving foreign governments.
“These alleged revelations raise serious questions about former Vice President Joe Biden’s reported participation with his son’s business, dealings, specifically whether the former vice president (1) received foreign monies during his tenure in the Obama administration and (2) if former Vice President Biden allowed his son to peddle access to his father with foreign business entities,” the letter states, according to a Fox News report.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) signed the letter along with Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Andy Harris (R-MD), Steve King (R-IA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Jody Hice (R-GA), Ted Budd (R-NC), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), and Mark Green (R-TN).
“Americans deserve public officials who take great care to protect the integrity of their offices. Our constituents place great trust in their leaders at every level of government to conduct the people’s business with the utmost honesty, transparency, and accountability,” the letter continues. “If these reports about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, are true, the former vice president fell far short of his responsibility to uphold his constitutional oath and betrayed the sacred trust of the American people.”
“It is imperative that the American people receive answers and a full accounting of former Vice President Biden’s dealings with his son and his son’s business partners, and if the former vice president misused his office for personal gain,” the letter states.
However, these Republican lawmakers are not likely to get anywhere considering Barr’s inability or unwillingness to clean up deep state corruption.
Big League Politics has reported on how Barr’s probe into the Russia-gate scandal is resulting in no indictments despite the incredible amount of evidence showing brazen criminality:
Those who “trusted the plan” that Attorney General Bill Barr was going to clean up the deep state and put corrupt actors from the Obama administration to justice are learning a hard lesson in how the swamp works.
Barr, who initially served under globalist President George H.W. Bush and was responsible for orchestrating the heinous Ruby Ridge atrocity, is reportedly not going to charge anyone from the Obama regime for the “unmasking” of their political opponents in the Russia-gate scandal.
According to the Washington Post, the investigation ordered by Barr has concluded without “finding any substantive wrongdoing.” U.S. Attorney John Bash is the man who was tasked with this investigation by Barr, and he is allegedly using his authority to protect the deep state from being held accountable for the greatest crime in American history. Barr’s office is hiding Bash’s findings from the public.
Bash announced his departure from the Department of Justice on Oct. 5 but never mentioned the unmasking probe. The AG’s office has seemingly done everything in its power to keep this information under wraps, similar to what has been done with the probe into the origins of the Russian collusion scandal that is being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham…
President Trump is getting the picture that he along with the American public have been had by AG Barr and other veteran deep staters.
“If that’s the case, I’m very disappointed,” Trump told Rush Limbaugh last week. “I think it’s a terrible thing, and I will say it to [Barr’s] face.”
Barr has shown he is all bark and no bite. If President Trump gets elected to a second term, Barr will need to be replaced with an AG who has a spine in order for lasting reforms to institutional corruption to take hold.
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