Strange vs Moore; Auburn vs Alabama

Posted by on September 24, 2017 11:49 am
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Tuesday will finally see the end of the special election primary runoff for Senator between Republican interim Senator Luther Strange and Judge Roy Moore. The winner of this race will face Democrat Doug Jones December 12, 2017.

This entire race, the words and optics, reminds me of the annual rivalry in the great state of Alabama known as “The Iron Bowl.” It’s the annual game played between the two schools (started in 1893) and everything comes to a halt in that state when THE GAME is played. Actually, I found that almost everything comes to a stop in the state on Saturdays once college football season begins. One dare not even schedule their wedding during either an Auburn or Alabama game; half your invited guests won’t be able to attend, or you’ll find them gathered around the obligatory television screen in the lobby where the reception is being held.

My husband is from Alabama so this is how I’ve learned these set-in-stone facts. Alabamians take their football seriously. In the midst of this football season we find a political contest being waged – and it’s a fierce rivalry too.

From what I know about Auburn University and the University of Alabama, I conclude they’re both good schools, but you’ll never find one saying anything good about the other. The Strange/Moore contest reflects this same kind of attitude. Both are good men, with negatives and positives residing in both, but neither of their supporters will acknowledge the other’s strength or their own weaknesses.

I don’t have a dog in this fight, but there are a few thoughts to share regarding how this race has shaped up to be one where President Trump gave his support (and presence to one candidate) and the other candidate has strong support from an entirely different faction, more along the lines of tea party folks, the common folks, the anti-Establishment folks.

Roy Moore has been criticized for being a religious zealot…well we could use a few zealots in this country, and being based on Judaic-Christian values would be a nice start. He at least has stood for principles the Republican Party has long since thrown out the window decades ago.

Luther Strange has been portrayed as a President Trump supporter, the argument being that he has voted for everything President Trump wants. Somehow that’s an oxymoron in that he was late to the Trump support meme. What does stand out is that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell supports Luther Strange. I’ll come back to this sticking point later.

Regarding supporting everything President Trump wants…not to be snarky, but it’s been easy as pie for “he has voted with P45 on every vote he has taken!” Easy. There have hardly been any votes.

All of the Republican Senate critters have had cover from the McCains, Collins, Murkowskis et al. There hasn’t been any true character test for anything. It’s easy to vote with P45 when nothing is on the line. The Republicans and Mitch McConnell have had the entire legislative agenda under their control and nothing positive or productive has come out of their time in session. In fact, they’ve spent more time being on vacation than getting the President’s agenda and the people’s work done. And then Mitch McConnell throws up his hands and says they haven’t had enough time…Mr Excuse Man, that’s a better moniker than Senate Majority Leader.

Basically, there hasn’t been any action in the Senate that required a man to stand up and be a man (or woman), so I’m not taking much comfort in how many “votes” Luther Strange has supported the President on. It’s been easy for him; Congress has a game they play so everyone but one or two have cover, then they run home and tout that they voted for the bill (all the while doing McConnell’s dirty work).

I’m a strong Donald Trump supporter, but one doesn’t have to agree
with President Trump on everything. Right now, I’m not thrilled he hasn’t EO’d Congress onto Obamacare coverage. That, and his DOJ “appearing” to let the previous administration get away with their corruption. For now, we have to take things as they are.

If Mitch McConnell wants Luther Strange, I look askance at this support. No one should forget the Republican “7 Year Lie” regarding Obamacare repeal. It’s a matter of trust. I trust President Trump, but not Mitch McConnell and his minions, so I’d have trouble going with McConnell’s man. The taint and stench of Rove and McConnell is so great (I remember what they did in Mississippi, re: Cochran vs McDaniel), anyone they want, I don’t want.

The hysteria about Moore is over the top. Strange or Moore winning in Alabama isn’t going to make a bit of difference in the Senate, and that’s where our anger should be focused. THE SENATE.

Remember, after what McCain/McConnell pulled for the past 3 months on Obamacare, there isn’t anything left that’s going to be worth voting on. McConnell isn’t going to do anything so the “vote” issue is worthless as regards the strength of a Luther Strange vote.

One could make the analogy that this might be about “class” – the Establishment (who don’t really want to brush shoulders with the working class) and the hard-working, believe in conservative values and America tea party type folks. Much like that Alabama vs Auburn rivalry. Alabama likes to think they’re the classy school, and Auburn is the working man’s place. We’ve got the same attitude in Virginia – seen between the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Every state has this distinction among their state universities.

Roy Moore isn’t evil. Luther Strange isn’t either, but if I was voting in Alabama on Tuesday, I’d pull the lever for Roy Moore.

Frankly, the kabuki theater of Mitch McConnell’s Senate has grown tiresome; right now a good college football game is better entertainment. Oh, and President Trump doesn’t lose anything regardless of Tuesday’s outcome. He gave his support, maybe thinking McConnell would get something done, (Art of the Deal) and since McConnell has thus far failed to deliver, there is no loss here. President Trump will find another way…I’m sure of it. He knows the Establishment’s stench is unacceptable to We the People.

PS: My husband did ask the question, “I wonder which team Strange and Moore supports, Auburn or Alabama?” Told you, they take their football seriously in Alabama.

3 responses to Strange vs Moore; Auburn vs Alabama

  1. ColdWarrior September 24th, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Great article. I hope the conservatives who ordinarily do not vote in primary elections will turn out for Roy Moore.

    It’s all about which side has the better turnout strategy to reach those conservatives who don’t respond to mailers, radio ads, TV ads, robo calls, etc., but will listen to a real, live caller who is a fellow Republican telling them who the best conservative is in the race and promising to drop off at their door succinct information explaining why, and then following through on the promise. Boost the turnout of these good conservatives who do not pay attention to politics very much, and usually do not vote in the primary because they don’t know who to vote for, for your candidate and you will greatly increase your chances of winning. It’s how Dave Brat defeated Eric Cantor.

    Guess what Republican turnout was in the AL primary for this special election? About 10 per cent!

    >>>>

    Turnout is dismal
    Turnout for today’s Senate primary could be even lower than projected, according to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill. Merrill told the AP Tuesday afternoon turnout could be as low as 10 to 15 percent, based on current trends. Merrill had originally predicted a turnout of around 25 percent.

    <<<<<

    Source: https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/08/alabama_senate_primary_2017_wh.html

    Recall that in the Thad Cochran/Chris McDaniel contest in MS in 2014 83% of Republicans did not turn out to vote.

    In the Texas Republican primaries that year, about 90% of Republicans stayed home.

    So . . . ought we not focus on the old-fashioned, basic American civics methods of getting out the vote? Of course we should. It’s common sense. Let’s make it cool to be a Trump supporter who really “gets” what to do and how to do it – efficiently.

    If President Trump doesn’t “get” this, maybe those of us who do should take over the Republican Party apparatus without his help.

    It's up to "We the People."

    Bottom line: when over one half of the 400,000 or so Republican Party precinct committeeman slots go begging for a warm, conservative body, allowing the RINOs to run our party at the local district committee, county committee, state committee, and the Republican National Committee levels, we have met the enemy, and he is us.

    I hope Roy Moore and his campaign are doing a Brat-style GOTV effort and not just crossing their fingers that Steve Bannon's appearance tomorrow night at a campaign rally is going to cause a surge in turnout. Because those that need to surge won't be paying any attention to that rally.

    Thank you.
    CW

    • Lady_Penguin September 24th, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Yes, primary vote turnouts are often dismal. Maybe this one will be slightly better. Luther Strange has many defenders and may be okay, but something about that McConnell support just pushes me in the opposite direction. McConnell and the Republicans, as they exist right now, can never be trusted again. I do trust President Trump.

  2. Melody Warbington September 25th, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Luther Strange is as corrupt as the day is long.* Strange was endorsed by McConnell and the Senate Leadership Fund which spent $4 to $8M on vile ads full of lies that smeared Mo Brooks in the run-off, and now he’s doing the same to Roy Moore. I get 2-3 mailers every day from Strange. If Lyin’ Luther wins, we’ll be stuck with him for 30 years because nobody will have the money to challenge him. If Moore wins, he could face a challenge in 2 years. If Lyin’ Luther wins the run-off, I’ll either write in or vote for the Democrat.

    *When our corrupt governor was cheating on his wife and using government resources for the cover up, not to mention intimidating witnesses, Luther, as AG asked our legislature to suspend their investigation because dueling investigations and multiple folks investigation witnesses wasn’t helpful. Then he got the appointment from the Luv Gov and said he wasn’t investigating him. I’ve heard this first-hand from multiple legislators I know personally. Thankfully, the legislature re-booted its investigation and the governor was forced to resign or we might still be stuck with a corrupt governor thanks to Luther’s willingness to say and do anything to get ahead. Then there’s the years he spent as a lobbyist in DC.

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