Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Judge Moore May Challenge Wimpy Republicans

Judge Roy Moore of Alabama, famous for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, may run for governor in that state. This could bring on a big confrontation between Moore and President Bush, according to the Boston Globe ("Conservatives' popularity may be a problem for GOP"). We say, bring it on!

"If [Moore] wins, some party strategists speculate, he could defy a federal court order again by erecting a religious monument outside the Alabama state Capitol building. With the 2008 presidential race looming, President Bush would then face a no-win decision: either call out the National Guard to enforce a court order against a religious display on state grounds or allow a fellow born-again Christian to defy the courts.

"The pitched political warfare over the direction of the nation's courts has energized many GOP voters, but it has also produced a restless Christian right movement that contends Bush has been too moderate on issues ranging from gay marriage to judicial nominations to the Terri Schiavo case. These conservatives want Moore to run for president as a platform for their cause."

Here in Massachusetts, conservatives' frustration with supposed Republicans has become old-hat. Governor Romney has disappointed again and again, when even without the legislature behind him, he could have made many bold moves. (Ever hear of an Executive Order?)

We would love to see Republicans brought back to where they should be on the religious basis of our legal system and government . Maybe a Moore candidacy will accomplish that.