Former Alabama Chief Justice, Judge Roy Moore, defeated McConnell lackey and President Trump-supported incumbent, Luther Strange, last night. And it wasn’t some close primary election that will end up meaning nothing. Judge Moore defeated the Trump-backed Strange by winning 63 of the 67 counties in Alabama.
Candidates win elections, but it was Christian conservatism and the biblical principles of liberty and moral law that aided the anti-swamp environment against the McConnell-Trump alliance, and that’s a good thing for America. But some of the initial takes from the DC smart set don’t agree and some of their early takes on Moore’s win are somewhere between amusing and certifiably insane. The left-wing takes are beyond certifiably insane, so I’m gonna focus on the initial takes from the Right.
Early #take. Roy winning will reinforce theory that GOP voters care more abt triggering libs/media than Trump loyalty or Truecon principles.
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) September 27, 2017
First, there was Tim Miller on Twitter. He’s a self-described Jeb! Bush alum, which probably means he worked for the Bush campaign, and President of America Rising (another establishment machine advertised as conservative). He took to Twitter to declare his “smart” analysis, which was to claim that the Moore win is about “triggering the lib/media” more than “Trump loyalty or Truecon principles.”
And from another tweet, in his ignorance of God’s moral law, he also seemed to suggest Judge Moore was crazier than Todd Akin, while accusing the GOP of having nobody willing to stand up to Moore’s alleged brand of crazy. Mr. Miller has since clarified his early take as coming from the perspective of the 2016 election. But even this clarification falls short because it fails to consider Judge Moore’s principled stands against the establishment and judicial supremacists, even at the expense of his own career.
And then there was David French, a National Review senior writer, who I normally enjoy reading and usually agree with on most issues. His early take on why Judge Moore won was the more certifiably insane view, from a conservative point of view. Because frankly, it was plain nonsense and it showed that he’s never examined who Judge Moore is and what his actual positions are or his record.
Mr. French was on the Glenn Beck Program this morning, and Glenn started by asking his take on the Alabama primary and Moore’s win. Mr. French’s “hot take” sounded more like an Evan McMullin, DC smart set switched bodies with him and ignorantly assumed Judge Moore is a populist, which in most cases should be interpreted interchangeably with nationalism (most people make this common mistake). He claimed with a serious voice, as if he knows what he’s talking about, that Trump’s populist wave nominated him for the Senate seat once occupied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
He also insanely accused the South for being essentially infatuated more with populism over God’s moral law. It wasn’t Trump’s populism that caused the South to go for Trump. The Southern environment is one that is fed up with the anti-South elitists in the North and on the coasts, and Hillary was seen as the embodiment of that Northern corruption. Trump took advantage of the environment of Southern anger in the Bible belt, and Trump had the name ID to do it.
The left-wing media will latch onto a few choice words from Judge Moore’s stump speeches over his career, and without understanding the biblical and theological context, they will portray him as certifiably crazy. I’m personally less concerned about their “hot takes” on Moore’s win because they’re even more certifiable than French’s absurd ignorance.
If grassroots conservatives, and even the DC smart set, want an honest take on why Judge Roy Moore defeated the Trump-backed Luther Strange, then they should read Steve Deace and Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review. They know Judge Moore and his record, and they understand why Alabamans trust and like his firebrand and principled stands against the Ruling Class and judicial supremacists.
The Alabama primary was similar to the 2016 election because the Bible belt and the Southern political environment is still fundamentally opposed to the DC swamp, and the McConnell-Trump alliance supporting Luther Strange was the face of the swamp. But it is not the 2016 election because Alabama voters and Bible belt voters are not the same as Rust belt and Midwest anti-swamp voters. And Judge Roy Moore is not Donald J. Trump.
In 2016, nationally, what the DC smart set calls a “populist wave,” was an anti-swamp election and Trump took advantage of that environment and made it a bigger priority than God’s moral law. That is how Alabama and the Bible belt went for Trump over more godly candidates like Rand Paul or Ted Cruz.
However, the Alabama primary is about who Alabama voters believe embodies their political environment and feelings, not all Trump and Cruz supporters nationwide. Judge Moore had the bigger name ID statewide than the incumbent, Luther Strange. It was Judge Moore’s known stands against the swamp and judicial supremacists as a Chief Justice, at the expense of his own career – twice. It helped him take advantage of that Alabama environment. Judge Moore’s record standing up for and defending God in the public square and the original intent of the Constitution was seen as the anti-swamp solution for Alabama voters.
The Trump-backed Luther Strange was the Alabama face of the McConnell swamp in DC. Trump supporters united with Cruz supporters to reject Trump’s populist personality because Alabama voters equated it to the McConnell swamp. The magnitude of that image made Judge Moore’s record of Christian conservatism and moral law constitutionalism more appealing than Trump’s personality and populism.
Donald Trump’s 2016 win showed that grassroots conservatives and the Bible belt would settle for candidates if they were only anti-swamp. However, Judge Roy Moore’s win shows they will vote for anti-swamp candidates who have a record fighting for Godly principles and the Constitution more. Moral law and God are more important to the Bible belt than the young hippie pastors give credit, even if mocking the Bible belt in the pulpit causes laughter from their congregations.