A few days ago, I saw a headline (which I can’t find now) about how confident Alabama Republicans were that they could retake their Senate seat from Doug Jones. I didn’t read it, because it’s pretty self explanatory. Alabama is a red state. A VERY red state. The seat in question was previously held by Jeff Sessions, who resigned when he became Attorney General. All the statewide offices in Alabama are held by Republicans. And the only reason Doug Jones is representing the state now is because of the stupid storm of stupidity that allowed Roy Moore to become the party’s nominee. Heck, I wrote this whole paragraph without assistance it’s so obvious. Of course the GOP is confident they can win back the seat! Why wouldn’t they be? The state party chair is already calling him “One and done Doug.” They couldn’t possibly find a worse candidate to run in 2020.
Well, apparently Roy Moore is going to have to hold his OWN beer on this one! Because it looks like he might run again. He showed up at a GOP gala dinner last Friday. And his son is sending out fundraising emails under his new PAC “Conservative States of America” (a curiously titled PAC that invokes for many a comparison to the “Confederate States of America.”)
Another Moore candidacy is the worst nightmare of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and could lead to a repeat of the same disaster as the LAST Senate race. If Moore DOES run, the NRSC would take steps to block him.
“The NRSC’s official stance is ABRM: anyone but Roy Moore,” said Kevin McLaughlin, the committee’s executive director. “The only thing Doug Jones and I agree on is that his only prayer for electoral success in 2020 is a rematch with Roy Moore.”
It’s not like Republicans don’t have any other options. Representative Bradley Byrne already declared his candidacy last week. Mo Brooks – who lost to Moore in last year’s primary – is reportedly considering another run as well.
If Roy Moore actually cares about his state, the Republican party and our country, he’ll stay home and enjoy his retirement. If he wants to serve his own ego and send Doug Jones back to Washington for a full term, he’ll jump into the race.
Oh well, at least maybe we’d hear more from his horse on Twitter. That guy is hilarious!