Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Roy Moore, the Republican party, and hypocrisy

An article in the Boston Globe points out that Roy "Ten Commandments Judge" Moore's popularity in Alabama could lead to a nasty problem for the national Republican party:

Moore, a Republican who enjoys widespread support in his home state, is poised to run against a vulnerable Republican governor. If he 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.

Wouldn't that be awesome, if something happened that exposed a fundamental hypocrisy in the Republican party--the tension between states' rights and making-states-do-everything-right-wing-Christians-want-them-to? The only thing that would be better would be if a bunch of Republican Senators were trying to force the federal courts to overturn years of state court decisions about a woman in a vegetative state. That would really make it clear what hypocrites they are! Oh, wait . . .

OK, then, it would be just as cool if a bunch of Republicans were trying to pass a federal Constitutional amendment that would trump each state's marriage laws. No way would people fail to notice the conflict there! Oh . . .

I think it's time to return to celebrity gossip.

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