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My after the primary hangover is terrible.  

Last night, the fundamentalist white people's party, I mean the Alabama Republican Party, nominated Rick (I may be Catholic but I am white and authoritarian) Santorum and Newt (I am too old to ask your daughter for a BJ) Gingrich, and effectively put Judge Roy (Ten Commandments) Moore back as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.  I did not care about the GOP races and never thought Moore stood a chance since he did so poorly in his last gubernatorial race.  He won 51%.

Judge Roy Moore first came to fame when he denied a lesbian mother custody of her children solely on the grounds of her homosexuality.  The Ten Commandments plaque in his courtroom was noticed by attorneys who were familiar with the first amendment to the US Constitution.  The ensuing furor resulted in the election of Roy Moore the Alabama Supreme Court as Chief Justice.  A sculptor carved a Ten Commandments monument and Roy Moore had it installed in the state's judicial building in the dead of night.  More lawsuits ensued, and Justice Moore refused to obey a Federal Court order.  Eventually he was removed from office.  One can not be an effective justice if one does not buy into the premise of judicial authority and stare decisis.  

Oh, I know the Republicans are irrational.  That is no surprise.  What torments me is that the Democratic Party of Alabama did not recruit a candidate to run against Roy Moore.  Instead, a character out of a Faulkner novel is running.  Harry Lyon is a Pelham, Alabama lawyer known for not getting along with his neighbor and has run for office as both a Republican and Democrat before.   He has suggested public executions, though I am not sure if that is for illegal immigrants or Legislators.
Make no mistake, no one from the Democratic party would ever ask Lyon to run.  In fact, the Democratic Party of Alabama did not put up any candidates for the appellate bench.  

As a liberal Alabamian, I protest this refusal to believe that miracles can happen!  A candidate can be found in bed with the proverbial dead girl or live boy!  Or the Rapture could decimate the voting rolls!  We have to fight the good fight!  The lack of political competition in this state is unhealthy.  

I am therefore seeking a candidate who will agree to be the subject of a write in campaign for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.  Know any decent lawyers who are members of the Alabama Bar Association?  

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  •  I second your call (0+ / 0-)

    Have the final Mobile County boxes been counted? I am not giving up until Mobile is counted.

    They've had shenanigans with those boxes before. Moore was not the establishment candidate. Just sayin' ... .

    Do you know why the party just gave up on all the statewide judicial races?

    Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

    by susanala on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 12:26:32 PM PDT

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    your title.  (Loved that movie.)

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 12:39:14 PM PDT

  •  The AL Democratic party didn't "just give up" (1+ / 0-)
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    They tried to recruit candidates for those judicial posts but after the 2010 bloodbath and the Republican dominance of court races for almost 15 years, no one with credibility was willing to run.  I doubt anyone is more disappointed than Judge Kennedy about that.  The state party is rebuilding, literally from nothing.  The new administration inherited a huge debt, a tarnished brand and virtually no organization.  

    If you aren't satisfied with the sad state of affairs, please contribute to the Alabama Democrats, on a monthly basis, if possible.  Especially in Alabama.  $10 a month will make a difference, $25 even more.  There are good people in there now, but they can't work miracles on a less than shoestring budget.  For starters, it would help a heck of a lot if they had the money to hire a communications director.

  •  The screenshot of Harry Lyon's Web site (1+ / 0-)
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    with the giant lion cracks me up.

    Or it would if this guy weren't our candidate for Chief Justice.

    Seriously, I'd have loved to have had a full slate of candidates and contested Democratic primaries all across the state.  But Judge Kennedy walked in the door as ADP chair January of last year with a outstanding debt of hundreds of thousands and barely enough money to pay the office utility bill.

    He spent months apologizing for the previous administration's failures and foibles and begging for money.  He's not taking a paycheck; it has to be a labor of love.

    I WISH the state and local parties had been better at recruitment but this was a rebuilding year for the party and one guy with just 2-3 paid staffers (some part-time) can't do everything.

    I hear your frustration and I'm frustrated too.  But I can't blame Mark Kennedy for the entire situation.

    Yes. There ARE progressive Democrats in Alabama. Visit with us at Left in Alabama

    by countrycat on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 04:57:28 PM PDT

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