Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

George Will, Washington Post - He was born in May 1954, 13 days before the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision. He was 16 when he attended, at this city's Legion Field, the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. the University of Southern California Trojans football game in which USC's Sam Cunningham, an African American all-American, led a 42-21 thumping of the home team, thereby (so goes the much-embellished but true-enough story) advancing the integration of the region through its cultural pulse, college football. Roll Tide. As a second-year law student, G. Douglas (Doug) Jones cut classes to attend the 1977 trial of one of the church bombers, Robert "Dynamite Bob" Chambliss. In 2001 and 2002, as U.S. attorney, Jones successfully prosecuted two other bombers.

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Today, this son of a steelworker stands between Roy Moore -- an Elmer Gantry mixing piety and cupidity: He and his family have done well financially running a foundation -- and the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. Moore campaigns almost entirely on social issues -- National Football League protests, the transgender menace -- and the wild liberalism of Jones, a law-and-order prosecutor and deer and turkey hunter who says he has "a safe full of guns." Jones's grandfathers were members of the mineworkers' and steelworkers' unions: Birmingham, surrounded by coal and iron ore, was Pittsburgh -- a steel city -- almost before Pittsburgh was. Jones hopes economic and health-care issues matter more. It has been 21 years since a Democratic Senate candidate won even 40 percent of Alabama's vote. It has, however, been even longer -- not since the George Wallace era -- that the state's identity has been hostage to a politician who assumes that Alabamians are eager to live down to hostile caricatures of them.

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By any sober rendering of their records, a strong case can be made that Doug Jones is the superior candidate compared to Roy Moore without any of Moore's recent allegations even being considered. Jones is not a stereotypical liberal in any sense of the word, and his background as a prosecutor (along with his success in prosecuting 2 of the infamous Birmingham Church bombers responsible for the deaths of four little girls in the 60s) immunizes him from the usual labels of being soft on crime or unsympathetic to law enforcement.

Hopefully the voters in Alabama will look more closely beyond the D and R labels to realize the decency and competence of Jones compared to the alleged deviancy and egoistic privilege espoused and practiced by Roy Moore, twice ejected from Alabama's Supreme Court for his failure to uphold the laws as they're written.

The choice shouldn't really be that hard.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-11-14 09:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Agreed on all accounts.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-14 10:33 AM | Reply

Is this a Twin Peaks crossover?

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-11-14 11:53 AM | Reply

Roy Moore has an enemy in Douglas Jones.

#4 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-11-14 12:36 PM | Reply

The more "elites" from NY and DC tell the "deplorables" of Alabama how to vote and what's in "their best interests", the more likely they are to tell NY and DC to F-off and vote for the child molester. Once again, these folks really hate being told what to do and how they should feel by outsiders.

#5 | Posted by morris at 2017-11-14 02:11 PM | Reply

The more "elites" from NY and DC tell the "deplorables" of Alabama how to vote....

You need to learn how to read. There is not a single statement either in Will's nor the comments "telling" Alabamians how they should vote. If that's what you see, then you need glasses and a dictionary.

The only thing being said is that outsiders hope that Alabamians will look deeply at both candidates and honestly choose the one who's shown themselves worthy of their trust and will represent them with dignity instead of what many see as self-interested privilege and denial.

If people do that objectively with both men's history, deeds and accomplishments as their guide it would not be hard to predict the winner. But life seldom happens with objectivity, hence the reason why "hope" was invoked.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-11-14 06:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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