The GOP Prepares to Die, as the Alabama Republicans Stick by Judge Roy Moore

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. According to a Washington Post story Nov. 9, an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

By any rational measure, Judge Roy Moore should never have been nominated as a senatorial candidate. His statements over the years have proved that he does not understand the constitutional separation of church and state; he believes his role is โ€œto obey Godโ€™s law,โ€ not that of the state or nation in which he presides.

He believes that homosexuality is a perversion that should be outlawed, and that โ€œdisfavoring practicing homosexuals in custody matters promotes the general welfare of the people of our State in accordance with our law, which is the duty of its public servants.โ€ For Moore, to award custody to a gay parent is to ignore issues of โ€œpublic moralityโ€:

The common law designates homosexuality as an inherent evil, and if a person openly engages in such a practice, that fact alone would render him or her an unfit parent.

The truth is, as Dahlia Lithwick and James Sample write in Slate:

Brazen, unapologetic contempt for the rule of law is not often a trait associated with judges, much less justices. Yet, this has long been Mooreโ€™s calling card and a rallying cry for his loyal supporters. Mooreโ€™s patent defiance of the most fundamental tenets of American law should have disqualified him from public office years ago.

All one must do to find out if these writers are correct is to examine Mooreโ€™s record. For example, he believes that parts of Illinois and Indiana operate under sharia law, and says that a Muslim cannot be a member of Congress since his loyalty is not to the United States. As a federal judge, he has claimed the right to say that citizens in his jurisdiction do not need to obey existing law, such as the right to gay marriage. For this offense, along with his refusal to remove the Ten Commandments from public display outside his office, Moore was twice removed from his judgeship.

This is the man Steve Bannon, the former White House strategic adviser, supported as a candidate.  Appearing at one of Mooreโ€™s rallies, Bannon praised Moore as just the kind of populist nationalist who represents Trumpism, and hence the people. Par for the course. Among Bannonโ€™s other favorite candidates contesting โ€œestablishment Republicansโ€ is Michael Grimm, recently let out of prison for tax fraud.

Now, the Washington Post has run its story detailing reports of four different women who were approached by Moore when they were young teenagers; one claims she was sexually assaulted. Leigh Corfman says she was 14 when Moore approached her and her mother while they were sitting on a bench waiting to enter the court for a custody trial. At the time Moore would have been 32 years old. Corfman says he offered to watch her while her mother was in the hearing; it seemed like a good idea. Instead, he reportedly got the teenagerโ€™s phone number and later drove her to his house, where he undressed her to her underwear, got undressed himself, and proceeded to inappropriately touch her.