The twin GOP debates on Wednesday night were a five-hour opera of posturing nuttiness — but far from the only conservative inanity on display this week. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:
5. Roy Moore
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was Kim Davis before it was cool to be Kim Davis. (Please note that it is still not cool to be Kim Davis.)
In the months before the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage, the conservative Moore announced loudly and proudly that he would not honor any such decision, likening it to — of course — the judicial immorality of Dred Scott (which is kind of the go-to bogeyman for these obstinate government officials when they want to discredit the rule of law).
Moore, whose record is checkered with defending segregationist language in Alabama’s constitution and flouting a judge’s order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from courthouse grounds, is back in the media spotlight, speaking at the Eagle Forum in St. Louis, Missouri last week, where, according to Right Wing Watch, he “dedicated his entire speech to attacking the Obergefell decision and, like Davis’ lawyers, compared the clerk to victims of the Holocaust.”
After reading Martin Niemöller’s poem “First They Came For The Socialists…,” Moore decided to write his own version in honor of Davis: “Ladies in gentlemen, we can say the same thing today. They came for the bakers, I didn’t bake cakes. They came for the florists, but I didn’t deal with flowers. They came for the little clerk down in Kentucky by the name of Kim Davis, but I’m not a clerk, I have nothing do with issuing licenses. Then they came for me, and nobody was left.”
“This will touch every person in this room, every child in this room eventually,” he said of Obergefell. “This opinion is not like other opinions that have been issued.”
He’s right: This opinion is not like Dred Scott.
Via Right Wing Watch