Roy Moore = George Wallace

Charles Dean, a columnist for an Alabama newspaper, makes the obvious and accurate comparison of current Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore to former Alabama Governor George Wallace, who attempted to defy the federal courts to prevent black people from getting an education:

Almost 52 years ago Gov. George Wallace made his infamous stand in the schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama to block two black students from registering for classes.

It was really all for show. Wallace knew he had no authority to stop the students. The federal courts had ruled that the time had come to integrate UA and to back up that order President John F. Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard to make sure the law was enforced and the peace maintained.

Still Wallace continued. He got his moment. Cameras captured it for front pages across the nation. TV broadcast it around the world painting Alabama as an intolerant place.

It is still an image we fight…

But last night Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered all probate judges not to follow the federal order and instead continue to enforce the state’s ban against same sex marriage. Moore threatened that any probate judge carrying out the federal court order could be impeached by Gov. Robert Bentley. That’s something Bentley has never threatened to do nor is he threatening to do it now despite what Moore has said.

Before Moore’s Sunday night attempt to highjack the federal court order, only a handful of probate judges said they would refuse to follow it, moving the state to the cusp of historic change.

Then Moore stepped in to block the courthouse door, much the same in my view as Wallace did at UA in 1963.

Yep. And like Wallace, he will lose. Hopefully he will be removed from office again, as happened the first time he tried to defy the federal courts a decade ago, though the clueless voters of that state then returned him to his position a couple years ago. Moore, like Wallace, is doing everything he can to prevent equality from being a reality in Alabama. He can’t win, ultimately, but he can and has created a hell of a mess in the meantime.

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  • illdoittomorrow

    Pardon my ignorance as Soviet Canuckistani, but once you’re removed from the bench for cause, why isn’t that the end of the road for his career, at least as a judge, if not as a practitioner of law? I’m a bit miffed as to why and how he got a second chance.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He can’t win, ultimately, but he can and has created a hell of a mess in the meantime.

    That’s SOP for Alabama. It’s the Mississippi of states. True story.

  • typecaster

    Modus – haven’t you heard? The state motto of Mississippi is “Thank God for Alabama.” It generally places 50th in all those categories that Mississippi places 49th.

  • http://reasondecrystallized.blogspot.com andrew

    Standing athwart the tide of history and taking a selfie to jack off to later.

  • wpjoe

    Sigh. I used to live in Birmingham, and that is a very nice place to live. It is such a shame that clowns like this judge keep doing fool things like this. I hope that most Alabamans do not support his bigoted position.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    @illdoittomorrow

    The problem is that some judgeships are elected. What’s supposed to happen is that the electorate thinks “Oh, shit, we elected a moron; we’re not going to let that happen again.” What did happen is “Oh shit, our favorite moron got tossed off the bench; let’s get him back there as fast as we can!” Roy Moore reflects the electorate of Alabama. They want this bozo on the bench.

    As far as I can tell, there are no requirements for running for the Alabama Supreme Court other than being a resident of Alabama.

  • blf

    Apropos of nothing much, Wallace did recant (eventually), but drew a distinction between racism and segregation, and more-or-less denied ever being a racist, just a segregationist. That’s basically bullshite, and in his early political career, he went hard-racist (“I was out-nworded, and I will never be out-nworded again”), apparently in response to losing to someone who was explicitly racist (a KKK member, as I dimly recall).

  • eric

    CNN was covering this story just before the WH press meeting about an hour ago. They had Toobin on as their legal guy and I was pleasantly surprised when he didn’t try and give a ‘both sides’ or faux even-handed analysis. He just outright said that Moore was a nut. Very refreshing to see the mainstream media not waffle on something like this.

  • colnago80

    Re blf @ #7

    That’s accurate. In the 1958 campaign for governor which Wallace lost, he was the “moderate” in the race on racial issues.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    “Homophobia now, homophobia tomorrow, and homophobia forever!”

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    Hopefully he will be removed from office again, as happened the first time he tried to defy the federal courts a decade ago, though the clueless voters of that state then returned him to his position a couple years ago.

    As idiotic as it is that Moore was elected once more to the position he had been removed from- and for the exact same thing he’s doing now- some of that blame does rest on the state Democratic Party. Their initial candidate was as certifiably bugfu*cked insane as Moore, just of a different flavor. Many recognized this from the get-go and demanded a new candidate. While they eventually admitted as much and replaced that candidate with someone far better- who also had a lot of support from conservatives- it was very late in the game and they hardly put anything into the campaign.

  • Georgia Sam

    @3: And vice versa.