I have a little saying — Alabama exists only to make Georgians feel better about themselves. I’ve had to temper that, however, as one of my best friends hails from there, while my sister resides in Auburn, though I can’t resist the occassional dig at our neighbors to the west.
But not today. Alabamians deserve credit for roundly rejecting the candidacy of former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who received only 33 percent of the vote in the Republican primary against incumbent Gov. Bob Riley. Moore, you may recall, refused to abide by a federal judge’s order that he remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.
Meanwhile, the results in the Democratic primary for attorney general were a bit of a puzzler. One of the candidates, Larry Darby, founder of the Atheist Law Center, received 44 percent of the Democratic vote in God’s country. Sounds downright progressive.
Not exactly. Darby is also a Holocaust denier with white supremacist views. Imagine the dilemma faced by certain voters — "Well, he don’t believe in God but he does hate Jews and coloreds."
Still, hats off to the state that created George Wallace for rejecting Moore’s demogogery. I can only hope Georgians will follow Alabama’s lead by rejecting former Christian Coalition guru Ralph Reed’s candidacy for lieutenant governor. If we don’t, then I guess I’ll have to retire my snarky maxim.