Editorial

Roy Moore is back to doing what he does best.

The two-time ousted chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, who lost in the special election for the U.S. Senate in 2017, is once again in the political ring, although he really never left.

In a star-spangled speech about God, country and the American way on Thursday, Moore announced he is making another run at the Senate.

For Moore, the challenges will come from a host of candidates who want to be Alabama’s next Republican senator. Today, the odds for gaining the Republican nomination are in Moore's favor.

Remember, with all the controversy of his past — erecting a likeness of the Ten Commandments and refusing to remove it, and defying a U.S. Supreme Court order on same-sex marriage — Moore made it through the Republican primary to face Democrat Doug Jones.

He was such an undesirable candidate to enough Republicans, however, that when he reached the win-all duel with Jones, his support wavered enough to lose and give Alabama its first Democratic U.S. senator since the late Howell Heflin left office in 1997.

Whether liked or disliked, Moore enters the race with widespread name recognition. His appeal to deeply conservative and many religious-based voters ensures he has more than a fighting chance of meeting Jones again.

Within a minute of Moore announcing his candidacy, the powerful Senate Leadership Fund, dedicated to expanding the Republican majority in Washington, posted this statement:

"We believe most Alabama Republicans realize that nominating Roy Moore would be gift wrapping this Senate seat for Chuck Schumer. It remains to be seen whether Moore can escape his baggage without his candidacy collapsing under its own weight, regardless of what groups on the outside do." - SLF Communications Director Jack Pandol

Even President Donald Trump has urged Moore to stay on the sidelines. But Moore is a proud, determined and stubborn icon of defiance. He's in, and the heat is turned-up for Republicans.

Jones was being counted out for a return ticket to Washington. With the prospect of Moore leading Republicans to the general election, Jones just saw his chances of being re-elected raise the political thermometer.

Voters will ultimately decide the outcome in 2020, but, when Moore entered the race on Thursday, Alabama lost.

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