It's been a quarter century since Louisiana-grown political consultant James Carville helped steer Bill Clinton under the guiding principle that "it's the economy, stupid." The line, though, remains an evergreen nugget of political wisdom. In fact, it might be a theme for Alabama business leaders looking to avert the mortification of electing the most divisive candidate in recent memory, Roy Moore, to the U.S. Senate in next week's special election. Moore's possible elevation to the seat held for years by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was problematic before the Washington Post started digging into his background with teenage girls. Even before Moore emerged as the Republican nominee, his history of defying court orders — one to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the court and one to abide by the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage — had twice cost him a post as chief judge on the state Supreme Court, and his hateful remarks toward gay people and … [Read more...] about Stephanie Grace: Economic argument helped end David Duke’s ascent; could the same thing work with Roy Moore?
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In today's sharply divided politics, contests for the United States Senate tend to be much more about which party voters prefer than which candidate is most admirable. Case in point: Republican David Vitter easily won reelection in 2010, three years after revelations of his contacts with a Washington, DC prostitution ring, by casting himself as the one thing standing between Louisiana and Democratic President Barack Obama. And even before last week's shocking, well-sourced Washington Post exposé alleging that Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore had initiated sexual encounters with teenage girls as young as 14, handicappers have been wondering whether Alabama would follow suit. If Louisiana tilts red in national elections, Alabama is about as Republican as states come. The seat Moore hopes to claim was previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was considered a rightward outlier on many issues even among fellow Republicans but who attracted no opposition the last … [Read more...] about Stephanie Grace: In Duke-Edwards race, Louisiana drew the line; where’s Alabama’s line with Roy Moore?