Wednesday, February 19, 2020

In order to understand the world, you first must understand a place like Alabama

A Florida Keys lawyer buddy emailed:

Sloan-Never WHY Jeff recused-My recollection is he was having conversations with the Russian Ambassador & HAD to recuse-This is a good article, though-Doug Jones is the rare prosecutor I like-Keep the faith.

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.

Jeff Sessions was cast out by Trump. Will Alabama take him back?
Running for Senate, he still pledges his loyalty to the president. For many Alabama Republicans, that’s not loyal enough.

I replied:

Am unable to get into Washington Post article, because can't figure out how to disable ad blocker.

Whatever President Trump once felt about Jeff Sessions, if it boils down to Sessions or Doug Jones, I imagine Trump will come to Alabama and hug Sessions like his favorite brother at staged red media events. 

I think Sessions demonstrated some semblance of a soul when he recused himself from over-sighting Robert Mueller, but I also think Sessions is not on the same playing field nor in the same league with Democrat Jones, whom I bet did not get one Alabama white supremacist vote in the 2017 special election to replace Sessions, whom Trump had appointed Attorney General.

Jones won in 2017, because 20,000 Alabama Republicans voted for a write-in instead of Roy Moore, who made Jeff Sessions look like a latter day saint. However, I think Jones looks like St. Peter compared to Sessions. 

I imagine 95 percent of Alabama reds are sure they are saved by Jesus, and they will figure out a way to demonize Jones. Do Alabama reds resent U.S. Attorney Jones convicted Georgia Klansmen who bombed 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham?

Do Alabama reds resent Sessions was nominated by President Reagan for U.S. District Judge, but after charges of racism arose, the nomination was withdrawn? 

I suppose it boils down to whether there are more black and white liberal Alabama voters, or more red Alabama voters.

Jones has my vote, not because he's a Democrat, but because I think he resembles Jesus a heap more than Sessions does.


Then, I stumbled across:

Trump predicts GOP will win back Jones's Alabama Senate seat after impeachment vote

BY JOHN BOWDEN - 02/09/20 03:38 PM EST
President Trump predicted on Saturday that Republicans would recapture the Alabama Senate seat held by Sen. Doug Jones (D) in November after Jones cast a vote to convict Trump on two articles of impeachment passed by the House.
The president indicated that he thought Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) would have convinced Jones to vote against his removal from office, thus protecting Jones from political consequences.
"So good to see that Republicans will be winning the Great State of Alabama Senate Seat back, now that lightweight Senator @DougJones cast a partisan vote for the Impeachment Hoax. Thought his boss, Cryin’ Chuck, would have forced him to vote against the Hoax. A Do Nothing Stiff!"
Jones was one of several Democratic senators who were considered to be swing votes ahead of the president's acquittal vote last week, with others including Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) sticking with their party and voting against the president on the vote that saw one Republican, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), join with Democrats in their unsuccessful push to remove Trump over the articles of impeachment passed by the House.
He is up for reelection later this year after winning a special election to finish the remainder of the term begun by former Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), who left the seat to accept a spot as attorney general in the Trump administration.

In 2017, Alabama's U.S. Senator Richard Shelby said he believed the women accusers against Roy Moore and he would write in a prominent Republican's name and about 20,000 other Alabama Republican voters did same, and that enabled the Democrat Doug Jones to squeak into the U.S. Senate. I don't belong to a political party, I grew up in Birmingham, practiced law there. As I grew older, I became more and more ashamed of my slow waking up and Alabama politics, racism, etc. As the US Attorney in Birmingham, Doug Jones prosecuted and convicted Klansmen for bombing a black Birmingham church. Now Jones is vilified by Trump and his horde of white Alabama MAGAs. probably 95 percent of whom claim Jesus saved them. I'd like to be a fly on the wall when Jesus asks them about that at their roll call up yonder.

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