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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Whose Fault Is That?

Recently, Roy Moore's spokesman J. Holland said:

he's tired of Moore being pigeon-holed as a one-issue candidate, saying Moore is the only candidate that has a platform. He's taken stands against accepting political action committee money, and hammered Riley and the Legislature for approving annual property tax reappraisals, which Moore says are tantamount to annual tax increases. He also wants the state Legislature to meet every other year instead of every year, and supports term limits and closing the U.S. borders to illegal aliens. "Judge Roy Moore is a well-rounded candidate," Holland said.

Sure he is. I have no idea why anyone would think of Moore as a one issue candidate. Of course, there is stuff like this:

[Yesterday] at Birmingham's Linn Park, Moore addressed more than 300 supporters, including veterans. Moore wore a black ball cap with gold lettering spelling out "Vietnam veteran." The West Point graduate, who served in Vietnam, held most of his audience spellbound as he quoted from speeches, much of it from memory, of past presidents and dead soldiers.

The speeches or parts of speeches Moore used all took him to his central point for the day - that America and Alabama were once places that acknowledged God, but are now places where that acknowledgment is under attack.

"For the last 20 years, we've seen an attack to take away our acknowledgment of God," Moore told the crowd. He criticized efforts to ban prayer in public schools. He criticized "men in black robes" who he said think they know more than God and who unlawfully order removal of the Ten Commandments from courthouses.

If Holland does not want people to see Moore as a one issue candidate, then Moore needs to change his message. The problem is Roy Moore, not perceptions of Roy Moore.