Showdown at the Courthouse

SHOWDOWN AT THE COURTHOUSE….Southern Appeal reports that Judge Roy Moore has (unsurprisingly) refused a court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building. Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor, currently fighting for an appeals court judgeship against charges that he is too ideological to enforce laws he disagrees with, says he’ll enforce the law even though he disagrees with it:

In this controversy, I will strive to uphold the rule of law. We have a government of laws, not of men. I will exercise any authority provided to me, under Alabama law, to bring the State into compliance with the injunction of the federal court….

Smart move, although I’m a little puzzled by what “any authority provided to me” means. I think a crane and a big truck are probably the required authority in this case, and hopefully Pryor will put his money where his mouth is and get them over there. It’s the right thing to do.

And will it help with his Senate battle? Probably not, but you never know.

UPDATE: Matt Yglesias says you really have to catch Moore’s rant on TV to get the full flavor of the guy. I should add that Moore is Alabama’s Chief Justice, an elected position, and his angry rants are what put him there. Maybe Howard Dean should take lessons?

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