Theocratic judges fall short

THEOCRATIC JUDGES FALL SHORT…. We talked last week about a group of Christian conservative attorneys in Southern California who were running for the San Diego Superior Court. They were surprisingly candid about their intentions: they considered themselves to be on a “mission from God,” and wanted to impose their theocratic views on the public. Instead of making decisions based on the rule of law, these four judicial candidates vowed to base rulings on “Christian values.”

To follow up, it’s worth noting that all of the theocrats lost this week.

Four Christian lawyers who vowed to be God’s ambassadors on the bench have lost their bids to oust four San Diego Superior Court judges.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting early yesterday, incumbent judges Lantz Lewis, Joel Wohlfeil, Robert Longstreth, and DeAnn Salcido handily beat the conservative attorneys.

Craig Candelore, Larry “Jake” Kincaid, Bill Trask, and Harold J. Coleman Jr. garnered no more than 35 to 40 percent of each race’s vote. They were backed by pastors, gun enthusiasts, and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriages.

The results, fortunately, were not close.

Judge Lewis, who has been on the bench for two decades, told the Union-Tribune, “I think it’s confirmation that the electorate recognizes the importance of judicial independence.”

Imagine that.

The more the nation’s Taliban wing suffers these kinds of setbacks, the better. That said, the local right-wing “movement” backing the candidates has vowed to try again.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.