Only in a system as decadent as ours can the media accept staff and lobbyist nomenclature about the fictional “establishment versus outsider” binary. Luther Strange of Alabama not only opposed same sex marriage but sued the federal government over the treatment of transgender students. He defended ExxonMobil against claims that the oil giant withheld information about climate change. By no definition approved by Merriam-Webster would Luther Strange be considered an “establishment” figure unless we accept that the GOP establishment is a religio-corporatist pathology, which I’m prepared to acknowledge.
“Judge” Roy Moore isn’t an outsider — he’s a mad dog who has no interest in constitutional norms. I won’t go through the Alabaman’s delightful record again. All readers need to do is read Jeff Stein’s interview at VOX:
Roy Moore:: There are communities under Sharia law right now in our country. Up in Illinois. Christian communities; I don’t know if they may be Muslim communities. But Sharia law is a little different from American law. It is founded on religious concepts.
Jeff Stein: Which American communities are under Sharia law? When did they fall under Sharia law?
Roy Moore: Well, there’s Sharia law, as I understand it, in Illinois, Indiana — up there. I don’t know.
Jeff Stein: That seems like an amazing claim for a Senate candidate to make.
Roy Moore: Well, let me just put it this way — if they are, they are; if they’re not, they’re not.
Behold the man whom Alabamans have likely sent to Washington as their senator, a man whose brain is composed of the fag ends of cigarettes in a wet ashtray. But the stupider you sound the more of an outsider voters consider you.
Finally, we’ve reached the point at which Mark Halperin and his ilk characterize any Washington party with Donald J. Trump as its head as an establishment wing.