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I wonder if Roy Moore, the winner of Alabama’s Republican senate primary, will hit the campaign trail in his Sheriff Woody costume.

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The full-bore bigot showed up at an election eve rally in a white cowboy hat and brown vest. He brandished a little silver pistol.

The headgear seemed a tad small. “Maybe it’s a just a five-gallon hat,” mused my wife.

The chapeau, riding high above Moore’s ears, made him look like Sheriff Woody from the movie Toy Story.

Woody was a kind and caring cowboy figure. Moore is a hate-monger of the Jesus-loves-me-but-He-can’t-stand-you persuasion.

Woody was a kind and caring cowboy figure. Moore is a hate-monger of the Jesus-loves-me-but-He-can’t-stand-you persuasion.

"For whatever reason, God has put me in this election at this time and all of the nation is watching," Moore told the crowd, according to AL.com, an online news site. The white folks ate it up.

Last year, AL.com editorialized that that Moore, twice suspended from the state supreme court for defying federal court orders, “seems determined to be remembered with other Alabama icons such as Bull Connor, Jim Clark and George Wallace when history is written about equal rights in America.”

Notorious for making bizarre and bigoted statements, Moore is evidently all in for Confederate “heritage.” Twice at the headquarters of a foundation he then headed, neo-Confederate groups commemorated Alabama's 1861 secession, CNN reported.

So, I’d add to the AL.com rogue’s gallery Confederate Sen. William Lowndes Yancey. Before the Civil War, he lectured Yankees, “You are allowed to whip your children; we are allowed to whip our negroes [sic]. There is no cruelty in the practice.…Our negroes [sic] are but children. The bird that can sing and will not is made to sing. The negro [sic] that will not work is made to work.”

Anyway, conventional wisdom has Moore beating Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election. The apparent first post-primary poll has Moore up 50-45. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percent.

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President Trump backed Sen. Luther Strange, who succeeded Sen. Jeff Sessions after Trump named him attorney general. Strange and Sessions are as right-wing as Moore, but they think it’s smarter politics to tone down the wacko rhetoric just a tad.

Right up to primary election day, polls showed Moore, an alt right darling, with a comfortable lead over Strange. Moore cruised, beating the incumbent by a shade more than nine percent.

“I might have made a mistake” in supporting Strange, said Trump, in full CYA mode, at a rally for his candidate as the election drew nigh.

Trump has hopped on the Moore bandwagon. Like Trump, Moore embraced the birther movement.

Moore thinks homosexuality should be criminalized. He suggested that 9-11 was divine punishment because “we legitimize sodomy and legitimize abortion.”

Moore likened the Quran to Mein Kampf and said Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress because he’s a Muslim.

Moore claimed some towns in Illinois were under Sharia law.

Anyway, last year, too, AL.com predicted Moore would fade away “and be remembered as a bigot, disrespectful of the law and of his fellow human beings. That might be the only memory he has earned in his time in public office. And, hopefully, Alabama's citizens will be remembered as the ones who showed him the door.”

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A lot of white folks who dote on The Donald just opened the door for Moore—the one that leads to Washington.

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