Roy Moore for Governor?
We've talked before around here about how evolution and other science-related issues could cause a split within the Republican Party. The pro-business side of the party knows that the future of many of our nation's industries depends on educated people who understand science. But the religious right side of the party opposes the teaching of evolution and much scientific inquiry.
I think next year's Republican gubernatorial primary in Alabama could be a good test case for what will happen when the religious side takes on the business side. Roy Moore, best known for his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument when he was chief justice of the state Supreme Court, has announced that he'll seek the Republican nomination. That means he'll take on Bob Riley, the pro-business incumbent.
It so happens that I like Bob Riley. (When I say that, I mean I like him about as much as I could conceivably like an Alabama Republican. Read this Paul Krugman column to find out why.) Unfortunately, it's inconceivable to me that a person I like could win a Republican Alabama primary against a person like Roy Moore. So my guess is that Moore becomes the next governor of Alabama. I can only imagine what the state's biology standards will look like once Moore is in office.