Twenty-one Republican party bosses selected a Madison County judge over the weekend, safely out of public view. Their gathering may have been in a non-smoking venue, but it was definitely a "smoke-filled room" moment. AL-GOP Chairman Bill "Shady" Armistead 'said the closed-door decision was "extremely close" and came after "multiple ballots and lots of discussion."'
Of course, the winner of this closed door contest was recent Twickenham Republican Women President Linda Coats. Coats was supposed to win the seat in the June runoff with Chris Messervy, but those pesky voters got it wrong and elected Messervy instead.
Yikes! What do Republicans do when voters vote for the wrong person? Challenge the election, of course.
Two Linda Coats supporters then challenged Messervy's election -- can't have voters actually making these decisions, can we??? -- and the same 21 member committee of Republican insiders disqualified him. On Saturday they went through the motions of voting to "select" a judge, but the whole point of this kabuki performance was to get self-styled "conservative Republican" Linda Coats on the bench for a 6 year term.
Don't be fooled by conservative rants against 'activist judges.' They want activist judges, as long as they're the right kind of activist judges. Chris Messervy, who was endorsed by five sitting judges on the Madison County bench and three retired ones -- both Republicans and Democrats -- was obviously not activist enough to suit Republican insiders. So they threw out his election and put fellow GOP-insider Linda Coats on the bench, instead.
Obviously, the voters of Madison County can't be trusted to choose our judges. We need Republican
nannies party bosses to do it for us -- behind closed doors.
Almost as disgusting as 21 Republicans hand-picking a judge for Madison County, is the fact that Democrats failed to even field a nominee for this position.