Take Five (Running on Empty edition)

ONE: Thou shalt not waste any more of the country’s time.

No psychic ability was needed to know in advance that the jockeying for the Republican 2012 Presidential nomination would be a Grand Guignol spectacle of breathtaking proportions, even this far out. And so it has been.

Newt Gingrich, the eyebrow-raiser. Michele Bachmann, the hell-raiser. Donald Trump, the hair-raiser. Santorum, Barbour, Pawlenty, Huckabee, Palin, Romney. That’s a seriously hilarious roster.

But hold on to your hat. Here come da judge!

Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who lost his job after erecting a monument of the Ten Commandments outside the state’s courthouse, plans to announce in mid-April that he is setting up a presidential exploratory committee, an aide told CBS News.

The aide, Zachery Michael, said Moore’s platform will be focused on repealing the health care overhaul law, replacing the progressive income tax with a flat tax and bringing “commonsense solutions” on immigration and border control.

What brought this on?

Moore said in a release that he is concerned about what he called the country’s moral, economic and constitutional crisis.

So concerned that he’s willing to impose his unique combination of theocratic gibberish, pig-ignorant conservatism and willful misinterpretation of the Constitution on the republic for four years, if that’s what it takes to save it. And if that were insufficient, then presumably he’d run for a second term.

Moore’s been concerned for a long time, of course. For several years, he contributed a weekly column to WorldNutDaily. It was a hearty stroganoff of supply-side twaddle, fundamentalist Christianity, Randian hokum, Islamophobia, and an apparent obsession with homosexuality. Continue reading Take Five (Running on Empty edition)