In case you were starting to think that the 2012 Republican primary campaign could not possibly get any more entertaining, think again … because the Wall Street Journal reports that Roy Moore, the infamous Ten Commandments judge, is about to toss his hat into the ring:
Remember Judge Roy Moore? He was the Alabama Supreme Court chief justice removed from office over the Ten Commandments monument he erected outside the state courthouse. Now, he’s about to jump into the presidential election in Iowa, GOP officials say.
Eight years after a state panel removed him from the bench over the commandments spat, and five years after he lost in the Republican primary in the Alabama governor’s race, the 64-year-old judge is preparing to launch a presidential exploratory committee and enter the Iowa fray, according to multiple Iowa GOP officials.
Conservatives here insist that a Moore run could gain some traction among Iowans looking for a bedrock social conservative. “I think that conservatives have been starved long enough,” said Brian Rosener, GOP chairman of Woodbury County, which includes Sioux City in the state’s northwest corner. “Someone like Judge Moore could come along and prove a shocker.”