With the surprising decision of the American electorate to put an unqualified and temperamentally unfit toddler in the actual White House as leader of the free world and Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military the world has ever known, the large and small repercussions of the historic 2016 presidential election are coming faster than a poor blogger can type.
Here in Alabama it looks like one consequence of the election is the high likelihood that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions will leave the Senate for a Cabinet-level post, probably Secretary of Defense, if the current Beltway rumors are to be believed.
That gives Alabama Governor Robert Bentley an opportunity to appoint Sessions’s replacement as the junior Alabama senator.
So the disgraced boob-grabber and bad-at-phone-sexer will once again be politically relevant.
For a minute.
AMG’s AL.com’s Kyle Whitmire put it like this:
You see, when Jeff Sessions moves up to Donald Trump’s cabinet, Robert Bentley gets to appoint a replacement to the U.S. Senate, just like the Illinois governor, Blagojevich, did after Sen. Barack Obama became president. Now Bentley, who everyone had written off as powerless, politically impotent even, suddenly has something extremely valuable. This is his Rod Blagojevich moment.
So which Alabama GOP political hack will Bentley name to fill out the remaining four years of Sessions’s term?
There really is no telling, though I strongly suspect it will be whoever former governor Bob Riley puts forward. In the meantime, all those lobbyists and pols in Montgomery who have avoided the embarrassing governor for the past year will now go back to sucking up to him like they did before his adolescent extramarital affair made him a pariah. Bentley will, for a minute, be the most sought-after person in Montgomery. He will be basking in the feigned adulation of all the suck-ups who crave a seat in the United States Senate.
Then, Bentley will make his decision, the lobbyists and pols will abandon him again, and he will be exactly where his is now: alone, shunned, and in the gun sights of state and federal prosecutors.
Enjoy your minute in the sun, Dr. Bentley.
Then go crawl back in your hole where you belong. You dug it yourself.