The first round of the special Alabama Senate GOP primary was less of a polite contest among gentleman and more of a competition among cannibals. It was brutal, vicious, and savage.
Rather than let Alabama voters decide on their own, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed conservative Rep. Mo Brooks via McConnell's super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund. Backing incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, the majority leader's super PAC attacked Brooks as a friend of Nancy Pelosi, as a de-facto ally of the Islamic State, and as a diehard opponent of President Trump.
But even after all of that, even after Brooks was repeatedly savaged by his own party, some still wonder who Brooks will endorse ahead of the Sept. 26 runoff: Strange or Judge Roy Moore. A source with knowledge of the conservative's thinking states the obvious: "He won't endorse Luther. No chance."
Brooks was more bashful on Capitol Hill when asked that question by reporters. "There are a lot of factors I'd have to consider," he said. "I've not fully mulled them over yet." Deliberate but not shy, Brooks certainly seemed to have made up his mind when he conceded the race back in August.
"I want to compliment Judge Roy Moore on the high-quality race he ran," Brooks told 200 or so cheering supporters. "He ran a very honest campaign. Perhaps most importantly, a very honorable campaign."
Brooks was not so charitable toward Strange in the next breath.
"I want to congratulate Luther Strange for having fought very, very, very hard," Brooks said of his opponent. "Equally important, I want to congratulate the people who were behind him: Mitch McConnell, the Washington establishment, the K street lobbyists."
So, in the end, there are only two real possibilities. Either Brooks endorses Moore or Brooks stays silent. Unless hell freezes over, there's no way he endorses Strange.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.