Tommy Tuberville was a good football coach at Auburn — so good that I hated to see him leave. Now, many Alabama residents – an estimated three-fourths of a million of them — think he will make a good U.S. Senator.
But will he? It would be remarkably different matching heads with the country’s best political minds as opposed to its best football coaches.
But we can only judge someone by what he has done. And on that measure, you have to say Tuberville passes. He coached successfully in the toughest collegiate league in America. Then, he announced he wanted to run for the U.S. Senate, even though he had no political experience and was not exactly considered to be the favorite to win the race.
Tuberville caught a big break in that one of the top Republicans of today jumped into the contest, the former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Thus, suddenly, Tuberville, the former coach from Auburn, became the favorite.
The Birmingham News ran a front-page picture about the race this past Sunday with a notation about "The Elephant is in the room.” In this case the “Elephant” is the fact that Tuberville is the Republican candidate, even though he is running against an incumbent in Democrat Doug Jones.
Alabama is just too red to re-elect a senator who has sometimes been at odds with President Trump and, in fact, voted against his judicial nominees.
Retired Auburn Attorney Don Eddins is publisher of The Auburn Villager newspaper and the online publication, auburnvillager.com. Before going into law, he was state Capitol reporter for The Huntsville Times and state editor for The Columbus Ledger. In college, he was sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Email him your comments about the newspaper to firstname.lastname@example.org.