Not so long ago, I was thinking that Sessions would be the one standing behind the podium. Back in 2013, when I predicted that the 2016 Republican nominee would be either (A) An outsider insurgent while running as a Republican and running as a long time elected Republican official, would portray the perception if not the reality that he was engaging in a hostile takeover of the party, or (B) Jeb Bush, I was thinking that Sessions would be the (A). I was right, in all but the precise identity of the individual.
Curiously, he didn’t state his full legal name when taking the oath a few minutes ago.
Already, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has named state AG Luther Strange as Sessions’s temporary replacement in the Senate; Strange had every intention to run himself for Senate in 2020 because everyone presumed that even if not for this, Sessions was on his last Senate term anyway. Therefore, I presume Strange will run himself in the special election in 2018 and then in its normal cycle in 2020 if he wins. Bentley appointed Strange to get him out of Montgomery because Strange wanted to see Bentley impeached for some reason. Also, the first time I mentioned Strange in this medium was back in 2006 — Strange beat George Wallace, Jr. in the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor, but then lost in November to the Democrat, an heir to the long time Folsom political dynasty in the state. Four years later, Strange came back and won Alabama AG.