After years of criticizing Democratic Party government, and promising things would be different, the Mississippi Republican Party has shown us why the most logical choice in this November’s Senate election is former Congressman Travis Childers from Booneville. Just look at the choices they have given themselves in the primary.
On the one hand we have a venerable – some would say beloved – statesman in the man of Thad Cochran, who has totally outlived his productive years in Washington and grown, sadly, out of touch.
And on the other hand, there is Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who is willfully out of touch, and thrives on extremist views.
The GOP knows that Sen. Cochran can’t possibly endure another six years of Washington’s intense pace, so they have a contingency plan to hold on to his seat, but first they must deal with that pesky McDaniel. McDaniel and the Tea Party faithful say Sen. Cochran hasn’t been conservative enough, but a look at his record would suggest otherwise.
Most of Sen. Cochran’s votes, I find myself opposed to, yet not the gentleman himself. But, respectfully, the years he’s toiled in the Senate and his health have become liabilities in his effectiveness as a strong senator.
Mainstream Mississippi Republicans, on the other hand, shudder at the thought of McDaniel taking his anti-establishment philosophy of conservatism to Washington.
So the Republicans have a choice in their June primary of someone who’s out of touch or someone who’s out of tune.
That’s why the real and only choice in November is Childers. Not because he’s a Democrat – well, maybe a little – but because he can pick up where Cochran leaves off.
In temperament, judgment and support of legislative policies which benefit constituent’s lives, Travis Childers is the heir apparent to Thad Cochran, not Chris McDaniel.
James, you have a distorted dream. Have you smoked anything in Colorado lately? Either Republican candidate will defeat Travis Childers in November. The fact that the Republicans are having a primary battle demonstrates the strength of diverse ideas within their party – you support diversity.
Democrats are like wind-up dolls repeating the leadership’s mantra. Take Mississippi, for example, where well over 80 percent of the voters amended our state constitution to protect traditional marriage. The Democratic Party has driven marriage equality and Mississippi Democrats have just bowed down to the agenda without any pushback. Notice I didn’t say same-sex marriage because their agenda goes much further than that. And yet in 2015 many Mississippians will have to decide if they want to run for county offices under the banner of this far-left party.
Now as to the two Republican candidates, McDaniel is a strong challenger. But the way you describe Thad as a weak warrior who has outlived his political strengths is so erroneous that it would be more likely for the Mississippi Gulf to freeze solid before he could ever be called weak and ineffective. Ask the negotiators of the recently passed farm bill who worked the hardest. And when Mississippi needs a leader to deliver disaster aid like after Hurricane Katrina who does that best?
Now how about the possibility of Mississippi losing our National Guard’s 155th. When it comes to batting at the plate and swinging to keep our 155th and other important issues who would you rather have in the batter’s box? Travis Childers? Chris McDaniel? Or Thad “the Babe Ruth of appropriations negotiations” Cochran? Mississippi has bases loaded, voters will choose who swings the bat. Choose wisely Mississippi, we need a grand slam!
Dr. Ed Holliday is a Tupelo dentist who has written two successful books. Contact him at email@example.com. The Rev. James Hull is an award-wining journalist and a political consultant. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.