Thursday, June 26, 2014

o, please, please, please

“There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.”--Loser McDaniel

Mississippi is the fiftieth of our fifty states, it used to be the forty-eighth when Faulkner was writing, know. “Thank God for Mississippi”, is the motto of Alabama, and Louisiana.

This Tuesday past, there was a special and unusual election. Some people are upset with black voters showing up to the polls, and casting votes. This has been true since they first voted for U.S. Grant, and since then there has been feeling, and (and for years de facto) hindrance to keep them from voting. Well, many voted for the incumbent Republican. For many, this has not happened in living memory.

It was a runoff election in the Republican US senatorial primary. Thad Cochran (as a Republican) had won election as senator in 1978, the first time in an hundred years such a thing happened in Mississippi. The initial primary of this year, he finished second to a venomous Chris McDaniel. Generally, such a second and specific election would have less voters. Not so this time. Mississippi has an open primary.

McDaniel is a teabagger of aggressive racism. Instead of taking a chance, and sitting this out, black voters came to vote against the danger of McDaniel. McDaniel is not a genius (1--Republican, 2--teabagger), but he understood why he lost, and being what he is, graciousness is not there, “We haven’t conceded and we’re not going to concede right now. We’re going to investigate...We likewise know that we have a statute, a law in our state that says you cannot participate in a primary unless you intend to support that candidate. And we know good and well that these 35,000 democrats have no intention to do that”. Well, it is supposed to be a secret ballot; how is one to prove which voter voted for whom? Is there going to be a subtraction of black voters from Cochran's total?

There is some talk, that there might be a write in campaign, O, please, please, please. Cochran first got in because there was a third party candidate splitting the Democratic vote (this was still a time where white Democrats were not yet a rarity in the South). A write in campaign might be enough to split the Republican vote, if the teabaggers are as mad as they say they are. To quote the Alaskan loon, “If Republicans are going to act like Democrats, what's the use in getting all gung ho about getting other Republicans in there?” You betcha.

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