Mississippi: Despite Current ‘Leadership,’ Still the Laughingstock of the Nation (and the World Apparently)

Despite the brilliance of Cochran and Company, we still lag behind the rest of the nation.

By Ryan S. Walters

With each passing year, news stories emerge that showcase the state of Mississippi as the poorest in the country. No real surprise here, since we’ve become accustomed to such news all of our lives, no matter how old you happened to be. We usually just take it with a shrug these days.

CNBC recently put together a list of the ten poorest states in the Union, and once again we topped out the survey because the state’s median income is just $37,000, half as much as Maryland, which headed the list of the 10 richest states.

It got immeasurably worse last month when the Christian Science Monitor headlined a story this way: “Britain poorer than all US states except Mississippi.” Our former mother country has been in the death throes of socialism for decades, which has dragged down its once vibrant economy to the point that every single US state is stronger, economically speaking, except our own. How embarrassing! [Read more...]

HuffPo: One Family Was Powerful Enough To Change The Course Of This GOP Primary

One Family Was Powerful Enough To Change The Course Of This GOP Primary

By Sam Stein, Huffington Post, September 15, 2014

To understand what transpired in the craziest Republican primary of the 2014 election cycle, you need to take a look at one family: the Barbours.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and his nephews Henry and Austin were instrumental in saving the political hide of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Amid signs that the long-serving senator was losing momentum against conservative upstart Chris McDaniel, they took the reins, changed the trajectory of the race, and then leaned on (traditionally Democratic) black voters to forge ahead during the runoff. The resulting victory was a surprise to election observers — one that McDaniel contests to this day.

It was the type of behind-the-scenes political masterminding that the Barbour family has long been known for. But it came at a major price. Conservative distrust with the Barbours has spiked since the primary ended, with many accusing the family of dirty tricks and outright smearing.

In the latest installment of Drinking & Talking, Dave Weigel of Bloomberg News, Jon Ward of Yahoo News, Liz Mair of Mair Strategies LLC and Ben Domenech of The Federalist weigh the role the Barbours played in Mississippi’s Senate race and the cost it will have on their long-term legacy. To see the video, click here.

Goodwin: Obama’s Ship Is Sinking

Great piece by Michael Goodwin of the New York Post on Obama’s presidency, a clear example of what happens when the people vote for a candidate based on raw emotion rather than serious thought.  He was not properly vetted and now we are paying the price for it! – MCD

Obama’s Ship is Sinking

Michael Goodwin, New York Post, September 14, 2014

The rising clamor over the beheading of two Americans, and rapidly sinking polls, forced President Obama to reassure the nation last week he had a plan to deal with the Islamic State. He did some of what he had to do, but only some, and so most military analysts believe the expanded airstrikes will not be a sufficient match for the size and weaponry of the terrorist army.Barack Obama

They miss the point. The disjointed speech wasn’t really about terrorism and launching a new war. It was about saving Obama’s presidency.

He is sinking fast and could soon pass the point of no return. In fact, it may already be too late to save the SS Obama. [Read more...]

Townhall: 10 Quotes That Help Explain Why So Many Conservatives Don’t Trust the GOP

10 Quotes That Help Explain Why So Many Conservatives Don’t Trust the Republican Party

John Hawkins, Townhall.com, December 14, 2013

If things are going badly, we’re told the GOP should compromise on what it believes in to start winning elections again. If things are going well, we’re told we must turn a blind eye to the GOP abandoning its beliefs so as not to ruin the great year we’re going to have. The establishment Republicans who are always arguing in favor of trading off dearly held principles in return for magic beans always claim they’re doing it to win elections, but it’s hard to miss the fact that they don’t actually seem to be any better at winning elections than the grassroots conservatives they seem to write off as amateurs. Setting that aside, winning elections isn’t an end unto itself. You win elections in order to implement your agenda, which win or lose, the GOP never seems to be all that interested in. If you disagree with that, point out all the great domestic victories we achieved when the GOP controlled both houses of Congress and the White House. When Democrats pulled that same trick off, they attempted to fundamentally transform America while Republicans passed tax cuts and then moved on to big government wish list items like Medicare Part D, raising spending on the Arts and the now universally hated No Child Left Behind. [Read more...]

Trey Goff: Establishment Tree Should Be Cut Down

MCD contributor Trey Goff had an excellent Facebook post today, which is very much worth reading.  It is further proof of why true conservatives don’t trust the current makeup of the Republican Party, and fits in nicely with the Walters piece! [Read more...]

MS Supreme Court Justice Josiah Coleman: Can He Be Fair and Impartial?

It was announced earlier this week that the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on October 2 in the McDaniel election challenge.  The court will determine if Judge McGehee was correct in dismissing the suit and will hopefully settle the question of a 20-day limit to file a legal challenge.

But scanning the court justices, one caught our eye: Justice Josiah Coleman, who represents a North Mississippi district.  He was elected in 2012 and his campaign website is still active.Josiah

His slogan says all the right things: “Respect for the law.  Respect for others.  Equal Justice Under the Law.”

But his endorsements might tell us something interesting. [Read more...]

Walters: My Response to Frank Corder

By Ryan S. Walters

In recent days, Mississippi Conservative Daily has taken a few shots hurled by the GOP Establishment. As a writer for MCD, I have also taken a few myself. There’s only one explanation: We must be striking a nerve!

I’ve taken a few flaming darts for comparing Thad Cochran’s “victory” this year to Lyndon Johnson’s Senate campaign in 1948, a piece one writer for National Review called “fascinating,” in the words of a mutual friend. And now it seems I’ve done something else offensive, or rather did something nearly 15 years ago.

In a column this afternoon on a worthless and not-worth-mentioning establishment blog, Frank Corder, a failed politician who lost a mayoral race so bad in Pascagoula that he could not even muster enough votes to get in a runoff in a five-man contest, yet who thinks he can give political advice to the likes of Senator Chris McDaniel, who gained nearly 60 percent of the Republican vote statewide, spoke out against third party crossover into the GOP. In his column, Corder attacked me for once belonging to the Reform Party. [Read more...]

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