In a new 30-second ad approved by Cindy Hyde-Smith, Team Cindy is doubling-down on her biggest campaign fib to date: that she is a lifelong conservative. In fact, the ad is titled “Conservative.”
She touts but four issues: Balancing the budget, reducing regulations, growing our economy, and supporting conservative judges appointed by President Trump.
But we must ask an important question: Can any of those policies be attributed to Hillary Clinton?
In 2008 when Hillary ran for President against Barack Obama, in a barnburner of a campaign that went down to the wire, Cindy Hyde-Smith, the “lifelong conservative,” supported Hillary. That’s because she was a Democrat, only switching parties in 2010 to run for statewide office. She has also been dishonest about it during the campaign.
Throughout the 2008 campaign, did Hillary support a balanced budget? Did Hillary support reducing regulations? Did Hillary support growing the economy or growing government? Did Hillary support conservative judges? No. In fact, for Trump’s latest choice for the Supreme Court, Hillary stated, quite outrageously, that Brett Kavanaugh would “bring back slavery.”
So, if these policies don’t fit Hillary Clinton, and they don’t, then how can Cindy Hyde-Smith call herself a “conservative”? Lifelong conservatives don’t support Hillary Clinton. Period.
Of course, we do know where Cindy Hyde-Smith is very much like Hillary Rodham Clinton: Her PAC was handed $250,000 by one of Hillary’s top fundraisers and she has supported gun control efforts in the past, which is a signature issue for the Clintons.
But Cindy Hyde-Smith’s choice of policies to promote in this latest ad are interesting to say the least. They are certainly conservative positions, and important ones, but consider two things:
First, they are very safe issues to campaign on. There is nothing that will raise a ruckus with Republicans, or with her major benefactor, the US Chamber of Commerce.
Second, there are major issues she left out, probably on purpose. There is no mention of illegal aliens, amnesty, ICE, or the border wall. Immigration is the single biggest issue of our time. Fail to reform it and it’s all over. Furthermore, there was no mention of Trump’s trade policy, entitlement reform, or structural reform within the federal government, like scaling back the out-of-control judiciary, abolishing the Department of Education, or instituting term limits for Congress.
Did she not want to anger the US Chamber? Is that why these issues were left off the table? With millions of dollars in ads coming from the Chamber for her campaign, you bet she doesn’t want to anger them. She’s their girl.
In closing the ad, Cindy tells us, “With so much at stake for our country right now, it’s an honor to fight for you and our state in the United States Senate.”
But what has she been fighting for? The only bill she has authored is one extending duck hunting season. That didn’t anger the Chamber either!
She has no plan to balance the budget, reduce regulations, or grow the economy, issues you will find in Chris McDaniel’s “Contract with Mississippi.” He boldly signed onto Rand Paul’s “penny plan” and spelled out his ideas on other major issues facing Mississippi and the nation. McDaniel doesn’t care if the Chamber hates him. He’s for the people of Mississippi.
But not Cindy Hyde-Smith. She not only voted against the “penny plan” to balance the budget, she ridiculed it, siding with the Establishment in denouncing it as a political stunt and sideshow. This is the same silly rhetoric we heard from Thad Cochran. If Cindy Hyde-Smith can’t agree to cut one percent from the federal budget every year until it is balanced, then she is not serious about balancing the budget.
Say what you will, but the facts are beyond dispute. Chris McDaniel is the only true conservative in the special election for US Senate and the only one willing to stand up for real solutions to real problems. He’s for Mississippi, not the Chamber of Commerce.