Bill Crawford loves Cindy Hyde-Smith. It shows. All you have to do is read his column every week. But why would this be so? Perhaps because, like Hyde-Smith, Crawford is a lifelong Democrat? He supports globalism, free trade, big government, lots of spending, government control of education. You get the picture. He’s a liberal Democrat through and through. So he likes the recently appointed US Senator.
His frequent columns are designed to do two things: Support Democrats, as rare as they are becoming in Mississippi and around the South, and to prop up the next best thing – Establishment Republicans like Cindy Hyde-Smith. And he will use any and all means to accomplish his task – praise his cherished groups, rip apart real conservatives.
In his latest fantasy-filled harangue, “Lyin’ Bill” throws his support behind both of Mississippi’s US Senators, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, as well as a few of the state’s up-and-coming Republican House members, while ripping everyone else.
The issue: military spending and how vital it is to Mississippi. “Mississippi bases, guard and reserve units, and defense industries do play important roles in our national defense. These military assets also provide good jobs. Having champions in Washington is absolutely critical to their survival. Mississippi voters should consider this in upcoming elections.”
Translation: Vote for Establishment Republicans Wicker and Hyde-Smith, for as of now, they are the only two who can prevent military bases and good jobs from leaving the state. “Neither of Hyde-Smith’s major challengers in the November special election to fill Cochran’s seat appears to stack up well regarding military assets,” he writes.
To Crawford, and the Establishment his steadfastly supports, dangerous conservatives will see to it that those vital components to the state’s economy are axed. And for Crawford the most dangerous conservative of all is Senator Chris McDaniel, a favored target of his. In the past, he has accused McDaniel, the self-appointed “conservative messiah,” of running a “nasty and controversial campaign” in 2014, which, he says we can expect this time around too, and being ignorant about the motives of his wealthy donors.
In his current column, Crawford says the dangerous conservative has a track record that is decidedly anti-military. “State Sen. Chris McDaniel voted ‘present’ on the bond bill in 2017 that increased funds for projects designed to protect Mississippi bases from closure. He voted against a similar bill for Columbus AFB in 2016.”
This is head-shaking in its foolishness. First of all, Senator McDaniel has always opposed bloated bond bills that are routinely routed through the legislature, generally near the end of a session. All of them are filled with millions of dollars in pork, making them no different than the same sorry story we see on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. He’s a true fiscal conservative and Bill Crawford knows that. He just enjoys cutting McDaniel’s throat, at least on a literary basis.
But, secondly, and far more foolish, is Crawford’s belief that the state legislature could somehow close a federal military installation, like Columbus AFB. He said it about as plain as it could be said in his column.
Note to Bill Crawford: a state cannot close down a federal military base.
This is nothing more than the liberal scare tactics we see time and again designed to frighten voters who, when they read it, will immediately conclude that if McDaniel is elected, the state will lose vital federal dollars in support of major military installations in the state. It’s the same ole lying trash Cochran and the Barbour team threw at McDaniel in 2014.
The truth is Senator McDaniel has been as strong as anyone in his support for the US military, domestic bases and facilities, and military families, and to say that he would endanger Mississippi bases with his wild spending cut ideas is just plain false. And Lyin’ Bill knows it.