Throughout the Thad Cochran versus Chris McDaniel Senate campaign in 2014, “seniority” and “experience” became prominent issues. The Establishment constantly reminded voters that the state could not afford to lose Cochran and the seniority he brought to the table. His experience and time on Capitol Hill meant that he could get the state everything it needed and wanted.
But recently we found out that not only did Cochran fail to get a Mississippian named to a vacancy on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans but Wicker failed as well.
With the retirement of Mississippian Grady Jolly, making him one of four judges to retire from the 17-member court, the state believed another Mississippian should replace him. Cochran and Wicker lobbied for it and sent the President a recommendation. But instead, President Trump named two Texans and two Louisianans to fill the four spots, spurning both Cochran and Wicker.
One Mississippi lawyer was angry about it, calling both Senators weak. “Could someone please wake up (Sens.) Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker?” attorney Philip W. Thomas wrote on the Mississippi Litigation Review site. “They just had their pockets picked … With a Republican in the White House, Cochran and Wicker should have viewed the Jolly seat as their seat to fill. They apparently just let it go to Louisiana. That’s weak … (the late Sen.) Jim Eastland is rolling over in his grave.”
With another seat on the court likely to be vacant soon, we will watch to see if our Senators’ batting average improves.
But better yet, why not elect a new US Senator for the state of Mississippi that might have more influence with Donald Trump: