GOFF: Will Corder’s Wishful Thinking Wisk Conservatives Away?

Y’all Politics’ Frank Corder Lazily Shills for the Establishment

By Trey Goff

One of the hallmarks of the establishment is their persistence in wishing conservatives would go away and stop bothering them so they can continue practicing their crony corporatist government syndicalism unimpeded by the likes of the grassroots.

Frank Corder’s latest cheerleading effort for his pals’ graft is no exception.

Corder’s domain consists exclusively of the subjunctive; he eschews reality in favor of “maybes” and “could’ves” in a poor attempt at marginalizing a man who is clearly a threat to his establishment comrades.

And though he writes from the Gulf Coast, Corder’s angle of perspective is couched from a view high atop the state capitol in Jackson, or, more likely, from the top of the Butler Snow law firm in Madison County.

Corder’s clear objective—to marginalize Michael Watson, a man who is quite obviously an up-and-coming star in the Republican Party—imbues every smarmy word he clicks into his keyboard. The tactics are familiar: project upon one’s opponents the character flaws most prominent in one’s self or in one’s preferred candidates.

Mr. Corder’s first wish? To paint Mr. Watson as arrogant by way of innuendo and hearsay. Corder then criticizes Senator Watson for keeping company with true reformers focused on preserving the integrity of Mississippi’s elections. That Mr. Corder is so desperate to construe Watson’s fight for good policy as irrelevant to the public policy process is evidence that Mr. Corder is less interested in good policy than in political expediency and his own personal access to power.

Corder’s mental agility here is admirable. He somehow manages to avoid mentioning the arrogance of the Republican establishment—which sought to destroy conservatives by labeling them as racists during the Senate primary—and instead labels the very conservatives that were so heinously vilified as arrogant themselves.

Meanwhile, not one Republican official, aside from Trent Lott, who indicated that the Mississippi GOP “could use a shake-up, has spoken out against the despicable tactics Cochran and Henry Barbour employed against conservatives in June.

Corder’s cynicism seemingly knows no bounds. His next wish? That Lt. Governor Reeves’ ability to kill good conservative legislation for political reasons will somehow be seen as a negative by voters who desire reform. That wish is also unlikely to be granted.

After much hand wringing, Corder changes course, and predicts Watson will cruise to reelection in the senate without a hitch. He predicts Watson will win “despite his record,” revealing yet another wish. He desperately wants the echo chamber in Jackson to repeat his false refrain: “Watson hasn’t accomplished anything.”

The truth is Corder and the Jackson cognoscenti fear Watson because Watson has a stellar legislative record.

In the first year of Watson’s freshman term, he passed a form of E-verify legislation, with much crowing from Barbour et al., and his legislation became a model for the nation.

No one can argue that Mississippi now has charter schools because of Watson’s relentless work on school choice. Even when Lt. Gov. Reeves stripped him from the committee, the Chairmen and many others on the committee often consulted with Watson on the legislation.

And Watson was lead author on the Fetal Protection Act of 2011, a law that protects the unborn by providing legal penalty for harm suffered by a fetus during a crime against the mother.

Corder’s next shameless wish is that “Reeves may well be more Tea Party than the Tea Party when you look at his record,” goes unsubstantiated. He offers not one iota of evidence for this claim, and doesn’t even seem to blush at the absurdity that his establishment pals would even deign to publicly associate themselves with the Tea Party after months of deriding the Tea Party daily.

This is Corder’s most ridiculous wish, and it lays bare his motivation: in the end, Corder desires to injure the image of a rising Republican star who also happens to be one of the most conservative members of the state senate, while simultaneously wishing to shift the conservative mantle onto Tate Reeves, the man who killed every piece of legislation the senate conservatives introduced.

Corder and the GOP establishment are acutely aware they need the votes of those 185,000 McDaniel Republicans. The establishment should fear any candidate who might be able to galvanize the intensity of that sector of the electorate which the Cochran/Barbour machine so heinously vilified.

2015 is still a long way off, and much can happen between now and then, but its clear Corder and his ilk will be wishing and hoping and praying the Barbour machine didn’t damage establishment office holders too badly with their campaign tactics in June of 2014.

The larger question is whether conservatives will vote for those incumbents who have thus far remained silent on Barbour’s tactics or whether—as the hashtag advises—they’ll #RememberMississippi.



  1. Hey Trey:

    Since you, along with many of Chrissy Mac’s supporters like to engage in conspiracy theories, try this one. Now that Chris has rubbed elbows with Sarah Palin, Chris Chocola, and other members of the Tea Party elite and has proven himself to be a worthy campaigner, crowd pleaser and fund raiser
    among folks in the Deep South, I suspect that the State of Mississippi will be too confining for him. I suspect that he will either hook up with one of the Tea Party groups, or perhaps even go out on his own with the idea of traveling around the South, carrying his message from townhall meeting to townhall meeting. After all, regardless as to how one may consider his qualifications for the U.S. Senate, no one can take anything away from his ability to stir up a crowd and get them to pay with their money. He has a unique ability to connect with his crowd of listeners–much in the same way as Sarah, or Bill Clinton does. Personally, I would like to see him use his God-given talent doing something for which he was truly born.

    Classical Conservative Perspectives

  2. How absurd to believe the Constitution is aligned with the Confederacy or that McDaniel is anything less than a man of integrity or that Tate Reeves is a Conservative. Reeves is nothing other than selfish and totally over-ambitious. One wonders what you folks who come down so hard on McDaniel and/or Watson are hiding to be so fearful of someone who talks straight and has such a following. Are you all on the government teat and can’t abide those who believe in self-reliance, small government, law and order, etc. etc. etc. We built the GOP in MS but we would rather see a Democrat get elected if it means getting rid of you who “stand-for-nothing” but your own self interest.

  3. frank gordon says:

    ” absurd to believe the Constitution is aligned with the Confederacy”!

    Really? Try telling that to the brave men who died defending Vicksburg! The response you get will not be the one you expect!

    • Frank. Please. Stop. Trolling.

      (You cannot tell dead people anything. The response you get will be silence.)

      The constitution is not “aligned” with the slaveholders of the 1800s. The founding of the Republican party, was to end slavery, and the Constitution was modified to include the 14th and 15th amendments. As with most things in the Constitution, these amendments are still crucial nowadays: for instance, in 2010, using the incorporation-doctrine of the 14th amendment, the courts ruled that the dem-heavy state of Illinois could not outlaw handgun ownership, because the 2nd amendment applies not just to the federal law, but also to state law.

      Your assertion that McDaniel is “aligned” with the slaveholders is also a false smear. Please, the trolling. And the stopping.

  4. William Smith says:

    Wirt Yerger, Clarke Reed. Charles Pickering, Gil Carmichael. Not a McDaniel type or TPartier among them. But they are those who founded and built the MS Republican Party. To think that the Party needs to be taken back by real Republicans is not based in historical reality. Thad Cochrain is the same kind of Republian as those who founded and built the Party. Given historical realites, perhaps what the TPiers in MS really want is not a place at the table but ther own table,

    • Yerger backed Goldwater and Reagan, and did not back Eisenhower and Nixon, from what I’ve read (I’m a bit too young to know from firsthand knowledge). Yerger endorsed Cochran in 2014, but that was at age ~84, as opposed to age ~26 when he became MSGOP chair. Reed, of course, was a big backer of Ford-over-Reagan, so it is only expected he would endorse Cochran.

  5. The party the aforementioned men(note: no women allowed)you claim built the Republican party were Conservatives not the Liberal/Progressives that now dominate the Republican Party so you go build your own party….we’ve been here since the very beginning and have no need to leave. In fact the truth is this: The current control of today’s Republican party has left their hard-fought principles behind. We did not leave that party, it left us.

  6. William Smith says:

    Ma’am, with all due respect, you need to go back and learn about the history of the Republican Party in MS. The founders of the party and those who built it was strong conservatives but would now be something akin to what are called “moderate conservatives.” Perhaps you will remember that the MS delegation was the deciding delegation at the Republican National Convention in 1976, choosing Gerald Ford rather then Ronald Reagan. They all resemble
    Thad Cochran, not Chris McDaniel. As for women there was indeed one prominent leader, Evelyn McPhail or served as chair of the MS Republican Party and as co-chair of the national Committee.

    • There was also Ebbie Spivey, MSGOP chair 1983-1986, right?

      p.s. Personally I was pretty shocked that Pickering endorsed Cochran, rather than McDaniel… I thought that Pickering was also falsely tarred a racist (but by dems not by repubs!), back when GWB was going to appoint him to a judgeship. Mayor Evers of the MS NAACP did back up Pickering officially, which was impressive in my book, but this personal testimony of a leader in MS had no impact on the broader national dem-attack-machine.

  7. I don’t need a history lesson, I lived it. Why are the moderate Conservatives, as you call them, suddenly deemed to be the heart of the GOP? Hard to tell the difference between a moderate Republican and a Democrat. Just like there was not enough of a choice between Romney and Obama and so many Republicans stayed home on election day. If the GOP continues on this path we will keep getting the same results. Proof of this is coming this November if the Barbours are on the ballot as the puppet masters of the aging, out-of-touch Cochran. As I have stated before: We Conservatives did not leave the party, the left-leaning moderates(see Common Core supporters, etc.) who have control of the MS GOP have left the values and principles of the GOP behind in order to be more palatable to the LEFT in order to gain more power, in order to reap more government contracts(an especially the “no-bid government contracts” enjoyed by the family of Haley Barbour). Look further down the road and see what is ahead…..it’s more government intrusion, more government control and less and less tolerance of Christianity and of Capitalism. But remember this: Chris McDaniel, the Conservative choice in the past GOP primaries, received more than 60 per cent of the Republican votes. That in itself proves all of my contentions. It is not our side which should be conceding…..WE HOLD THE MAJORITY Of REPUBLICAN VOTES. Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney….how long will it take, how much ground will the Democrats gain before the GOP rights the sinking ship?

    • @CATTY14~Your argument is SOUND! There is a group of GOPers like William Smith who will never wake up to the current condition of the Republican party in Mississippi. I have read many articles on both sides of the Chris McDaniel election fiasco. It appears MS is infected from the County Clerks to the highest levels. Haley Barbour & Henry Barbour run your state and it is all about CRONYISM and GREED. The atrocities they have apparently gotten away with during the run-off should go down in election history as the DIRTIEST EVER! I hope heads roll and the power hungry idiots go to jail.

      • Yes you have it exactly right! And to Mr. William Smith, who has schooled us on the history of the party in Mississippi, perhaps he is right on that one, which is why Mississippi continues to be in LAST PLACE in every good thing and first place in all the bad ones! There was a recent story online that stated that Britain was poorer than every single state in the US except Mississippi. How embarrassing! This is why we are trying to change things and it is so frustrating that we are attacked viciously for seeking a better state in which to live. Things will never change with the same ones at the helm I can tell you that much!

  8. William Smith says:

    Ma’am repeating a statement does not make it true. Nobody hijacked the party. What has happened is that a group has formed to the right of the founding and building generation of the MS Republican Party. That, of course, is fine. You have every right to seek to pull the Party rightward, but you are not entitled to your own set of historical facts. BTW, do you know that before he died Barry Goldwater said to Bob Dole, “Did you think we would ever be donsidered the liberal wing of the Republican Party. Did you know that when Reagan challenged Ford he asked a moderatle/liberal Senator from PA, Richard Schweiker to run as his VP? If you really have lived it in the sense of being around since the early days of the Republican Party in MS then you know these things. If not, then you might ask some who did live that history.

    • William, your history-lesson is too small in scope, and too narrow in duration. There was a repub-party-of-MS, that was built starting in the 1930s. It was originally more of a Bob Taft and Barry Goldwater type of ideology, as I understand it, but was quickly subsumed by the moderate repubs aka Eisenhower repubs aka Gerry Ford repubs. Thus, as you say, the modern repub-party-of-Mississippi was basically built on the insider sort of politics, and the culmination of the success of that sort of politics was Haley Barbour as governor, quite fittingly.

      But the repub-party-as-a-whole is older than that, and the repub party of Mississippi is older than that. The first repubs from Mississippi *were* radical repubs, back in the 1860s and the 1870s. They were not moderates. They were not corrupt. But at the time, the local strength of the dems was too strong, and the original radical repub party withered away. Former Governor Ames died in 1933, right around the time the modern MS repub party was being created.


      “As governor, Ames fought to cut spending and lower the tax rate….” Sounds a lot like a tea-party politician to me.

      There were a lot of republicans, over the decades, who were not progressives, and who were not moderates, and who were against corruption. During the 1930s and 1940s it was Bob Taft, and during the 1960s thru 1980s it was Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. However, during that same modern timespan, there were plenty of moderate repubs, and with the exception of the Reagan presidency, the moderate progressive repubs have been in control of the repub party since around the time of the first world war. The various traditionally-conservative factions of the repub party — the religious conservatives who saw a resurgence in the 1980s, the defense conservatives, and the liberty conservatives who are seeing a resurgence now — never went away during these times. But the moderate and progressive subfactions always had more votes and more money and vastly more power.

      You don’t have to agree that the subfactions who picked McDaniel as their champion in 2014 are “taking back” the repub party. If you just define the party as being, the most powerful faction in the MS repub party from 1940 through 2010, then it is pretty obvious that those folks were NOT constitutionalists in the McDaniel sense, but were more Eisenhower and Haley types. But if you take the wider view, which is that constitutionalism goes back to the founders (of the country and of the party), and that progressivism and moderate repub stances are a modern phenomenon, in response to FDR and Stalin, then the perspective that the repub party needs to return to the constitutionalist roots — which the party platform has never lost by the way — starts to make more sense. Hope this helps.

  9. @catty14 We will #RememberMississippi if Henry Barbour continues as a consultant for Rick Perry. He has lost votes and respect for associating with Barbour.

  10. McDaniel received 60 per cent of the Republican party votes. All else is debate fodder but not relative to this over-riding fact: The majority of the MS Republicans(the folks voting for McDaniel) are the center of the party and the other 40 per cent is only the fringe of the party. To believe otherwise is to ignore reality and suspend belief. This isn’t sour grapes as the fringe folks call it. This isn’t a candidate who will not concede a lost election…this is outright theft of Democracy! Talk to the man and his wife who voted for McDaniel yet his precinct did not report one vote for McDaniel. Every voter should be outraged at what happened in the Run Off regardless of which candidate you supported. And what the fringe folks don’t realize is that Cochran’s good name was sullied by Barbour in the process; and he did not deserve that. I could regale you with personal history but that just muddles the bare, bold facts. We won and the election was stolen. We are the majority and the fringe is trying to claim a choke-hold. And we will prove our point in November.

  11. frank gordon says:

    “Talk to the man and his wife who voted for McDaniel yet his precinct did not report one vote for McDaniel.”

    I would be interested to see the details. Which precinct is that?
    Does the poll book have them marked as voted? Did they swear out an affidavit?


    • A D Boutwell says:

      I hope you aren’t holding your breath on that one, Frank…

      • frank gordon says:

        I’m not holding my breath either… But these double agents who keep making up phony stories are the ones responsible for Chris missing the deadline. Every time he was ready to file, some liar would come up with some shocking story about outrageous fraud or vote buying or something that would have to be investigated. Apparently few or none of these stories really panned out, but the process got delayed and the damage was done.

  12. A D Boutwell says:

    Catty 14… Do you mind if I ask you how long have you known Chris McDaniel?… did you ever hear him on his radio call-in show before he became a candidate?…

  13. William Smith says:

    Catty, how can you know what percentage of Republicans voted for McDaniel? In Mississippi (1) there is no party registration to identify Republicans and Democrats as voters and (2) there is a secret ballot so there is no way of knowing who voted for whom except by the total votes cast for one or the other.

  14. A D Boutwell says:

    She can’t, William… nobody can…

    • Post-runoff polling by Chism and by PPP show that self-identified repubs and/or self-identified Romney voters were about 56/44 in McDaniel’s favor. The same polling-data also shows the percentage of dems who voted for McDaniel was about 19/81 against him, and the approximate totals.

      These are just statistics, but they are scientifically gathered, and have proven accurate when assessing other races in earlier elections, and in other parts of the country. Are they 100% proof of anything? No. Are they strong evidence, at least, for political purposes and common sense purposes (which are distinct from provable-beyond-a-reasonable-doubt-in-a-court-of-law purposes), absolutely yes.

      Catty14 misremembered the final numbers, rounding up to 60/40 when the polling showed it was more like 56/44, but other than that quibble her assertions were largely correct. There is a reasonable question as to the preference of ALL the repubs in the state, which is to say, repubs who only vote in November, and do not participate in repub-party-primary-elections in June. But there is no question about June 24th: the self-identified repubs && romney-voters wanted McDaniel, but the final total was swung the other way by self-identified dems && obama-voters. You can see this is true, even if you don’t trust the polling-data, simply by looking at the county-maps, of Romney/Obama in 2012, and then of McDaniel/Cochran in 2014 for the runoff. McDaniel won the Romney-counties, and Cochran won the Obama-counties, with just a handful of exceptions.

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