McDaniel term limit proposal creates a lot of smiles
Politicians are often the source of amusement. State Sen. Chris McDaniel can always be counted on to be a source. A few days ago, The United Conservatives Fund PAC of McDaniel issued a press release regarding term limits. The organization will seek enough voter signatures for a constitutional amendment in 2016 to limit state legislators and statewide elected officials to two consecutive terms in the same office. Of course, while advocating limiting legislators to two consecutive terms, McDaniel is seeking his third term in the Mississippi Senate. The next day I received more than a few calls and emails from people that were very amused that McDaniel is seeking a third term while advocating term limits. In regards to McDaniel, a lot of us are still waiting for him to concede his defeat by Sen. Thad Cochran and to congratulate his fellow Republican on his re-election to another term in the U.S. Senate. McDaniel’s ego, arrogance, and self-righteousness are never diminished. There will never be term limits for McDaniel in “The World is Flat Club.”
AG Hood files campaign season lawsuit
There is a lot of “The World Is Flat” news this week. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed suit against State Farm to recover damages related to Hurricane Katrina. He filed the suit in Hinds County Circuit Court where he should have at least a 75 percent chance of success at that level of the court system. Three of the four circuit court judges in Hinds County would be classified as sympathetic to lawsuits by plaintiff lawyers. Of course, the big insurance companies, whether they are right or wrong on various issues, are a popular whipping boy and target for politicians on the left. Since Katrina was almost 10 years ago, I’m sure Hood’s suit has nothing to do with his 2015 re-election campaign. Hood’s general election opponent is former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst. If Republican Hurst can raise enough money to fund a campaign, there is little doubt he is a stronger candidate than the three Republicans Hood defeated in his other races for attorney general. Hurst is a first-rate individual and an excellent opponent for Hood.
Sen. Rand Paul is not that different from Sen. Ted Cruz
Earlier this week, Sen. Rand Paul, an announced Republican candidate for president in 2016, lashed out at fellow Republican U.S. senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. He called them “lapdogs” for President Obama’s foreign policy. There may be reasons to disagree with McCain and Graham on certain issues, but both Republicans have proven conservative records in Congress. However, to call them “lapdogs” for Obama borders on the ridiculous. While Paul and fellow GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz were both elected as Tea Party favorites, I had more hope for Sen. Paul than I do for Cruz. Paul supported Sen. Mitch McConnell, now Senate majority leader, for re-election last year against a far right Tea Party candidate in Kentucky. There are other things that Paul has done in the past year to indicate that he, unlike Cruz, could coexist with mainstream Republicans in the GOP. Sure, there are legitimate arguments that can be made about the United States playing the role of policeman for the world versus the isolationism of politicians such as Paul. Calling McCain and Graham “lapdogs” for Obama doesn’t make sense. Of course, McCain being McCain, he lashed back at Paul saying Paul is the worst of about 20 Republican candidates showing interest in running for president. I would put Paul in a tie with Cruz.
Congressman Palazzo likes candidates that “love their country“
Speaking of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, Mississippi Republican congressman Steven Palazzo of Biloxi praised Paul, Cruz, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who have already entered the race for the 2016 GOP nomination for president. Palazzo told Hattiesburg TV station WDAM that all three of the candidates “love their country.” Are we expecting any Republicans that don’t love their country to run for president?