Ole Miss favorite son strongly criticized for interview with Bobby Jindal

I have never been a fan of Louisiana Republican Bobby Jindal. When I worked on Capitol Hill, I was not a fan when the super ambitious Jindal was a member of the U.S. House. I was not a fan when he was elected governor, and before he dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination, he was near the bottom of the list of original 17 Republican candidates. However, I was all on board with Jindal when the former governor was interviewed by Ole Miss alum Shepherd Smith of Fox News after three Baton Rouge police officers were ambushed and murdered. Regularly when on the air Smith, who leans to the left, makes no secret of his love and loyalty to the Rebels. He attends Ole Miss football games and has appeared on the giant video board at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. He did nothing to enhance his journalistic reputation when he interviewed Jindal. Several times during the interview after the police shooting, Jindal used the phrase, “all lives matter.” Almost in anger, Shepherd said the term “all lives matter” was “derogatory” and was a “very divisive phrase.” Jindal, to his credit, stuck to his guns and said we should value all human lives. In the wake of the interview and his treatment of Jindal, many conservatives strongly criticized Smith. Jindal was accurate and correct using the phase, and Smith should receive low journalistic marks for the way he the handled the interview.

Ted Cruz still doesn’t play well with others

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is still catching flak for his snub of Donald Trump and his non-endorsement speech at the Republican National Convention. Some conservatives have gone so far as to label the speech as a F Trump speech. During a recent meeting of some of the major financial backers of Cruz’s presidential campaign, many voiced their objections to his speech at the convention. Cruz still harbors presidential ambitions for 2020 or beyond. A lot can change in the future, but in my opinion, Cruz’s presidential ambitions have been rightfully crushed. His convention speech was not different from his entire career as a member of the U.S. Senate – he doesn’t play well with others.

Lynn Fitch sounds like a Democrat at NCF; maybe rumors are true she will be supported by Jim Hood and Mike Moore

Several people attending the Neshoba County Fair for all the political speeches commented that State Treasurer Lynn Fitch sounded more like a Democrat than

a Republican. That only fuels the rumors that former attorney general Mike Moore and current AG Jim Hood will back Fitch who is making no secret of the fact she plans to be a candidate for attorney general in 2019. The speculation is Hood will run for governor in three years or likely retire from politics to enter private practice. Both Moore and Hood reportedly feel a Democrat can’t win in the next election and they would support Fitch and more importantly, encourage their major financial supporters to back Fitch. If Hood does not seek re-election, Fitch will not have a clean path to the Republican nomination. Former U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and other legitimate Republican contenders will enter the GOP primary. So Fitch will be playing a potentially risky game if she plays footsie with Moore, Hood and their plaintiff attorney supporters.

Rubio primary opponent spending millions of his own money

When Florida’s Marco Rubio tossed his hat into the race for the GOP presidential nomination, he announced he would not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate this year. After dropping out of that contest, a lot of Republicans encouraged Rubio to change his mind and he did. With the exception of millionaire Carlos Beruff the other major Republican contenders dropped out of the race. In an effort to defeat Rubio, Beruff has thus far spent $9 million of which a staggering $8.6 million is his own money. Rubio is still favored to win and otherwise, Democrats could add Florida to the other senate pick-ups they will make in 2016. The best thing you can say about candidates like Beruff is that they are so wealthy you would assume they won’t steal from taxpayers.

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