Last week my wife and I were in South Florida having a pleasant lunch while overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. I took notice of two large Florida state flags that were blowing in the strong winds outside the restaurant. I took particular notice of the red St. Andrew’s Cross that is part of the Florida flag (see above). A check on Wikipedia and a few other sites indicated that the present state flag came into being in the late 1890s and was adopted by Florida voters in 1900. It was noted historians saw the addition of a red cross was to commemorate Florida’s contribution to the Confederacy. Some historians view the adoption of the current flag as a product of “nostalgia” for the “Lost Cause.” Also a factor was that Florida’s governor at the time had served in the 2nd Florida Regiment of the Confederate Army. Could the historic background of the Florida flag and its ties to the Confederacy be offensive to some people? I don’t think its a stretch to argue it could be.
When we returned home I saw a news story and full page ad in The Clarion-Ledger signed by Mississippians who advocate we should change the state flag and remove the insert of the Confederate battle flag. I respect a lot of the people who signed the ad. The list also contained a who’s who of liberals like John Grisham, Reuben Anderson, Hodding Carter III, William Winter, Curtis Wilkie, Morgan Freeman, Kathryn Stockett, Ronnie Musgrove, Bill Minor, and others, many of whom don’t live in the state anymore. Actually, I wonder if Hodding Carter III could even find his way back to Mississippi. I also have no doubt some of the liberals who signed the ad would also sign on with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s effort to remove three Confederate landmarks in that city. One of those is the statue of Robert E. Lee at Lee Circle, one of New Orleans’ most famous landmarks on St. Charles Avenue. The statue of Lee, erected in 1884, sits on top of a 60-foot column. Landrieu also wants to remove statues of Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. Democrats are rushing with all speed to the alter of political correctness. Several state Democrat parties in the nation have said they will no longer have their annual Jefferson-Jackson day dinners. Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson are recognized as the founders of the Democratic Party. Of course, the problem is that Jefferson and Jackson were also slaveholders.
Sam Hall was executive director of Mississippi’s Democrat Party
Sam Hall was named last week as the new executive editor of The Jackson Clarion Ledger. Not that my opinion matters, but I think Hall is a good selection. He is a Mississippian and besides The Clarion Ledger, he has worked for a number of newspapers in Mississippi and Alabama. I think that in addition to his work at The Clarion Ledger, it is a plus that Hall’s journalism career includes work at small community and weekly newspapers. However, there was an obvious gap in his bio when he was announced as the new executive editor after serving for the past four months as acting executive editor.
In its December 31 edition, National Review magazine reported that the University of California at Irvine offered students “grief counseling to help them cope with the trauma of the shooting of Michael Brown” in Ferguson, Missouri. NR noted that UC-Irvine is a mere 1,832 miles away from Ferguson. Is this really another example of “the world gone nuts,” or can we can chalk this up to the university just being in California?
This is written before state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s decision on whether or not to continue his seemingly endless challenge of his GOP primary loss to Sen. Thad Cochran. I’m sure I am not the only person to wonder what would have happened if McDaniel had graciously accepted his defeat on June 24. What if?
On election night McDaniel had acted like a very gracious loser and congratulated Cochran on his victory.
McDaniel had said that he was immediately going to give Cochran his full support to make sure that Cochran defeats Democrat Travis Childers in November.
McDaniel never acted like a spoiled brat and sore loser.
On Thursday it was reported that Kirk Sims, Sen. Cochran’s campaign manager, was stepping aside as campaign manager and would stay with the campaign as an “adviser.” To most campaign insiders and close friends of Cochran, the news was very welcome. Sims was Gov. Phil Bryant’s chief of staff before he left to manage the Cochran campaign. Not quite so incidental is that Sims is also Sen. Roger Wicker’s son-in-law. Those close to Cochran say that when Sims first interviewed with Cochran for the campaign manager’s job, Cochran was not impressed. He was later named campaign manager evidently because of a big push by his father-in-law and Gov. Bryant.
For his campaign leadership, Sen. Cochran had Kirk Sims and Josh Gregory fostered on him by Sen. Roger Wicker and Gov. Bryant. Sims was Bryant’s chief of staff before he was named campaign manager. No small factor is that Sims is Wicker’s son-in-law. Gregory has always been the man behind the throne for Bryant, and Gregory is already looking for his next horse to ride into the Governor’s Mansion after Bryant presumably is re-elected and serves his second term.
While the Cochran campaign had other able campaign professionals, by any measure, the management of the campaign was a disaster.