Corruption and double standards; Don’t change the name of a Senate office building; Anti-tax Republicans in the Mississippi Legislature pass a regressive tax; Sen. Cornyn was right about mob rule
My wife recently commented on the numerous Dominos TV ads telling consumers that Dominos will fill potholes in numerous communities. “Maybe they can help Jackson,” she said. “Sorry”, I replied, “Dominos can’t sell that many Pizzas.”
On Friday, August 10, the lead editorial in The Wall Street Journal was entitled “Corruption and Double Standards”. The editorial was an extensive report detailing how the left’s anti-corruption campaign has ignored the disgraced and corrupt of Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey. The editorial has a line about Democrats and “their media echoes”. In many ways, this line also applies to Democrats and their media cheerleaders in Mississippi.
HONOR JOHN McCAIN BUT DON’T CHANGE THE NAME OF THE RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – It’s nice the momentum has slowed to name the Senate Russell Office Building after the late Sen. John McCain. Any legislation supported by Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi should be suspect at the outset. John McCain was a true hero and great American. McCain should be honored but not by changing the name of the Russell building. Russell was one of the titans of the U.S. Senate where he served for almost 40 years. Previous to that, he was governor of Georgia. Yes, Russell was a segregationist and fought against all civil rights legislation. But so did Sen. John Stennis of Mississippi, one of our state’s most distinguished leaders in history. Former governor William Winter, one of our state’s most decent public officials to ever serve our state, also campaigned as a staunch segregationist when he ran his first race for governor in 1967. In fact Winter was “outseged” in that contest by the eventual winner, John Bell Williams. A magnificent Navy aircraft carrier is named after John Stennis.
Prominent Mississippi Republicans support Bush and Kasich, but they are stuck in reverse
There’s a lot of anger in America. Especially among Republicans, there is a lot of anger. A lot of this anger explains why Donald Trump is leading in polls among candidates for the Republican nomination for president. In turn, Democrats should not feel any anger. The Republican circus should make Democrats feel joyful about their prospects in 2016, even with a polarizing candidate such as Hillary Clinton. In Mississippi, most prominent Republican leaders have signed on to support either Jeb Bush or John Kasich. Sen. Thad Cochran headlines the Bush supporters and Congressman Gregg Harper and former senator Trent Lott, although now a resident of Florida, headline the leaders supporting Kasich. The problem for Bush and Kasich is nationally, both are stuck in reverse. Republican majorities in the House and Senate will be wasted if the GOP can’t take back the White House. They won’t take the White House if Trump is the nominee. The opportunity for a win must not be wasted when the 2016 Republican nominee won’t be facing an incumbent and the probable Democrat nominee, Clinton, has a lot of baggage of her own. There is an even more important reason Republicans need to win the presidency – future vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court. I think this is just as important as not having a Democrat in the White House who can veto Republican legislation. If Trump is the nominee, the GOP can prepare to lose next November. In a way, the Trump candidacy, without the racism, reminds me of when Alabama Gov. George Wallace ran for president three times and made an especially strong race for the Democrat nomination in 1972 before being shot. Wallace also took advantage of voter anger and frustrations. Some are suggesting if Trump fades, the nomination could be a battle between Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio. Cruz is a tea party darling and his poll numbers are moving higher. Cruz battles his Republican colleagues in the Senate almost as much as he takes on Democrats. As a senator he has favored disastrous government shutdowns versus responsible governing. Cruz would not only lose against Clinton, his nomination would also bring GOP losses in both the House and Senate. On the other hand, Rubio would have a good chance to win the presidency. A lot can and probably will happen between now and the Republican National Convention. Let’s hope Republicans don’t take the route of a death wish and blow a great opportunity to take back the White House.
Disease spreads to the University of Maryland
Byrd Stadium is the name the 50,000 seat football facility at the University of Maryland. Last Friday, the school’s board of Regents, following the recommendation of Maryland President Wallace Lob, voted to change the name of the stadium. Harry “Curley” Byrd was president of the University of Maryland from 1936 to 1954, a pretty long tenure for most
Editor’s Note: This column was first published on June 30, 1988 as part of Wayne Weidie’s syndicated column series, “The Political Scene,” which ran through 43 newspapers in the state of Mississippi and spanned from 1970 to 1990. Political Scene columns will be periodically republished on The Weidie Report.
The latest poll on the U.S. Senate race gives very similar numbers to a poll taken during April. What may puzzle some people is that the Mason-Dixon Opinion and Research Poll released last week was assessed in an Associated Press story as a “whopping” lead for Republican Trent Lott. Lott’s margin in the Mason-Dixon poll was 11 points. The April poll of Mississippi State University political science professor Stephen Shaffer had Lott leading by 10 points over Democrat Wayne Dowdy. Yet the news release from MSU giving Shaffer’s results termed the 10 point margin a “narrow lead” for Lott.
At this stage of the campaign the two polls only confirm what everyone knows. The race will be very close.