American Politics 101 (part 67)

This is what it comes down to in the great state of Mississippi which has NEVER elected any sort of racist to Congress, going back to the days of slavery (and what if they did?  what if they did?!).   They are having a run-off election tomorrow.  

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I went to have a look at the predictions for that vote, where a black Democratic candidate, Mike Espy [1] is running in a tight race with short-time incumbent Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, appointed by Mississippi’s governor in April 2018 when Mississippi’s long-serving senator, 81 year-old Thad Cochran [2]  left the job due to health concerns.   This popped up in the middle of the first page of search results:

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read all about it

The president, who won Mississippi by a comfortable margin of almost 20%, is down there whipping up enthusiasm for his candidate at big rallies in Biloxi and Tupelo.   He has touted Hyde-Smith’s loyal support for all his initiatives at the rallies and made this powerful argument in an ad Hyde-Smith’s campaign is running:

“If Democrats get control, they will raise your taxes, flood your streets with criminal aliens, weaken our military, outlaw private health insurance and replace freedom with socialism,” Trump says in an ad paid for by Hyde-Smith and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Jeez, what a nightmare!

Let the best ad team win!  [3]


[1]  from Mike Espy’s Wikipedia page (the Republican ad campaign is hammering corruption charges against Espy):

Corruption trial and acquittal[edit]

Espy trial[edit]

On August 27, 1997, Espy was indicted on charges of receiving improper gifts, including sports tickets, lodging, and airfare. Espy refused to plea bargain and on December 2, 1998, he was acquitted of all 30 criminal charges in the trial. Independent Counsel Donald Smaltz presented more than 70 witnesses during the trial and spent more than $20 million preparing and trying the case.[28]

During testimony before the jury, the prosecution’s star witness told Smaltz: “God knows, if I had $30 million, I could find dirt on you, sir.”[29] During the trial, Smaltz protested that the defense was injecting race into the trial in what he saw as an appeal to a mostly black jury.

The defense rested without calling any witnesses, arguing simply that the prosecution had not proved its case. The jury deliberated less than 10 hours before finding Espy not guilty on all charges. One of the jurors said, “This was the weakest, most bogus thing I ever saw. I can’t believe Mr. Smaltz ever brought this to trial.” At least four other jurors echoed this view, though less pointedly.[30] Barbara Bisoni, the only white juror, said Smaltz’s case “had holes” and that race never entered into the deliberations.[30]

[2]  from the Thad Cochran Wikipedia page:

Anti-lynching law[edit]

On June 13, 2005, the U.S. Senate formally apologized for its failure to enact a federal anti-lynching law in the early 20th century, “when it was most needed”. The resolution was passed on a voice vote with 80 Senators cosponsoring. Cochran and fellow Mississippian Trent Lott were among the 20 Senators who did not join as cosponsors.[30] Cochran said, “I’m not in the business of apologizing for what someone else did or didn’t do. I deplore and regret that lynching occurred and that those committing them weren’t punished, but I’m not culpable.”[31]

[3]  In Mississippi federal elections race lines are rarely crossed (no black senator from there since Reconstruction) in a state where blacks make up 37% of the population (highest percentage in the country).   The black candidate in the recent Senate election got more than 90% of the black vote, the white candidate got about 85% of the white vote.   The key, for white politicians in Mississippi, is making sure whites get out to vote.   The opposite goes for black candidates.   Nothing to see here!

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