There is no better example of the expression that politics can make for strange bedfellows than the Mississippi Republican Senate primary runoff. Longtime Senator Thad Cochran is in a tough battle against Tea Party candidate State Senator Chris McDaniel. The vote count is coming in as I type.
Mississippi has a long history of segregation and racial strife. Today, thirty-seven percent of the state’s population is black, the highest percentage of any state, and most are registered Democrats. And Republican Senator Thad Cochran has been encouraging African American Mississippians to head to the polls and vote in today’s election. That’s right folks, a standing Republican in the US Senate is calling for black folks to go to the polls. Registered Democrats can vote in the Cochran-McDaniel runoff, but those who cast a ballot in the June 3 Democratic primary are not eligible to vote today.
Although Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole isn’t advocating that Democrats cross over to vote for Cochran in a Republican primary, others like James “Scooby Doo” Warren, a Democratic political operative, has said he’s working with the Mississippi Conservatives PAC on a statewide plan to turn out votes for Cochran. Some African American church leaders are doing so as well. I suppose it’s better the devil ya know kind of thing.
If that’s not enough to put some pork in the air, the Cochran campaign has run in black newspapers, radio and television stations and, he’s running on issues like funding for public education, securing federal funds for the state, healthcare and all sorts of other issues usually touted by Democrats.
With about 80% of the vote in, Cochran leads McDaniel 137,109 to 132,232.
Now, about those pigs. . .