Can a Democrat win the Mississippi U.S. Senate race?

Political junkies are in a frenzy today because Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran won his Republican primary race Tuesday in a close race against a Tea Party firebrand.

That, to the rest of America, neither comes as a surprise nor, in reality, generates any interest anywhere. Americans aren’t at the edge of their seats wondering who would be the Republican nominee for the Mississippi U.S. Senate race.

Cochran’s opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, is a Tea Party poster boy. Which means he’s pretty much a douche. How bad is he?

Well, this is a television ad that Cochran’s campaign didn’t broadcast against him:

That’s pretty insane. But how Cochran, a conservative Republican (Isn’t that redundant, though? Those are the only kinds of Republicans) won against a Tea Bagger is even crazier (from the Washington Post):

In an e-mail sent late last week, the black Democratic mayor of Vicksburg, Miss., urged 2,000 supporters to vote Tuesday for Sen. Thad Cochran, crediting the Republican for securing federal money for key local projects and calling him one of the city’s “best economic development tools.”

The voice of an African American state lawmaker was heard in a recorded phone call Tuesday asserting that Cochran stood between the state and a tea party conservative who would do away with government services. And full-page ads in black newspapers lauded the senator as a champion of historically black colleges.

An intensive strategy over the past three weeks to draw black voters to the polls and spare Cochran from what once seemed like a certain defeat at the hands of a tea party challenger in Tuesday’s GOP runoff appears to have worked.

Voter data shows that turnout rose sharply in Tuesday’s election in black areas of the state over the initial June 3 primary, a runoff made necessary when Chris McDaniel narrowly edged Cochran but was unable to win 50 percent of the vote.

That suggested that not only did traditionally Democratic black voters turn out on behalf of the state’s 76-year-old white Republican senator, but they may have provided his margin of victory.

What? I don’t get it. I mean, I do get it. It was a brilliant political move by the Cochran campaign. But let’s face it. The Republican party didn’t rise in the South because it was appealing to black voters.

Anyway, McDaniel is pissed. He refuses to concede. Something about “liberal Democrats” intruding on Republican elections.

But no laws were broken. And who’s to stop McDaniel from waging a write-in campaign in the general election.

Which brings us to the headline.

If McDaniel runs and splits the Tea Bagging crazies from the Republican Conservatives, it seems like the Democrat could actually win the damn thing in November. Unless African-American voters rally around Cochran again.

Mississippi Democrats wanted McDaniel to win, because … hell, look at the ad again. And there’s tons of additional McDaniel gems on women and minorities (he was a national right-wing talk radio phenom for a while). Given the way the GOP has consistently snatched defeat from certain victory by putting Tea Party crazies up for elections (Akin in Missouri, Mourdock in Indiana, Angle in Nevada, O’Donnell in Delaware), the Dems felt they had a shot in Mississippi.

But then, black people saved the incumbent Republican, and screwed that strategy up.

I think black voters, though, will probably go to the Democrat if this meme is passed around:

Impeachment is a two-step process that starts in the House. All it takes is a simple majority of that chamber to approve a single article of impeachment against the president for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Once that happens, a president is forever branded as having been impeached. President Andrew Johnson (1868) and President Bill Clinton (1998) share that distinction. President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before the full House could vote to impeach him.

To officially remove a president from office, two-thirds of the Senate must vote to convict him on those articles of impeachment. Johnson and Clinton were not convicted. Obama could share the same or worse fate. A Republican-controlled Senate could lead to Obama becoming the third president impeached and the first ever to be removed from office.

 

Obama has two years left in office. Time for the Democrats in Mississippi to step up and make sure he stays there. And if I’m the Democrat in the Mississippi race and McDaniel is still running, I’m going to make sure Cochran answers the question: Would you vote to impeach President Obama? If he answers yes, let’s see how much of the black vote he keeps.

The ‘R’ word

We have a professional football team in Washington, D.C., that’s drawing a lot of anger because of its name.

How much anger?

Watch this:

That ad was scheduled to run during the NBA Finals last night, but given the buildup, the California-based Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation could have saved its money, because the ad already had two million hits on YouTube.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ad like this before. A group saying that a team name that has been used for decades is racist. But we’ve seen this change in attitude over the years. In case you don’t know it, look up the name of the St. John’s University basketball team before it became the Red Storm.

One thing that is intriguing, though, is that the tribe is OK with the use of the word “Indian.” Here’s what I mean:

And it’s a confusing term. Whenever I the the news and there’s a reference to an Indian, I have to work out in my mind … well, does that mean someone from Southwest Asia or the native population of North America?

And Louis is right. The name is a mistake. The Europeans were looking for a western trade route to India, spent an ungodly amount of time on the water, realized they’d screwed up and when they spotted land, they said, “Oh, yeah. Right. We’ve found India.”

Here’s what Christopher Columbus wrote in a journal about to his first voyage to America in 1492 (via Britannica)

…and I saw the Moorish king come out of the gates of the city and kiss the royal hands of Your Highnesses…and Your Highnesses, as Catholic Christians…took thought to send me, Christopher Columbus, to the said parts of India, to see those princes and peoples and lands…and the manner which should be used to bring about their conversion to our holy faith, and ordained that I should not go by land to the eastward, by which way it was the custom to go, but by way of the west, by which down to this day we do not know certainly that anyone has passed; therefore, having driven out all the Jews from your realms and lordships in the same month of January, Your Highnesses commanded me that, with a sufficient fleet, I should go to the said parts of India, and for this accorded me great rewards and ennobled me so that from that time henceforth I might style myself “Don” and be high admiral of the Ocean Sea and viceroy and perpetual Governor of the islands and continent which I should discover…and that my eldest son should succeed to the same position, and so on from generation to generation forever.

Yep. He’s looking for India. Along with insulting Muslims and Jews. So when he finally gets to America and figures, we’ll maybe this isn’t India, I guess the first thing on his mind isn’t to go back to Spain and tell the king and queen: … Look, your highnesses. About that voyage you funded to get to India? Well, I ended up God knows where. …

Guess he just went back and said: … Yeah … Sure … India … Nice place!!!

And get this! According to the Library of Congress, a map of the new world with the name America didn’t appear until 1507. Columbus died in 1506. Could he have been calling the place India up until he died?

Of course, none of this has anything to do with football.

Racist Donald Sterling’s life is beautiful

Back when the Donald Sterling “I don’t want my mistress to be seen with black guys” scandal broke, I wrote that the guy may be a scumbag, but he’s never going to be punished. Here’s what I said:

So current estimates are that the Clippers will sell for more than $1 billion. And that money goes to …

Donald Sterling.

He owns the team. He gets the paycheck.

I’m sure he’s in agony right now because the NBA won’t let him be involved in a sport that features a race of people he doesn’t want to associate with.

Well, I’m here to admit I was wrong. Because, as you’ve all seen, this happened:

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, and Donald Sterling reportedly won’t stop the sale with a lawsuit against the NBA.

Bobby Samini, one of Sterling’s lawyers, told NBC4 that the soon-to-be former owner wouldn’t pursue legal action against the league as he had previously threatened, instead accepting the sale (and money that comes along with it).

Yesterday, Sterling said that he was ready to move on from the struggle:

“I feel fabulous, I feel very good. Everything is just the way it should be, really. It may have worked out differently, but it’s good. It’s all good,” Sterling said.

Breathe a sigh of relief, everyone. Sterling feels good.

See, my mistake was I underestimated how much he was going to pocket … by ONE BILLION DOLLARS!!!

Yes, Donald Sterling can move on from the scorn the world has heaped upon him … with an added $2 billion in his pocket.

Tell me, what’s the point of having contempt for a person when even in his worst moment life is beautiful?

Divide and conquer: The GOP solution to the poor

North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis in action:

Do you really need a translation? When a Republican says:

And we need to get those folks to look down at these people who choose to get into a condition that makes them dependent on the government and say at some point, “You’re on your own. We may end up taking care of those babies, but we’re not going to take care of you.” And we’ve got to start having that serious discussion.”

These people means “those people” because for a GOP crowd it’s always a matter of Us vs. Them. And for a Republican, who might “them” be?

Let’s stop pretending we don’t know when Republicans are speaking in code. Tillis gets away with what he’s saying because he knows how to use the code words. Listen to the message: Thom Tillis is saying EXACTLY THE SAME THING Cliven Bundy is saying. The difference? Bundy was just using the language of the past, when you could run as a politician in the South against the “nigra”.

Time to quote the godfather of racial code Lee Atwater:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

For anyone running against the GOP, it isn’t a matter of divide and conquer. There’s no difference between the sophisticates and the troglodytes in that party. The focus has to be conquer.

‘Get Lucky’ on ‘Soul Train’

Every now and then, I miss “Soul Train,” not because I ever could sit through the whole show, but because of the dance line. “American Bandstand” didn’t have anything like that, two kids dancing down a line while folks on the line keep the beat going.

There’s no particular reason I’m thinking about this, other than I’m another year older and thinking about the past. But wouldn’t it be cool to watch kids dance to today’s music?

Soul Train (1971-2006)

The Bundy brigades are getting twitchy

Since everyone’s ignoring rancher Cliven Bundy since his heartfelt explanation of the advantages of slavery, what’s been going on in militiaman Nirvanna at Bundy’s ranch in Nevada?

So, gun-toting psychos are expecting drone strikes (which haven’t been done on American soil) and getting ready to draw, not on the jack-booted tyranny of the government, but on each other.

Yeah, Bundy is yesterday’s Fox News funfest, but don’t be surprised when something really bad happens at his Nevada ranch. The Tea Party terrorists want a shootout, and they don’t seem to care who they shoot it out with.