Gee, I wonder why feminists aren’t cheering the Cindy Hyde-Smith victory in the Senate run-off in Mississippi yesterday. After all, she is the first female U.S. Senator in the state. And she’s a woman, and weren’t we told in the 2016 election that this alone mandated voting for a candidate, and nothing else should matter? Admittedly, Hyde-Smith was an especially stinky candidate—inept, unqualified, addicted to sticking her foot in her mouth—but then so was Hillary Clinton. Why does being a woman outweigh all that baggage when the candidate is a Democrat but not when she’s a Republican? Or is the theory that electing a black Senator cancels out the “vote for any woman over any man” rule?
I need this written down, I guess.
Of course, the losing Democratic candidate, Mike Espy, was pretty stinky himself, corrupt and dishonest, as well as addicted to race-baiting when the opportunity arose. He was required to quit Bill Clinton’s Cabinet after multiple accusations of corrupt dealings and illegal gift-accepting, then accepted a $750,000 consulting deal from former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo’s government in 2011. Espy’s former client is now standing trial for “crimes against humanity.” After Espy came under scrutiny for lobbying for Gbagbo, he claimed he had dropped the contract once he learned that Gbagbo was a “bad guy.”
Suuuure. The odds are that any successful and powerful African leader is a “bad guy,” because the only way to prevail in most of Africa is corruption and killing people. (This principle was explained to me by lawyers from multiple African nations when I spoke at an ethics conference in Nigeria.) Gbagbo had been credibly accused of many heinous crimes prior to the Espy deal. Anyway, Espy told The Hill publication in Washington that he had only worked on the three-month contract for one month and been paid $400,000 when he suspended it. Boy, I wish I could get a consulting contract like that, ideally from a non-criminal. Anyway, Espy was lying. U.S. Department of Justice Foreign Agents Registration Act documents showed that Espy was paid the full $750,000. ( I find it interesting that the original version of the Washington Post’s account of Espy’s loss last night included the lobbying scandal, but today that part of the story is missing.)
Despite Espy’s pungent stinkiness, Barack Obama recorded a robo-call for him stating that “My name may not be on the ballot, but our future is. And that’s why I believe this is one of the most important elections in our lifetime.”
One of the most important elections in our lifetime is to send a corrupt, lying, greedy black Democrat to the Senate instead of an inept, unqualified Republican woman? From Mississippi? That’s one thing you can count on about Obama, he’ll never lie to us.
I don’t see how any ethical Republican can cheer the election of Hyde-Smith or how any ethical Democrat can mourn the defeat of Mike Espy. I also find it incredible that in a state with almost 3,000,000 people, the parties couldn’t find two more qualified than these hacks.