Mississippi Stinking

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.

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22 responses to “Mississippi Stinking

  1. She’s a NEO CONFEDERATE!!!

    She’s a NEO CONFEDERATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That’s all you need to know about her.

    (This has been a courtesy announcement by your local leftist smear advisory board)

  2. Michael R.

    ” 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.” This is just a subtle indication of how the major parties think of the electorate. We are required to vote for one of the noble houses. We have no choice (you wouldn’t throw your vote away voting Libertarian, would you?), so why should they care about fielding a qualified, competent person to do a good job for the electorate? Don’t you know the government is for the benefit of the parties? It isn’t there to serve the interests of the people.

    • Chris Marschner

      Mike R. You captured most of my thinking.

      I would like to add that very few except those with strong needs for self aggrandizement are willing to undergo the expected personal smear campaign to run for office. Consider how hard it is to get name recognition without huge financial backing. Even someone that offers well considered and probably effective policy prescriptions will be drowned out by outrageous allegations that are voraciously consumed by a fairly ignorant electorate.

  3. WAHJR

    Unethical Rationalizations and Misconceptions #69 – “The Lesser of Two Evils” or “Choosing between Two Bowls of Shit”

  4. Other Bill

    “I don’t see how any ethical Republican can cheer the election of Hyde-Smith.”

    It’s either Column A or Column B, Jack. No substitutions allowed.

    She’s not going to caucus with Chuck Schumer or Kamala Harris or Kirsten Gillibrand. Works for me. This woman may be a dope but she’s not their dope. And that’s not an “it’s not the worst thing” rationalization. Legislation gets passed and judges get confirmed by having more votes than the opposition.

  5. E2

    The awful candidates in Mississippi surprises you? The best from a state of more than 3 million people?

    Surprised? When “the best we could do” in 2016 in a nation of 370 million were Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?

    Then again, using the most recent Kavanaugh debacle as an example,, it does make some sense that good, thinking, ethical people don’t want to subject themselves to public service and all it entails. So it’s left to the crooks and morons. Lucky us.

    • Rats E2, your time/date stamp beat me to it.

    • dragin_dragon

      Folks who are smart enough to be President are also smart enough not to run. Same goes for the Senate and the House.

    • DaveL

      Crooks, morons, and egomaniacal sociopaths, yes.

    • Then again, using the most recent Kavanaugh debacle as an example,, it does make some sense that good, thinking, ethical people don’t want to subject themselves to public service and all it entails. So it’s left to the crooks and morons. Lucky us.

      I eventually realised that the saying attributed to President Truman, “if you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen”, is a cunning misdirection away from the fact that the heating controls – even for the rest of the house – are in the kitchen, and are routinely set high so only those who like that can do anything about the settings. Political direction isn’t merely being “left to the crooks and morons”, the crooks and morons are actively arranging for that, whether consciously or not. It gets worse if left alone, as we ought to know from history – but in the English speaking world, people rarely know that this very sort of situation fertilised the political arena in 1910s Italy and 1920s Germany for the things that blew that decay away those times.

      • Exactly. Common people will only stand for this corruption so long, before embracing someone who claims to have a fix (which may be worse in the long run)

        Trump being elected is a symptom of this facet of human nature. So is ‘Drain the Swamp.’

        Congress has exempted themselves from many of the laws they decree for the rest of us, and prosecution is selective even then. The level of resentment in fly over country is palatable, and (one hopes) leads to a house cleaning not seen since the Civil War.

        I pray that a second Civil War is not needed this time…

  6. Wayne

    One more in the Senate to block any future Justice Kavanaugh shenanigans by the rabid Democrats. Works for me.

  7. “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.”

    More incredible than: In a NATION with OVER 330,000,000 people, the same parties couldn’t find two more qualified than the HACKS Extraordinaire that were served up?

  8. Jeff

    Are the parties even looking for qualified candidates any more? The racket seems to have settled into a mostly seniority-based system now, with candidates moving up the ladder when it’s “their turn”, regardless of their level of competence or corruption. “Qualified” to the parties seems to mean “can raise enough money to win”.

    Occasional blips upset this system, but the machine moves in quickly to absorb and corrupt any turnstile-jumpers that make it through without putting in their time (I wonder how, for example, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to take the news that her first job when she gets settled in Washington is to sit down at a phone bank and make fund-raising calls to pay “party dues” she doesn’t even know she owes) before they can rock the boat.

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