“Mississippians don’t want elected officials who pick their positions from the latest polling results. They want elected officials who know how real-life works, and how it doesn’t.”
“The zeal which begins with hypocrisy must conclude in treachery; at first it deceives, at last it betrays.” – Francis Bacon
On August 17 I wrote an article about Mississippi U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker showing obvious political desperation at the mere possibility of being challenged in a Republican primary. No one has even announced they would challenge him yet, but there is an increasing volume to the buzz. This speculation was given a boost by the posturing of Wicker’s political handlers. Anticipating his vulnerability, the defensive maneuvers on behalf of the junior senator by the crony ranks in the state began many months ago.
Like Mississippi’s Senior Senator Thad Cochran, Wicker has been a very reliable vote to keep money flowing from the federal government, through the proper conduits, and into the pockets of the corporate crowd who have, shall we say, the ‘right stuff’.
The thought of losing a reliable rubber stamp like Wicker is just as likely to cause that crowd to break-out in hives as it did when Cochran came close to meeting the same fate in 2014. Conservatives across the state and country saw then exactly how far the corrupt are willing to go when their worried reassurance turns into frenzied desperation. It’s also a very good indication of how important these particular elected positions are in maintaining the scheme that keeps the Magnolia State ranked as one of the top states in the country for receiving the most in federal money.
Now that Wicker has launched a more official campaign operation his organization has began playing the posturing game instead of relying solely on media.
My August 17 commentary noted how Wicker was working overtime to seem to be everywhere at once, hitting trending topics as quickly as possible. There was the first announcement that Wicker thought the state flag needed changing. There was the love of everything Trump following the swearing-in of the 45th President of the United States. There was the tour of the state to show all the wonderful friends all the wonderful things federal money could buy.
There were also the submissions to local and statewide newspapers that ran over the course of several weeks where Wicker discussed many different things.
Mississippians haven’t seen this much of Roger Wicker since . . . Well, we’ve never seen this much of Roger Wicker.
I’m all for Sen. Wicker sending in an article to state news outlets every few weeks. In fact, I think it’s probably a task that should be one of those unwritten expectations for every federally elected representative. Unfortunately, like most of Mississippi’s federally elected representatives, it’s been out of the ordinary for Wicker. That is, until the heat of a possible challenge became the political discussion ‘du jour’. Suddenly, if a gnat farts in Wicker’s DC office his staff releases a statement from the senator.
I noted how Wicker once again called for changing Mississippi’s State Flag. He used the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia to get headlines for this rehashed position despite clearly knowing, and saying, it was poor judgement to do so. Charlottesville is the latest city to remove historic monuments memorializing aspects of the Civil War. The events, as most know, resulted in the death of a young woman, and countless personal assaults and injuries. I’ll set aside for now the assaults that occurred on common-sense during the fracas.
I also noted in the article how a poll released by Marist after Wicker’s statement indicated that maybe his position wasn’t all that popular, even with the moderate to leftward leaning public whose attention he was hoping to grab. The most unexpected portion of the poll showed that a plurality of black voters supported keeping the monuments in honor of Civil War dead in place. I speculated that this quite possibly might indicate a wide portion of the general public souring on the notion of removing ANY history and historical symbols, including the state flag.
And here comes the headline surfer. Right. On. Cue.
Wicker’s campaign jumped into action following the poll and within days began pushing online advertising asking people to sign up to show that they supported Senator Roger Wicker’s effort to KEEP historic monuments FROM BEING REMOVED!
This one has got to be a bullet to the number one spot on the list of ‘Roger’s Dodgers.’ Now it suddenly appears that for Wicker, historic symbols of the South and the Civil War DON’T need to be removed. Well, which is it?
Wicker’s political handlers have outmaneuvered their own candidate, and again show how desperate these guys are to land their candidate somewhere–anywhere–where voters might already be. The senator has spent several months saying that he appreciates the state flag himself, but since others say it causes offense then it should be ‘put in a museum.’ Now we are to believe, according to his campaign advertising, Wicker wants to keep historic monuments because he understands and appreciates them, and therefore no matter what others say they should not be taken down.
Got it? No. Not really.
Leadership? Nope. Not a whiff of it.
Heck, this shows Wicker is apparently not all that talented at either following OR leading.
Mississippians don’t want elected officials who pick their positions from the latest polling results. They want elected officials who know how real-life works, and how it doesn’t.
Whether he draws a challenger or not, Senator Wicker ought to stand for something more than just reelection, and preferably for more than five minutes.