Thursday, June 05, 2014

Let’s Give Mississippi Less

Gail Collins, NYT
JUNE 4, 2014

When was the last time the nation turned its attention to Mississippi?

“Normally, we just get coverage for natural disasters,” said Joseph Parker, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Good news, Mississippi! This is your week. On Tuesday, the state had the most dramatic election of this primary season, and we are all looking your way. Actually, we are fascinated to know exactly what you had in mind.

Voters dealt a stunning rebuke to their courtly Republican senator, Thad Cochran, who is famous for his ability to direct federal cash in Mississippi’s direction. Cochran, who’s been in office since 1978, failed to win the necessary 50 percent of the ballots cast. Now he’s headed for a messy runoff with a fiery state legislator who opened his campaign by announcing: “For too long we’ve been addicted to federal monies.”

Perhaps you find this surprising. Perhaps you did not think that people in Mississippi would feel a bond with a politician who describes cash as “monies.” Perhaps you did not expect a state that gets $3 back from Washington for every $1 it sends to be so bitter about federal spending.

(More here.)

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