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‘Like a Plot Twist in a Faulkner Novel’

Posted on | June 3, 2014 | 25 Comments

Working from an enormous cabin in the middle of a 37-acre forest, it feels like I’m in a remote wilderness, although I’m actually just 15 miles from Tupelo. Our accommodations Monday night were graciously provided by a local Tea Party lady who knows Ali Akbar, and the mailing address here is Mantachie (population 1,107), but we’re outside the city limits, so the evocative “Itawamba County” was obviously a more appropriate dateline for my latest column:

State Sen. Chris McDaniel finished up an early morning campaign stop Monday by urging his supporters to “push like you’ve never pushed before” to get voters to the polls in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Polls show the Tea Party-backed challenger is neck-and-neck with incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and turnout will be the decisive factor in a bitterly contested GOP fight that has drawn national attention.
“If we can unseat a 42-year incumbent, it will send shock waves through this country,” McDaniel told about 40 of his supporters who turned out for a breakfast meeting at Chick-fil-A in Tupelo.
The shock waves of a McDaniel victory would be a rebuke not only to the Republican establishment that has poured millions into Cochran’s re-election effort, but also to pundits who have been trying to write the obituary of the Tea Party movement. Regardless of the outcome Tuesday, the united effort of grassroots conservatives in the Mississippi primary have shown that the Tea Party is still very much alive, lifting up McDaniel — a young state senator previously unknown outside his district — to fight a down-to-the-wire campaign against a powerful incumbent with universal statewide name recognition. . . .

Please read the whole thing at The American Spectator.

Today we’ve got a four-hour drive back to Hattiesburg for what we hope will be a victory celebration tonight. Your prayers are most certainly welcome and, of course: Hit the freaking tip jar!






  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Let’s hope you get to celebrate like Faulkner did…okay, in moderation and don’t be driving afterwards!

  • Mike G.

    Lets hope McDaniel wins and is a portent of great things to come in the upcoming SC prim ary June 10th.

  • richard mcenroe

    Beware of drunken deer stumbling in front of your car after the victory party, Stacy!

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  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Police officers generally don’t accept the defense that the deer was drunk…

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  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Will there be pudding?

  • K-Bob

    Just reading the town names in Mississippi is like the Cliff Notes version of Faulkner, with strains of Bobbie Gentry in the background.

    You can hear cicadas when you read this post.

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