How to start a battle royal at the Legislature

If things shake out in Jackson the next three months the way Sen. Michael Watson predicts, they should sell tickets.

“We’re going to fight and claw and scream and kick and shove,” Watson, a Pascagoula Republican, said.

People will and do part with their hard-earned money to see such a spectacle under the banner of mixed martial arts. But Watson was speaking figuratively. No one in the Mississippi Legislature has gone full South Korean Parliament and started swinging at that their colleagues.

And admission to the Legislature is free, although seating in the gallery is limited. Still, Coast lawmakers have been doing their best to get the Coast’s movers and shakers to join the fight for more than $700 million in BP economic damages money yet to be spent.