The Clarion-Ledger Editorial, 7/1/8

It’s difficult to decide what to make of President Bush’s “secret” visit to Mississippi today. After all, it’s not like he’s sneaking into Baghdad under cover of darkness to escape bombs. Or, is he? Not the explosive kind, but possible verbal bombshells.

The noon visit to a Jackson home is a campaign fundraiser for Republican interim U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, at $1,000 a pop. It’s not a public event.

Wicker’s campaign manager, Austin Barbour, a nephew of Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, said the event is private at the request of the White House.

Wicker faces Democratic former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in a Nov. 4 special election that Gov. Barbour set to fill the unexpired term of former Republican Sen. Trent Lott, who resigned in December.