The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Editorial, 8/17/8

It’s not exactly top of mind, but there’s another U.S. Senate race in Mississippi this year besides the one between Roger Wicker and Ronnie Musgrove.

Thad Cochran, Mississippi’s senior senator who 30 years ago became the first statewide elected Republican official in a century, is up for re-election. Former state Rep. Eric Fleming of Jackson is his Democratic opponent.

Unlike the Wicker-Musgrove race, this one’s not in doubt. Cochran will win handily.

At 70, Cochran signed up for another six-year term after a period of deliberation last fall. Trent Lott’s resignation was a factor, though not the primary one, in his decision. Cochran acknowledged in a meeting with the Daily Journal editorial board last week that returning to Washington for another six years was less attractive than in the past because of the extreme partisanship now the rule at the U.S. Capitol.