POINT/COUNTERPOINT: And the GOP primary post-mortem lives

POINT: James Hull

Are we to understand that certain voters in Mississippi don’t have the same rights and privileges as everyone else? That’s the only conclusion one can possibly draw from Republican Chris McDaniel’s repeated harp that “liberal Democrats” were instrumental in incumbent Thad Cochran’s primary victory in the June 24 runoff…

…Here are three questions Mr. McDaniel should consider as he continues to move forward with his childish rant:

• If the Tea Party is a grassroots organization, why did his campaign not vigorously and actively solicit grassroot black and Democratic votes as did Cochran’s?

• Is it his position that blacks and Democrats are not worthy of the uncompromising high ideals of the Tea Party?

• Since Mississippians do not register by party affiliation, and voting in black and Democratic precincts was virtually unchanged, could it be that Cochran’s margin of victory came from white Republicans?

And since he was the frontrunner who eventually lost, how can McDaniel ever really be sure why so many Mississippians, black and white, Republican and Democrat were afraid of his brand of politics?

COUNTERPOINT: Ed Holliday…

…Team Thad put on a full-court-press statewide to locate voters and found 38,617 more than the 156,315 who voted for him on June 3. James, as you pointed out, these cannot all be called liberal Democrats.

In post-election deliberations all Mississippians should find common ground on which to build each other up. If laws have been broken, let the authorities deal with the lawbreakers. The Lord’s Prayer reminds us that as we ask for forgiveness that we should forgive those who trespass against us. There has been much political trespassing, social media gossiping, and many claims of strong Christian values.

As Jesus confronted a crowd about to stone an adulterer he said the one who was without sin could cast the first stone. Who is worthy enough to cast the first stone after this election?

Daily Journal
7/12/14