Roll Call profile on Thad Cochran – The Political Acrobatics Of Cheerleading

“Hoddy toddy, gosh almighty, who the hell are we? Hey! Flim, flam, bim, bam, Ole Miss by damn!”

More than 50 years have passed since Sen. Thad Cochran cheered on his college football team, but the Mississippi Republican hasn’t forgotten the lessons he learned on the sidelines.
Cochran cheered his way through his freshman and sophomore years at the University of Mississippi -— but according to him, the position was more political than athletic. In his time, the campus voted by secret ballot to elect their cheerleaders.

“I got talked into it by my fraternity,” he remembered. “It was like an election. The students voted on the candidates.”

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