Bottom line, the state’s top three Republican political leaders served notice from the top of the state’s premier political stump that they aren’t ceding the mantle of conservative fiscal policies to anyone seeking to merge into the state’s political fast lane from the right – including some of the very Tea Party folks gathered at the fair to protect “establishment” Republicans.
Did McDaniel’s showing against Cochran change the tenor of debate at Neshoba as some suggest?
Some read those remark remarks by Bryant, Reeves and Gunn as pandering to the Tea Party. Frankly, the speeches represented not the slightest shift in tone from any of the three officials. Gunn hit the same specific themes in a “listening tour” speech in Starkville several months prior to the 2014 fair.