Especially when it comes to the future of US Senator Thad Cochran, politicos have been looking for all kinds of smoke signals to decipher what he will do in 2014. He has enough of a campaign warchest “to burn a wet mule” as a former staffer would say. However, Thad not running would set off a scramble amongst Republicans in Mississippi to run for the once in a generation open seat.

In a seemingly veiled way to tell political insiders not to get ahead of themselves in reading the tea leaves, Thad Cochran ran an ad at the Neshoba County Fair in the daily newspaper that shows a vintage Thad Cochran picture (circa 1980s) that says “Still Going Strong – Neshoba County Fair”.