I'm not from MS, but I remember when the Trent Lott fiasco hit people were worried that if Lott were hounded into resigning, Musgrove would appoint a Democrat to replace him. Haley Barbour is running to try to unseat Musgrove and put a Republican in the governor's chair. Part of the appeal of an (R) is that national Democrats are playing politics with national security, Bush's appointments, etc. They can probably point to neighboring Louisiana and the Landrieu race as an example of a candidate who claimed to support Estrada during the runoff, only to oppose him once re-elected. Barbour can ask if they want that kind of Democrat politics to happen in MS with the Pickering nomination, too. Pickering is a "favorite son" of MS, but he's being treated unfairly by the national Democrats despite the feelings of the local MS Democrats.
This is just my take -- I know you asked Ken5050, not me.
To: Political Junkie Too
you make good points; I expect Barbour to win and the Pickering issue will certainly help the Repubs in '03, especially since I'm sure their will be a high profile filibuster vote on Pickering close to the election.
posted on 07/31/2003 4:26:18 PM PDT
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