Wingnut Week In Review: Mississippi, Goddam!

Terrance Heath

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran defeated primary challenger Chris McDaniel with the help of black Democrats, and the tea party exploded with rage. Now, to quote Nina Simone, “Everybody Knows About Mississippi, Goddam!”

It all started strangely enough. The Republican primary for Mississippi’s senate seat became a blip on the national radar screen when conservative blogger Clayton Kelley was arrested for breaking into a nursing home and photographing the wife Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran. Kelley was a supporter of Cochran’s tea party challenger Chris McDaniel, and his arrest caused McDaniel to face some uncomfortable questions. At least three more people, included a board member of the local tea party were arrested.  

All that was nothing compared to what was to come. Pushed into a run-off with McDaniel, Cochran beat back McDaniel with help from the last people anyone would have expected — black Democrats.

Cochran figured out that Mississippi’s open primary voting would allow black Democratic voters to participate in the GOP’s primary runoff with McDaniel. And, as Jamelle Bouie wrote, black Mississippi voters had already figured out McDaniel for the reactionary throwback that he is, and opted for the “devil they know” over the one they didn’t need to know any more about. 

 Conservative heads exploded:

In light of the above, the following is dedicated to Mississippi’s tea party.

 Nina Simone always described the song as, “a show tune, but the show hasn’t been written for it yet.” Maybe this is the show the tune’s been waiting for.

Here’s the rest of the worst in wingnuttia this week.

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