The Mississippi based political blog “Y’all Politics” has taken the “MS Tea Party” and Chris McDaniel’s Conservative Coalition to task:
“I’ve said this before, but if the MS Tea Party is serious about doing anything but Facebook Memes and TwitterBombs, they need to have real candidates, raise money, party build and run folks for office. Policy can’t be effected until people in the office make those changes. Whatever their motivations, they totally tanked the once-every-four-year opportunity.
“The ‘ultra-conservative’ wing is (sic) still appears to be a loud but numerically small minority in Mississippi and Qualifying Day 2015 certainly proved that point.”
The blog emphasizes the lack of a serious “Conservative Coalition” challenge to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. The coalition is a small group of state senators that coalesced around state senator Chris McDaniel to oppose much of Reeves’ legislative agenda.
“There had been a sentiment over the last two months that the remnants of what was the Conservative Coalition in the Senate might provide a challenger to Tate Reeves in an LG primary,” reads the blog (yallpolitics.com). It says many thought McDaniel would run, but when he didn’t the focus turned to state senator Michael Watson of Pascagoula.
Apparently, he considered the race, but decided to stay in the senate when Reeve’s former opponent, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes, endorsed him for re-election.
Y’all Politics published this Facebook comment from Watson’s wife:
“Hey friends. I tried my best to get Michael in the race. As of last night the girls and I were packing up to drive up to be there when he filed. His friend, Billy Hewes, endorsed Tate today and it knocked the wind out of him. We are used to the rough and tumble world of politics, but that endorsement broke our hearts.”
As a result of Watson’s decision, Y’all Politics proclaimed, “For all of the campaign bluster in the McDaniel operation about sitting at the sharp end of 180,000 voters and how the Tea Party was going to topple the ‘establishment’, the Tea Party in a statewide election year was unable to muster one single serious candidate for statewide office. Not one.”
Could it be that most in the tea party are satisfied with current leaders? After all, Republican statewide leaders are all pro-gun, pro-life, anti-tax, anti-spending, anti-regulation, free market, small government, anti-Obama constitutionalists. That matches up pretty good with the ultra-conservative Club for Growth mantra that McDaniel et al mimicked.
Intra-party politics aside, what other litmus tests should they have to pass?
Perhaps they should have to swear to the dubious “economic freedom” standards devised by a pro-conglomerate, Canadian, libertarian organization, the Fraser Institute (and advocated by an assistant professor at Mississippi State University).
Bless our hearts, we need another big money financed, out-of-state group to show us the way.