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Friday, August 7, 2015

Mississippi Democrats: A nobody is better than nobody at all

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Politicos have been chattering this week about the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Mississippi where an unknown truck driver who didn't vote for himself and raised no money defeated two other candidates, including a reasonably well-funded lawyer and an OB/GYN

More evidence of the end of the Democratic Party in Mississippi, many say. He was listed first on the ballot. His opponents were women. Was it a Democratic war on women? Kind of joking, but who knows?

I read another interview in which the winner, Robert Gray, said he listened to NPR on his over-the-road work (CB handle "Silent Knight") and seemed Democratically inclined on issues that the article discussed. So there's that.

But here's what I thought about closer to home.

Filing for the ballot in Arkansas in 2016 opens in November. To date, no Democrat has floated even a trial balloon for any of the four congressional seats or Sen. John Boozman's spot in the U.S. Senate. All the noise about state legislative candidacies also seems to be on the Republican side — whether Tea Party challenges to incumbent Republicans squishy on the private option or challengers for some of the few remaining Democratic incumbents.

As the headline said: A nobody is better than nobody at all.

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