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The McDaniel Hostage Crisis – Day 38...

The McDaniel Hostage Crisis – Day 38 – Red Tape, Pre-Teen Sleuths & the Dreaded Rule 11B

By: Magnolia Tribune - August 1, 2014

We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

What do you call 15 rabid Chris McDaniel supporters with red tape over their mouths?

A pretty good start.

(Rimshot). We’ll be here all month.

About the time that former Governor William Winter (who did quite well) spoke yesterday at the Neshoba County Fair, about 15 Chris McDaniel supporters located in the 5th row, center section of Founder’s Pavilion methodically started cutting 5 inch strips of red duct tape and sticking it on the pew in front of them. Laura Van Overschelde, Grant Sowell and Jeremiah Boddy were the recognizable ones of the bunch. As Travis Childers spoke, a few of the McDaniel supporters clapped and the rest started handing out signs and tape.

As Thad Cochran came to the stage, they all taped their mouths shut with the red tape and held up signs that said “Betrayed” and “Rino”. After the original standing ovation, about 5 McDaniel supporters stayed on their feet. It seems that the original plan was to just stand silently with the signs while Cochran gave his speech. However about 15 seconds later, some tough old lady in the back shouted “Sit the hell down”. And they did. Quickly. And sheepishly. Thus ended the protest.

Now you can act crazy in your home, and you can even act crazy around your group of friends and say crazy things on the Internet. But when crazy meets normal in real life, crazy looks . . . well crazy. And truthfully that’s what this all is . . . crazy.

Not to be denied, though, Grant Sowell (apparently having illusions of being the next James O’Keefe) conscripted his pre-teen son with his iPhone to record a conversation with Austin Barbour. Sowell confronted Barbour, who was quite cordial, and Sowell immediately asked questions about race baiting. Barbour then looks at the young boy who’s holding the iPhone at a funny angle and asks, “Are you filming this?”, the kid says yes and Austin shakes hands and walks off.

Now, there’s crazy and then there’s crazy plus stupid. Crazy is trying to entrap a campaign operative at the Neshoba County fair talking about race-baiting with the help of a pre-teen boy and an iPhone. Stupid is getting busted while doing it and still posting it to your facebook account. McDaniel must be beaming with pride.

While the crack McDaniel field team was keeping it real in Neshoba, Chris and the Magic 8 Ball Legal Team (sans the rest of the crew at Hortman Harlow Bassi Robinson & McDaniel, PLLC) were hunkered down with the Magic 8 Ball and it seems they finally got some directive to move.

Yesterday, McDaniel’s campaign unveiled a devastating legal move . . . the dreaded “RNC Rule 11B” move, which by the way has been outlawed in the states of Nevada and Utah. McDaniel’s crack legal team has edicted that RNC Rule 11B prohibits the MSGOP from recognizing Cochran because . . .

“No state Republican Party rule or state law shall be observed that allows persons who have participated or are participating in the selection of any nominee of a party other than the Republican Party, including, but not limited to, through the use of a multiparty primary or similar type ballot, to participate in the selection of a nominee of the Republican Party for that general election. No person nominated in violation of this rule shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the nominee of the Republican Party from that state.”

Whatever the hell that means.

Seriously, guys? RNC Rule 11B? This is Day 38 of the Hostage Crisis. Not Day 8. You couldn’t have figured this out 30 days ago? Where’s the evidence of “10,000 illegal crossover voters”? Aren’t we 16 days past when Mitch Tyner said a legal challenge would be less than 10 days away?

Let’s talk straight for a moment.

McDaniel offered $1,000 bounties for evidence of corruption.

A self-styled preacher was apparently paid to lie about the Cochran campaign vote buying in the black community.

Volunteers have gone to all 82 counties.

38 days have past.

And nothing has happened. Nothing.

This has all been a big (clown) show. But the game is up. McDaniel’s team has absolutely no basis for a real legal challenge, which is why they haven’t filed one. The lawyers would have to be scared to death of getting sanctioned if they wound up in a real courtroom.

Fame is a fickle mistress, but it appears that, short of lighting himself on fire on the State Senate Floor or streaking around the Governor’s Mansion, his 15 minutes are up.

Time to grow up, act like an adult, and take it to the house. Concede and end this stupidity. Please. If not for yourself, then for the rest of us that have to watch.

That’s the way it was – Day 38 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi – and good luck.

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