Mississippi state Senator Chris McDaniel is seeking to replace U.S. Senator Thad Cochran during next year’s primary, and he’s off to a roaring start.
From Mother Jones
In August, McDaniel addressed a neo-Confederate conference in Laurel, Miss., near his hometown of Ellisville. A local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), the Jones County Rosin Heels, hosted the two-day event, which the group described in invitations as a “Southern Heritage Conference” for “politically incorrect folks.” Attendees were advised to dress in “Confederate uniforms and antebellum ball gowns or wee kilties.” McDaniel’s appearance at the Rosin Heels heritage conference was not a one-off occurrence; weeks earlier he was the keynote speaker at a separate event in Jackson.
McDaniel was accompanied at the conference by various “historians” and birthers who believe that President Lincoln was a secret Marxist and that the jury is still out on President Obama’s birth certificate, among other things.
The Jones County Rosin Heels, which hosted the conference, also purchases ad space on billboards to wish happy birthday to “President Jefferson Davis” (above), Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson (below).
Amusingly, McDaniel has been endorsed by the Club for Growth and Heritage president Jim DeMint’s cronies at the Senate Conservatives Fund. And while the Club and Conservatives Fund may not necessarily endorse his views or the views of his supporters on The Lost Cause, they may as well.
Presumably, they’ve endorsed McDaniel because he has pledged to make defaulting on the national debt a centerpiece of his campaign, something the aforementioned groups support. And they don’t care if they inadvertently promote secessionists in the process of promoting financial catastrophe.
Assuming that the Club and Conservatives Fund aren’t sympathetic to The Lost Cause may be more benefit of the doubt than they deserve as their actions suggest otherwise.
It’s not a coincidence that McDaniel, a man who plans to campaign on financial collapse, extortion, and killing the union’s credit score, is kissing Dixie when he’s not kissing babies.