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Thursday | September 04, 2003

Bipartisan pandering at its finest

Speaking of alternative universes, is Mississippi one of those?

On the heels of the 10 Commandments controversy in neighboring Alabama, the politically charged religious issue found its way into the gubernatorial campaign in Mississippi. Democratic incumbent Ronnie Musgrove and his Republican challenger Haley Barbour are engaged in a game of political brinksmanship to determine who is the more strident supporter of suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. Musgrove seems to have been the first to directly address the issue. The governor sent a letter to Roy Moore declaring support and offering to place the monument in the rotunda of the state capitol building. Musgrove has even established a non-profit group to raise money for the transportation of the controversial monument. Not to be upstaged, Barbour has offered to place the two-ton marble slab in the governor's mansion.
I suppose Democrats have to do what they have to do to win in the South (mainly take social issues off the table to focus on economic ones). But damn if this isn't pandering of the worst sort.

Posted September 04, 2003 04:05 PM | Comments (63)


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