GOP is its own worst en­emy

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Pol­i­tics in Amer­ica to­day have be­come so un­be­liev­able that I of­ten wish events were only the imag­i­na­tion of a Hol­ly­wood screen­writer with a pen­chant for ever-thick­en­ing plots (“Chris McDaniel’s cam­paign to in­ves­ti­gate ‘ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties’ in Mis­sis­sippi runoff,” Web, June 26).

When I heard how op­er­a­tives dragged Sen. Thad Cochran, Mis­sis­sippi Repub­li­can, over the fin­ish line in the Repub­li­can pri­mary runoff, it con­firmed the GOP is truly burn­ing. Es­tab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans sink­ing so far as to en­cour­age Democrats, par­tic­u­larly in mostly black districts, to sup­port Mr. Cochran or risk los­ing their food stamps and other en­ti­tle­ments is a new moral and strate­gic low. What out­come can they ex­pect in the gen­eral elec­tion now, and all for what? To se­cure a seat for a se­na­tor who has oc­cu­pied it for 36 years? Might not his 41-year-old chal­lenger, Chris McDaniel, been able to re­late more to the sup­pos­edly soughtafter mil­len­ni­als?

This was all about re­tain­ing power and the un­will­ing­ness to ac­cept a much­needed re­place­ment within the party. Con­sid­er­ing the de­spi­ca­ble race card Mr. Cochran sup­port­ers played on his op­po­nent, the 1988 film “Mis­sis­sippi Burn­ing,” about the civil rights strug­gles of the 1960s, comes to mind.

You could swap Sen. Mitch McCon­nell, Ken­tucky Repub­li­can; for­mer Mis­sis­sippi Gov. Ha­ley Bar­bour; or Repub­li­can an­a­lyst Karl Rove for the big­oted Deputy Clin­ton Pell, who in the film clung to seg­re­ga­tion and ob­structed an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion. I would plug Mr. McDaniel into the role of FBI agent Alan Ward, who played ev­ery­thing by the book while jus­tice con­tin­ued to elude him.

I hope last Tues­day’s re­sults only rep­re­sent the point in the movie where things start to shift. The days are num­bered for the Deputy Pells of the GOP.

RINGO LANZETTI Falls Church, Vir­ginia

Sen. Thad Cochran

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