Sunday, May 14, 2023

Bill Crawford: Bounty-Hunter Reeves(?) Spurs Re-Election Kickoff

 Peculiar, yes that beats out perplexing, bizarre, cuckoo, and weird as the best word to describe how Gov. Tate Reeves’ re-election kickoff unfolded. 

To begin, on Tuesday afternoon May 2nd his team tweeted a short and peculiar video. It morphed the Governor into the remorseless bounty hunter played by Clint Eastwood in his 1960s Dollars westerns. Reeves’ chubby face appeared on Eastwood’s lean body as he gunned down a bad guy, scared off three others, tried to look mean, twirled his gun into its holster, and puffed on a cigarillo. The “we’re back” caption hardly matched the peculiar video message.

While the video rebounded across Twitter, TikTok, and fringe blogs, most Mississippi media peculiarly ignored it.

On the night of May 2nd, Reeves held a traditional campaign rally in Gulfport. As might be expected, he touted his accomplishments since becoming governor - “Raising teacher pay, cutting taxes, raising school test scores, recruiting new jobs, and training the workforce,” reported the Magnolia Tribune.

The next day, he signed his qualifying papers and held a kick-off event in Richland. There he again touted those accomplishments - “Cutting government. Cutting taxes. Raising teacher pay. Raising test scores. Training our workers. Recruiting new jobs,” reported the Magnolia Tribune.  

“Today more of our people are working in Mississippi than ever before,” Reeves said as reported in the Clarion-Ledger. “Our unemployment rate of three and one-half percent is the lowest ever.”

Not stopping there, Reeves peculiarly chose to channel former Gov. Ross Barnett, a demagogic, fear-mongering character from the 1960s.

In 1962, Barnett revved up supporters’ fears in a radio message broadcast across Mississippi: “I speak to you now in the moment of our greatest crisis since the War Between the States,” he said. “Professional agitators and the unfriendly liberal press and other trouble makers are pouring across our borders intent upon instigating strife among our people.” 

Reeves played on similar fears saying, “My friends, this is a different governor’s campaign than we have ever seen before in our state because we are not up against a local-yokel Mississippi Democrat, we are up against a national liberal machine.” “They” are out to get Mississippi, he said as reported by Mississippi Today.

Like the Eastwood video clip, most Mississippi media peculiarly failed to detail Reeves’ “they” are out to get Mississippi diatribe.

With all the accomplishments that Reeves touts, it was most peculiar that he scrunched his positive message between the weird Eastwood video and the throwback Barnett-like rant. It suggests either campaign concerns that are not evident to the public or a need for public concern about the Governor.

“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each one according to his conduct, to what he has done” – Jeremiah 17:10.


Anonymous said...

Poor Bill. His horse is a democrat headed for the glue factory.

Peculiar Indeed said...

Using the same word, four times in this case, in a short diatribe, is rather peculiar.

Anonymous said...

Poor Bill voted for Biden/Harris. 'nuf said.

Anonymous said...

Most GOP education successes by other Red State governors were centered around Choice and Vouchers. Why not Reeves, there are many successful models to ape?

Anonymous said...

Bill’s next column will be one lifting up the liberal democrat opponent-

Anonymous said...

Tate knows something about his base. If the election looks tight he will rely on old Barnett tactics: Jackson-baiting. It'll be just as effective as Ross' old race-bating. Get ready, the best is yet to come.

Anonymous said...

917 - because in our system of government, the legislature must first PASS a statute authorizing choice orvouchers. The Governor alone can't just go create it.

Nancy Loome and her Cadre of legislators have blocked every attempt at choice and vouchers. To accomplish improvements without the benefit of choice and vouchers you say other red state Governor's have used indicates some real success.

Anonymous said...

Dang. I think Tate’s Clint Eastwood s clips are entertaining. Hope he has more coming. Wish I had all his campaign money when I was running for office. I would have been Patrick Swayze in Road House. Looking forward to the wild ads.

Anonymous said...

Now imagine if he called say, Stacy Abrams (black woman) chubby.

I’m not a huge fan of Reeves. I like Crawford much, much, less.

Anonymous said...

Other GOP governors, in concert with their respective legislatures, have implemented Choice and Vouchers, where Ed dollars follow each student to their parents choice of school, rather than funding a system, as in MS.

Anonymous said...

Tate Reeves is a national laughing stock and an embarrasment. If you Republicans are going to elect the next Governor, please do better.

Anonymous said...

Must be a slow news day for Crawford if that's all he's got to write about.

Anonymous said...

You clowns who think you support 'school choice and vouchers' better be careful what you ask for.

Imagine 400 JPS scholars suddenly showing up on the doorsteps of Madison Central and Germantown. Along with another 200 from Canton Public.

Or the same scholars showing up at Clinton and Rankin schools.

Are you willing to sacrifice the education of your children and grandchildren for the sake of (yet) another social experiment?

As if busing, in the sixties and seventies, was not bad enough.

Anonymous said...

4:56 PM, except for the once in a blue moon softball as non-critical as can be piece about colossal failure Democrat Jackson’s water situation and the fool Chokwe,

what else has Bill (Minor wanna a be but can’t pull it off) Crawford ever written about besides these lap dog hit pieces on Republicans?

Most of us know with as much certainty as the sun came up this morning what Crawford will soon be writing about – cause as its election season…BWAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

I rolled with Ross-

Anonymous said...

@8:21 for the win!

Anonymous said...

All y’all better be listening to what @11:10 pm is telling y’all.

Anonymous said...

Nancy Loome and her Cadre of legislators have blocked every attempt at choice and vouchers.

Loome's influence heft has been greatly diminished and after November will be lesser still. The recently concluded legislative session is proof. If you knew a lick about what is going on down there you'd understand.

Anonymous said...

I was most appalled at the Clint Eastwood wannabe tweet. It is telling that the folks being shot are Mexicans and that the ad ran a couple of days before the immigration law changed. No doubt it was aimed at stoking fear of "the other" and showing how the character would blow them away if they threatened. What a sad, creepy little tale that tells. But it is in line with his Barnett theatrics. Playing to what is now his base. As someone who used to be a Republican, I am sorry for the moderate conservatives in the Party who are being ignored, yet necessary for victory. I am proud that the Dems' front runner is a focused fighter for the people, ALL the people.

Oh, and BTW, all the riots, carnage and horror some were predicting after the border law lifted never materialized. A sad situation for the Tater team, no doubt.

Kingfish said...

That's dumb. The Clint Eastwood westerns were called spaghetti westerns for a reason: they were filmed in Italy. The deceased are probably Italians. I'm sure you protest mob movies, don't you? But let's break them down. In a Fistful of Dollars, Clint killed a bunch of Baxters at the beginning, who were what? Americans. He kills the native Rojos at the end. For a Few Dollars More was set in America and guess what? The bad guys were Americans and Italians playing some Mexicans. Good Bad and the Ugly? Set in the American Southwest, probably Texas because it was during the War Between the States. Once again, the few Mexicans who might have been in the movie were played by Italians.

The video strikes me as something frat boys came up with. The part about attacking Mississippi is true. Gavin Newsome has been doing it. The Salesforce CEO said he wants to fund campaigns to remove all redstate governors. There are other examples. However, you know what that is, political junkie inside baseball stuff that the average college educated or likely voter is not going to have any clue about.

Anonymous said...

9:53 AM, you have zero proof beyond campaign words that Presley is a fighter for 'all the people' and will actually buck the Democrat party line should, God forbid, he be elected Governor.

Enjoy your RINO wilderness.

Anonymous said...

Who could have guessed Ross Barnett would play a role in our current gubernatorial election cycle?

What are you leftists waiting on to invoke the names of Beckwith, DeLaughter, Peters, the Evers brothers and Bobby Kennedy?

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