Tate Reeves Should Withdraw From Governor’s Race — Run for U.S. Senate in 2020

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Tate Reeves should be the one having a good time in Washington, D.C. today. He should have taken the appointment to replace Thad Cochran and fought off Mike Espy’s campaign in 2018. He should be in Washington learning, building relationships and biding his time.
It might not be ideal, but it’s not too late. For the good of Mississippi, Tate Reeves should withdraw from the governor’s race and instead run for U.S. Senate in 2020.
Politically, running for Senate looks safer for Reeves than running for Governor. He’s behind Jim Hood in the polls. But he may not even get to Hood with Chief Justice Bill Waller’s entry into the race. Do not sleep on Waller’s chances.
If you see Waller at lunch and greet him, he’s very friendly. You like him. You think he likes you. That’s a gift most of us don’t have. It’s in Waller’s DNA.
I had Waller’s father (the former Governor) as opposing counsel in one case. He was late in his career and could be crusty. But by the end of that case, I loved that man. He was honest, straightforward and endearing. Waller, Sr. once made my all time favorite deposition objection: “What in the hell does that have to do with any damn thing?”
Reeves doesn’t have that. But he doesn’t need it to be a Senator. See, e.g., McConnell, Mitch.
Mississippi needs a powerful senator. Jim Eastland, John Stennis, Thad Cochran, Trent Lott, Roger Wicker, Cindy Hyde-Smith. We are moving in the wrong direction. We’ve replaced powerful senators with empty suits. This is going to haunt us if it doesn’t change.
Wicker doesn’t have it. He is weak and doesn’t understand power. Letting someone else (whether it’s a Texas Senator or Phil Bryant) pick the replacement for Fifth Circuit Judge Grady Jolly proves that.
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