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53 Percent of Mississippians Identify As Conservative

August 2, 2010
tags: Andy Griffith, conservative, Karl Rove, Neshoba County Fair, Paul Gallo, Wally Pang
by Brett

I suppose liberals may say this is just Mississippi being a top another negative list, but a recent Gallup survey indicated that Mississippi- along with Wyoming- is the most conservative state in the nation. A clear majority, 53 percent in each state, described themselves as conservative compared to moderate or liberal. Utah and South Dakota both cracked 50 percent. The top ten conservative states had no less than 46 percent labeling themselves conservative.

In CNN’s 2008 exit polls, 49 percent of voters in Mississippi described themselves as conservative. In 2004, that number was 46 percent; so we have seen a seven percent increase in the conservative label in state over the past six years.

For comparison, 42 percent of D.C. residents identified as liberals, but the highest percentage of any state was Rhode Island with 32 percent.

Karl Rove visits Tupelo on Saturday. Karl Rove, the architect of former President Bush’s two presidential elections, was in Tupelo on Saturday signing copies of his new book Courage and Consequence.

This is what Rove said about the upcoming mid-terms: “I think we’re going to have a very large turnout this fall. That’s not good for the Democrats because that opposition that turnout is going to be driven by opposition of President Obama’s policies. The stimulus, the bailouts, the spending, the deficits, Obamacare, all of these things are combined for a rather toxic mix for Democrats.”

Local Tea Party groups endorse third-party candidate in MS-01. Two local Tea Party groups- one from Alcorn county and one from Tippah county- endorsed Independent candidate Wally Pang of Batesville in his Congressional bid. The contact for the Tippah country group has the same e-mail (presuming the same person) as the individual who filed the FCC complaint against SuperTalk when a commentator on a program advised listeners to vote for Alan Nunnelee; not third-party candidates.

Listen to speeches from Neshoba. Alan Lange has audio of speeches given by all eight statewide office holders (plus Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller) from the Neshoba County Fair here. And here is MS-04 candidate Steven Palazzo’s speech. I linked to Nunnelee’s speech in this post earlier today.

Gallo has fun with 21st century Mayberry. Andy Griffith, or Sheriff Taylor, is one the most popular television characters of all-time, and that is especially true in the South. The Andy Griffith Show is a classic, still shown on a regular basis, and can make you nostalgic for the way things once were compared to the way they are today.

But in real life the sheriff without a gun has been a strong ally of North Carolina Democrats for some time. NC Democrats are sort of like Mississippi Democrats; meaning they can still be conservative at the local level. But I was taken aback when Griffith did a skit with the real life Opie Taylor in support of Obama in 2008; and now Griffith is the pitch man for Obama’s healthcare overhaul. You can watch the ad here. Paul Gallo, host of the popular SuperTalk program, had a little fun with what Mayberry is now like thanks to 45 years of liberalism. Check it out below the fold.

“Somewhere many yesterdays ago, it wasn’t uncommon to find a hometown “Mayberry” off just about any country road. There were many right here in Mississippi with names like Shaw and Drew. These were small towns where self responsibility and determination saw a generation through tough times.

Many of the Mayberry’s of today, have succumbed to the heavy weight of Democrat policies from the days of Sheriff Taylor, Deputy Fife, Aunt Bee, Opie, Gomer and Goober.

With the help of their past heroes from FDR to LBJ, Andy may find a Mayberry today:

- That has an incredibly high unemployment rate with only a few percentage of Mayberry’s population paying taxes.

- That is a small community dying on the vine with crime out of control. Gang symbols spray painted on the park benches where no sane person would be after dark, especially Barney and Thelma Lou.

- With a public school that has a discipline problem dangerous enough to have sent Ms Helen Crump into early retirement before Opie graduated. That’s if he’s not among the deployable dropout or failure to graduate statistics at Maybery High.

- Who’s downtown has more boarded up and burned down buildings than welcome signs.

- With Law officers who replaced him and Deputy Fife in a quagmire of red tape. Old Andy would never be able today to just take matters into his own hand and use common sense solutions. If he did, the end of the show would most likely be centered around his Federal prosecution.

- Where he’d best not venture out to Myers Lake by himself. Because of liberalism’s many activist laws, he may find a marijuana farm or meth lab where his favorite fishing spot use to be.

- Where Floyd the Barber’s grandson has just closed down his adjacent tanning salon because he’s been taxed out of business.

- Where the owners of Gomers and Goober’s old gas station are both being held on EPA charges because of environmental safety regulations, recycling and disposal of used tires.”

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Mississippi Elitist permalink
    August 3, 2010 4:45 pm

    It is so disappointing to see that the “powerful” Alcorn and Tippah Tea parties have endorsed a third party candidate. I must say that I am sad to see the thirteen votes that they represent go away from the conservative Republican Alan Nunnelee.
    Our country as a whole is at such a pivotal point in our history I do not understand why would you give up the paramount victory in order to claim some type of lesser victory?
    I can’t help but think back to of all the people who were once on this site ranting about how we needed to get Travis out of office. Now that we are on the brink doing just that “conservative groups” such as these, who seem to have a score to settle, start endorsing a candidate that is sure to lose. (Nothing personal Mr. Pang I am just being real.)As I understand it one group actually endorsed two candidates. Now that is really good politics.
    Mark my words these groups will be crying the loudest for the next 2, 4, 6, years after doing all they can to ensure Travis a victory today.

  2. ronandkay permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:42 pm

    well,one of those TEA parties shows over 200 members listed,and the other,in Ripley,has at least 60–lets see now,thats a tad more than 13–
    yes,looks like Alcorn DID endorse two candidates,both the blemish free Independants-thats their priviledge–but i think you forgot one endorsement–from the Militia–they are a Natnl. group of over 25,000 members,and 1,299 listed in Ms.–still a tad more than your count of 13-if you are a conservative,why do you bash those others for exercising their Constitutional rights and endorsing and voting for who they wish? I’ve never seen ANYONE say Alcorn Cty. TEA Party is “powerfull” except–well,–YOU—but for all to see,here is Mr.Pangs latest known ( by me at least ) endorsement,its all over the internet,and the Natnl. news Agency “Post & E-Mail” asked Mr.Pang for an interview-:

    The National Organization of the Citizens Armed Well Regulated USA Militia is proud to officially endorse Ms.TEA Party Independant Christian Conservative Congressional Candidate Mr.Wally Pang for office in 2010.His outstanding record of Military Service to the USA during the Vietnam War,and his… Constant vigil of supporting the 1st,2nd…,and Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution is a reminder of the American Spirit.His membership in Mfire–Mississippi federation of Immigration Enforcement,His outspoken SUPPORT of Az.Gov.Jan Brewer,& Sheriff Joe Arpaio,having taken the Mount Vernon pledge,Signed the Contract with America & being an OATHKEEPER, & his support of Right to Life of the unborn shows us that PATRIOTISM truly still IS alive in the U.S.A.
    See Morehttp://www.actforamerica

    • Mississippi Elitist permalink
      August 5, 2010 10:46 am

      My question to the group backing two candidates is: Why stop at two candidates why not back three or four or all of them except _________? You fill in the blank. The whole point behind an endorsement is to make clear that the group believes in candidate A because…. or candidate B because….. An endorsement is not meant to further divide a group it is to show that the group is united in who they support. If conservatives as a group do not unite then we will suffer through 2,4,6, more years of the current administration. This is a liberal pot to keep liberals in office.
      Now when you look at the race objectively you will see that no candidate other than Nunnelee has what it takes to beat Childers. So if you and these Tea party groups want to claim some type of moral victory in the battle to take our Country back then you go right ahead that is your right. Just don’t let me hear you crying for the next few years when you lose the war. I, for one, will be doing what I can to win that war and voting for Mr. Nunnelee. I refuse to put my own personal agenda ahead of what my Country needs. That is what the endorsements listed here are really about putting someone’s personal agenda ahead of the greater need and that is getting Childers out of office.

  3. Pamela permalink
    August 5, 2010 1:04 pm

    I know the leader of the Tea Party Group in Alcorn County – Patty Sands. You are right that group is a very moral group and are serious about who they endorce. The two independants Wally Pang and Gail Giaramita are two very moral candidates and others should be and are working hard to get them elected. If everyone really cared about the outcome of the election to truly benefit our country they would all be endorcing one of these candidates rather than a candidate who has proven himself to be just one more of what we already have in congress today. Maybe you, Mississippi Elitist, should evaluate what you look for in a candidate and really solve our country’s problems by endorcing Wally or Gail yourself.

  4. Grizz permalink
    August 5, 2010 3:40 pm

    I guess Alcorn Cty. believes Candidates should lead by example the Christian lives they say they have,AND,at the same time know of the issues of office-
    Mr.Green was absolutely clueless on Muslim sharia law in the USA–and knew nothing about radical jihadi’s in America when asked– Mr.AG bradley,lied to the entire crowd at J-center july 3rd,when he stated that he should be elected because he is the ONLY Candidate to serve in the US Military–hhmmmm—-and at the Corinth TEA party,all he did was P*ss and moan about his tent space–which was right on the courthouse walkway–rt in front! now,far be it from me to bash mr.Nunnelee ( cough) but I must ask,why in the world would mr. Nunnelee vote “NAY” to LEGISLATION INTRODUCED that would guarantee Ms.Law Enforcement DUE PROCESS of defense. oh yes,BTW,Mr.Nunnelee sided with the Dems ( Sen.Eric Powell ) and voted with them against Ms.Law Enforcement– perhaps this is why they did not endorse him? proof>> 2008 legislation
    SB-2202 Municipal Officer Due Process DEFEATED

    This bill would have provided municipal officers throughout the state with basic due process rights in administrative disciplinary actions against them. This bill essentially provided that they be given written notice of the allegations against them. The right to appeal and have an impartial hearing, wherein they could present witnesses and evidence on their behalf and be represented at their own expense.
    The bill was assigned to the Senate Judiciary B committee. with a recomendation for Senate passage. annoy a liberal,dazzle them with facts.

  5. Mortimer permalink
    August 5, 2010 5:43 pm


    “Annoy a liberal, dazzle them with facts”

    You say Nunnelee sided with the Dems and voted against this law. If you follow your own link you will see that Nunnelee sided with 23 other Republicans, and it was Powell who sided with the GOP’s to vote against this law.

    Before you comment, make sure you know what you are talking about

    • Grizz permalink
      August 5, 2010 9:28 pm

      as to “Dems” i specifically said “eric powell” and was correct–thank you very much– i was also correct,nunnelee voted “NAY” to this legislation to give police due process,a constitutional right–i could care less about others who voted BADLY only the two in my district–powell-nunnelee–

  6. Grizz permalink
    August 5, 2010 9:22 pm


    do you think i would have made the comment without link to police benevolent Assoc. for proof?

    SB-2202 Municipal Officer Due Process
    Introduced By: Senator David Blount of Jackson, Ms
    This bill would have provided municipal officers throughout the state with basis due process rights in administrative disciplinary actions against them. This bill essentially provided that they be given written notice of the allegations against them. The right to appeal and have an impartial hearing, wherein they could present witnesses and evidence on their behalf and be represented at their own expense.
    The bill was assigned to the Senate Judiciary B committee. It was passed by committee with a recommendation for Senate passage. The Senate passed two floor amendments to the bill and then defeated the passage of the bill by a margin of 32 to 19.

    Mississippi State Senate
    2008 Regular Session
    YEAS AND NAYS On S. B. No. 2202. On motion of Senator Tollison, the rules were suspended, the bill considered engrossed, read the third time and, the yeas and nays being taken, it failed to pass, title standing as stated, by the following vote:

    Yeas –Baria, Blount, Bryan, Butler, Davis V. (36th), Dawkins, Frazier, Harden, Horhn, Jackson R. (11th), Jones, Jordan, Lee E. (47th), Simmons, Tollison, Turner, Walls, Watson, Wilemon. Total–19.

    Nays –Albritton, Brown, Browning, Burton, Carmichael, Chassaniol, Clarke, Davis D. (1st), Dearing, Dickerson, Fillingane, Gollott, Gordon, Hewes, Hopson, Hudson, Hyde-Smith, Jackson G. (15th), Jackson S. (32nd), King, Kirby, Lee P. (35th), McDaniel, Mettetal, Michel, Moffatt, Montgomery, Nunnelee, Powell, Stone, Ward, Yancey. Total–32.
    Absent and those not voting–Flowers. Total–1.

  7. DaveG permalink
    August 5, 2010 9:52 pm

    Grizz, not exactly why you are so worked up about this. You said Nunnelee sided with the Dems on this. To me, it looks like a few Dems sided with most Republicans on this issue. Most of the ayes were Democrats. And as far as having a constitutional right to due process, this is an at will state regarding employment. You can get fired/ let go with or without cause.

  8. Grizz permalink
    August 5, 2010 10:07 pm

    yes,it IS an at will state,this bill was just trying to give cops the same due process to defend themselves as WE get in a court–thats all it was–again,as to the “dems” comment,i specifically put in parentheses( eric Powell) the result was the same–nunnelee voted against the cops having due process–and a reply was made and i stood by what i said-thank you for being civil,not like others–if i had NOT put eric powell as the specific dem,i could understand someone thinking i meant he voted with the entire dem group–

    • Mississippi Elitist permalink
      August 5, 2010 10:52 pm

      Grizz you have either misunderstood or are intentionally misrepresenting this piece of legislation. If you read carefully you can see that this piece of legislation is about “administrative disciplinary actions” these administrative disciplinary actions are NOT legal in nature. They are in fact things such as being late for work or sitting around talking to other officers while on duty instead of patrolling our streets or just being generally incompetent. Yes a few “cops” are incompetent. The state has NO jurisdiction in EVERYONES right to due process in the court system. This was clearly not about that. “Cops” do have every right to the same due process in court that EVERYONE else has when it comes to legal matters. I hope this clarifies the situation for you.

      • Grizz permalink
        August 6, 2010 9:46 am

        @ Ms.”elitist” here we go you try and tell me that a legislative BILL,
        introduced into Ms. LEGISLATION,for PASSAGE by the SENATE-to become Ms.LAW-where a law enforcement officer can defend him/her self at a disiplineary hearing which could mean losing their job,is not legal in nature.
        i never said or insinuated ALL law enforcement is pure,-the legislation was purely meant to asure officers charged could defend themselves at THEIR OWN EXPENSE– and all you nunnelee sheeple can try and twist it aroynd like good little soldiers but the fact remains–it was a good bill,meant to provide cops with DUE PROCESS which the bill said,and he voted against it–end of are either misunderstood or are intentionally misrepresenting this piece of legislation to benifit mr. nunnelee who made a bad call. next you will say he never voted to raise taxes after pledging not to,and never voted to raise hospital bed “sick” tax either-then you will say bretts post on him meeting in D.C. with grover norquist was a fake too–grow up–if you want the rino nunnelee–go for it–its your right to vote for him–same as its mine to call him out on his voting record.

  9. JTS permalink
    May 18, 2011 1:37 am

    Turns out, now that Alan ‘terrorist funding’ Nunnelee is in office, he voted to jail us “right wing extremists” without trial or jury. How do you fellow patriots like them apples?

    Maybe you neo-con RINOs should have picked someone a LOT LESS LIBERAL.

    • Grizz permalink
      May 18, 2011 1:53 pm

      agreed,and true. pelosai and her dem cohorts ALONG with nunnelee ALSO voted with the OTHER old fuddy duddy RINOS to extend current budget at least twice,turning his back on the tea party that helped elect him. bachman was right,if they would haver held the line and NOT extended,obamacare would have been defunded,as there is 100 million in the budget to finance it.and,as in last years floods that wiped out downtown and hundreds of familys,he again THIS year was absent–too busy to come help Ms. Constituents with FEMA /MEMA assistance ect. Henry REoss if you read tis,please come out of retirement–

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