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how Chip Pickering could have defended Mississippi better

November 17, 2006

Congressman Charles Rangel from New York said: “Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?” and then Congressman Chip Pickering from Mississippi said: “I hope his remarks are not the kind of insults, slander and defamation that Mississippians will come to expect from the Democrat leadership in Washington, D.C.”

The problem with Pickering’s comment is that it sounded like one of those carefully crafted political zingers that are so often used. Such comments are usually stupid and boring. His sentence made it sound like he was more upset about the Democrat gains in the election than he was interested in defending his own state.

What Pickering should have said is something like “Actually, Mississippi is a great place to live.” Then Pickering should privately invited Rangel to Mississippi and given him a tour of the state during the next Congressional recess.
Take him to the tourist attractions, show him the Governor’s mansion, fly him around in a helicopter.

The ball was in Pickering’s court and everyone lost; including the state of Mississippi.

I’m serious. Some states need to work on how they are defined in the public mind.
For many Americans, when they hear “Idaho”, they think potatoes. When they hear “California”, they think about lots of different things and big cities. When they hear “Mississippi”, they think ‘less racist than Alabama’; because that is what they learned from their textbooks in the government schools.