My phone rang last week. It was some guy named Brett personally inviting me to a campaign event for Mitt Romney via a taped message. Robocalls? In Mississippi? And could that have been “THE” Brett?
The Republican Primary has dragged on long enough to make candidates take note of us voters in little ole Mississippi. Ads popped up on my screen during morning TV. My phone rang off the hook. And sweet Stephen McDill of the MBJ bumped my video words of wisdom because the candidates were coming into town.
Ugh! Do we want this much attention? The whole thing just makes me tired. Mudslinging, sound bites, he-said he-saids. Enough already. Isn’t this usually decided by now? Why does Mississippi’s mid-March primary even matter? When has it EVER mattered?
But suddenly the candidates are fighting over our mere 40 delegates. They swept through our state, making speeches and raising money. Suddenly we looked like Iowa. Just substitute cotton for corn. Before we had time to take it all in, our Tuesday in the sun was over. We had been tossed aside like last year’s Christmas toy.
But wait a minute. All those ads? All those robocalls? All those campaign events with security guards and television cameras? And how about all those chickens? You know, for the fundraising dinners. While the cynical voter in me says, “Enough already,” the finance person in me grins like a Cheshire cat.
Where there are political battles, there are dollars being spent. Being a battleground state means you get your own personal stimulus package. So bring it on! Maybe we could become a swing state. Let’s all feign independence just to get their attention. This could be our next economic development plan!
>> Nancy Lottridge Anderson, Ph.D., CFA, is president of New Perspectives Inc. in Ridgeland — (601) 991-3158. She is also an assistant professor of finance at Mississippi College. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and her website is www.newper.com.