PLUNKETT: Lange’s misogyny is a slap in the face of all Mississippi Republican women.


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BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff   @Keithplunkett

Just when you thought the venom spewed by Alan “I see racists” Lange couldn’t get any sillier . . .

Okay, okay . . . we knew it could get sillier.

Now Lange has written a commentary about Senator Melanie Sojourner filing an election challenge in the Mississippi Senate. His commentary doesn’t focus on any of the allegations listed in the petition. Instead Lange focuses his nervous comedy act on how the poor little, helpless-on-her-own woman from Adams County is “biting the hand” that fed her and is crying “crocodile tears”. But his attempt to laugh it off doesn’t hide the seriousness of his misogyny and the apparent disdain Lange has for the conservative women who dare stand strong without first asking permission.

Was this guy beaten up by a girl on the playground as a child, or something?

Apparently in the ‘Land of Lange’ it’s actually Sojourner’s fault that nearly a hundred acts of criminal voter fraud took place in a heavily Democrat precinct in Franklin County. If she had only been a good little girl and done what she was told and not have spoken her mind over the course of the past 4 years (and especially not thrown in with the likes of Senator Chris McDaniel), well then none of this fraud would have ever been allowed to happen.

The first most obvious question is whether Lange is actually saying the fraud could have and would have been stopped prior to the general election. This of course leads any logical thinker to wonder who knew about the problems and when. After all, the Secretary of State’s office had known of the illegal activity at this precinct as far back as 2014 and even had an official observer at the precinct during the primary and runoff elections in 2015 because of prior complaints (that’s item number 11 in Sojourner’s petition for those who care to actually read it).

It is also true according to election watchers in the county that the circuit clerk told the Franklin County Election Commissioner months ago that the poll workers in the Bude precinct needed to be replaced (anyone who would have bothered to speak to party officials in Franklin County would have known that). The election commissioner refused and now she and five of the poll workers have been arrested for criminal voter fraud.

Pattern of known illegal activity, anyone?

No one who knows the fervor and conceit of Lange believes he has any more of a clue about those facts than he does about serious policy issues, nor a need for truth in order to reach conclusions or make pronouncements. Even if he did have a clue we know he wouldn’t bother to bring it up. The truth doesn’t serve his purpose. Lange writes gotcha politics and trades in personal barbs.

I think even Alan would admit that neither policy nor facts are his primary focus as a commentator and that he fancies himself a political spinster first. Which is why it is a ridiculous lapse in judgement for him to use such hateful rhetoric and overextend his personal disdain into what amounts to a slap in the face of all Republican women across Mississippi. By acting out of anger, Lange has just shown everyone, again, who he really is.

The hardest working group for the GOP in Mississippi is the Federation of Republican Women. The county groups in Mississippi that make up the federation leadership do some of the most intense door-to-door and get out the vote work in the country. Many have been rewarded by the National GOP for their work.

Likewise, a huge number of the conservative volunteers across the state are strong women drawn to protect their communities from the machinations that come from Washington via the state capitol in Jackson.

So, why has Lange’s hatred of anything and anyone related to the challenge to Senator Thad Cochran last year, and anyone not in the inner circle of Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, gone this far? Why has he become so full of fear and loathing that he can no longer contain himself? Does he honestly believe that conservative women in Mississippi owe their status to the party bosses who “allow” them to play a part?

How dare Sojourner challenge leadership in the senate to review the election after she had the nerve to not tow the line? How dare she bite that hand that fed her? How dare she ask for honesty, transparency and a legal election from the very people she had the audacity to challenge over the past four years to step up and do the things they keep telling the voters they stand for doing?

Doesn’t that little lady know who has all the power? Doesn’t she know her place?

Yes. Yes she does. And thank God for it.

Sojourner doesn’t seek anyones permission except the people she represents, and for the reasons she was elected. And I can tell you that because I have had the privilege to work alongside her for a few years now. She and I have at times fought like cats and dogs and she doesn’t back down. She respects someone who stands their ground and debates the facts and who doesn’t slink around in the shadows inciting gossip and drama.

Which gets me to another point about Spanky . . . er, Lange. While he has been busy trying to find racism at Second Amendment rallies and putting women back in their rightful place, the people of this state have been paying attention and focusing on issues that affect themselves, their communities and their families. They have seen the games elected officials have tried to play with issues such as Common Core, they have seen the fraud in the election process that happens in their own backyard, and they have seen political parties and elected officials continue to turn a blind eye.

Those who have stepped forward and have refused to kiss the ring; those who have refused to stop organizing and fighting and working to make our state better for ourselves and our neighbors; those who have turned out for rallies and continued to build organizations that will challenge the established way of doing things — these people aren’t going anywhere.

That makes people like Alan Lange nervous. Because he knows, as do so many of those in power, that they won’t have that power for very long if they can’t somehow figure out a way to put all these people back in their place.

When Senator Ted Cruz looked to Mississippi to find the best possible organization of the grassroots he looked to McDaniel, Sojourner and myself and what we have been building with the United Conservatives Fund here over the past year. At the time I write this, we have hundreds of volunteers across the state, leadership in all four Congressional Districts, and chairman in nearly half the counties in Mississippi.

That isn’t going away because some “he-man woman hater” like Lange attempts to ‘make a funny’ on their website and oversteps into a panic that insults a whole swath of Republican voters and volunteers.

Sojourner’s election challenge will happen. The evidence is clear for those who want to take a serious look at it. In fact, it’s overwhelming. And win, lose or draw; Senator Melanie Sojourner and the focused mass of conservatives across this state, including a huge number of conservative women who Lange apparently hates, will continue to fight on. It is very likely that such nonsense as that of Lange’s will only fuel the fire for a doubling of the effort. So for that, I thank him for his childishness.

Conservatives will win because we will not stop. All of us, even those strong conservative women who scare the crap out of Alan Lange and who “bite the hand that feeds.”

The Mississippi Republican Party owes it’s very existence to these strong women who have for decades done a lion’s share of the work and by doing so have given the GOP nearly complete control of state government today.

Slapping them in the face is probably not a good way to thank them for it.

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund. He has worked on communications and policy issues with a range of public officials from aldermen to Congressmen, and a variety of businesses, government agencies and non-profits. He serves or has served as a board member of several non-profit, civic and political organizations. Contact him by email at keith@unitedconservativesfund.com or follow him on Twitter @Keithplunkett

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21 responses to “PLUNKETT: Lange’s misogyny is a slap in the face of all Mississippi Republican women.

  1. Rose

    Exactly! Thank you Keith! Conservative women are where it’s at. All down through history, when the men were off in taverns and being stupid little boys, it’s the women who held society together. In several denominations, it’s the women who kept the churches going. Women have great power. And in a society like this, when the liberal women are demanding all the liberal agenda to free women, the conservative women need to take advantage of it and use that freedom for good.

  2. Rose

    We need to spin the slander to our advantage. Maybe we could talk about the “possible express.”

  3. Was this guy beaten up by a girl on the playground as a child, or something? LOL! I vote yes. Or he’s a victim of Climate Change:-)

  4. There was a girl who wanted to join the football team. The coaches and team captains said, “Why not? She looks like she has talent and could help the team.” She gets on the team but isn’t a starter., But soon it turns out she doesn’t want to help the team win its games. She forms a bond with a guy folks thought might be a star of the future, but he’s not a starter either. She and he start talking to each other about the football philosophy of the coaching staff, the game strategies the play calling. They decide that they have the only true football philosophy, the only right strategies, and that they alone know the calls that should be made.

    So they meet, and they try to pull some other players into their sessions. They start talking openly about how lousy the coaches are, how weak the team captains, how incompetent the quarterback, what gutless sheep the other players, and how blind the fans are to support the team the way it is now. Eventually their little group of players dwindles. But these two step up the complaints.They are convinced they must save the team.

    Pretty soon the coaches and team captains start to push back. They point out the deficiencies of these two players. They determine they will not let these players undermine or control the team. The two find themselves riding the bench all the time. They have no future with the team. The other players don’t want to have much to do with them. They are sure all this is because of how pure and right their approach to football is. They are certain the are being persecuted – all because of how true their philosophy of football is, how right their strategies, and skilled their play calling.

    Then some sports writers who know about the situation report on it and write columns about it. A couple even make fun of her and her mentor in columns and cartoons. How wicked these sports writers who are colluding with the coaches and captains! It’s persecution – and all because they are true and good and right.

    Well some cheerleaders, male a female, have to rise to the defense of the girl player. One of them says, “You know what this means? They hate girls. Especially girls as good and true as you. Some girls musta whupped up on the coach and captains and those writers. They are just girl haters.” Another says, “You know what’s going on here? They are scared of you They know you’re gonna take over the team, then they’ll be out of jobs as coaches, and you’ll run those players who don’t like you off the team, and you’ll have the fans cheering. They’re scared, just scared. You’re on the verge of success.

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    • Quite an interesting fictional story you’ve presented. Can you point to any facts that indicate it has any bearing on this article. Me. Lange certainly couldn’t. He just wants to make fun of one of the strongest conservative women in this state. It’s sad really.

  5. No Keith it’s not sad. Alan’s column is funny as is Marshall’s cartoon. Buckley and Reagan were confident and had great senses of humor. They mixed it up and made fun of their opponents, but they also expected it when others mixed it up with them and made fun of them. They played the game and expected others to play it. There were very serious but not unbearable men. One of the most obvious characteristics of the movement you represent is its humorlessness. That’s one of the burdens of being so right and righteous in your own eyes.

  6. No not particularly. Your earnestness robs your writing of humor and even of being effective sarcasm. The overwrought misogyny business did bring a fleeting wry smile to my face, however.

  7. Rose

    Well, perhaps we’ll have to inject a little sarcasm in here and there, just for your entertainment.

  8. Rose

    Hmm, well, mr. Smith, you have no idea. I’d have said the same for you. Do you ever go to Washington?

    • Yes, I go to Washington from time to time. Lived in College Park for 4 years, spent a lot of time in D.C. experiencing and having our kids experience so much of D.C. Still have very good friends in the area and visit from time to time. My homily for today begins with a story of my wife and I being present at a Veteran’s Day event at Arlington where we saw Reagan and heard him speak. Sat on curb for many hours for HW’s inauguration. Heard all the service bands multiple times. Visited most of the museums and monuments. Been in the White House and the Capitol more than once. Have a flag that flew over the Capitol. Much there to see and do, the overall effect of which is to make you grateful for your country and its government despite great flaws of both. .

  9. We have so many documented violations of election laws in this State, none of this is funny, BECAUSE it appears those in authority who have the responsibility to correct them, then refuse to do so. Not the SOS office, not the lower courts, not even the Supreme Court because of some fiction they write to appease their political friends. My vote should not be compromised by some election official who illegally “assists” voters at the voting booth. My vote in a Republican primary runoff should not be compromised by a bought off Democrat voter. And neither should those in powerful positions, who believe they have the right to pick their preferred candidate, who is preferable to one who fights their attempts at “ruling the roost”! When Ike Brown did much the same, at long last he ended up in prison.
    Rose, on the other hand has the perfect right NOT TO MAKE FUN if she prefers not to do so. Smithy’s decision to find what is appropriate for anyone’s opinion is neither entertaining nor in good taste.
    And somehow I don’t find it funny for those who find it a story worth making more laughter to obfuscate a real problematic issue to distract from the recognized contortion of our election laws. Shiny object technique to distract from fixing the problem.
    Another “progressive idea” to avoid following the law.

  10. Rose

    Lgcvano, I absolutely agree that voter fraud is no laughing matter. And I agree that laughter and jokes are often used to distract from the very serious business of dealing with corruption. Way too many in our society live in a superficial reality that can’t deal with serious issues. That bothers me. We have to stand up and make a difference.

    At the same time, I think that Mr Smith, who apparently doesn’t go to washington, does have a small point. We as conservatives need to lighten up and laugh at ourselves occasionally. Laughter is good for the soul. I do, however, think that we can have our own brand of humor, where we are educated about it instead of mocking at our enemies. I think that a lack of humor is partly why we are loosing the next generation. This is true of all of the Republican party. The Republican Party is largely a bunch of old white guys who are irrelevant to the issues of the day. The youth and some of the older generation, stay on their smart phones. They stay on YouTube. They read dumb magazines like Redbook and Cosmopolitan. The girls think about sex and clothes and nails and jewelry. The boys think about sex and girls and music. It’s the reality. We have to learn how to reach them. They don’t care about politics or elections. But many see what’s happening to our country. To get the message to them, we have to get into the pop culture and engage them. We can still maintain our values and hold fast to our principles. The youth want meaning in their lives and we can provide that. They are seeking a grounding that the world doesn’t offer them. But we have to speak their language. Instead of talking about cutting out their welfare, we need to talk about letting them keep more of their money to begin with. We needy to talk about quality of life. We need to provide an answer to health insurance, since obamacare obviously failed. We need to address racism. Conservatives have these answers. We don’t have to be ashamed of who we are, we just have to get back relevant. Most young folks, both black and white, hate both the democrat and the republican parties. There is lots of bad stuff in both. Neither have integrity, both are corrupt. People today are smart enough to know that corruption will eventually come back to bite you. It’s better to live honestly. But you have to do it compassionately. We want to root out the evil because it is hurting the poor black voters and poor white voters, who get bullied by all sides. It’s hurting anyone who isn’t in on the corruption. The Republican Party has the persona of being big corporate old white men who sit in their ivory towers and look down on the peons who are supposed to serve them. The democrat party has the persona of carrying about all the poor people who the republicans look down their noses on. Frankly, that’s largely correct. That has nothing to do with liberal or conservative. However, dems and reps are all on the same team. What matters is conservative vs. communist. The communists seek to enslave everyone and make them surfs to the elite. Conservatives need to act like Christians and be charitable, but insist that the Christians should do it outside of government. Most true Christians are charitable, and they do care for the poor much more effectively than the government can.

  11. Rose

    President of Senate: The Chair recognizes… Senator Smith!
    Mr. Smith: Thank you, sir.
    Clarissa Saunders: Diz, here we go.

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