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If Sen. Cochran doesn’t answer the call, we’re going to need a bigger big top

Sen. Thad Cochran speaks to reporters outside of McElroy's in Ocean Springs in 2014, shortly before he defeated state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the GOP runoff.
Sen. Thad Cochran speaks to reporters outside of McElroy's in Ocean Springs in 2014, shortly before he defeated state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the GOP runoff. SUN HERALD File

The latest whispering about U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s health has been put into writing.

Politico is reporting that lobbyists and others close to the senator doubt he’ll return to the Senate on Monday as he promised after President Donald Trump questioned his health during the downward spiral of the Obamacare replacement. Cochran’s staff told Politico that Cochran would be back Monday.

Cochran has served Mississippi well, and if he decides to retire I wouldn’t blame him. The Senate must be a lonely place for such a gentlemanly negotiator.

Still. They’d have to add a fourth ring to the circus that’s about to unfold across Mississippi next year. Chris McDaniel is all but declared as a primary candidate against Sen. Roger Wicker. That already would mean the return of the unconventional tribe that gathered around the state senator when he took on Cochran in the last Senate election.

Chuck Johnson could return if Attorney General Jim Hood promises not to subpoena him. That, my friends, may not be the best thing for Mississippi, but it would be like STP Oil Treatment for my digital readership.

Now, should Cochran decide it’s time to go, I’ve heard everyone from Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to the high counselor of Guntown would be in. Now you’re talking a digital readership not seen since the last ax murderer.

I just hope no turtles are injured or bloggers go to the slammer this time.

The dominoes could begin to fall Monday.

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