For (at least) the second time in the 2018 midterms, the Democrats failed to win an election with the use of the tired “you’re a racist” strategy. After the strategy bombed out in Florida, where supposed white supremacist Ron DeSantis overcame the challenge from Andrew Gillum, the left decided to try it again – in Mississippi of all places. There, they came up short one more time on Tuesday when Cindy Hyde-Smith overcame outlandish charges of racism to defeat Democrat Mike Espy, who would have been the state’s first black senator in a very long time.

The left’s accusations of racism against Hyde-Smith were at least as weak – if not weaker – than they were against DeSantis. But with the national spotlight on Mississippi for this, the last Senate race to be decided this year, much more ado was made of the nothing that was there. The New York Times said that Hyde-Smith was “teetering after several rhetorical gaffes” threatened to derail her campaign, but that’s just more historical revisionism. In truth, Hyde-Smith made no gaffes. She had nothing to apologize for. Nothing happened. It was the media all along, finding racism where none was to be found.

As per usual.

For the hell of it, let’s take a look at the terrible things Hyde-Smith supposedly did to deserve a satirical New Yorker article titled: “I Never Lost Faith in Mississippi’s Racists.”

First, there was what she said about a supporter of hers, Colin Hutchinson, in early November. “If he invited me to a public hanging,” she said, “I’d be on the front row.”

To anyone with half a brain, this indicates that she is so enamored with Mr. Hutchinson that she would attend an event that she would otherwise avoid at all costs. Right? What else could that possibly mean? In what other way could it be termed a compliment? But, since public hangings once existed and since public hangings are kind of like lynchings and since lynchings remind people of the KKK, the left-wing media decided that this innocent comment was proof of Hyde-Smith’s incorrigible racism.

Then there was a caught-on-camera moment in Starkville on November 3, in which Hyde-Smith joked about keeping liberal students from the polls.

“And then they remind me that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who maybe we don’t want to vote,” she said. “Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea.”

Obvious joke. Not even vaguely racist. But you know, the media.

And that’s it, as far as “gaffes” went. The rest of the story came from gumshoe reporters who decided to dig around in Hyde-Smith’s history and see what they could use to make her seem like a racist to East Coast elites. Seeing as how conservatives in Mississippi are not usually all that worried about how they appear to New York City liberals, this did not prove difficult.

OMG, she visited the Jefferson Davis Home and said it was “Mississippi history at its best!” She must sympathize with the Confederacy! She must want to bring back slavery!

OMG, she went to a (nearly) all-white high school…and sent her daughter to the same place! She must hate blacks!

It was absolutely ridiculous from the first moment, and we’re proud of Mississippi voters for deflecting the nuclear payload of nonsense that was dropped on them by the corporate media.