Today, Michael Sean Winters gives his reaction to the Tea Party loss in Mississippi. Nothing much Distinctly Catholic - of course, Mississippi is distinctly non-Catholic. You can read his essay at http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/tea-party-loses-mississippi. You can read mine below with the understanding that it will make more sense if you read the National Catholic Reporter piece by MSW first.
Mississippi politics are mostly about race. Indeed, the Tea Party movement is too - as some of the various parties were former militias or has some other link to white nationalism. Indeed, reports are that such people recruited at the Tea Party candidate's events. If I were a black voter in Mississippi, the strategic move might have been to elect the nut - but there would have been a good chance that the nut would have won in November, so the Senate, not just Mississippi dodged a bullet.
Other Tea Party's work hand-in-glove with the Republican establishment (Dick Armey and the Virginia Tea Party included) and their chief sponsor (David Koch). Kansas and Misouri are also likely places where the Tea Party and the Party Establishment are the same thing. While some are Republicans others are Libertarian Republicans. An effort to start a Republican Caucus in the Libertarian Party has met with some success in making the party less strident, but not enough to take control. Meanwhile Libertarian and Tea Party Republicans in the Paul movement remember quite well the rules and organization committee votes and the lack of appeals allowed from the floor in 2012 at the GOP Convention. Some of this may be there revenge, as some of those organizations fall under the Tea Party Nationalist banner. What I find fascinating is the complete absence of Trent Lott in the reporting on this election. One wonders what side he was on.
As for the farm animal thing, one wonders whether he was refering to beastiality or the forced misegination of young women on the plantation. Some would call it rape and I would expect it more in the South of that era than any daliences that people seem infer. Hence the knowing response by the audience.
The Valerie Jarrett comment underestimates her. She knows well enough to tailor the message to the Senate or contested House race. Women's issues will likely be brought up, considering how thoroughly aborton facilities have been shut down in Mississippi. There is little Catholic impact - since there is little Catholicism there. The local Ordinary is hardly a powerful force in state where significant numbers still believe that the Pope is the anti-Christ. Mississippi is kind of a freebee - no one expects the Democrat to win although it could be a nice surprise if registration is strong.