When I was a kid, my mother had a poster of a mule straddled over a rail fence. The caption was “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” That pretty much sums up Governor Tate Reeves and his response to the  COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t believe me? Read the comments on his Facebook page, particularly during his daily press conferences. He’s in flag jail. There is a chunk of his base who are completely ticked off at with him because he signed the legislation retiring the 1890 flag. He’s working hard to throw red meat out there to try to win them back. But they are also mad about the mask mandates. So that’s one reason his polls are struggling. The other reason, on the opposite end of the spectrum, are the people who don’t think he is doing enough. They get mad when he says one thing (Wear a mask!) and then goes to political events without a mask.

Maybe a 1890 Confederate State flag will get some people’s attention and get him out of flag jail.

Nah, probably not.

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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.