Blogger arrested for sneaking into Thad Cochran’s wife’s nursing home room

posted at 5:31 pm on May 17, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

If the allegations prove true – and the initial evidence seems pretty compelling – this will turn out to be yet another story of a blogger going off the rails and doing the wrong thing in pursuit of a story. According to recently breaking reports, blogger Clayton Thomas Kelly of Mississippi crossed all bounds of propriety by entering the nursing home room of the wife of Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) and photographing her for use in a political story.

A Pearl man who runs a political blog is accused of sneaking into a nursing home where U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife is bedridden and photographing her, then posting the image in a video political “hit piece” on the internet.

Madison Police arrested Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28, of Pearl on Friday night on a charge of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. He’s being held on a $100,000 bond.

The police investigating the case put out a press release on the subject today.

The Madison Police Department received information on May 15th, 2014 concerning the possible exploitation of a vulnerable adult resident at Catherine’s Village located at 200 Dominican Drive in the City of Madison. As a result of the investigation, it was determined that Clayton Thomas Kelly – age 28 – of 3127 Greenfield Road Pearl, Ms had illegally and improperly obtained an image of a vulnerable adult resident without their consent for his own benefit. Clayton Kelly’s bond is set at $100,000.00 and he is currently being held at the Madison County Detention Center. The matter remains under investigation by the Madison Police Department.

Kelly’s blog is found here, but the political “hit piece” in question has since been removed.

It is important to note at this point that if there is no evidence suggesting that Kelly is in any way involved with the campaign of Chris McDaniel, currently in a heated primary battle with Senator Cochran, this shouldn’t affect the race. He seems to be an ardent supporter of McDaniel, as indicated by some previous blog posts (here and here) and photos, but that can be said of many people. Elected officials and candidates are, by definition, ultimately responsibile for not only their own actions, but those of their paid and/or appointed staff. But no candidate can control the irrational actions of deranged fans any more than Jodie Foster can be said to be responsible for the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan.

But is there more to the story? In an update from the Clarion-Ledger, Senator Cochran’s camp is raising an interesting question.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign is questioning how Chris McDaniel’s campaign manager, state Sen. Melanie Sojourner, apparently knew about Clayton Kelly’s arrest before news of him allegedly sneaking into Rose Cochran’s nursing home room and taking photos broke.

Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell said Sojourner left a voice mail message for Cochran campaign manager Kirk Sims at about 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, offering condolences over Kelly’s alleged actions and assurance McDaniel’s campaign doesn’t condone it. Russell said Sojourner indicated she had been concerned over the incident since Friday night.

Kelly was arrested Friday night. Police issued a press release about Kelly’s arrest late Friday night, but it and early news reports did not mention Rose Cochran, only a brief statement about his charge of exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

A Clarion-Ledger article posted online at 9:24 a.m. broke the news about a connection between the arrest and the Cochrans.

This same article was later updated with a response from the McDaniel campaign:

“The McDaniel campaign found out about the break in when a local political blog posted about it at 11:40 p.m. last night. Senator McDaniel has denounced the break-in and called Senator Cochran to extend his condolences. It is unconscionable for the Cochran campaign and the liberal media to use the act of a sick individual to lob despicable accusations.”

The information still missing at the time of this posting is precisely which “local political blog” posted the information (with the Name of Cochran’s wife, I assume), since the local media didn’t have that detail until the next morning. The missing piece here – and this is purely speculation at this point – could be that the “local blog” in question was, in fact, Kelly’s blog. Since everyone seems to agree that the information had been posted there, and then removed, I suppose that’s possible. Of course, it would require a bit of luck on the part of McDaniel’s campaign manager to have just managed to catch the post on the blog between the time it was published and then pulled, but given the tendency of campaign workers to constantly monitor Google alerts for anything mentioning their opponent’s name, it’s not beyond the realm of the possible. (See Update below.)

If this claim about the phone message and its timing turns out to be true, it adds an entirely new element to the story, but we still need to hear from Sojourner, who isn’t commenting on it yet. If she did, in fact, know about this before the police released any details, including the identity of Cochran’s wife, somebody has some explaining to do and McDaniel will have to be on top of this immediately.

But either way it pans out, Kelly may serve as yet another important example and negative role model for citizen journalists. No matter what your motivation or desire to get into the mix of the political battlefield, there are boundaries which simply can not be crossed. I have no idea what would possess someone to think that invading the privacy of an elderly, bedridden woman suffering from dementia would be useful or a good idea in any way, but it appears that Mr. Kelly is about to learn a very expensive lesson on the subject.

Some similar sentiments from Doug Mataconis:

In the often combative history of American politics, I’ve got to say I don’t recall seeing anything quite like this. And while it was obviously not officially tied to the McDaniel campaign, it certainly seems to be a measure of the extent to which political debate in this country has descended into the gutter. NBC’s Chuck Todd summed it up well on Twitter this morning:

Way over the line, whether the McDaniel campaign was involved or not.

UPDATE: (Jazz) The local blogger reporting on this story is saying that the offending video / pictures were posted either “two weeks ago” or April 26th, depending who you ask, so if that’s the case, the McDaniel camp couldn’t have found it in the way I surmised. Curiouser and curiouser, to quote one fable.


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Just, wow!

OmahaConservative on May 17, 2014 at 5:34 PM

But either way it pans out, Kelly may serve as yet another important example and negative role model for citizen journalists. No matter what your motivation or desire to get into the mix of the political battlefield, there are boundaries which simply can not be crossed.

I don’t know why everyone is shocked at this sort of behavior. Both the President and Vice President of the United States have encouraged this type of behavior against political opponents and have generated a climate where it is considered appropriate.

Public statements like “get in their face” have made bad behavior seem normal to many.

Johnnyreb on May 17, 2014 at 5:37 PM

There seems to have been collusion, which, of course, is denied.

The outcome is exactly the opposite of what the indecent thug had in mind.

There are some limits in this rotten society:

1. Don’t consume carrion for political gain – see obama.

2. Don’t fake healthcare documents at the VA, for highers bonuses.

3. Don’t do what this thread is about.

4. Don’t lie in front of caskets, like Hillary and obama did/Benghazi.

5. Don’t use the IRS to punish your opponents.

6. Don’t win elections in the USA the dirty way – you are therefore illegitimate.

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I’d like to remind the readers of the perv who rented across from Palins’ family house. That’s where it all started.

Rix on May 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

higher bonuses

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I’d like to remind the readers of the perv who rented across from Palins’ family house. That’s where it all started.

Rix on May 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

That perv is at least dead already.

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2014 at 5:41 PM

. . . . . either way it pans out, Kelly may serve as yet another important example and negative role model for citizen journalists. No matter what your motivation or desire to get into the mix of the political battlefield, there are boundaries which simply can not be crossed. I have no idea what would possess someone to think that invading the privacy of an elderly, bedridden woman suffering from dementia would be useful or a good idea in any way, but it appears that Mr. Kelly is about to learn a very expensive lesson on the subject.

Jazz Shaw on May 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

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The mentality of “the outcome (end) justifies the means” isn’t going away, any time soon.
As far as Clayton Thomas Kelly is concerned, the only mistake he made was getting caught.

He’ll pay a steep penalty, but I wouldn’t figure on him giving up on using the same ‘means’ some time again, down the road.

listens2glenn on May 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I guess I missed the part where this guy is a “Progressive”…

CrazyGene on May 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM

the political “hit piece” in question has since been removed.

Google cache, ne1?

corona79 on May 17, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Why is this an important issue?

crankyoldlady on May 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

How is that picture supposed to pay off politically for McDaniel? Maybe it’s a false flag reverse psychology ploy orchestrated by the Cochran people or the Democrats. Such a thing would be really easy to do.

Buddahpundit on May 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Politics should never become so rabid that crazy supporters do what happened to Sen. Cochran’s wife.

Chuck Todd needs to learn about the history of American politics. You know the armed duels, fist fights, riots, criminal gangs working for a politician.

Today’s politics is really quite tame compared to the past…

William Eaton on May 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I have no idea what would possess someone to think that invading the privacy of an elderly, bedridden woman suffering from dementia would be useful or a good idea in any way

To fascists, there are no boundaries in the pursuit of power. Ernst Röhm learned that lesson too late.

rbj on May 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Why is this an important issue?

crankyoldlady on May 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Wow, you’re cranky.

I’ll bet you’re female as well.

Pfft.

To answer your question, this happens to be a political blog. This is a political story.

Nothing says you or anyone else has to care.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Time to slap Jazz Shaw in the head with a large dead flounder.

Wake the he11 up Jazz… Since Bill Clinton was President American politics’s have been embracing the Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals rule number #2.

2. Of Means and Ends [Forget moral or ethical considerations]

“The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. … The real arena is corrupt and bloody.” p.24

“The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves…. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means… The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be….” pp.25-26

“The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means….” p.29

“The seventh rule… is that generally success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics….” p.34

“The tenth rule… is you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments…. It involves sifting the multiple factors which combine in creating the circumstances at any given time… Who, and how many will support the action?… If weapons are needed, then are appropriate d weapons available? Availability of means determines whether you will be underground or above ground; whether you will move quickly or slowly…” p.36

While this ideological position was adopted by the Democrat’s/Marxists first, there is without a question a growing segment of the Conservative Right who out of anger and desperation are likewise adopting the ideological moral standard that the end justifies the means.

In other words, these people believe that the only thing that counts is winning, how you win does not count. Back in the 15th century there was a saying that encapsulated this ideology. “The Road to hell is paved with the skulls of Bishops and Priests”. Sometime in the 19th century that saying was sanitized to “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

The Romans knew this ideology as the Pyrrhic victory. The majority of Western civilization knows it as “Making a deal with the Devil”. The problem is, that once you have sold your soul to the Devil, you can never buy it back again. The Gates of Hell do not have a sign on them that reads, “Abandon all hope Ye who enter herein” for no reason.

There is nothing new or surprising about this ideology showing up on the right. It is a ideology that renders all difference between political opponents irrelevant. It is a ideology of utter and complete desperation, selfishness and narcissism. Like all cancers, if not checked it will eventually infect the entire body and kill the body.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:09 PM

The real question is about Thad Cochran’s Primary residence…. the home of his Executive Assistant in DC…? It’s a basement apartment.

d1carter on May 17, 2014 at 6:10 PM

I’d like to remind the readers of the perv who rented across from Palins’ family house. That’s where it all started.

Rix on May 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

With all due respect my friend, no it is not. The ideology that the end justifies the means has been with mankind since Cain slew his brother Able.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Ernst Röhm learned that lesson too late.

I never tire of pointing out to Fascist/Liberal/Marxist/Progressive/Socialists the fate of Herr Röhm when his usefulness came to an end. It will ultimately be their fate in this life.

oldleprechaun on May 17, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Hmmm. That guy looks like Fox Mulder. Where are the UFOs?

NavyMustang on May 17, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Wow, you’re cranky.

I’ll bet you’re female as well.

Pfft.

To answer your question, this happens to be a political blog. This is a political story.

Nothing says you or anyone else has to care.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Sit down and shut up.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Why is this an important issue?

crankyoldlady on May 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

As I perceive it, COL, moral, personal privacy, and possibly legal lines were crossed. Even in politics, some things are verboten.

A politician’s spouse, especially in the physical/mental condition that Sen Cochran’s wife is in, should NEVER be exploited by an opponent’s supporter in a misguided attempt to gain votes.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

It won’t make any difference if Sen. McDaniel knew about it our not, that’s what people will think and Sen. Cochran has won reelection.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM

An honest question deserves a much better answer than you gave COL.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

What I wonder is how this Kelly character thought this might help Sen. McDaniel? I can’t come up with a single scenario.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:18 PM

A politician’s incapacitated spouse, especially in the physical/mental condition that Sen Cochran’s wife is in, should NEVER be exploited by an opponent’s supporter in a misguided attempt to gain votes.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Updated for clarification

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Neither can I, Cindy. Crikey! Mr Kelly surely isn’t one I would want to publicly acknowledge as a supporter.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM

What I wonder is how this Kelly character thought this might help Sen. McDaniel? I can’t come up with a single scenario.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Yup. Who thought that would be a good idea? If McDaniel or his campaign did, then they don’t deserve to win. Double stupid. This will probably cinch Cochran’s re-election either way.

d1carter on May 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Sit down and shut up.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Are you saying COL isn’t cranky or a lady?

Next you’ll tell me they aren’t old either.

Such disappointment.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

What I wonder is how this Kelly character thought this might help Sen. McDaniel? I can’t come up with a single scenario.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:18 PM

How did Barack Obama arranging to have Senate Candidate Jack Ryan’s divorce details released publicly help Barack Obama. Simply, portray your opponent as cruel, uncaring and only out for personal profit and power. Same thing applies here. Show Chochrans wife as in invalid shuttered away to a private nursing home, while Cochran continues his personal quest for wealth and power, thus dehumanizing Cochran.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

This all was brought into focus with some Breitbart stories questioning Cochran’s residency and his relationship with his Executive Assistant…It doesn’t take much to set off the crazies….

d1carter on May 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Are you saying COL isn’t cranky or a lady?

Next you’ll tell me they aren’t old either.

Such disappointment.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:22 PM

No, I am telling you, that you are being an insufferable a$$.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM

An honest question deserves a much better answer than you gave COL.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Had a strong sarcastic vibe to it.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

How does this help McDaniel? And why is the Cochran campaign so eager to twist this issue against McDaniel?

It tells me more about Cochran than McDaniel that he keeps his eye on the prize, which is his re-election and NOT the well-being of his ailing wife.

I bet the Cochran campaign will go overboard in their zeal to tie the McDaniel campaign to this that it blows up in their own face.

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

No, I am telling you, that you are being an insufferable a$$.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM

I’m sure mean that in the nicest possible way.

To be honest, it did come across as sarcastic. I guess it’s possible that I misjudged the post.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Politics should never become so rabid that crazy supporters do what happened to Sen. Cochran’s wife.

“Supporters,” huh.

Chuck Todd, everybody. Let’s give him a round of applause and/or a food pellet for hitting the button when the light came on.

mintycrys on May 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Before I address something Jazz questioned, I want to make clear this perp deserves prosecution.

The information still missing at the time of this posting is precisely which “local political blog” posted the information (with the Name of Cochran’s wife, I assume), since the local media didn’t have that detail until the next morning. The missing piece here – and this is purely speculation at this point – could be that the “local blog” in question was, in fact, Kelly’s blog. Since everyone seems to agree that the information had been posted there, and then removed, I suppose that’s possible. Of course, it would require a bit of luck on the part of McDaniel’s campaign manager to have just managed to catch the post on the blog between the time it was published and then pulled, but given the tendency of campaign workers to constantly monitor Google alerts for anything mentioning their opponent’s name, it’s not beyond the realm of the possible. (See Update below.)…

UPDATE: (Jazz) The local blogger reporting on this story is saying that the offending video / pictures were posted either “two weeks ago” or April 26th, depending who you ask, so if that’s the case, the McDaniel camp couldn’t have found it in the way I surmised. Curiouser and curiouser, to quote one fable.

If that “local blogger reporting on this story” is the blog that is the second link, then the McDaniel campaign did get their info that the (alleged) perp arrested was Kelly from them. Looking over the post and comments:

- The post URL has Kelly’s name in it as being arrested. That is something that does not change automatically when the title is changed.
- Kelly’s name appears in the comments at 6:44 am, before the police mentioned his name in their second press release and before the McDaniel campaign called the Cochran campaign.

Steve Eggleston on May 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

How does this help McDaniel? And why is the Cochran campaign so eager to twist this issue against McDaniel?

It tells me more about Cochran than McDaniel that he keeps his eye on the prize, which is his re-election and NOT the well-being of his ailing wife.

I bet the Cochran campaign will go overboard in their zeal to tie the McDaniel campaign to this that it blows up in their own face.

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Solid point.

“What kind of guy leaves his wife in a nursing home while running/serving in public office?”

That kind of attack will resonate with a number of people.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Neither can I, Cindy. Crikey! Mr Kelly surely isn’t one I would want to publicly acknowledge as a supporter.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Do you know the sort of batsh*t crazies that support Cochran or any other Republican? Have we reached the stage where a candidate has to assume responsibility for every single act committed by a supporter?

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I didn’t quite see that “sarcastic vibe,” but your response to Oscar’s dressing down is much more appropriate.

You should make it up to COL with a healthy dose of the beverage of her choice; mine will be a double shot of Southern Comfort, thank you. If’n you’re REAL nice, I’ll put it on AP’s tab under “Negotiated Surrender”… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:32 PM

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

To me that was different. That was meant to make Jack Ryan look like a wife abusing perv, and for a lot of people it was mission accomplished. Most people have members of their family who are elderly and need extra care and it could conceivably be seen that she is better off near home and family rather than D.C.. Regardless of how anyone feels about his not remaining at her side, NO ONE is going to think that pictures and videos of her is going to help anyone those pictures and videos are linked to.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Geez what a dumb move. Its clear that it’s time for Thad Cochran to go but this might seal it for him to win reelection. Double whammy!!

journeymike on May 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

…something…doesn’t smell right!

KOOLAID2 on May 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

d1carter on May 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM

I agree.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM

I’m sure mean that in the nicest possible way.

To be honest, it did come across as sarcastic. I guess it’s possible that I misjudged the post.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I’ve read enough of your posts to know that you are basically one of the good guys, though I suspect you are, well, a bit young. (you are what 30? 35?) COL is also one of the good guys (ok, girls). Hang out with us on the QoTD and get to know her, she is good people.

Please remember the Iron rule of the internet. Since you can’t see peoples faces or hear the tone of their voice, it is super easy to not catch things like humor or sarcasm.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

I question the timing.

Akzed on May 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I’m aware that many candidates have *ahem!* batsh*t crazies as supporters. I also didn’t say that Mr McDaniel has to accept responsibility for Mr Kelly’s actions. I just said that, if’n I were Mr McDaniel, I wouldn’t want to publicly acknowledge Mr Kelly as a supporter–put another way, I would distance myself from someone who did something so reprehensible.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

OT. California Gold

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

As a matter of fact the only way I see this not being the end of Sen. McDaniel’s campaign is if they were the ones that turned Kelly in. Even that is pretty sketchy.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Regardless of how anyone feels about his not remaining at her side, NO ONE is going to think that pictures and videos of her is going to help anyone those pictures and videos are linked to.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

And that is the point of my earlier comment.

The Cochran campaign, instead of working with law enforcement to find out what was the motivation of the blogger’s actions, is rather jumping the gun to tie the McDaniel campaign with the dastardly act.

Their goal is to inflict maximum damage on the McDaniel campaign before the FACTS leak out.

How different is this from the left using the actions of a mad shooter to call for tough gun control laws?

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

AMEN, seek clarification.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Since you can’t see peoples faces or hear the tone of their voice, it is super easy to not catch things like humor or sarcasm.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

I wink so much when I post, I swear I’m developing a permanent tic lol!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Thank you for jumping to COL’s defense…

OmahaConservative on May 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

I didn’t quite see that “sarcastic vibe,” but your response to Oscar’s dressing down is much more appropriate.

You should make it up to COL with a healthy dose of the beverage of her choice; mine will be a double shot of Southern Comfort, thank you. If’n you’re REAL nice, I’ll put it on AP’s tab under “Negotiated Surrender”… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 6:32 PM

I always strive for appropriateness.

I also strive to reply in kind.

I’ll have to observe further to decide whether surrender is the wisest move.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

To me that was different. That was meant to make Jack Ryan look like a wife abusing perv, and for a lot of people it was mission accomplished. Most people have members of their family who are elderly and need extra care and it could conceivably be seen that she is better off near home and family rather than D.C.. Regardless of how anyone feels about his not remaining at her side, NO ONE is going to think that pictures and videos of her is going to help anyone those pictures and videos are linked to.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

The whole point is, that it is the politics of personal destruct5ion. Destroy your opponent any way you can, and as completely as possible.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I think that is creepy of Sen. Cochran also, but until proven otherwise, he is the injured party. Maybe the Democrat is the best choice in this race?

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

What I wonder is how this Kelly character thought this might help Sen. McDaniel? I can’t come up with a single scenario.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Never underestimate the depravity of lies the left are willing to propagate, if the end suits their means. We’ve been subjected to a litany of sick lies from the progs for the last 6-7 years (or more) already. Kelly just had plans to top even them.

Harbingeing on May 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

As a matter of fact the only way I see this not being the end of Sen. McDaniel’s campaign is if they were the ones that turned Kelly in. Even that is pretty sketchy.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

You must think so little of the voters in Cochran’s state if you sincerely believe that conservatives, who abhor Cochran’s record in office, will peel away simply because of the actions of an over-zealous political blogger.

Don’t be so hasty to break out the champagne.

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I’ll have to observe further to decide whether surrender is the wisest move.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Hint… In this case, it is. And a nice glass of Merlot as a token of civility would be a good idea…

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

I wonder if they even question their low poll numbers anymore? None of them are worth the powder it would take to blow them up.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I know nothing of the voters or really that much of Sen. Cochran, but I can see how this can be spun to his advantage. Short of him being behind it, I think it gives him a huge sympathetic boost.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Is this why he took the pictures?

In recent days, the Tea Party Patriots held press conferences pushing the issue of Cochran’s overseas travel with a female aide from whom the senior senator leases a basement apartment in D.C.

I’m not saying that group was involved – they weren’t. Just that the kid had a reason for doing this. It was a horrible thing to do and they will try to blame the Tea Party because…they always do.

Tea Party Patriots Chairman Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement on the arrest:

“Exploiting another human being for gain is deplorable in any circumstance. To use the elderly for some sick, perceived political advantage is despicable. We condemn this vile act in no uncertain terms.

“The Defendant has never donated to the Tea Party Patriots or the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund. He is not in any of our data bases, and we have had no email exchanges with him.

“There are plenty of legitimate issues to be debated in this campaign. And while we condemn this criminal act, we look forward to a primary election to decide these issues.”

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kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

You must think so little of the voters in Cochran’s state if you sincerely believe that conservatives, who abhor Cochran’s record in office, will peel away simply because of the actions of an over-zealous political blogger.

Don’t be so hasty to break out the champagne.

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Sigh… the Media in America have been propagating the notion that politics in America is a nice polite civil discourse. Anyone who believes that it is, has never studied American history.

Historical Hint of the day…

Alexander Hamilton died how?

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I’ve read enough of your posts to know that you are basically one of the good guys, though I suspect you are, well, a bit young. (you are what 30? 35?) COL is also one of the good guys (ok, girls). Hang out with us on the QoTD and get to know her, she is good people.

Please remember the Iron rule of the internet. Since you can’t see peoples faces or hear the tone of their voice, it is super easy to not catch things like humor or sarcasm.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

I’m young at heart.

And, anyone who has a username like COL has to be good natured. Has to be.

That particular comment has appeared on a number of posts. And it is almost always sarcastic. As in “Why did you put this on YOUR BLOG.” As though they can’t post anything they like.

As I’ve told my wife many times, I’m willing to admit it when I’m wrong. I just hope that day never comes.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I’ll have to observe further to decide whether surrender is the wisest move.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

I doubt surrender is necessary, just retreat, wait and be strategic in your next interaction. People misunderstand each other all the time, text lacks nuance.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Might have us a triple crown. First Cali horse since 86.

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

The Husband tells me that the only time he was wrong was when he thought he was wrong.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Historical Hint of the day…

Alexander Hamilton died how?

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Loose monetary policy and lead poisoning courtesy Vice President Aaron Burr, but mostly lead poisoning courtesy Vice President Aaron Burr.

Steve Eggleston on May 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

I’m young at heart.

And, anyone who has a username like COL has to be good natured. Has to be.

That particular comment has appeared on a number of posts. And it is almost always sarcastic. As in “Why did you put this on YOUR BLOG.” As though they can’t post anything they like.

As I’ve told my wife many times, I’m willing to admit it when I’m wrong. I just hope that day never comes.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Like I said, I’ve read enough of your comments to see that you are one of the good guys. Come hang with us on the QoTD, say between 9pm (PST) and 11pm, you will discover to your enjoyment that COL is also one of the Good guys (girls) and a very delightfully lovely lady.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Almost like Jazz wants to bash the McDaniel campaign with ZERO proof of any wrong doing. Like he is rooting for Cochran, the establishment guy. Who woulda thought.

KMav on May 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Loose monetary policy and lead poisoning courtesy Vice President Aaron Burr, but mostly lead poisoning courtesy Vice President Aaron Burr.

Steve Eggleston on May 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Yes… And what specifically was the imputes for that case of lead poisoning?

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Harbingeing on May 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

The odd thing is that I wouldn’t be surprised if it came from the Left and I would probably be spitting bullets because the media would be finding a way to cover for them. The media will probably subtly suggest that either one of the Republicans could be responsible for it.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Might have us a triple crown. First Cali horse since 86.

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

??? Last triple crown winner was Affirmed in ’78 wasn’t it?

(Not counting Miguel Cabrera of course)

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

An update from Eliana Johnson at “The Corner”:

UPDATE III: McDaniel campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch issued a statement denouncing the Cochran campaign and the media for its attempts to link it to the break-in. “The McDaniel campaign found out about the break in when a local political blog posted about it at 11:40 P.M. last night, Fritsch said. “Senator McDaniel has denounced the break-in and called Senator Cochran to extend his condolences. It is unconscionable for the Cochran campaign and the liberal media to use the act of a sick individual to lob despicable accusations.” Indeed, the Mississippi blog Jackson Jambalaya posted the police report on Friday evening, which contains the name of the arrestee as well as the nursing home. Locals weighed in on the blog’s comments section throughout the night, before the Clarion-Ledger reported the story, speculating even before the victim’s name was released that politics were at play.

onlineanalyst on May 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Hint… In this case, it is. And a nice glass of Merlot as a token of civility would be a good idea…

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

If you guys can’t handle the banter, I understand.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Might have us a triple crown. First Cali horse since 86.

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

It’s easier when all the good horses skip the Preakness because it’s too close to the Kentucky Derby.

Steve Eggleston on May 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Great horse. predator!!! Where the heII is he when you want him?!?!

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Like I said, I’ve read enough of your comments to see that you are one of the good guys. Come hang with us on the QoTD, say between 9pm (PST) and 11pm, you will discover to your enjoyment that COL is also one of the Good guys (girls) and a very delightfully lovely lady.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

I might check it out.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

In my heart I know that this is a great piece of detective work, I just wish I understood.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

This is a fine horse. In any race apparently.

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

My neighbor likes to tell me that Newt Gingrich divorced his wife ‘while she was laying in the hospital dying of cancer’.

When I point out she’s ALIVE so the story is full of $hit, he gets confused, but I hear the same story next time I need to be told why Republicans are scum.

Why am I telling you this?

Tard on May 17, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Hats off to the jockey Victor Espinoza!

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Tard on May 17, 2014 at 6:55 PM

That’s a good point. Gosh only knows what the incident will devolve into.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Okay. I’ll cease and desist now. ; ) Bye

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

OT. California Gold

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I see what you did there !
Chromies live here !
Wow !

Carry on ;-).

pambi on May 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

I guess it’s possible that I misjudged the post.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

just a bit :)

dmacleo on May 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

How creepy is it for poor Sen. McDaniel that this guy is that invested? I don’t think I could trust anyone around me.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:59 PM

a charge of exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

I wonder if this same charge will apply to the death panels who thumbs down the old and defenseless?

Don L on May 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

I can’t get over Secretariat.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

So if a well connected Mafia Wise Guy sneaks into a politicians infirmed wife’s/mother’s/sister’s bedroom to leave a bouquet of roses and a note saying “sincere respects and prayers for your wife/mother/sister continued good health [signed] local Mafia Capo” just at the time the politician was involved in a negotiation with a shady businessman who happens to be the sole bidder on an hugely overpriced contract for the maintenance of city owned vehicles your conclusion would be?

Joseph OHenry on May 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

How different is this from the left using the actions of a mad shooter to call for tough gun control laws?

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Do you read Updates, on the threads and the linked articles?

They clarify things for you.

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

your conclusion would be?

Joseph OHenry on May 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

That you’re imagination is running wild.

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I’d comment, but this is a Jazz post, so I won’t. Instead, I’ll just leave a “meh” comment.

Meh……

Go away, Jazz.

Diluculo on May 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

The Husband tells me that the only time he was wrong was when he thought he was wrong.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

I know how he feels.

I tell people that my wife is the smartest person I know.

After all, she picked me.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

*your* not *you’re*…sheesh

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Another problem needing federal dollars:

In the inner city, a health problem is making it harder for young people to learn. The Centers for Disease Control said 30 percent of inner city kids suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The CDC said these children often live in virtual war zones. Doctors at Harvard said they actually suffer from a more complex form of PTSD that some call “hood disease.”

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/05/16/hood-disease-inner-city-oakland-youth-suffering-from-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-crime-violence-shooting-homicide-murder/

davidk on May 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Sorry kcewa, I misspoke. we were excited and had just finished watching. The jockeys last Preakness win. ; )

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

W

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Maybe, just may be he was unduly influenced by the gazillions of Hollywood flics where the hero is good at breaking into the bad guys place to get damging info?

“Got a hairpin beautiful?” Bogart might well say.

Don L on May 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

I’ll have to observe further to decide whether surrender is the wisest move.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

I can amend that to “Customer Relations”…as long as it passes muster with the accountant, we’re good ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

OT. California Gold Chrome

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

.
There ya go…

ExpressoBold on May 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

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