Gloves off: Thad Cochran calls Chris McDaniel a dangerous extremist

posted at 6:01 pm on June 10, 2014 by Allahpundit

I was wrong. I thought for sure the NRSC and Mississippi’s GOP establishment would back off of McDaniel given that he’s the favorite in the runoff. Cochran might keep campaigning, I figured, but it would be a strictly positive campaign for the next few weeks, probably with no attack on McDaniel harsher than the fact that he’s inexperienced. At a minimum, they’d stay away from blaming him for that nasty harassment of Cochran’s wife inside her nursing home. Why frag a guy whom you’ll probably be fighting behind next month?

As I say, I was wrong.

After months of milquetoast statements and letting surrogates do any campaign trash talking, incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran went on the offensive in Hattiesburg on Tuesday, calling his opponent Chris McDaniel “an extremist” who would hurt Mississippi with indiscriminate cuts to federal spending…

“He said he wouldn’t even vote for disaster assistance for Mississippi,” Cochran said, referring to McDaniel statements early in the race where he demurred on whether he would have supported federal Katrina relief Cochran helped secure. McDaniel later clarified he would have supported the relief spending. One of the Cochran campaign’s earliest ads attempted to make hay over McDaniel’s comments…

“(McDaniel) is trying to indict that kind of power and influence in Washington?” Cochran said. “It would be dangerous to have somebody like him elected.”…

“It’s bizarre people got arrested doing things at the nursing home where my wife is,” Cochran said, “and the jail — people in there after midnight — and these are people working for him and his candidacy? What in the world were they doing up there? I don’t think anybody knows all the answers yet. How many people were involved? What were they up to? I’m just raising the question. I don’t have the answers. But it sure is bizarre, isn’t it? I mean, think about it.”

This is the “jail” incident he mentions, which doesn’t involve a jail, but then that’s not the first time he’s been confused on the trail:

Cochran was asked about the Affordable Care Act, which is wildly unpopular among Mississippi Republicans. He responded, “I think we need to monitor any federal programs that provide services and assistance to people who need help, and this is an example of an important effort by the federal government to help make health care available, accessible, and affordable.”

Everyone understand the significance of this? Even if Cochran ends up losing the runoff, as seems probable given the past week’s polls, he’s still a state institution. His name-recognition is sky high after 35 years in office; all but the most hardcore McDaniel fans will have sympathy for him if he gets beat in a few weeks. To put rhetoric about “dangerous extremists” in his own mouth at this point of the game, knowing that Democrats will bludgeon McDaniel with that soundbite in the general election, amounts to a quasi-endorsement of the Democrat. (In fact, as Matt Lewis rightly notes, this rhetoric is aimed squarely at Democratic and independent voters whom Cochran’s trying to lure into voting in the runoff.) The challenger is unfit for office, Cochran’s essentially saying, in which case logically you’re better off with the alternative. It’s a kamikaze action by establishment Republicans and the NRSC, who’ve evidently decided that it’s more important to their prerogatives to beat the tea partier than it is to beat the left. Which isn’t a crazy conclusion: If you make it impossible for tea-party candidates to win a general election, even at the expense of electing a Democrat instead, eventually some grassroots conservatives will give up and come back to supporting establishment candidates purely in the interest of putting Republicans back in power again. It’s tea partiers who are forever under suspicion of going third-party and handing seats to Democrats, but that’s basically what Cochran’s doing here. Either he wins the runoff or he prefers to see the Democrat win the general. After all, having concluded that McDaniel’s “dangerous,” realistically he can’t turn around and endorse him after the runoff, right?

This is going to keep happening until grassroots righties fight fire with fire and decide that some seats are worth losing in the name of making a point. And if/when you do and Beltway Republicans complain, tell them you learned that strategy from Thad Cochran.


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Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Go home you old coot. Your wife needs some hand-holding.

You don’t need to fool your conservative state any longer.

Barbour is a charlatan.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Look! A fossil can actually speak. Who knew?

/Oh, and Bishop

Key West Reader on June 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

It’s all yours, KWR, fwiw.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

This is the “jail” incident he mentions, which doesn’t involve a jail, but then that’s not the first time he’s been confused on the trail:

That is a nice way of saying “OLD” and “SENILE”!!!!

Gunlock Bill on June 10, 2014 at 6:05 PM

“(McDaniel) is trying to indict that kind of power and influence in Washington?” Cochran said. “It would be dangerous to have somebody like him elected.”…

He’s trying to indict power? WTF does that mean?

cptacek on June 10, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Give it up, Geezer.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I thought for sure the NRSC and Mississippi’s GOP establishment would back off of McDaniel

Allah, Allah. RINOs only fight real conservatives.

Cochran has gone full wacko.

faraway on June 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

These old incumbents just can’t stand it to be challenged and you see where their loyalty lies, not with the party but with themselves. They think the seat is their’s till they give it up. Just like Lugar.

major dad on June 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM

A dangerous extremist? Like anybody cares about that, look who’s riding AF1.

rhombus on June 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Why frag a guy whom you’ll probably be fighting behind next month?

Why do I sense another Mike Castle?

rbj on June 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM

All in DC who wear diapers and Depends, go home.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM

The strategy’s still self-defeating for Cochran, because it’s based on the allegation that McDaniel would be easier to beat in a general election, while at the same time asking Democrats to cross party lines and vote for Thad in the runoff … because he’d be tougher for the Democrats to beat in November.

The alternative is Cochran is telling Democrats their chances are hopeless in November, so you might as well vote for me instead of that nut-job Tea Party guy. You can’t square the circle on this one (though I suppose Cochran could go full Charlie Crist if he loses the primary and come out in support of the Democrat in November. Which would likely trash his reputation even among most moderate Republicans who are hoping their people will be running the Senate next January).

jon1979 on June 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

“It’s a kamikaze action by establishment Republicans and the NRSC, who’ve evidently decided that it’s more important to their prerogatives to beat the tea partier than it is to beat the left.”

Umm, pretty sure it’s been the Tea Party for 4 years deciding its more important to attack Republicans than to go after the left.

*puts on armor for impending attacks*

Xanatos90 on June 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Here’s laughing at Lugar…his D-rat in GA ain’t doing so good.

Cochran might support a D too, if he loses.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Cochran is toast and this is Miss. They aren’t electing an obama loving dem.

Ta111 on June 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Another RINO turd.

nobama1267 on June 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Why put up a picture of Robert Byrd?

Judge_Dredd on June 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

It’s a kamikaze action by establishment Republicans

Stupid Allahpundit, it isn’t a kamikaze action by establishment Republican, it a wolf ripping his sheepskin cloths off in a fit of anger. Most people will be to ignorant (thanks in part to the Professional Punditry Class) to understand what they are seeing.

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

To put rhetoric about “dangerous extremists” in his own mouth at this point of the game, knowing that Democrats will bludgeon McDaniel with that soundbite in the general election, amounts to a quasi-endorsement of the Democrat. (In fact, as Matt Lewis rightly notes, this rhetoric is aimed squarely at Democratic and independent voters whom Cochran’s trying to lure into voting in the runoff.) The challenger is unfit for office, Cochran’s essentially saying, in which case logically you’re better off with the alternative. It’s a kamikaze action by establishment Republicans and the NRSC, who’ve evidently decided that it’s more important to their prerogatives to beat the tea partier than it is to beat the left. Which isn’t a crazy conclusion: If you make it impossible for tea-party candidates to win a general election, even at the expense of electing a Democrat instead, eventually some grassroots conservatives will give up and come back to supporting establishment candidates purely in the interest of putting Republicans back in power again. It’s tea partiers who are forever under suspicion of going third-party and handing seats to Democrats, but that’s basically what Cochran’s doing here. Either he wins the runoff or he prefers to see the Democrat win the general. After all, having concluded that McDaniel’s “dangerous,” realistically he can’t turn around and endorse him after the runoff, right?

What say you, RINO apologists (aka KingGold, MJBrutus, joana, Meredith, rockmom, illinidiva, etc.)?

Looks like Luger redux.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Why put up a picture of Robert Byrd?

Judge_Dredd on June 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

He’s from Mississippi. Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama, it’s all the same place.
/////

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Dang. Those establishment Republicans would prefer a Democrat to a Tea Party Republican?

BigAlSouth on June 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

A most odd thing was when Thad Cochran didn’t even show, not even for five minutes, at his own election eve rally to thank his supporters. This was consistent with the growing sense that Cochran is not 100% with it. Google it, and you see the concerns, primarily that he is often not able to coherently answer even simple questions, and in fact his handlers are doing everything they can to shield him from questions of any sort. Mental competence isn’t everything, but damn near. And it’s not about age as there are plenty of older senators that are sharp as a tack. And relish debate. Now, as before, and probably for good reason, Cochran won’t debate McDaniel.

anotherJoe on June 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Problem for old Thad is that dems who voted in dem primary can’t vote in the runoff.

Ta111 on June 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Why frag a guy whom you’ll probably be fighting behind next month?

The republicans wouldn’t work to get McDaniel elected. They would want to see him defeated to prove a point.

The R party is not what it used to be, and not something I have any respect for anymore.

LilyBart on June 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

So proud that voters in Mississippi decided to step up and vote for term limits. They put their country above establishment goodies.

mobydutch on June 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Umm, pretty sure it’s been the Tea Party for 4 years deciding its more important to attack Republicans than to go after the left.

Xanatos90 on June 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

And you’d be wrong. At no point have tea partiers gone rhetorically soft on spending. I.e., at no point did they make policy compromises with Dems in order to beat GOPers. Never. That’s exactly what Cochran is doing here, however.

alwaysfiredup on June 10, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Gloves off: Thad Cochran calls Chris McDaniel a dangerous extremist

Yep, dangerous. Dangerous to his entitled Senate seat. Dangerous to his mistress being paid by his constituents to be his chief of staff. Dangerous to his pork barrel naming of buildings after him. Dangerous to his way of life…

Gohawgs on June 10, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Dementia has not been kind to this “bizarre” old geezer.

Pork-Chop on June 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

This was consistent with the growing sense that Cochran is not 100% with it. Google it, and you see the concerns, primarily that he is often not able to coherently answer even simple questions, and in fact his handlers are doing everything they can to shield him from questions of any sort. Mental competence isn’t everything, but damn near. And it’s not about age as there are plenty of older senators that are sharp as a tack. And relish debate. Now, as before, and probably for good reason, Cochran won’t debate McDaniel.

anotherJoe on June 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Mad Cochran.

He sounds a little looney.

faraway on June 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Term limits stat!

rhombus on June 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM

“Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.”

~~ Milton Friedman

RedPepper on June 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM

“an extremist” who would hurt Mississippi with indiscriminate cuts to federal spending…

Because $17 Trillion isn’t nearly enough debt for our kids!

LilyBart on June 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

The establishment Republicans like government power, money, and control just as much as the liberal Democrats.

mobydutch on June 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Dang. Those establishment Republicans would prefer a Democrat to a Tea Party Republican?

BigAlSouth on June 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Yup. Tea Party Republicans are far more dangerous than dems to the status quo our DC elites of both parties have worked for so long to achieve. They want no one making waves of political change they don’t believe in.

hawkeye54 on June 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

This is going to keep happening until grassroots righties fight fire with fire and decide that some seats are worth losing in the name of making a point.

Huh? Grassroots conservatives have been doing this for the past four years. Where have you been?

Mark1971 on June 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Dang. Those establishment Republicans would prefer a Democrat to a Tea Party Republican?

BigAlSouth on June 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Of course they would. First, because most establishment Republicans aren’t really all that interested in shrinking government and cutting spending. And second, because they’d love nothing more than to depress the Tea Party to the point where it kills their enthusiasm for participating in the primary process. Which is why they haven’t exactly tried very hard to do anything about the IRS scandal.

Doughboy on June 10, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Term limits stat!

rhombus on June 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM

When you are pushing toward 80 you’d think there were better ways to use your time left on earth than the swamp in DC. Thad, ol’ feller, you really won’t be as missed there as near as much as you think you would be. ‘Ceptin’ maybe to your corporate and lobbyist cronies.

hawkeye54 on June 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

It’s all yours, KWR, fwiw.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Luv ya Schad-ers! :::hugs:::

Key West Reader on June 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Cochran is the epitome of what is wrong with the GOP. I’m surprised the decrepit statist is standing up at the mic by himself quite frankly.

Mr. Arrogant on June 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

The republicans wouldn’t work to get McDaniel elected. They would want to see him defeated to prove a point.

The R party is not what it used to be, and not something I have any respect for anymore.

LilyBart on June 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

The real question is whether or not the GOP really wants the Senate majority. If so, they might put up some support for McDaniel just to ensure the seat stays red for majority purposes. If they really don’t (and I wouldn’t be surprised by that), then they might end up giving aid to the Dem behind the scenes.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Who needs Democrats fighting against conservatives when the R party is doing such a great job?

This is totally disgusting, but not surprising.

cat_owner on June 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Retire the Establishment fossil!

bluegill on June 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

then they might end up giving aid to the Dem behind the scenes.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

That’s what they did for McAwful in the VA gubernatorial race last year. They will do it again here. Almost guaranteed.

cat_owner on June 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Why put up a picture of Robert Byrd?

Judge_Dredd on June 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

LMFAO! Fossils.

/Hillary Clintoon – We’re ready for an eggstra special fossil with a tiara! She will save the USA.

Spit.

Key West Reader on June 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM

establishment Republicans and the NRSC, who’ve evidently decided that it’s more important to their prerogatives to beat the tea partier than it is to beat the left.

And that’s exactly the reason I voted for Brat this morning instead of Cantor.

BacaDog on June 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

What an embarrassment Cochran is for the GOP.

I hope McDaniel can survive the attacks and rid us of this old loon.

jake-the-goose on June 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

They, the old Establishment, are getting desperate and are running scared. The question is, when McDaniel wins, are they going to torpedo him and work to elect a Dem? Will they leave him with no support, running on his own. Or will they do what they keep telling the rest of us to do, “Hold you nose and vote GOP?”

Tinker on June 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

So can I get a groundswell of support from KY conservatives that you all show up in November and vote massively for Grimes?

Cochran is going nuclear because McConnell and the NRSC are advising him to do so. McConnell is determined not to have another “Ted Cruz” join the Senate.

So please, conservatives, let us RETIRE McConnell! This is WAR!!

TheRightMan on June 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Gloves off: Thad Cochran

You misspelled ‘Meds’.

faraway on June 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

And you are still too much of a coward to call him that to his face, Cochran? Still not debating McDaniels, right?

Red Widow on June 10, 2014 at 6:31 PM

This is going to keep happening until grassroots righties fight fire with fire and decide that some seats are worth losing in the name of making a point. And if/when you do and Beltway Republicans complain, tell them you learned that strategy from Thad Cochran.

AP

This is for all of you nutjobs who constantly bitch about Allah being a Chamberlain-esque Candy-Ass RINO. Take heed of clear thinking, written with attitude. This is war.

Jaibones on June 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Still not debating McDaniels, right?

Red Widow on June 10, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Is that true – has he refused to debate McDaniel?

jake-the-goose on June 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Thad..eat your creamed corn and go back to sleep.

elvisdaisy on June 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

So can I get a groundswell of support from KY conservatives that you all show up in November and vote massively for Grimes?

Cochran is going nuclear because McConnell and the NRSC are advising him to do so. McConnell is determined not to have another “Ted Cruz” join the Senate.

So please, conservatives, let us RETIRE McConnell! This is WAR!!

TheRightMan on June 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Hmmmm.

Retain Harry Reid as majority leader
————– or —————-
make Mitchy-poo majority leader

What is the lesser of two evils in that?

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

This guy is going down with no integrity.

Brietbart may want to conduct an investigation into the finances of this blood sucking politician and his ilk.

So sick of this.

THERE SHOULD BE NO LIFETIME PENSIONS FOR ANY POLITICIAN. Talk about a golden parachute into LobbyLand. Eff that sh(t.

Just sayin’.

Key West Reader on June 10, 2014 at 6:35 PM

TheRightMan on June 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Funny, the only time you comment here is to encourage for people to vote for Grimes….

Barred on June 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Is that true – has he refused to debate McDaniel?

jake-the-goose on June 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Yep.

Red Widow on June 10, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Oh, Thad Cochran will have all his answers after his full finances are exposed, along with his ownership in certain STOCKS and BONDS, as well as his padded pockets.

/And you thought he still had a booty .

Brietbart USA

Key West Reader on June 10, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Hmmmm.

Retain Harry Reid as majority leader
————– or —————-
make Mitchy-poo majority leader

What is the lesser of two evils in that?

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

In the immortal words of Hillary Clinton:

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Both Reid and McConnell are all stooges for Obama and Big Business. At least with Reid, we get to pin the blame on Democrats. With McConnell, Republicans get the blame despite it being the fault of inept leadership, and we lose the Senate again in 2016… because of a demoralized base.

TheRightMan on June 10, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Didn’t Cochran not originally want to run for re-election? He wanted to retire and did not feel he was up to another six years. Wasn’t it McConnell, Rove and cohorts that convinced him to run. They need a compliant Senator voting as he is told to rather than a Senator that might listen to the folks back home.

Tinker on June 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM

I wish KingGold & Meredith would show up to tell us that Cochrane & moderates like him are so great for the party and will eventually fall in behind the party’s choice.

portlandon on June 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM

I wish that Republican politicians — of all tendencies — could get as enthusiastic about campaigning against the Democrats as they are about campaigning against their fellow Republicans.

J.S.K. on June 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Retain Harry Reid as majority leader
————– or —————-
make Mitchy-poo majority leader

What is the lesser of two evils in that?

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

There is no evidence that that would be the choice. Republicans would just have to make up the loss of McConnells seat somewhere else. And if they did that, they would get rid of Reid AND McConnell.

Red Widow on June 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Either he wins the runoff or he prefers to see the Democrat win the general.

Because Political Class Republicans have more in common with Democrats than the TEA Party folks and their own conservative base, enemies who threaten to derail the gravy train the right and left wings of the Political Class fight to control.

“… as Matt Lewis rightly notes, this rhetoric is aimed squarely at Democratic and independent voters whom Cochran’s trying to lure into voting in the runoff.”

In political circles, appealing to the “other side” to cross over and vote in your primary is a major breach of etiquette. No one should be surprised at the tactics of this fight going forward.

Political Class Republicans are under siege and realize they can’t afford a loss that motivates the TEA Party/Conservative base. This was bound to deteriorate into total war, whether McDaniel triggered it or not.

novaculus on June 10, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Where’s joana to tell us that No True Republican would sandbag a fellow right-winger and only crazy TruCons would do something so reckless and contra to party interests?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 10, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Btw Allah: Autostart! Hate it, hate it, hate it!

Red Widow on June 10, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Exhibit # 2,538: The GOP Moderates fight harder & dirtier against Conservatives than they do against liberals who destroy our country.

portlandon on June 10, 2014 at 6:44 PM

old Cochran looks like the walking dead. he is the reason we need term limits

burserker on June 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

There is no evidence that that would be the choice. Republicans would just have to make up the loss of McConnells seat somewhere else. And if they did that, they would get rid of Reid AND McConnell.

Red Widow on June 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Oh, so now I’m supposed to get excited for Cornyn, Graham or McCain as majority leader?

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Red Widow on June 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM

They will be lucky to get control without losing seats they already hold.

Barred on June 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Why do we need Thad Cochran?

Why do we need a Congress?

We have Agencies, the Administration and Kim Kardashian and the media to tell us how to live and what to think about.

And now we’ll have a bunch more great new neighbors from Mejico living next door.

Viva whatever!

PappyD61 on June 10, 2014 at 6:46 PM

It’s a kamikaze action by establishment Republicans and the NRSC, who’ve evidently decided that it’s more important to their prerogatives to beat the tea partier than it is to beat the left. Which isn’t a crazy conclusion: If you make it impossible for tea-party candidates to win a general election, even at the expense of electing a Democrat instead, eventually some grassroots conservatives will give up and come back to supporting establishment candidates purely in the interest of putting Republicans back in power again. It’s tea partiers who are forever under suspicion of going third-party and handing seats to Democrats, but that’s basically what Cochran’s doing here. Either he wins the runoff or he prefers to see the Democrat win the general. After all, having concluded that McDaniel’s “dangerous,” realistically he can’t turn around and endorse him after the runoff, right?

Wouldn’t be the first time (see Indiana 2012).

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 6:48 PM

What say you, RINO apologists (aka KingGold, MJBrutus, joana, Meredith, rockmom, illinidiva, etc.)?

Looks like Luger redux.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

They approve.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Funny, the only time you comment here is to encourage for people to vote for Grimes….

Barred on June 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Call me a one-trick pony, if that make you happy.

I am on a warpath with the GOP Establishment. Until conservatives recognize that the GOP Establishment has become the PRIMARY enemy, we will not win the war!

The GOP Establishment is determined to “crush” all conservative opposition and create a Big Govt. fraternity with Democrats.

To that end, Democrats gladly vote for Murkowski even when she lost her primary against Joe Miller. The GOP Establishment paid back that favor by throwing their support (stealthily, of course) behind McAuliffe rather than push Cuccinelli to victory.

The list goes on… Charlie Crist, Arlen Specter, Mike Castle,… Establishment candidates who refused to support conservatives even when they lost their primaries.

So why should we support them this year?

TheRightMan on June 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

It just struck me. Maybe the Establishment wants Thad to win, then he resigns a few months into 2015 citing his health. They can then get a younger, compliant person appointed Senator.

Tinker on June 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

********** ITS PRIMARY NIGHT PEEPS/PEEPETTES *******************:)

2014 U.S. ELECTION CALENDAR

JUNE 10, 2014:

Arkansas – Primary Run-Off Election
Connecticut – Filing Deadline (Major Parties)
Maine – Primary Election
Nevada – Primary Election
North Dakota – Primary Election
South Carolina – Primary Election
Virginia – Primary Elections

http://www.politics1.com/calendar.htm

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

This is going to keep happening until grassroots righties fight fire with fire and decide that some seats are worth losing in the name of making a point.

A Senate seat in a normally-red state like Mississippi is NOT worth losing in order to make a point!!! It’s too difficult to win seats from Democrats in purple states to throw one away in Mississippi.

Republicans of any stripes should not be bashing each other during a primary! Cochran and McDaniel should each be telling voters why he would be a better Senator, and let the VOTERS decide which is better. Then, after the runoff is decided, the loser needs to back the winner in the general election.

Whether you like Cochran or McDaniel better than the other, either of them is better than a Democrat. How many of you “grassroots righties” want Harry Reid to keep his gavel in 2015? If you do, keep on fighting–Dirty Harry is laughing!

Steve Z on June 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

“It’s a kamikaze action by establishment Republicans and the NRSC, who’ve evidently decided that it’s more important to their prerogatives to beat the tea partier than it is to beat the left.”

Umm, pretty sure it’s been the Tea Party for 4 years deciding its more important to attack Republicans than to go after the left.

*puts on armor for impending attacks*

Xanatos90 on June 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Which, of course, explains why you and your kind supported Dingy Harry over Angle in 2010, Donnelly over Mourdock in 2012, Feingold over Michels in 2004,… (need I go on?).

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 6:52 PM

…what’s he choking on?

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Hmmmmmmmmm, ………:

Did a Desperate Senator Thad Cochran Sacrifice his Wife to Gain in the Polls?

Published on May 19, 2014

As TPNN’s “The Capitol Hill Show with Tim Constantine” began it’s second hour today, host Tim Constantine was clearly agitated about something. New revelations in the case of Senator Thad Cochran’s nursing home bound wife, and the “activist” who was taking pictures of her in her hospital room may point to a disgraceful ploy that seems all too clear…and it was potentially orchestrated by Senator Cochran’s team.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxYl7ar4raM

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

They, the old Establishment, are getting desperate and are running scared. The question is, when McDaniel wins, are they going to torpedo him and work to elect a Dem? Will they leave him with no support, running on his own. Or will they do what they keep telling the rest of us to do, “Hold you nose and vote GOP?”

Tinker on June 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Before 2010, I would have said door number 2. Now, there is a 50-50 shot they’ll actively torpedo McDaniel, with a not-insignificant chance they’ll actively campaign for the Rat.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

It’s a kamikaze action by establishment Republicans and the NRSC, who’ve evidently decided that it’s more important to their prerogatives to beat the tea partier than it is to beat the left.


What Left?
The GOPe is accepting Obama’s “Open Border” policy when Paul Ryan is pursuing an “immigration deal” only 36% of Latinos see as important; like every other demographic group their priority is JOBS.

Which isn’t a crazy conclusion: If you make it impossible for tea-party candidates to win a general election, even at the expense of electing a Democrat instead,

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We have never seen so wide a gap between D.C.’s elites and the rest of the country constantly ignored by their propagandists in the Kneepad media. The tea party movement is pushing for accountability; that “old fashioned” idea exorcised from D.C. when the SCOAMF took office.

eventually some grassroots conservatives will give up and come back to supporting establishment candidates purely in the interest of putting Republicans back in power again.

I was wrong.


Rinse and repeat.
You are wrong again on this one. “Immigration reform” is NOT about getting low paying labor.

It IS about importing voters used to political corruption with very low expectations of ever seeing anything else.

It’s tea partiers who are forever under suspicion of going third-party and handing seats to Democrats, but that’s basically what Cochran’s doing here.


The tea partiers of today are equivalent to the communists and McCarthy.

They are the convenient distraction from the fact NO ONE in D.C. WANTS to fix what is wrong.

PolAgnostic on June 10, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Dang. Those establishment Republicans would prefer a Democrat to a Tea Party Republican?

BigAlSouth on June 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

That’s the understatement of the day:-)

bluefox on June 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM

The problem is that the Beltway Insiders are the ones that have PROVEN they are the ones that work to defeat the fellow Rep that beat them in the primary. Not the other way around. All they care about is preserving their “phony, baloney, jobs”, their perks and more important their power.

Tinker on June 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Why should anyone vote for Cochran even if he wins the runoff? He himself has admitted to supporting Obamacare.

That is a non-negotiable issue for me. I will NOT vote for anyone who will not vote to repeal Obamacare.

WannabeAnglican on June 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Oh, so now I’m supposed to get excited for Cornyn, Graham or McCain as majority leader?

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

If thats what your crystal ball is telling you… well, I guess…

Red Widow on June 10, 2014 at 7:04 PM

On a semi-related topic, I do have a ready-made excuse to not vote for Pablo Ryan in his primary against Segway Boy – I have to keep a bona-fide DINO as Milwaukee County sheriff, and I can’t split my primary vote.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Screw you “establishment” leaning Republicans. All you do is tell the Cons to sit down and shut up. Until you’re threatened. Then the gloves are off.

Practice what you preach, jackwagons.

Buck Farky on June 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Feel sorry for him? Are you kidding?! This guy’s senility isn’t benign. He — and others like him in Congress — are doing real damage. Heck, it isn’t a stretch to say that their failure to take the fight to Zero has cost — at the least — more than a few retired veterans their lives. No. I won’t feel sorry for him. He is everything that is wrong with this country, the Congress, and what is supposed to be an opposition party to the DANGEROUS EXTREMISM that is the American democrat party, a dangerous extremism men like Cochran can never seem to recognize. Shame on him, and shame on any GOPer who supports him.

Rational Thought on June 10, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Nothing new. Lugar did same thing. Time to stop voting for the GOP unless they actually represent you. If they don’t, they view of your enemy. About time we did the same.

besser tot als rot on June 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Umm, pretty sure it’s been the Tea Party for 4 years deciding its more important to attack Republicans than to go after the left.

*puts on armor for impending attacks*

Xanatos90 on June 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Take off the armor. It’s just holding the stupid in.

besser tot als rot on June 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Oh, so now I’m supposed to get excited for Cornyn, Graham or McCain as majority leader?

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

One at a time, bubba. One at a time. Knock off McConnell and then whittle away at the other big government statist extremists.

besser tot als rot on June 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

It’s tea partiers who are forever under suspicion of going third-party and handing seats to Democrats, but that’s basically what Cochran’s doing here.

Every time I see that claim, I remember the saying, “The dark night of fascism is always descending upon America, and landing in Europe.”

You always hear the talk about the conservatives threatening to go third party, but somehow it’s always the Rockefeller Republicans.

When Reagan won the Republican nomination, who was the third party candidate? John Anderson, a “moderate” Republican.

We’ve seen over and over again that establishment Republicans tell conservatives they have a duty to support whoever is the Republican candidate, but when their guy loses, that argument goes by the way side.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Cochran was asked about the Affordable Care Act, which is wildly unpopular among Mississippi Republicans. He responded, “I think we need to monitor any federal programs that provide services and assistance to people who need help, and this is an example of an important effort by the federal government to help make health care available, accessible, and affordable.”

That statement reveals who he’s trying to appeal to at this point. I guarantee “support Obamacare” is not a winning argument in a Mississippi Republican primary.

I think he’s going to find out that the number of votes he gets from Democrats and independents is going to be overwhelmed by the number of Republican who walk away from him and vote for McDaniel.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Umm, pretty sure it’s been the Tea Party for 4 years deciding its more important to attack Republicans than to go after the left.

*puts on armor for impending attacks*

Xanatos90 on June 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Take off the armor. It’s just holding the stupid in.

besser tot als rot on June 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM

No, no. Keep it on. We don’t want it leaking out.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Cantor on life support

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

And? Is anyone actually surprised?

They did this against Miller in Alaska.

Look at how the ran down O’Donnell as soon as she was nominated.

Look at how they refused to donate to Cuccinelli in Virginia who was down by only single-digits, and wasted money on Christie who was up by double-digits.

Look at how Lugar refused to support Murdock.

Look at how Crist refused to support Rubio.

This happens all the dang time and the shills on this site refuse to acknowledge it. All this talk about fighting the left, THE REPUBLICANS ARE THE LEFT NOW!!!! The only difference between them and the D’s is that with them in charge, we’ll go off the cliff at 95mph instead of 100mph.

Yeah, but continue to support Republicans you lemmings.

topdawg on June 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Levin just reported that in VA, Brat is leading. With 51.2% of vote in 55.6 Brat 44.4% for Cantor.. Hope it holds!!!! Come on Virginia, you can do this!!!

bluefox on June 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

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