Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on June 25, 2014 by Allahpundit

“We had a dream and the dream is still with us,” said McDaniel to an increasingly vocal crowd, telling them that the fight is not over. “Today the conservative movement took a backseat to liberal Democrats in Mississippi.”

The more than 200 supporters gathered in the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center were just as angry as McDaniel about the loss to Cochran, which virtually assures the 76-year-old an easy win toward a seventh term in the general election.

They cheered his defiance and chanted “Write Chris In!” as he took the stage and calling out “It’s not over Chris” and “We’re not going with Thad.”

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he Tea Party has been declared reborn, on life support, alive and well, and dead as a door nail – and that’s all been in the last three months.

But, in spite of scathing public disapproval of Washington and a flood of funding from conservative outside groups, it’s clear that Tea Party-backed insurgents aren’t packing the punch they once did against the GOP’s more pragmatic wing.

“Reports of their death were premature and reports of their resurgence are premature,” says Jennifer Duffy of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. “But it’s definitely fair to say they are diminished.”

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In Mississippi, challenger Chris McDaniel failed to dethrone six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran in the second round of their hard-fought contest. In Oklahoma, Representative James Lankford won by a massive margin over conservative favorite T.W. Shannon. The Tea Party industrial complex—groups like the Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks, figures like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz—invested heavily in both races and came up short. Now both of these red states will almost assuredly send Republican senators to Washington who owe the national Tea Party nothing, and quite likely wish it ill.

Wasn’t the Tea Party supposed to have come roaring back after then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Virginia primary a couple of weeks ago? Conservatives hoped Cantor’s toppling was a sign that there was more pent-up anti-incumbent sentiment than previously thought. But at this point, Cantor seems more an aberration than a portent. Part of the reason no one saw his defeat coming was that it cut so starkly against this trend.

In state after state this Republican primary season—particularly in Senate races—candidates acceptable to the party’s business wing have defeated, co-opted, or marginalized right-wing populists.

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Establishment-aligned groups have already spent some $23 million on independent expenditures propping up favored House and Senate candidates in contentious primaries, according to a POLITICO review of Federal Election Commission records. In comparison, that’s the same sum of money that Republican nominees raised and spent in the 2012 North Dakota, Indiana and Nevada Senate races combined — three of the most competitive campaigns fought that year.

The scope of the effort to suppress activist-backed candidates has been broader and costlier than is widely understood, covering at least 20 House and Senate primaries from North Carolina to California, and from coastal Mississippi to the outer tip of Long Island. The loose coalition of establishment forces encompasses two dozen advocacy groups, industry associations and super PACs that have raised and spent millions on behalf of Washington’s chosen candidates.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan said the “quote ‘establishment’” had successfully divided up the primary map this year to avoid duplicating each others’ efforts. Eventually, Duncan said, outside groups on the right may realize that they’re better off working with the national party than raging against it. Indeed, in many cases this year, national party favorites have tacked well to the right to win their primaries.

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The head of tea party group said Wednesday that state Sen. Chris McDaniel should wage a write-in campaign in the November election after losing to Sen. Thad Cochran in a nasty Mississippi primary race.

Judson Phillips, the vocal leader of Tea Party Nation, an online group that backed Mr. McDaniel in the race, said that Mr. Cochran and his allies made it abundantly clear in the contest that the “RINO wing” of the Republican party will do whatever it can to stay in power — in this case by reaching out to Democrats.

“When the Republican Establishment acts like Democrats, what is the point of supporting them?” Mr. Phillips said in an early morning email blast. “The answer is, we don’t have to.”

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The problem for those who call themselves Republicans is that it is harder and harder to say exactly what a Republican is these days. The great lesson from Mississippi is that Republican means, more or less, that if elected the party will reward its major donors, who are just different than the Democrats’ major donors. Policy differences are about different donors, not an actual agenda to shift the country in a different direction.

The Republicans have become the party of lobbyists, most of whom were on twitter celebrating their purchase.

Mississippi is a crystalizing election in that sense. Cochran is, for all intents and purposes, a marionette. His strings are pulled by staffers and lobbyists. They drop him onto the stage of the Senate and pull up a string to raise his hand. These puppeteers are so invested in keeping their gravy train going that they will, while claiming to be Republicans, flood a Republican primary with Obama voters to ensure their gravy train continues…

But this becomes a longer term problem for the Republican Party. Its core activists hate its leadership more and more. But its leadership are dependent more and more on large check writers to keep their power. Those large check writers are further and further removed from the interests of both the base of the party and Main Street. So to keep power, the GOP focuses more and more on a smaller and smaller band of puppeteers to keep their marionettes upright. At some point there will be more people with knives out to cut the strings than there will be puppeteers with checkbooks. And at some point those people with knives become more intent on cutting the strings than taking the place of the marionettes.

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Via MFP.

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“If Republicans are gonna act like Democrats, then what’s the use?”


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non-nonpartisan on June 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

I read her words twice…
where did she say she was a Cochran voter now??
where did she say what he did was to be respected??
please point that out

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 4:56 PM

it is numbers…
one man got more…

how he got them
and if it was fair isn’t the topic…
that is a whole other deal…
fact is..he got them…

where were the other 390,000 other voters that
showed up in 2008 and took Tuesday off..??
they bear no responsibility??

do you cry at half time because the other teams big guy
stepped on your toe and the ref didn’t call it??

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

This is complete idiocy. You’ve sided with the GOPe, my enemy. I don’t consider you a friend.

non-nonpartisan on June 26, 2014 at 4:56 PM

you are wrong…

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

anger has blinded your view

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM

and..you can not show me where I said
I was for Mississippi style voters or voting..

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

you are wrong…

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

That’s what Cochran and Barbour would say, too. =)

anger has blinded your view

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM

You’ve cast your lot with the cheating GOPe. News for you: blaming me for my justifiable reaction won’t be bringing us closer together lol

non-nonpartisan on June 26, 2014 at 5:05 PM

non-non …
stop
show me where…
ANYWHERE
I said any of that.??

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

the answer is…you can not show me where I said any of that
because it just DID NOT HAPPEN…

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I believe I called it “low down politics”…

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 5:11 PM

I also said we learned the other side doesn’t play Marquess of Queensberry rules

does that sound like I support it??

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Do you not understand what you yourself type? lol

it is numbers…
one man got more…

how he got them
and if it was fair isn’t the topic…
that is a whole other deal…
fact is..he got them…

where were the other 390,000 other voters that
showed up in 2008 and took Tuesday off..??
they bear no responsibility??

do you cry at half time because the other teams big guy
stepped on your toe and the ref didn’t call it??

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

You have taken the GOPe position. We are not on the same side. I’m not going to argue with you about it.

non-nonpartisan on June 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

perhaps you could try and understand what it was …
I actually said..

we have work to do as this is
not going to be a weekender..
changing fat dumb and lazy wont be easy..
we gained 184,000 tea party voters in Miss in less that 6 years..!!
you cant rapid prototype well informed voters…..

anything wrong with any of that??

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

non-nonpartisan on June 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

yes I understand what I typed..
also I am sure…you did not understand it..

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

perhaps you could try and understand what it was …
I actually said..

we have work to do as this is
not going to be a weekender..

anything wrong with any of that??

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Yes. We in the grassroots should not and will not work with the GOPe anymore, who are the equivalent of rapists telling their victims to get over it. Anyone who attacks us for saying this is my enemy.

I have said all I want. Have a good day.

non-nonpartisan on June 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

non-nonpartisan on June 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

you highlighted the “if it was fair isn’t the topic…”
have you ever heard of a fair election that involved Barbour??
you expected fair??.
in politics??
really??..

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I have said all I want. Have a good day.

non-nonpartisan on June 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

thank you for yelling at me about
something I never thought…never said and never posted…

I am sorry I didn’t state my position to your approval
or maybe your too angry to see that..

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I’ll add one last comment. I do not understand why you interpret any of what I said as “yelling.” That’s just bizarre, almost creepy.

non-nonpartisan on June 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I don’t consider you a friend.

non-nonpartisan on June 26, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I’ll put you down as a maybe for the holidays…
we are saying 99.9% the same thing…slightly differently..
I was looking at the numbers with a logical view..
you more looking with a ton of passion and anger..

I am not thrilled with the way Miss went down either…

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 5:49 PM

maybe this just sounded like yelling …
is this your friendly side??

“There is nothing to argue about anymore. The debate is over-if you side with the GOPe, you’re an enemy of grassroots conservatives. And we in the grassroots see this clearly, very clearly.”

“Complete bullsh!t.”

“If you can’t why this comment of hers is braindead, offensive, and utterly inexcusable, I don’t believe I could ever explain it to you.”

“You’ve sided with the GOPe, my enemy. I don’t consider you a friend.”

“You’ve cast your lot with the cheating GOPe.”

“You have taken the GOPe position.”

“Anyone who attacks us for saying this is my enemy.”

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 5:56 PM

does this sound like I support or approve of the GOPe??..

our guy got thrown out trying to take second base in the 3rd inning..
this game aint over..
get up..
dust yourselves off..
what did we just learn??
the pitcher has a wicked move off the mound
and the catcher has a rocket for an arm..
the other side doesn’t play Marquess of Queensberry rules..
we came within 4000 votes from shocking the system
for the second time in as many weeks…

now get your gloves and take the field..
there’s plenty of game left here..

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

the numbers say you need 60million some
tea party limited government votes..
to win the WH…
currently we do not have them…
Mississippi showed us you need 200,000 some
tea party limited government votes to win the Senate seat..
currently Mississippi does not have them…

when I went to the Taxpayer
March on Washington on September 12, 2009
we had no candidates..
by 2010 we had a few candidates..
by the time 2012 came we won some smaller races..
and now in 2014 we talking senate races…
and 4000 votes from a runoff win..
in less than 5 years we are talking Senate races..
well informed voters take time…

I am sorry, I seem to be having a hard time explaining that..

going2mars on June 26, 2014 at 6:38 PM

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