Outside groups spent $23 million to crush the tea party in GOP primaries this year

posted at 4:01 pm on June 26, 2014 by Allahpundit

I mentioned this in the immigration post but it deserves more attention. To be clear, the $23 million here is on top of the cash spent by each GOP incumbent’s own campaign. It doesn’t include a dime of what, say, Mitch McConnell’s operation dropped to defend his seat. This is crony money, showered on establishment candidates to make sure the gravy train keeps running.

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 one another’s efforts…

Nearly a third of the establishment money has come from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The business lobby’s spending in this year’s toughest primaries has about equaled the $7 million that the conservative Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund have spent together on the most fractious elections — excluding races, like the Senate campaigns in Arkansas and Alaska, where there’s been no meaningful clash between establishment-sanctioned outside groups and the activist right.

Among other big establishment spenders: Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, the National Association of Realtors, and the Main Street Partnership, which vowed months ago to “beat the snot” out of conservatives in primaries and which used to be called the “Republican Main Street Partnership” before it dropped the troublesome “Republican” part. (The NRA also kicked in some money for Thad Cochran, do note.) What’s galling about this isn’t the amount spent or the fact that centrists would rise to meet a challenge from the right on ideological terms. The Club for Growth spends boatloads of money on elections too, after all. What’s galling, especially in the Cochran/McDaniel race, is the sense of how transactional the incumbent’s relationship with his money men is. That’s the real lesson from Mississippi, writes Jay Cost. There was nothing particularly ideological driving Cochran or the Mississippi GOP establishment. This was business. As always, as always, Republicans present themselves as one thing and then behave as something else:

Cochran is a classic example of the disconnect. He has been in the Senate for nearly forty years. To what lasting conservative triumph is his name attached? I cannot think of any, nor can I think of any fight against the liberal agenda in which he was a crucial ally. Instead, his claim to fame – as he proudly advertised during the campaign – was leveraging his seniority to steer government largesse to Mississippi…

His purpose is to perpetuate what Theodore Lowi once called “interest group liberalism.” He is the modern equivalent of the Gilded Age spoilsman; he parcels federal resources to well-placed factions that, in turn, help secure his reelection. This runs directly contrary to what the Republican party promises to do.

The problem for the Republican party writ large is that the Cochran-type does not seem like an outlier. People do not see the GOP as a party out to make the government “smaller and smarter,” to “celebrate success, entrepreneurship, and innovation.” They certainly do not see think it is trying to “lift up the middle class.” They see a party that perpetuates and expands government as it suits them, often to the benefit of the well-heeled interest groups that have descended upon the nation’s capital.

Cost is quoting there from the preamble to the GOP’s 2012 platform. Republicans blather on endlessly about small government, free markets, and competition, and then they go to the mat for a guy like Cochran who embodies the sort of “clientelism” for which conservatives typically despise Democrats. Honestly. as angry as righties are that Cochran won a GOP primary with Democratic votes, it’s a poetic finish to the race: His first loyalty is to his cronies, after all, not to a party. That’s why the Barbourites who rule Mississippi’s Republican Party wanted him to run again, even though it was often painfully clear on the trail (especially before the runoff) that Cochran’s heart really wasn’t in serving another term. A Twitter buddy speculated on Tuesday night that he’ll end up retiring next year, once his seat’s safely won, and then some other Barbourite — perhaps Haley’s own nephew — will be appointed to replace him. That would be poetic too. Establishment groups didn’t go all in for Cochran because they thought the U.S. Senate simply can’t afford to lose ol’ Thad. They went all in because they want Cochran’s client base to control the seat. What do they care if it’s him or some replacement from that base that actually casts their vote?

For more on all this, read Erick Erickson’s post from yesterday about the party of lobbyists and the marionettes that dutifully do their bidding. Erick’s regarded as the consummate tea partier while I’m more of a candy-ass RINO, but I don’t see how anyone at either of those two poles or in between could fail to recognize the truth of that. It’s grotesque. And that’s why the challenges from the right will keep coming.

Update: Ace is angry too, for all the right reasons:

Apparently the parties have decided the great ideological struggle of our time is whether the new social services building shall be called the John Murtha Social Wellness Center or the Thad Cochran Freedom & Independence Pavilion.

This is inevitable. And the solution is as inevitable as well. The professional political class must be displaced in favor of an amateur political class, which — for its first several years, at least — will in fact be more interested in revolution than racket.

As I’ve written several times, amateurs have their own weaknesses. But this process of renewal — the replacement of old, complacent, self-interested spirits with fresh ones — is vital.

Without it, a movement dies.

Are we dead already?


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We can get rid of Harry Reid and punish the GOP establishment at the same time. They’re not mutually exclusive goals.

Iblis on June 26, 2014 at 4:05 PM

We’re Bernie’s Party, and we’re spending more than a weekend.

cbenoistd on June 26, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Without it, a movement dies.

I think the GOP has been having some movements in the hall.

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

So what to do, Allah? You are a “candy-Ass RINO” as you put it…. though I might disagree. Of the editors here, you are, in fact, the most anti-establishment. Which is, in its own way, sad. You would think that Ed, the Catholic, would be more in line with the Tea Party than you, the espoused atheist.

Cochran showed that there is the Progressives, the establishment, and the rest of us. Any party willing to call its most dedicated members racists and appeal to the other side has lost its mooring’s completely.

If the Republican party cannot stand it’s own platform, how are they in any way Republican?

Vanceone on June 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Are we dead already?

kindda sorta yup !
:(

burrata on June 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

sic transit gloria mundi.

celtic warrior on June 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Are we dead already?

I’ve never feared the demise of the Tea Party movement for one simple reason. Because under no circumstances do I see any of us just succumbing to the will of the Republican establishment and their cronies. We either defeat these sellouts in the GOP or we pack our bags and set up shop in a third party. Either way, the Republican Party as it’s currently constituted is living on borrowed time.

Doughboy on June 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

This gets to the heart of the Establishment vs Tea Party fight. It’s not about purity. We want people that work for us. Not their portion of the lobbyist/crony class. There is a populist fire burning in the heartland and they don’t even see the smoke.

dforston on June 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Apparently the parties have decided the great ideological struggle of our time is whether the new social services building shall be called the John Murtha Social Wellness Center or the Thad Cochran Freedom & Independence Pavilion.

Just brilliant distillation by Ace. Seriously, virtuoso.

Anyway, Re: $23 million in anti-Tea Party spending — in the Super PAC era, $23 million is easier to raise than it used to be. And, ultimately, the Tom Donahue and the US Chamber of Commerce is bankrolling most of it, through one channel or another.

Robert_Paulson on June 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

If the Republican party cannot stand it’s own platform, how are they in any way Republican?

Vanceone on June 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Can anyone even tell me what the Republican Party platform is anymore? I never hear it articulated by the so-called leaders of the party. And they sure as hell don’t adhere to any conservative principles.

Doughboy on June 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Rand Paul: ‘I’m doing everything I can to help the GOPe, and my boyfriend Mitch “CRUSH” the Tea Party! VOTE FOR ME!’

Pork-Chop on June 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

The Vichy Republicans are not just focusing on beating the conservatives. They are fighting against the interests of the people. We the people have fewer and fewer representavies.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I hope McDaniel runs a strong write-in campaign. He already knows he can get more Republican votes, perhaps other Republicans will be upset about the way the outsiders came in and ran COchran’s campaign. If he loses, so what, at least the establishment Republicans went down too. If they really want a fight, let them fight a 3rd party and see what they get then. Sooner or later the 3rd party will start winning elections then we’ll see what’s up.

bflat879 on June 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Time for the tea party to do a reverse Scozzafava/Lisa Murkdraskovskij and support the democrat or a write in .

the_nile on June 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM

I hope McDaniel runs a strong write-in campaign.

bflat879 on June 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Does the state law allow this?

joekenha on June 26, 2014 at 4:20 PM

So what to do, Allah? You are a “candy-Ass RINO” as you put it…. though I might disagree. Of the editors here, you are, in fact, the most anti-establishment. Which is, in its own way, sad. You would think that Ed, the Catholic, would be more in line with the Tea Party than you, the espoused atheist.

Vanceone on June 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Yup. Interesting paradox.

the_nile on June 26, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Every State needs to go to a closed primary systems like we have here in Kentucky, you wont need runoffs if you do that.

Johnnyreb on June 26, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I hope McDaniel runs a strong write-in campaign. He already knows he can get more Republican votes, perhaps other Republicans will be upset about the way the outsiders came in and ran COchran’s campaign. If he loses, so what, at least the establishment Republicans went down too. If they really want a fight, let them fight a 3rd party and see what they get then. Sooner or later the 3rd party will start winning elections then we’ll see what’s up.

bflat879 on June 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Yup.

the_nile on June 26, 2014 at 4:22 PM

FYI: More than $800,000 came from double-douche-bag mcconnell’s PAC to defeat McDaniel.

MicahStone on June 26, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Money won’t translate to votes for these people for long. Unless it’s to hire vote riggers. They’ll pay the Democrat grievance groups money to vote for the stabbies. That sort of thing. Their days are numbered.

Buddahpundit on June 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Are we dead already?

Oh HeII No! Just have to work a wee bit harder to displace these GOPe frauds. With all the GOPe had it still had to race bait. McDaniels should be proud. 49.4% against the party of R and the party of D is a great showing. No, patience and discipline are required. If you are strong in your convictions it can be fun. Meeting new people trying to awaken them to the horrors of too much government excess can be easier than one might think. Folks are starting to see it. See it in their everyday lives. Never give in, never give up! Ever Onward!

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Are we dead already?

The Tea Party is. That’s why it costs millions to defeat it.

/s

cs89 on June 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Vote democrat.

They’ll be in charge and eventually will have to take the blame for their policies.

The gop statists will be out of office.

Only then will the conservative calls for reasonable governance become a political movement with power enough to make a difference.

ROCnPhilly on June 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Tea Party is code for conservatives.

fight like a girl on June 26, 2014 at 4:25 PM

The fight against the GOPe is little more than a microcosm of the fight that needs to be waged by the people against those in government who believe the people exist to serve them as opposed to the other way around.

We also have to acknowledge that the odds / the process is stacked against us…and this is being done from the leadership of both political parties. Both sides have a contempt for the regular people, an arrogance and entitlement towards their position, and will employ the ‘ends justifies the means’ at any and all times in order to protect their positions, status, and access to wealth.

It’s really debatable if we are approaching, at, or past the tipping point….but to stop fighting, well, that only ensures a result.

Athos on June 26, 2014 at 4:25 PM

We the people have fewer and fewer representavies.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Yes, but more and more of we the people are becoming increasingly determined that this will not stand.

AZCoyote on June 26, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Money won’t translate to votes for these people for long. Unless it’s to hire vote riggers. They’ll pay the Democrat grievance groups money to vote for the stabbies. That sort of thing. Their days are numbered.

Buddahpundit on June 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

I think this like the IRS attack on the TEA party was a bipartisan effort from the two faced crony party.

the_nile on June 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Can anyone even tell me what the Republican Party platform is anymore? I never hear it articulated by the so-called leaders of the party. And they sure as hell don’t adhere to any conservative principles.

Doughboy on June 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Here:

2012 Republican Party Platform
August 27, 2012

It’s actually quite conservative. The problem is that the GOPe pays little attention to it.

BTW, that site, The American Presidency Project, is fascinating. Scads of texts of docs and speeches.

INC on June 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

What do they think – that if Romney was just MORE moderate he would have run? Or do they blame the public for not voting?

Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the intention of the founders that elected service would be a part time job as a sacrifice to the nation on top of their regular work?

Faramir on June 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

WWJD?

rogerb on June 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM

The backlash is growing. Makes me wonder if McDaniel finds enough illegal votes to overturn the thing will the GOP establishment just sit on its hands and let that happen? They might. Cochran’s opponent is now hell-bent to debate him. LOL. Cochran couldn’t debate a pet poodle. He won’t know where he is, or what the hell is going on, and he’ll spend the entire campaign ducking those debates. He’ll HAVE to. He’s essentially brain dead. If McDaniel gets it overturned, Childers’ calls for “multiple debates” will all of a sudden go right away.

Rational Thought on June 26, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Chochran will be 83 by the next election why throw money at a guy who is barely coherent?? We will get new blood in the party as the Dino’s die off.

sorrowen on June 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I’m happy that the centrists spent the money because McDaniel is a neo-Confederate. He would be a disaster as a candidate and would have lost the Republicans a couple of Senate seats. I do think that the Republican party needs a defining right-of-center message, but I also think that money needs to be spent to stop the Tea Party loons.

Illinidiva on June 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Win back the Senate first, then purge.

John the Libertarian on June 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

The actual money, well that’s free speech and their constitutional right. But the lies of the establishment, accusing the base of being racist with fliers and ads… those smears need to be countered strongly with our own free speech from now till November and beyond.

sauldalinsky on June 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

WWJD?

rogerb on June 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Find them an appropriate suite in Hell?

zoyclem on June 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Erick’s regarded as the consummate tea partier while I’m more of a candy-ass RINO, but I don’t see how anyone at either of those two poles or in between could fail to recognize the truth of that.

I’ve never looked at you this way in spite of disagreements I might have had with your work in 2011-2012. Some of your best work has been in the last year, and you’ve increasingly stood with conservatives on the really key issues.

Keep up the good fight, AP.

Doomberg on June 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

For the love of God and Country I beg everyone here that can to Vote for Mitch McConnell’s and John Boehner’s opponents. This party cannot win without us. We still get the senate and the house but send a real message. If we keep being their bitches we are just STUPID FOOLS. If you can’t stand voting for the democrat candidate (which if elected would do less to harm the conservative cause) then just STAY HOME!

jdsbengaltiger on June 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

I’m happy that the centrists spent the money because McDaniel is a neo-Confederate. He would be a disaster as a candidate and would have lost the Republicans a couple of Senate seats. I do think that the Republican party needs a defining right-of-center message, but I also think that money needs to be spent to stop the Tea Party loons.
Illinidiva on June 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM umm the chances of Dem winning in MS are about as likely as the Big Bang thoery….

sorrowen on June 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Please don’t stay home in November! If there is no viable third party candidate, vote for the Democrat. Our priorities must be to remove the GOPe knife from our backs before we go after the commiecrats.
The GOPe is not going to learn anything. They truly are just as criminal as the Dems.
It’s we the people vs the takers and the facilitators. We are not outnumbered, just outspent.

Capt Blasto on June 26, 2014 at 4:38 PM

I
Am
So
Pissed!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 26, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Whats the difference between the tea party and the est republicans on jobs and free trade. I don’t see enough difference to care who wins between the 2 competing factions. Just some minor differences in the deficits, important but won’t put potatoes on the table.

cimbri on June 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

The Ted Cruz “filibuster” last year was an eye-opener for me. Those who voted with Ted Cruz had a CHANCE of being more concerned for America than his or her own self-interests. But when you look at the reasons given for why certain GOP members of the Senate voted with Cruz, you heard things like “Big Tent” and unity – very few said “Because this is what Americans want.”

There may only be a dozen folks in the Senate batting for the American people – and that might be an overestimate – everyone else is in in for selfish, greedy reasons, and nothing more.

Turtle317 on June 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

FLASH: Cruz To Holder: Appoint Special Prosecutor Or Face Impeachment

Now we’re talking.

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

WWJD?

rogerb on June 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Get really ticked off and throw out the money changers…

gracie on June 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

We also have to acknowledge that the odds / the process is stacked against us…and this is being done from the leadership of both political parties. Both sides have a contempt for the regular people, an arrogance and entitlement towards their position, and will employ the ‘ends justifies the means’ at any and all times in order to protect their positions, status, and access to wealth.

It’s really debatable if we are approaching, at, or past the tipping point….but to stop fighting, well, that only ensures a result.

Athos on June 26, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Very well put, Athos.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

I think this like the IRS attack on the TEA party was a bipartisan effort from the two faced crony party.

the_nile on June 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I’m no RINO fan, but there is zero evidence for this. Zero. It’s absurd on its face. As the executive Obama hardly needs GOP help to use the alphabets to go after his political enemies, as is perfectly obvious these last six years. What could the GOP even do for him that he couldn’t burn them on later?

Missy on June 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

This is why you donate to CANDIDATES and never to organizations. If you donate to candidates you support your money is going directly to do good. Donating to the party or most organizations and others are deciding where your money goes and taking some out of the till before it could do any good.

ConstantineXI on June 26, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Money is corrupt.

D-fusit on June 26, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Update: Ace is angry too, for all the right reasons:

OMG… Ace is Angry… The Republicans shall better hide from the anger and rage of Ace…

mnjg on June 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

he’ll end up retiring next year, once his seat’s safely won

Who says Cochran is going to win in November? McDaniels is challenging this. Even if his challenge fails, and Thad is on the ballot, Childers can win.

He just needs to get Thad on the debate stage.

cat_owner on June 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Please don’t stay home in November! If there is no viable third party candidate, vote for the Democrat. Our priorities must be to remove the GOPe knife from our backs before we go after the commiecrats.
The GOPe is not going to learn anything. They truly are just as criminal as the Dems.
It’s we the people vs the takers and the facilitators. We are not outnumbered, just outspent.

Capt Blasto on June 26, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Don’t vote for the party at all. Vote for the PERSON who seems to care about us and representative government instead of his or her own bank account.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I think this like the IRS attack on the TEA party was a bipartisan effort from the two faced crony party.

the_nile on June 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM

No kidding. Really?

tetriskid on June 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

He just needs to get Thad on the debate stage.

cat_owner on June 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I don’t think that will happen. Total losing proposition for Cochran.

Missy on June 26, 2014 at 4:44 PM

I might add that Cochran’s victory necessitates bloody Tea party primaries in 2016. I expect the “unity!” message would have greater appeal in 2016 when Hillary( or any other Democrat is running)

And that the Tea party would perhaps call a semi-truce in hopes of winning the white house. Now 2016 will be a ideological nuclear war, thanks to Haley Barbour calling all of us a racist so he can get his buttboy re-nominated in MS.

MWC_RS on June 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Cochran is about as coherent as were Teddy Kennedy and Senator KKK Byrd in their last years.

Maybe he will have a terminal stroke when the NAACP wants a bunch of favors from him for the runoff election win.

txdoc on June 26, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Rational Thought on June 26, 2014 at 4:33 PM

You are so right about the debates. Will see how McDaniel makes out, but if he doesn’t succeed, there could be a lot of support heading Childer’s way.

cat_owner on June 26, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Maybe he will have a terminal stroke when the NAACP wants a bunch of favors from him for the runoff election win.

txdoc on June 26, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Yes, power has a price doesn’t it?

Turtle317 on June 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I don’t think that will happen. Total losing proposition for Cochran.

Missy on June 26, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Of course it is, but Childers is smart to keep asking for debates. It’s harder to dodge them in a general election than primary.

cat_owner on June 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I think geographies are important. There’s no need for Federal largess in Northern California. But Mississippi? It’s hard for me to get too upset about a Republican trying to grab Federal dollars for his own in one of the poorest areas of the country.

bobs1196 on June 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I hope McDaniel runs a strong write-in campaign. He already knows he can get more Republican votes, perhaps other Republicans will be upset about the way the outsiders came in and ran COchran’s campaign. If he loses, so what, at least the establishment Republicans went down too. If they really want a fight, let them fight a 3rd party and see what they get then. Sooner or later the 3rd party will start winning elections then we’ll see what’s up.

bflat879 on June 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

McDaniel running a strong write-in campaign would be an absolutely stupid gesture, for which Harry Reid would be extremely thankful if he retained his gavel next year.

Even if Cochran won his primary with some crossover Democrat votes, those Democrat voters will vote Democrat in November. Mississippi’s electorate is 37% African-American, which probably gives the Democrat at least 34% of the vote before any white votes are cast. If Cochran runs against a Democrat in a two-way race, he will need about 75% of the white vote to win.

If McDaniel runs a write-in campaign, and siphons off about 20% or more of the vote away from Cochran, the Democrat could win in November with as little as 40% of the total vote. Since the first Republican primary was nearly tied, if McDaniel and Cochran split the non-Democrat vote evenly, the Democrat could still win with about 37 to 38%.

If Republicans want to DO anything in the Senate next year, they need at least 51 seats, meaning that 6 net pickups are needed. Giving a seat in Mississippi (of all places) to the Democrats would be absolutely suicidal to our cause–the battle for the Senate needs to be fought in other states.

Thad Cochran might not be the most conservative Republican, but he’s better than a Democrat, and Mississippians need to rally around him.

Steve Z on June 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I’d vote for Alan Greyson over Mitch all damn day. I’d vote for Charlie Rangel over Mitch all damn day. I’d vote for Pelosi over Mitch all damn day. I’d vote for any worthless commie they put up against Mitch all damn day. The GOP can burn to the ground.

SirGawain on June 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Of course it is, but Childers is smart to keep asking for debates. It’s harder to dodge them in a general election than primary.

cat_owner on June 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Yes, it is a smart move.

Missy on June 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Just to be clear, when Sean Hannity is saying ( vote third party!) you’ve jumped the flipping shark!

The National talk radio consensus is “Don’t vote for Cochran”
whether that’s Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin, or Sean Hannity ( who typically is a good party soldier)

And how enraged will gun owners be to find that Bloomberg spent half a million dollars on Cochran?

McDaniel was expected to beat Cochran because he had broad conservative support ( unlike Bevin and a bunch of others who only had a rump conservative support)

The majority of the Right Wing blogosphere is looking at Cochran with disgust. Along with Talk Radio. That should make Haley Barbour toss and turn at night.

MWC_RS on June 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Does the state law allow this?

joekenha on June 26, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Yes, you can’t stop a write-in campaign – unconstitutional. MS has a “sore loser” law, so he can’t be actually on the ballot as an independent.

Buck Farky on June 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Steve Z on June 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

MS Republicans typically win 77% of the white vote.
Its not that difficult actually.

MWC_RS on June 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I’m more of a candy-ass RINO

No you aren’t. Not sure I agree with Erickson being a tea partier though. He sides with the establishment in the end.

cat_owner on June 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Missy on June 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

It’s not absurd, Missy…the establishment’s disdain for the Tea Party that threatens them is one reason for the inertia in the R held House and Boehner’s foot dragging..he knows some of his boys in the House and others in the Senate may well have their own set of emails to FEC, DOJ, IRS, etc to explain.
McCain, McConnell, Levin, Schumer, Whitehouse all butt-sniffing buddies waging their own war in the Senate on the Tea Partiers. They are not cooperating with Obama…their doing it for themselves.
They all really really suck.
Can’t wait for LL to spill her beans if she gets immunity…then you’ll see.

gracie on June 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

For more on all this, read Erick Erickson’s post from yesterday about the party of lobbyists and the marionettes that dutifully do their bidding.

Please send a donation to Erik Erickson “true and pure conservative” group, he has his eye on a 2014 victory red corvette stingray… Let us make his dream come true…

mnjg on June 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Steve Z on June 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Hey Steve, according to Thad Cochran and Haley Barbour, you’re a racist. If you want to rally for that have at it. Me, I’ll be busy in November.

MWC_RS on June 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Please send a donation to Erik Erickson “true and pure conservative” group, he has his eye on a 2014 victory red corvette stingray… Let us make his dream come true…

mnjg on June 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Yes, unlike the true and pure Klansman Haley Barbour.

tetriskid on June 26, 2014 at 4:52 PM

No Reince Priebus around on the circuit. Think he knows what’s brewing?

Grace_is_sufficient on June 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

The majority of the Right Wing blogosphere is looking at Cochran with disgust. Along with Talk Radio. That should make Haley Barbour toss and turn at night.

MWC_RS on June 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Yeah I am sure he is shaking in his boots because of the rage and anger on the right wing blogosphere and talk radio… They were never angry before at the Republican party, it is a totally new phenomenon…

mnjg on June 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

And so we are told that we must still vote for the McCains, Cochrans, Grahams, Moran, Alexander, Roberts, Hatch, et al because they are not democrats. They say conservative things to please us and lie their hearts out about their true intentions until after the election. In fact they are worse than the establishment leftists.

Cantor’s former chief of staff supported McAulife here in Va over Ken Cucinelli and the GOP did little to help a conservative win the governor’s race. They worked behind scenes to defeat Cruz and are assailing Mike Lee daily in an effort to undermine his ability to get things done. They ridicule conservative values and the are deeply cynical about us, our ideals, our beliefs. They will do the same in the future–work against conservatives. So explain to me again why we must vote for this class of establishment losers over the other class of establishment losers. This is an existential battle for the life of the country, and these establishment republicrats are whistling past the graveyard lining their pockets.

The rovians, barber-arians, and bushies can go play politics without us.

cthemfly on June 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM

umm the chances of Dem winning in MS are about as likely as the Big Bang thoery….

sorrowen on June 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Except that a lot of people believe the Big Bang Theory, and if enough conservatives stay home to “punish” Cochran, a Democrat could win in MS.

Harry Reid remaining Majority Leader after November is probably more dangerous than the Big Bang.

Steve Z on June 26, 2014 at 4:55 PM

mnjg on June 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Does anybody really have a doubt that there is a difference between Obama and your side anymore?

Stealing and paying for votes? Race baiting?

Terrible.

tetriskid on June 26, 2014 at 4:55 PM

$23 million. Chump change. Check out this figure for the IRS IT.

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Nick Egoroff ‏@NickEgoroff 7m

Not only is Chris McDaniel NOT conceding to Thad Cochran, he just told Mark Levin he will contest the whole election! http://j.mp/1mzfneU

Good.

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

I agree that conservatives should vote for the democrat in the general over Cochran if there is no other recourse for McDaniel. If Cochran wins, this strategy will be rolled out again when needed. The establishment went nuclear and the base needs to respond in kind. Only the very real threat of mutually assured destruction will keep the establishment from playing this crap as a trump card. It’ll suck if the cost of this is the senate majority but the risk is worth it. Screw em.

Hobo with a laptop on June 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

If Republicans want to DO anything in the Senate next year, they need at least 51 seats, meaning that 6 net pickups are needed. Giving a seat in Mississippi (of all places) to the Democrats would be absolutely suicidal to our cause–the battle for the Senate needs to be fought in other states.

What exactly do you think Republicans will “do” with the Senate next year, other than whine about needing the presidency to do anything?

Thad Cochran might not be the most conservative Republican, but he’s better than a Democrat, and Mississippians need to rally around him.

Steve Z on June 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Given that the Democrats essentially voted him through the primary, I find this assertion highly questionable. In what way would Cochran “be better?”

There’s sort of a blanket mentality that no matter how horrible the GOP gets, the Democrats are always worse so therefore we must always vote GOP. I think this mentality needs to be broken if we’re to reform the party successfully – it’s practically batter wife syndrome. If the GOP is allowed to collaborate with Democrats to demolish conservative candidates, they will win every time and become a Democrat-controlled subsidiary. They already practically are.

Doomberg on June 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

mnjg on June 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Funny, he’s never asked me for money.
He did link to travis childer’s site though.

MWC_RS on June 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Thad Cochran might not be the most conservative Republican, but he’s better than a Democrat, and Mississippians need to rally around him.

Steve Z on June 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

LOL FORGET IT

SirGawain on June 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM

the_nile on June 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM

+ 17 trillion.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

I agree that conservatives should vote for the democrat in the general over Cochran if there is no other recourse for McDaniel. If Cochran wins, this strategy will be rolled out again when needed. The establishment went nuclear and the base needs to respond in kind. Only the very real threat of mutually assured destruction will keep the establishment from playing this crap as a trump card. It’ll suck if the cost of this is the senate majority but the risk is worth it. Screw em.

Hobo with a laptop on June 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

At this point we don’t have a choice. With the GOP in debt to Obama for rescuing them from the Tea Party, they’ll cuddle even closer to the administration than they already are, even if they take the Senate.

If the GOP is going to support Democrats to defeat conservative candidates, then we need to respond in kind.

Doomberg on June 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Can’t wait for LL to spill her beans if she gets immunity…then you’ll see.

gracie on June 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

This is crazy. First, she’s not asking for immunity, which she would certainly be doing if the WH had the ghost of a chance to get out of this by burning the GOP by exposing their supposed involvement. And why have hearings at all if they don’t want their involvement to be exposed? Pretty big risk when you know all the media would be bird dogging if there was even a hint of GOP involvement.

Second, what could the GOP do to help the IRS that the IRS (and NSA, EPA, etc.) couldn’t do themselves? It’s the freaking IRS for goodness’ sake. Like the bumbling GOPe can give them any info that the admin can’t get from NSA, IRS, Facebook?

Lastly, the GOP needed Tea Party votes and dollars in 2012, unless you are suggesting that they weren’t really trying to beat the Dems, in which case your whole theory goes belly up, because then there’s no reason for them to have spent a lot of money crushing the Tea Party.

Not to mention zero evidence.

Yes, it is absurd.

Missy on June 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Steve Z on June 26, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Why would that be so terrible, nothing gets passed, save money, time and space. What’s Harry going to do? B!tch? That will be different.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM

gracie on June 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Why does she need immunity, hasn’t she met with Holder and been told she isn’t going to be charged?

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2014 at 5:01 PM

As I’ve written several times, amateurs have their own weaknesses. But this process of renewal — the replacement of old, complacent, self-interested spirits with fresh ones — is vital.

Without it, a movement dies. – Ace

This is where hope and victory can be fostered. Terms limits and fresh amateur politicians of the people, by the people, for the people. These are very popular ideals that can actually win majority support.

We need to create The Gettysburg Party.

Augustinian on June 26, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Find them an appropriate suite in Hell?
 
zoyclem on June 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

 

Get really ticked off and throw out the money changers…
 
gracie on June 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

 
You two are thinking of the wrong J. Maybe she’ll show up to call us names, though.

rogerb on June 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Yes, you can’t stop a write-in campaign – unconstitutional. MS has a “sore loser” law, so he can’t be actually on the ballot as an independent.

Buck Farky on June 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Thanx. I was thinking how could they stop a write-in even if MS tried in its election rules to do it. It’s like making someone sign away their rights. You can’t do it.
So there would just be a space with a line under it on the ballot in the US Senate section with Cochran Repub and Childers Dem and space where we write in McDaniel (no party).

WooWoo…if he decides to go write-in I’m coming down to MS and teach everybody how to spell

gracie on June 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Thad Cochran might not be the most conservative Republican, but he’s better than a Democrat, and Mississippians need to rally around him.

Steve Z on June 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Like Castle rallied around O’Donnell? Like Murkowski rallied around Miller? Like Lugar rallied around Murdock? Like Specter rallied around Toomey? Like Crist rallied around Rubio? Like Cochran rallied around McDaniel after the primary? Oh wait, he just threw the race card at him.

Pull your head out of your rear, the Republicans don’t give a rip about conservatives.

topdawg on June 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

FLASH: Cruz To Holder: Appoint Special Prosecutor Or Face Impeachment

Now we’re talking.

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Don’t know if it would matter, the moron Holder would simply appoint another prog apparatchik like Koskinen. That would shut down any congressional hearings for about two years, after which they would announce that not a smidgen of corruption has been found.

slickwillie2001 on June 26, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Oh, I forgot Virginia. Like Bolling rallied around Cuccinelli?

topdawg on June 26, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Just remember; at least one of the “you idiot conservatives, you should suck it up and vote establishment here!” actively believes that religions need to run their sermons past the gays in order to make sure that sermons don’t have the potential to hurt the gays feelings. Because that’s “psychological torture” to the poor gays, if a church might disapprove of them.

Right, Illindiva?

So pardong me if I don’t really want to take advice from you and your ilk about how we need to win an election for your guy. I already know the Democrats want to destroy my freedom to worship and my freedom of speech. You and your guy are just fine with that and want the same thing.

So why on earth should I or any other conservative vote for your side?

Vanceone on June 26, 2014 at 5:06 PM

You two are thinking of the wrong J. Maybe she’ll show up to call us names, though.

rogerb on June 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM

oohhh, your goilfriend joanna??? I’m sure she’ll show her love for all of us.

Sorry Jesus. Didn’t meas to drag u into the pigpen.

gracie on June 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

The NRA also kicked in some money for Thad Cochran, do note

I did, and they will never get another cent out of me. wife was going to buy me lifetime membership as a gift, just told her not to.
I personally know 3 others who are not renewing due to that.

dmacleo on June 26, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Lolz!

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 5:08 PM

If the debacle in Mississippi doesn’t illustrate the sham of two party politics I don’t know what will. Thomas Sowell was correct in his assessment of elected official’s priorities. Sadly the electorate is aiding and abetting them. We are seeing the culmination of political correctness and the dumbing down of our schools and society.

ghostwalker1 on June 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

slickwillie2001 on June 26, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Don’t think so. Holder’s close to getting pulled up by the short and curlies here…pretty much agreement on the abuse of power notion in this IRS case. We’ll soon find out with calls from all sides to get this done.

gracie on June 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

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