Quotes of the day

posted at 10:01 pm on June 26, 2014 by Allahpundit

“In the coming days, our team will look into the irregularities to determine whether a challenge is warranted,” McDaniel, 41, said of the allegations. “After we’ve examined the data, we will make a decision about whether and how to proceed.”…

Steffey, a professor of election law at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, detailed the barriers McDaniel would have to go through in order to claim victory, noting he would have to identify a “systemic problem so pervasive as to have the entire election thrown out,” something he believes is without precedent…

There were poll observers on the ground, but Steffey has seen no reports of widespread challenges. He noted there is a law that no one can vote in a primary without the intent to support that candidate in the general election, but says it is “unenforceable.”…

“It seems like the early stages of grief, where denial and bargaining is still going on,” he said.

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[McDaniel's] self-absorbed speech – which equated the broader conservative cause’s success with an already-lost election – reflects a relatively new tendency in conservative politics. Until recently, the party’s moderates – Wayne Gilchrest, Joe Schwarz, Lisa Murkowski, Dick Lugar – had always been the ones more likely to embrace the sore loser’s mantle, even as they and their allies complained that conservatives were destroying GOP unity. But the Right keeps finding new ways to give up the high ground.

Conservatives once had the patience to lose, keep fighting, and win slowly. Through the tragedies of Barry Goldwater’s landslide loss, Richard Nixon’s presidency, Gerald Ford’s 1976 nomination, and betrayals big and small by more than one President Bush, conservatives quietly did the unglamorous work of electing and promoting their candidates, state by state, district by district. Over decades, they changed the national political conversation. And they moved the Republican Party – not just its fringes, but its center and its establishment as well – far to the right of where it had once been.

But for some conservatives, patience has lately given way to demands for instant gratification. Why accept defeat just because we got fewer votes? So what if we failed to elect enough conservatives to defund Obamacare – we want it, and we want it right now. Or we all quit!

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“The establishment crossed the line last night,” Craig Shirley, a conservative political consultant and biographer of Ronald Reagan told Yahoo News in an interview Wednesday. “This is a win for the establishment, but it’s a win with an asterisk, because it’s so tainted that it might be one of those things where they’re going to be sorry they ever won the runoff in Mississippi.”…

Even though Cochran won, conservative activists say that the Mississippi race was a pivotal moment that will serve as the turning point for those who are increasingly fed up with the party.

“Last night in the long run may be the night that the GOP establishment died,” FreedomWorks Vice President Adam Brandon told Yahoo News. “The GOP can’t keep getting us to support their candidates when they’re literally using the other side to get their candidates across.”…

“This just threw gasoline onto the flames of the civil war,” said Richard Viguerie, a Republican activist and the chairman of ConservativeHQ.com. “What happened yesterday in Mississippi will resonate for years to come. It will become the battle cry, just like the Alamo. We will remember Mississippi.”

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According to one person involved in the discussions among the leaders of these groups, the possibilities include trying to build support for a third-party run by Mr. McDaniel — a move that would almost certainly draw Republican votes away from Mr. Cochran and help his Democratic challenger, Travis Childers.

In addition, some Tea Party leaders were discussing throwing their weight behind Mr. Childers. Though he is a Democrat, some of his views — he is anti-abortion and opposes the Affordable Care Act — are attractive to conservatives. “The Tea Party is so burned they may do something radical,” a conservative leader involved in the planning said, asking not to be named in order to discuss internal deliberations.

Some Tea Party supporters were pushing for Mr. McDaniel to wage a write-in campaign in the general election…

But Austin Barbour, a campaign adviser to Mr. Cochran, said Mr. McDaniel had run out of options. Mr. Barbour said that a write-in campaign would be illegal under Mississippi law — the ballots would be thrown out — and that Mr. McDaniel had missed the deadline to get on the ballot as an independent.

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In an interview with HuffPost Live, Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP, said that Cochran could thank black voters by supporting efforts to re-establish protections in the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down last year.

“Our advocacy towards his office is to support amending the Voting Rights Act, free of any conditions such as voter ID,” Johnson said. “I think this is an opportunity for him to show some reciprocity for African-Americans providing a strong level of support for him.”

Johnson said that there are currently no Republicans who support re-establishing the formula eliminated by the Supreme Court last year, though Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and a handful of other Republicans have expressed support for restoring protections. Under the formula, states like Mississippi needed to receive federal clearance before making changes to the way that elections were held. Johnson added that other priorities for the Mississippi NAACP included getting more support for the state’s black colleges and universities as well as getting more federal allocations for communities represented by black elected officials.

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In reaching out to black voters in recent days, Cochran touted his support for the farm bill, for federal education funding, for the food-stamp program. But the GOP establishment’s debt requires a grander statement of gratitude than that. There’s the John Conyers bill calling for a study of slavery reparations—what measure is more suitable than that to be linked to an election in the state that was the headquarters of King Cotton? But if that’s a bridge too far, here are two other possibilities. Mississippi has rejected the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, thus leaving uncovered 300,000 of its residents, most of them African-American—a classic example of the ways in which the state’s large racial minority has suffered at the hands of the state’s monolithically white and Republican power structure. Might Cochran and, more importantly, Haley Barbour call on their allies in Jackson to rethink that rejection of gobs of federal funds just waiting to be deployed in their impoverished state?

Or this: There is a movement afoot in Washington to pass new protections for the voting rights of minorities in the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of key elements of the Voting Rights Act. Is there any more fitting way for Thad Cochran to express recognition of the role that African-American voters played in his survival—in the face of threats of voter intimidation from his Republican opponent—than to guarantee that black voters in Mississippi and elsewhere are unencumbered in their access to the polls? I don’t recall Cochran speaking up loudly in opposition when Mississippi passed a stringent voter ID law not long ago. Better late than never, Senator.

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Look at it this way: Cochran will roll into the general election with the usual advantages of long-term incumbency, which are certainly nothing to sneeze at… but his Democrat opponent will take away every single argument he used to win his runoff. There’s no bid Thad Cochran can make to buy Mississippi votes with federal taxpayer money that a Democrat cannot cheerfully beat. At some point in that bidding war, the Republican base starts throwing up its hands in disgust and staying home, assuming Cochran hasn’t already fatally wounded himself in the general election by pushing McDaniel’s very sizable cadre of supporters away, by using tactics that smeared them as much as McDaniel. And even if Cochran wins this time, he’s 76 years old and will retire soon, leaving an open seat that his last-ditch campaign has made more Democrat-friendly. Republicans who run as slightly less spendthrift defenders of the Democrat-dominated spending machine are assisting a seismic shift of American political consciousness that will eventually make it impossible for them to win, or indistinguishable from Democrats when they do…

The important struggle today isn’t truly partisan. It’s not even entirely about conservatives vs. liberals any more. It’s about the System versus those who want to shut it down before it runs out of taxpayer fuel, chokes on the liberties it devours, and blows apart. Thad Cochran’s quest to hang on to his seat provides a classic example of the System protecting itself, with both Republican and Democrat forces lined up beneath its banner. With a 2 percent victory in hand, the System’s mouthpieces are now busy declaring that everything McDaniel and his supporters believe is “extreme,” “radical,” and toxic for anyone interested in winning an election.

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As a local observer tells The Guardian, Cochran’s campaign was “sending mailers to people in black Jackson neighborhoods touting Cochran’s supposed support of public schools, HBCU [historically black colleges and universities] funding, and ‘blight protection for minority communities,’ even as people in richer, whiter neighborhoods were getting Cochran mailers featuring all white men and Cochran touting his pro-NRA, anti-abortion cred, and his ‘more than 100′ votes against Obamacare.”

Meanwhile, Cochran did not exactly have a history of appealing to black voters in the state, as you might expect from a politician of his generation in Mississippi. This report writes off Cochran as a product of the “Southern Strategy” who is accustomed to employing “coded, ‘wink-wink’ racism.” That’s the spin of a left-leaning observer, of course, but it is fair to assume that this view would have widespread currency among the black Democrats who turned out to vote for Cochran. So they “voted almost exclusively for the federal money Cochran brings home—not for the party that abandoned African-Americans back in the 1960s.”

Is this what racial politics all boils down to—that it’s not about who is racist or who isn’t, but merely about who can deliver the federal dollars? This is more evidence, in case it was needed, that racial politics in America is no longer actually about race or racism. It has been co-opted as a bludgeon for supporters of the welfare state.

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This political near-death experience for Mr. Cochran should not obscure truths that Republican officeholders ignore at their peril. Members of Congress had better stay connected to the politics of their state or district if they hope to win re-election. That doesn’t mean incumbents need to be in lock-step with every group on every issue. It does mean holding town hall meetings, staying in touch with local political leaders, listening to their concerns, treating them with respect by telling them when and why one disagrees, and cultivating allies…

Tuesday’s outcomes suggest local tea party groups have more influence than the national groups purporting to speak for them. A network of Mississippi tea party groups made Mr. McDaniel competitive. In Oklahoma, national groups like Club for Growth, Senate Conservative Fund and FreedomWorks could spend and endorse all they wanted, yet local tea party support for Mr. Lankford blunted these inside-the-Beltway groups’ impact in the Sooner State…

Former House Speaker Tip O’Neill once famously said, “All politics is local.” That doesn’t mean politics is only local or that lawmakers should only reflect the views of some groups back home at every moment. But constituents do want to know they’re being heard rather than forgotten. Politicians who forget that ancient lesson pay a price sooner or later.

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Via the Right Scoop.

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Morning COL,
In the 80′s here today. Looking for stables that have a covered arena or shady trees for riding around today. Most ranches around here are wide open spaces. I use to assist kids for horse riding therapy. Now it’s my turn to be the rider. Hopefully, I find a horse with some spunk. How you?

31giddyup on June 27, 2014 at 5:03 AM

morning COL..

care to watch the sunrise over NYC live??
this is from the top of the statue of liberty looking back at the city..
http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/statueofliberty/?cam=liberty_hd

going2mars on June 27, 2014 at 5:03 AM

G2M,
Neighbors just bought a used Attitude toy hauler with ramp. They love it.
like how the bed is raised to the ceiling, atvs underneath.

31giddyup on June 27, 2014 at 5:05 AM

Earthcam is a cool site. Thanks G2M.

31giddyup on June 27, 2014 at 5:08 AM

31giddyup on June 27, 2014 at 5:05 AM

thats the raft inside idea.. bed overtop….
and as small as I can..
but I want windows..

I got 4 things I want to cover..small
rafting
sleeping
cooking
travel…

going2mars on June 27, 2014 at 5:13 AM

31giddyup on June 27, 2014 at 5:08 AM

they have a cool maui sunset cam too
for those wintery nights with snow and blowing..

going2mars on June 27, 2014 at 5:14 AM

Sounds like a good plan.
Sure you’ll come up with some great ideas too.
Hitting the hay for a few hours.
Take care G2M and COL.

31giddyup on June 27, 2014 at 5:16 AM

Do you have OC’s throw away addy? I’d like to see yur design when yur done. If that’s okay with you/him.

31giddyup on June 27, 2014 at 4:55 AM

omahaconservative@yahoo is the one I have for him.

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 5:18 AM

Thanks COL. {{{hugs}}}

31giddyup on June 27, 2014 at 5:20 AM

I am going to nap also 31.. sleep well..be safe..

COL ..the morning is all yours…have fun..!! cheers

going2mars on June 27, 2014 at 5:20 AM

Thank you! I’m glad I’m not the only one who preaches that FoxNews is NOT Conservative. Murdoch cares for not one Conservative issue. He’s in it only for the money. Like a lot of ‘Conservatives’.

reddevil on June 27, 2014 at 12:42 AM

You guys can’t have it both ways. On the one hand you say Fox is fair and balanced and then you complain it isn’t conservative. It isn’t supposed to be.

I have to understand there are 2 ways to look at Tepubs. Some people such as Hume honestly think it is better to have an R that is really a D than no R at all. And there are those of us who differ with that.

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 5:31 AM

There seems to be a bit of a lull right now so I thought I might add a new word to The Hot Air commentariat. Vomitorium,it’s original meaning is entrance or exit. I guess if you had to barf in ancient Rome it was considered good form to go through the Vomitorium.

celtic warrior on June 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM

To get back on topic,

The problem with Cochran’s “win” is the slimy way he fear-mongered among stupid minority groups to secure the nomination- knowing full well that these stupid people were apt not to vote in November. And then to stand up on election night and pretend that he ran a decent and honorable campaign…….. Well, Mississippi deserves better than a filthy weasel like Cochran.

Happy Nomad on June 27, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Good Morning from Mississippi, y’all!

McDaniel is still fighting. I think more Cochran shenanigans will be revealed.

A wide-open Southern Border is as big a threat to the sovereignty of the United States as anything that our enemies can throw at us right now.

My take: Obama’s Illegal Immigration Initiative: Possible Amnesty EO in the Works. Witch Pelosi to Welcome Mexican Munchkin Migration

kingsjester on June 27, 2014 at 7:19 AM

I’m quietly standing in the corner,
under the skylight,
with my great nephew’s Captain America toy shield strapped to my bum,
hubs two gas can funnels strapped to my hoots,
and tin foil sombrero strapped to my chin.
I have head phones on.
I’m listening and swaying to this.
Holding this.
Parm is near…
I hear the twirl of his propeller.
The swish of his chaps.
He is not Axe.

P.S. This is not a poem even though it doesn’t sound like one.
Also, I hope those sons of gitches in Ol’ Miss get what’s coming to them. Lots of warts.

31giddyup on June 27, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Parm loves it. Lolz. Good morning you early worms. Opps I mean birds.

Parmenides on June 27, 2014 at 7:22 AM

McDaniel Has A Legal Path To Victory, Says Consultant

Be still my heart!

rhombus on June 27, 2014 at 7:24 AM

My take: Obama’s Illegal Immigration Initiative: Possible Amnesty EO in the Works. Witch Pelosi to Welcome Mexican Munchkin Migration

kingsjester on June 27, 2014 at 7:19 AM

IMO, the GOP strategy right now should be to focus on the lack of border security. We have a growing health crisis on our Southern borders and all the Dems want to do is spread the infection to the entire nation.

Happy Nomad on June 27, 2014 at 7:28 AM

If Pelosi has a lawyer they should tell her not to do that. She will be doing something illegal and someday when our legal system is reinstated she may be in trouble.

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 7:42 AM

IMO, the GOP strategy right now should be to focus on the lack of border security. We have a growing health crisis on our Southern borders and all the Dems want to do is spread the infection to the entire nation.

Happy Nomad on June 27, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Maybe Nanzi will pick up a bug of her own while she’s there. TB, N1H1, scabies, bedbugs, smallpox . . . The possibilities are endless.

Naturally Curly on June 27, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Maybe Nanzi will pick up a bug of her own while she’s there. TB, N1H1, scabies, bedbugs, smallpox . . . The possibilities are endless.

Naturally Curly on June 27, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Personally, I think all the illegals should be shipped to San Francisco. Let Nancy figure out what to do with them.

But seriously, these illegals are introducing disease into the country and we have a looming health crisis as a result.

Happy Nomad on June 27, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Maybe Nanzi will pick up a bug of her own while she’s there. TB, N1H1, scabies, bedbugs, smallpox . . . The possibilities are endless.

Naturally Curly on June 27, 2014 at 7:53 AM

You don’t think for a minute she will come into contact ith any of them. It’s just for a photo op.

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 8:08 AM

IMO, the GOP strategy right now should be to focus on the lack of border security. We have a growing health crisis on our Southern borders and all the Dems want to do is spread the infection to the entire nation.

Happy Nomad on June 27, 2014 at 7:28 AM

The problem with that is the GOP wants this crisis too.

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 8:16 AM

But seriously, these illegals are introducing disease into the country and we have a looming health crisis as a result.

Happy Nomad on June 27, 2014 at 7:59 AM

I know, it’s been going on for years and is about to get worse. Meanwhile, I don’t know of one restaurant within 20 miles that doesn’t have illegals working in the kitchen.

You don’t think for a minute she will come into contact ith any of them. It’s just for a photo op.

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 8:08 AM

I can dream, can’t I?

Naturally Curly on June 27, 2014 at 8:17 AM

This is one American who will never look at the “Chamber of Commerce” in a positive light again. In my state they pushed a known corrupt candidate and set him up for November off a dump truck load of lies. He will probably win in November, but it will be without some votes they otherwise should have gotten.

The same is true in a congressional race here, but there is one more opportunity for the true conservative to win in a runoff in July. Again the lies have flowed like a river and because it is hard for people to discern the truth from fiction without doing some real research. The Chamber’s choice will probably win.

What happened in Mississippi has evidently happened all over the country this year with the “Chamber of Commerce”, Carl Rove and the RINO’s deceptive efforts. They have been able to push their candidates through for the most part, but there will be many votes they should have gotten in November that they will not.

Nat George on June 27, 2014 at 8:20 AM

IMO, the GOP strategy right now should be to focus on the lack of border security. We have a growing health crisis on our Southern borders and all the Dems want to do is spread the infection to the entire nation.
Happy Nomad on June 27, 2014 at 7:28 AM

The problem with that is the GOP wants this crisis too.
crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Yep. It’s a green light for Amnesty, which will make the head of the GOP, the Chamber of Crony Capitalism. Dry happy, which will lead to more of the cheerleaders on Hot Air to yell at us to vote Republican while we watch America collapse due to their war against the middle class

Brock Robamney on June 27, 2014 at 8:23 AM

I’m beginning to think it would be better to vote for Democrats just so we can get rid of the sleazy Republicans. We need to keep our eye on the ball and those guys are our most immediate enemy.

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 8:25 AM

I’m beginning to think it would be better to vote for Democrats just so we can get rid of the sleazy Republicans. We need to keep our eye on the ball and those guys are our most immediate enemy.
crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 8:25 AM

+1. I’m Game. Either way we have an oligarchy ran by crony capitalists

Brock Robamney on June 27, 2014 at 8:39 AM

We better find a game plan to use starting next year or we’ll have Jeb! as our candidate.

Kissmygrits on June 27, 2014 at 8:41 AM

We better find a game plan to use starting next year or we’ll have Jeb! as our candidate.

Kissmygrits on June 27, 2014 at 8:41 AM

And, Hildebeest as our next president. :-P

Fallon on June 27, 2014 at 8:45 AM

We better find a game plan to use starting next year or we’ll have Jeb! as our candidate.
Kissmygrits on June 27, 2014 at 8:41 AM

And, Hildebeest as our next president. :-P
Fallon on June 27, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Maybe we can point out that the GOP is supported by the Uncle Tom Bestiality Lobby?

Brock Robamney on June 27, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Not surprisingly the gilled one has fled the thread after making another accusation about me she simply cannot backup. gilled one, here is what you need to do. Gather up your best case against me with all of your false allegations you have directed at me as of late and email HA with them. Please ask that I be banned. I know full well you have the addy. Just to be sure here it is again. tips@hotair.com

P.S. I have updated your blog to reflect your latest brilliance. As always gratis. No thank you required.

Bmore on June 27, 2014 at 9:35 AM

McDaniel says his people have found over 1000 illegal Democrat votes (Dem Primary voters who voted in the GOP runoff) in one county alone.

His challenge may have more basis than many think.

WannabeAnglican on June 27, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Mark Mayfield the attorney involved in the picture taking of Cochran’s wife in nursing home just committed suicide. I read it on Charles C. Johnson’s twitter.

gracie on June 27, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Lucky not having to decide whether to vote for Cochran in November, as I am living in other state.
Definitely would not vote for him if we had a different President.

Now at least we can hope that Cochran (if elected) will not vote for Reid. On the second thought taking into account that Cochran is obviously demented, nobody knows what he will do.

finallyhere on June 27, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The Clarion-Ledger ‏@clarionledger 5m
Mayfield was at his house and suffered a gunshot wound to the head. His family was not harmed. #MSSen

gracie on June 27, 2014 at 10:48 AM

IMO, the GOP strategy right now should be to focus on the lack of

border security. We have a growing health crisis on our Southern borders and all the Dems want to do is spread the infection to the entire nation.

Happy Nomad on June 27, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Unfortunately, the the Chamber of Commerce controls the GOP and it is 100% for amnesty.

bw222 on June 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I blame Fox for bringing him back. He totally beclowned himself in the 2012 election.

And of course he stuck to every stupid talking point. Thankfully Sean would have none of it.

cat_owner on June 27, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Same for Karl Rove. Faux isn’t what people think it is.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 11:47 AM

more storms headed your way OC ..sleep well

going2mars on June 27, 2014 at 3:34 AM

Still raining here…

OmahaConservative on June 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM

There seems to be a bit of a lull right now so I thought I might add a new word to The Hot Air commentariat. Vomitorium,it’s original meaning is entrance or exit. I guess if you had to barf in ancient Rome it was considered good form to go through the Vomitorium.

celtic warrior on June 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Wash. D.C.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Invasion, filthy underwear, and health emergencies are NOT the ONLY troubles at the southern border ….
See DRUDGE.

pambi on June 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM

OmahaConservative on June 27

looks like one more pop..
then you might get a good sunset..
your river is really flowing right now..
Missouri River at Omaha, NE 60,200 cfs…
the average for this date is 37,200 cfs

going2mars on June 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM

the Platte river is running at 3 times average
Platte River at Louisville, 18,800currently 6,870average
and that has the Missouri River at Rulo 105,000 currently when the average flow is 49,100 ..

105,000 thousand cubes is a lot of water..

going2mars on June 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM

the Mighty Mo is only 4460 cfs near its headwaters
near Holter Dam nr Wolf Cr Montana..
so it is adding 100,000 cubes as it moves eastward..

going2mars on June 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Invasion, filthy underwear, and health emergencies are NOT the ONLY troubles at the southern border ….
See DRUDGE.

pambi on June 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM

And that’s with only Pelosi going to the border.

RickB on June 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM

We really don’t need flooding from the rivers again, just went through that a few years ago…

OmahaConservative on June 27, 2014 at 2:24 PM

I blame Fox for bringing him back. He totally beclowned himself in the 2012 election.
And of course he stuck to every stupid talking point. Thankfully Sean would have none of it.
cat_owner on June 27, 2014 at 1:35 AM

But he’s the architect! Isnt that what Hannity tells us? Rove owns Faux News and they give free reign to the mouthpiece and his extremely fallible whiteboard

Brock Robamney on June 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

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