“Several” Republican senators reportedly uneasy with GOP’s tactics in Mississippi runoff

posted at 2:41 pm on June 27, 2014 by Allahpundit

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that it’s not the tactics themselves that bother them as much as the attention those tactics are receiving from conservative voters.

Says Red State’s Leon Wolf, “If any of these bastards want to avoid the fallout they should go on the record.”

According to these conversations [with two Republican Senate staffers], some $800,000 was raised for Cochran by his Senate colleagues after the McDaniel victory in the primary’s first round, largely under the rubric of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. This wasn’t seen as a particularly controversial matter at the time; the NRSC is an organization by and for the Republican members of the Senate and Cochran had raised money for his colleagues in the past, so there would have been no reason to deny him help. “It’s just what you do,” said one of the staffers. “It’s generally accepted that we probably can’t win the Senate if we lose our own people, so when Cochran’s people ask for help raising money, the answer is yes.”

Though there were published reports to the effect—and Barbour was open about it—that Cochran’s runoff strategy was to “expand the electorate” by seeking Democratic votes in a Republican primary, there wasn’t a lot of attention paid to where the funds being raised would go. And moreover, when Cochran lost a close race to McDaniel in the first round, there was a general assumption that his goose was cooked. “Nobody thought he’d win regardless of what he did,” said the staffer. “If you’re an incumbent and you’re behind a challenger that close to avoiding a runoff, you’re usually behind the eight-ball.”

As such, the staffers say, it wasn’t until Wednesday, when the fallout began to descend, that Cochran’s tactics became an issue. And now, several senators are more than a little uneasy with those tactics, which they feel responsible for since they raised money for Cochran.

AmSpec offers no names but says there’s “soul-searching” going on among “the Senate’s more outspoken conservatives” for not doing more to help McDaniel when they had the chance. *cough* (Rand Paul, of course, seems to think it was just awesome that Cochran won his party’s nomination with votes from the other party.) Was this, though, as Mollie Hemingway thinks, ultimately a pyrrhic victory for the GOP establishment? Before you say yes, tell me what you’re willing to do to punish the party for kitchen-sinking a guy who not only received the most votes in the first round of the primary but who, by wide consensus, won more Republican votes in the runoff too? Withholding donations is fine, but don’t kid yourselves: Money’s the one thing that GOP incumbents and the NRSC don’t want for. If they lose $10 million from the base in boycotted contributions, Sheldon Adelson can make it up for them in one check to the right Super PAC.

Are you willing to go this far?

Should the Republican establishment in Washington get away with tarring its own voters as racists? Should the Republican establishment in Washington get away with comparing its own base to Klansmen?

If there is no penalty for doing so, they will keep doing it. If there is no consequence, they will attack their own base to preserve their power. They will learn no lesson. In fact, some of you may want to donate to Travis Childers, Thad Cochran’s Democrat opponent. I cannot say that I blame you.

Cochran will now put the highest bidders first. The GOP will carry out this tactic of calling you racist klansmen Nazis everywhere it works. I would like to see the GOP get the majority and oust Harry Reid as leader. But I understand if you think Mississippi can still be sacrificed.

All true. If Cochran trounces Childers in the general election, the lesson learned by Republican incumbents will be that there’s no cost to beating conservative challengers by any means necessary. You guys will always turn out for them in November on the theory that the Democrat is worse, no matter how nasty to you they are in the primary, so they might as well be as nasty as they like. The question is, is the Democrat worse this time? He may be worse than Cochran on policy, but is he worse than the filthy patronage system that supports Cochran and which he supports in turn? That’s what you’re voting for, whether you like it or not, if you vote for Thad.

There are risks here. Electing Childers could give the Democrats the 50th Senate seat they need in the fall to preserve their majority. (Biden would cast the deciding vote in case of 50/50 ties, of course.) That’s not a big risk on legislation given that Republicans will control the House but it’s a huge risk on Supreme Court nominations, if/when Harry Reid ends up nuking the filibuster and allowing confirmation by simple majority vote. If O knows he can get a nominee through with just 51 votes, he’ll feel safer nominating someone who’s further left. Also, the more seats you hand to Democrats now, the better position they’ll be in come 2016, when they’re expected to clean up in battleground states. Sean Trende thinks there’s even a (small) chance that Democrats will win a filibuster-proof majority. If you sacrifice Mississippi now, you’re making that marginally more likely.

The counterargument is simple, though: If not now, when? The GOP might do well enough in the fall to retake the Senate even if they lose Mississippi. If they don’t retake it, that’s not a disaster — this is, by Nate Silver’s estimate, the “least important election in years” because control of the upper chamber matters so little. The GOP will have more leverage over Court confirmations if they have a majority, but who knows if there’ll even be a vacancy on the Court? And gridlock on legislation is a fait accompli given Obama’s standoff with the Republican House regardless of what the Senate does. If you’re unwilling to risk a protest vote for a Democrat after the grotesque spectacle of a group of GOP cronies using liberal votes to prop up an elderly man whose heart isn’t in it anymore, you’ll never be willing. And if you’re unwilling, maybe it’s time to stop complaining about Cochran and cronyism and the rest of it and accept that this is who we are and who we’re going to be.


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Oh please. They don’t give a flying flip.

Cindy Munford on June 27, 2014 at 2:43 PM

I hope they all go the way Karl Rove will.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM

AP’s right

Tea party groups are apoplectic over how Cochran won in Mississippi
“What happened yesterday in Mississippi will resonate for years to come. It will become the battle cry, just like the Alamo,” one activist said.

#WarIsOnAndYouAskedForIt

The outcome will not be to your liking, ever.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

“Shut up and vote GOP, you racists. You racists don’t want the Democrats to win, do you? Do you? No, you don’t. So shut up, do what you’re told, and vote how you’re told, you racists.”

~GOPe

Jedditelol on June 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

They are so uneasy that all have come out and condemned Haley Barbour and Thad Cochran….btw, has anybody seen Thad lately…..?

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Let Mississippi fall. If there is no way McDaniel can get on the ballot, let the Dem have it. I can live with gridlock.

Cindy Munford on June 27, 2014 at 2:47 PM

“Several” Republican senators reportedly uneasy with GOP’s tactics in Mississippi runoff

Time for McDaniel to run as a write-in.

Stoic Patriot on June 27, 2014 at 2:47 PM

“Several”

Only “Several”? Yes, that’s the problem.

The GOP is dead, and they don’t even realize it.

Pork-Chop on June 27, 2014 at 2:48 PM

And now, several senators are more than a little uneasy with those tactics, which they feel responsible for since they raised money for Cochran.

They depleted the GOP coffers in VA, in pursuit of Cantor.

Hell, the 20th layer, will not be hot enough for you, the establishment.

QotD

“[T]he base hates the leadership, which is the number one thing we have to fix as a party”

Er, leadership hates its (current, and soon-to-be-former) base, and its active search for a new base that doesn’t include its soon-to-be-former base is why the base hates the leadership.

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Stoic Patriot on June 27, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Rumor has it that he can’t and that it is too late to run as an Independent. And you know we can’t get some crazy judges like the Dems always find.

Cindy Munford on June 27, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Makes sense but I’m not sure a Republican majority will make a difference anyway. They want open borders and have no intention of repealing Obamacare. And their cosy relationship with the Chamber of Commerce is no better than the Dems relationship with big labor.

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 2:49 PM

They could not care less. They are saying it as more of the kabuki theater to pretend the GOP is conservative enough so that you still go out and vote GOP in November.

The GOP hates conservatives. It always has and always will. The GOP hated Goldwater. The GOP hated Reagan.

the GOP says just enough to get conservatives to keep voting. That’s all they do. And their actions never, ever match their words.

But, conservatives keep turning out every election day to pull that lever for the GOP.

Stunning in its stupidity.

Monkeytoe on June 27, 2014 at 2:49 PM

The GOP does NOT deserve to win the senate in 2014.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 2:49 PM

If I had to guess, MS conservatives are going rogue this fall…right now, it seems Haley Barbour and Thad Cochran are bigger boogeymen than Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi….

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that it’s not the tactics themselves that bother them as much as the attention those tactics are receiving from conservative voters.

Bingo.

thirteen28 on June 27, 2014 at 2:50 PM

The political pitchforks are oodles of fun to watch.

I actually love this week, especially after last Tuesday.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Mississippi was especially fertile gorund for this sort of campaign, as blacks make up 36% of the voting population. I don’t think we will see this sort of thing happen in Alaska or Iowa.

You go where the votes are. That can be done without the egregious sort of attacks that happened in Mississippi. It’s distressing to say the least, because if Republicans get away with it, Democrats surely will keep doing it too in general elections.

One thing that should happen now is that people who have GOP Senators should call them and demand that they ask Thad Cochran to pay back the NRSC every dime that they raised for him. If he has to have fundraisers every day until 2020 to pay it back, fine. It certainly is not enough to just whine anonymously to reporters that you’re uncomfortable with what happened.

Also we can make damn sure that Haley Barbour and his family are not invloved in any other Republican campaigns this year or in the future. They should become radioactive after this.

It seems to me that all the hue and cry about this campaign will pretty much make sure that nobody tries it again. Maybe I am naive about that though.

rockmom on June 27, 2014 at 2:50 PM

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/06/breaking-enough-invalidated-votes-to-overturn-cochran-victory/

UPDATE: The Cochran campaign is reportedly asking county clerks not to certify the voting rolls until the last day possible so that the McDaniel people will not be able to look at the rolls and challenge them.

Update: 800 Hinds County Voters Crossed Over Illegally

sharrukin on June 27, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I’m an independent and I live in California. I don’t have a dog in this fight.

myiq2xu on June 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Somebody spiked the tea.

portlandon on June 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM

If McDaniels finds enough illegal votes to call the results into question what sort of new depths will Cochran sink to in order to stay in office?

If McDaniels doesn’t run a in write-in campaign Cochran is likely to win, but it will be close. After the crap he pulled many who might have voted for him will abstain, or vote third party.

NotCoach on June 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Update: 800 Hinds County Voters Crossed Over Illegally

sharrukin on June 27, 2014 at 2:51 PM

If they find those sorts of tallies in other counties that should be enough for a judge to throw out the results and direct that another election be held.

Stoic Patriot on June 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Do you really think if the GOP controls the senate by a 1-3 seat margin that McCain,Graham,etal would ever consider stopping Zero’s SCOTUS nominees??????Please tell me that you are not that dumb

rik on June 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Mississippi can elect a Dem and will spend the next six years making his life a living hell if he doesn’t vote conservative. Ask Gene Taylor, one of the handful of Dems who voted for Clinton’s impeachment.

itsspideyman on June 27, 2014 at 2:54 PM

“If there is no penalty for doing so, they will keep doing it. If there is no consequence, they will attack their own base to preserve their power.”

It’s OK…

… They will drive the National Debt to $500 Trillion dollars, then just walk away and buy a private island to retire on.

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

National Review posted this 6 hours ago concerning the robocalls made to black Democrats here in Mississippi by the Cochran Campaign.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/381365/meet-mitzi-bickers-eliana-johnson

kingsjester on June 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

We need to vote Democrat and get rid of as many establishment Republicans as we can. Whatever it takes. They are our immediate enemy. Then we go after the Democrats.

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

GOP narrative: “The TEA Party is upset that the GOP teamed up with BLACKS!!”

Reality: “The TEA Party is upset that the GOP teamed up with democrats to win GOP primary.”

portlandon on June 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Help Childers take the seat. If the establishment wants the Senate majority bad enough, they’ll have to pick that seat up somewhere else and learn the lesson that needs to be taught. If they don’t….we get Harry Reid and a really, really pissed off bunch of GOP voters.

butch on June 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

If the GOP loses the Senate it is on Haley Barbour and Thad Cochran campaign staff…Thad is currently in hiding.

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Yes, they’re uneasy. Now it’s back to business as usual.

rickv404 on June 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

If McDaniels finds enough illegal votes to call the results into question what sort of new depths will Cochran sink to in order to stay in office?
NotCoach on June 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM

It doesn’t appear he will because once the SOS got wind of what was found in Hinds County he ordered county officials to deny all requests by the public to view the ballots. They are going to rush the certification.

Wigglesworth on June 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

If they find those sorts of tallies in other counties that should be enough for a judge to throw out the results and direct that another election be held.

Stoic Patriot on June 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I hope so.

I suspect we will see these ‘uneasy‘ Republicans come out as attack dogs if McDaniels does win.

sharrukin on June 27, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I do wish HA would stop with the Rand Paul thing.

If more people voted, perhaps McDaniel would have won…and the R voters would have swamped out the leftists….or maybe McDaniel wasn’t that good of a candidate.

One notable trend in the RINO party is their singular lack of succession planning. Humorously they call themselves the Party Of Business…yet run their own shop like a 19th century family business which make buggy whips.

I.e. they are very nonprofessional. And as the states fall one by one into the arms of the Left, the RINOs may occasionally wonder why…or maybe just say to the left…don’t hurt me, I’m on your side.

r keller on June 27, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Daily Mail has a photo of an ad I had yet to see:

‘The worst race-baiting ads I’ve ever seen’: Radio ads in Mississippi senate race accused tea party candidate of Ku Klux Klan links and drove black Democrats to vote against him in a REPUBLICAN primary

Here’s the ad:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/06/27/article-2672565-1F31B99200000578-214_306x509.jpg

At the top is a photo of black Americans–it looks like one from the Civil Right marches during the mid-60′s, with a photo of McDaniel superimposed on the right side peering at them and looking Pensive. Underneath it says the Tea Party intends to prevent you from voting.

INC on June 27, 2014 at 2:57 PM

And if you’re unwilling, maybe it’s time to stop complaining about Cochran and cronyism and the rest of it and accept that this is who we are and who we’re going to be.

include me out, Cornyn’s office isn’t answering the phone today btw, he’s hunkering in like he did for ending sequestration/shut down over the budget. I think he may be weaker than KBH was.

DanMan on June 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Do you really think if the GOP controls the senate by a 1-3 seat margin that McCain,Graham,etal would ever consider stopping Zero’s SCOTUS nominees??????Please tell me that you are not that dumb

rik on June 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Yep. They all live for the moment they can be the deciding voice on something. Power!

butch on June 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

So many places talk radio hosts and angry voters want to sacrifice to send a message to the GOP.

Kentucky because McConnell is worst than the democrats
Mississippi because Cochran is worst than the democrats
Tennessee because Lamar Alexander is worst than the democrats

I am sure I am missing a state.

Anyone else that the base needs to purge to send a nice, strong message to the GOP?

coolrepublica on June 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Childers has challenged the demented Cochran, who can’t pee without McCain holding his pen*s, to 4 debates.

He couldn’t debate McDaniel not once…which is very impertinent to the voters of Miss.

DO NOT VOTE FOR COCHRAN. JUST DON’T VOTE.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

…Thad is currently in hiding.

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

It’s more likely that he’s wandering around a parking lot somewhere, trying to remember who he is, and where he left his pants.

Pork-Chop on June 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

A longtime friend of mine is a DeSoto County Supervisor (one of 4). I’m going to catch him after church Sunday and see what the fallout is.

kingsjester on June 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

“Uneasy” is easy; doing something is harder.

PersonFromPorlock on June 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

The backlash in MS is ferocious….

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

If the GOP loses the Senate it is on Haley Barbour and Thad Cochran campaign staff…Thad is currently in hiding.

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Don’t forget dirtbag Karl Rove.

He probably has his greasy little fingers all over this corruption.

viking01 on June 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

If you sacrifice Mississippi now, you’re making that marginally more likely.

Fluke off all of you DIABLOs. You should have thought of the country before you made all of us into “racists”.

Now, Hell!!!

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

BREAKING: McDaniel Supporters Barred From Reviewing Voter Rolls in Nine Mississippi Counties

Jim Hoft cites the MS statute that says public must have access.

If those guys in D.C. are upset, then they need to start making calls to MS and tell Cochran’s camp to quit acting like Al Gore.

INC on June 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

They should be.

gophergirl on June 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

McDaniel will pursue legal action I think this can’t stand.

sorrowen on June 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

I’m an independent and I live in California. I don’t have a dog in this fight.

myiq2xu on June 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Yeah, well you’ve got even bigger problems having to live in Kalifornia, comrade.

HiJack on June 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

If Miss. goes blue in Nov, it’s all on YOU!!! You flipped it on Tuesday, and it’s schadenfreude pure!!!

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/06/27/article-2672565-1F31B99200000578-214_306x509.jpg

At the top is a photo of black Americans–it looks like one from the Civil Right marches during the mid-60′s, with a photo of McDaniel superimposed on the right side peering at them and looking Pensive. Underneath it says the Tea Party intends to prevent you from voting.

INC on June 27, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Pretty ugly.

butch on June 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

kingsjester on June 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

I have been talking with “politicos” for three days now and the fire is raging…
A mayor of unnamed town in MS called yesterday and vented for 1.5 hours…
I am amazed.

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Rove, instead of going silent, out of decency, put petroleum on fire with his article in the WSJ.

#WAR

…and you won’t like the outcome. Never should the GOP win anything any more.

They piss on their base, more than does obama, they ought to live with the outcomes.

L.i.b.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Does Mississippi have a “sore loser” law? If not, let McDaniels run independent against both.
Its time the GOP learns they can’t trash their base and win.
They elected Terry McAwful in Virginia, rather than back a conservative. Why should we back their liberals, when they call us racist to win?

Iblis on June 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

INC on June 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

They need lawyers now…..

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Anyone else that the base needs to purge to send a nice, strong message to the GOP?

coolrepublica on June 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

It’s the 90% of bad GOP elitists who are giving the other good 10% a bad name.

sharrukin on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I would never donate to or support a Dem. That’s electoral terrorism. But I would abstain from voting or write in McDaniel. This racism smear and manipulation of the electorate is too important an issue to overlook, even if it means losing the Senate. Because gaining the Senate under these conditions would do no good anyway.

As for the importance of taking the Senate, among the usual issues, one issue in particular surfaces: the success of an impeachment attempt.

paul1149 on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

TEA PARTY BABIES GROW UP. IF DEMS HAD VOTED FOR YOUR GUY INSTEAD BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED McDaniel WOULD BE THE WEAKER CANDIDATE IN THE FALL YOU GUYS WOULD BE BRAGGING ABOUT THE TEA PARTY`S BROAD SUPPORT. TEA PARTY HAS COST US THE SENATE FOR THE LAST TWO ELECTIONS. NOW YOU WANT TO PICK UP YOUR TOYS AND GO HOME, WELL GO G.D.YOU ALL.

Rook on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

This hashtag for the election has been very active yesterday and today.

Results for #mssen

https://twitter.com/hashtag/mssen?f=realtime&src=hash

See especially:

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson

INC on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Travis Childers is smiling…….

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Yep.Haley, Thad, and the GOP thought Mississippians were too stupid to catch on. Bother, were they wrong.

kingsjester on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

It doesn’t appear he will because once the SOS got wind of what was found in Hinds County he ordered county officials to deny all requests by the public to view the ballots. They are going to rush the certification.

Wigglesworth on June 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Seems to me that creates a legal challenge all by itself.

NotCoach on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

If those guys in D.C. are upset, then they need to start making calls to MS and tell Cochran’s camp to quit acting like Al Gore.

INC on June 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

It’ll be punched and hanging chads thads all over again…

viking01 on June 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Why did Thad and Haley have to kick a best of giant hornets…they can’t even cover the damn thing up right it’s almost laughable. But Cochran is barely coherent so…

sorrowen on June 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I am from Tennessee. We have two of the most “establishment” GOP senators you can imagine. I support Mr. Alexander’s opponent in the primary. But if Mr. Alexander wins the primary, I will vote for him. But not if he were to use “Mississippi” tactics. Then, I would abstain from voting for any candidate in that race. We seem to have forgotten, but the ends DO NOT justify the means.

tngmv on June 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

The GOP is in for a rude awakening in November. Not only will they lose Mississippi Senate seat, they’re gonna lose many more otherwise close, battleground races. Ye reap as ye sow, and the GOP has really pissed off the base this time.

They’ll be lucky to hold the house, and they just lost the senate. I know that I am not alone when I say that I am done with the rat bass turds.

bimmcorp on June 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I want these spineless Republicans to speak out!

sadsushi on June 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

TEA PARTY BABIES GROW UP. IF DEMS HAD VOTED FOR YOUR GUY INSTEAD BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED McDaniel WOULD BE THE WEAKER CANDIDATE IN THE FALL YOU GUYS WOULD BE BRAGGING ABOUT THE TEA PARTY`S BROAD SUPPORT. TEA PARTY HAS COST US THE SENATE FOR THE LAST TWO ELECTIONS. NOW YOU WANT TO PICK UP YOUR TOYS AND GO HOME, WELL GO G.D.YOU ALL.

Rook on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Your all caps and bolded shouting has convinced me.

NotCoach on June 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Yep.

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/status/482599995757953024

MUST READ. This letter from @AGJimHood confirms reports of stopping public access to poll books to stop fraud. #mssen pic.twitter.com/XyX1wYZiGd

INC on June 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Rook on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Bite me. Morality and ethics may not matter to you, but they still matter in Mississippi.

kingsjester on June 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

viking01 on June 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Maybe on the money side, but Haley Barbour knows MS….not Rove.

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

viking01 on June 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

:)

INC on June 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I do wish HA would stop with the Rand Paul thing.

If more people voted, perhaps McDaniel would have won…

r keller on June 27, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Rand Paul’s “more people voting” comment was in response to a question about the obvious voter fraud that took place in the run-off. Rand had an opportunity to denounce the fraud, and denounce Cochran and his team’s involvement in it, but he chose not to. Instead, Paul openly praised the illegal cross-over voters, and Cochran’s unethical, perhaps illegal actions. Rand deserves ridicule and scorn for his stupid response.

Pork-Chop on June 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

So now they are blatantly stopping people from looking at the voter rolls?? There is not suspicious about that at all ;)

sorrowen on June 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

There is nothing I can do about MS, but I can refuse to vote for Cory Gardener (R) CO vs Mark Udall. They are both pro-child murder so its actually an easy decision

personhoodCO on June 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

The counterargument is simple, though: If not now, when?

Indeed…how many more times will you take being insulted to the core? By your own?

The GOP might do well enough in the fall to retake the Senate even if they lose Mississippi.

Even though there is not one reason why they deserve it.

If they don’t retake it, that’s not a disaster — this is, by Nate Silver’s estimate, the “least important election in years” because control of the upper chamber matters so little. The GOP will have more leverage over Court confirmations if they have a majority, but who knows if there’ll even be a vacancy on the Court?

Not only that – McConnell affirmed yesterday, again, that he’d go back to the original maj. vote, not the new Reid dictatorship. A simple win means nothing.

And gridlock on legislation is a fait accompli given Obama’s standoff with the Republican House regardless of what the Senate does.

Right now obama acts out of fear. With a maj. senate the snake will act out of sheer desperado.

If you’re unwilling to risk a protest vote for a Democrat after the grotesque spectacle of a group of GOP cronies using liberal votes to prop up an elderly man whose heart isn’t in it anymore (and who can’t pee without McCain or Barbour holding his pen*s)
, you’ll never be willing.

True

And if you’re unwilling, maybe it’s time to stop complaining about Cochran and cronyism and the rest of it and accept that this is who we are and who we’re going to be.

True!!!

Don’t vote in Nov. Let Miss. go blue.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Rook on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Nothing like a lunatic’s screams to improve troll credibility…

viking01 on June 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Haley Barbour and the GOP are behind this cra-p.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2672565/The-worst-race-baiting-ads-Ive-seen-Radio-ads-Mississippi-senate-race-accused-tea-party-candidate-Ku-Klux-Klan-links-drove-black-Democrats-vote-against-REPUBLICAN-primary.html

NOT ONE DIME TO THE GOP. Send your money to McDaniels. He is being denied access to more than 12 counties in the search for illegal votes.
The GOP are as criminal as the Dems!

katy on June 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Anyone else that the base needs to purge to send a nice, strong message to the GOP?

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coolrepublica on June 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM

NotCoach on June 27, 2014 at 3:09 PM

I’m an independent and I live in California. I don’t have a dog in this fight.

myiq2xu on June 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM

In other words, a wimp that can’t make up their mind…

right2bright on June 27, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Willing to go this far? Ha! I will never vote for a Republican again.I don’t even care how conservative he/she claims to be.Ted Cruz,for example,stood idly by while the GOP establishment attacked conservatives and stole an election.Does he deserve my vote just because he is a Republican? Heck no? Does he deserve my vote because he is a conservative who has no gonads.Hell no!None of these so called conservatives will actually do something to advance a conservative agenda.And don’t get me started on that phony coward Erick Erickson whose weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth over the Cochran mess had him telling his Redstate followers it would be okay if they couldn’t support Cochran in the general but he couldn’t follow them!Erickson is a prime example of why the GOP establishment gets away with their crap against conservatives.Ooh hit me again,hit me again.Erickson loves the abuse.So completely over this BS! Death to the GOP bring on a third party!

redware on June 27, 2014 at 3:09 PM

TEA PARTY BABIES GROW UP. IF DEMS HAD VOTED FOR YOUR GUY INSTEAD BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED McDaniel WOULD BE THE WEAKER CANDIDATE IN THE FALL YOU GUYS WOULD BE BRAGGING ABOUT THE TEA PARTY`S BROAD SUPPORT. TEA PARTY HAS COST US THE SENATE FOR THE LAST TWO ELECTIONS. NOW YOU WANT TO PICK UP YOUR TOYS AND GO HOME, WELL GO G.D.YOU ALL.

Rook on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

In other words, you’re using the Dem STFU tactic.

itsspideyman on June 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

I don’t think the GOPe understands how serious this is. It was a watershed, the straw the broke the camel’s back. McConnell and the rest of the had better get out in front of it tout suite or things will look a lot less rosy in November and onwards than they’re expecting. They need to explain how they’re going to fix the system so that this can’t happen again. Closing the primaries would be a minimal, but necessary step.

As to the notion that they’ll get a new base, I can only ask where? The Dems have the FSA vote sewn up, since nobody can compete with them on divisive pandering. That’s 47% right there.

pehrsson on June 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

That’s not a big risk on legislation given that Republicans will control the House but it’s a huge risk on Supreme Court nominations, if/when Harry Reid ends up nuking the filibuster and allowing confirmation by simple majority vote. If O knows he can get a nominee through with just 51 votes, he’ll feel safer nominating someone who’s further left.

Obama will nominate a leftist judge and McConnell and the rest of the repubs will go along with it. As you already mentioned, there is no evidence to suggest that there will be an opening on SCOTUS in the next two years. To get a real conservative judge, Conservatives will need the senate AND the white house. We can afford to lose the seat in MS. Remember, repubs voted to confirm Kennedy, O’Connor, and Souter. Thad deserves to lose.

shubalstearns on June 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Anyone else that the base needs to purge to send a nice, strong message to the GOP?

coolrepublica on June 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

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coolrepublica on June 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Rook on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

F*ck off.

Midas on June 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

A scandal-plagued Democratic operative worked the black vote for Cochran

sharrukin on June 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Both parties are involved in organized crime against the public.

the_nile on June 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

I’m voting for McDaniel Thad disenfranchising voters is disgusting and he will pay and he already is hiding like the coward,race baiter he is.

sorrowen on June 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

viking01 on June 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Maybe on the money side, but Haley Barbour knows MS….not Rove.

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

McDaniel 2014 is a far superior candidate to Christine O’Donnell but Karl Rove managed to have shat all over that 2010 campaign effort too.

Which has me wondering what Rove is really like when his Prolixin ain’t working.

viking01 on June 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

NotCoach on June 27, 2014 at 3:09 PM

The deal is you have to add the link. It doesn’t count if you don’t add the link.

I can’t get my tribute page unless a link is added. so please post it again with the link ok. Thank you!

coolrepublica on June 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

TEA PARTY BABIES GROW UP. IF DEMS HAD VOTED FOR YOUR GUY INSTEAD BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED McDaniel WOULD BE THE WEAKER CANDIDATE IN THE FALL YOU GUYS WOULD BE BRAGGING ABOUT THE TEA PARTY`S BROAD SUPPORT. TEA PARTY HAS COST US THE SENATE FOR THE LAST TWO ELECTIONS. NOW YOU WANT TO PICK UP YOUR TOYS AND GO HOME, WELL GO G.D.YOU ALL.

Rook on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Nice of you to post for the hard of hearing…and what is “

right2bright on June 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

TEA PARTY HAS COST US THE SENATE FOR THE LAST TWO ELECTIONS. NOW YOU WANT TO PICK UP YOUR TOYS AND GO HOME, WELL GO G.D.YOU ALL.

Rook on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

So you are getting exactly what you want.

Those filthy Tea Party types won’t be harshing your mellow anymore.

sharrukin on June 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Even if the Dems only have 50 seats, Obama can nominate whatever rabid leftist he pleases, and there will still be enough GOP leftist/squishy f*ckwits in the Senate to confirm them anyway.

Midas on June 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Yep.Haley, Thad, and the GOP thought Mississippians were too stupid to catch on. Brother, were they wrong.

kingsjester on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

And the outside/establishment are clueless about how wildly mad the people are.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Rook on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Listen up, Sonny. Have you ever heard of integrity? Clearly you have not.

Do you even know what the ‘tea party’ is? Nope, you don’t. It is NOT a political party, Pea Brain, it is a political philosophy, and it means “Taxed Enough Already”. That philosophy has not cost YOU anything, pal, and please do not say US. I resent being included in the gaggle of geese you claim to be representing.

Caps lock broken?

bimmcorp on June 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Now that this is a done deal conservative Senators come out of the woodwork with their doubts. Spare me please! These people could have said something weeks ago, when it mattered or even better: supported McDaniels when he needed help.

This is especially true of Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, who profited immensely from the tea party and are not to be found when there is work to be done that doesnt directly concern their careers.

Red Widow on June 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

oops, what is “GO G.D. YOU ALL”.

btw, keep posting you are f’in brilliant…

right2bright on June 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

TEA PARTY HAS COST US THE SENATE FOR THE LAST TWO ELECTIONS. NOW YOU WANT TO PICK UP YOUR TOYS AND GO HOME, WELL GO G.D.YOU ALL.

Rook on June 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

We will. Good luck, fool.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 3:13 PM

I’m actually surprised at the number (albeit small) of commenters on here who don’t have the same perspective that seems so obvious to the many rest of us. That nothing but shame and derision is worthy for someone whom will forego their Party’s principles, add fuel to an already contrived media perception on matters of race, raise the level of sleaze and nastiness, and ultimately damaging the brand of which you’ve entrusted your name all to the benefit of personal political ambition.

I really figured how nakedly crystal clear this is would so obviously be in its unanimity.

anuts on June 27, 2014 at 3:13 PM

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