Ann Coulter: Chris McDaniel’s killing his political future by contesting the Mississippi runoff results

posted at 8:41 pm on July 10, 2014 by Allahpundit

Her argument: Gracious losers tend to get another shot at running whereas sore losers end up being discarded. I’d be keen to see FiveThirtyEight or The Upshot confirm or debunk that with data, but never mind that.

Is what she saying true in McDaniel’s case? Even if he bowed out today and endorsed Cochran, the whole lesson of this primary is that the Mississippi GOP establishment will do whatever takes, including recruiting Democratic voters for a Republican primary, to beat someone who threatens their gravy train.

Cochran won the runoff by 7,667 votes, according to the certified vote count announced this week. McDaniel’s partisans don’t just have to prove that more than 7,000 ineligible voters went to the polls, but also that they all voted for Cochran, not McDaniel. Good luck with that.

There’s no reason to think that a majority of Mississippi Republicans didn’t want Cochran as their nominee. A lot of them might not have bothered to vote in the first primary, on the assumption that the long-serving, popular incumbent was not at risk…

McDaniel’s team complains about what Cochran’s supporters said about its guy? Nothing compares to that ugly nursing home stunt.

But some McDaniel supporters can’t think about anything but winning this one primary. They don’t care that they’re gambling with a Republican majority in the Senate — or destroying McDaniel’s future prospects. (Which could come soon — Cochran isn’t getting any younger.) As the nation goes up in smoke, they act as if the future of the country is nothing compared to their color war at summer camp.

Actually, there’s plenty of reason to think that a majority of Republicans preferred McDaniel. The data blogs have looked closely at the county returns in Mississippi at least twice, once in a day-after analysis at FiveThirtyEight by Harry Enten and again just yesterday in an Upshot piece by Nate Cohn and Derek Willis. Verdict: Black voters, who of course are overwhelmingly Democratic, were the difference. Enten estimated that black votes may have meant as much as 10 points to Cochran, propelling him from what otherwise would have been an eight-point(!) loss in the runoff to a two-point win. Cohn and Willis went precinct by precinct through one Mississippi county with a large black population and ended up marveling at how much higher turnout was for the runoff than for the first GOP primary between Cochran and McDaniel. “The data strongly suggests,” they concluded, “that higher black and Democratic turnout covered the entirety of Mr. Cochran’s margin of victory.” It’s not out of the question that 40,000 more Obama supporters voted in the runoff than the initial primary; Cohn and Willis suspect that they broke for Cochran by a margin of 20 to 1, which helps explain why he ended up with 33,000+ more votes in the runoff than he did a few weeks earlier. Subtract those Democratic votes, leaving an electorate comprised of Republicans and right-leaning indies, and McDaniel almost certainly wins.

None of that is illegal, though, or at least not provably so. As long as those voters didn’t also vote in the Democratic primary, they were free to vote in the GOP runoff. (State law requires that they intend to vote for the primary winner in the general election too but there’s no way to enforce that.) On the other hand, I’m not sure Coulter’s right that Team McDaniel would need to prove not only that there were 7,000+ invalid votes cast by people who voted in the Democratic primary but that those votes all went to Cochran. Why do you have to prove which candidate they were cast for? If the number of invalid votes is greater than the margin of victory, the legitimacy of the outcome is in question.

Back to my first point, though. Even if McDaniel suddenly dropped out, backed Cochran, and kneeled before Haley Barbour to kiss his ring, he’s still going to be a pork-slashing tea partier when all of this is over, right? Why would Mississippi’s establishment be interested in backing someone like that? The reason the Barbourites cajoled Cochran into running again isn’t because they can’t imagine a future without Thad, it’s because they can’t imagine a future without someone like Thad. And if Thad had retired this year, leaving McDaniel to face a lesser known establishmentarian who didn’t have Cochran’s incumbency advantage, the tea partier might have won the seat. Mississippi’s cronies want a fellow crony in the Senate; if McDaniel’s willing to rethink his politics and be that crony, then he has a future. (Especially since his tea-party cred will keep right-wing objections at bay, at least for awhile.) If he isn’t then it doesn’t matter if he’s a gracious loser or not, in which case he might as well do everything he can to have this election result overturned. This may, after all, be the closest he ever gets to the Senate: Roger Wicker, the other senator from Mississippi, is a spry 63 years old and just won a new term in 2012 so it may be decades before he’s vulnerable. Meanwhile, Cochran will probably retire during his new term, clearing the way for some new establishment crony to fill his seat. That’s McDaniel’s best fallback plan potentially: Although Gov. Phil Bryant can fill a vacancy temporarily via appointment, Mississippi is required to hold a special election within 100 days to fill the seat. McDaniel would have an advantage over the rest of the field now that he’s built a name in the state. However, if the vacancy happens in an election year, the special election is held the same day as the general election. In other words, if Cochran retires early in 2016, Bryant could appoint a Barbourite to the seat and let him build name recognition and incumbency for months before the special election. And all of that assumes, of course, that Mississippi Republicans won’t try to change the vacancy rules so that Bryant can appoint someone for even longer.

Exit question: Why doesn’t Haley Barbour himself fill Cochran’s eventual vacancy? He’s got the name and the money to keep McDaniel and the tea partiers at bay.


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Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 11:40 PM

OK, I see what you’re driving at. I would argue that the affidavits of voters admitting they voted illegally while useful are not necessary. When you have evidence of thousands of votes cast by ineligible voters, in precincts that have grossly inflated turnout for a Republican primary, the inference that fraud is being committed is inescapable.

novaculus on July 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Where this Ann Coulter came from, I’m not quite sure, but I’d like the old one back. Stop ticking off the soccer fans and the tea party, and go after the liberals and the establishment.

bflat879 on July 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

You’ll have the old Ann Coulter back when she has her next book to hawk to the rubes. This is an election year and Ann hangs with her elitist buddies during election years. In 2012 she hung with Christie and Romney.

bw222 on July 10, 2014 at 11:57 PM

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Do you think there is proof of voter fraud or has it all be destroyed?

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Looks like the ‘vote buying’ thing is falling apart, too. The guy who gave the paid interview now seems to be recanting some of what he said.

http://yallpolitics.com/index.php/yp/post/38612/

crosspatch on July 10, 2014 at 9:10 PM

So someone in Cochran’s camp was asking him to buy votes? So instead of a little bribery, we just have an offer of bribery? That’s all you got?

STILL ILLEGAL by the way.

MS Code § 97-13-3

NWConservative on July 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Or he finally realized he could go to jail for taking part in a vote-buying scheme, and is changing his story just enough to claim he did nothing illegal, and that he really just meant that they tried to entice him to do something illegal.

You’re not going to get the whole truth without an investigation.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 11, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Without an answer of who the fraud benefits (no, “Obviously it 100% benefits the incumbent even though there’s nothing more than hearsay to back up this statement,” is not an acceptable answer, just as, “Obviously it 100% benefits the challenger even though there’s nothing more than hearsay to back up this statement,” is not an acceptable answer), the mere accusation of fraud is not enough to throw the election in doubt.

In the previous court case that you cited, neither party accused the other of fraud. They were merely debating human error.

In this case, accusations of fraud are being made. You can’t know that 100% of the fraudulent ballots are not benefiting the incumbent, not without violating the secret ballot. I have found only one case talking about violating the secret ballot in Ohio where election investigators were trying to pin someone on ballot tampering.

Without that answer, the best one can estimate what the effect of fraud is whatever the vote percentages in the precincts where the fraud occurred is. At 7,700 illegal votes, or even 15,000, I highly doubt that subtracting those vote percentages would get the margin close enough to where the result is in doubt.

When fraud is committed by one party, votes tend to go to that party. Why would Cochran’s camp commit fraud for McDaniel if they knew the election would be close?

Get a few hundred “I illegally voted for Cochran” confessions, which the McDaniel campaign should be able to do, and the doubt creeps storms in. Get close to a net 7,700 “I illegally voted for Cochran” confessions, and it’s likely that it will be not a new election, but a new nominee that the Mississippi court system will be ordering.

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Show me a court case where this has occurred. You cannot force people to incriminate themselves. Just getting over 7,700 illegal votes is enough.

NWConservative on July 11, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Or he finally realized he could go to jail for taking part in a vote-buying scheme, and is changing his story just enough to claim he did nothing illegal, and that he really just meant that they tried to entice him to do something illegal.

You’re not going to get the whole truth without an investigation.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 11, 2014 at 12:13 AM

I believe that is exactly why he was trying to be coy about his statements. He is trying to pin the vote buying just on Cochran’s people and paint himself as a dear angel who was trying to do right.

Either way, Cochran’s people are still implicated in it and it is still illegal.

NWConservative on July 11, 2014 at 12:22 AM

I hope it’s clear to Republicans now, if it wasn’t before, that the Deep South is the most dysfunctional part of the US.

Yeah, I know, folks in the Deep South vote Republican right now, blah blah blah, but wake up… If the Dems govern, if the GOP governs, it makes no difference. Louisiana to South Carolina is the most messed up, backward region of the US.

Good grief, a lot of them still fly the Confederate flag. Oh, sorry, they’re “honoring a legacy.” Give me a break. You think if my ancestors had bravely fought with the Tories against George Washington I’d be waiving the Union Jack around in public like an ignorant British tool?

BocaJuniors on July 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I’ll see your Deep South and raise you Chicago, Wisconsin (John Doe investigations), California, and New Jersey.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 11, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM

I think the numbers show that their was an extraordinary Dem turnout. I don’t doubt that money changed hands. They went to the same people that turn them out for the Dem “leaders”. There was just so much money flooding the system in the last three weeks going to many people who have nothing to do with the GOP. Everyone here knows it. It will come down to the evidence they present to a judge, and you know that can go either way. Haley Barbour pulled out all the stops and he may have destroyed the MSGOP. This is not going away anytime soon no matter the decision.

Everyone has lawyered up and gone quiet. They are anticipating the legal challenge. Kirk Sims resignation is a real tip off. Amanda Shook and Saleem Baird have not been heard from. It’s a real mess.

d1carter on July 11, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Jayrae on July 10, 2014 at 11:17 PM

I saw a comment on the MSGOP’s Facebook page from a lady that obviously knows Joe Nosef…she basically threatened him. Something to the effect of, Joel, keep this up and I am uploading all those documents. You know which documents I mean…Don’t make me do it.

This is truly a civil war. Brother against brother and friends against friends. It has been difficult since the runoff to talk with some of my friends. This is as bad as I have seen.

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Literally brother against brother. Jeppie Barbour has stated he supports McDaniel, and will never vote for Cochran. That is Haley Barbour’s brother, and also fairly influential in Republican politics.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 11, 2014 at 12:34 AM

McDaniel is going for broke because he has already burned all his bridges during the campaign. He is clearly persona non gratis in the MS GOP after the nursing home stuff and his rhetoric.

But there is very little reason to think that he can prevail in court. In MS, the parties run the primaries and certify the results, not the Secretary of State as with general elections. The state party certified. Courts don’t like to overturn that.

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Coulter is correct about showing the votes over the margin would have all gone to Cochran, it can be done statistically by precinct. But even that doesn’t guarantee a new election. Courts have refused to overturn primary results even when 30% of the votes were shown to be at least questionable.

Adjoran on July 11, 2014 at 12:39 AM

I continue to wonder why this site, and others, even care what Ann Coulter says? She’s a troll, even among conservative circles. She’s only saying things, at this point, to see what headlines she can get and to come off as “shocking”.

Sammo21 on July 11, 2014 at 1:09 AM

…shut up Ann…color your hair!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 11, 2014 at 1:10 AM

Coulter is correct about showing the votes over the margin would have all gone to Cochran, it can be done statistically by precinct. But even that doesn’t guarantee a new election. Courts have refused to overturn primary results even when 30% of the votes were shown to be at least questionable.

Adjoran on July 11, 2014 at 12:39 AM

The supreme court case that Steve Eggleston was quoting earlier determined that if fraud was shown to be present that an election would have to be overturned. From the MS Supreme Court:

Here, as the disqualification of the illegal votes does not change the result of the election, we need only consider whether the irregularities were substantial enough to warrant a special election. In Walker, we clarified the manner in which we make this determination, finding that the question

depends upon the facts and circumstances in each particular case, including the nature of the procedural requirements violated, the scope of the violations, and the ratio of illegal votes to the total votes cast. 213 Miss. at 264, 57 So.2d 166.

As this rule has been applied in our case law, the nature of the procedural violation is important because if the irregularities are due to fraud or willful violations of the election procedure, this Court will not hesitate to order a new election, even though the percentage of illegal votes is small.

The 30% questionable number was used in cases where human error/mistakes were the main issue.

Again per MS Supreme Court:

The scope of the violations and the ratio of illegal votes are significant, because even in the absence of fraud, the disenfranchisement of a significant number of voters will cast enough doubt on the results of an election to warrant voiding it. As a rule, if more than thirty percent of total votes have been disqualified, a special election will be required.

You have 7,700 votes of fraudulent individuals breaking the law crossing over, felons voting, dead voting, absentee fraud, etc and you get an overturned election. This is not simple human error. This is not a simple case of the receiving manager and the initialing manager being the same person as in NOXUBEE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC E. COM. v. RUSSELL.

I’m sure you must have seen this already but there is an affidavit from Phillip Harding in the True the Vote restraining order where he states executive committee members were/are directing volunteers to throw away absentee applications/ open envelopes in absentee ballot bags, which violates MS election law (§ 23-15-645).

They are not allowed to simply throw this stuff in the trash.

There are two separate claims of vote buying. There are FEC violations and illegal PACs that were allowed to influence the election.

NWConservative on July 11, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Yeah and that scumbag Stuart Stevens who ran Etch-A-Sketch’s campaign as well as Cochran’s ran campaigns for 3rd world dictators.

These filthy, corrupt, pigs have no moral compass.

You know, McDaniel is a sitting state Senator and they called him a racist.

I want to see Boss Hawg in an orange jumpsuit.

Burn IT Down!

Jayrae on July 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Now you’ve got me fired up!

reddevil on July 11, 2014 at 3:26 AM

Does anyone care what Coulter says anymore? She’s become a caricature of herself. Shrilly cheer-leading for self absorbed jerks like Christie and left wing play things like McConnell.

Coulter is another elitist Hollywood GOP cocktail party bubble inhabitant who left planet Earth for greener pastures (and by greener i mean lots of dolla dolla bills, ya’ll), a long time ago, for a fame galaxy far far away. To push the Star Wars reference one step too far, she is at home in the Mos Eisley cantina with the rest of the DC freak show.

I only mention her name when a discussion like this arises. She is irrelevant.

alecj on July 11, 2014 at 3:56 AM

Coulter: the same one who aggressively helped take down a very “good republican” named Sarah Palin when she ganged up on her with her right-wing elitist GOP media buddies to prevent her from announcing–that Coulter?

Don L on July 11, 2014 at 4:37 AM

Yeah, I know, folks in the Deep South vote Republican right now, blah blah blah, but wake up… If the Dems govern, if the GOP governs, it makes no difference. Louisiana to South Carolina is the most messed up, backward region of the US.

BocaJuniors on July 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

We get it – you have a cultural bias against the south. You hate southerners. But you’re completely wrong to blow up your own issues into “southern dysfunction”.

Chicago (where I live) makes the south look like a perfectly run, well-oiled machine.

Jaibones on July 11, 2014 at 6:37 AM

You and that drunken heifer, iliinidiva ought to get a room, dikwad. A pair of more ignorant, bigoted douche nozzles would be hard to find. Bless your little heart, anyway…

bimmcorp on July 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Heh,

Jaibones on July 11, 2014 at 6:44 AM

She is right, of course. Reagan lost his first two presidential runs and he handled the losses with grace and aplomb. That’s how it’s done.

cimbri on July 11, 2014 at 7:22 AM

It’s much more likely to Barbour’s nephew.

Esaus Message on July 11, 2014 at 7:34 AM

I think it’s wrong to believe that the establishment cannot be overturned in Mississippi. The rumbling of the earth beneath the GOP establishment is happening everywhere.

Esaus Message on July 11, 2014 at 7:35 AM

First you get the GOP wanting a ‘big tent’.

Then the Tea Partiers walk in.

Now the GOP wants to get rid of the newcomers who are starting to take over the show inside the tent.

It is like they only wanted to expand the tent in the Leftist direction or something.

ajacksonian on July 11, 2014 at 7:44 AM

NWConservative on July 11, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Again you misrepresent what the Mississippi Supreme Court said. That fraud has to have demonstrably helped the challenged winner. To say otherwise would merely open the door to slimeballs who would engineer fraud just to get close so they can get another bite at the apple.

Steve Eggleston on July 11, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Here’s your affidavit of destroyed election materials in #mssen. http://www.thetaxpayerschannel.org/pdfs/phillipsaffidavit.pdf

https://twitter.com/Tissy_/status/487452533598613504

Jayrae on July 11, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Gracious losers tend to get another shot at running whereas sore losers end up being discarded.

Really? Tell it to Al Franken.

Sick and tired of playing by the Dem and RINO rules. F that noise. Fight every time, show the world the corruption in the system. Conservatives won’t win by playing by Queensbury rules.

I don’t even care if this guy is a good Conservative at this point. I just want the GOPe to fail. Fight on brother! Fight on!

wearyman on July 11, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I enjoy reading Coulter every Thursday, but I think she missed the mark with this one

stop2think on July 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Sit down, Chris, and Ann will let you know when it’s your turn. She doesn’t understand that this is the time to fight and fight to win, does she.

Kissmygrits on July 11, 2014 at 8:42 AM

I just want the GOPe to fail. Fight on brother! Fight on!

wearyman on July 11, 2014 at 8:19 AM

It’s way past time for a Bush Mafia purge!
Corrupt scum Haley Barbour and Stuart Stevens are as evil as Obama.

Mississippi is the most corrupt state rated #1 in the nation.

Here’s some great summer reading for the gopE boot lickers.

“The Fall of the House of Zeus” by Curtis Wilkie
It’s the story of Dickie Scruggs, brother-in-law of Trent, we’ll just have to co-opt the TEA Party when they arrive in DC, Lott.
The book names the names and reveals the shame of power-politics in Mississippi. The old boys who run Mississippi politics know that for certain people, life at the bottom is good.

Jayrae on July 11, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Ann Coulter needs to come down here to Mississippi. Or she can e-mail me. I’d be glad to set her straight.

kingsjester on July 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I have argued on other threads on impeachment of Obama that it is a fools errand. There is no benefit and likely significant loss.

This situation is another kettle of fish all together. I think in this instance something would be gained by torching Cochran and giving the seat to a democrat. A needed sign to the GOPe that they won’t win another race if they do stuff like this.

I hope McDaniel can get the election overturned, re-run, etc. If he can’t, and I was a Mississippi voter I would be pulling D levers for every Barbour machine opponent on the ballot.

Zomcon JEM on July 11, 2014 at 9:11 AM

To the MS voters here, if you didn’t already know this… there’s something you can do now do get rid of the good ol’ boys in party leadership. You can start attending your local GOP to become precinct committeemen. If you get enough people, the next time there’s a leadership election, you can throw out all the Barbour hacks. There’s plenty of McDaniel supporters that would give you the numbers.

dforston on July 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM

I 100 % agree with Coulter on illegal aliens but here she’s dead wrong. The best that can be said about the election is that RINO Cochran convinced black voters (WHO WILL NEVER NOTE FOR HIM IN THE GENERAL ELECTION)to cross over in the primary and vote for him and in sufficient numbers to defeat his rival.

A more likely scenario is that black voters (and maybe white liberals too) were bribed to cross over and vote for Cochran PLUS many who voted were either ineligible to vote or voted more than once, which, of course, is criminal fraud. 7000 + votes, admittedly, might be too high a hurdle to overcome but a recount should expose the fraud.

MaiDee on July 11, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Again you misrepresent what the Mississippi Supreme Court said. That fraud has to have demonstrably helped the challenged winner. To say otherwise would merely open the door to slimeballs who would engineer fraud just to get close so they can get another bite at the apple.

Steve Eggleston on July 11, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Where have I misrepresentated what they stated? You are the one drawing conclusions.

They clearly state:

As this rule has been applied in our case law, the nature of the procedural violation is important because if the irregularities are due to fraud or willful violations of the election procedure, this Court will not hesitate to order a new election, even though the percentage of illegal votes is small.

When the question before the court is about ACTUAL votes being fraudulent, as it is in McDaniel v. Cochran, a new election would be warranted, even if it is 7700 +1 fraudulent votes. The court could not reasonably determine what the intent of the voters actually was due to fraudulent voting distorting the election.

The case argued before them in that decision was over the democrat committee certifying Walker as a winner by throwing out voter boxes favorable to Russell because an election worker violated the old MS election law in being both the receiving manager and the initialing manager. The votes themselves were not in question. The initial vote count showed Russell winning, but due to election workers violating the law, he lost enough votes to be put behind the other candidate.

The Supreme court stated that when Russell got a fourth box where the same thing occured thrown out, Walker had now found himself behind in total votes and wanted a new election should his appeal not be granted.

The 30% rule would have applied here as the actual votes were not in question, no fraud was claimed to have happened by either party. Just like the 30% rule would not apply in this election contest either if the votes themselves are the problem, not election workers. However now it seems election workers have violated the law and destroyed election materials, so we now have that too.

NWConservative on July 11, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Is coulter still dating that commie Bill Maher. Will this hag just go away. She’s about as conservative as Chris Christie! Nuff said!

Danielvito on July 11, 2014 at 9:36 AM

If his Senate bid is unsuccessful, McDaniel should move to Texas. We don’t follow party preferences here. He could still spend his time in DC, hang out in Texas for campaigning (just like John Cornyn), and visit Mississippi all he likes.

Texans have soundly rejected the party favorite – just ask David Dewhurst who has said his loss in the primary for Gov was his last campaign. Including his loss to Ted Cruz.

Willys on July 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

She is right, of course. Reagan lost his first two presidential runs and he handled the losses with grace and aplomb. That’s how it’s done.

cimbri on July 11, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Did he lose them due to outright voter fraud?

Midas on July 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Yeah, Coulter is wrong on this one. If there were more invalid Democrat votes than the margin of victory, it should be challenged because it is the right thing to do. Too many Senate elections have been decided by fraud already.

WannabeAnglican on July 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

I agree Ann is dead wrong here. This is a hill to die on. TEA partiers have turned the other cheek every time the rinos have back stabbed us. Murkowski, etc. And I used to consider Haley Barbour as a Boss Hogg type with his sniveling nephew. But then he metamorphed into Baron Harkonnen and the Beast Rabban. This was using the dem syndicate against Conservatives. Like a New York mafia family using a Chicago family’s operation and picking up the costs. If we lose, we still expose you. Plan your majority without Thad Cochran. This shall not stand. And thanks for a story about it on Hot Air. It’s kinda important to Conservative types. Updates comparable to the Christie threads I’ve endured would be nice.

Cliff by the Ford on July 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

an electorate comprised of Republicans and right-leaning indies

“Comprising” not “comprised of.” The United States comprises fifty States. “Comprises” means “is composed of.” Thus, the fifty States do not “comprise” the United States, nor is the United States “comprised of” fifty States.

Using it incorrectly makes one sound like a phony intellectual. Well, except Saul Bellow famously and repeatedly used it incorrectly. And now we return to our regularly scheduled program.

tkmcp on July 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM

It was BAD ENOUGH that nit-wit coulter hysterically supported uber-RINO christie for president, now she’s gone even LOWER and defends senile, anti-conservative, voting fraudster thad coch-up. Ignore this b^!ch.

MicahStone on July 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Here is the deal PEOPLE. If the moderate pro amnesty wing of the republican party is swept to victory in November because of a groundswell of Obama hate then they will use it as an opportunity to tack left.

I promise you, days after the election you will hear a infuriating lie echo from every R pols lips – something like “This election was a mandate for common sense moderate policy. A mandate for working together with the dems in order to pass immigration reform” – Graham already said as much
http://hotair.com/archives/2014/06/11/white-house-lindsey-graham-won-and-cantor-lost-because-graham-really-tried-to-sell-immigration-reform/

Cochran, Mconnel and Boener’s team will say the same post November. If you are sympathetic to the TEA party cause and you vote for these weasels, don’t be surprised when they join dems in calling you racists after the election. Don’t be surprised when all the E-GOP fluffers on this site start calling you racist for believing in a well defined border. A GOPE win in Nov is only as good as the candidates running. Don’t think after the bad ones win that they are going to extend a hand to you racists(it’s going to be their word not mine).

BoxHead1 on July 11, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Coulter believes you are racists.

BoxHead1 on July 11, 2014 at 12:15 PM

When you hear the word racist you know a liberal losing an argument. a republican is trying to shame a conservative/ or a republican is whipping up votes.

Coulter is obviously bought and paid for. But it’s not so much $$$ they need to spend because her best days are behind her.

BoxHead1 on July 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM

A conservative election-watching organization has filed a motion for a restraining order against the Mississippi Republican Party, declaring it has evidence of tampering in runoff records.

True the Vote, which filed the motion with the Jackson Division of the U.S. District Court on Wednesday, claims it has “dozens of full detailed affidavit reports” detailing incidences of vote tampering. The alleged misconduct includes “destruction of voters’ absentee ballot applications and mandatory envelopes, illegal alteration of poll books, cross-over and double voting, absentee ballots marked ‘Accepted’ but unopened.”

“Defendant county commissioners have continued to violate federal law by preventing access to election records. Now, we think we know why,” True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement.

“If the affidavits we now have regarding the destruction of election documents and other similarly stunning findings are true, then no Mississippian, no American, can trust the results of this election.”

Akzed on July 11, 2014 at 3:21 PM

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/politicalledger/2014/07/11/mcdaniel-hosemann-election-runoff-politics/12536059/

McDaniel has 8300 questionable ballots now. Still needs to review some counties that he can’t gain access to.

dforston on July 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The clarion ledger I’m surprised is posting anything.

sorrowen on July 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

This sounds like it is going to get way more interesting.If the power newspaper starts printing things?

Zomcon JEM on July 11, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I have a problem with the idea that contesting fraud in elections leads to political death. We only have fraud in elections because folk refuse to face it and stop it. When we have elections won obviously by illegal votes or stuffed ballot boxes, or worse of all, the ‘count all the votes’ scam, we insure we will see more such fraud. I can recall when Al Franken ‘won his senate seat counting more votes in some districts than there were voters…it seems as soon as the fraud reverses the legit votes, then the issue is closed the party using the fraud is declared the winner and everyone is expected to leave the field.

That is a Hell of a way to run a nation.

JIMV on July 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Here is the deal PEOPLE. If the moderate pro amnesty wing of the republican party is swept to victory in November because of a groundswell of Obama hate then they will use it as an opportunity to tack left.

I promise you, days after the election you will hear a infuriating lie echo from every R pols lips – something like “This election was a mandate for common sense moderate policy. A mandate for working together with the dems in order to pass immigration reform” – Graham already said as much
http://hotair.com/archives/2014/06/11/white-house-lindsey-graham-won-and-cantor-lost-because-graham-really-tried-to-sell-immigration-reform/

Cochran, Mconnel and Boener’s team will say the same post November. If you are sympathetic to the TEA party cause and you vote for these weasels, don’t be surprised when they join dems in calling you racists after the election. Don’t be surprised when all the E-GOP fluffers on this site start calling you racist for believing in a well defined border. A GOPE win in Nov is only as good as the candidates running. Don’t think after the bad ones win that they are going to extend a hand to you racists(it’s going to be their word not mine).

BoxHead1 on July 11, 2014 at 12:13 PM

100% correct.

Midas on July 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

McDaniel said, “We have found over 8,300 questionable ballots cast.

But, he said, volunteers have had problems with access to poll books “in approximately 58 counties.”

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/politicalledger/2014/07/11/mcdaniel-hosemann-election-runoff-politics/12536059/

Screw corrupt Boss Hawg!

Jayrae on July 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM

It is not about his political future. It is about voter fraud! Thad is crooked and has voted like a damnocrap most of his career! When he asked for the damnocraps to vote him back in office he showed that he is still a damnocrap.. Buying votes for fifteen dollars per person is illegal!
Thad is incompetent to remain in office. His statement at a rally about doing indecent things to farm aminals when he was growing up proved this! He will resign from office, if he is not removed for voter fraud, and the governor will appoint another problematic person instead of someone that is conservative!

harvey1 on July 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Remember, Ann Cookter also supported Romneycare. Not exactly a conservative lion, especially when she endorsed Hillary over McCain.

Brock Robamney on July 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Anne continues to receive her Welfare Check from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the RINO E-”back”stabbers.

Anne you don’t have that much clout or political persuasion.
Personally I feel your appeal dropped off the radar when you backed Romney and recently Christy to the hilt. She has proven that she can pick losers like Carl Rove.

Nat George on July 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Anne needs to console Mitt.

alanstern on July 11, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Why destroy yourself? Nixon lost to Kennedy when known election fraud existed (still exists, I’m sure) in Chicago. Nixon understood what contesting would do to the nation. Say what you want about him, he did the right thing.

Gore? Nope.

McDaniel – call off the mess. You have enough talent to run for something again.

MN J on July 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM

MN J on July 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Yeah McDaniel. Be a True Purist GOP Drone and surrender

Brock Robamney on July 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

As of Friday, 11JUL14—–

“We have found over 8,300 questionable ballots cast, many of which were unquestionably cast by voters ineligible to participate in the June 24th runoff election,” McDaniel said in a Friday statement.

So he has potentially found enough irregular votes already despite the ongoing vote ledger modification fraud in Mississippi to change the election results and the Christie-Loving supporter of the Loser Mitt Romney of the Bain Drain who couldn’t manage his own election, Ann Coulter, is mouthing off about McDaniel trying to reverse a corrupt election and giving up.

People like Coulter, Rove, Barbour, etc., etc. are killing the republican party!

Falcon46 on July 12, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Now even the tranny has lost her balls.

redware on July 12, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Coulter revealed herself when she promoted Gov. Christie. She has been dead to me ever since. (Except I still love her snark when directed against Leftists, and not the Tea Party)

BigAlSouth on July 12, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Sorry Ms Praying Mantis. Haven’t liked you for years, and not buying your “at least they’re not Democrats” bar for Republican viability. The two parties need the corruption of one another to get people to vote for the alternative. Whichever one falls first, the other will go immediately after. We’re not getting any richer or wiser as we prop them up. Time’s a waste’n

elfman on July 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Why destroy yourself? Nixon lost to Kennedy when known election fraud existed (still exists, I’m sure) in Chicago. Nixon understood what contesting would do to the nation. Say what you want about him, he did the right thing.

Gore? Nope.

McDaniel – call off the mess. You have enough talent to run for something again.

MN J on July 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Nixon didn’t contest because his people were committing fraud there too. Kennedy was just better at it.

So we have another voice in favor of voter fraud here, thanks for stating your position.

NWConservative on July 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM

All that is necessary for Evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.

At this point, I think that the GOP moderates will stab any conservative in the back, whether they’re “sore losers” or not. So Mr. McDaniel already has a target on his back; fighting for what’s right can only generate respect among his base, and who knows?

He might win!

(And I used to like Haley Barbour. :sigh: )

ReggieA on July 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

She is right, of course. Reagan lost his first two presidential runs and he handled the losses with grace and aplomb. That’s how it’s done”

That’s how it used to be done when most elections were above board and the results could be trusted. I doubt Reagan ever had to fight Republicans sending Democrats out to vote for the other guy and, if he did, he would have dealt with it. As it is, he had to fight the Republicans establishment also. I can remember the go along, to get along Republicans of those days. If you want to know one reason Goldwater lost so badly it was the establishment didn’t support him.

bflat879 on July 12, 2014 at 5:29 PM

bflat879 on July 12, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Did I miss something? Was McDaniel running for a Presidential nomination? I’m sure you purists don’t want him to run, because then we will have Amnesty, and someone who will only tweak and preserve Obamacare. So tell me, did the incumbent President bribe African American voters and spit on his base, after losing the primary? I don’t recall that. I also recall the Presidential primary being decided by Republicans, not by democrats who were promised welfare benefits, and having the race card pulled on them by fellow republicans. If you and the Ann Cookter drones haven’t figured it out, the GOP is in serious trouble with their base. The Democrats raised 3x the amount of donations from their base than the Republicans did from theirs. I sense a huge upset coming in November, with the GOP losing the house, and still being in the minority in the Senate

Brock Robamney on July 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

More evidence continues to surface that Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran, born in 1937, is losing his cognitive marbles. But the establishment GOP has invested so much of their political capital in retaining their ability to hold his arm up while he signs his name, they are flailing around desperately to try and hide the obvious.

Akzed on July 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Fortunately the People are defunding the GOP

Brock Robamney on July 13, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Good grief, a lot of them still fly the Confederate flag. Oh, sorry, they’re “honoring a legacy.” Give me a break. You think if my ancestors had bravely fought with the Tories against George Washington I’d be waiving the Union Jack around in public like an ignorant British tool?

Gee thanks, (dis)HonestAbe

Palerider1861 on July 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Why would a honorable man want a “future” in a party that does that?

elfman on July 14, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Don’t really care much for what she says lately. Once she started shagging the hipster RINOs at the NRO, she’s turned into just another beltway pragmatist.

John_G on July 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Black voters, who of course are overwhelmingly Democratic, were the difference. Enten estimated that black votes may have meant as much as 10 points to Cochran, propelling him from what otherwise would have been an eight-point(!) loss in the runoff to a two-point win. Cohn and Willis went precinct by precinct through one Mississippi county with a large black population and ended up marveling at how much higher turnout was for the runoff than for the first GOP primary between Cochran and McDaniel. “The data strongly suggests,” they concluded, “that higher black and Democratic turnout covered the entirety of Mr. Cochran’s margin of victory.”

Keep having open primaries, GOP.

Keep letting the mainstream media moderate your debates, GOP.

You’re the party of mental agility, for sure.

FishingwFredo on July 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

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