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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John Pittman Hey ‏@JohnPittmanHey

Ann Coulter’s legal incompetence and ignorance of basic election law and MS Supreme Court precedent is astounding. See O’Neal v. Simpson.

From someone who actually deals with election law in Mississippi.

NWConservative on July 10, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Let’s keep putting Party over Principle, Party over Country, Party over Rule of Law, et. al. … that’ll distinguish us from the Dems …

Oh, wait!

ShainS on July 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM

AC is a used up old fool…

OmahaConservative on July 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Oh Ann.

ctmom on July 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM

“In Mississippi, they’re attempting to destroy a good Republican.”

Who?

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Gregg Phillips ‏@JumpVote

Need evidence? @TrueTheVote has affidavit swearing GOP executive committee members ordered and executed document destruction.

Fraud in MS.

NWConservative on July 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Ann, you are wrong again. Stick to attacking the progressives. You do that well. Picking candidates has not been your strong suit.

jazzuscounty on July 10, 2014 at 8:49 PM

This is, after all, the same woman who tried to tell us what a great conservative Christie was.

There’s no reason to think that a majority of Mississippi Republicans didn’t want Cochran as their nominee.

Then why, oh, why did Cochran need all those Democrats (and phony votes, apparently) to get the nomination.

Don’t ask me why, but I think the woman lost it after her parents died.

formwiz on July 10, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Hey Ann!

Dear elected Republican officeholders,

You know this famous quote:

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Your “Do Nothing” option is OFF the table. The Mississippi Senate Primary runoff on June 28th showed the GOP establishment (GOPe) is owned by their large donors and their “Elites” agenda.

YOU can change this by acting en masse quickly to publicly demand the non-elected GOP officials denounce Cochran and demand his withdrawl from the race. But if you believe you can continue to “Do Nothing”, WE have an option you won’t like.

On June 29th on Hot Air, I noticed one of our eternally patient, true conservatives on that site had joined the Let.It.Burn camp – the view there is nothing to be done to stop this country’s fall – which resulted in me having an epiphany.

The GOPe is perfectly happy with Let.It.Burn because it’s passive rather than active in nature. They expect it to cost the Democrats more net votes than the GOPe candidates and they just ran their “proof of concept” test case on how to defeat true conservatives.

So now it it time to change from the passive Let.It.Burn … … and to an all encompassing, everywhere on the map voting against ANY GOPe candidate running for anything from “dog catcher to U.S. Senator” as long as the Republican Party lets stand the Mississippi outcome from June 28th
Or in a shorter, specifically targeting term you can relate to …

Burn.It.Down

PolAgnostic on July 10, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Yeah but can Sen. McDaniel do this after decades in Washington?

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

McDaniel’s is a neo-Confederate. If the Tea Party wants to win, recruit better candidates. And by especially careful about a candidate’s racial views in the South. We’re only fifty years from the Civil Rights Act here; it is still a touchy issue in some areas of the South.

Illinidiva on July 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

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.

Let’s ask Christine O’Donnell, who was good enough to be the sacrifical lamb to Plugs Biden’s backup Senate plan in 2008 but not good enough for a “competitive” Senate seat in 2010.

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

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.

I’ve heard his sentiment from the night of the run-off. The guy who farmed for votes among blacks by all but calling his opponent a member of the KKK should win because he’s old. And boy it would be really stupid to squander away success in future elections by challenging the Haley Barbour and the establishment GOP.

The only question I have here is if Cochran actually won or not. It’s not clear that he did.

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

I wonder how much the Cochran camp paid her to write this.

Flange on July 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

The FACT is, that if the primary had not been OPEN, and didn’t allow Cochran’s camp to buy, cheat and lie to get DimocRat voters (many fraudulently) to vote for Cochran, McDaniel WOULD have won.

The establishment can spin it and try to revise history all they want, but that’s the fact.

All you MS GOP folks out there, you’re OK with having Dims (bought and paid for) pick your candidate for Senate for you? I sure as h3ll wouldn’t be.

Meople on July 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

If McDaniel is fighting not just anti-pork but anti-corruption and anti-establishment, that builds his resume no end.

The GOP has a problem with incumbents that are corrupt and facing challengers in that the elite are tied to the corruptocrats and will go down with them. By not trying to clean house and build bridges (you know, POLITICS) they are playing all or nothing, and the cards are now being dealt so that anti-incumbent is starting to be preferable to ‘power and committee chairmanship’. Keep on spending all that money, keep on tying yourself to the Democratic elite and soon you will find that is all you have left as the GOP elite. Spent money and attached to a horror that you thought would save you.

Good luck on that.

We don’t need reformers running.

Slash and burn is now necessary as the elites refuse to play politics. What they sow, so shall they reap.

ajacksonian on July 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

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.

Not to mention the race-baiting and accusations.

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.

Conjecture is that Barbour’s nephew will be appointed, and that’s another reason why Cochran had to win.

INC on July 10, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Ready, fire, aim!

VorDaj on July 10, 2014 at 8:54 PM

rubio and coulter.

toilet full.

flush.

renalin on July 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM

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.


And have to make a pretense of actually obeying Senate disclosure and FEC election laws?

HA!

PolAgnostic on July 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Wouldn’t the governor just pick another Establishment type (i.e. Haley or anyone Haley wants) since they all seem to be in the same club?

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

This coming from the lady who wrote “Three Cheers for Romneycare”

Stoic Patriot on July 10, 2014 at 8:58 PM

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.

Because the percentage of (allegedly) illegally-cast votes is small (tossing 7,700 would be tossing only 2% of the votes cast), merely the fact that the number of illegal-cast votes is greater than the margin of “victory” is not enough to order a new election. Under Mississippi precedent, it takes 30% of the votes being tossed to order a new election merely on the basis of those votes being illegally cast.

At a minimum, the McDaniel camp would have to prove a significant (and as yet undetermined) number of those illegal votes did in fact go to Cochran. The good news for them – the right to remain silent when asked for whom an illegal voter voted doesn’t apply.

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 8:58 PM

McDaniel’s is a neo-Confederate. If the Tea Party wants to win, recruit better candidates. And by especially careful about a candidate’s racial views in the South. We’re only fifty years from the Civil Rights Act here; it is still a touchy issue in some areas of the South.

Illinidiva on July 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

We’ll be sure to take YOUR word for it.

One of the reasons the GOP is neck deep in $h!t right now, along with the nation as a whole, is because for some reason they listen to and then act on the “advice” of leftist consultants.

Can we all PLEASE just stop listening to dumb@$$ leftists? They’ve proven time and time and time again they have no CLUE what they’re talking about. If they aren’t outright lying, they’re only trying further their leftist agenda.

Meople on July 10, 2014 at 8:58 PM

As always, follow Chuck Johnson on twitter. Unfortunately he is one of the few folks who are doing yeoman’s work in actually covering this story.

reddevil on July 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Ann’s act is getting a bit stale. She’s the Juan Williams of conservatives.

diogenes on July 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

McDaniel’s is a neo-Confederate.

Illinidiva on July 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Care to define and substantiate that?

questionmark on July 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Don’t forget about the NRSC and the brand new PAC that ran racists ads against McDaniel…….

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Jeffrey Lord has been connecting a number of political dots:

Donor Controversies Hit ‘Mississippi Conservatives’

…But an even bigger problem comes from evidence that the group calling itself Mississippi Conservatives was anything but, illustrating in stunning detail how the establishments and donors of the Republican and Democratic parties intermingle.

And not just connecting the dots, but finding out where the bodies are buried.

RNC Chair Priebus Under Fire
Missouri GOP Chair: “Investigate Mississippi Primary Racism.”

At the very center of the controversy is the head of a pro-Cochran group, Mississippi Conservatives. That would be Martin’s RNC colleague, the Mississippi Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour.

Martin’s request for an investigation would be, one thinks, a no-brainer. This is, after all, the party of Lincoln. Race baiting has no place in the Republican Party, which came to be in the first place because of its staunch opposition to slavery.

But there’s a problem: Take a look at this link to a site for a lobbying group called Capital Resources, which includes a bio for one of the group’s partners, the aforementioned Henry Barbour. If you scan down a bit there is a series of bullet points describing Barbour’s background. The very first one reads as follows: “Helped run RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ campaign for chairman.”

INC on July 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Cochran recently lost his way to a meeting room he’s visited 100 times and discovered himself talking to demorats instead of fellow GOP’ers.

The man is senile but we’re supposed to sit down and shut up because the GOP says so. I don’t care what freepin’ party a dude is from, if they’re losing the ability to function on a basic level then it’s time to go.

Bishop on July 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Haley Barbour owns MS…

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:02 PM

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.

Because that spot is slated for Cochran campaign manager Austin Barbour (of the extended clan).

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Wouldn’t the governor just pick another Establishment type (i.e. Haley or anyone Haley wants) since they all seem to be in the same club?

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Barbour’s nephew, Henry Barbour.

See my above comments.

INC on July 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

‘Cause after all, the RINOs just walk away when then primary speaks clearly against them, right Murkowski?

What are the independent/write-in scenarios?

I think McDaniel could win, or at least ensure Cochran loses, which at this point would be just fine with me.

questionmark on July 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

She’s a Rupiblican… understandable in that context.

MT on July 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

I’ve heard his sentiment from the night of the run-off. The guy who farmed for votes among blacks by all but calling his opponent a member of the KKK should win because he’s old. And boy it would be really stupid to squander away success in future elections by challenging the Haley Barbour and the establishment GOP.

The only question I have here is if Cochran actually won or not. It’s not clear that he did.

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

This is one of those moments; if he caves, without a fight, then message received. It’ll be okay, in the future, for establishment R’s to do anything at all, and they’ll get away with it.
In this case fight back; scorch the earth, and salt the pit.
If there’s nothing left when you’re done, there was nothing there anyway.

massrighty on July 10, 2014 at 9:04 PM

McDaniel’s is a neo-Confederate.

Illinidiva on July 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Care to define and substantiate that?

questionmark on July 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Some racist Leftist (but I repeat myself) told her so — perhaps a good friend of Harry Reid?

ShainS on July 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Ann Coulter walks the GOPe line. Of course she wants McDaniel’s pursuit to the fail in this case. Cochran is the GOPe man.

lineholder on July 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM

McDaniel’s is a neo-Confederate. If the Tea Party wants to win, recruit better candidates. And by especially careful about a candidate’s racial views in the South. We’re only fifty years from the Civil Rights Act here; it is still a touchy issue in some areas of the South.

Illinidiva on July 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

STFU, idiot. As usual, you don’t know what the eff you’re talking about.

And btw, Thad Cochran was an actual confederate. He served under General A.S. Johnson.

HumpBot Salvation on July 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Barbour’s nephew, Henry Barbour.

See my above comments.

INC on July 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Henry, Austin; what difference does it make?

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

The three weeks between the Primary and the Runoff were the worst I have ever seen in my life….money flooded into the Cochran campaign and their friendly PACs.

The bottom line: Does the GOP support the racist advertising that was used by the incumbent to drive Dems to the polls in the runoff to defeat another GOP candidate…? I think Haley says yeah.

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

McDaniel’s is a neo-Confederate. If the Tea Party wants to win, recruit better candidates. And by especially careful about a candidate’s racial views in the South. We’re only fifty years from the Civil Rights Act here; it is still a touchy issue in some areas of the South.

Illinidiva on July 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

You do not know a flippin’ thing about the South or Southern people, you bigoted,ignorant, drunken shrew.

Just keep your bloated back side perched on that Chitcago bar stool and order up another gin & tonic. Your thoughts are irrelevant. Bless your heart.

bimmcorp on July 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

This is one of those moments; if he caves, without a fight, then message received. It’ll be okay, in the future, for establishment R’s to do anything at all, and they’ll get away with it.
In this case fight back; scorch the earth, and salt the pit.
If there’s nothing left when you’re done, there was nothing there anyway.

massrighty on July 10, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Agree 1000% …

ShainS on July 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I thought Coulter claimed to be conservative. I also thought she was for what’s right. Apparently not.

crankyoldlady on July 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

The TEA party was so much better before they became a bunch of insolent, spoiled rotten children. Get over yourselves, he lost. Move on and try to live to fight another day. I’m beginning to despise right wing conservatives almost as much as I hate left wing liberals. Establishment is the way to go apparently.

mike_NC9 on July 10, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Wrong

John Pittman Hey @JohnPittmanHey · 10h

@FunAhoy 7701 illegal votes with a 7700 margin will do the trick. I’ve had elections overturned with 1 illegal vote and a margin of 1 vote.

John Pittman Hey @JohnPittmanHey · 20h

@DostoevskyShade No, not an attorney – just piles of experience running election contests. Got a small mayoral race overturned last January.

John Pittman Hey @JohnPittmanHey · 21h

O’neal held if the # of illegal votes exceeds the margin of victory, a new election is called for. No proof needed of who they voted for.

John Pittman Hey @JohnPittmanHey · 21h

Coulter’s claim that challenger must show illegal votes were cast for the winner is flat out wrong. O’Neal v. simpson 350 So. 2d 998 – 1977

NWConservative on July 10, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Let’s try it again a little differently and see what happens:

McDaniel’s is a neo-Confederate.

Illinidiva on July 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

You say that like it’s a bad thing….

questionmark on July 10, 2014 at 9:10 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

OT
Kelly file: more military cut backs

31giddyup on July 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

I thought Coulter claimed to be conservative. I also thought she was for what’s right. Apparently not.

crankyoldlady on July 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

That and her stick figure (or more specifically, the showing of copious amounts of skin on said figure) sold books and made money back in the day. Guess she made enough to drop the pretense.

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Illinidiva on July 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

You do not know a flippin’ thing about the South or Southern people, you bigoted,ignorant, drunken shrew.

Just keep your bloated back side perched on that Chitcago bar stool and order up another gin & tonic. Your thoughts are irrelevant. Bless your heart.

bimmcorp on July 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A classic blast from the past by you:

Chitcago is the A-Hole of the nation, and illinidiva is merely passing through it…

bimmcorp on June 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

ShainS on July 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Haley Barbour will pick the next Senator of MS….maybe Greg Harper, US Congressman or maybe Delbert Hosemann, Sec of State of MS…

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

You say that like it’s a bad thing….

questionmark on July 10, 2014 at 9:10 PM

She says it like she has a gallon of Chitcago bathtub gin in her gullet. A more bigoted, vile miscreant has yet to post on this site.

bimmcorp on July 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Why are we so desperate to keep Dingy Harry in control of the Senate?

wbcoleman on July 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Ann Coulter backed Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, and now Thad Cochran.

She talks a good game when it doesn’t matter, but when the rubber meets the road she is a RINO.

sharrukin on July 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Some racist Leftist (but I repeat myself) told her so — perhaps a good friend of Harry Reid?

ShainS on July 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM

so what if i told her so? doesnt make it any less true.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Funny think about Coulter….she assumes Thad Cochran is going to win the General election.

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Where has Ann been?

The scrutiny on this MS race is no longer all about McDaniel.

It. Is. About. Election. Integrity.

bettycooper on July 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

NWConservative on July 10, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Excellent!

Was not aware of that …

ShainS on July 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

She told me to get drunk and vote for mccain, too.

wolly4321 on July 10, 2014 at 9:14 PM

The TEA party was so much better before they became a bunch of insolent, spoiled rotten children. Get over yourselves, he lost. Move on and try to live to fight another day. I’m beginning to despise right wing conservatives almost as much as I hate left wing liberals. Establishment is the way to go apparently.

mike_NC9 on July 10, 2014 at 9:09 PM

NC District 9 eh? You might do some soul searching..it’s pretty obvious you have more in common with the democrats.

HumpBot Salvation on July 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Her argument: Gracious losers tend to get another shot at running whereas sore losers end up being discarded

Like Murkowski, for example.

ddrintn on July 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

kkkris mkkkdaniel = jim crow

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 10, 2014 at 9:16 PM

I’m beginning to despise right wing conservatives almost as much as I hate left wing liberals. Establishment is the way to go apparently.

mike_NC9 on July 10, 2014 at 9:09 PM

The feeling is mutual. There isn’t a dimes worth of difference between you corrupt GOP moochers, and the illegal Democratic voters you used in Mississippi.

sharrukin on July 10, 2014 at 9:16 PM

I avoid zealots like Coulter, they will bend reality to progress their cause and sometimes I can’t tell.

Tard on July 10, 2014 at 9:17 PM

This is one of those moments; if he caves, without a fight, then message received. It’ll be okay, in the future, for establishment R’s to do anything at all, and they’ll get away with it.
In this case fight back; scorch the earth, and salt the pit.
If there’s nothing left when you’re done, there was nothing there anyway.

massrighty on July 10, 2014 at 9:04 PM

THIS….

Tim Zank on July 10, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Glad to finally see a blog post about this. McDaniel should keep fighting.

cat_owner on July 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

If you approve of using claims of racism and KKK connections against a fellow GOP candidate, the GOPe is for you.

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Cochran recently lost his way to a meeting room he’s visited 100 times and discovered himself talking to demorats instead of fellow GOP’ers.

The man is senile but we’re supposed to sit down and shut up because the GOP says so. I don’t care what freepin’ party a dude is from, if they’re losing the ability to function on a basic level then it’s time to go.

Bishop on July 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Being senile is not a reason to leave office. Strom Thurmond, Teddy Kennedy, Sheets Byrd…… were all voting when they were drooling over the voting buttons where a staffer “helped” them find the right one.

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Henry, Austin; what difference does it make?

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Not much if it keeps the GOPe in charge.

Henry has more access to power. See the Lord columns I linked to. Henry “Helped run RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ campaign for chairman.” He also co-authored Priebus’ “autopsy report”, and he heads the Mississippi Conservatives PAC that supported Cochran.

Of course, that PAC is under fire for race-baiting, and if that’s ever proved then Henry will in all likelihood be over and done.

INC on July 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

ShainS on July 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

I feel honored, Shain!!! I’m right about them both, too!!! LOL

bimmcorp on July 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Wow Anne must not get how nasty it’s going to get before this mess will be sorted out. Someone is going down be it Thad or someone else for that voter fraud. The MSGOP’s Facebook is full of nothin but angry comments.

sorrowen on July 10, 2014 at 9:19 PM

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.

Yes, the legitimacy of the outcome would be in question should you reach that bar, but the other bar, the one that counts, is so much higher. State judges in Mississippi (and really everywhere) are themselves a product of the predominate political system they operate within.

They don’t go against the establishment, they need them, too. That’s a big reason why getting an election thrown out is so rare, not to mention the judiciary’s normal and rightful abhorrence to getting involved in election results, else they’d spend all their time every two and four years messing with what is nothing but a mess, as a rule.

While I sent a few large to Chris in the primary and runoff, I’m with Coulter on this one. Better for McD to keep the powder dry for down the line, and in the meantime work behind the scenes to line up for the next run at it when Cochran croaks or resigns.

TXUS on July 10, 2014 at 9:19 PM

So this is why gracious loser Hillary gets to run again, right?

SouthernGent on July 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

As I said, Jeffrey Lord has been busy digging around to see where all the political bodies are buried.

INC on July 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

why are we so desperate to keep Dingy Harry in control of the Senate? wbcoleman on July 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Who do you want to be Senate majority leader? Thad? Mccain? Lindsey? The turtle?

You know if we win the Senate it won’t make any difference without about 10 more Cruz’s, right?

wolly4321 on July 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

True the Vote Alleges “Stunning Evidence of Election Subversion,” Restraining Order Filed!

In the refiling, True the Vote added an additional 8 individual Mississippi voters as plaintiffs, bringing the total number of plaintiffs to 22.

In a release True The Vote sent to press Wednesday evening, Engelbrecht’s organization said it possessed dozens of signed affidavits “containing stunning evidence of election subversion,” including the “destruction of voters’ absentee ballot applications and mandatory envelopes” and “illegal alteration of poll books.” The release also says the affidavits will walk through how supporters of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) have helped destroy evidence related to “cross-over and double voting” and “absentee ballots marked ‘accepted’ but unopened,” among other forms of alleged voter fraud.

“Based on all we have seen—and all we have not been allowed to see—we now believe that unless the Court steps in, illegal voting will go unchallenged, voters’ rights will be diluted, voters’ trust will be violated—and an unlawful and inaccurate election may be certified by the State of Mississippi,” Engelbrecht said.

VorDaj on July 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

questionmark on July 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

She thinks anyone who lives south of the Mason Dixon Line that won’t kiss an Establishment Republican’s azz is a card carrying member of the KKK.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Illinidiva = Meghan McCain + a grammar primer

Anyway, what the GOP establishment did in MS was just plain wrong. And McDaniel has no future if he concedes. Total BS argument.

DisneyFan on July 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

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.

Sorry Ann, but that’s a crock. If they find 8k illegal votes then the results are automatically suspicious, and McDaniels has a solid case for demanding a new runoff.

NotCoach on July 10, 2014 at 9:22 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

kkkris mkkkdaniel = jim crow

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 10, 2014 at 9:16 PM

DEMOCRATS SHOULD KNOW JIM CROW, THEY CREATED HIM
By: hhudson
7/10/2011 03:01 AM

With a bit of Chicago-machine swagger about him, Bill Clinton, a “war room” veteran, is back in the spotlight and stumping for Obama.

Speaking to Campus Progress last Wednesday, Clinton asked the crowd of young progressives, “Are you fighting?” Taking talking points almost directly from the mouth of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D.-Fla.), the former President asserted, “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the voter Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit a franchise that we see today.”

Likening Republican policies aimed at preserving voter integrity in states from Florida to California to poll taxes and literacy tests of the Jim Crow era proves Democrats are desperate. Obama’s tax-and-spend agenda stinks on ice. So his segregation mudslingers—in this case, Clinton—must rely on shopworn clichés that stir racial animus to fire up his left-wing base.

Are Clinton and Shultz insinuating that minorities, college students and the elderly are all born Democrats, that they are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates? Is this what Democratic elites think of their constituents? Do Democrats believe blacks and Latinos, old people and youngsters, are too stupid to acquire a photo I.D. by next November?

Moreover, decrying all Republicans as racists is a Democrat article of faith. But why dredge up Jim Crow?

In 1832, the phrase “Jim Crow” was born. By 1900, every former Confederate state (including Wyoming, Missouri, Ohio, Utah, Kentucky, Kansas and Oklahoma) had enacted “Jim Crow” laws prohibiting everything from interracial marriage to racially integrated public school systems. These state laws served to place blacks back on a virtual plantation. Similar to the “Black Codes” that came before them, Jim Crow laws were numerous. However, one denominator codified their sound support in Southern states: They all resulted from Democratic legislators of the “Solid South.”

When Bill Clinton was 18, his future vice president’s father, Sen. Al Gore Sr., was locked arm-in-arm with other segregationist Democrats to kill the Civil Rights act of 1964. Clinton’s “mentor” and “friend,” klansman J. William Fulbright, joined the Dixiecrats, an ultra-segregationist wing of Democratic lawmakers, in filibustering the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and in killing the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Clinton, now 64, in his dotage, probably forgot (or was too embarrassed) to mention to the far-Left crowd of youngsters that his party is the party of segregation. Or as Congressman Jessie Jackson Jr. (D.-Ill.) explained in an interview with Fox News contributor Angela McGlowan in her book Bamboozled:

“There is no doubt that the Democratic Party is the party of the Confederacy, historically, that the Democratic Party’s flag is the Confederate flag. It was our party’s flag. That Jefferson Davis was a Democrat, that Stonewall Jackson strongly identified with the Democratic Party, that secessionists in the South saw themselves as Democrats and were Democrats. That so much of the Democratic Party’s history, since it is our nation’s oldest political party, has its roots in slavery.”

How did the same Jim Crow Democrats who fought tooth-and-nail with segregationists to keep blacks on a virtual plantation become the party that now wins 95% of the black vote? Republicans passed Civil Rights laws, Democrats wrote revisionist history.

Nevertheless, deception—what all warfare is based on, according to ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu, won’t work with independents. Obama’s reelection strategy of slander and defaming all conservatives and Republicans as racists won’t win him that all-important center.

With a “recovery” missing 8.5 million jobs, unemployment going in the wrong direction and no perceived end to our economic misery in sight, Obama obviously doesn’t see winning a second term without getting down in the gutter to inspire his bulwark leftists.

This latest attempt to stir up Obama’s base by former President Clinton is just the beginning. Digging up the ghost of Jim Crow Past may have worked before, but the political landscape has changed. And Americans are seemingly ready to vote their wallets in 2012.

This contest will be a battle between the Democrat Party of higher taxes, more spending and backbiting, and the Republican Party of lower taxes, job creation and solving America’s problems.

Your brain on Koch.

HornetSting on July 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

You mean it isn’t a reason to the D.C. types. I wouldn’t want him representing me.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

This is one of those moments; if he caves, without a fight, then message received. It’ll be okay, in the future, for establishment R’s to do anything at all, and they’ll get away with it.
In this case fight back; scorch the earth, and salt the pit.
If there’s nothing left when you’re done, there was nothing there anyway.

massrighty on July 10, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Well, the GOPe isn’t going to get away with it with me.

Establishment slugs will never get another vote from me. Ever.

And, chances are I’ll start turning out to vote for their OPPONENT instead, just so the next election that rolls around, they won’t be in it.

Sure, it’s a short term loss, but a long term, MASSIVE WIN because it’s one less backstabbing establishment, elitist slug in the mix.

Meople on July 10, 2014 at 9:24 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


Hmmmmmmm

Selective rephrase?

Fielder says he didn’t buy votes, but was asked to

A Meridian man has recanted – sort of – his story that he helped the U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran campaign buy votes for $15 each in Lauderdale County.

Stevie Fielder now says he was asked to buy votes – by someone he won’t identify – but that he refused because “I would be in jail because that’s illegal.” He says he has talked with the state Attorney General’s Office.

“I haven’t done anything illegal,” said Fielder, who made national news after a lengthy interview with GotNews.com. In that audio-recorded interview, Fielder said he received thousands of dollars in envelopes from Cochran campaign staffer Saleem Baird and paid hundreds of people in the African-American community around Meridian $15 each for their vote. He also indicated he had discussed the issue with then-Cochran campaign manager Kirk Sims and operations manager Amanda Shook.

The Breitbart news site, after the GotNews report, said Fielder in a brief phone interview reconfirmed the allegations.

Now Fielder is claiming he was talking “hypothetical” and the recording of the interview must have been selectively edited. But then he appeared to contradict this at one point, saying, “Maybe I got out there and said, gave an interview to somebody that I shouldn’t have talked to … I’m not trying to take away the recording.”

PolAgnostic on July 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Don’t believe anything you read in the State Run Media or Cochran blogs, like Yall Poltiics….The Clarion Ledger in Jackson has been terrible.

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

mike_NC9 on July 10, 2014 at 9:09 PM

I can’t speak for everyone but personally I’m crushed. Just kidding.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

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.

Sorry Ann, but that’s a crock. If they find 8k illegal votes then the results are automatically suspicious, and McDaniels has a solid case for demanding a new runoff.

NotCoach on July 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

If they find 7667+1 illegal votes, they can get a new election. They can’t verify who cast for whom, only who voted.

NWConservative on July 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Paid For RINO SKA$NK Shill.

Ann…keep your powder dry for Christie…he’s going to need all your magic fairy RINO Dust!!!

johnmckenna@cox.net on July 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Coulter’s just become more deranged as her man-crushes on RINO’s prove disastrous, one after another.

Ann, wtf happened to you?

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

The TEA party was so much better before they became a bunch of insolent, spoiled rotten children. Get over yourselves, he lost. Move on and try to live to fight another day. I’m beginning to despise right wing conservatives almost as much as I hate left wing liberals. Establishment is the way to go apparently.

mike_NC9 on July 10, 2014 at 9:09 PM

You might want to stock up on KY, Mike.

HornetSting on July 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

The main Cochran campaign players have gone dark and lawyered up…

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

why are we so desperate to keep Dingy Harry in control of the Senate?
wbcoleman on July 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Well, a year or so ago I would have answered that at least I’m sure which side Reid stands on.

Now we find out GOPe stands with him. Prolly asked for tips from him on how to keep that race card tucked away to play at just the right time.

If Reid staying in power means McCain, Cochran, and other RINOs don’t have it, fine.

They threw US away, and we know when we’re not wanted.

questionmark on July 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

bimmcorp on July 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

I swear I got all misty!!!

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

VorDaj on July 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM The MS GOP just keeps on digging themselves a deeper hole. Thad’s blatant cheating and fraud is so open it’s laughably absurd but it happened.

sorrowen on July 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

HornetSting on July 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

For him and the horse he rode in on.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

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.

elgeneralisimo thinks he prefers the role of le éminence grise…

elgeneralisimo on July 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

TXUS on July 10, 2014 at 9:19 PM

I understand and appreciate your point. However, isn’t it the case that True the Vote, and others, who have filed are working (as much as possible) independent of McDaniel and working primarily on election law/illegal voting?
If so. What’s the harm?

bettycooper on July 10, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Why are we so desperate to keep Dingy Harry in control of the Senate?

wbcoleman on July 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM


The “Our crooks are better than their crooks
contingent has been heard from ….

PolAgnostic on July 10, 2014 at 9:29 PM

HornetSting on July 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

For him and the horse he rode in on.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Mike will need the horse for meat.

HornetSting on July 10, 2014 at 9:29 PM

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