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Tea Party Blip: Does Cochran’s Win Discount Cantor’s Loss?

Reports of the establishment's death are greatly exaggerated.

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Walter Hudson

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June 24, 2014 - 11:49 pm

In the wake of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss to challenger Dave Brat in Virginia, many rushed to herald a Tea Party sea change sweeping across primaries in 2014. Results from Tuesday’s electoral battles across the nation seem to indicate otherwise. The Washington Post reports:

Sen. Thad Cochran (R) narrowly survived the toughest election of his four-decade political career, holding off an insurgent tea party challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel in Tuesday night’s runoff after one of the most expensive and nasty primary campaigns of the year.

The contest between the entrenched Cochran and the more combative and youthful McDaniel divided the Republican Party here in one of the nation’s most conservative states and delivered a stinging blow to the tea party movement.

Cochran ran an effective ground game, mobilizing black Democrats to turn out for the open runoff election. He leveraged his years of experience and “long history of procuring largess for this poor state.”

Unlike Cantor, Cochran fought to keep his seat and did not take his district for granted. The “nail-baiter” results indicate that McDaniel and his Tea Party supporters fought hard as well. But it was not quite enough to pull off another Cantor-esque upset.

The Tea Party faced other loses Tuesday as well, as the Post reports:

In Oklahoma, Rep. James Lankford won the Republican Senate nomination, easily defeating state House speaker T.W. Shannon, who is half black and half Native American and was backed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and some tea party groups.

In Colorado, former congressman Bob Beauprez won the Republican nomination to challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) this fall. Beauprez, the party establishment favorite, beat a field of candidates that included former congressman Tom Tancredo, a vocal anti-immigration activist.

Time will provide more data for analysis. However, the immediate indication is that Cantor’s defeat did not herald the sea change which many hoped for and others feared.

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There is no "center right" in the GOP.
And there is no "center" whatsoever in the DNC.

You are at least 40 years off the mark. I could read some campaign talking points by JFK out loud today, and get tossed off practicaklly campus in America for "hate speech".

The DNC middle is Hard Marxist. The GOP center is Soft Facist, its Left- leaning, Statist-me-too-ism of Desperate Democrat-Lite, is ummistakable to anyone over 30 years of age, with a brain.

They simply are two shades of a gray so sublte, in difference is, in al practicality, meaningless.....

What we have today, are TWO parties of Left Leaning Statists, elbowing each other for a place at the public trough, and ONE SMALL GROUP of so-called "Conservatives", or "Tea Partyers" or "Right Wing Whack-jobs" or "Racist Goons" who are, in honest actuality, certainly LESS "Radical Right Wing" than John F Kennedy ever was.
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Thad Cochran lost by a substantial margin in voting by Republican
voters. Only a loophole in Mississippi voting laws which allows
Democrats to vote in Republican run-off elections saved the election
for Cochran and the GOP Establishment. It took tens of thousands
of low information Obama voters (pandered to by Cochran) and millions
of dollars pouring into the state on behalf of Cochran, to barely put him
over the top.

Yet this is seen as a sign of strength by the GOP establishment?
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Cochran ran an effective ground game, mobilizing black Democrats to turn out for the open runoff election. He leveraged his years of experience and “long history of procuring largess for this poor state.”

Not a dime's worth of difference ... more evidence of what the GOP stands for: the status quo that facilitates their high-status careers at our expense.

But you have to wonder how many of those Democrats will vote for him in the general, though. Why settle for Dem Lite when you can have the full version? Senator, you may yet be hung by your own petard.
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I think the Lankford race in OK is being mischaracterized…it doesn’t really sound like an establishment vs. tea party match-up. Both candidates had tea party support, Lankford had local and statewide tea party support, the other guy had outside tea party support. It looks more like a pretty standard conservative Republican primary...but I'm not in OK.

At least that’s how the reporters on-site were characterizing it…although the anchors in NYC and DC insisted on hammering it into their establishment vs. tea party mold.
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Reports of the Establishments GOP’s death are greatly exaggerated!?!
Sorry Walter, you’re (dead!) wrong on this one….

Establishment GOP types are long gone. They are indeed dead…
Dead and Festering Zombies, to be precise.

Thad Cochran is just another Washington Meat-Puppet, a soulless, (well suited!) but none the less rotting RINO corpse, elected by will and priorities of his Frakensteinian Embalmers in The Media and the DNC.

Staggering around, trance-like, in a mindless quest to devour the last bits of Living Flesh remaining in Our Republic. Death itself, ever hungry to feast upon more hapless souls.

He and “The Establishment”, have been quite “dead” for a very, very long time.

That they still somehow still walk among the living, does not remove their Odious Stench of Death.

Or our need, for the sake of all things living, to finally cut off their heads.
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Thad Cochran lost by a substantial margin in voting by Republican
voters. Only a loophole in Mississippi voting laws which allows
Democrats to vote in Republican run-off elections saved the election
for Cochran and the GOP Establishment. It took tens of thousands
of low information Obama voters (pandered to by Cochran) and millions
of dollars pouring into the state on behalf of Cochran, to barely put him
over the top.

Yet this is seen as a sign of strength by the GOP establishment?
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The picture of all the black folks holding signs for Cochran was pathetic...they look like the slaves who were afraid to leave the plantation after emancipation.
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Good analysis, thanks. This election shows pretty clearly that people just want stuff from the government.
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Sorry, you’re wrong on this one….

Reports of the Establishments GOP’s death have been very accurately reported…

Establishment GOP types are Dead and Festering Zombies.

Thad Cochran is just another Washington Meat-Puppet, a soulless rotting corpse, elected by will and priorities of the DNC

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republicans didn't beat McDaniel. Left wing dems voting in a republican primary runoff beat him. As James Ott said today (paraphrasing), this is not a victory for the gop, but rather a victory solely and purely for Thad Cochran's self interest.
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How about "GOPE", for "Grand Old Party Establishment"?

What the establishment wants and what the TEA Party wants are two different things. Reform the IRS? Why? That eliminates the opportunity for graft.
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How about "GROPE" instead....

Because all the RNC/GOP ever does is abuse us... as "supporters", we're kinda like family, and most of the really filth, exploitive molesters in the world use the vulnerability of "familiarity" to make their victims too ashamed to ever reveal that "uncle teddy is touching me"

The GROPE...sound just like what the GOP Establishment does to us year in and year out...

Because its all about THEIR...ummm..."satisfaction", isnt it?
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Rhymes with DOPE: Duplicitous Old Party Establishment
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Yes, yes it does discount the victory over Cantor. There's a significant difference between the two races. The NY Times quoted some black Democrat activist who worked to support Cochran as saying that he didn't know anything about McDaniel other than "he doesn't like black people". How is that not a serious sign about what the Tea Party movement is facing even now? As always, the Times used the term "conservative" as a pejorative, and promoted the lie that voters actually care about politicians being non-partisan (when it's a Republican, that is). We were also led to believe that McDaniel's Tea Party support was due in part to his anti-immigration stance. More misrepresentation, which we've come to expect from the Gray Lady and the media, but it's evidence of why the Tea Party movement is having a difficult time.

Abandon the influences of social conservative groups and national organizations. Return to the original roots of fiscal sanity and small "l" libertarian (otherwise known as classic liberal) values of small and less intrusive government, and especially liberty. The so-called Black Vote (they are mostly a monolith if they vote in the mid 90s for Democrat in national elections, no matter what anyone tells you) may not actually be enough to swing a Presidential election, but they can swing local votes in a heartbeat in many places. Taking control of the Senate will depend on this.
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Cochran ran an effective ground game, mobilizing black Democrats to turn out for the open runoff election. He leveraged his years of experience and “long history of procuring largess for this poor state.”

Not a dime's worth of difference ... more evidence of what the GOP stands for: the status quo that facilitates their high-status careers at our expense.

But you have to wonder how many of those Democrats will vote for him in the general, though. Why settle for Dem Lite when you can have the full version? Senator, you may yet be hung by your own petard.
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