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June 25, 2014 - 9:14 am
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In one corner, we have Republicans saying “Hey, Thad Cochran found a way to appeal to the black vote. That’s why he won. The rest of the GOP should do the same!”

In the other corner, we have Republicans saying “Democrats shouldn’t decide Republican primaries. Cochran’s moves were dirty!”

Both sides are right, and wrong.

Regarding Cochran’s alleged appeal to black voters, he or his supporters resorted to some underhanded stuff. This mailer was being passed around Mississippi in the final days leading up to the runoff. It’s a smear of the type that the NAACP regularly launches against Republicans.

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It’s not clear who distributed this. That’s part of the beauty of it. It came and went and did its job, without leaving any fingerprints.

But any Republican who believes appeals like this will help the party stick to its principles and elect real conservatives is deluding themselves. Any Republican who believes that tactics like this will help appeal to black voters over the long haul are deluding themselves. It won’t. This mailer is a scorched-earth tactic and a smear. The lies begin in the headline. The Tea Party did not intend to “prevent blacks from voting.” That mailer helped a big government incumbent retain his office, on a big government theme, by turning out voters who support big government, by lying about the Tea Party. That ought to bother more self-described Republicans than it apparently does.

On the other hand, Mississippi’s law allows for open primaries. Open primaries are, by and large, destructive for the GOP and conservatives. But you can’t change the rules in the middle of an election. Cochran’s campaign staff were savvy enough to figure out that they could buck the trend of diminishing votes in a runoff by expanding the universe of voters available to them. Perhaps if McDaniel’s staff were more experienced, they would have seen this threat and accounted for it. The lack of savvy among Tea Party candidates and staff ought to bother more Tea Partiers than it apparently does.

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This was nothing more than democrat and republican elites getting together ( and not for the first time - and probably not for the last time ) to squash a Tea Party candidate's chances. Both 'sides' see the Tea Party as their enemy - we see both sides as the enemy of We The People - and of the country. Any other conclusion is dead wrong.

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Yup, thats exactyly right.
F*ck the GOP Establishment, we owe them nothing.

They are not "entitled" to any office if they are not willing to stand with us on our principals.

And if boo-hoo poor babies cry "but...but...that means the other side wins!" they can go pound sand. There is no "other side" when BOTH are Statists.

Do right, or die.
Electing RINOS for the career sake RINOS, who are just as bad as Democrats (worse, because they're traitors and should be shot) is THE stupidest strategy ever, for a Party not generally known for its Smarts to begin with.

Do right, or die.

Case Closed.
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Ugh. That's all I can say.

I used to be a newspaper reporter, and I once had to interview Cochran for a story. Now, during my career as a reporter, I interviewed many, many, many public officials at all levels of government. Cochran was the easily the slimiest, most unpleasant political hack I ever had the misfortune to talk to. The serene sense of royal entitlement he displayed was awful. It was a lot like what I imagine an interview with Obama would be like.

I was hoping we would finally rid ourselves of this guy. No such luck, I guess. Sigh....
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It seems to me that the fact that the Repub establishment had to throw all their resources, sacrificing all principals and ethics just to smear a group that should constitute their base, in order to eke out the narrowest of wins to keep a Senator in place that should have retired twenty years ago, shows just how tenuous their grasp on power really is. They barely won this time around, but they look exhausted to me.
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Well, if the prototypical black voter responds to this precise smear every single time with the identical result, perhaps it is time for our side to start doing it too. In the same community, have preprinted identical flyers with identical message, though accuse the democrat of not wanting blacks to vote. If they are stupid enough to fall for the trick time after time after time, time to use against them. Be like the old Detroit Pistons, it is time for us to... hit 'em early, hit 'em late, hit,'em hard, but above everything else, hit 'em dirty. Cheers -
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The McDaniel campaign was plenty savvy enough to convince a majority of the Republican primary voters in this campaign to pick their guy- so the Cochran campaign rented a few democrats by smearing the rest of the GOP as racist.

Yep. Genius sheer genius.

They pulled this one off, winning a near-senile old man another nomination for the Senate. I presume his genius campaign staff are high-fiving each other right now, but they've done real damage to the GOP nationally.

Genius.

Lots of folks including myself are quite peeved about the means Cochran used to win this race- and they generally vote GOP. Or perhaps I should say voted GOP, because many won't bother to vote next time, and some will vote for the democrat in this particular race. Of course the GOP establishment is patting itself on the back for holding off the Tea Party hordes again but I bet they've shaved a couple points of off just about every GOP candidate in the country.

Which will likely cost the party a couple Senate seats elsewhere.

Genius I tell you Genius.

It's even possible this will cause the democrat what's-his-name to defeat Thad costing the party this seat, too. And perhaps Mark Levin is right, and this will be that infamous straw that sends that proverbial camel onto the disability rolls, causing conservatives to finally give up on the GOP forever and all time.

GENIUS!!
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So you appeal to the black vote by smearing your opponent as racist who is backed by a group that will stop you from voting? LOL
Baloney, pure baloney...BUT that tactic ALWAYS works in the black community!
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The democrat smear and fear tactic still works....
its so wrong that democrats get to jump in and vote for a Republican in a runoff of Republicans!!!
a nation in the toilet does not need a 42 year do nothing... but the smear of anyone conservative goes on...

its disgusting and depressing...
the RINOs, like the dementoCrats, never run on their record...
now some of the same people will work to elect the dementoCrat...mark that well...

The nation is rotting and status quo RINO-democrat way is fatal…
Monster gov-meant sucking up trillions. Gas, food and services up 2x, more people in poverty,
lower wages/salaries, fewer jobs for college grads, rising college costs, 16+ million more on Food Stamps, 4x as many on Disability checks, 35% on full welfare for years on end, real jobless/inflation greater than under democrat Carter maliase, 17 trillion of debt, printing $85 billion monthly
and every economic outlook predicting recession sliding into depression…

So in about 40 years, what great things has Cochran done or even tried to do? He should have been told to step down by the Rove-ettes on his 15k a month/exempt from O-Care ....but noooooooo.....its disgusting....

ANYONE in the royal congress 30-40 years has had their chance!!!

So the Rove-ettes and McLoserCain who blew two elections get down and dirty on their own...
oh, wait...it was not one of their own...its was a man who wanted to reverse THE ROT THEY ENABLED!

17 trillion reasons why the elite GOP blew it again...
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This was nothing more than democrat and republican elites getting together ( and not for the first time - and probably not for the last time ) to squash a Tea Party candidate's chances. Both 'sides' see the Tea Party as their enemy - we see both sides as the enemy of We The People - and of the country. Any other conclusion is dead wrong.

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Gee, paleo ... I must have missed the news story that the State of Mississippi only allowed elitists to vote in the runoff this week. How exactly did they get away with that one?

What I didn't miss is that the tea partiers attempted to install "poll watchers" illegally at the polling places in order to challenge Dem crossover voters who happen to be majority black ... and the State of MS instead stepped in and disallowed all illegal poll watchers (which was a huge favor to the Republican Party, not just in MS but nationwide, in avoiding the spectre of white TPers trying to deny the right to vote of black Mississippians).
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I’m not surprised at all the Democrats found a way to prop up this corpse… Voter Fraud in Philly gave Obama Pennsylvania last time around...

We had 100 to 107% voter turnout in some precincts (absolute statistical impossibilities) with Obama picking up 100% of votes cast in them. It was painfully obvious Castro/Saddam/Idi Amin level fraud anyone could have exposed if they dared to...

And no one dares say a peep because…well, once Holder let the N.B.P. Terrorists get away with bringing WEAPONS into the polling station the first time, we all knew the deal.

It’s a Banana Republic anymore, voting is just window dressing.
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I don't know how Republicans expect to win when they call their own voters racist. It was bad enough when they just called us crazy. Now we are crazy-racists. If we tolerate this we are stupid. Have they called us stupid-crazy-racists yet?

It is interesting that when the Republican establishment wanted to steal an election they went to the Democrats to do it. Hey, call the professionals.

I would not accuse the political hacks involved of not knowing their business. But if I lived in Mississippi I would not only refuse to vote for Thad, I would vote for the Democrat and encourage others to do likewise. I would do this for two reasons: first the Democrat did not insult me and then expect me to work to get him elected. Second: The Republicans in Washington treat the Tea Party like a doormat that they wipe dog poo on. Then the do a victory dance on the dog poo stained doormat. Then they expect the doormat to go out and get them elected. Enough of that.

When Republicans are nasty to you, be nasty to them. That is the only way it will stop. Here's the rule: disrespect us in the primary and we will F-you in the General. Just a suggestion.
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Ugh. That's all I can say.

I used to be a newspaper reporter, and I once had to interview Cochran for a story. Now, during my career as a reporter, I interviewed many, many, many public officials at all levels of government. Cochran was the easily the slimiest, most unpleasant political hack I ever had the misfortune to talk to. The serene sense of royal entitlement he displayed was awful. It was a lot like what I imagine an interview with Obama would be like.

I was hoping we would finally rid ourselves of this guy. No such luck, I guess. Sigh....
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Slime -- it's the America Way.
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Republicans should boycott the general election. Let Thad and GOP see how many democrats vote for him then.
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I wouldn't mind seeing this happen to Cochran - it would threaten the republican's wish to take over the senate but I don't see them doing any monumental work with only 51-52 seats anyway since the whiny assed democrats will have the MSM on their side anyway.
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Yup, thats exactyly right.
F*ck the GOP Establishment, we owe them nothing.

They are not "entitled" to any office if they are not willing to stand with us on our principals.

And if boo-hoo poor babies cry "but...but...that means the other side wins!" they can go pound sand. There is no "other side" when BOTH are Statists.

Do right, or die.
Electing RINOS for the career sake RINOS, who are just as bad as Democrats (worse, because they're traitors and should be shot) is THE stupidest strategy ever, for a Party not generally known for its Smarts to begin with.

Do right, or die.

Case Closed.
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You were never a reliable conservative voter, then, apparently. Conservatives vote for the GOP candidate unless, in the extremely unlikely case, the Dem is actually more conservative than the GOPer. Even then, by either voting Dem or voting third party (same thing) or not voting at all, you're voting for Harry Reid to keep obstructing conservative bills passed by a conservative GOP House.
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Not sure that "smear" is an accurate term. We know that tea party groups were planning to challenge Dem crossover voters in the GOP primary - they said so, and pjmedia.com's own writer Christian Adams admitted to this tactic in a post here.

Do the math ... the majority of Democrats in MS are black. Challenging Dem voters' right to vote is functionally equal to challenging black voters' right to vote. I posted comments on Adam's posts saying that he and his friends are simply nuts to try to suppress black votes, particularly in Mississippi, of all places. Talk about feeding the meme of white TP racism!

The State of MS stepped in and refused to allow any unofficial poll watchers yesterday. That's good, because it likely saved the GOP a great deal of embarrassment and political backlash from the optics of white TPers challenging blacks on their right to vote. You better believe that would have been all over YouTube, the news channels, and the nation's newspapers today if that had occurred.
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Sooner or later even in states like Mississippi voters will have to chose whether to vote in the D or R primary. Since my home state (Washington) holds both primaries on the same day you get your choice - R or D or 'other' - and you only get to vote for R's or D's all down the line. And it should be that way - and it would prevent so-called 'crossover' voters. And voting twice - which is what I suspect happened yesterday in Mississippi.


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If actual illegal votes were cast, they need to be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Unfortunately, judging by some of the posts and many of the comments made here on pjmedia.com, their real beef is that black Democrats dared to crossover and vote in "their" primary ... even though nearly all the post authors and commenters saying so aren't Missisippi voters. The black Dem voters in MS have an actual right - duty, even - to vote. The irony of white TPers trying to suppress black voters in MS is apparently beyond the ken of the average commenter on this website.
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DT, the conservatives weren't concerned with black voters. They were making sure establishment Republican poll workers were following the rules. The general beef is that conservatives want to reverse the course of this country. The concern is that deficit spending funded by inflation always ends in a really bad place. To change course, conservative activists have become much more active in Republican politics. However, Republican incumbents are so determined to stay in power that they actively encouraged Democrats to vote for the incumbent in the Republican primary. In Mississippi, that's only legal if the voter hasn't already cast a vote in the Democrat primary, but the activists don't trust the party to always follow the rules.
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So what your’re saying is…

A Race Based Smear, is NOT a Race Based Smear, so long as it was done to neutralize a legitimate “ethical election conduct” concern, of a party segment not generally popular with a certain Federally Protected Class Of Person?

Because blacks are oh, I dunno, “special”, and cant be expected to NOT to use unfounded charges of “racism” to their advantage as a matter of course, even (especially!) when its not true? You’re saying you can CANNOT EVER challenge a BLACK voter, for ANY reason, ever…because ….they’re black? And that’s OK?

Wow, Talk about The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations, but wait their’s more!

If you even THINK about doing so, no matter how legitimate the reason, (but you dont actually follow through) you STILL kinda “deserve” an unfounded, retaliatory Race Based Smear made against YOU.

And THEIR Dishonest, Unfounded, Race Based Smear, must then get a free pass from The Thought Police that controls this Deck of Loaded Race Cards, because THAT tool is reserved for exclusive use by one side of the political spectrum, and don’t you forget it?

Gee, what could ever go wrong in a society that pretzels itself into that kind of tortured logic, and double standards, concerning the Politics of race?

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No - what I'm saying is that it's not a smear when it's true.
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Except it wasnt....it was NOT racially motivated, and it didnt even occur.

Not that the truth matters when you (not "you", I mean the Statist Candidate and his treasonous, hired from the DNC machinery) can use a nice jucy read-meat slur like "the bygone era of intimidating black voters" with impunity.

Its no less an unfounded racial slur than Charlie Rangle shouting out (in a frigging church of all places) "they all have hatred in their hearts, and they're all from places that used to hold blacks as slaves"

Seems only one side can get away with the racist "they" stuff (again, he said this in a church. Is their an ugly, racist "Religious Left" we need MSNBC to worry about?

THATS the truth.

Democrats are the racist aggitators. They're allowed to make outrageous, devisive, inflamatory hate filled statements on a regular basis, and its all good.

As long as they can shoe-horn "something that wasnt" to fit their narrative, they'll do it again.
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DT Florida, you may not get many "likes", but please keep posting here, I like reading your analyses.
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Thanks goPJgo. I think a lot of people who comment here on domestic political topics are often wrong about a lot of things, both on the issues, and on tactics. But I am in agreement with them from time to time too. I don't do this to earn likes. I do this to challenge their logic and assumptions from the perspective of a mainstream conservative Republican .. a perspective that is unfortunately often missing from some of the pjmedia posts

There are some great columnists on pjmedia, though, primarily on the subject of foreign affairs .. especially Roger Simon, Michael Ledeen, and David Goldman. The domestic political authors are not so thoughtful.
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I am just sick to my stomach. A career political hack wins again. Fabulous. Our country is in very deep trouble, but apparently the majority doesn't see it.
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