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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.
35 weeks ago
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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.
35 weeks ago
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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 -
35 weeks ago
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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!!
35 weeks ago
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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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35 weeks ago
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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.

35 weeks ago
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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.
35 weeks ago
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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.
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
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....
35 weeks ago
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Slime -- it's the America Way.
35 weeks ago
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Republicans should boycott the general election. Let Thad and GOP see how many democrats vote for him then.
35 weeks ago
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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.
35 weeks ago
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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.
35 weeks ago
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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.
35 weeks ago
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Wonder if Carl Rove had anything to do with this? Using your opponents troops if you can seems pretty smart if you can get away with it. The TParty loses a lot because of inexperience, its where the National Party would really come in handy with their decades of political warfare knowhow, at least it wasn't a win for the Democrats, just a loss for fiscal responsibility and ethics.
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