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June 25, 2014 - 4:42 am

Let’s be honest. Chris McDaniel didn’t lose the Republican primary runoff in Mississippi last night.

There is no Republican primary in Mississippi.

That’s because state law allows any Democrat who didn’t vote in the Democratic primary (which means most Democrats) to vote in the Republican primary…and they did. In fact, Sen. Thad Cochran vigorously pursued Democrat votes, and if anecdotal turnout figures are correct, he got them in numbers adequate to squelch the insurgent campaign of state Sen. McDaniel.

Now, perhaps it’s time to jettison the illusion of a two-party system, but (if preliminary data proves accurate) let’s not pretend that the majority of Republicans in Mississippi embrace the status quo, cronied-up bacon-bringer Cochran, nor that they reject McDaniel’s limited-government views.

The Democrats who voted for Cochran yesterday will reliably vote for his Democrat opponent in November. Cochran did not win one for the party, for the movement, or for any particular principles. Cochran merely protected his flanks by making a temporary alliance with his rivals in order to sustain his profitable business venture called “Senate career.”

(For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

Scott Ott co-hosts a news, commentary and humor show called Trifecta on PJTV. He created and hosted the 20-part series on the Constitution titled Freedom's Charter. His satire site, ScrappleFace, spawned three books and praise from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and many others.
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All Republicans in Mississippi who supported McDaniel should vote for the Democrat candidate, since the Republican leadership has decided these sort of bi-partisan efforts are now a good way to behave. Republicans should vote against Thad Cochran.
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Maybe Republican voters should make a major push for party registration and closed primaries while Republicans have control in so many state legislatures. They should also work to eliminate straight ticket voting in the general election.
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We should really be encouraged by this. Look at the dirty tricks the Establishment had to pull to squeak out this "win".

It took dirty politics and a lot of Establishment money (including McCain's) to keep a better candidate out of the running.

That says something.

Keep fighting!

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The Democrats have pulled off a major coup. The Blacks will vote for the Democrat in November and the McDaniel Republicans will stay home. NEW DEMOCRAT SENATE SEAT, No problem.
12 weeks ago
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I am mad as hell about this and there is no way I am not going to vote for Bennie Thompson. I will probably write in Chris McDaniel.
12 weeks ago
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Impeach Thad Cochran
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The most disgusting part is that Cochran ran ads (well, robo-calls) saying that McDaniel was a racist who thinks that blacks should not have the right to vote, and that he (Cochran) would do what Obama wanted, instead of "obstructing the first African-American President".

We're at the point where Establishment Candidates that have been firmly entrenched in the DC Machine think that they can't win unless they embrace Left Wing Alinsky Politics.
12 weeks ago
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What is needed to eliminate an open primary?
12 weeks ago
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Perhaps for the presidential the GOP should forgo state help and set up their own primary system.
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I agree that only Republicans should vote in the Republican primary (and vice versa) but the Mississippi rules are neither new nor unique. Remember Rush Limbaugh's Operation Chaos in 2008, when he urged Republicans to vote in the Democrat primary in states where that was allowed in order to keep Hillary's faltering campaign alive?

The only way Republicans have a chance to become a majority party is to reach out to Democrats, Independents and other non-Republicans. Sen. Thad Cochran is not a Tea Party member but his reelection may help the Republicans get a Senate majority, which is a requirement for repealing ObamaCare and for doing much of anything else worthwhile. As long as Harry Reid is Majority Leader, bills passed by the House won't even get a vote in the Senate.

The Dems were set to demonize McDaniel not only in Mississippi but throughout the country. Keeping Thad Cochran in the Senate for 6 more years will not be the end of the world - but not getting a Republican Senate might be.
12 weeks ago
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Democrats will take this seat in November.
12 weeks ago
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Thad Cochran was not in the race to win the general election and serve six more years. He will retire sometime in 2015, perhaps 2016 (if he lasts that long) and Governor Baily will appoint his replacement. Cochran was (is) only a placeholder.
However, this stunt may prevent him from winning in the fall. The conservatives in Mississippi are pissed.
12 weeks ago
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Then the conservatives in Mississippi would be acting stupidly.
12 weeks ago
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Cochran could very well lose in the general as steamed TP Pubs give him the snub this fall. #hoistedonpetard
12 weeks ago
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Reminds me of the couch with a losing season.

"We couldn't win on the road and always lost at home. My failure as a couch was not being able to find another place to play."

Hope Cochran doesn't take his win to mean he should side more with Harry Reid. It will take a GOP majority in the Senate to keep him conservative.
12 weeks ago
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Who knew couches could have losing seasons. Mine just sits there. ;
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Cochran actively pursued a GITV effort amongst the black (Dem) voters. Just demonstrates what the Right has always said about the establishment Repubs. The big-government types, even if they are in different Parties, would always prefer each other to the limited government types.
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Sometimes, the measure of a good coach can't be made in one year or even two. To accurately measure, you measure by how the team trends.

Take the Seattle Seahawks this year winning the Superbowl. It was evident even in a playoff loss, they were getting appreciably better two years ago.

When they finally won, they won decisively.

A loss is a loss. But it obvious the establishment Republican Party's days are numbered. Either they'll adapt or soon get rolled.

Just a matter of time.
12 weeks ago
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All Republicans in Mississippi who supported McDaniel should vote for the Democrat candidate, since the Republican leadership has decided these sort of bi-partisan efforts are now a good way to behave. Republicans should vote against Thad Cochran.
12 weeks ago
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That's pretty much like having yourself castrated because the neighbors have too many kids.

Are you a Democrat troll?
12 weeks ago
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The GOP establishment would rather burn the house down than cede power due to electoral defeats.

Voting for the Democrat in the general would still work to their favor because they are good with being a pipsqueak loyal opposition. It is like playing a villain in a movie as an actor. They know their part and they know their betters.

After the election instead of voting the Democrat all the Tea Party everywhere should target a congressional RINO and target them for recall and then elect a Tea Party as replacement. That way the GOP establishment know that it is never over.

This should be done for senators as they can coast for 5 years. They can feel insulated.
12 weeks ago
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Indeed. Why Libertarians and the Tea Party are in the RINO party I don't know. I will not vote RINO -- ever.
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duh, because we DO have a two-party system. In case you haven't noticed, the last time a Libertarian won a Federal election under the Libertarian Party banner was...
...

NEVER.

You either play the game as it is until you have enough chips to change the rules, or you sit it out.
12 weeks ago
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Be prepared to put your neck under Hillary's high-heeled shoe, then.
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