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August 14, 2014 - 8:37 pm

The herpes of political stories.

The Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate candidate defeated in the June Mississippi Republican primary filed a legal challenge contesting his loss on Thursday, days after his own party declined to look into his allegations of electoral misdeeds.

State Senator Chris McDaniel’s judicial petition to take up his complaint marks a new stage in a contest against incumbent Thad Cochran – once viewed nationally as a key test of Tea Party clout in challenging the Republican establishment.

“This challenge is not about the candidates,” McDaniel said in a written statement. “It is about the integrity of Mississippi’s election process.”

Since McDaniel’s loss to the six-term incumbent by roughly 7,700 votes in a June 24 runoff, his camp has insisted that he was done in largely by a cynical campaign to turn out black Democrats to vote against him.

McDaniel is asking a state court judge to review his complaint, which includes allegations of improper voting in the runoff by those who cast ballots in the Democratic primary earlier in June as well as the mishandling of election records by poll workers.

Anyone who has read more than three posts of mine know that I am not a huge fan of the Republican establishment. I wanted McDaniel to win this without going to a runoff because it would just wake up the Barbour/Cochran machine in Mississippi, which it did.

Most of what is going on now, however, seems to be so much flailing. Every time someone in the McDaniel camp says there is going to be a bombshell revelation it turns out to be varying degrees of nothingburger.

Most of the dismantling of the GOP hierarchy that needs to be done has to start at the party officials and money movers end of things, not so much with the elected officials. Neuter the Haley Barbours pulling strings behind the scenes and it becomes much easier to elect higher quality people to Congress.

This fight may end up making a point but I don’t know if anyone is putting money on McDaniel ending up on the ballot. He just seems to be caught up in something that he can’t stop.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.
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Have you considered that the one thing this may do is push Mississippi (and possibly other States) to end the idiocy of open primaries?

It is pretty certain that in a properly closed primary, McDaniel would have beaten Cochran the first time around - and then actually represented the members of his party in the general election.
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The response to the GOP establishment smearing GOP voters as racists in order to motivate Democrats to reverse the outcome of a GOP primary in a runoff election should not be to sweep it under the rug. This is an existential issue for the GOP--whether it will be a party of, by and for the progressive crony capitalists or whether it will be a party of, by and for the GOP voters. So far its looking like the former. Which is why the Tea Party spontaneously arose in the first place.
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"Most of the dismantling of the GOP hierarchy that needs to be done has to start at the party officials and money movers end of things, not so much with the elected officials. Neuter the Haley Barbours pulling strings behind the scenes and it becomes much easier to elect higher quality people to Congress. "

This. We have to take over the party machinery from the bottom up, and it will take a lot of work, and it will take TIME.


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Just exactly how much time do you think that we have left as a constitutional republic -vs- how long do you think that it will take to "take over the party machinery from the bottom up" + then reform the government?

Subotai Bahadur
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How much time is left? Oh, just about as much as it takes for enough people to give up and start promoting asinine things like letting Democrats win to teach those RINOs a lesson or forming a third party. Then it's over. Forever.
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Wow! That's a first!

I just reported my own comment! =:O


:D

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Have you considered that the one thing this may do is push Mississippi (and possibly other States) to end the idiocy of open primaries?

It is pretty certain that in a properly closed primary, McDaniel would have beaten Cochran the first time around - and then actually represented the members of his party in the general election.
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By all means let the establishment GOP and the Barbour clan get away with it.
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Yeah, punishing those rats is much more important than defeating Democrats. I mean, how much damage could Democrats in office do anyway?
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Reality wins. Every time.

The wise know this, and deal with it.

Children throw tantrums.
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You mean like calling GOP voters racists to get Democrats to defeat your opponent in a GOP primary. That is quite a tantrum. And the consequences of that tantrum could be interesting.
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