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Thad Cochranís victory shows voting rights well protected (Yes, he went there)
The Boston Globe ^ | June 29, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby

Posted on 06/29/2014 7:17:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Tea Party insurgent Chris McDaniel came tantalizingly close to knocking off Senator Thad Cochran in Mississippi’s Republican primary runoff last week, but a surge in black voter turnout saved the six-term incumbent’s bacon. Cochran’s election to a seventh term in November now seems a foregone conclusion, and boy, are a lot of conservatives mad.

“There is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats,” McDaniel fumed on election night, slamming Cochran and the GOP establishment for “once again reaching across the aisle [and] abandoning the conservative movement.”

But whatever else the election outcome meant, Cochran’s “reaching across the aisle” made his victory a noteworthy instance of something that supposedly doesn’t and can’t happen in Mississippi even today: A white GOP politician sought support among Democrats, and particularly black Democrats. And far from being politically powerless, they tipped the election.

Under Mississippi’s open-primary rules, anyone who hadn’t already voted in the Democratic primary could vote in the Republican runoff. The Cochran camp openly solicited crossover support, as John Hayward wrote in Human Events, “through a combination of race-baiting attacks on McDaniel, and touting his [Cochran’s] ability to make government larger and bring home more goodies from Washington.” National Review called it a “Two-Faced Victory”: In majority-black neighborhoods, Cochran’s ads and mailers played up his support for historically black colleges and food stamps. In predominantly white districts, other pamphlets highlighted his support for the National Rifle Association and his opposition to abortion and Obamacare.....


(Excerpt) Read more at bostonglobe.com ...


TOPICS: Mississippi; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: blacks; cochran; mcdaniel; mississippi
Huh?
1 posted on 06/29/2014 7:17:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think he might be missing a chromosome or maybe this guy is the missing link scientists have been looking for.


2 posted on 06/29/2014 7:20:22 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why do they keep saying Cochran won? He didn’t. McDaniel needs to hang in there no matter what.


3 posted on 06/29/2014 7:21:37 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just think...we have folks who identify themselves as “Conservative” who still insist folks vote for Cochran, and, not for another candidate

The liberals are cheerleading Cochran victory


4 posted on 06/29/2014 7:23:53 PM PDT by DisorderOnBorder (Hollywood...Washington DC for pretty people)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, reaching across the aisle to call members of your own party a bunch of racists.


5 posted on 06/29/2014 7:27:10 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: freekitty
Why do they keep saying Cochran won?

Because the GOP and Democrats all use the same tactics. Overwhelm the little guy fighting for truth by agreeing in public that he's insignificant, has no standing, is fighting when the battle was already won. All they want is that "Republican" seat hopefully without having to spend another dime.

I pray that McDaniel won't fall for it. It's not a Republican seat if Cochran's in it, it's a sham. Not only that but conservatives will have effectively been swept under the rug if they beat Chris.

Please hang in there, Chris.

6 posted on 06/29/2014 7:34:20 PM PDT by Kenny (<p)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...even the four guys who still read the Boston Globe disagree...


7 posted on 06/29/2014 7:35:08 PM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: GeronL

I would really like to drop this guy off in Hinds county, MS after dark. A county that voted for “Mr. reach across the aisle”, with nothing but an I-phone and a .357 just to see which one gets the most use.


8 posted on 06/29/2014 7:45:44 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: logitech

Why? Is there something scary about Hinds County at night? I was never scared there even in the worst areas. I was scared driving down country roads in Neshoba County when I was a young girl. I didn’t even know the history there either. I just thought it was creepy.


9 posted on 06/29/2014 7:58:36 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Haven’t you heard? Minorities have an official right to illegally vote


10 posted on 06/29/2014 8:00:58 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; paintriot; Lil Flower; Din Maker; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; ...

Last ping of the day


11 posted on 06/29/2014 8:07:56 PM PDT by WKB
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Soliciting Democrats to decide a GOP primary. Makes sense to me. /sarcasm


12 posted on 06/29/2014 8:08:10 PM PDT by randita
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To: WKB

Sorry. I should have seen this one wasn’t Ping-ed yet.


13 posted on 06/29/2014 8:09:49 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: petitfour

Sorry to use Hinds Co. as a whipping post, so I’ll use my home County as example.

Mobile Co., AL instead.

Watch out for the areas NE of town. Especially after dark. By the way, they don’t care what you look like.


14 posted on 06/29/2014 8:10:57 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: petitfour

You are excused “this”time!! :>)


15 posted on 06/29/2014 8:12:04 PM PDT by WKB
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To: logitech

Lol. I don’t worry there either. Maybe I should ask my cousins who have lived there all their lives.


16 posted on 06/29/2014 8:13:36 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: logitech

Now that I think about it, I probably would be more likely to go to the worst areas of Hinds County before I would the areas you speak of at night. But if I were with my husband, I would buck up and be ok. I think.


17 posted on 06/29/2014 8:19:27 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From the hue and cry, you could have been forgiven for thinking that the court had pronounced Jim Crow-era literacy tests and poll taxes constitutional after all, and advised black voters to forget about ever flexing their electoral muscles again.

Strangely enough black literacy is lower today than it was in 1964. All thanks to the Democrats that are so concerned about protecting Black Voter’s rights.

18 posted on 06/29/2014 8:24:31 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think what Jacoby is saying, is that blacks were “oppressed” at all. They showed IDs and were able to vote. Granted, they voted for the RINO, but ironically they killed the voter ID hysteria from the Left.


19 posted on 06/29/2014 8:28:13 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Kenny

I hope he continues to fight and not give in.


20 posted on 06/30/2014 12:07:40 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mississippi (and no doubt other states') voting rights obviously need to be fixed.

Nobody who is not already registered in a party should be allowed to vote in the party's primary. And, should there be a runoff, nobody who didn't vote in the primary should be eligible to vote in the runoff.

21 posted on 06/30/2014 12:28:19 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The point he may NOT have been making is that the black voters seem to have no problem with voter ID laws, nor were they really in any way deterred from showing up to vote by the “Tea Party”.

Apparently, blacks can and do freely vote in elections in states where we have voter ID laws.


22 posted on 06/30/2014 12:38:55 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I think what Jacoby is saying, is that blacks were “oppressed” at all. They showed IDs and were able to vote. Granted, they voted for the RINO, but ironically they killed the voter ID hysteria from the Left.

That's accurate.

Jacoby has been the Boston Globe's resident conservative for many years. The illustration makes him look much younger than he actually is.

23 posted on 06/30/2014 12:43:10 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Voting rights” has always been another way of saying “cheating rights” for the left. It means the laws are either openly violated, ignored or taken advantage of in such a way that the leftist wins, and that the leftists have a right to do this. Anything to the contrary disenfranchises them, don’t you know?


24 posted on 06/30/2014 2:49:31 AM PDT by livius
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To: cynwoody

I interpret jacoby is saying that these democrats got out and voted to reach across the aisle and join with republicans so we can all get along and that this is a good thing. While we know many of them and their leaders were paid to turnout, they were incensed by unfounded racial charges now the naacp and bennie thompson are demanding major federal spending as well as Voter ID being rescinded as further payment. These 40 thousand democrats will be back with their party in November and laughing about the turmoil and destruction in the republican party. The blame however is not with the democrats, it is with the RNSC, RNC, Mississippi and national gop, the Cochran campaign and thad’s handlers, the barbours and joe nosef the chairman of the Mississippi republican party.


25 posted on 06/30/2014 6:09:40 AM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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