Skip to comments.Horowitz: Which Party's Base Did Cochran 'Broaden'?
Posted on 06/30/2014 6:16:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Last Tuesdays GOP primary runoff in Mississippi is turning out to be the most revealing incident in the protracted fight between the conservative grassroots and the GOP establishment. The GOP party leadership has been exposed for their true motives in front of all the party faithful.
Over the past few years, we have been told by some of the inside-the-beltway conservatives that the GOP schism is overblown, that it is merely a disagreement over strategy. We have also been told that the grassroots have been too purist in their expectations of how Republicans can govern when they only control the House of Representatives. These conservatives asserted that the party leadership was just as committed to fighting Obamacare and the growth of government, they just lacked the political power to do so. We were assured that as soon as they win just one more election, they will fight for conservative issues.
We have always known that the intra-party divide encompassed a lot more than disagreements over strategy, rather it cut to the core of many policy issues. It manifested in issues like full repeal of Obamacare, the debt ceiling, bailouts, immigration, so-called social issues, and corporate welfare. However, last weeks runoff in Mississippi showed us that GOP leadership fundamentally doesnt share our conservative values.
With conservative Chris McDaniel leading by roughly 8-10 points in the pre-runoff polling, the Cochran campaign, with the full support of the Mississippi GOP establishment and the NRSC, abandoned the party platform in support of Democrat votes. Its bad enough to deliberately and systematically override the will of the party voters in a primary, but it would have been worth it had the Cochran campaign attracted Democrat voters on a conservative message.
Instead, Cochran doubled down on a pro-earmark message and waged a demagogic scaremongering campaign....
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It ain’t over til it’s over. Chris McDaniel is fighting for the Republican base who voted for him, the majority of MS Republicans. FR has been great with support and donations, just hope he hangs in there.
Any word from Reience (?) Priebus?
Conservatism has so many traitors, it's getting monotonous.
One lesson that needs to be applied here is the elimination of open primaries. Allowing the opposition a voice in selecting your candidates is not much different from ID-less voting.
Rand Paul is the NUT that didn’t fall far from the tree!
I'm not so sure that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) ever styled himself as a "conservative".
Instead, I believe we wanted him to be but, alas, he is his father's son -- a gadfly, who gets off by pissing in the conservative soup.
If McDaniel beats this in court, great. If not, I’m going to laugh if Childers beats Cochran.
Hannity asked Rand Paul today about the election. He acted like he didn’t now much about it and said he understood it was a hard fought race. Hannity asked him if he had seen the racist fliers and Paul sidestepped the question. Him saying he didn’t know that much about it is like Obama learning about everything from watching CNN. The difference being obama is telling the truth. Paul is a big fraud.
We need all the help we can get, so we do build our hopes up too high with these guys.
I’ve heard that “Broadening the base” argument several times from some of the talking heads on television.
I’ll tell you what: Of all those democrat voters who voted for Cochran in this primary, I’ll give you a dollar for every one who votes for Cochran in the general election if you’ll give me a nickel for every one who votes for his democrat opponent.
This did used to be a great country. But I'm thinking like Louis XV now, hoping après moi le déluge.
Anybody interested in letting the Republican National Committee know what you think about this matter: http://www.gop.com/contact-us/
Have at it.
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