Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

GOP Establishment Rushes to Save Thad Cochran (should have retired!)
breitbart.com ^ | 2/4/14 | Tony Lee

Posted on 02/04/2014 5:48:17 PM PST by cotton1706

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Chochran is in trouble, and the GOP establishment is pulling out all the stops to save him.

A pro-Cochran super PAC associated with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is already on the airwaves to define upstart conservative state Senator and challenger Chris McDaniel five months before the primary.

And even Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who on Sunday endorsed Cochran, criticized the group on Monday.

“I’m disappointed in that – it’s just not something that’s necessary,” Bryant said on Monday, according to the Clarion-Ledger. “I would urge them to stop the Republican-on-Republican attack. I believe it was Ronald Reagan who talked about the 11th commandment – thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.”

The New York Times reported that now-lobbyist Barbour, who is said to have purchased Newt Gingrich's megaphone before the GOP's historic "Contract with America" election in 1994, will help raise money for the pro-Cochran "Mississippi Conservatives" super PAC. The super PAC on Friday started to run an ad, which will run statewide for three weeks, that attempts to define McDaniel as someone who is not as conservative on Common Core, deficit spending, and tort reform as he may claim. Those three areas coincidentally may be Cochran's biggest weaknesses as he tries to ward off a challenge from McDaniel, who has gotten the support prominent conservative organizations, in what will be a low-turnout primary.

Henry Barbour, Haley's nephew who is advising the super PAC, conceded to the Times that Cochran is vulnerable in this political climate and that his nomination would not be a "cakewalk." Cochran is a six-term senator whom Time magazine described as a "seasoned appropriator" who is a "spitting image of the Republican establishment" running in a deeply anti-establishment and anti-Washington climate.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; senateraces
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-73 next last

1 posted on 02/04/2014 5:48:17 PM PST by cotton1706
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Note to GOP Establishment: You have worn out your welcome. Just go away. Let Real Patriotic Americans step up and SAVE OUR NATION!! Just take your ill-gotten gains and go play some golf with Obama.


2 posted on 02/04/2014 5:51:52 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
Clearly a place to send money.

Gope at its worst....

3 posted on 02/04/2014 5:53:08 PM PST by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paladin2

Yep.


4 posted on 02/04/2014 5:54:36 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Dear GOPe,

Go away.

Regards,

A Whacko Bird Tea Party Terrorist


5 posted on 02/04/2014 5:57:44 PM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Howie66
Note to GOP Establishment: You have worn out your welcome. Just go away. Let Real Patriotic Americans step up and SAVE OUR NATION!! Just take your ill-gotten gains and go play some golf with Obama.

That's great advice; unfortunately, I don't think our little Republican primary voters will do that much to thwart the GOP establishment. Already TX is pre-committed to Cornball and George P. Bush.

6 posted on 02/04/2014 6:07:31 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Is a low-turnout primary guaranteed in these half-dozen southern states where the GOP-e is anathema to constitutionalists?


7 posted on 02/04/2014 6:08:37 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
"Haley Barbour"

That harbor guy needs to be filled in.

8 posted on 02/04/2014 6:09:37 PM PST by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Dear GOPe: why do you act surprised when we vote your representatives out for not representing us?

Do you know we may crossover and elect weak RATS to cold-hold the seat until we get a real conservative representative up and running within two years in quite a few house seats?

Do you think Cornyn rescuing Murkowski went unnoticed?

Have you asked John Cornyn and David Dewhurst why they’re spending so much money only to be blown away by the grassroots?

Since you don’t want to field candidates who represent us, we are forced to do your job for you. Thank you and Goodbye. You may now join the lobbyist ranks who will get no audience from the TEA people we replaced you with.


9 posted on 02/04/2014 6:09:46 PM PST by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

a “seasoned appropriator” who is a “spitting image of the Republican establishment” running in a deeply anti-establishment and anti-Washington climate.

Don’t you love that... “a seasoned appropriator”!!! I’m surprised the Times was that honest. Here’s hoping he goes down in flames.


10 posted on 02/04/2014 6:14:38 PM PST by Lake Living
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Every Superpac that Barbour and Rove can muster will not save Cochran
from the wrath of Mississippi Citizens. Trent Lott would have been sent
packing too, had he not retired.


11 posted on 02/04/2014 6:15:40 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706; All

Haley Barbour is an Amnesty Liberal who also is a lobbyist for Mexico...nuff said there...

And his pardon of a felon who later murdered (a la Huckabee) is something no candidate wants to have on their backside


12 posted on 02/04/2014 6:18:24 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (A Theory is not a Fact....It is not called the "Fact of Evolution")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paladin2

Barbour thinks he has pull in Miss and beyond because he was the Gov. and at one time the GOPe leader. It don’t work that way now days!


13 posted on 02/04/2014 6:21:07 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Keep pushing the Rhinos until they start changing parties.


14 posted on 02/04/2014 6:21:12 PM PST by Usagi_yo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Theodore R.

Evidently you are missing the panic coming out of McCornyn’s campaign.

He will be going down.


15 posted on 02/04/2014 6:32:28 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Howie66

He’s probably that ngat idiot retreaded.


16 posted on 02/04/2014 6:39:08 PM PST by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Howie66

I met Pete Domenici right after he announced his retirement.

When I first heard Pete Domenici announce his retirement, I thought this is really bad and why is he doing this. Then I actually met him and while his mind was clear, his speech was unsteady and he had trouble walking and I understood.

We lost that seat and are likely not getting it back anytime soon.

I met Ted Stevens shortly before his election loss and he too was unsteady and I thought “why is this guy not retiring?”.

Last month, I met Cochran for the first time. I will say that unlike Stevens and Domenici, he is not ready to retire. He is physically fit, on top of the issues especially agriculture and speaks well and walks easily.

He seems like a good senator to me.


17 posted on 02/04/2014 6:42:37 PM PST by staytrue
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: staytrue

Retire the Rinos


18 posted on 02/04/2014 6:48:17 PM PST by Hogblog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: staytrue
Cochran wanted to retire. He knew that it would be a difficult campaign at best ( he's pretty much coasted in his previous elections) and there's a good chance he could lose, so why end his career that way, as opposed to graciously retiring, with the good wishes, and good feelings from every Republican in the state.

So why is he running? Mitch McConnell begged him to run, because Mitch still thinks he's gonna win, and he's busy counting votes for Majority leader..

19 posted on 02/04/2014 6:52:38 PM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
“I would urge them to stop the Republican-on-Republican attack. I believe it was Ronald Reagan who talked about the 11th commandment – thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.

Tell that to Midge McConnell, Boehner, McShame and all of the other RINO's who criticized Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee (for filibustering) and TEA Party Reps.

20 posted on 02/04/2014 6:56:17 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Theodore R.
Already TX is pre-committed to Cornball and George P. Bush.

Got a link for that?

Texas has had enough of the BS and Bushes.

21 posted on 02/04/2014 6:58:24 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Theodore R.
I don't think our little Republican primary voters will do that much to thwart the GOP establishment. Already TX is pre-committed to Cornball and George P. Bush.

If this is true, and I am very reluctant to say I think the fix is in, that there's not a snowball's chance in hell that Ted Cruz, if he ran, would win the primary -- if the GOP fields another Romney, all bets are off and we had better be ready for action.

22 posted on 02/04/2014 7:00:12 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: staytrue

The bottom line is really simple. Our Founders envisioned CITIZEN Legislators and not CAREER POLITICIANS to handle the work of governance.

Thad Cochran might not have achieved the drooling, doddering old man stage at this point, but it is well past time for him to go home. He is the face of the Establishment and that is reason enough to retire him.

We really do need to break this deleterious cycle of CAREER POLITICIANS.

“For The Children”, of course.


23 posted on 02/04/2014 7:02:15 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Jane Long

BTTT

We have devolved into a viper den.

Fortunately. they are easy to vote out.

GO TEA


24 posted on 02/04/2014 7:02:49 PM PST by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: onyx; wardaddy; WKB; LibLieSlayer

augh.


25 posted on 02/04/2014 7:03:44 PM PST by Black Agnes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Retire in pride and leave us alone.


26 posted on 02/04/2014 7:06:31 PM PST by Fungi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Finny

Ignore the Roosevelt troll. Look him up: he’s a GOPe sleeper who uses reverse psych in all his pathetic posts. Most likely he’s directly paid by Cornyn.


27 posted on 02/04/2014 7:08:02 PM PST by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Finny

It’s quite evident that you have no grasp on how we TEXANS think.

“Don’t Mess With Texas” isn’t just a catchy slogan. It is a way of life.


28 posted on 02/04/2014 7:10:07 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Jane Long

Agreed.

George P. Bush is going to get creamed in the primary race. Can we say “Failure To Launch”?


29 posted on 02/04/2014 7:11:41 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Howie66

“Our Founders envisioned CITIZEN Legislators and not CAREER POLITICIANS to handle the work of governance.”

Then why did they not put term limits in the constitution ?


30 posted on 02/04/2014 7:13:20 PM PST by staytrue
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: WKB; Black Agnes; Malichi; WXRGina; LibLieSlayer; duffee; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; ...

PING!



I've just returned home from my VB TEA Party meeting.
One guy in the know said the internal polling for Thad is awful, which is the reason his campaign went negative.
Prayers and my money for Chris McDaniel.

31 posted on 02/04/2014 7:13:45 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Usagi_yo

RINO(s) = REPUBLICAN IN NAME ONLY

We are not talking about some very fine examples of God’s work, here.

:-)


32 posted on 02/04/2014 7:16:53 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: onyx
I sent a few $$ to Chris, from TX....sending my prayers, as well!

RETIRE THE RINO's!!!

33 posted on 02/04/2014 7:19:26 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Jane Long

I remember!
Thank you SO MUCH!!!


34 posted on 02/04/2014 7:20:54 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: staytrue

That’s easy to answer.

Our Founders were counting on a populace of God-Fearing, Moral and Educated People to understand the RESPONSIBILITY laid at their feet by God Almighty to be forever VIGILANT of their FREEDOM.


35 posted on 02/04/2014 7:21:38 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Howie66

..........wonder if with the help of all Freepers a List of “establishment” republicans could be made???

I know

1. McConnell
2. Boehner
3. Rove
4. Bush, Jeb
5. Bush, Dad
6. Bush, George
7. Ryan
8. Cantor
9. Priebus
10. Cornynn
11. Alexander
12. Chambliss
13. Cochran
14. Collins
15. Graham
16. McCain
17. Murkowski
18. Snowe

That’s all I can think of except there are some “big money” bundlers like Rove out there too. I don’t know who any of them are.

I started to put Sessions on the list but think he must be a good guy.


36 posted on 02/04/2014 7:22:03 PM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Cen-Tejas

You have summed the RINO leadership up perfectly.


37 posted on 02/04/2014 7:31:54 PM PST by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Howie66

You don’t know what you are talking about.

“Our Founders were counting on a populace of God-Fearing, Moral and Educated People to understand the RESPONSIBILITY laid at their feet by God Almighty to be forever VIGILANT of their FREEDOM.”

YOU ARE SO VERY WRONG.

The founders greatly distrusted the people.

That is why they took direct election of the president out of the hands of the people and put in into the hands of “electors”

That is why they created a 6 year senate term with staggered classes. They did this so that some young Hitler could win the presidency, could have his party carry the House, but he would only have 1/3 of the senate.

The founders believed in an elite senate separate from the people who could put a check and balance on the rest including the judicial appointments of the president and foreign treaties.


38 posted on 02/04/2014 7:41:03 PM PST by staytrue
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Cen-Tejas

Did you leave off Bob Corker and Lamar! from TN and the other MS disappointment, Mr. Wicker.


39 posted on 02/04/2014 7:49:39 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Cen-Tejas

Also Senator Boozman of AR has RINO tendencies.


40 posted on 02/04/2014 7:51:43 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Cen-Tejas

Also McC’s AZ colleague, the Flake.


41 posted on 02/04/2014 7:52:21 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Howie66

Bush’s opponent is a pastor named David L. Watts, 46, of near Longview. He has no name ID or money. Why would you think a Texan would repudiate George P.? George P.’s Wikipedia article writes that he appears to be a shoo-in:

Bush is considered[by whom?] the presumptive Republican nominee to replace him and shoo-in general election winner for the office in 2014.[19]

Bush’s only opponent in the Republican primary scheduled for March 4, 2014 is David L. Watts (born 1967), a minister who describes himself as a “Conservative Republican” and lives in a rural area between Gilmer and Longview in East Texas. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Watts, the son of a pastor, was reared in Deer Park and Humble, Texas, and in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Louisville.[21]


42 posted on 02/04/2014 7:56:07 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Howie66
Evidently you are missing the panic coming out of McCornyn’s campaign

I surely hope you are right, and I am wrong. But what you call "panic", Cornball calls "confidence".

43 posted on 02/04/2014 7:58:10 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Cen-Tejas

I see you put Alexander, but people know him as Lamar! And TN thinks highly of the status quo too.


44 posted on 02/04/2014 8:00:38 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: onyx

Chris McDaniel is much older than Thad was when MS sent him to the House in 1972. People in MS like an old-style incumbent when he is available to “serve.”


45 posted on 02/04/2014 8:02:24 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Theodore R.

I checked, McDaniel is seven years older than the popular Cochran was when voters sent him to the House by a narrow vote in 1972.


46 posted on 02/04/2014 8:05:58 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: Cen-Tejas

You missed the pro-abort Isakson of GA.


47 posted on 02/04/2014 8:07:21 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: staytrue
That is why they created a 6 year senate term with staggered classes. They did this so that some young Hitler could win the presidency, could have his party carry the House, but he would only have 1/3 of the senate.

BULLS#*^T

What history book have you been reading.

It's time your read the federalist papers, because the thing the founding fathers feared the most was the possibility of a KING!

That is why they set it up for each state to elect their US Senator from the their State House, which would have it's pulse on the PEOPLE!

You may have confused the fact that those with property only had the right to vote, but that was because they wanted to ensure the voters had a real stake in keeping the elected official freedom friendly.

You have a twisted idea of what was in the minds of the founding fathers.
48 posted on 02/04/2014 9:19:01 PM PST by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: tennmountainman
Time to raise the stakes for not representing the people.

Obama executive order No. 1: No pension for congressmen or senators who lose reelection, and thou shalt not lobby.

There, fixed it!

49 posted on 02/04/2014 9:58:34 PM PST by urbanpovertylawcenter (the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Howie66

The H is silent.


50 posted on 02/04/2014 11:34:04 PM PST by Usagi_yo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-73 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson