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Tea party makes its last stand in Mississippi, targeting longtime Sen. Thad Cochran
The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, May 22, | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa

Posted on 05/22/2014 8:32:55 AM PDT by Kenny

After a string of humiliating defeats in Republican primaries this spring, the tea party’s last best hope to oust an incumbent lawmaker is in Mississippi.

At first glance, the deeply conservative state’s Senate primary race seems ripe for an upset. Sen. Thad Cochran has served in Washington for as long as his 41-year-old challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel, has been alive. A proud and prolific earmarker when senators were freer to send pork to their states, Cochran personifies the kind of free-spending Beltway broker that grassroots conservative voters have often revolted against.

Senate hopeful Alison L. Grimes (D) suggests McConnell’s net worth “quadrupled” because he voted for pay raises.

Yet McDaniel has failed to put the contest away, even as Tea Party-aligned groups are pouring money into Mississippi to deny Cochran a seventh term. The insurgent has made a series of tactical errors, while Cochran and his establishment allies — well-funded and prepared for combat — have been eviscerating McDaniel on the airwaves.

The race has also been roiled over the past week by a bizarre incident in which a pro-McDaniel blogger was arrested for taking an illicit photo of Cochran’s bedridden wife, Rose, who has dementia and lives in a nursing home.

There are few reliable public polls in Mississippi. Strategists in the state say the race has been close, with Cochran enjoying a slight advantage, although they sensed that McDaniel had been gaining steam before the nursing home episode.

Conservative groups — still searching for their first victory in knocking off an entrenched incumbent this year — are doubling down to prop up McDaniel in the run-up to the June 3 primary.

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although they sensed that McDaniel had been gaining steam before the nursing home episode.

Does anyone know what Chris has done to refute this? I think it's a mistake to try and ignore it as this is the kind of dirty politics that GOPe win with.

1 posted on 05/22/2014 8:32:55 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: Kenny

Last stand? LOL


2 posted on 05/22/2014 8:33:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Kenny

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”


3 posted on 05/22/2014 8:33:58 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kenny

But...but... the MSM and Dems like Debbie Wasserman Sergeant-Schultz, said that the Tea Party had become and absorbed the GOP - that the Tea Party was actually indeed victorious?

Which one is it?

Philip and Robert of WaPo need to talk to Wasserman Sergeant-Schultz.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 8:36:53 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Kenny

What they fail to understand or mention Is that the presence of the Tea Party candidate causes them to be more Conservative than they otherwise would. Thy are forced to at least mouth platitudes and act a little less forward due to the fact that they know that someone is watching.


5 posted on 05/22/2014 8:38:33 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: cripplecreek

[ Last stand? LOL ]

Only getting started.

It used to be Incumbents never got primaried, now they are.

I think we should make the Primary Process MANDATORY as a PLANK in the Republican Party!

Our Party should have a Slogan: “No Incumbent should run unopposed”

Otherwise the Republican Party will become “Whigs 2.0”


6 posted on 05/22/2014 8:39:41 AM PDT by GraceG
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7 posted on 05/22/2014 8:40:04 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Kenny
Senate hopeful Alison L. Grimes (D) suggests McConnell’s net worth “quadrupled” because he voted for pay raises.

What? Which e-fossil is this article written about?

8 posted on 05/22/2014 8:40:13 AM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Kenny
Tea Party comeback? Primary victories help movement fend off naysayers

"Political pundits love to role-play as coroners, but they aren't very good at it," Tea Party Express Executive Director Taylor Budowich said after wins Tuesday night in Nebraska and West Virginia. "The mainstream media has been pushing the recycled 'Tea Party is Dead' headlines, but tonight's results show how again they've got it wrong. What these pundits don't understand is ... the broad appeal of the Tea Party's message of fiscal responsibility and economic growth."

9 posted on 05/22/2014 8:40:35 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Jim from C-Town

Yeah but so what?

They are liars lying.


10 posted on 05/22/2014 8:41:14 AM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: Kenny
The TEA party ain't a party. It's just the growing numbers of people who are coming to the conclusion that big government is evil, and that it must be checked and pruned back to rational proportions.
11 posted on 05/22/2014 8:41:24 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Thank you. The libs do have an Achilles heel.


12 posted on 05/22/2014 8:43:30 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Kenny
Did the MSM ever call an incumbent's defeat by a Tea Partyer "humiliating" - or does that adjective somehow apply only when it's the Tea Partyer that loses?
13 posted on 05/22/2014 8:44:22 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: cripplecreek

“Last stand? LOL”

Really.

“After a string of humiliating defeats” No bias there. Also why does it always take TWO pinheads to write this barf?


14 posted on 05/22/2014 8:45:26 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: BenLurkin

The libs are SCARED TO DEATH of the Tea Party.


15 posted on 05/22/2014 8:46:13 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: Kenny

I didn’t know that the TEA Party was an organized political entity and was actually running candidates, like these beltway know-it all seem to think.


16 posted on 05/22/2014 8:46:28 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Lil Flower; Din Maker; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; ...

ping


17 posted on 05/22/2014 8:48:06 AM PDT by WKB
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To: Kenny

WaPo pouring it on against a party that doesn’t exist. I wonder if they realize we’re laughing at them?


18 posted on 05/22/2014 8:49:26 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Kenny
Not alot of recent pollng data available.

Mississippi Senate - GOP Primary (June 3)

Polling Data

Poll Date Sample McDaniel Cochran Spread
The Polling Company (R) 5/14 - 5/15 505 LV 43 39 McDaniel +4
Harper (R) 4/3 - 4/5 570 LV 35 52 Cochran +17
NSON Opinion Strategy 3/24 - 3/28 400 LV 37 45 Cochran +8
Harper (R) 12/17 - 12/18 710 LV 31 54 Cochran +23
PPP (D) 11/15 - 11/17 422 RV 38 44 Cochran +6
Candidate needs to receive 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff.

19 posted on 05/22/2014 8:51:07 AM PDT by deport
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To: Kenny

Incumbancy wins 95% of the time. Need term limits.

We’ll see how the TEA party does in all the open seats/red state dem seats coming up in November.


20 posted on 05/22/2014 8:52:12 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Kenny
"Humiliating"? lol

It's a long march, and we're just getting started.

21 posted on 05/22/2014 8:53:59 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Kenny

vote fraud goes a long way and it’s not just the democrats who are guilty. The republican establishment engaging in vote fraud to retain their ilk in office is a must because they need the Tea Party dead and buried. The reports in the past few days of the incumbents beating the Tea Party challengers in the primaries leaves the establishment proclaiming the death of the Tea Party movement. Since the establishment in DC is controlled by the world oligarchs, it will be impossible for the people to return this country to a Constitutional Republic through a corrupted election system.


22 posted on 05/22/2014 8:59:01 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: Kenny
They're full of it if they literally mean the libertarian-slash-tea party folks last stand; but maybe so if they mean individual Tea Party organized groups or as it is stated later on in the article “Candidates matter. That’s what these groups that have hijacked the tea party need to learn. That’s why Senator Cochran’s going to win and why Chris McDaniel’s going to lose.”

And it's good that the article included this about the Republican Party. “The ruling class of the Republican Party has become much more explicit in its attacks on conservatives than they used to be. They’ve designed a better mechanism to keep their power.”

I remember. You cannot get more explicit than this 1964 Rockefeller Republican declaration: "We have to destroy Barry Goldwater as a member of the human race." We're all Barry Goldwaters now in the opinion of the ruling class of the Republican Party. Purveyors of hate I recall that Mitt Romney's father George called us Goldwater supporters.

23 posted on 05/22/2014 9:01:51 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: GraceG

BINGO.

Isn’t that rat Boehner up for re-election? Is the primary season over yet?


24 posted on 05/22/2014 9:06:27 AM PDT by ZULU (https://www.facebook.com/freejustina)
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To: deport

I was polled twice by two different polling organizations about this election last night.


25 posted on 05/22/2014 9:07:56 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: ZULU

Isn’t that rat Boehner up for re-election?

***************

Yep, all House of Representative members are all up for re-election every two years
assuming they choose to run again.


26 posted on 05/22/2014 9:12:09 AM PDT by deport
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To: Kenny

Suddenly the goal posts have been moved further by the Compost. Everyone knows that the hardest thing in politics is to defeat an incumbent. Tea party candidates have triumphed in primaries to fill open seats, but Wapo conveniently does not count those in the way they count! What a disgusting piece of crap “news”paper.


27 posted on 05/22/2014 9:14:27 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: cripplecreek

WaPo especially has declared this year is the last gasp final death of the tea party. They forget it is only a loose knit group and the primaries tgey have lost are only by a few points. The candidates have been outspent with huge amounts of money, withstood an entire political and media system that has tried to destroy them, and running against long time establishment goons.


28 posted on 05/22/2014 9:14:40 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: deport

Another recent poll with McDaniel leading

http://www.scribd.com/doc/225104161/TPPCF-MS-Poll-Surge-Release


29 posted on 05/22/2014 9:14:40 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: vetvetdoug

Probably candidate sponsored polling for their campaign info and strageties.
That shows some concern on someone’s part, maybe both.


30 posted on 05/22/2014 9:15:31 AM PDT by deport
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To: cripplecreek

There is no formal tea party—it is a set of values and beliefs. It cannot be destroyed and, in fact, it is and will grow in popularity. Just because there is gov’t oppression of Tea Party-type organizations, resulting in few people who want to be connected to those organizations (due to fear of audits or worse), doesn’t mean those people changed their beliefs. It only makes them less visible. It creates the illusion that the “Tea Party” is dying. It is, in truth, the opposite.


31 posted on 05/22/2014 9:18:18 AM PDT by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: jimbo123

That’s a 30 point move favoring McDaniel from their previous poll six weeks
ago. That represents a major shift even when taking into account the MOE.
Change appears to be on the mind of voters in MS.


32 posted on 05/22/2014 9:21:59 AM PDT by deport
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To: Kenny

Tea Party might be doing better if it actually stood for something.


33 posted on 05/22/2014 9:23:01 AM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: iacovatx
It creates the illusion that the “Tea Party” is dying. It is, in truth, the opposite....Spot On!

Harry Reed and others who spread lies/propaganda about the Tea Party have done some damage....Reed and those like him are terrified the United States Constitution will become strong again and Big Government will take a hit....both the Constitution and Big Gov. have been made very visible under the Tea Party discussions........

34 posted on 05/22/2014 9:27:02 AM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe
The pinhead LIBs at the washington compost WISH the TEA party was dead. It isn't.
35 posted on 05/22/2014 9:40:59 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: ZULU

Boehner won.


36 posted on 05/22/2014 9:53:07 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: vetvetdoug

They called you because we kept turning them down LOL.

We got polled by 3 on Monday night. Hubby doesn’t do polls so we had to politely decline.


37 posted on 05/22/2014 9:54:08 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: iacovatx
My experience, which is as limited as many, but much broader than most because I go around the country speaking to different groups AND because I'm engaged in a national tour with my film coming up this fall is not supportive of your view.

First, in terms of book sales, my publisher, my agent, and others in the conservative publishing community---names you would know---have experienced significant declines in sales since 2011. I thought it might just be my titles, but no, in contacting many of these people, their political/history titles are not doing well. A few have had very good success with novels, but not political novels. Their successes are in futuristic novels or "armageddon" type stories.

Second, in discussing appearances with my film at Tea Party groups around the country, I have found they are either defunct from just two years ago, have had membership fall dramatically, and so on. It doesn't seem to matter the region: I've had the same conversations with people in IL, ID, AR, OH, GA, and so on. One ID guy told me his chapter was simply defunct; one OH guy who led a big chapter said they can scarcely get 20 people out---with one big exception, when they do something on Common Core. When I spoke to them a couple of years ago, they had 100.

Several post-Obama groups that were created apart from, but related to the Tea Party, evaporated.

It is still possible to run a GOOD candidate against a RINO dinosaur, but the "Tea Party" label no longer turns out the voters, even GOP voters.

While my experience could be entirely anecdotal, the story of what the Dayton Tea Party did here locally, and how it screwed up and basically lost its power, is telling and I'll be happy to go over it in a private mail, but not a public thread.

38 posted on 05/22/2014 10:05:12 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: cripplecreek

Yeh, laughable! “Words cannot harm me!” Little do the know that the Tea Party is growing every day.


39 posted on 05/22/2014 10:12:07 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: Billthedrill

I somehow missed the articles regarding the demise of the Coffee Party.


40 posted on 05/22/2014 10:29:00 AM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: LS

Disgusting


41 posted on 05/22/2014 10:48:06 AM PDT by ZULU (https://www.facebook.com/freejustina)
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To: LS
Would love to hear the story. Our local party had its problems and we really have been hit hard by liberal leaning media. We have a couple of people here who are their own worst enemies.
Numbers are down as we have been tarred with the “radical” brush.
We are getting some members into the Republican establishment. That is our new tactic and it is working. We are slowly taking over in that way. But they fight back hard and dirty. Many are disgusted by the dirt and I don't really blame them. It is truly depressing in a conservative area (southern MS) to have to fight so hard for what is right. The economy still sucks and people are in hunker down mode for the most part. “There is alot of disillusion with the national party and many are just waiting for the election. Making a living is taking precedence over politics.
FReep mail me on Dayton.
42 posted on 05/22/2014 11:10:01 AM PDT by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: Kenny; All
No bias here, lol!

It strikes me as peculiar that the "Tea Party" is referred to as a legitimate, organized, and established "party", when it's no such thing. I mean, it's a general descriptive and legitimate nickname, and there ARE organized groups with the name that back specific candidates, but I've yet to see a ballot that lists a candidate's party affiliation as "Tea"!

We have partisan primaries in Ohio...my choices were Republican, Democrat, or issues only. No primaries for Green, Libertarian, Constitution, or Tea parties.

The "Tea Party" name may be losing it's luster (?) but I doubt the people who were/are involved in actual organized groups have changed their minds about anything, they just want candidates who can win! That's what the primaries are for, and at grass roots and state levels, it's been successful...at the Federal level, and particularly with incumbents, it's like the "mills of God", but we WILL get there, eventually...IMHO.

43 posted on 05/22/2014 11:13:12 AM PDT by 88keys (broken glass GOP; it matters, replace the Dems. 2014!!)
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To: Kenny

He issued a statement IMMEDIATELY calling the behavior of the blogger reprehensible, etc., etc., etc., and IIRC, offered sympathy to the Cochran family.


44 posted on 05/22/2014 11:18:10 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: prof.h.mandingo; LS
I would like to hear both of your stories...please FReepmail me too!

It sounds like there have been some "undercover operatives" at work, besides some genuinely unsavory radical types who misunderstand what/who the "Tea Party" really is. These of course are the ones that get all the headlines - the "badly behaved"!

45 posted on 05/22/2014 11:21:34 AM PDT by 88keys (broken glass GOP; it matters, replace the Dems. 2014!!)
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To: EDINVA

It’s all over but the shouting.

Even if the madison county lawyer is totally innocent they will never prove that before the election.

http://kingfish1935.blogspot.com/2014/05/mayfield-arrested.html

The empire has struck back. This will be all over the news cycle at 5pm in this area. McDaniel is toast now.

This has what happened to Bill Allain written all over it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Allain

“In 1983, while Allain was running for governor against Republican candidate Leon Bramlett of Clarksdale, private detective Rex Armistead, formerly with the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, helped to spread rumors that Allain had sexual intercourse with two African-American male transvestites.[7][8][9] Allain denied the charges.[8] The tranvestites went on the record with a lie detector but in 1984 claimed they had never met Allain and had been paid for their testimony.”


46 posted on 05/22/2014 11:24:52 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: EDINVA
Reprehensible is right...and I smell a blogger rat, although I don't know whose rat it is...

Either that, or bordering on criminal stupidity!

47 posted on 05/22/2014 11:25:05 AM PDT by 88keys (broken glass GOP; it matters, replace the Dems. 2014!!)
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To: 88keys

Read the link I just posted. They’ve arrested a bigwig with the Central MS Tea party. A lawyer in Madison.

And sent a SWAT TEAM to do it too.


48 posted on 05/22/2014 11:26:03 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes
What does this have to do with McDaniel? Why was Mayfield arrested? (on what charges?) and, who is Clayton Kelly?

signed, ignorant in Ohio

(seems that people who know these people would not be swayed or deterred in their voting choices by bogus "Barney Fife" tactics?)

49 posted on 05/22/2014 11:32:34 AM PDT by 88keys (broken glass GOP; it matters, replace the Dems. 2014!!)
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To: 88keys

last stand??

More wishful thinking??


50 posted on 05/22/2014 11:34:48 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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