Skip to comments.Where can the tea party win? (Jennifer Rube Has Meltdown over McDaniel!)
Posted on 06/04/2014 11:55:40 AM PDT by Viennacon
In one of the deepest-red states in an off-year election against a weak incumbent and lazy campaigner, the tea party forces spent millions of dollars to get a tie. Tea partier Chris McDaniel barely edged ahead in the Mississippi GOP Senate primary and is headed for a runoff with Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). As I previously noted, Cochran has done little to deserve reelection, while challenger Chris McDaniel has done little to instill confidence. The concern that a McDaniel win could put in jeopardy a seat that might be the difference in control of the Senate is realistic and widespread.
The tea party we have seen this primary season is outmatched easily when it takes on mainstream, competent Republicans. It cannot win against such candidates even in extremely conservative venues such as the Idaho 2nd congressional district or the state of Kentucky. It can win with superbly qualified candidates who have mainstream appeal when the tea partiers jump on board with establishment Republicans.
In short, tea partiers can succeed in deep-red places running against cruddy establishment candidates, while establishment candidates with personal and political appeal can keep the base and win outside it. You really have to be in Fantasyland, or be a very cynical self-promoter, to think that the party should choose on a nationalized basis to follow the gang that can barely win in a Mississippi midterm election primary and not the party that can win Mississippi but also Florida, Ohio and Colorado.
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My favorite line
"the gang that can barely win in a Mississippi midterm election primary"
Considering an incumbent has not been beaten in a Mississippi primary since the 1940s,I'd say that's no small task, you barren hag.
Pop the champagne corks, the establishment are rushing to explain and blow off Cochran's loss!
Queen of the Neocons.
It was only a tie because of Democrat crossovers.
Thank you not much for the advice, Jen-Nee.
Tubeworm Ruben has spoken!
barren hag....that’s funny! Of course it could be that she can’t find anyone willing to breed with her.
I guess she never hear of the “power of incumbency.” I guess to her, the incumbent has no more advantage then a relatively unknown newbie.
She thinks the seat may go Democrat in November? Please tally the votes in the Democrat primary, and compare to the total votes in the Republican primary. Then get back to me.
I expected this. It’s no surprise.
The Tea Party is
D E A D
in the eyes of these people and when it shows a
P U L S E
it must be because the establishment is also
D E A D
C R U D D Y.
Why do I feel like I lose substantial brain cells whenever I read a liberal is shrieking?
Seriously, the quality of today’s journalism is so abysmal that it makes the USA seem Third World. Did I say ‘seem’?
She has a face that only a mother could love
The “weak incumbent” has been in office since the 70s I believe.
“In one of the deepest-red states in an off-year election against a weak incumbent and lazy campaigner, the tea party forces spent millions of dollars to get a tie”
A 6 term incumbent spent 3 times the money of his opponent. Had endorsements from every paper in Mississippi and Republican political organization across the country. Had crossover democrats, that the campaign held back until needed to push the tie and force the runoff.
All in all, I say the outspent, outgunned upstart was the big winner. Now Cochran will have to spend more of his own money, get no help from the democrats and the establishment is going to leave him hanging in the wind because the winner is going to be a republican.
Oh Jennifer? Forgot one thing.
I’ll take “who is David Dewhurst for 400, Alex.”
Be nice now. Pray for her.
Tell that to Marco Rubio and the now Dem, former RINO Charley Christ. Who won that one in a hardly red state?
Cantor is anti-amnesty doncha know?
Do they have open or closed primaries? I can see a lot of rats being encouraged to vote if they have open primaries.
Yes they have open primaries and Cochran’s people were reported to have called dem crossovers for help.
LOL. No mention of how much Cochran spent, let alone the crushing advantage any incumbent has over a challenger.
Actually, Jennifer Rubin's WaPo bio says she's has actually married managed to have two sons.