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Will it be 'lights out' for Thad Cochran?
yahoo.com ^ | 6/4/14 | Meredith Shiner

Posted on 06/04/2014 7:49:40 PM PDT by cotton1706

National Republicans find themselves in a political jam over the looming Senate runoff in Mississippi, with some establishment operatives now wishing that tea party challenger Chris McDaniel had just won outright or that six-term incumbent Thad Cochran hadn’t run at all.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is in the most uncomfortable spot, as the top institutional defender of incumbents. It is pledging its full support to Cochran while also having to grapple with the reality that McDaniel, who might well win the nomination, is a political figure it can’t control, and giving Democrats reason to dream about a seat in Mississippi for the first time since Dixiecrats fell out of vogue.

“It’s worse that it went into a runoff. It would have been better had McDaniel just gotten those last hundred votes. It’s like [watching] this slow death that’s unpleasant,” said one veteran GOP operative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity so he might speak candidly about the race.

The operative also acknowledged the other key disadvantage Cochran faces in trying to levy enough support — particularly financially — over the next three weeks to overcome the vote deficit he had in the primary and win the runoff. Tea party conservative groups tend to spend a lot of money, indiscriminately and without larger strategy, to support candidates who clear their ideological purity tests. Establishment groups tend to think about an entire electoral map and their chances of winning each race on a sliding scale before opening up their wallets. Already in the Mississippi Republican U.S. Senate primary, outside groups have shelled out more than $8 million, with approximately $5.5 million of that favoring McDaniel.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; cochran; elections; ms2014
Boy am I enjoying stories like this! Could have retired, Thad!
1 posted on 06/04/2014 7:49:40 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
spend a lot of money, indiscriminately and without larger strategy

'Quantity has a quality all its own.'

/johnny

2 posted on 06/04/2014 7:53:15 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

Lights out for Thad?He deserves whatever misfortune that comes his way.


3 posted on 06/04/2014 7:57:25 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: cotton1706

The lights have already gone out for Cochran. He is not mentally there.
Boss Hogg and the GOPe’s are just using him as a prop.


4 posted on 06/04/2014 7:57:31 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Cochran And Boss Hogg.)
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To: cotton1706

Popcorn and a cold beer please!!!!


5 posted on 06/04/2014 7:58:37 PM PDT by datura (We have a 2 party system. Conservatives vs Uniparty)
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To: JRandomFreeper

indiscriminately? Isn’t it focused on defeating RINOs in conservative states?


6 posted on 06/04/2014 7:59:17 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: cotton1706
giving Democrats reason to dream about a seat in Mississippi for the first time since Dixiecrats fell out of vogue.

As red as Mississippi is, I don't see it going to a Rat.

7 posted on 06/04/2014 8:00:00 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: cotton1706

Look who’s talking! Just today, Cochran had a *serious* senior moment, unable to recall the name of the reporter who was interviewing him:

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/04/sen-cochran-has-trouble-recalling-reporter-after-just-30-minutes/

And all the money that the NRSC, Rove, Chamber of Commerce, et al, invested in him? Seems pretty indiscriminate, and very bad strategy, to me.

Cochran the best candidate? The most fit and qualified man for the job? The GOP is a laughingstock.


8 posted on 06/04/2014 8:02:04 PM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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To: cotton1706

LOL, they have to come up with some kind of reason why the tea party guy won. It must be all that indiscriminate spending LOL


9 posted on 06/04/2014 8:02:44 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: 1010RD
They can't say that out loud. That would kill their narrative.

/johnny

10 posted on 06/04/2014 8:03:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

Cochran has served many terms already. He should walk away with head held high instead of being defeated and humiliated.


11 posted on 06/04/2014 8:08:09 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid has killed more good bills passed by House than our Soldiers lost looking for Bergdahl)
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To: cotton1706

I want to know why they are wasting money on this? I’m sorry but Cochran wanted to retire and going any further is just throwing good money after bad. I love run offs but this one a time waster and is likely to just produce more sour grapes than anything. The national party needs to stay out of this entirely.


12 posted on 06/04/2014 8:09:41 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm
The GOP-E are absolutists that can't allow conservatives to win even one race.

/johnny

13 posted on 06/04/2014 8:13:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

I read a story in a ms paper stating that Rankin County had a vote count problem. If I understand the article a few absentee ballots were found and OK’d and a few affidavit ballots. Just enough probably.


14 posted on 06/04/2014 8:14:54 PM PDT by Wavy_Wally
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To: Maelstorm

From the article: There is also fear that McDaniel’s potential negatives — whether it’s more information being divulged on the nursing home break-in or a socially conservative remark that goes viral — could be a drag on the party nationally.

The potential negatives? We’d hate to have a conservative remark go viral. The new 10 words you cannot say include horrors like The Bill of Rights; “Let’s cut regulation and lower taxes” and don’t ever mention The Constitution


15 posted on 06/04/2014 8:16:05 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: cotton1706
Tea party conservative groups tend to spend a lot of money, indiscriminately and without larger strategy, to support candidates who clear their ideological purity tests.

TRANSLATION: The TEA party is dead, you stupid teabaggers!

16 posted on 06/04/2014 8:21:49 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: All

“There is also fear that McDaniel’s potential negatives — whether it’s more information being divulged on the nursing home break-in or a socially conservative remark that goes viral — could be a drag on the party nationally.”

All the Obama stuff going on and this idiot writes this.


17 posted on 06/04/2014 8:28:18 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: staytrue
I just want you to know how much I'm enjoying the death throes of the GOP-E.

/johnny

18 posted on 06/04/2014 8:28:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Luke21
All the Obama stuff going on and this idiot writes this.

That's what happens when a party loses it's principles and runs candidates that don't even match the party platform.

They are prostitutes.

/johnny

19 posted on 06/04/2014 8:31:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

So how many senators and congressmen are teaparty and how many are GOPe ?


20 posted on 06/04/2014 8:38:16 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: staytrue
Fewer GOP-E and more conservatives as time goes on. I love seeing it happen and helping.

/johnny

21 posted on 06/04/2014 8:41:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

The man is a dimorat at heart first last and always, which means of course that he is a politician at heart; hence he wanted to hold on to undeserved and misused power. I hope he goes down in ignominy.


22 posted on 06/04/2014 8:47:45 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Blood of Tyrants
As red as Mississippi is, I don't see it going to a Rat.

Maybe the GOPe is threatening a scorched earth strategy. If Cochran can't win they would rather a Democrat win it than the Tea Party.

23 posted on 06/04/2014 8:48:55 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: KarlInOhio
They've done that before.

/johnny

24 posted on 06/04/2014 8:50:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: KarlInOhio

Sad to say, Karl.
That is their most likely scenario… but true to form the the Gop-ers will run like that the Rats that they are.. going to run on to Miss Lindsey’s thing in SC and so on and so on.

Never forget that Senator Cruz is the ultimate goal of destruction.


25 posted on 06/04/2014 8:54:32 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: acapesket

That would be “run like the Rats that they are”!!!!
Sorry..tired .


26 posted on 06/04/2014 8:56:29 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: cotton1706
I haven't seen the total final results but apparently both Cochran and McDaniels fell short of 50%. Who was the turd in the punchbowl that kept McDaniels from topping 50%?
27 posted on 06/04/2014 8:57:21 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
Who was the turd in the punchbowl that kept McDaniels from topping 50%?

A candidate that got on the ballot under MS laws.

/johnny

28 posted on 06/04/2014 8:59:21 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

It’s great to see the National Republican Senatorial Committee a little frustrated. It didn’t have to be this way but it seems they have “purity tests” of their own and being a constitutional conservative that doesn’t compromise with evil disqualifies you. I pray McDaniel wins or Cochran decides to bow out or gets trounced in a debate that sinks it for him. Tea Party types are in it for the long haul. We know it’s going to be tuff since we’re fighting statists in both parties that have no morals.


29 posted on 06/04/2014 9:12:10 PM PDT by Lake Living
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To: JRandomFreeper

Same thing happened in VA that was the Dems plan to defeat Ken so VA. wound up with Clinton’s stooge.

The election system needs to be cleaned up. Lots of voter fraud, open primaries, no ID even though blacks also are in favor of ID.

Romney wasn’t right about much but the fact is Obama’s approval doesn’t go down because of government dependent voters who vote for their government checks.

Also, when the whole thing comes crashing down we must address the fact that once underpaid government sector civil servants make 50 percent more than the people they are supposed to serve. This has happened because they vote for people who incestuously provide payback for their votes. The end result is benefits, pay and pensions we can no longer afford.


30 posted on 06/04/2014 9:14:38 PM PDT by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Maelstorm
I want to know why they are wasting money on this? I’m sorry but Cochran wanted to retire and going any further is just throwing good money after bad. I love run offs but this one a time waster and is likely to just produce more sour grapes than anything. The national party needs to stay out of this entirely.

Wrong!

Cochran needs to announce his retirement this week and the national party needs to support McDaniel.

We still need the Senate Seat in our column, not the Dems, and the GOP needs to make up with the Tea Party. This is a first step in that direction.

31 posted on 06/04/2014 9:45:38 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: cotton1706

It’s guaranteed that if McDaniel wins the Pub-Es will do everything they can to help ensure his defeat.

Just see my tag line for the reason why.


32 posted on 06/04/2014 10:33:15 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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