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Sen. Cochran Has Trouble Recalling Reporter After Just 30 Minutes! (Old coot!)
Daily Caller ^ | 1:07 AM - 06/04/2014 | Betsy Rothstein

Posted on 06/05/2014 7:49:44 AM PDT by onyx



(TYVM kevao!!)


In 76-year-old Sen. Thad Cochran‘s case, the anecdote in Atlantic‘s Molly Ball’s story Tuesday, on the day of his primary, looks bad. Make that incredibly bad.

With a runoff in three weeks against his much younger opponent, Chris McDaniel, 41, Cochran (R-Miss.) can’t afford any more coverage like this. The story questions his physical and mental ability to serve in Congress after, ironically, 41 years in office.

Politicians half his age have had memories as bad as the silky white-haired Mississippi lawmaker. Some pols are good at that stuff– they make it a point to recognize reporters in the marble hallways of the Capitol and greet them with hugs or handshakes. Many even know regular Capitol Hill reporters by name.

Others, no matter that they’ve told you their whole life story that included the detail of eating chicken fat sandwiches as a child (yes, that’s you New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler), have no earthly idea who you are. It’s just the way it goes and a reporter should never take it personally. They have a lot of faces and names to imprint in their memories and if you’re a reporter, you’re largely on the level of shit under their shoe.

In Ball’s case, Cochran appears to really have no recollection of meeting her, even though she’d interviewed him just a half hour before in a square in Meridian, Miss. She asked why Mississippi needed him in the Senate. She wrote that he didn’t appear to understand the question. Later, the reporter followed the senator to a local diner.

The damning moment: “Cochran didn’t pose for any pictures during his brief sweep,” she wrote. “As he made his way toward the exit, the senator held out his hand to me. I had met and interviewed him less than half an hour before. ‘Hello, how are you doing?’ he said with a kindly smile. ‘I’m Thad Cochran.’”




TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: thadenough; vote4mcdaniel



1 posted on 06/05/2014 7:49:44 AM PDT by onyx
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To: FReepers; kevao; WKB; Black Agnes; houeto; Din Maker; Malichi; WXRGina; petitfour; duffee; ...

MS for Chris McDaniel PING


2 posted on 06/05/2014 7:52:58 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx; All
"Sen. Cochran Has Trouble Recalling Reporter
After Just 30 Minutes! (Old coot!)"


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3 posted on 06/05/2014 7:54:50 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: onyx

Not only is Thad never in MS he rarely is at home mentally, either.


4 posted on 06/05/2014 7:56:25 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: onyx

I read the article and he comes off as if he’s suffering from the same kind of dementia his wife has. He has problems staying on topic at appearances. He forgets people he just met. Based on how he comes off in the story he really has no business being a senator anymore.


5 posted on 06/05/2014 7:57:06 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: onyx

Each morning Thad greets his chief of staff with a handshake and says, Hello! My name is...ahhhhh...Thad...ahhhh...Cochran. Thad Cochran! I’m running for Congress and I would appreciate your vote.


6 posted on 06/05/2014 8:03:06 AM 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: C. Edmund Wright

Hysterical. The ossified gOpE is being exposed for all to see. Hopefully, this Tea Party momentum can extend to South Carolina and Tennessee Senatorial primaries.


7 posted on 06/05/2014 8:03:48 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: musicman
One of the first signs of dementia is short term memory loss. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia.

I feel sorry for him. His greedy cohorts have propped him up for this race like Bernie and I don't think he's up to it. Alzheimer's would explain why he didn't know who the Tea Party was and why he's ducking reporters.

Not saying it is Alzheimer's but, if that's his problem, he can't debate, period.

8 posted on 06/05/2014 8:04:09 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: DoodleDawg
One of his close friends needs to have a heart-to-heart talk with him and tell him the best way he could leave a lasting legacy is to endorse McDaniel, call off the run-off (which he will probably lose anyway) and spend his final years with his family.

I've got to wonder if he even has any close friends. Or, just people whom he thinks are his friends but are using him for access to jobs, government contracts and the like.

9 posted on 06/05/2014 8:04:55 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Paine in the Neck; DoodleDawg; WKB; Black Agnes; houeto; wardaddy

Right.

Not enough sense to retire because he’s entrenched and too corrupt, and then there’s that D.C. GF of his.

He’s a place holder for BOSS Hog Haley’s pick.


10 posted on 06/05/2014 8:05:04 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: kevao

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the link to this article on that other thread.

This one tells a lot of the story about “we tHAD enough!”


11 posted on 06/05/2014 8:07:10 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Paine in the Neck

if he can remember after 30 minutes, he’s doing good, sometimes it takes me a day to remember the info when its of no use to me anymore...yikes....another problem is my brain has the word but its not always connected to my mouth. Once I bang my head on something, the brain lets go and I can say what I was thinking....growing old sucks in 2 ways, your not as strong as you use to be and the temp. disconnect between information the brain keeps hiding on me...


12 posted on 06/05/2014 8:07:21 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: DoodleDawg

Which gives great credence to the theory that he was going to resign early next year, and let the Mississippi GOPe ( that’s you, Haley) pick the replacement..who would be expected to win easily in 2016..


13 posted on 06/05/2014 8:07:46 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: musicman
B T T T ! ! ! ©

14 posted on 06/05/2014 8:07:57 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: musicman

Strom Thurmond had someone behind him who would pass him Cue Cards ,but he was 100 years old


15 posted on 06/05/2014 8:08:14 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Hey Haley…..so WHO is Todd Akin now?


16 posted on 06/05/2014 8:16:06 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Do NOT suffer fools gladly…and message boards are full contact arenas)
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To: molson209

you make a good point….Cochran is an OLD OLD OLD 76 - seems more like 85-90.


17 posted on 06/05/2014 8:16:47 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Do NOT suffer fools gladly…and message boards are full contact arenas)
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To: onyx

You know I’m not saying he doesn’t have memory problems but sometimes these D.C. types see others they meet as the “little people” and not worth really paying attention to. “Just another reporter, forget her. Just another voter, forget him. Now when I meet someone really important (you know, like me), then I’ll pay attention.” Whatever it is, I hope he’s on his way out.


18 posted on 06/05/2014 8:19:54 AM PDT by Lake Living
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To: onyx

I forget my kids names sometimes.

Not defending the guy for anything beyond that. Short term memory is a bitch as you get older.


19 posted on 06/05/2014 8:21:47 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: DoodleDawg

I met Dan Quayle one time in a greeting line and then got out of line and back in a minute later. He introduced himself again with the same fake smile and NO recognition.


20 posted on 06/05/2014 8:32:13 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("Where Liberty Dwells, There Is My Country". Ben Franklin)
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To: ken5050

Which gives great credence to the theory that he was going to resign early next year, and let the Mississippi GOPe ( that’s you, Haley) pick the replacement..who would be expected to win easily in 2016..
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BINGO — And it bears repeating; Cochran is simply nothing more than a puppet of the progressive/corruptocrat wing of the Republican Party.


21 posted on 06/05/2014 8:35:27 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: DoodleDawg
Based on how he comes off in the story he really has no business being a senator anymore.

Except that we allowed Robert Byrd to remain there until he was far, far worse.


22 posted on 06/05/2014 8:35:54 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Mountain Mary

That was a meet’n’greet. This chick interviewed him at length. He still didn’t recognize her 30m later.


23 posted on 06/05/2014 8:37:48 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: onyx

I’m an old coot and I can say with assurity that old coot is too old to serve another term.


24 posted on 06/05/2014 8:46:24 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Black Agnes

That’s the point.


25 posted on 06/05/2014 8:47:34 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: RIghtwardHo

LOL. Right on!
God bless.


26 posted on 06/05/2014 8:48:04 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx; Mountain Mary

Oh yeah. Quayle not recognizing someone from one of hundreds or more he’d shaken hands with is one thing. Not recognizing someone who’s just interviewed you is disturbing.


27 posted on 06/05/2014 8:51:42 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

Precisely.


28 posted on 06/05/2014 9:17:12 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Except that we allowed Robert Byrd to remain there until he was far, far worse.

And in fairness Strom Thurmond as well. And the scary thing is that in the case of Cochran and Byrd and Thurmond you know that most of the decisions were probably made by the Senate staffers and the Senator voted as he was told. In Cochran's case it could well be that admin assistant he's "renting" an apartment from. So there goes the whole idea of accountability to the people who elected you. The real power is being wielded by unelected people pulling the strings.

29 posted on 06/05/2014 9:42:03 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Mountain Mary
I met Dan Quayle one time in a greeting line and then got out of line and back in a minute later. He introduced himself again with the same fake smile and NO recognition.

I can understand a face in the line. But in Cochran's case the reporter had just spent an extended period of time interviewing Cochran, and 60 minutes later it's as if they had never met.

30 posted on 06/05/2014 9:47:11 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: onyx

Byrd and Thurmond were icons of the Senate. A little special treatment for them is okay, but THAD WHO?


31 posted on 06/05/2014 11:25:57 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: onyx; Black Agnes

(. ‘Hello, how are you doing?’ he said with a kindly smile. ‘I’m Thad Cochran.’)

At least he remembers his lines well.
He’s not saying “Now what was it Haley told me to say”


32 posted on 06/05/2014 12:05:06 PM PDT by WKB
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To: Kenny
There are several kinds of dementia in addition to Alzheimers, and he definitely has one of them.
33 posted on 06/13/2014 10:34:10 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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