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The Mississippi Gamble
Cook Political Report ^ | 6/10/14 | Charlie Cook

Posted on 06/10/2014 1:45:40 PM PDT by ghost of stonewall jackson

After six years in the House and nearly 36 in the Senate, it was time for Cochran to fold 'em. It wasn't so much because of age—plenty of 76-year-olds have continued to serve effectively in Congress. The second rap on Cochran—that "he's been in Washington too long"—gets a little closer to the mark. It's not so much that he has literally been serving in Congress too long but that the Republican Party, particularly in the South, has changed under his feet, and he seemed largely unaware of and ill-equipped to deal with that change.

Cochran and other Southern Republicans of a certain age and time were certainly conservative, but they didn't carry the scars of various civil- and voting-rights Senate battles. They were conservative without the harder edge and more acerbic rhetoric that many conservatives and Republicans today prefer, particularly those in the South, in small towns and rural areas as well as the exurbs. These politicians don't just prefer red meat. They go for very rare or (better still) raw meat—something that's pretty alien to a more genteel generation of Southern Republicans.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: mississippi

1 posted on 06/10/2014 1:45:40 PM PDT by ghost of stonewall jackson
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
Bull crap. Sen. Jeff Sessions from neighboring Alabama is as polite and genteel as hell. He is also effective in standing up to the "America Last" crowd.

You don't need the hard edge of a Ted Cruz or a Mike Lee to be effective, but it certainly doesn't hurt when you are battling with Marxist Democrats who would make a George McGovern or a Fritz Mondale look conservative.

TC needs to go not because he's a bad person, but because he's ineffective.

2 posted on 06/10/2014 2:00:53 PM 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: ghost of stonewall jackson

“The second rap on Cochran—that “he’s been in Washington too long”—gets a little closer to the mark.”

The fact that he has to rent a room in one of his aide’s houses to maintain “residency” in Mississippi ought to be enough to convince Mississippians that Cochran represents DC, not Mississippi.


3 posted on 06/10/2014 2:04:00 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
were certainly conservative

The operative term being "were" - his American Conservative Union rating for last year was an underwhelming 60%.

4 posted on 06/10/2014 2:10:48 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
Although elections involve human behavior and opinions, which are fickle and subject to change, Cochran's chances of prevailing in the runoff don't look particularly good.

This is the takeaway line. Although Charlie always like to give himself a little wiggle room, this sentence is telling us that he knows the numbers and that the numbers mean that Cochran is gone. I've known Charlie for 49 years.

5 posted on 06/10/2014 2:26:09 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson; Lil Flower; Din Maker; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; ...

Mississippi river boat gambler’s ping!!


6 posted on 06/10/2014 3:04:26 PM PDT by WKB
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To: centurion316

Cautious optimism—But keep making phone calls and knocking on doors.


7 posted on 06/10/2014 3:46:21 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Shoot cops that shoot dogs.)
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To: All

Did this clown ever hear of Jesse Helms?


8 posted on 06/10/2014 3:50:25 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Vigilanteman; SoConPubbie
TC needs to go not because he's a bad person, but because he's ineffective.

Not sure about you SCP, but I find it hard to believe that this was posted on FR.

BTW, Eric Cantor just got shown the door!

Yea Vigilanteman, Ted Cruz "needs to go"...NOT!!!

Ineffective? What the samhill are you smoking?

9 posted on 06/10/2014 7:30:34 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: houeto

TC=THAD COCHRAN

Did you read the article?


10 posted on 06/10/2014 7:35:27 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: houeto; petitfour

See post #10. Since Thad Cochrane was the topic of the article and Ted Cruz wasn’t even mentioned, I didn’t think the intent of my post would be so twisted. I was wrong.


11 posted on 06/10/2014 7:40:19 PM 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: houeto; Vigilanteman; SoConPubbie

Hey Houeto,

I’m pretty sure that Vigilenteman was talking about Thad Cochran (TC).

:)


12 posted on 06/10/2014 8:13:40 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

I hope the defeat of GOPe RINO Eric Cantor, in Virginia, ignites the Tea Party and true Conservatives in Mississippi even more than before tonight, and that it takes wind out of the sails of the Cochran supporters.


13 posted on 06/10/2014 8:27:52 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Any Republican candidate who begs for Democrat votes in a Republican primary needs to go.


14 posted on 06/10/2014 8:34:02 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Vigilanteman; petitfour; SoConPubbie
My apologies Vigilanteman. I read it wrong.

*houeto walks away with head hung down in shame*

15 posted on 06/11/2014 6:57:29 AM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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