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Our Guy Lost, But the Battle is Not Over
americanthinker.com ^ | 6/25/14 | Lloyd Marcus

Posted on 06/25/2014 12:37:38 PM PDT by cotton1706

I was alone in a Biloxi Mississippi hotel room when a TV reporter named Cochran the winner over Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel in the extremely close GOP runoff election. Losing is always heartbreaking. And yet, I strangely felt a peace about the situation.

Chris McDaniel was an excellent candidate; good looking, bright, articulate and a bold, strong, rock-solid advocate for conservatism. He has also been blessed with that certain “it factor” which all born leaders possess. McDaniel is only in his early forties. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, he'll be back! Next time, Chris McDaniel will win!

Patriots, thanks to your support, financial and otherwise, McDaniel had a real shot at winning. The combo of the Tea Party and McDaniel scared the heck out of the GOP which is why they poured tons of money and organizational resources into the race.

After the Dave Brat remarkable upset victory over Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the closeness of this runoff sent a powerful message to the GOP establishment. They MUST deal with us in the Tea Party.

I think one reason for my peace about the situation is knowing that my Conservative Campaign Committee team and I did everything we could possibly do; leaving no cards unturned. We traveled to Biloxi from our various homes across America and set up our war room. We rallied for McDaniel. We produced and ran ads and organized a small army of volunteers to make get-out-the-vote phone calls.

We endured the Mississippi humidity waving McDaniel signs on a street corner. My wife Mary was bitten several times on her feet by ants. So folks, like all of you, we did our part. Beyond that, everything else is in God's hands.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: cochran; elections; mcdaniel; msprimary; teapartyelections

1 posted on 06/25/2014 12:37:38 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
Great pep talk but at some point, it gets pretty close to being “over.” The country is barreling toward Socialism and the absolute destruction of traditional values. If every 2 or 4 years we say, better luck next time, we are going to wake up in a Communist, PC totalitarian state where having a couple conservative senators isn't going to make a damn bit of difference.
2 posted on 06/25/2014 12:42:06 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: cotton1706

Good work, cotton1706. Next election, McDaniel has another chance.

Hope your wife was not bitten by red ants, which cause serious pain — almost as painful as being in a room with liberals.


3 posted on 06/25/2014 12:43:05 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Agreed. Especially as with each passing cycle, our demographic grows smaller and the rest go running Left.

That’s the fat Lady singing. G’Night America. The party is over.


4 posted on 06/25/2014 12:43:47 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Veto!

Haha. That’s not me. I just posted the story.


5 posted on 06/25/2014 12:45:06 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: Veto!

Next election, McDaniel has another chance....What about a write in? Alaska Allowed it, how about Misssissssipppi?


6 posted on 06/25/2014 12:48:58 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: cotton1706

There are a thousand ways to resist. The crucifixes never came down from the classroom walls in Poland during the 70 years of Russian rule.

We are fat, lazy and soft, but persecution will toughen us or kill us....and that is also victory.


7 posted on 06/25/2014 12:49:43 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: cotton1706

Wr can still put Cochran out to pasture. Vote for the Democrat in November,there is no difference!


8 posted on 06/25/2014 12:52:43 PM PDT by El Zoro
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To: Safetgiver
Next election, McDaniel has another chance....What about a write in? Alaska Allowed it, how about Misssissssipppi?

That won't be an easy task.

In November, McDaniel will face all those whom Cochran's team convinced to vote against him in the primary, plus the rest of the Democrats.

What was the result of Alaska's write-in campaign?

9 posted on 06/25/2014 12:54:20 PM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: cotton1706

We lost nothing:

This primary made very clear that the GOP has rather a LOT in common with the Dems.

This HELPS us, makes plain what very many had long only suspected.


10 posted on 06/25/2014 12:55:20 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: cotton1706

I disagree with the premise... McDaniel didn’t “lose”. This election was stolen by a bunch of left-wing Democrats who had already voted in their respective primary race several weeks ago and therefore were NOT ELIGIBLE to vote in the runoff. However, GOP Establishment hacks not only ENCOURAGED THEM TO BREAK THE LAW, but engaged in Democrat-style fearmongering and smeared McDaniel and the Tea Party as “racists” in robo-call ads.

Just despicable. I now officially hate the GOP Establishment as much as I hate Obama and the entire Democrat party. And I hope McDaniel comes back as a write-in candidate in November and takes out the brain-dead, animal-molesting fossil Cochran. If the GOP isn’t going to support our guys, I’m no longer supporting theirs.

There. I said it.


11 posted on 06/25/2014 12:55:29 PM PDT by DestroyLiberalism
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To: cotton1706

12 posted on 06/25/2014 12:56:45 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Write in Chris in November!)
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To: cotton1706
Next time, Chris McDaniel will win!

Pretty soon there isn't going to be a 'next time'

13 posted on 06/25/2014 12:57:31 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Veto!

I love your optimism but not willing to wait.

Why is no one supporting Chris in the challenge? Everyone’s acting like it’s over, move on, nothing to see. But there is something to see, illegal votes.

This isn’t a regular election where you just count votes. These votes need to be validated. If only 1/5 of those Democratic votes were by people who voted in Dem primary then Chris catches up. And I think that’s very possible.

35,000 crossover votes, double the number of absentee ballots, it’s worth looking into and we should be supporting Chris, not posting eulogies.


14 posted on 06/25/2014 12:57:59 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: El Zoro

You hit the nail on the head...There is no difference.

If the GOP wants to sandbag and undercut our tea party candidates, we return the favor! Punish the bastards until they stop the underhanded crap.

Flipping cockroaches!


15 posted on 06/25/2014 1:02:01 PM PDT by RetAF_fedUP (Smart, clean and articulate...my dog knows his name, licks his own sack & ass and barks loud!)
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To: Jess Kitting

What was the result of Alaska’s write-in campaign?
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Why the GOP-E won that one too!

Lisa Murkowsky lost the republican primary in Alaska..

Oh yeah, an object lesson in the perfidy of the National GOP and very specifically US Senate GOP leadership.

After conceding the GOP primary contest to Joe Miller, who was TEA party supported, the power crazed b**** set up her write in campaign as an independent.

I don’t recall what or who changed her mind after pledging her support to Miller in her concession speech. After her announcement to run as a write-in independent the Alaska GOP declined to support her. But her US Senate crony buddies rolled up their sleeves for some serious behind the curtain maneuvers for the daughter of an old GOP corrupt old boy, Frank Murkowsky.

Bam! US Senate GOP leadership release PR statement that Murkowsky, now running as Indie, would be allowed to retain her senority position if she won. Mmmmmmm...shot across the bow of Joe Miller, a big FU to the potential GOP jr Senator. The message was clear, your office would be the third cubicle in the public men’s room and committee assignments would be of the pencil counting type and Alaska would be kicked off the gravy train for their hubris in supporting a TEA favorite.

Not to be out done in the arm twisting department, the Alaska Court decided that illiteracy, stupidity, drunkenness, or crystal meth usage should be no barrier in the exercise of their enfranchisement. Any scrawl resembling the letter L, M, or an inkblot which in some way could be construed to resemble an udder would be deemed a valid vote for the Alaskan Princess.

And the little princess won.

...and proved that the third party write-in route could win.

If one lacked any scruples and had the backing of the Corrupt Bastards Club and GOP National leadership. Of course, pro-choice, pro-gay positions were just the icing.


16 posted on 06/25/2014 1:05:32 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: cotton1706

Don’t discount the number of moron Repub votes for old man Thad either. Can’t give another younger candidate a chance? Old Thad had six terms—isn’t that enough? Apparently not and along with Mr. Bro Rangels up in NY too but Dems are a lost cause to compare with. In any event most voters are flat out morons or useful idiots easily manipulated. Frustrating indeed.


17 posted on 06/25/2014 1:05:58 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: cotton1706

A write in campaign CAN win.

Look at the June 3 results here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-tran/elections/2014-primaries-june3

(Mississippi results are down the page)

Notice the top vote getter that night was McDaniel. The ENTIRE Democrat slate didn’t get HALF the votes of EITHER Republican.

I don’t think Cochran will get DEMOCRAT votes in the general election, do you?

McDaniel could repeat what he did on June 3 and be the next Senator from Mississippi.


18 posted on 06/25/2014 1:09:38 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: DestroyLiberalism

Yeh we help the GOPe win their national elections and they turn around and crapola on us. Rather than appreciate the TP they vilify them instead. This cannot go on anymore without repercussions.


19 posted on 06/25/2014 1:10:24 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

What is the point of your post besides expressing the futility of optimism?


20 posted on 06/25/2014 1:15:21 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: cotton1706
Next time, Chris McDaniel will win!

Next time is 2018.

This was a Class 2 race. The other Senate seat is Class 1.

Can / will McDaniel wait four more years?

-PJ

21 posted on 06/25/2014 1:19:44 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: cotton1706

Sorry to see him lose; hope there is another time for him.


22 posted on 06/25/2014 1:21:29 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
. . . at some point, it gets pretty close to being “over"

No kidding. Among other news today, the economy plunged again - and the federal courts ruled against marriage and family. What did the GOP do? Bribe some poor blacks in Mississippi with promises of "stuff," apparently.

23 posted on 06/25/2014 1:21:38 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’d like to turn the tables on them with a write-in. The democrats will vote for the democrat and EVERY conservative will vote for McDaniel, who already won the republican vote in a republican state.


24 posted on 06/25/2014 1:26:27 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: Kenny

“35,000 crossover votes, double the number of absentee ballots, it’s worth looking into and we should be supporting Chris, not posting eulogies.”

Yes!
I don’t live in MS, but I was pulling for this guy; a friend of mine from MS who still has lots of family there, and who recently visited said she couldn’t believe how many she spoke to were “undecided” between in this race. What issue made them so undecided I wonder.


25 posted on 06/25/2014 1:27:56 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: tflabo
Yep! Bottom line... The GOP cannot win ANY national or state-wide elections WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF ITS CONSERVATIVE BASE! PERIOD!
26 posted on 06/25/2014 1:31:23 PM PDT by DestroyLiberalism
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To: TurkeyLurkey
What issue made them so undecided I wonder.

Money and lies. Cochran was telling them McDaniel would let the roads go to hell and kill local businesses. Only he would be able to save the poor people of MS with his generous outpouring of other people's money.

I don't know if Chris did enough to make them understand he would be their Senator and would care about them. Hard to counter the blatant lies of the left (GOPe included in that left)

27 posted on 06/25/2014 1:32:28 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Kenny

Thanks, I understand.
Not surprising.


28 posted on 06/25/2014 1:39:47 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: RetAF_fedUP

We are no worse off if we can keep the House in Conservative hands. That may be our only hope.


29 posted on 06/25/2014 1:49:31 PM PDT by El Zoro
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To: cotton1706

<I’d like to turn the tables on them with a write-in. The democrats will vote for the democrat and EVERY conservative will vote for McDaniel, who already won the republican vote in a republican state.<

If so ,i pray it(write-in) works.If the DemonRAT sneaks in by splitting the vote it is shocking how many 5-4 votes there have been lately.With 51 votes Obama and Reid ,in case of a Supreme vacancy would finish off the Country for a Generation.If not ,FOR GOOD.


30 posted on 06/25/2014 1:55:23 PM PDT by sportscaster ("LET'S ROLL")
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To: El Zoro
For heaven's sake, vote the conservative third party. Cochran will still lose but you won't be empowering the democrat, you will send a much stronger message to the GOPe than you will if the democrat wins. A democrat win says to them they need to double-down on liberal. On the other hand, the conservative third party candidate (such as the constitution party) might come in second behind the democrat party, and make the republican party irrelevant. I do not understand this “vote for the democrat” meme. It makes no sense. Vote conservative third party, and make that party relevant. Make the nose-holding republicans think twice about voting for their RINO just to keep the democrat out. Please think about it. And do the math, the conservative block is the largest voting block in the country, not a majority perhaps, but THE LARGEST! Imagine what a difference it might make going to a third party en masse when the GOPe stuffs their RINO down our throats. Please please please stop this talk!
31 posted on 06/25/2014 2:00:13 PM PDT by erkelly
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To: El Zoro

Agreed. TC must go!


32 posted on 06/25/2014 3:45:16 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: cotton1706

Dear Mr. LLoyd Marcus,

We will need to audit your tax records for the last 20 years, inspect your home for explosives or illegal firearms in a SWAT raid at 3:00AM, look your house and business(es) over for EPA violations, see if you have any endangered species living in your car, and investigate your children for terroristic utterings.

Love,

The IRS, BATF, EPA, BLM, and DHS.


33 posted on 06/25/2014 3:59:59 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Safetgiver
What about a write in? Alaska Allowed it, how about Misssissssipppi?

Nope. Unlike Alaska, Mississippi decided it was a good idea to pass a "sore loser" law. The only way McDaniel gets on the ballot is if Cochran dies before the general election.

34 posted on 06/25/2014 4:02:25 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: SoFloFreeper
A write in campaign CAN win.

Not in a state with a "sore loser" law.

35 posted on 06/25/2014 4:04:09 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Jess Kitting

After losing a Republican primary in 2010, she became only the third person ever to win a United States Senate election through write-in votes.... A rat in sheeples clothing and took it from a Tea Party Candidate.


36 posted on 06/25/2014 5:18:11 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: erkelly

I would agree if a Conservative 3rd party ran.


37 posted on 06/25/2014 7:29:25 PM PDT by El Zoro
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To: Kenny
35,000 crossover votes, double the number of absentee ballots, it’s worth looking into and we should be supporting Chris, not posting eulogies.

OK, forget the eulogy. Guess I'm a low-information poster, and from 'way up nawth too. Blush. Hope the challenge will succeed.

38 posted on 06/26/2014 8:42:31 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Do you know why Rome won the Second Punic War, even after Hannibal curb-stomped them at Trebia, Lake Trasimeme, and Canne?

They had a saying that, when properly Bowlderized, went along the lines of, ‘You are not defeated until you accept defeat.’

You, it seems, have accepted defeat.


39 posted on 06/28/2014 1:36:49 AM PDT by Luircin
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To: El Zoro

Well, the only difference is that if you vote for the Dem, you’re guaranteeing Harry Reid’s job.

Think strategically, people. McDaniel himself will probably end up supporting Cochran simply because he realizes that it’s important to keep the seat in GOP hands.

One thing McDaniel could do, as a state senator, is work on reforming the election system in MS (no open primaries!) and pursuing any available legal challenges on the Barbour/Cochran tactics.

But if all the little girls go flouncing off and vote for the Dem, there’s not much point in McDaniel doing anything.


40 posted on 06/28/2014 4:08:39 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius
If all children would quit pouting and licking their fingers they would see where this was heading.It is like having a traitor in your camp knowingly and feeding him all the information he wants. The way this country is going we have lost it anyway and surrendering to the enemy sounds more like Obama than a real Republican anyway!
41 posted on 06/28/2014 6:04:35 AM PDT by El Zoro
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To: livius
Reforming the election system would be good, if you can manage to do it with the opposition of both the Dem and GOPe groups.

In the mean time, following game theory and the prisoners dilemma result, we have to retaliate for the GOPe defecting. The GOPe will win this tit-for-tag game, if the conservatives never retaliate for the traitorous actions of Cochran, et. al, they will keep doing what they are doing.

Of course, the other side of the coin is that the GOPe really is willing to let the Dems win if means the conservatives always lose. That is, the GOPe is the captured opposition of the left. In this scenario, conservatives never win if the must partner with the GOPe, as the GOPe will always stab them in the back.

"flouncing off" is one way to say it. Tit-for-tat is another way.

42 posted on 06/28/2014 12:06:04 PM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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To: cotton1706

The next time it will be the current MS governor, Bryant, as the GOP standard bearer. That’s the way it works.

Will be tougher to beat a younger recent governor than an old coot like Cochran. Not so optimistic about McDaniel’s chances down the road so long as the Barbour machine is running the state.


43 posted on 06/28/2014 12:26:02 PM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: slowhandluke

How? Letting the Dems win a seat that was occupied by a GOPer, no matter how bad, is a win for conservatives?

I don’t like to use the words “Tea Party” as used by the press, because I don’t think it accurately describes conservatives, but looking at it this way, if the “Tea Party” marginalizes itself by voting Dem, who does this help? Certainly not the tea party.

Sarah Palin got a lot of criticism here a couple of years ago when the person she had supported lost and she then threw her support to the winning (GOP-e) candidate, but she’s a pragmatic person and she realized (a) this wasn’t all about her and (b) battles come and go but the war and the overall strategy is the important thing.


44 posted on 06/28/2014 2:20:36 PM PDT by livius
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To: El Zoro

Yes, I’d like to keep what we little we have of this country. It depresses me so much when I look at what’s going on now.


45 posted on 06/28/2014 2:21:54 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
How? Letting the Dems win a seat that was occupied by a GOPer, no matter how bad, is a win for conservatives?

The person you responded too explained the situation quite well with reference to the prisoner's dilemma.

Unfortunately most conservative voters are simpletons who can't get past the childish D = bad R = good paradigm. So, they continue to get rolled year after year by the elite puppet masters.

46 posted on 06/28/2014 10:43:19 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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