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Egos And Infighting: The GOPís Biggest Opponent In November
Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Derek Hunter

Posted on 06/29/2014 5:58:45 AM PDT by Kaslin

Stars are aligning for a big Republican victory this November – solidifying and expanding the GOP’s majority in the House and perhaps gaining one in the Senate. This is a best-case scenario, and any majority in the Senate would be a slim one. But the importance of removing Harry Reid as majority leader cannot be overstated. That’s why Democrats will pull every dirty trick in their deep bag to hold the Senate, and sadly many Republicans will help them in that quest.

President Obama will have two years left to wreak havoc on the country after the next election, but he can only throw stones into the river of time, not permanently change its flow. The ripples from his stones will have consequences, but they will be nothing compared to the lasting damage he can do with more Supreme Court appointments. Obamacare, oppressive EPA regulations, executive orders, all of it can be changed or repealed, but not with a more activist progressive Supreme Court.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 81 and suffering from pancreatic cancer. So far, she’s resisted progressives’ calls for her to retire so the president can replace her with a younger reliable vote, but no one knows if that will continue. Justice Anthony Kennedy is the key swing vote on the court right now. He’s 77 and in seemingly good health. But he’s also an unreliable vote for the Constitution. If they, or any of the other justices could be replaced by a younger, unchecked Obama appointee, the chances they’d bastardize the court’s rulings to permanently enshrine unconstitutional unilateral presidential actions rises exponentially.

Harry Reid spared SCOTUS nominees when he changed the Senate filibuster rules, but he could close that loop quickly. The Supreme Court is key and it’s their goal. Pack it with progressives, particularly young ones with decades to serve, and it’s game over.

That’s what’s at stake.

With the ability to “fundamentally transform” the country on the line, you’d think Republicans could keep their eyes on the goal and put aside egos and petty in-fighting. Contentious primaries – even over-the-top nasty ones – are an unfortunate reality in politics. But once the winner is declared, the runners shouldn’t fight on the podium.

The cause of liberty is bigger than any one candidate, no matter what. In Mississippi, Thad Cochran won the Republican primary. Would it be better if hadn’t? Absolutely. But wishes don’t win elections, votes do, and he got more. Chris McDaniel is understandably upset, but he lost. How he lost can and should be studied. It should not be the basis for a fight that can’t be won that puts the general election at risk.

When Eric Cantor lost he was, understandably, upset. What he didn’t do was cry foul, threaten to sue and undercut the validity of David Brat’s victory in an attempt to harm his chances in the general election. For all his faults, and Cantor has many, he’s gotten out of the way.

It’s the lesson of Ronald Reagan in 1976, and it’s a lesson McDaniel should emulate.

Reagan mounted an insurgent campaign to win the nomination away from President Ford. He came close, but he lost. Reagan could have withheld support, could have raised holy hell, but he didn’t. He tried, he lost, he accepted it. He moved on and won the nomination and the presidency four years later.

Reagan’s smart, unemotional reaction to the disappointing events of 1976 advanced the cause of conservatism when he easily could have gone the other way.

The unselfishness exhibited by Reagan is a rare commodity in the time of Kardashians. And, unfortunately, the Republican Party is not immune to the viral entitlement strain worming its way through the culture nowadays. And the selfie-virus, if not held in check, will be what turns probable victory into certain defeat come November.

You may not like the candidate who won a particularly primary. You may even hate them. But they’re infinitely better than any Democrat, particularly in the Senate, because any Democrat in the Senate will vote to retain Harry Reid as majority leader. And Harry Reid as majority leader means unfettered access to lifetime judicial appointments for activist progressive judges, up to and including the Supreme Court. If the courts are lost for a generation, no election will matter.

The internal fighting, jockeying for position and ideological purges are all necessary, and I’m down for every bit of it…just not until progressivism is vanquished. The Tea Party and the establishment both need to heed this concept or risk neither getting what they want (which, by the way, has significant overlap).

The future prospects of individual liberty hinge on whether the various factions of the Republican/conservative/libertarian movements can keep their circular firing squad powder dry long enough to win an election that couldn’t be better situated to be a tap-in putt. Between now and November we need to hope they have something in their bag other than a wedge.


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1 posted on 06/29/2014 5:58:45 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

“It’s the lesson of Ronald Reagan in 1976, and it’s a lesson McDaniel should emulate. “

Oh what bullshit.

Another “Conservatives should roll over for RINOs” screed.


2 posted on 06/29/2014 6:00:39 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Kaslin

Townhall goes GOPe...FU Derek.


3 posted on 06/29/2014 6:01:25 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: Kaslin

“In Mississippi, Thad Cochran won the Republican primary”

Except he didn’t and we know he didn’t. the fraud has been exposed, and even if he had won, he didn’t win the Republican primary because Republicans voted McDaniel by an 8 point margin


4 posted on 06/29/2014 6:02:27 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Kaslin

Yes, it’s really a shame the GOPe were so stupid, but what is done is done. Of course, they COULD get old Thad to retire now and let McDaniel’s take the seat but they won’t. Sigh, nothing we can do.


5 posted on 06/29/2014 6:06:27 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: headstamp 2

The Republicans may win by default because of Obama’s unpopularity, but they will win in most cases without my vote.

I don’t vote for RINO’s in primaries or general elections.

RINO’s have won here in PA where I live without my vote for a long time.

Opposition to the GOPe does not mean supporting Democrats, its means supporting the principles of limited government and balanced budgets that the Republican Party has demonstrated again and again that it does not support.

My Republican governor (Tom Corbett) imposed a 28 cents a gallon gas tax hike over five years with the first 10 cents kicking in this year.

He’s raking in billions to pay construction companies who in turn are kicking back hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions for Corbett’s re-election.

Labor unions that represent highway and bridge construction workers have also endorsed the Republican Corbett as well in exchange for money taken out of my pocket.


6 posted on 06/29/2014 6:18:10 AM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: Kaslin

Kill the Republican Party.

There is no hope of a future if all we have in this country are two Liberal parties. We must get rid of one of them so that an alternative approach can arise.


7 posted on 06/29/2014 6:18:37 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: McGavin999

You ignore the fact that the rats in Mississippi crossed over and voted for Cochran


8 posted on 06/29/2014 6:18:45 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: headstamp 2

Ya gotta “forgive” “ole” “Kaslin” and ALOT of late 1990s/Early 2000s FreeRepublicers. They have been SLURPING GOP-e/RINO/Bushie Luvin KOOLAIDE so LONG their BRAINS are FRIED.


9 posted on 06/29/2014 6:18:58 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: headstamp 2

For historical reference, one of the key GOP coordinators at the 1976 convention helping to keep the Mississippi delegates away from Reagan and locked in behind Ford was someone named Haley Barbour.


10 posted on 06/29/2014 6:22:14 AM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: Kaslin

No only did the GOPe’s go after black vote in MS, they used democratic
lying, despicable tactics to do it?

Why would any true conservative vote for this dead party?


11 posted on 06/29/2014 6:23:24 AM PDT by tennmountainman (True conservatives don't like being pissed on by their own party!)
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To: Kaslin

Your reply to me makes absolutely no sense at all


12 posted on 06/29/2014 6:24:50 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Kaslin

Thanks to Republicans dumping the money into Democrat pockets to create the campaign that drove them into voting for Cochran.

The Uniparty versus the Patiots-Conservatives line was drawn in Mi$$i$$ippi.


13 posted on 06/29/2014 6:26:09 AM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: Kaslin

BTW Kaslin, this whole article is about how those of us who are furious should just get over it. I say their side should just get over it and do something if they want our vote. Good thing I’m in in MS because I’m so made I would actually vote for the democrat just to make absolutely sure the GOPe did not prosper from their dirty tricks.


14 posted on 06/29/2014 6:28:04 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Kaslin

If the GOPe hadn’t stabbed Sharon Angle in the back, Harry Reid wouldn’t be Majority Leader in the first place. So, we have to support the anti-conservative GOP establishment that handed Reid his last election....wait for it...in order to defeat Reid.

The GOPe might want Reid gone, but not at the expense of replacing him with one of us. Tell me again why our priorities - and political strategies - should be any different from those we are now encouraged to support.

If we followed the establishment MO, Cochran and McConnell would both go down in defeat along with much hand-wringing about how their losses prove that establishment candidates can’t win in Nov.

I didn’t set these rules of engagement. The establishment did. You can do better than this, Derek.


15 posted on 06/29/2014 6:32:39 AM PDT by ziravan (Choose Sides.)
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To: McGavin999

You reap what you sow. The GOPe’s should prepare themselves
for what is coming in NOV.
McConnell will be voted out.
Cochran could be voted out.


16 posted on 06/29/2014 6:34:32 AM PDT by tennmountainman (True conservatives don't like being pissed on by their own party!)
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To: McGavin999

Supreme court ... but won’t there _always_ be a pressing reason?


17 posted on 06/29/2014 6:40:03 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: Kaslin
When Eric Cantor lost he was, understandably, upset. What he didn’t do was cry foul, threaten to sue and undercut the validity of David Brat’s victory in an attempt to harm his chances in the general election. For all his faults, and Cantor has many, he’s gotten out of the way.

Never mind that he has drained GOP coffers, denying Brat of that money.

It’s the lesson of Ronald Reagan in 1976, and it’s a lesson McDaniel should emulate.

Brat didn't win by pulling in black Democrat voters and sliming the Tea Party with talking points straight out of the left wing.

18 posted on 06/29/2014 6:40:53 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Kaslin

The Republican Party is in a Civil War. Until the establishment decides to form a coalition with its base instead of trying at every turn to undermine it, the establishment deserves to lose.

They started this war, they can end it. It serves no purpose to question the validity of why the base is taking up arms. The answer is simple: we’re done taking so-called friendly fire.

In the meantime, I’ll be damned to be lectured about how I have an obligation to lay down arms in a civil war not started by me and still actively being waged against me. The GOPe can go to hell.


19 posted on 06/29/2014 6:41:04 AM PDT by ziravan (Choose Sides.)
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To: tennmountainman
From your keyboard to God's ear. That would be the best possible outcome. They have no idea how mad we are and how mad we will remain.

The tricks were just too dirty, the clurs too over the top. They can rot in their ivory towers. They have counted on us to stand up for getting rich to allow them to pull all kinds of shenanigans to make them richer and us poorer, well hope they can stop what is coming their way now.

20 posted on 06/29/2014 6:42:07 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Principled

Yep, this poor idiot writes that....oh the horror, Ginsburg may be replaced with a liberal. LOL


21 posted on 06/29/2014 6:44:16 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999

Yep, the GOP-E had a surefire way to make sure the GOP held on to the seat - not engage in dirty tricks to win the runoff. They instead got as dirty as it gets. And now pinheads such as this columnist are saying let bygones be bygones? No way. Otherwise, the Tea Party can expect this kind of crap from the GOP-E in just about every contested primary.


22 posted on 06/29/2014 6:44:21 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Kaslin

Nice pile of the same old same old.

The despicable tactics used in Mississippi are nothing new in the corruption that is inherent in all human endeavor. Men are not angels.

In the past, it’s been “done in the dark”. Sure, there would be rumors and hearsay about such, and an occasional challenge.

But, in Mississippi, they did it, KNOWING FULL WELL that it would all be exposed. And they would stand pat, with a “What are you going to do about it” smirk.

If they are not resisted by every possible method (up to and including at the next election) we will get more of the same. Why would they abandon tactics that work?


23 posted on 06/29/2014 6:45:03 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: dirtboy
I agree. They don't call them the stupid party for nothing. It is run by possibly the stupidest, most tone deaf people on the planet. All their money may buy ads, but they can't buy enough votes to make up for insulting their base. There is not enough walking around money out there to do that.

When the elites have become so far removed from their base that they have no clue how far they have gone, it's time to get a new party.

I have been a reliable republican voter for as far back as I can remember, I have held my nose and voted for some I detested, but no more, not now that I know what they really think of me.

24 posted on 06/29/2014 6:50:29 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: ziravan
Yeah and a third party will be able to do what you want it to do.

Keep on dreaming

25 posted on 06/29/2014 7:09:48 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: don-o

Exactly. Calling your own base a bunch of racists does very little for Republican solidarity. We are supposed to ignore that though.


26 posted on 06/29/2014 7:10:20 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Kaslin
Yeah and a third party will be able to do what you want it to do. Keep on dreaming

Conservatives are looking for a second party.

27 posted on 06/29/2014 7:13:31 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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28 posted on 06/29/2014 7:15:41 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
-- Yeah and a third party will be able to do what you want it to do. --

Yeah. And the GOP will be able (hell, it's not even willing) to do what I want it to do. Keep on dreaming.

The GOP told me it didn't want my support, and I listened.

29 posted on 06/29/2014 7:17:36 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Kaslin

Rino’s would rather lose the Senate than allow conservatives in the party, even in the House they would rather lose seats than have conservatives win.

Rino’s will abandon all party principles, rather than have conservatives anywhere near their seats of power.

This business of taking over the party, is not going so well, the effort has been extinguished by the realization that the party, was far more corrupt than thought.

I’ve have been against a third party, believing it could not win, but now I say BRING IT ON!


30 posted on 06/29/2014 7:24:43 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: McGavin999
Oh it doesn't? I suggest you read the entire article in the link here

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3173636/posts

31 posted on 06/29/2014 7:43:58 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

If conservatives vote for Cochran...the GOP will pull the similar stunts again

I may be new here... but seems to be a lot of articles begging conservatives to vote for GOPLib, esp Cochran....after the Vote Fraud scheme in MS


32 posted on 06/29/2014 7:46:31 AM PDT by DisorderOnBorder (Hollywood...Washington DC for pretty people)
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To: DisorderOnBorder

The point is that open primaries must be stopped. The rats must not be allowed to vote in republican primary elections


33 posted on 06/29/2014 7:51:06 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Some of us would be happy with a second party.


34 posted on 06/29/2014 7:54:43 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Kaslin

Who said anything about a third party? The establishment started this Civil War. I aim to finish it.

I’m just adopting their strategy and tactics, to wit: the establishment is more dangerous than the democrats.

Can you honestly tell me you believe that the establishment doesn’t think -act -the same way about its base?

Democrats need to be countered. To do that, we need an opposition party. Forcing the establishment into at least a coalition is a necessary first step to counter what is going on in Washington.

Failing a coalition, the establishment needs - and soon will - be subject to a hostile takeover.

You wait and see. Washington insiders lost much more than they gained in MS. The tipping point is here. Even here on FR, I’ve never seen as much open hostility to the leadership of the GOP than I have this week, and that’s saying something.


35 posted on 06/29/2014 7:56:13 AM PDT by ziravan (Choose Sides.)
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To: Kaslin

The Jolly special election in Florida is the most appropriate for this discussion.

After the GOPe moderate, female, etc candidates lost to the conservative in the primary the GOPe then rallied behind the conservative winner with money and organization.


36 posted on 06/29/2014 7:56:30 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Kaslin

Conservatives need to make an honest assessment of how big the Republican majority in the senate will likely be.

Once we know that Republicans will have 52 votes, a slim margin, then we can calculate how many RINOs can be purged by surrendering their seats to Democrats.

Mitch McConnell is the leader of the pack among potential purgees.

While Thad Cochran is reprehensible, the number two slot for those who should be abandoned goes to Lindsey Graham.

Cochran ties for third with Lamar Alexander.


37 posted on 06/29/2014 8:03:22 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I’m not aware that Graham has accused the voters he’ll need in NOV of being in the KKK.

Enlighten me.


38 posted on 06/29/2014 8:27:28 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Kaslin

This uniparty quisling is right in one respect: the cause of Liberty is bigger than any one candidate. Its also bigger than the uniparty or the nation state.

Where he completely misses the point, probably intentionally, is by suggesting that supporting one faction of the uniparty over the other will matter.


39 posted on 06/29/2014 8:32:11 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Be a part of the American freedom migration: freestateproject.org)
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To: ziravan

unlike you I am able to read through lines


40 posted on 06/29/2014 8:33:29 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Black Agnes

As the underling of John McCain, Graham has been effective at undermining the conservative agenda and backing the leftist agenda. Cochran, while offensive, is less effective. His philosophy is pork, with no agenda other than that.

So Cochran is a benign tumor, Graham a malignant one. Taking him out also significantly weakens John McCain.


41 posted on 06/29/2014 8:33:30 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Well, I can’t imagine that Cochran would want or need my ‘racist’ vote at this point.

I hope he can make it up elsewhere.


42 posted on 06/29/2014 8:34:53 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

Yeah, but which third party? Because there are so many third parties around we have to decide on one and then support it. Otherwise its a waste of time


43 posted on 06/29/2014 8:37:42 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Cite where I mentioned third party.

Thx!


44 posted on 06/29/2014 8:38:27 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: mrsmith

Jolly was an aide to the former moderate GOP congressman and a lobbyist, a believer in the pork barrel political tradition.

Jolly’s campaign alluded to the former pork barrel congressman with Jolly calling himself a “Bill Young Conservative” or in other words a “pork barrel conservative”.


45 posted on 06/29/2014 8:43:15 AM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: Kaslin

BTW, have you actually listened to any of the phone calls in question?

I defy you to do so and conclude anything other than we have a uniparty. The call I got made it clear that Cochran would be working WITH Obama.

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/06/22/thad-cochran-desperation-update-listen-to-robocall-from-pro-cochran-pac-desperately-asking-democrats-to-vote-in-mississippi-primary/


46 posted on 06/29/2014 8:47:01 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Kaslin
When Eric Cantor lost he was, understandably, upset. What he didn’t do was cry foul, threaten to sue and undercut the validity of David Brat’s victory in an attempt to harm his chances in the general election. For all his faults, and Cantor has many, he’s gotten out of the way.

That's because Beat wasn't elected by Democrat vote fraud. That this author can't see the difference disqualifies him from serious consideration on this subject.

47 posted on 06/29/2014 8:50:05 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Beat = Brat. Sigh.


48 posted on 06/29/2014 8:50:21 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Kaslin

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/25/MS-Radio-Ad-Tea-Party-Will-Take-Away-Food-Stamps

This is another good ad too. Listen to this one and tell me Cochran will do anything to slow down Obama or the growth of government...


49 posted on 06/29/2014 8:53:00 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: McGavin999

I have been a reliable republican voter for as far back as I can remember, I have held my nose and voted for some I detested, but no more, not now that I know what they really think of me. “

The same with me. I have a bi-racial family and those posters really lost me as a GOP supporter.

In the last few days I have sent lots of emails telling various GOP entities why they will not get money from me and mailed back a written survey that they sent me with appropriate comments about their behavior.

And I have some more written material from them that I will use to make comments and return.


50 posted on 06/29/2014 9:19:24 AM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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