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Mississippi Churning
Slate ^ | July 1, 2014 | David Weigel

Posted on 07/01/2014 5:07:08 PM PDT by don-o

On Monday night, Grant Sowell pulled into a Tupelo, Mississippi, Chick-fil-A and braced himself for the Tea Party meeting. Just four weeks earlier, Senate candidate Chris McDaniel had campaigned at this branch of the proudly Christian chicken-sandwich chain, promising “shock waves through this country” if conservatives helped him win.

McDaniel had forced a runoff—shock waves rumbled as promised—but in Round Two, incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran beat him. The “establishment” succeeded in besting the Tea Party with crossover votes from Democrats.

Sowell, a pastor and businessman who’d campaigned for McDaniel, was leading the first Tea Party meeting since that crushing loss. Typically, 20 or so activists showed up. Thirty showed up on Monday.

“They were fired up,” Sowell recalled. “It’s not just that we lost. It’s how we lost. Outside of anything being illegal, it was just the fact that Chris got the most Republican votes, and the fact [the Cochran campaign] made Chris’ supporters appear to be racists. I hope, and a lot of people hope, there are legal challenges.”

Legal challenges. Outside of Mississippi and outside of the conservative media, the election’s on the books already. The consultants who bailed out Cochran, led by Mississippi native and Romney 2008 and 2012 veteran Stu Stevens, have taken victory laps and explained how a GOP candidate appealed to black Democrats. “Should it come as any shock,” asked Stevens, rhetorically, “that on the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, African-Americans also wanted to participate in the electoral process?” Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival, about as far from a Tea Party meeting as the Voyager 2 probe, Hillary Clinton praised the “major historical importance” of Cochran’s win.

But to McDaniel and the Tea Party, it feels like a historic fraud.

(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: cochran; mcdaniel
Worth a read. Coverage continues to grow.
1 posted on 07/01/2014 5:07:08 PM PDT by don-o
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To: WKB; paintriot; Lil Flower; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; ...

Ping.


2 posted on 07/01/2014 5:08:32 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: don-o

Stunningly objective article from Slate. Puts the Daily Caller shills to shame.

Good to see momentum is building! This needs to get before a judge and Thad Cochran needs to be disqualified


3 posted on 07/01/2014 5:08:42 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: don-o

The GOP establishment may win but if they do it will be a classic pyrrhic victory. To save one superannuated RINO they may tick off so many conservatives elsewhere that it could cost them what look like a likely takeover of the Senate in November.


4 posted on 07/01/2014 5:14:23 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

We know who let the dogs out.


5 posted on 07/01/2014 5:15:19 PM 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: Verginius Rufus

They have 23 or 24 incumbent RINOs to protect in 2016.


6 posted on 07/01/2014 5:19:21 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: Viennacon

So, if Republicans want blacks to vote for them all they have to do is to pay them? Dang, why didn’t they think of that before? And why not start paying all those undocumented Democrats to vote Republican. It’s all so simple now.


7 posted on 07/01/2014 5:19:49 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Viennacon

Are Mcdaniel’s people posting somewhere to keep supporters apprised of any updates?


8 posted on 07/01/2014 5:20:17 PM PDT by paintriot (On the Conservative Coast.)
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To: paintriot

Not that I know of. If they are, its limited to the Mississippi team helping them get ahold of the poll books. Wish Black Agnes could give us info.


9 posted on 07/01/2014 5:21:13 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Verginius Rufus
Agreed.....

They have screwed the pooch....with this MS move.

10 posted on 07/01/2014 5:21:14 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: don-o

At least that guy mentions the racists slurs, most coverage (even on “our” side) is just ignoring it. Even though that is THE reason people are fuming.


11 posted on 07/01/2014 5:25:30 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: paintriot

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3174677/posts?page=2

McDaniel unveils strategy to seek another runoff against Sen. Cochran


12 posted on 07/01/2014 5:26:57 PM PDT by txhurl (2014: Stunned Voters do Stunning Things!)
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To: Enterprise

It may work in the primary to pay a black Democrat $15 to vote for the more liberal Republican. In the general election the same person might be willing to accept the $15 but when he gets to the polling place he’ll vote for the Democrat. Of course that may not occur to the people who handed him the $15.


13 posted on 07/01/2014 5:28:05 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Black Agnes; don-o

WW I started about the same date...with the assassination of the Archduke. It took a little while for things to get going..this sham in Mississippi may be as far reaching..


14 posted on 07/01/2014 5:29:06 PM 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: ObamahatesPACoal

That’s the stupid conventional wisdom by the MSM..tryinbg to gin up hope after the Dems lose the Senate this November.....GOP has 24 seats up in 2016..but actually only a few are in trouble...and the Dems have about the same number at risk...and after 2 more years of Obama, Obama’s policies, and Obamacare..well...let’s say I’m not that worried..


15 posted on 07/01/2014 5:31:17 PM 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: Verginius Rufus
In the general election the same person might be willing to accept the $15 but when he gets to the polling place he’ll vote for the Democrat.

Well, of course he will. But the ones who pay the $15 (GOP-e) could care less. All they want is to defeat the conservative. THAT IS THE GOAL. For them, RINO or Democommie in the general is an equal outcome.

Any conservative who doesn't yet understand this is a fool. And a tool.

16 posted on 07/01/2014 5:31:55 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: don-o

Without Cochran and McConnell, can we still get the Senate. That is really important especially after yesterday when the liberals lost their minds and are going to use that to go to the ballot boxes in droves. We really need to get the Senate in 2015. The Supreme Court is extremely important.


17 posted on 07/01/2014 5:34:08 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: ken5050

A LOT is riding on the suit that True the Vote filed today. I wonder what the time frame will be on that.


18 posted on 07/01/2014 5:35:47 PM 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: paintriot

There are some updates on Twitter.


19 posted on 07/01/2014 5:37:31 PM PDT by Andy'smom (How many more acts of love can we take?)
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To: napscoordinator

I don’t know. What do you mean by “we”?

I have no confidence whatsoever that a GOP-e Senate is “good news” with regard to the Supreme Court.


20 posted on 07/01/2014 5:39:04 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: don-o
What do we know about the judge who will hear the case?

I expect he'll grant the injunction..then I want to see Thad and Haley running to the appeals court to get it overturned..

21 posted on 07/01/2014 5:40:22 PM 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: Viennacon

Is Agnes part of their team?


22 posted on 07/01/2014 5:48:06 PM PDT by paintriot (On the Conservative Coast.)
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To: paintriot

Not sure, but she really knows what is going on with the Mississippi Tea Party. Great source


23 posted on 07/01/2014 5:49:48 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: napscoordinator

“We really need to get the Senate in 2015. The Supreme Court is extremely important.”

I would like to get the Senate as much as anybody, but let’s be realistic; GOP control of the Senate will not stop Obama from appointing an ultra-liberal to the SCOTUS. It may cause a rejection of his first choice so he has to come back with someone slightly less radical, but the difference will be minimal. As far as the SCOTUS is concerned, the only hope we have is that no conservative justices retire or die before 2017 and that we put a conservative in the White House.


24 posted on 07/01/2014 5:50:52 PM PDT by lquist1
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To: Viennacon

Funny, I get more news about this from FR than local outlets.


25 posted on 07/01/2014 5:57:18 PM PDT by paintriot (On the Conservative Coast.)
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To: napscoordinator

BS, we do NOT want to reward McConnell’s and Cochran’s treachery and warring on conservatives with victories this November. I have STOPPED the practice of bending over and grabbing my ankles at the command of the despicable GOPe. We have bent over repeatedly and they are disrespecting and hating us the more we do so.

In four months, it will be our opportunity to send the GOPe a message they’ll understand. Let’s NOT reward McConnell and Cochran for their betrayal and mistreatment of conservatives. For THOSE TWO RINOs, let’s support and vote for their DemocRAT opponents and defeat our abusers. It’s not enough to simply not vote for them; it’s important to actually vote for their opponents.


26 posted on 07/01/2014 5:58:01 PM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: don-o

I e-mailed the author after I read it and thanked him for his excellent and balanced article regarding such an emotionally charged issue.


27 posted on 07/01/2014 6:02:03 PM PDT by Lake Living
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To: Verginius Rufus

You could always offer the voter more money, but then, if he’s dishonest enough to accept money to vote, he’s dishonest enough not to vote for who you paid him to vote.


28 posted on 07/01/2014 6:04:23 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: txhurl

McDaniel should not go for a run off. He won! Cochran should be kicked out of office.


29 posted on 07/01/2014 6:13:12 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: All

This reminds me of the scene in GONE WITH THE WIND. “That’s right. We’re gonna’ give you 40 acres and a mule. We just want you to remember who your friends are.” or something like that.


30 posted on 07/01/2014 6:16:25 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: don-o

Very well-written for a Slate article! No spin, just reporting.


31 posted on 07/01/2014 6:20:37 PM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: napscoordinator
I really don't want the liberal republican leadership of the Senate to have a majority.

/johnny

32 posted on 07/01/2014 6:35:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Viennacon

May deserve it’s own thread if you so desire to post it.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3174668/posts?page=43#43

http://www.myfoxal.com/story/25920500/mississippi-gop-executive-committee-meets-with-heightened-security


33 posted on 07/01/2014 6:39:53 PM PDT by deport
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To: don-o

http://www.myfoxal.com/story/25920500/mississippi-gop-executive-committee-meets-with-heightened-security

“Irregularities in every county, so we’ve covered 38 counties now, said State
Senator Michael Watson. “We have what we think is evidence of roughly 3300 plus or
minus a few more irregularities in those counties. We’ve not yet touched the
Delta, we’ve not yet touched the absentee ballots.”


34 posted on 07/01/2014 6:42:33 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

I will. Thanks for the tip


35 posted on 07/01/2014 6:42:39 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: don-o

FOX is now on the hunt too

Ansley Earhardt was doing big story on hannity

Its getting traction on FOX ....a good thing


36 posted on 07/01/2014 7:20:04 PM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: Shery

A decent article, but wow, did you try to read some of the comments? What a bunch of looney tunes...unreadable


37 posted on 07/01/2014 8:38:56 PM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: don-o

If I were McDaniel I would have run ads along the lines of “why risk going to jail for an old white guy”

Then have the MS AG threaten everyone who crossed over be charged with voter fraud which carries jail time.


38 posted on 07/02/2014 1:39:35 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: napscoordinator

I don’t see your point on the supreme court here. The same bunch of senators who claim to be in the (R) opposition party, if elected and they do win the senate were in charge of the senate in the 1990’s when Clinton nominated a slew of liberal judges up and down the bench and they did nothing.

McStain has made it clear the president won elections and gets to put who he wants on the bench. These GOPE eunuchs will piss and moan and then vote to seat the communist nominees to the bench and tell the (R) voting sheep we tried but, but, but...


39 posted on 07/02/2014 6:19:14 AM PDT by sarge83
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