Steve Flesher, American Thinker, February 2, 2015
It’s the beginning of the beginning for another GOP primary. And if you’re an informed conservative, you probably had the prescience to predict its rollout back during the primary season of the 2014 midterm elections.
The primary that tipped us off to it was for the U.S. Senate race in Mississippi.
The challenger to Republican incumbent Thad Cochran was the young, handsome, energetic Chris McDaniel. He captured the heart of the conservative base in the state. The Cochran team picked up on it, and after McDaniel forced the Senate fossil into a runoff, the GOP establishment came out swinging. They teamed up with Democrats to portray Chris McDaniel as a racist who wanted anyone who wasn’t white or rich to be exterminated. As such, they used Mississippi’s arguably nonsensical open-primary law to encourage Democrats all across the state to vote for Cochran in a Republican primary. They even went so far as to promise more money brought into the state as a result.
In order for the GOP to secure the seat for Cochran in that primary, they didn’t just have to reach out to Democrats. They had to act like them, too.
This is the opposite of a conservative like Sarah Palin. While it’s true that she “reached out” to Democrats as Alaska’s governor, she acted like a conservative in doing so. You see, Alaska’s Republicans in many ways were behaving like far too many on the federal level are today. The state’s new and energetic governor knew that putting her state before her party was the right thing to do. So she reached out to Democrats in her state who agreed with that position, and together, they sent many of the “corrupt bastards” packing.
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