American Thinker: MS Republicans Acted Like Democrats to Defeat McDaniel

The BOREs Are Out for Sarah Palin

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.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

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Comments

  1. frank gordon says:

    This is another example of continued NATIONAL interest in Chris McDaniel. Large amounts of money are burning the pockets of willing donors to a NATIONAL campaign. These funds can easily be directed to Chris, but the door of opportunity is closing rapidly. In a few months, money will be committed.

    It is essential that McDaniel make a move that will generate NATIONAL buzz. State sized politics will not do. The next step is to participate in the Republican Presidential Primary Debates. There will be 12 or 15 of these debates, and the bar for qualifying participation is reasonably low for a person capable of generating some NATIONAL interest.

  2. I agree with this article that the campaign against Chris McDaniel was nasty (though people who’ve seen my comments know I don’t agree with Chris McDaniel’s campaign tactics either) and that Sarah Palin has been mistreated after her recent controversial speech. However, one point I would like to make regarding the article. In the full article (not just the Mississippi-relevant section linked here), the point is made that Ms. Palin endorsed a conservative independent over an establishment Republican in Alaska’s last governor race. I don’t begin to know who the best candidate was in that race, as I know little about the complicated dynamics at work, but I thought it should be noted that the independent candidate’s running mate (whom I believe Ms. Palin also endorsed at least in an implied sense) was originally the Democratic nominee for governor last year. Ms. Palin was thus endorsing a ticket that was, for all intents and purposes, partly a Democratic ticket.

    • frank gordon says:

      Yes, Cal. I have always thought that the Tea Party had much more common ground with the Democrats than the Republicans.
      The Republicans represent Banking and other moneyed interests that are pro low-wage and pro immigration, despite campaign rhetoric to the contrary.

    • Hey Cal: I thought all of her speeches are designed to be controversial. Which one are making reference?
      David Frazier

      • David Frazier, sorry for not making my reference clear. Palin gave a speech in Des Moines recently that got a lot of criticism in the press, and the full-version of the American Thinker article linked on this blog defends that speech. Basically, the national press critiqued her for being incoherent and made it seem like she had hit rock-bottom in politics. I did not read the whole speech and have not heard video clips of it, but though I’m not really a Palin fan and don’t want her running for President, I thought the speech was poor but not especially incoherent or newsworthy. In that sense, I didn’t think the ridicule of her by the national media was fair in this particular instance. Her style rubs me the wrong way (my personality shies away from folksy politicians), but I dislike any politician–Republican, Democrat, or independent–being mocked for having a bad day in speech-making. I prefer to see them critiqued for their overall political ability, character and policy positions. I agreed with the American Thinker article in that regard. I took issue with the American Thinker article, however, in presenting Palin as a conservative strategist who always wins as opposed to establishment Republicans like Thad Cochran who court Democratic votes. The fact is, Palin did back a ticket in Alaska last year that was half-Democratic, and she has also backed Republican nominees who went on to lose their general elections. Like all politicians (who are, after all, imperfect humans), she has a mixed track record.

  3. John Allen says:

    This is why I can never support Rand Paul. He never had a problem with the way Cochran “won”

  4. SUN HERALD | Editorial: Don’t make voters choose party over candidates
    January 31, 2015

    For years, the Sun Herald has been an advocate of giving voters more, not less, freedom at the polls. So our opposition to state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s proposal to impose political registration as a test of party purity on Mississippi voters should come as no surprise. We appreciate McDaniel’s frustration with the current system of party primaries, as he blames it for his loss of the Republican nomination for a seat in the U.S. Senate last year. Specifically, McDaniel accuses Democrats of voting for incumbent Thad Cochran in the Republican primary and runoff. Under the current system, that is a possibility. We would fix it by permitting voters to choose among candidates in both the Democratic and Republican primaries. This would give voters the freedom to chose, for example, a Democrat for one office and a Republican for another. But McDaniel doesn’t want voters to be able to cross over party lines. He wants each Mississippi voter to declare his or her political allegiance at the time of registration. Then when primary day rolls around, each voter would be restricted to participating in only that party’s primary. This being a statewide election year, McDaniel’s colleagues in the Legislature obviously have politics on their minds. And some may cotton to putting more restrictions on public participation in the selection process. But we hope most will stay away from this particularly unpleasant vintage of sour grapes. The Legislature should give voters more options. It should certainly not take away one of the few options voters now have.

  5. The liberal newspaper doesn’t want voters to register by party for “party primaries”. Shocking news.

    • What’s liberal about keeping the primaries open to all people who want to participate? In a representative democracy, aren’t we supposed to be interested in electing the candidate in the party primary who can attract the most votes overall? What good is it to win the primary with a candidate who is unable to win in the general election? Only Tea Party Patriots and McGOPers think that way?

      • Also, a “true” conservative attempts to follow the Buckley Rule–select the most conservative candidate in the GOP primary who also has the best chance of winning in the general election. That is why Tea Party candidates generally perform poorly in statewide Republican primaries and general elections.

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