Panicked Establishment Already At Work To Save RINO Roger

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

The Republican establishment in Mississippi is panicked and I don’t mean by any perceived threats from the incoming Trump Administration. No it’s more local, more personal, and more frightening than that. Rumors are starting to grow that State Senator Chris McDaniel might just throw his hat into the ring against Senator Roger Wicker in the 2018 midterms and that prospect fills the powers-that-be with dread. [Read more…]

Senator Chris McDaniel Pens Open Letter to Mississippi Conservatives, Steven Palazzo Breathes Sigh of Relief

From Senator Chris McDaniel:

Dear Friends,

For months, friends and supporters have been asking me to run for Congress against Steven Palazzo. Such requests have only intensified in light of Steven’s inexplicable support of President Obama’s disastrous budget, whereby many Congressional Republicans (including Mississippi’s entire GOP delegation) voted to fully fund the president’s liberal agenda, including Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, sanctuary cities, climate change, refugee resettlement programs and his unconstitutional executive orders.

Put simply, the Omnibus Spending Bill they supported did not honor the promises they made to the men and women who elected them. Instead, the bill adopted the big-government agenda of Democrats and effectively forfeited our Republican victories of 2014, while cementing Obama’s priorities for nearly the full remainder of his term.

Ninety-five House Republicans displayed courage in fighting the president. But Mississippi’s delegation did not. Each of them surrendered without a fight and blindly supported President Obama in the same manner they blindly supported the failed leadership of House Speaker John Boehner. [Read more…]

Free Trader John McCain Threatens Mississippi Shipbuilding Industry

By Ryan S. Walters

We were told throughout the Mississippi Senate race that if Chris McDaniel, that rascally Tea Partier, replaced Thad Cochran in the US Senate it would mean the end of Ingalls Shipbuilding on the Gulf Coast.  This is despite the fact that Senator McDaniel believes passionately in a strong national defense, with naval power being a vital component to it, and fair trade practices.

Now we discover, from a Clarion Ledger story, that the much-vaunted free trader John McCain, who campaigned for Thad Cochran on the Coast, is seeking to repeal what he calls adownload “protectionist” measure that’s been in force for nearly a century.  The Jones Act, or Merchant Marine Act, requires that ships that operate exclusively in American waters should be American built and owned.  According to Senator McCain, the Jones Act is “an antiquated law that has for too long hindered free trade, made U.S. industry less competitive and raised prices for consumers.” McCain said, for example, that an American ship could carry crude oil from the Gulf Coast to a Northeastern U.S. refinery for $6 per barrel. A foreign-flagged ship could do the same for $2 per barrel.

But remember this is the same US Senator who failed to beat the community organizer in 2008 and admitted something extraordinary during that campaign:  “I don’t understand economics,” he said.  And it shows, especially when he talks about trade.  He once said he had never read a credible argument for protectionism.  Well I can name several right off the top of my head without even trying hard!  Protectionism, my dear Senator, transformed this nation from an economic joke to the largest economy in the world in less than a century! [Read more…]

MCD News Shorts: Corder, Salter, Wicker, Cowardly Republicans, and Obamacare

Corder and Salter Still At It

We here at MCD had to LOL at some of Frank Corder’s statements in his columns at Y’all Politics in recent weeks. They are interesting and worthy of a response.

“For all the Republican sky is falling Chicken Little chatter by the Tea Party and out of state talking heads, 2014 had the same fairy tale ending Thad Cochran has enjoyed throughout his prolific electoral history in Mississippi, thanks to the voters who once again put principles over personalities and results over rhetoric.”

Excuse me, principles over personalities? Cochran has principles? Do tell. Which principles could Corder mean? Food stamps, perhaps? Maybe big government and rampant spending? Runaway entitlements? The lowest score by the American Conservative Union? Being labeled the “King of Pork”? Those are principles, alright, just not the principles of true conservatives.

“Here’s an idea: instead of dividing or segregating yourself off from the rest of Mississippi’s conservatives (the 345,000 who supported Cochran over Childers on Tuesday) why not work within the existing structure to gain real policy influence and get results?

But that’s too much work, isn’t it?

It’s easy to sit back and throw rhetorical grenades from afar, to shout accusations and post social media half truths. It’s much more difficult to get in there and work with others who may ideologically agree with you but don’t necessarily align when it comes to how to achieve those shared goals. That’s work, real sausage making.”

Now understand something here, Corder made this statement just after he sat back and threw rhetorical grenades at those of us in the movement for ideological purity, while his colleagues at Y’all have labeled us everything under the sun, including oft-used “zealots.” But I guess that’s okay.

Much of Corder’s writing here sounds like a shot directly at Chris McDaniel and MCD! But what Corder, as well as others in the establishment, fail to understand is that we have been working within the existing structure for years, with compromise after compromise, and look where we are now!

Speaking of “ideological purity,” Sid Salter had an interesting column last week in which he made a statement we also found amusing:

“There are some in the state who want to repeat the internecine political warfare that was the 2014 Republican primary in the 2015 courthouse-to-statehouse elections. They want Republican primaries to be beauty contests that measure ideological purity.”

Again, is he referring to us? One thing is for sure, Salter, like Corder, doesn’t seem to have any real principles, except maybe the Republican Party label, and that’s no principle at all as recent history has shown us.

But I will give a rare shout of praise to Salter for one thing he did get right: “People who think they have heard the last of McDaniel weren’t listening or paying attention.”

And we pray that we will see this manifestation sooner rather than later.

Roger Wicker leads charge of cowardly Republicans

Soon after the Republican takeover of the Senate, as true conservatives predicted, the GOP was quick to cave in to Obama and his radical agenda. Within hours they promised no government shutdown, no impeachment, no nothing. This only proves Chris McDaniel absolutely right: We need fresh blood in the US Congress to enact real reform and make real, lasting changes. These old fogies will do nothing of the sort and must go.

And one of the ringleaders in the lightning speed bow-down was Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, newly elected head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

“We’re not going to have any government shutdowns. We’re not going to have any threats of impeachment,” Wicker said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

So President Obama will be free to act as he wishes, as he did Thursday night with his illegal amnesty order, and Republicans will do nothing about it.

We hope all you Cochran supporters, and establishment backers, are happy now. You have assured us of more of the same – the further erosion of our republic. Congratulations on that one! But YOU own this, not us! So as it deteriorates, be honest and fess up!

Will Republicans really go after Obamacare?

Speaking of cowardly Republicans, what do you think the odds are that the Republicans will push very hard to repel Obamacare when the 3 largest receivers of insurance company money in Congress are:

(1)     John Boehner— $546,000

(2)     Mitch McConnell–$522,000

(3)     Paul Ryan–$474,000

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, insurance companies have contributed some $58.7 million to both political parties and its candidates through the 2012 election cycle, of which 68% went to Republicans.

So don’t hold your breath on any repeal of Obamacare, or any real healthcare reform, anytime soon with our current crop of leaders in Congress. Nothing is going to change and we will be stuck with Obamacare, or some other non-free market system, as long as they are in office.

Breitbart: Thad Cochran Replaces Campaign Manager Amid Ugly Post-Primary Battle

Thad Cochran Replaces Campaign Manager Amid Ugly Post-Primary Battle

By Matthew Boyle, Breitbart News, July 9, 2014

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Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign manager, Kirk Sims, has been replaced by his state director Brad Davis, according to a GOP source close to the campaign.

The source, who has first-hand knowledge of the information from speaking to campaign officials, also said the campaign has retained the legal firm Butler Snow for unknown reasons.

Sims, a former chief of staff to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, leaves his campaign manager post having won a bitter primary fight against odds but also amid allegations of vote-buying and other improprieties that have engulfed the election’s outcome in acrimony. [Read more…]

Cochran, Wicker Seeking Support From Unions and Black Voters

Miss. GOP Senator Seeking Union and Black Support

By Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press, June 17, 2014

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is trying to survive an intense tea party challenge in Mississippi by reaching out to union members and black voters — two groups that traditionally support Democrats. But he risks a backlash from conservatives ready to support his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

Cochran is running TV ads aimed at conservatives by saying he’s the only candidate who has “voted against Obamacare more than 100 times.” And the former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman is traveling the state to remind people that he has brought home billions of federal dollars for projects that transcend party lines. He cites such projects as disaster relief, agriculture and nutrition programs, public education, military installations and highways. Cochran says McDaniel, who pledges to slash spending, could put those at risk.

“My opponent says he’s not going to spend money like I spend money,” Cochran told diesel mechanics last week at a trucking center in Richland. “Well, you’re not going to have any roads and bridges. You’re not going to going to have a lot of things that are essential to our economic betterment and growth opportunities…. Just a word of warning if you’re thinking about voting for my opponent, you need to know that.”

After the shocking ouster of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia last week, tea party groups are energized for the next test of their clout: A June 24 runoff between Cochran and McDaniel, neither of whom won the GOP nomination outright in Mississippi’s June 3 primary. McDaniel finished 1,418 votes ahead of Cochran in the three-person contest but fell short of the majority needed to win.

McDaniel’s message: Cochran has piled up a huge federal debt and done little to resist President Barack Obama’s policy initiatives, including the health care overhaul.

“He is pandering to liberal Democrats to save his Senate seat,” McDaniel said Saturday after a campaign stop in the Jackson suburb of Pearl. “It’s a sign of desperation.” [Read more…]

Breitbart: Senator Roger Wicker Calls for MS GOP to Unite Behind Cochran or McDaniel

Senator Roger Wicker Calls for MS GOP to Unite Behind Primary Winner, Cochran or McDaniel

By Matthew Boyle, Breitbart News, May 28, 2014

He’s endorsed his colleague Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) re-election campaign. But addressing a crowd of 100 Republicans here Tuesday, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) urged party unity, no matter who wins the bitter Senate primary.

“I think we need to be unified after the primary,” Wicker said in a brief interview when asked if the unity message applies to a victory for Cochran’s primary challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel, too.

“I would have supported my opponents in 1994. I think we’re all going to join together on behalf of the Republican nominee. I hope that Republican nominee is Sen. Thad Cochran but we’re going to join together on behalf of whoever is the nominee,” he added. [Read more…]