Trump Courts the Establishment, Some Conservatives Feel Betrayed

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

Since his improbable victory over Hillary Clinton to claim the presidency, Donald Trump has begun the process of releasing the names of those he is appointing to top positions in his administration. Political insiders have always seen these early announcements as a key to determining the direction the new White House will ultimately take. And so far, as the earliest names were released, opposition is brewing. [Read more…]

Deeply Divided: How Conservatives will overcome the Establishment and reform our party, our state and our nation

By Senator Chris McDaniel

Much has been made about the present divide in the Republican Party.  Mississippi is no stranger to the controversy.  My U.S. Senate race against Thad Cochran in 2014 exposed deep divisions within the party, both state and national.

Incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran had to rely upon thousands of liberal Democrats to win a Republican primary.  In so doing, his campaign resorted to dirty, underhanded, and sleazy tactics that have been well-documented.  Not only did his campaign play the “race card” while openly encouraging liberals to cross-over and participate to the GOP primary, he openly campaigned like a Democrat — pushing for more big government, massive federal subsidies, pork-barrel spending, and increased food stamp participation.  In what’s perhaps the most conservative state in the republic, he expressly repudiated the Republican platform for the state and country to see. [Read more…]

It’s time for Stacey Pickering to drop out of the race for State Auditor

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

Rumors fly in politics. Anyone involved in it knows that. But the rumors involving State Auditor Stacey Pickering are more than just juicy gossip; they are, in fact, true and worthy of examination, given his current contested race for a third term.635497632705960008-Stacey-Pickering

In recent weeks we have heard the rumors that Pickering is having some serious issues with his campaign finances – not with raising money but how he spends it – and may be under investigation by the FBI. It has been confirmed, by Geoff Pender of the Clarion Ledger as well as those of us here at MCD, where we have been looking at this stuff independently of Pender, that these are no longer mere rumors: The FBI is, in fact, looking into Pickering’s campaign financing. [Read more…]

Pender: McDaniel Wins One, Bryant Gets Tea Party Groove Back

By Geoff Pender, Clarion Ledger, May 2, 2015

Gov. Phil Bryant’s recent veto of a Common Core bill marked a rare victory for state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who’d been the patron saint of lost tea party and conservative causes.

It also helped Bryant get his tea party groove back. He’s getting an ’attaboy from conservatives who were upset he backed incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran over McDaniel in the Great Republican Mudfest last year.

The veto was an election-year poke in the eye for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, with whom fellow Republicans Bryant and McDaniel are often at odds. Reeves had championed the Common Core bill, ironically, to try to gain some tea party-conservative creds himself. [Read more…]

Mississippi GOP Establishment Jabs McDaniel, Insults Tea Party Over LG Race

Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

The Republican Establishment in Mississippi is downright gleeful, or so they say, over the fact that neither Chris McDaniel nor Michael Watson jumped in the Lieutenant Governor’s race to challenge Tate Reeves. But are they happy, or relieved?

On WLBT’s political “Red Blue Review” show with Nash and Taggart, the pundits used the occasion to strike out against McDaniel and his conservative base. [Read more…]

Campaign 2014 Rewind: From the Archives of Rush Limbaugh – Reverse Operation Chaos

Republican Establishment Took Part in Reprehensible Reverse Operation Chaos, The Rush Limbaugh Show, June 25, 2014

RUSH:  Mississippi. The Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel runoff election.  It was Operation Chaos in reverse.  The Republican establishment sought victory via Democrat voters in the runoff, and they got them.  It has been analyzed and it is now practically ontologically certain that without the African-American vote from Democrat-leaning counties, Thad Cochran would have lost by eight or nine percent last night. [Read more…]

For what it’s worth, our governments are back to work today

Today both the Mississippi legislature and the US Congress are back in session.  We found it very interesting that Y’all Politics had this to say about the political Opening Day:  “Guard your wallets, your children, your businesses, your vote and your sanity, Mississippi!”  How is it that a political website that fought as hard as they could for the status quo, and will do so again in elections this year, could dare say such a thing?  Excuse me but it is the TEA PARTY and folks like Chris McDaniel, Melanie Sojourner, Angela Hill, and Michael Watson who are at the forefront of seeking change in this state and in this country, while folks at Y’all seek to keep the same ole trains running.  So please spare us the complaints!

Speaking of change, the movement to oust John Boehner as Speaker of the House fell just a few votes short today.  In all, 25 members voted against him.  Although that was the biggest rebellion against a sitting Speaker since the 1860s, it was not enough to deny him the majority and force a second ballot.  All three Mississippi Republican congressmen supported the Speaker.  No shock there.  But what is shocking is that of the 50 new members, many of whom campaigned on opposing Boehner, only one stuck to principle and cast a ballot for someone else.  That is not a good sign of things to come.  If we can’t oust a man who is hostile to conservatism and to conservative members, as he has shown not only in the past but also today, then we will only reap more rotten fruit.  We cannot continue to elect the same politicians every year and hope for a different result.  As Einstein once said, that’s insanity.