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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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Senator Thad Cochran’s come-from-behind victory in Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary surprised many observers, but it inspired a different emotion in many supporters of the runner-up, state senator Chris McDaniel: Rage.

McDaniel’s backers, most of whom proudly identify as Tea Party Republicans, were particularly infuriated by Cochran’s unorthodox strategy. Mississippi’s open primary system allowed any voter who did not participate in the June 3 Democratic primary to vote in Tuesday’s runoff, so Cochran spent the campaign’s home stretch reaching out to Democrats — specifically, African-Americans who have good reason to oppose McDaniel, an extreme right-winger with ties to white supremacists. It paid off, big time. But to McDaniel supporters, this amounted to stealing the election.

This left some Tea Partiers in the awkward position of arguing that, election law be damned, black Mississipians had no right to participate in choosing their representative in Washington. Here are five of the worst examples:

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  • Mike

    Good grief. Advertise much? 6 pages of ads to click through for that story? Each page is like 1 or 2 sentences. This site is an advertising whore.

    • Blueberry Hill

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  • Churchlady320

    I hasten to point out that Mississippi has a OPEN primary, something fobbed of on us by the GOP who insist that Dems WANT to vote for REAL Republicans. Well, that’s the law in MS, so – live with it. Karma you know. All karma.

    • Daniel Jones

      They want it.. to help themselves, not anyone else.
      It’s a conservatard truism, repeating over and over to the point of cliché; a crime is only criminal if the other guy does it, a right is only a right for them, not anyone else!

    • Allan Richardson

      Same in Georgia. If you vote in the original Dem primary, you can only vote in the runoff Dem primary; ditto for the Rep primaries. If you did not REGISTER in time to vote in the original primary (30 days before the election day), or still have an unpurged registration, you cannot vote in either runoff. But if you were REGISTERED for the original primary, and did not vote at all, you can vote in EITHER party’s runoff (or the non-partisan runoff). The general election, of course, is not divided by party, so you can vote your choice.

      The news stories about this Senate runoff imply, but do not explain in detail, that Mississippi is like Georgia. They also have not mentioned whether there is a Democratic candidate in the general election (if not, I assume it is too late now to name one; am I right or wrong?). The question is, had McDaniel won, would Republican voters who voted against him because he would wreck the state’s economy vote for his Democratic opponent, or stick with the R label for no rational reason?

      • johninPCFL

        From the 1920s through the early 1960s, there was a group of Southern Democrat voters that ALWAYS voted the party-line ticket. They were called the ‘yellow dog’ Democrats since it was claimed they would even vote for a yellow dog if it was on the ticket. Those ‘yellow dog’ Democrats moved to the GOP en-masse following Johnson’s backing and signing civil rights legislation in the 1960s, and became the basis of Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’. They may have voted for Cochran, but had he lost, they’d ABSOLUTELY vote for McDaniel, no matter how bad it would have been for Mississippi.

    • JSquercia

      I loved how the article pointed out yet again another case of Rush foaming at the mouth over a tactic HE himself recommended .
      reminds you of how El Rushbo was all in favor of arresting the users of illegal Drugs as well as the suppliers .That is until HE was caught using and turned the citadel of EVIL the ACLU in his hour of legal need

  • If Sarah Palin and the tea-baggers ever form that third party they keep harping about, they should at least be honest and call themselves the Fascist Party. Because, time and time again, what they have demonstrated above all else with their demands for impeachment, pushes for voter ID, and their constant calls for secession after every single election, that what truly unites them is an intense loathing of democracy.

    So if these party-before-country traitors are going to fight the democratic process everywhere they go, they can at least be honest about it.

  • Roberta Crichton

    Our creativity, our moral standards, and our use of learned customs and traditions are three of the key differences between mankind and the animals.

    • stcroixcarp

      Animals do it better!

    • jmprint

      I have seen a monkey use more common sense then any member of the tea party, I’ve seen lions, tigers and bears cuddle and love each other better then any tea party member, and tea party members hate customs, with their “if it ain’t white, it ain’t right standards.

  • Mark Ginn

    No loser like a sore loser

  • Blueberry Hill

    Of course, it hasn’t occurred to these lunatics that people are tired of their lunacy and the crazy way they act and how we are tired of living in Crazyland. They are not out to take care of us, they don’t give a crap about us, or our country, don’t even care to protect us or our country from the hazards we face with the change in the climate; don’t want us to have health insurance, which is a right; don’t care if they put seniors or the unemployed or the disabled or the children, an don and on, out in the streets with no food or even a place to live. They are a despicable bunch of idiots, let by the Kochsuckers, who are out to be Kings of this country. Dump them everywhere you can. The R/Tbags in Congress have opposed and blocked every single Bill that would have helped US.


  • jointerjohn

    They are not nearly upset over their candidate losing as they are the fact that he was shot down by brown colored people. OH NOOO!! I hope this energizes democrats throughout the nation to see what can be done by simply turning out, something democrat voters are usually bad at.

  • Bryan Blake

    I do not believe in werewolves but I think there might be a grain of truth to the ancient myths given the antics of the Tea Party. All they do is howl at the moon with their loss of unspecified freedoms and cries for limited government. All they offer is stale ideas and find virtue in not compromising.

    They are so deluded with their own concept of “political righteousness” that any loss or defeat signals the end of their world.

    I hope that we are seeing the signals that the end of the Tea Party is near – even if the GOP incorporates a few of their ideas into their party’s platform.

  • DAK27

    If Cochran wins this #mssen race, the GOP is done. They teamed up with Dems to steal a race. Kiss the base goodbye.

    — Amy Kremer (@AmyKremer) June 25, 2014

    I for one certainly hopes this is true and comes to pass. I would absofuckinglutely LOVE for the Republican Party to die by it’s own monster’s hands. Mr. GOP, you created the TEA Party, you nurtured it, you helped it grow, you gave it political cover for all its missdeeds, you encouraged it to be as crazy as it could possibly be… Well, now you understand KARMA and how it works. Like I said, I hope EVERY SINGLE Republican looses this November and again in 2016 and again in 2018 and on and on until there is no such thing as a Republican party. They don’t know how to govern, they don’t want to govern, and now they are getting their wish.

  • howa4x

    Time for the republicans to wake up and completely shed the tea party. They only represent 14% of the voters and have outsized attention paid to it. They have dragged the republican party so far to the right that the house cannot get anything done, and have placed any candidate for president in an untenable position by adopting their extreme views to win the primary. By shipping them off like the Democrats did to the Dixiecrats the republican party can come back to the party it was when it won. Fiscally conservative and socially moderate, where the majority of Americans are. So in essence they are giving up 51%(the center) of the electorate to capture 14% share of the Tea party and a cross over 14% or less evangelicals, since some identify as both.. That is not a winning formula for a minority party. This is not even taking into account the changing demographics, also not in their favor since their base is getting older and they can’t attract younger voters do to their adopting of extreme tea party/evangelical positions. Their biggest fear is that the Chamber and other business leaders will coalesce around Hillary because they know republicans can’t win and will not have any influence by sticking with the GOP. Time for a meeting.

  • Mark Forsyth

    Well,if it aint the gang of turds.Sorriest bunch of fly bait there is.The only thing Beck forgot to say is that he and his gang are dead and done.

  • JDavidS

    Palin, Beck and Limbaugh…the Three Stooges. Or, if you prefer…the Triumvirate of the Trite. Limbaugh…college dropout. Beck…self described as a “borderline schizophrenic”, diagnosed with ADHD and a dropout from ONE theology course at the college level, and Alaska Barbie, who couldn’t name the three branches of government to save her ass and probably couldn’t spell “dog” even if we spotted her the “d” and the “o”.
    And these are the people that the RepubliCONS/Tea Clowns give credence to. Throw in 3rd rate musician, pedophile, gutless draft dodger Ted “Motor City Moron” Nugent and you have the perfect storm of idiocy.
    These four “special people” couldn’t organize a three float parade.

    • JSquercia

      Sarah doesn’t even seem quite so hot anymore

  • johninPCFL

    So, if I understand correctly, Limbaugh reads Alinsky’s book, builds his “Operation Chaos” plan from it, and launches it during the Democratic primaries. Then, Cochran lifts Limbaugh’s plan and uses it against McDaniel. Limbaugh fails, and Cochran succeeds. LImbaugh is upset.
    Is that about it? Limbaugh lost again?

  • ThomasBonsell

    I don’t really care for Cochran, or any politician south of the Ohio River, but I must praise him for outthinking the diddly squats on the far right.

    And that is what might have their panties in twisty knots, being foiled intellectually by someone who isn’t necessarily an intelligent person.

  • charles king

    People, just keep on Critical Thinking and you will be able to solve all the problems coming from these A-H**** with their finger up their A-H****.What? is going on in America. Who? and How? did these (Capitalistic Pigs, Plutocracts, Do-Nothingiers Republicans and Democracts Who? give up all of their integrity and honest about their selves for MONIES. You know Who? they are so VOTE their Stinging A-H**** out of office and put in the People that believe in Democracy. The Vote is still Supreme along with critical thinking so VOTE their A**** OUT. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. MR. C. E. KING