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August 2, 2014

Senator Thad Cochran, Underdog?

Forget about Matt Bevin’s challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky Republican primary or Milton Wolf’s bid to knock off Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in that state’s GOP contest. The Senate primary to watch is Mississippi’s.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel has the best chance of any anti-establishment Senate hopeful to knock off an incumbent, and the defeat of six-term Senate veteran Thad Cochran would send shock waves through both the national media and the Republican Party.

Cochran, the first Republican popularly elected to the Senate in the state’s history, is an institution in the Magnolia State and has the support of most Mississippi GOP officeholders, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and former Gov. Haley Barbour. And Barbour’s nephew, Henry Barbour, is running the super PAC established to get the senator re-elected.

Cochran, 76, is in trouble — in deep trouble — primarily because of changes in the Republican Party. But it’s also true that the senator, and his campaign, didn’t start his re-election effort where they needed to be.

It’s not as if Mississippi Republicans dislike Cochran. Even his critics say that his standing in the party is good. But Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana also had excellent personal ratings, even when he was defeated for re-nomination by Richard Mourdock in 2012. Voters liked Lugar and respected his contributions to the state, but they chose not to re-hire him for another term.

Cochran was first elected to Congress in 1972. Six years later, he won a three-way contest (with only 45 percent) for an open Senate seat. In 1984, Cochran faced his last serious race. He defeated former Gov. William Winter, a Democrat, comfortably with 61 percent to 39 percent. That was 30 years ago.

Cochran’s subsequent easy re-election victories won’t help him this year. In fact, they are now a liability.

“Thad is very rusty,” said one sympathetic Republican. “He has no real organization, and he’s lost touch over the years.”

Still, Cochran, whose style is inherently low-key, is running as energetically as he can, and he has a campaign team that knows the state and how to win elections. But that may not be enough.

The senator’s bigger problem is changes in the GOP and the grassroots’s expectations.

When Cochran was first elected to Congress, members were expected to “bring home the bacon” to their districts or states. That is what Southern Democrats did, and Southern Republicans continued the tradition. The region, after all, was poor and relied on federal spending to boost local economies. So while the GOP faithful whined about federal spending, deficits and debt, they were more concerned about getting their “fair share” of federal dollars.

During the past decade, that changed dramatically. Republican voters started placing a higher priority on dismantling government and cutting taxes and spending, even if it meant their state would no longer get goodies from Capitol Hill. Anti-establishment groups such as the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund drove that message and demanded that GOP officeholders follow the new model.

Cochran, a former chairman of both the Senate Appropriations and Agriculture committees, built his career on bringing federal money back to his state, which continued to have the lowest median household income in the nation in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Earmarks have always been the favored vehicle for senators and appropriators, so it isn’t at all surprising that Cochran has a lengthy history of using them. But now, many conservatives see earmarks as a sign of fiscal irresponsibility and “old style” politics. And that makes Cochran a target.

Cochran’s 2013 score from the Club for Growth was 56 percent. Only two GOP senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, had lower scores.

While today’s conservatives see compromise as violating principle and working with Democrats as a sign of weakness, Cochran has always worked across the aisle, as he did recently on the farm bill with Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan.

And instead of peppering his public comments with fiery, explosive language aimed at demonizing his opponents and energizing his party’s base, Cochran has remained ever the dignified, deferential Southern gentleman that he has been throughout his career.

Those qualities are no longer valued by some in politics.

Chris McDaniel, 41, was elected to the Mississippi state Senate in 2007 and re-elected four years later. He also hosted a conservative radio talk show, first in Hattiesburg and then syndicated nationally. His legislative district stretches from north of Hattiesburg up to an area north of Laurel, putting his political base squarely in Jones County.

The state legislator is articulate, confident and polished. But he is more slick than smooth, and he displays little personal warmth or humility. Critics call him a “plaintiff’s attorney” and complain that he has been hypocritical when it comes to capping jury awards.

But what McDaniel does have is an appealing message, especially to conservatives who feel that Washington doesn’t listen to them and doesn’t reflect their values and interest.

“He’s a bit of a political evangelist. He knows what people want to hear, and he gives it to them. He has only one gear, and it’s great with the tea party crowd and with those Republicans who have had it with Washington,” said one Mississippi Republican who is in Cochran’s corner but is realistic about the seriousness of the threat to the senator.

McDaniel needs to roll up big margins in the Hattiesburg area (Lamar, Forrest and Jones counties), win in blue-collar Jackson County (Pascagoula) and get a big vote out of fast-growing, suburban DeSoto County, a Memphis suburb where voters identify more with Tennessee than with Cochran and Mississippi.

Cochran should do well in Northeastern Mississippi (Tupelo), the Delta (the agricultural area of the state) and metropolitan Jackson, the state’s largest city. He also needs to roll up good margins in Harrison County (Biloxi and Gulfport), the second largest county in the state.

If Cochran does win, it may well be because libertarian McDaniel initially hesitated to say that he would have supported Katrina aid, which was so crucial to rebuilding Mississippi’s coast after the hurricane. Cochran’s allies jumped on the challenger for that, possibly costing him crucial support along the Gulf coast.

This race isn’t complicated. It pits a pragmatic, traditional Southern Republican against an anti-establishment “Constitutional” conservative who opposes compromise and won’t vote for any solution short of dismantling government.

A small turnout probably favors McDaniel, while a big one should benefit Cochran. The senator’s strategists are concerned that Cochran’s supporters don’t yet understand the seriousness of McDaniel’s challenge, and the challenger’s supporters are confident that the energy is with their candidate. As one McDaniel ally put it, “Who’ll vote for Thad energetically?”

The super PAC that supports Cochran has been on the attack, trying to make McDaniel personally unacceptable to state voters who otherwise agree with his anti-Washington, anti-establishment message.

But tea party and libertarian Republican groups are likely to ramp up their spending as the June 3 Mississippi primary approaches. And their message will be loud and clear: Thad Cochran’s time is past and only Chris McDaniel will shake up Washington and change the culture on Capitol Hill.

And that is an incredibly powerful message to Republicans these days.

Cochran probably leads the race right now, but even his allies are uncertain whether he can survive the upcoming attacks.

“I am genuinely concerned,” said one of the senator’s supporters in the state. “There is no question who the political environment favors,” he said, making it clear that there was no need to identify that candidate.

  • therightmano

    Wow! You don’t need to finish the article to see the personal bias of the author.

    We get it! You love the Establishment Cochran and hate the “slick” McDaniel. Unfortunately for you, most of us conservatives don’t share your love for Cochran.

    Cochran has failed to advance conservatism in any meaningful way and it is time for him to come home. “Bringing home the bacon” has feathered his nest and that of his buddies. The rest of us – not so much.

    • Rich-3

      Bring on McDaniel and he will be in the senate along with Murdoch and Aiken and the witch in DE. The hard right never learns. I guess they would rather be on the outside looking in then to be in control in any way.

      • therightmano

        If “being in control” means having the likes of McConnell and Cochran join with Reid and Schumer to sink us deeper and deeper into debt while growing richer and richer, then yep, I’ll prefer to be on the outside looking in.

        I’ll rather have principled conservatives who will join with Cruz in fighting for change… than “Democrats” in Republican garb.

        • Pragmatic Conservative

          Cruz isn’t fighting for change, however, he’s just blindly opposing everything as part of his libertarian anarchist quest to destroy the federal government. The American public wants leaders who will commit to fixing the problems we face, not grandstanders who are good at throwing bombs but not at finding solutions.
          Cruz and his followers are just the flip side of the coin from the Obamabots – rabid ideologues who believe they are so much better and smarter than the rest of us that we should just shut up and do what we are told. They claim to be Constitutionalists, but they reject the very essence of our nation by insisting that the small minority they represent gets to impose its will upon the rest of us regardless of what the voters have chosen. I oppose Obama on almost every level, but the solution is not to replace wannabe dictators with a different set of wannabe dictators.

          • Will

            Firstly, anarchists believe in no government. I know it’s easy to just pick up phrases from other people when you have no ideas of your own but to allege that someone in government wants to end government just makes you sound foolish. Secondly, Cruz, through all his faults, signed onto Kirsten Gillibrand’s bipartisan military sexual assault reform bill, and rejected the influence of DC’s well heeled and well connected power corrupters, which is more than can be said for most members of Congress.

          • Pragmatic Conservative

            I have lots of ideas of my own, and I know exactly what anarchy is. A true libertarian believes in little to no government, with individuals and the markets essentially making all decisions. The next logical step from libertarianism is anarchy, and I have spoken with libertarian scholars who confirm that a true libertarian should be willing to defend anarchy. Since Cruz clearly comes from the libertarian wing of the right, and made his claim as one who believes there are no consequences at all from shutting down the government, it is only logical to believe that he supports the absence of government.

            You simply don’t understand how people work if you don’t believe an anarchist would enter government in order to try to destroy it from this inside. This is essentially the approach Cruz, Lee, Paul, etc, are taking with the GOP – they pretend to be Republicans so they can get the support of the party, but they are really libertarians who home to destroy the GOP and rebuild it in an image more to their liking.

          • jefflll

            “A true libertarian believes in little to no government, with individuals and the markets essentially making all decisions.”

            Wrong, a Libertarian believes in a govt limited in power to what is authorized under the COTUS. It is actually that simple!

          • Larry Boston

            I”m not sure a libertarian constrains his liberty by what the constitution says.

          • jefflll

            Funny, as a registered (L) I actually read the platform of my party and though I don’t agree with some of the issues, I am closer aligned to it rather than the (D)s or (R)s. Yes, it is the party of Liberty and is what a Classical Liberal is (not to be confused with the Progressives Liberals), just as the Founding Fathers were.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            So they want to destroy you RINOs, and you conflate that with “destroying the government”? How strange. “L’etat c’est moi RINOs”… is that how it works?

          • Pragmatic Conservative

            Tea Partiers are the RINOs. They hate the Republican Party and are attempting to destroy it so they can rebuild it as the new Libertarian Party. Tea Party candidates only run as Republicans to access money and grassroots support, as soon as they win they turn their backs on the Party. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, etc., spend far more time trying to damage the Party than to do trying to make it stronger.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Tea Partiers are conservatives, unlike you. You are a RINO.Tea Partiers hate you RINOs.

            Tea Party candidates raise their own money and are grassroots organizations by definition, so your claims there are false, false beyond measure.

            You RINOs think people should do what you want. Sorry, they do what the People want, not you RINOs.

            Stop whining and start winning elections. You RINOs brought on Obama, with your incompetence and failure. We’re going to clean up after you children, now.

          • Pragmatic Conservative

            Tea Partiers hate everyone except the small minority of people who think exactly like them. It’s a badge of honor to be hated by a Tea Partier because it’s proof that I actually think for myself.

            As for raising money, you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. I’ve personally witnessed some of the Tea Party’s favorite candidate accepting financial support from the Republican campaign committees, as well from “establishment” Republicans. They use the GOP to get elected, just like DeMint and Cruz did.

            If the Tea Party believes it’s important do what the people want, they why did Ted Cruz try shut down the government? Polls showed that to be a very unpopular decision. While I’m at it, why won’t the Tea Party accept the results of the elections. The people could have done away with Obamacare, by electing Mitt Romney and a GOP Senate, but they didn’t (their mistake, but also their right to do so under the Constitution). But Tea Partiers think that they have somehow been given the right to run the country, even as they lose election after election.

            As for winning elections, you have no room to talk. The Tea Party is the reason the GOP doesn’t control the Senate now, because you nominated so many idiot candidates for the Senate (Angle, O’Donnell, Mourdock, etc.) and gave away seats a real Republican candidate would have won easily.

            The Tea Party only succeeds at throwing tantrums – not leading and certainly not accomplishing anything. This time, the “establishment” is fighting back and the Tea Party will lose big in numerous primaries around the US. Then the adults get to be in charge again.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Sorry, no, Tea Partiers hate only you RINOs. You are miserable hypocrites, who dare to call yourselves “conservative”. You are RINOs. You are to be despised. You are the problem with this country. The Left is honest about their socialism. You RINOs lie about yours, and that’s why the Tea Party hates you.

            The Tea Party gets elected, and raises its own money. It’s not your money, it’s not your RINOs money, it’s money that goes to Tea Party candidates. Sorry, son, but not everybody has to do what you RINOs think they should do . It’s not “your” money. Your sense of RINO entitlement is one of the more despicable things about you despicable RINOs.

            The People want the budget balanced, lad. You RINOs can whimper all you want, but that’s the way it is. You RINOs want to spend as badly as your lefty soulmates. Stop whimpering about Cruz. He’s a conservative. You’re a RINO.

            And it’s obvious you want to go along with Obama. I’m starting to think you’re a pure leftist, and not just a RINO. Are you a part of the Left, son?

            The Tea Party isn’t losing “election after election”, you dolt. You are delusional. Get ready for another shellacking, as a matter of fact.

            No, lad, those Senate seats were not available “easily”. And the only reason the House flipped was because of the Tea Party, it certainly wasn’t because of you progressives.

            Don’t count your chickens, my progressive friend. These primaries are going to be quite ugly for you progressives. With any luck, Cochran, Graham and McConnell could all go down. Those are your “adults”, who people despise.

          • Pragmatic Conservative

            You clearly twisted much of what I said in my last post, so either you aren’t smart enough to understand what I said, or you are twisting it intentionally because you know you can’t argue with those points. Either way, this is my last post as I know better than to try to explain facts to someone with a completely closed mind.

            That said, Tea Partiers hate everyone who is to their left, i.e. if a Tea Partier is a 10 on the right wing scale, they believe that anyone at a 9 or less is a liberal and must be despised. It’s this complete and total lack of understanding of anything other than the extreme viewpoint that makes them unfit for office. Rather than work with those of us or are 6s, 7s, 8s and 9s, you would rather let the Democrats (1s and 2s) have control of government so you can have a “pure” party. It’s your inability to be able to tell the difference between a 2 and an 8 that shows your stupidity.

            If you don’t recognize that Tea Partiers are losing elections, there isn’t much more to say, as you obviously refuse to acknowledge reality. Democrat Sens. Reid, Donnelly, Bennet, Coons, and McCaskill all hold office because the they ran against Tea Partiers rather than real Republicans.

            If the People want the Tea Party agenda so badly, can you explain why they haven’t voted for it? Why did polls show that the People rejected Cruz’s shutdown? Why do Democrats keep winning Senate seats if the People disagree with their agenda? Why did Obama beat Romney if the people rejected Obama’s ideas (you have to be amazingly ignorant to not recognize that Romney was far more conservative than Obama). The fact that the Tea Party helped win the House for the GOP (while still being a small minority of the entire GOP Caucus) does not grant them authority to impose their will on the entire country, only the People can do that and the People have not put you in charge.

            Real Republicans, like myself, want a smaller government, lower taxes, and a balanced budget. We are just smart enough to realize that you don’t get their by shutting down the government, and telling everyone who disagrees with you that they are communists. Instead, we plan on defeating Democrats by developing better plans to fix our problems, taking back the Senate, and taking the White House in 2016 with a message that resonates with conservatives and moderates, since you can’t win with only the extreme right alone. Tea Partiers are content to defeat Republicans and then lose to Democrats so that Obama can remain in charge. That’s not acceptable to those of us who want to actually fix this country.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            No twisting, lad. You’re a RINO. We conservatives hate you RINOs. And you stopped posting anything intelligent long ago, so it’s best you stop posting period, as you claim to be about to do.

            We conservatives and Tea Partiers hate you RINOs. We don’t hate everybody, but we hate you RINOs. You are leftists who claim to be “conservative”, but you’re actually big spending progressives who want leftism just as much as the Left. Which would all be fine, if you’d be honest about it… but you lie and claim to be “conservative”. That’s why you RINOs are so hated. You are hypocritical liars.

            Tea Partiers win elections That’s why the US House flipped, adn that’s why state houses and governor’s mansions flipped all across the country, to a degree not seen in the last nearly 100 years . It’s the Tea Party, not you RINO hypocritical liars. You are delusional. You are a RINO troll, as mentioned earlier. Nobody but a troll could be so severed from reality as you are .

            The People are voting for the Tea Party, lad, as mentioned above. It’s only your delusions saying that they don’t. Now, you RINOs and your lefty soulmates can block change, no doubt, but it’s coming eventually. You establishment hacks can’t hold off the tide forever.

            Oh, and Willard was not “far more conservative” than Obama, lad. He invented ObomneyCare, in case you didn’t know and he loves spending big and global warmingism and all the rest of the lefty nonsense .He’s a progressive RINO, just like you.

            And no, you RINOs don’t want a smaller government and less spending. You love massive government and debt and spending. It’s your life. It’s what you love. That’s why the country hates you. Check the polls, lad. EVERYBODY hates you types. That’s why you’re getting defeated in primaries, and general elections, even as the Tea Party wins.

          • appman

            Cut govt employees by 50% and move on

          • FormerEYstud

            I’m starting to question the math skills of the tea party. You think cutting 50% of government employees is going to balance the budget?

          • appman

            It’s a start and far better than obummer and raisng the debt by 6 trillion.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …so you’re a RINO then.

            Not that there’s anything wrong with that, unless you don’t want the country to be buried in debt and flooded with illegal aliens soaking up welfare benefits and filling our prisons.

            Oh, and you don’t love global warmingism.

          • Rich-3

            How are Sens Aiken, Murdoch and the witch and Ingle doing? All those seats should be republican right now. Keep towing that line and we will lose out again this term.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            No, those seats were never anything near close to being sure bets. Not Aiken against McCaskill, not Mourdoch against a populist fiscal moderate, and not Angle against the Senate majority leader.

            Sorry, but you RINOs were incompetent losers, and now the People are shunting you aside and electing conservatives, and the populist Tea Party is the expression of that movement.

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com/ Goon’s ND Redneck

            He sounds like an establishment RINO that wants the GOP to make nice with Harry Reid.

          • appman

            President Cruz — the new President Ronald Reagan

          • jack

            He was the only man in the senate willing to stand up and take some heat in order to save the country from Obama care. The rest of the so-called conservatives and ready to grumble and make noises to appease the base while taking great care to do absolutely nothing that has any effect. We must be gentlemen and maintain the correct decorum while to country goes to the dogs. That is what passes for leadership among pragmatic losers.

          • Pragmatic Conservative

            Would you think a military leader was a hero if charged into battle, undermanned, underarmed, and with no clear strategy for victory? Of course, not. But that’s what Cruz did and for some reason Tea Partiers think that was a brilliant move. Cruz didn’t have the votes to win – the Democrats control the Senate and Obama would have vetoed anything that repealed Obamacare. Cruz had no plan for what to do next after the shutdown, his plan was to shut things down and not worry about anything after that – sheer stupidity. Everyone knew the GOP would get all the blame for the shutdown, but Cruz was too stupid to care. This idiotic idea that the media would somehow blame Obama for the shutdown for not signing a repeal bill had no basis in reality. Nothing about what Cruz did made any sense from either a political or policy perspective. Yet that is what passes for leadership amongst right wing extremists.

            If the people wanted Obamacare repealed as much as you think, they would have voted for Romney and put the GOP in charge of the Senate. But they didn’t. Heck, if the Tea Party wanted Obamacare repealed that badly, they would have worked to elect Romney. Instead, they sat at home and whined about how they didn’t get their ideal candidate, and did nothing to stop Obama from being reelected. The result is, you have no credibility when complaining about Obama because YOU put him back in office.

            Elections have consequences, and the consequence is that you don’t get to run things when the people don’t vote you into power. The Tea Party represents a small minority of the GOP, and yet somehow, they think they have been granted the authority to run our entire government without any regard for what the people voted for.

            If you want charge, start working with the GOP to get change, rather than focus all your energy on trying to destroy the GOP because it doesn’t fully represent your extremist views. If you aren’t willing to work WITH us, then stop complaining about the Democrats because you are effectively working for them.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Yes, you despicable RINO hacks call we fiscally responsible conservatives “extremists”. That’s why the entire country hates you RINOs, lad. EVERYBODY hates you RINO hacks.

            Your hero Willard wasn’t going to repeal ObomneyCare, laddie, simply because he INVENTED ObomneyCare. He’s a progressive dolt, just like all you RINOs. You idiots love big government. You love it. You are Obama’s clone.

            Yes, elections have consequences, including the one of 2010, when you RINOs got the boot all across the country. It’s shaping up that more of you despicable RINOs are going to be getting the boot in 2014 . Shut up and deal with it. The country, all of it, hates you RINOs. These elections are proving it.

            Yes, we want change, and to get that, we have to destroy you RINOs, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. You idiots better plan on surrendering soon, because it’s only going to get worse for you. Your time is over. The entire country hates you, not just we conservatives.

        • Rich-3

          People like you ensure that Reid and Schumer stay in control. Keep playing the purity game and you will continue to be on the outside looking in. Bring on Aiken!!! Right!!

          • the viceroy’s gin

            No, it’s you RINOs who put those idiots in power. We conservatives rejected you, because of your RINOism. But slowly and surely, your RINO heroes are being liquidated. Cochran next, per this discussion.

      • Will

        Firstly, Todd *Akin* received no support from fiscal conservatives in his primary. As a proud earmarker, his constituency was rock hard social conservatives, and he only won the primary because Claire McCaskill ran ads to help him win the primary. Look it up. Secondly, Mississippi is not going to elect a Democrat to the Senate, period, let alone one who voted for the stimulus, voted for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, and opposes repealing Obamacare.

        • chillinout.

          Most tea partier are social conservatives though, hence why the tea party still voted for Akin (though he handily lost), and although unlikely a democrat in Mississippi could win, it isn’t impossible

          • Ready… for Prison

            You do an awful lot of generalizing about groups of people you know little to nothing about. Happily, the English language has a compact term for people like you. It calls them “bigots.”

          • Prankster-in-Chief

            Sometime the “stupid” just oozes.

          • Will

            Theres a big difference between holding views that fall in line with fiscal conservatism and coming from that wing of the party. Chris Christie technically holds the same views on social issues as Todd Akin but no one would dispute that he comes from a very different wing of the party. The point I was making was that Chris McDaniel comes from the fiscally conservative wing of the party, and especially in Mississippi that means he is going to have an easy path to victory, should he win the primary.

          • Rich-3

            Christie holds none of those views except in words. I always love the poll that says personally I am against this and that yet never puts the vote on the line for any of those things. That is Chunk to a T.

          • Will

            Oh I wasn’t aware that you were psychic. So cool that you can see into Chris Christie’s mind.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Yes, it is.

          • mabramso

            It is in the current political environment. A Democrat could have won there in 2008 with a massive Obama wave (and only if there had been a scandal with the GOP candidate), but not in 2014, when the President has such low approval ratings there and Dem turnout is likely to be somewhat depressed. All McDaniel has to do is win the primary and then he can simply post positive ads all during the general election and pretty much ignore his opponent. If the polls tighten (within 10 points) he can go negative and link Childers to Obama. The Democrat won’t get much support from the Democrat Party because they won’t view it as money well spent (which it isn’t). In fact, I would wager that, no matter who wins the primary, ALL of the big non-partisan prognosticators (Cook, Rothenberg, Sabato, Silver) will maintain the rating of this race as SAFE REPUBLICAN every single day of the campaign.

        • Rich-3

          Yea, look up the witch, Murdoch and Ingle. Those seats as well as Aiken were solid republican seats but I do not see any of those people as senators. The dems were so afraid of republicans in DE that they could not even get a solid person to run. Thanks!!!

          • the viceroy’s gin

            No matter how often you repeat your bilge, it’s still bilge.

          • Rich-3

            kind of like saying republicans could not lose those seats but they did. Keep dreaming.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            No matter how often you build that strawman and knock it down, it’s still a strawman.

          • mabramso

            Wow, you know very little about state demographics. First, Delaware is a VERY liberal state. The ONLY reason the seat was in play for the GOP was a perfect combination the GOP thought they had — their candidate was the sitting 20-year at-large House candidate (elected statewide), who was a former governor, quite well-known and well-liked, and was running in a really good GOP year (2010). However, because he was a pretty much a RINO (which is why he was able to win statewide), conservatives wanted an alternative. And yes, it was complete suicide — the perfect being the enemy of the good. Second, Nevada is not a red state. It is a purple state, which voted for Obama twice by pretty healthy margins. Yes, Reid should have lost in 2010 because the GOP had everything going for it. If it were a beet red state like Utah, Angle would have won, but it wasn’t. Third, Indiana does lean conservative but has a pretty strong history of electing Senators and Governors from both parties. And if Mourdock had run in 2010, he might have even survived his ridiculous comments. But this was 2012, and Indiana had actually voted for Obama in 2008.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Mourdock still might have won, but the RINO establishment cut him down at the knees, behind the scenes.

            Reid might have lost, but the Mormon vote went for him rather than the R candidate, and that was critical. You have to work to suss that out from the exit polls, but it’s there. That and the entire D establishment getting on board for the Senate majority leader rather than seeing the second consecutive D leader get whacked was the difference there. That race was unwinnable.

          • Rich-3

            Again, you are proving my point. Not that I need your help but keep trying. People like you who would prefer 100 witches in the senate end up with nothing. He would have helped get the senate in republican control and thinking like you that we only want people right of Khan will ensure future witches and future losses. Your whole post is proof positive that you have to take the wins where you can get them to win control and forcing the same candidate in every state ensures defeat. Keep trying though because it has worked so good, right?

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Problem for your delusional philosophy, lad, is that the Tea Party is likely forcing a US Senate flipover this election. I’d put it at no better than 50-50 the Left holds it, in fact.

          • Rich-3

            Talk about delusional. Nominate more witches and the dems will pick up senate seats. Heck GA may get flushed down the toilet with the nuts running there and we are trying to toss MS down there too. Keep up the good work and the dems will have 60 votes in the upper chamber.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Sorry, lad, but it’s 50-50 that the US Senate flips, and the odds are likely much greater than that. You’re delusional.

            All of this and the US House flip years ago is due to the Tea Party, your delusions notwithstanding.

      • appman

        The lib candidate has no chance anyway.

        • Rich-3

          Yea, Indiana was solid republican too but we know how that turned out.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …another strawman, lad?

            Bayh was senator there for some years. You don’t seem to know much about politics, other than your strawmen.

          • Rich-3

            Evan Bayh was no democrat like we have now and would not win if he ran again. He ran on dad’s name and the fact that he seemed in line with conservative voters and that is how he won. Seems like you need a lesson in politics. Bayh got in the same way Jr Casey won in PA. Now back to your strawman, how is that witch doing in DE?

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Oh so now you’re backtracking, now that your Indiana strawman got exposed?

            The witch is doing fine, lad. She knocked off that RINO piece of shyte Castle, and that’s what was important there.

          • Rich-3

            You are seriously on something buddy. I just showed how IN was a lock republican state and we lost it because of people like you and you think I am backtracking. You are still defending the witch and proud of it. People like you shoot off your nose to spite your face. Good luck with that buddy. Try again.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            No, you just admitted that IN wasn’t a lock R state, after you first blathered that it was. You’re delusional, like all you progressives.

            You’re the one jabbering about the witch, lad. I’m glad your RINO piece of shyte Castle got whacked. I want more of you pieces of RINO shyte to get whacked, just like that. Cochran, McConnell, Graham, McLiar… let’s whack all the RINO pieces of shyte. They’re no good to we conservatives, they’re only helpful to you progressives.

          • mabramso

            I would rather have had Castle than the Democrat that is in there now.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            What’s the difference? They’re both progressives. You’ll also note the bearded commie has started voting against some of Obama’s nominees, too. Castle the RINO scumbag would probably be voting for them .

          • mabramso

            Well, for one, if the GOP had actually put up electable candidates in 2010 and 2012 (e.g., O’Donnell, Akin, Mourdock, Buck, Angle, Berg), Harry Reid would not be the majority leader and Obama would not have been able to change the rules and pack the DC Court of Appeals with liberal judges.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Who cares if you RINOs get nominated? You’re no different than Obama.

            Romney invented ObomneyCare. Do you RINOs still not understand how ridiculous you look preaching your progressive but not really progressive nonsense makes you look? Seriously? Come on. Wake up. It’s long past time.

            Castle was a RINO piece of shyte. The bearded commie might as well have the seat, but the important thing was the message sent, and the day after that primary destroyed Castle, Snowe, Graham, McLiar and 2-3 other careerist RINO hacks popped up whimpering in pain. That’s what was important that year in DE, not your RINO piece of shyte Castle, who matters not.

            Buck was a point away from victory. Are you telling me you’re taking some kind of message from a purple state 1-point margin election? Seriously? How long have you been watching politics? Maybe you just read the NY Times and repeat what they tell you.

            See above for the Angle election.

            You need to get into this in more detail, and not preach the RINO line.

          • Rich-3

            People like you gave the senate to the dems and try to blame others. Keep it up and they will have 60 seats next election.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            No, actually, you RINOs gave the US Senate to the Left, in 2006. We conservatives are in process of flipping it, by destroying you RINOs.

          • Rich-3

            Funny way of winning it back. You really trying to lose seats first so you can win back more? We had at least 4 in the bag last cycle and the nuts stopped that from happening. Thank for you very much, gin.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Yes, you RINO hacks would find conservatism “funny”, no doubt.

            You RINOs had progressive RINO stupidity “in the bag”, lad, but nothing other than that. We conservatives are cleaning up the mess you Obama clones brought on, by destroying as many of your RINO buddies as we can. Best you step aside and watch.

          • Rich-3

            Man, you really have no clue. I bet if you knew me you would find I was more conservative then you but with a brain. You really are unhinged. Bring them all down and you have 5 people in the house and 1 in the senate. Keep up he good fight.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Oh we conservatives know you RINOs, lad. That’s why we’re destroying you, one by one. We know you and we hate you, just like the rest of the country hates you.

          • Rich-3

            You really have been hitting too much gin. You moving to Texas and succeeding from the Union? I will give you credit for losing seats we should still have but nice work anyhow.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            You’re delusional.

            It’s a good thing we conservatives are getting rid of you delusional RINOs, though. That’s facilitating our flipping of the US Senate in 2014.

          • Rich-3

            My points exactly but the gin drinker thinks Rick Santorum or the witch could win in every state. I think he actually is still wondering why a witch could not win in a solid dem state. They must all take a blood oath for the gin drinker to support them.

          • Rich-3

            Thanks to the nuts we sent a witch to do a man’s job and lost big time. Worked out real good for the dems.

          • mabramso

            Bayh’s Dad was defeated by Dan Quayle over 30 years ago — that’s ancient history.

          • Rich-3

            Again, proving my point that this was a solid republican seat that the tea party tossed into the wind. Thanks, try again

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …you’re delusional if you think that’s a solid R seat. FYI, Indiana went for Obama in 2008, you dolt.

          • Rich-3

            Again, you prove my point with every post. Lugar would be senator right now if not for the nut Murdoch. You are the one that is delusional. The sate is completely republican except for the lone senate seat that the viceroy supported. Nice work and try again.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            No, you’re delusional in describing Indiana as anything other than a swing state. The facts prove your delusions.

            Yes, RINO Lugar might still be senator of Indiana if he’d won that primary, and he would have won that primary if he wasn’t a RINO careerist hack, which is why he got whacked.

            And RINO careerist political hacks are no different than any other of you progressives, so they need to be destroyed in every case. They are, fyi. 2014 will be no different.

          • Rich-3

            I hope you put the breakables away before you star ranting. Lugar would be senator no ifs or buts. If 2014 will be no different by your standards then republicans will actually lose seats and the dems will be closer to 60 votes. Keep up the good work and put down the knife.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            You’re delusional, but we conservatives and Tea Party will be taking over the US Senate in 2014, lad.

            But I’ll be happy to take your money, if you’re claiming the Left will gain seats. I’m pleased to take advantage of your delusions.

      • Larry Boston

        I don’t think a Democrat can win in Mississippi like they did in Indiana, Missouri, and Delaware. Mississippi is as red as it gets right now.

      • jack

        If we send Cochran back for another six years then what you describe is the guaranteed result in any case. Calling Cochran a conservative is simply a insult to conservatives everywhere. Yet we end up being held responsible for all the damage he does. Better to have a democrat take the seat so we can at least have some honesty, and get our house in order, and get our enemies out in front of us where we can face them head on. If we do manage to elect McDaniel, then we have at least some sort of shot to produce real change. Besides which, Cochran and his buddy Haley Barbour’s are for sale to the highest bidder and are totally corrupted. They have been raking it in for years and playing the voters for suckers.

    • octagon999

      Not sure Stu could be any more ham-fisted in his treatment of McDaniel. Nice objective piece, Mr. Rothenburg. /sarc

  • strathead

    What a perfect article to point out the problem with our Federal Government system. A Senator should be fighting for his state in Congress, but Congress and the Federal government system should be saying no. At some point, the no became, if you scratch my back I will scratch yours. From farm subsidies to highway funds, to building bridges, to Katrina or Sandy or flood relief aid, the Federal Government as a whole should be saying no, while Senators and Reps from those areas beg.

  • GameTime

    Guess that Cochran needs to remind voters what he’s done for them and remind them that “all that glitters is not gold.”

  • 633

    Unmentioned: the age factor. The changing electorate demographics has a “new voter” bias which mitigates the advantage of an incumbent. That is particularly true in a state like Mississippi, which has a minimal chance of electing he Democrat. It is however a failing premise in battleground states where a brutal primary and/or right fringe candidate can empower the opposing party (see Nevada and Harry Reid).

    • the viceroy’s gin

      Yes, Lugar and Cochran and the Utah guy had to go. Hatch should have gone, too. Same McConnell. McCain should certainly be gone in 2016. These old geezers have been corrupting the system too long .

      • 633

        The issue isn’t whether they should go. That’s a fair premise (6 terms is more than enough). The issue is who supplants them as a candidate: an Angle/Murdock type is a loser. The replacement needs to be a winner.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          Angle was not going to beat Harry Reid. He took the lefty vote and the Mormons, too. You’re letting the Left and RINOs write your script.

          Mourdock lost to a populist D, socially conservative, fiscally moderate. He didn’t lose, the other guy just matched him, with rhetoric at least. Bayh used to do the same thing. Regardless, it was time for Lugar to go. Same as McConnell.

      • JayfromBrooklyn

        Hmmm. Instead of Lugar we got a Democrat.

        And, do you really want McConnell to lose to Alison Grimes?

        • the viceroy’s gin

          See above. There wasn’t much difference between the D and Lugar, who was an ancient RINO hack.

          I want McConnell gone. He’s a corrupt swine. I think the other guy can win it anyway. That same state just elected Rand Paul, why wouldn’t they elect another conservative?

          • mabramso

            Yes, But Nevin has had some really bad press lately, and it is very doubtful he can pull of the win over McConnell.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Yes, the RINOs have successfully brought their establishment Beltway cash to bear, and blasted away at their champion McConnell’s primary opponent. It’s hard to take down these entrenched, careerist RINO hacks, no doubt.

      • mabramso

        The Utah guy, Bennett, was actually quite conservative most of the time — certainly to the right of McCain or Graham or Cochran, but Lee was more conservative, and Bennett was not as well-liked in Utah as Hatch.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          He voted the RINO line, and particularly as regards TARP and a few other items. Good riddance.

  • Ted PA

    Mainstream media mischaracterized the tea party, when in fact it is a highly principled, non-partisan group that is dyed-in-the-wool American in its truest sense. It remembers what our country stands for and how we got that way. Many see the changes occurring that brand us European, not American.

    • JayfromBrooklyn

      So, you consider calling your opponents un-american to be acceptable political rhetoric?

      • lukeliberty

        no, that is harry reid’s way

        • JayfromBrooklyn

          Exactly my point. Let’s not stoop to Reid’s McCarty-ism.

      • jefflll

        Jay, quit being a drama queen. He stated that what is going on especially within the (D) party as resembling more European policies than American policies, ya know, socialist lite.

        • JayfromBrooklyn

          So attack the policies without attacking the nationalism of your opponents.

          Unless it is a foreign policy debate, in which case it is legit to attack the commitment to the countries standing.

          • jefflll

            Huh? What are you talking about? American policies differ from European policies mainly on how much govt is supposed involved, as per the COTUS. The govt has gone well past its authority as laid out in the COTUS, therefore it looks more of the European top down governance, not the govt of we the people, from the bottom dictating to the top on how our society should operate.

          • Larry Boston

            Every law that has been passed has likewise passed the muster of being constitutional as outlined by,…….., wait for it……….the constitution. A few have been struck down by the supreme court, as per the constitution. All the amendments to the constitution become amendments as per the rules of the constitution including directly electing Senators and establishment of the income tax.

            Now you can come up with some BS that the founding fathers didn’t intend it that way. So. They defined in the constitution how to amend it and how laws that violate the constitution be dealt with, the Supreme Court.

            Quit trying to pretend that the laws that pass congress are not constitutional, that’s the supreme courts job, not yours or Mark Levins.

          • jefflll

            “Quit trying to pretend that the laws that pass congress are not constitutional, that’s the supreme courts job, not yours or Mark Levins.”

            First off, I will do what I please, when I please.

            Secondly, the COTUS 10th Amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Pretty clear, even for you. You don’t like it, amend the COTUS.

            Because the congress refuses to enforce the amendment by taking these violations to the SCOTUS, does not mean that citizens should not take this seriously.

            What, do you think the rest of us think the same as you folks in MA, where you continuously elect a hit and run killer to the Senate for decades and call him part of the “American Royal Family”, or a fake Indian white girl who used Affirmative Action to get hired to Harvard and then was elected to the Senate TO REPRESENT YOU? You guys in MA don’t like enforcing laws, but don’t think that the rest of us feel the same. Honestly, I could really give a rip what a Leftie MA loon thinks of my post anyhow.

            By the way, Mark Levin is a real Constitutional lawyer, not like your idol.

          • TwentyFirstCenturyAmerican

            A guy that graduated from a third rate temple university law school is a real constitutional lawyer, and the President, who graduated from the prestigious Harvard law school and served as the editor of Harvard Law Review based on his academic standing, isn’t. Sounds like the usual stupid republican logic (or non-logic) to me.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            The founding fathers didn’t say “how laws that violate the constitution be dealt with, the Supreme Court”.

            That’s a lie told by you progressives and RINOs.

    • chillinout.

      What is America if not a European version of a melting pot? The tea party wants to turn America into a neo-conservative Russia like society, hardly American, and hardly where we should be heading

      • http://www.theclassicalliberal.com The Classical Liberal

        What? Small, constitutionally-limited government equals Russia? If you want to keep this analogy – it’s the Democratic Party’s love of centralized power that more closely resembles Putin’s Russia.

        The Tea Party Republicans want to reign in Imperial Washington.

        • JayfromBrooklyn

          rein.

          • http://www.theclassicalliberal.com The Classical Liberal

            thank you :-)

            “reign in Imperial Washington” has a completely different meaning than “rein in Imperial Washington.”

          • JayfromBrooklyn

            :-)

      • jack

        You are an effing idiot traitor.

      • JayfromBrooklyn

        Russia is not conservative, or neo-conservative. It is totalitarian. Tea Party believes in personal freedom. Neocons believe in a pro-freedom foreign policy, and in fighting terrorism.

        The two movements are not mutually exclusive,, but they are very different movements.

    • FormerEYstud

      last time i checked, every person who is running under the tea party slogan is conservative. how is it non-partisan?

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …”partisan” is defined as beholden to a political party. The Tea Party is surely not considered beholden to the Republican Party, most of which it despises.

  • JayfromBrooklyn

    This article is overwrought. If Thad loses, it will be another old guy who didn’t even bother running being turn out to the pasture. Nothing more.

    • jack

      That and the fact that he is totally owned by the Ag lobby. Hence he is totally in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens. They guy is stupid and greedy. He would give away our country just to save a few pennies on the price of tomatoes.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        Yes, I want him bounced. I thought Graham was a better target, and he still may be, but Cochran is worth taking down as well.

  • redstone357

    Joe Carr can beat Lamar Alexander here in TN. And its the same thing we like Lamar and appreciate his work but his is too old and it is time for us to retire him since he never will. We need younger guys that can carry the fight against obama….Alexander is just going along to get along in the Senate.

  • David Levey

    For a data guy, Rothenberg doesn’t have much in the way of polling or other data to back this hypothesis up. Latest RCP listed poll shows Cochran up by +17. What is the game here, Stu?

  • Starboard

    We’ve all heard for ages that the smart thing for the GOP to do is to tolerate and run wishy-washy types like Susan Collins, Scott Brown and Carly Fiorina in deep blue states in order to have a chance to win elections. And that’s the way things have turned out.
    The obvious corollary is that the GOP should nominate only the most hard-core, Constitutional conservatives in deep red states – like Mississippi, where a Democrat can no longer be elected. That is exactly the kind of strategic thinking which retired former Senator Bennett from Utah and replaced him with Mike Lee.
    I support both facets of that strategy, because either one by itself is a recipe for impotence.
    The Democrats know that and practice that. You don’t see the Dems nominate pro-gun control urban females like Feinstein, Boxer or Pelosi for Senate seats in Idaho or Wyoming or even Texas. (See the transformation of Wendy Davis for proof of this.)
    The key is getting control of the government with the right people in leadership. Backbenchers are a dime a dozen. Cochran’s been a backbencher, an appropriator. McDaniel will be a warrior, attacking Democrats 24/7/365.

    • chillinout.

      While it’s likely democrats won’t be able to pick up a senate seat regardless of who’s running, republicans held the same inevitability in Indiana and North Dakota last year, and look how that turned out

      • Starboard

        I don’t advise running scared. It doesn’t get anyone, Republicans or Democrats, very far.
        I don’t see any Heath Shuler or Bart Stupak Democrats running in Vermont.
        Better to run smart. And smart is having the most conservative and competent elected officials possible in the most conservative states and districts.
        Plus, as the British commandos say, “He who dares, wins.”

      • mabramso

        Indiana and North Dakota are not as conservative as Mississippi. ND actually had two Democrat Senators for a VERY long time. The GOP picked up one seat in 2010 (due to retirement), but failed in 2012 because their nominee turned out to be pretty lousy. Because MS is so conservative, the only way the GOP loses the seat is if McDaniel defeats Cochran and then commits a gaffe as bad as Akin did. And in MS, even that may not be enough.

    • jack

      The time when people simply voted for parochial self interest, when they voted for who could grab the most money from Washington, is long past. Folks are facing an existential crisis. The corporate interests and the immigration lobbies are taking our country and bringing in a bunch of brown Hispanic folk and Chinese. These new immigrants steal our jobs and they don’t understand american culture and they are not like us. In fact they hate our guts. Regardless, without asking anyone, the big cheeses in Washington think it is their god given right to invite whoever they like into our country. It increases their profit, so to heck with the rest of us! After all we just live here. They have no hesitation to destroy the country if it increases their profit margin or their return on capital. It is time to make it clear that the ownership of the nation resides with the current inhabitants. We say who comes and who goes. And we have had enough immigrants.

      • Pragmatic Conservative

        If you are as opposed to immigration as you say, then feel free to deport yourself ASAP, since unless you are a Native American then you came from immigrants yourself.

        • jack

          I’ll blow your head off first.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          You’re not “pragmatic”, and you’re certainly not conservative. You’re just a troll.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …a RINO troll, to be exact.

        • jack

          I say this country belongs to me. Come and take it if you’r hard enough.

      • Starboard

        There are many reasons to retire Thad Cochran and replace him with a small-government, small-business conservative. His position on immigration is one of them – a very important one.

    • mabramso

      Your comments are pretty much dead on. I like the Buckley Rule — nominate the most conservative ELECTABLE person. The problem with O’Donnell and Angle is that they were never electable. Akin and Mourdock probably would have won, had they not made horrific gaffes.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        The Buckley Rule has brought on $18T of debt and presidents starting wars in Libya and Syria and Ukraine with no Congressional approval, and making law by executive order.

        Sorry, but that’s what’s brought on the RINO careerist hacks who are destroying this country. It’s time to destroy you RINOs, now. You are the problem today, not the Left, which is honest about their socialism, unlike you RINOs.

        • mabramso

          Ah, so even William F. Buckley is a RINO in your book. LOL. Are you a John Birch Society kind of person?

          FYI, you have chosen to completely misinterpret my position. I am all FOR Cruz, Paul, Lee, etc. in the Senate. They actually WIN their Senate races! But I would rather have a Scott Brown than an Elizabeth Warren and a Mike Castle than Chris Coons. And Ronald Reagan would agree!

          But if you want permanent minority status because the more moderate candidates in moderate states aren’t pure enough for you, hey, it’s a free country.

          And it isn’t the Buckley Rule that brought those things. That would be the voters.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Actually, lad, I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like $18T deficits passed down to my grandchildren, and endless wars started on a president’s whim, massive government, and the rest of the madness you RINOs cherish so.

            We conservatives will leave you RINOs to pleasure yourselves with your “Buckley Rule”, while we clean up the mess you RINO hacks have inflicted upon the country.

            I’m not misinterpreting anything, lad. You’re a RINO. Scott Brown is a RINO hack, as proven by his carpetbagging into NH. Only you RINOs are celebrating that lump . And to repeat, there is no difference between the bearded commie and Castle the RINO piece of shyte. None. You progressive RINOs are same same as the Left. You both love massive government and debt.

            We conservatives and Tea Party took over the US House in 2010, along with governors’ mansions and state houses across the country. We held all that in 2012, or expanded it, despite you RINO hacks putting a RINO piece of shyte at the top of the ticket . We’ll take over the US Senate in 2014, and likely expand in the states.

            You are delusional if you think all of the above implies “permanent minority status”.

            You are D E L U S I O N A L.

            Or perhaps it’s drugs. I suggest, either way, you get some help and try to understand stone cold reality. I’ve posted that above. That’s political reality, completely apart from your RINO delusions.

            And we conservatives and Tea Partiers did and will be doing that, not you despicable RINO hacks, who everybody in this country hates, and I mean EVERYBODY.

          • mabramso

            Wow, so now everyone who AGREES with you on almost all policy issues but disagrees only on electoral strategy is a RINO? Really? That’s really quite pathetic.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            You don’t agree with me, lad. I’m a conservative. You’re a RINO.

            You are also D E L U S I O N A L.

          • mabramso

            I am a Reagan conservative and always have been. I am pro-life, pro-gun, anti-gay-marriage, anti-illegal immigration, like the tea party, and cannot stand the Obama administration and it’s obscene levels of debt and spending. Didn’t like Bush much either, except for his 2 Supreme Court nominees (though I was certainly unpleasantly surprised by Roberts’ ACA decision). If I am a RINO, then there is no such thing as a Republican. Please cite an example of any ISSUE that I have disagreed with you on. Electoral strategy does not count — with that, I only want to WIN and toss the Democrats out on their ear.

            And please stop calling me lad, geezer. I am 51, a retired Air Force officer, PhD mathematician, happily married with seven children.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            It really doesn’t matter what you say you are, lad. You RINOs prove what you are by what you advocate. You’re a RINO because you think advocating conservatism means being in a “permanent minority status”, when clearly as you’ve been shown above, advocating conservatism and destroying you RINOs has brought on a conservative revolution across the country .

            This isn’t opinion, it is fact.

            Again, I don’t care what you say you are, lad. That means nothing. I know what you advocate, and it is false.

            Further, it is D E L U S I O N A L.

            You are a RINO chump. You are nothing like a conservative .

          • mabramso

            And you, old geezer, are simply a liar, and you know you are.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            No, lad, providing facts doesn’t make one a liar.

            However, your telling the lie that advocating conservatism will result in “permanent minority status” makes you a liar, and the hard data and facts demonstrate that to the rest of us.

            You may not be a liar though, it might just be that
            you are D E L U S I O N A L.

  • kenpuck

    Conservatives are incendiary and “slick,” according to Stu. Have been a conservative all my life, yet didn’t know that. Thanks for the insight, Stu.

  • Charles Lufkin

    Cochran is being supported by amnesty, cheap labor pimp–Haley Barbour.Haley is a repugnant establishment,amnesty,shill

  • appman

    Geez!

    I’m available!
    — Alex Sink

  • jack

    Kill the dinosaur.

  • pneville

    This is total bunk. Cochran is in no trouble and Mississippi will forever remain a “bringing home the bacon” state. These articles on Cochran are all the rage by the main street press but they never back them with any polls.

    • I Am Breitbart

      Show me where Thad is ahead……………and as far as “main street press” they are in the tank for Cochran as must as the MSM is for Obama. Try again.

      • pneville

        I did not write the column. I am questioning it based on 50 plus years of experience in Mississippi politics both as Democrat and now as a Republican.

        • I Am Breitbart

          Well, in case you missed it, politics have changed and changed tremendously…………..even in Mississippi. So, maybe you should look at your 50 plus years of experience out of a very jaundiced eye. Just sayin’……………………

          • pneville

            Your qualifications?

          • I Am Breitbart

            I pay attention, read and am involved……………..those are my qualifications. I don’t need 50 years to know when times change.

          • pneville

            I mean are you from Mississippi. What have you read about Mississippi politics. What campaigns have worked on in Mississippi. If none of the above you have your right to an uninformed opinion but no right to ridicule mine.

          • I Am Breitbart

            All of the above………..so there we are. Seems we are the epitome of current politics. Thad vs. Chris!

          • pneville

            OK then. How about your comments on an aspect of Mississippi politics the MSM seems to miss on Thad’s race. As you know we do not register by party in Mississippi. The polling that has been done on the primary has polled Republicans. They show Thad ahead but the race narrowing. There will be a large number of Democrats voting in the Republican primary because there are no contests in the Democratic primaries and many establishment white Democrats particularly in the Delta are beholden to Thad over agriculture. The real kicker, however, is on the coast where Gene Taylor is running for his old seat as a Republican. This will draw many Democrats and union people into the primary. They are hardly going to vote for a tea party candidate on the Senate line particularly one who was not sure how he would have voted on Katrina relief. Incidentally I represented Gene in his suit against Brad Dye.

          • I Am Breitbart

            Well, I agree the Delta is beholden to Thad. No one there wants to give up that sugar daddy. That has been written off. As far as Democrats going to the polls because of Taylor, who knows. I am sure that some will. Wondering how many will like the fact he has flipped to the Republican party. Again, there are many people Democrat and Republican who agree Thad has been there too long. His voting record is against him except for those who depend on him bringing home the bacon. Obamacare, abortion, debt ceiling, and the like. The scuttlebutt is his mental state is failing. His few excursions have been very lacking. Now, if Thad and his “crew” were honest about what Senator McDaniel said with regard to Katrina, they would admit what he said is true. How much of that money has gone elsewhere? See Haley and Thad’s little excursion with Motorola as an example. Somebody got paid that’s for sure! Mississippi is now on the hook for that. So, we can parse thing like this all night. It’s obvious you are a Taylor supporter and are of the “old school.” It is obvious I am a McDaniel supporter and of the “new school”……so at the end of day, we shall see!

          • pneville

            I am not a Taylor supporter. I am a strong supporter of tea party principles. If I had the power I would end agriculture subsidies and all pork projects. I believe a person like me could not be elected in Mississippi and that is why I say McDaniel will not win the primary.

          • I Am Breitbart

            I think you are very wrong…………..if you are a supporter, stop the negative and go forward with positive change. I refuse to let anyone tell me I can’t, because I can. If I don’t win this one, I won’t stop. I will try try try again until I reach my goal!

          • I Am Breitbart

            OH BTW: Thank Gene for single-handedly managing Katrina………….awesome interview that is the tag line on Supertalk!!!

  • d1comment

    76 year old man needs just one more term in the US Senate…? Power is corrupting….

  • ClawhammerJake

    Six of one and a half dozen of the other …

  • Larry Boston

    There is limited government and unlimited government. We do not have unlimited government.

  • wbtsguy

    Cochran’s downfall will be his vote for cloture on Obamacare.

  • Crusader06

    I stopped voting for trial lawyers a long time ago, when it comes to Cochran or McDaniel I will skip that block on the ballot.

  • Andre Leonard

    “Cochran, 76, is in trouble — in deep trouble — primarily because of changes in the Republican Party. But it’s also true that the senator, and his campaign, didn’t start his re-election effort where they needed to be.”

    Just what we need. Another Senator approaching 80 years old after having occupied the seat after 36 years.

  • cromwell

    So Mr Rothenberg thinks wanting to balance the 3 Trillion plus budget is seeking to ” Dismantle” Government.
    Not hard to figure whose side he is on.

  • Derrick Rows

    Since prices serve as communications beacons, central government attempts to set prices distort the signals upon which prosperity depends.

  • Melissa Montana

    Since liberty was not designed, but discovered, its benefits were mostly unknown until recognized and studied.

  • Coffee Fiend

    Since immorality and irresponsibility are incompatible with liberty, prosperity, and civilization we must see through the ever-shifting mirage of collectivist illusions and we must root out plunder at every turn.

  • Rob Erta

    In many ways, liberty is an adaptation to our own individual ignorance and the uncertainty associated with future events and circumstances.

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