Mississippi senate race turns into another circular firing squad. When will we learn?

At a time when the liberal progressive Left and the GOP establishment are looking for any evidence to demean and disparage the Tea Party this election cycle, they just got a gift in the GOP primary Mississippi senate race.

The U.S. Senate race is between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, vying for a 7th term, and State Senator Chris McDaniel. It has been a brutal battle, as one can expect, but there has been a very different turn of events.

As reported by Fox News, with just a week left until primary day, the whole tone of the campaign took an exponential leap into the sordid and salacious after the actions of an obscure McDaniel supporter named Clayton Kelly.

Kelly is facing charges for sneaking into the St. Catherine’s Village nursing home in Madison, Miss., taking photos and video of Sen. Cochran’s wife Rose, who is suffering from dementia, and posting them to his blog Constitutional Clayton.

Now of course this is fuel for the bonfire by which some will seek to end the campaign of McDaniel. Others are already saying this is yet another reflection of the inability of Tea Party candidates to be effective. And of course, everyone in politics loves a scandal.

Fox reported that Cochran’s campaign took aim at McDaniel saying he was aware of the video but rather than alerting the authorities, had his campaign manager contact the blogger to tell him to take it down. In a conference call, Cochran communications director Jordan Russell argued that McDaniel, an attorney, had shirked his responsibilities.

The day after that call, police in Madison, Mississippi made three more arrests, including Mark Mayfield, the vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, who was also a volunteer for the McDaniel campaign. While there was still no evidence directly linking McDaniel’s campaign to the alleged crime, the Cochran campaign lashed out with an ad attacking the challenger on it.

McDaniel fired back with his own ad calling the attacks “shameless” and “outrageous.” And with outside groups like Citizens United, Club for Growth and Crossroads GPS dumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the final week’s ad wars, the tone will likely get nastier still.

The problem is that all of this has devolved away from what should be the real issue: improving the lives of the people of Mississippi. Now no one is talking about what they’re for, only the typical political game of personal attacks. Unfortunately, we as an electorate allow this to happen, and we don’t want to hear debate on issues and solutions. It all reminds me of the song by Don Henley, “Dirty Laundry.”

The primary is next Tuesday and who knows how it will end, but my prayer is that this doesn’t cause further damage to the Constitutional conservative movement.

It’s interesting how everyone looks for faults, failures and shortcomings with which to castigate the Tea Party in a negative light. All the while, there is complete acceptance — even dismissal –of the abhorrent actions and behaviors of the Obama administration.

This Friday, I’ll be the keynote speaker at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. The topic will be all about ending the circular firing squad on the center-right.

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Miriam Campbell
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Perhaps McDaniels has been infiltrated by a Republican or a Democrat undercover. The Republicans have lost my vote.

mcrognale
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If we ever had your vote to begin with.

Joshua Rojas
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I think so too. It’s too stupid for McDaniel to be involved.

kyslim
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The Crock has been there to long, time for new blood.

ForMotionCreatv
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Fox News, CNN, focus on the blogger, which I agree, is typical of campaign shenanigans, but not fair and balanced as they fail to report a more relevant exposé on Thad Cochran’s globe trotting on taxpayers’ dime. Conservatives’ only source for news, Fox, is failing to report Cochran’s list of taxpayer funded world travels which includes the travel costs his ever present employee posted by investigative reporter, Matthew Boyle, of Breitbart news. I don’t see why this wouldn’t be crucial vetting information to Mississippi voters, especially as they’re residents of one of the lowest income states in the country: Check… Read more »
eilismaura
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what I find to be very curious is that Democrats have committed violent acts against their own facilities (like several campaign headquarters being vandalized) – have the guilty party turn out to be a Democrat trying to lay blame on Tea Party and/or GOP and NO ONE NOTICES

butterflyinoh
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This wouldn’t surprise me if the Democrats planned this….after all, we KNOW that they will do ANYTHING to keep their seats in government…..VOTER FRAUD comes to mind.

bat62
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I agree. Also, why should the actions of some individual reflect poorly on McDaniel? I’m from Mississippi and have absolutely no intention of voting for Cochran. It’s way past time for a change.

JRD_1
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No, it’s corrupt Haley Barbour’s Mississippi.

mcrognale
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And Haley is corrupt? Exactly how?

marilyn
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And good luck with that..

jollyroger
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I live in Madison, MS. I see the ads every night. Politicians are politicians. I’m no fool. I know ALL of THEM have “dirty laundry”, but Thad, and those funding his campaign are being hypocritical (like that’s new for a politician). Maybe he should come home and spend the last days of his & his sick wife’s lives together… now I am being a fool! The worst part for me are the ads for Cochran where they try to make it look like McDaniel didn’t know if/how he would vote for Katrina relief. Of course, as always, his quote was… Read more »
Joshua Rojas
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Chris McDaniel is the next Ted Cruz. You are lucky to have him.

marylou
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Why do the Conservatives not get it??
The liberals pull out all the dirty tricks at the last minute and Conservatives instead of supporting their candidate and getting the truth…believe the disinformation, set ups and enemy propaganda!!
What is wrong with you people???

Joshua Rojas
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No they don’t. democrats don’t vote in primaries.

pawanna
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what do you have to back that up? – they do vote in primaries –

Joshua Rojas
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740,000 Republicans voted last Tuesday.
140,000 Democrats… They just don’t care until the general election. As long as it’s a D, they’re good.

pawanna
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It seems that Republicans do this frequently – shoot their fellow Republicans in the foot – NOT good – Democrats don’t do that – they seem to rally around each other and make excuses for each other…. we need to learn not to eat our own – voters don’t like it!

Joshua Rojas
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Democrats don’t rally around anyone. They don’t even vote in primaries.

marylou
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Unless they are driven by the bus loads to the polls, fed and paid………
then they vote as many times as they get dead bodies’ names to use!

Concerned Citizen
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Wonder what democrat put this person up to it. Ha Ha

Joshua Rojas
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Ron Paul.

Southern Xposure
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Seven terms is far too many. Cochran is entrenched. The country needs representatives – not dynasties. There are many good, capable people to hold office. Cochran is NOT the only one with a set of principles.

MrInterpid
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Really? All this fuss over taking pictures of some poor old lady in a rest home? Who would make a big deal out of something like this? Most of us have lives to live and don’t have time for made up scandals like this. Cochran is a worm for abandoning his wife and Clayton whatever is a sick camera monkey. Reminds me of the soap operas on T.V. Maybe a new one, “As the political stomach turns”.

politicalgrandma
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I wonder how he got in to her room so easily. This is an exclusive nursing home. Would they not have security personnel to protect the residents? I do not believe McDaniel had anything to do with it because he appears to be a sane man.

Grace51
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From what I understand Cochran won’t even debate McDaniel, wonder why that is??we need term limits on a ballot soon..

Pam
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And mandatory retirement age limits. I know that age brings wisdom, but in politics it seems to bring cronyism and a desire to do anything to stay in office.

Grace51
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For sure, the longer their in office seems they just get richer and richer, go figure..

Earl Lee
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This is why the republican establishment pour MILLIONS of dollars into defeating tea party candidates!

Joshua Rojas
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Terrible perspective by Allen West. It shows you don’t know Chris McDaniel. All he talks about is what he is for. The guy is a class act, a man of strong faith, and a man of character. He would never do something that stupid. Especially when he is winning. That blogger was a Ron Paul nut. Shame on you Allen West.

HatKat
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We need less lifelong politicians. Cochran needs to go. Forty years a Senator???? Give me a break.

Cindy Reschke Wundrow
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Cindy Reschke Wundrow

which is why I turn channels when the political commercials come on. we’ve had enough of this crap in Wisconsin to make me pull my hair out.