Cochran election shenanigans: time for a third party?

This man has nothing to smile about.

Six-term Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran narrowly “won” in a Republican run-off against challenger Chris McDaniel. If there’s one thing the Cochran campaign learned it’s to use the tactics of the liberal progressives against their own constitutional conservative grassroots. The circular firing squad is in full flower — and the bullets are coming from the GOP establishment.

According to Human Events, Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel won the Republican vote in the Republican runoff election on Tuesday night, but it didn’t matter, because incumbent Senator Thad Cochran was able to persuade a legion of Democrats — some 35,000– to support him under the “open” rules of the race, in which any Democrat who didn’t vote in the regular primary was free to cross over and meddle in the GOP runoff.

I find it unconscionable that a Republican Senator would purposefully use this scheme to further his political career. There is nothing for Senator Cochran to celebrate.

Cochran “won” by using a combination of race-baiting attacks on McDaniel, and touting his ability to make government larger and bring home more goodies from Washington, whereas McDaniel is one of those “kooky extremists” who thinks running trillion-dollar deficits every year means we’re running out of money. The result was an “upset” runoff win for the veteran incumbent: 50.9 to 49.1 percent – a margin of about 6,600 votes.

Human Events says the Washington Post crunched some numbers and found that “In nearly every Mississippi county, voter turnout was higher that it was for the inconclusive June 3 primary. But precinct totals show it was substantially greater in heavily African-American areas. In the 24 counties with a majority black population, turnout increased by 39.4 per cent, giving Cochran a big edge.”

The Democrats courted by Cochran certainly seemed to think their support was going to put him over the top:

NAACP leaders, wary of potential confrontations, sent their own monitors to Mississippi. Wayne McDaniels, president of Jackson branch of the NAACP, said, “If Cochran wins, it’s because of the black vote.” He said black Democrats “weighed the field and concluded that with Cochran, we know what we’ve got, and we like what we’ve got,” McDaniels added.

So Senator Cochran “won” not because of GOP votes in a GOP senatorial run-off. What is there to celebrate, sir?

Chris McDaniel won the primary by slender margin, lost the runoff by a slightly less slender margin, came so close to knocking off an incumbent who has been rolling barrels of pork home for his supporters since 1972 that reinforcements from the other party had to be called in to enable his victory. This is shameful, appalling, and pathetic.

“So much for bold colors,” McDaniel said. “So much for principle. I guess they can take some consolation in the fact that they did something tonight by once again compromising, by once again reaching across the aisle, by once again abandoning the conservative movement. I would like to know which part of that strategy today our Republican friends endorse. I would like to know which part of that strategy today our statewide officials endorse. This is not the party of Reagan, but we’re not done fighting and when we’re done it will be.”

McDaniel said that Cochran’s actions mean the “conservative movement took a backseat to liberal Democrats” in Mississippi on Tuesday, something he argued can’t be allowed to stand as precedent. “In the most conservative state in the republic this happened and if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere—and that’s why we will never stop fighting,” McDaniel said.

The establishment GOP may have won this battle, a short-term gain, but in the long term, effects may be detrimental not just to the GOP but for America. What the Senate race in Mississippi demonstrates is that the people who gave the GOP the majority in the House of Representatives are not wanted and certainly not appreciated. Down South we have a saying, “you should dance with the one who brought you to the ball.” We see with whom Senator Thad Cochran chose to dance.

Steve LaTourette, a former Ohio Republican congressman who is currently president of Main Street PAC, a group seeking to elect moderate, compromise-minded Republicans, compared the Cochran-McDaniel race to the Battle of the Alamo, a turning point in the Texas Revolution.

“We did consider [the Mississippi Senate race] to be sort of the Alamo, and we knew if we were successful down here that the narrative would be a lot better heading into the fall and 2016,” he said. […] LaTourette admitted that if McDaniel had won, “it would have emboldened [conservatives]…and it also would have sent a message to those who serve to be obstructionists.”

Will a third party emerge? Yes, I believe it will eventually, and it will be based on America first principles — not career-oriented self-serving politicians.


  1. Just so you know. We already have an established third party with “America first principles.” It is the Libertarian Party. The problem is that ALL of the media refuses to acknowledge us because they are afraid for Americans to really get to know the Libertarian Party.

  2. We need to get the GOP back to the core values it once had, those of the Tea Party. To do this we should support Mitch McConnell’s democrat opponent. That will send a message to the establishment that we will not be easily “crushed”.

  3. Cochran threw the Republican base under the bus and smeared them with ridiculous accusations of racism because he cannot run on a message of fiscal sanity with his fiscally liberal record. And he has quite the rap sheet. He brings too much money to Mississippi to run on that platform. He showed that he niether wants nor needs the base to win. If McDaniel supporters stay home in November, it’s very possible that Cochran will win anyway because the all-of-a-sudden Republican voters (Dems who voted in the run-off) and RINOs will vote him in. He smeared the base and cut back-room deals with liberal Democrats (for example, Bennie Thompson) from what I’ve read, in order to win. It makes sense. That’s why the Dems voted him in and they’ll vote for him again in November as long as he keeps promising more pork. He is a fiscal liberal and Mississippi is completely dependent on federal money. The Republican base wants smaller government so obviously Cochran is not the guy. The base has been shunned and shut out of this. A third party is going to have to emerge. We’re fighting the Dems and RINOs anyway, so what would the difference be? The Establishment backed Cochran and evidently think it’s okay to use Democrat race-baiting tactics on their own supporters to win. The base is quickly becoming the “former base of the Republican Party.”

    • You’re spot on with the exception of your belief that the Uncle Tom democrats will vote for Cochran in the general election. They’ll obey their masters that told them to vote for Cochran in the runoff and vote D in the general election like they’ve been trained to for decades.

      • I would normally agree that they would vote Dem in the general, BUT, if Bennie Thompson, the NAACP, and their pastors tell them to vote Cochran for money to HBCs and whatever else, then I think there is a good chance they vote Cochran in the general election. Don’t you think that is at least a possibility?

      • Realistically, No. Do you think they’ve been voting for Cochran in the past? They weren’t voting FOR Cochran in the runoff. They were voting against a perceived threat to their goodies. They still believe the democrats are their hookup.

      • That makes sense. I just started thinking that Cochran has made some promises and therefore they may vote for him in the general – especially since he ran on his senior status, gravy train, and liklihood of being chair of the appropriations committee. If they don’t vote for him, then I guess Childers may very well win. How can McDaniel supporters vote for Cochran after being labeled as racists? I think some will, of course, because of the fear that the GOP won’t take the Senate, but if the mood in November is like it is now, I don’t think Cochran can rely on the base to win.

      • Childers was my Congressman for one term. He’s very conservative, and unlike Cochran, he appears to have some character and integrity. McDaniel has won TWICE with republican voters. I’m watching to see if a write in/Independant campaign for McDaniel picks up steam. If so, I’ll participate. If not, I’ll probably just stay home. And for anyone that thinks I’m stupid for not voting, go to the Mississippi Secretary of State website and look at the primary numbers. The democrats barely participated in their primary.

  4. The thing is because of the tactics he used he will lose the general election to the democrat. He just shot the republican party in the foot.

    • I don’t think it’s that cut and dry. I think he can win in November. I posted about this right before your post. I’m interested in people’s thoughts on it!

  5. Considering LaTourette’s comment regarding the Alamo, let us remember that the Texians fight for independence was not decided at the Alamo.

  6. If Joe Lieberman can run as an Independent and caucus with the democrats, why can’t McDaniel run as an independent and caucus with the Republicans?

  7. His “scam” will come back to bite him in the ass in the general election. Politicians like him are the reason we need term limits.

  8. “He said black Democrats “weighed the field and concluded that with Cochran, we know what we’ve got, and we like what we’ve got,” McDaniels added.”
    Mississippi is dead last in virtually every category measurable after 6 terms of Cochran. I guess that’s what black democrats aspire to.

  9. The way to win in the future is to abandon the republican party and run everybody as a Democrat. That way you will be using the democrats momentum and money to get conservatives elected. After all the republican party have abandoned republicans and the two party system is what is the problem anyway. Use the democrats party as a primary and win every time running conservatives. regardless of who wins the people will win in the end. Take away the lefts strong man to blame.

  10. Former mayor “Big Soda” Bloomberg of NYC gave “Thud” $250,000.00. I wonder how much of it went to “walking around money” for the projects?

  11. I think the idea of running McDaniel as write-in candidate is a great idea! Especially now that all Republican’s see what a scam these RIno’s are pulling! One has to wonder how much scamming went on when Allen West lost in his district in Florida! I am pretty sure they played the re-districting game there, to change the voting demographics’ if I am remembering correctly

  12. This is what is so scary about the upcoming presidential election. Voter fraud will play a huge role and that is why the liberals are fighting voter ID laws so hard. Very scary that there are no ethics or morality involved anymore. This is just another reason we need to clear out the lifetime politicians and set 2 year term limits with no perks. It should be a priiviledge to REPRESENT the people that put you in office.

  13. There are some valid points here, but, I think it a bit hypocritical that McDaniel himself voted in the 2003 Democratic primary and, for whatever reason, has refused to answer questions about it. In addition, Rush Limbaugh, who has railed against this, encouraged Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary. He who is without sin should cast the first stone.

    • While I partially agree with your premise, a more accurate analogy would have been Hillary Clinton encouraging republicans to vote for her in the democratic primary, thereby assuring her nomination. Rush Limbaugh is simply a radio personality.

  14. Typical of the Old cronie politics, They will do anything and everything, legal, illegal and underhanded, to keep their coveted seats of power. It isn’t about what’s right it isn’t about what the people want.
    It’s solely about keeping their power

  15. Who will start a Third Party movement? We certainly cannot “buy” a Republican Party that has already been sold to the Democrats.

  16. Past time for term limits. Anyone who votes against it needs to be fired. . Our politicians are some of the most corrupt people in the world and need to be “fired”.

  17. Dems are so scared of the Tea Party they will do ANYTHING to keep from having to run against them – apparently that includes voting for a Republican!!

    • I’m sorry but only people that fear the tea party are the republican establishment. They know if a TEA PARTY CANDIDATE wins…they will say something stupid and lose to a democrat! History has proven this!!!

    • Oh yeah, Dems are really scared of running against Tea Party candidates like Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin and Richard “Gift from God Rape” Mourdock and Christine “I’m Not a Witch” O’Donnell and Sharron “2nd Amendment Remedies” Angle.

    • Why does he need to be recalled?
      And how is it fraud for a Senator for Mississippi to appeal to citizens of Mississippi?

  18. Cochran is a cock roach with no principles. He is an
    Establishment RINO, who cares about himself and staying in power.

  19. The Tea Party are the people. They are Patriotic
    Americans who are frustrated over what has been happening in Washington and
    want to do something about it. Tea Party people are Patriotic Americans who are
    concerned about their country. Tea Party people want their leaders to follow
    the Constitution; they want limited Government; less taxes and for Government
    to control and cut spending.

    • The tea party of today are only seen as a bunch of racist and bigots! When you have people like Ted (CANADIAN) cruz, sarah palin and allen west speaking for the party…THERE IS NO HOPE!!

      • I would like to see a law passed by which if you pay no taxes and live on the democrat plantation of entitlements you would not be able to vote and that would eliminate the democratic party and we could get this country back in the hands of moral and decent people and not the trash we have now who are so dumbed down with brainwashing but it’s Mississippi so what would one expect.

      • It takes a special kind of stupid to believe that people that vote democratic are only out for mythical give-a-ways! To believe that no black democrats work, own business and pay taxes is just STUPID!! Oh…I forgot I was on allen west blog…home of the STUPID!

      • I certainly don’t believe that. All my black friends work and pay taxes, just like me. However, if you want to hear someone spout that “blacks are all leeches” crap, check out the transcript of the pro-Cochran robocall that helped get out the democrat vote: “By not voting, you are saying ‘take away all of my government programs, such as food stamps, early breakfast and lunch programs, millions of dollars to our black universities’…everything we and our families depend on that comes from Washington will be cut.”

        Sounds to me like it’s the pro-Cochran camp accusing them of being leeches.

      • As long as you continue to assume that everyone who doesn’t share your politics are leeching off the system and have no morals, you will continue to lose elections.

      • [[ The tea party of today are only seen as a bunch of racist and bigots ]]

        Here ya go stupid…………..

        25 Examples of Liberal Racism in QuotesJohn Hawkins | Mar 26, 2013

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        1) “(Obama’s) a nice person, he’s very articulate this is what’s been used against him, but he couldn’t sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.” — Dan Rather

        2) “White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires … We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was … we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” — Al Sharpton

        3) “‘Hymies.’ ‘Hymietown.’” — Jesse Jackson’s description of New York City while on the 1984 presidential campaign trail.

        4) “A few years ago, (Barack Obama) would have been getting us coffee.” — Bill Clinton to Ted Kennedy

        5) “The Israeli puppeteer travels to Washington and meets with the puppet in the White House. He then goes down Pennsylvania Avenue and meets with the puppets in Congress. The Israeli leader then ‘brings back millions of dollars’ in aid to Israel.” — Ralph Nader

        6) “(Harry Reid) was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” — Harry Reid’s comments reported by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

        7) “I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia [Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan recruiter] that he would have been a great senator at any moment. . . . He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this nation.” — Former Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd (D.,Conn.)

        8) “Civil rights laws were not passed to protect the rights of white men and do not apply to them.” — Mary Frances Berry, former Chairwoman, US Commission on Civil Rights

        9) “Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.” –Mary Frances Berry, former Chairwoman, US Commission on Civil Rights

        10) “Well, because the Arabs who were involved in 9/11 cooperated with the Zionists, actually. It was a cooperation. They gave them the perfect excuse to denounce all Arabs. It’s a racist sort of thing, really racist – you know, picking out these 19 or 20 terrorists – they were terrorists – and saying all the Arabs are like them.” — Former Democratic Senator James Abourezk on Hizbullah TV

        11) “Let me see one of you adopt one of those ugly black babies.” — AbortionistAshutosh Ron Virmani

        12) “There’s no great, white bigot; there’s just about 200 million little white bigots out there.” — USA Today columnist Julienne Malveaux

        13) “Them Jews aren’t going to let (Obama) talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office. …They will not let him talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is.” — Jeremiah Wright

        14) “There’s white racist DNA running through the synapses of his or her brain tissue. They will kill their own kind, defend the enemies of their kind or anyone who is perceived to be the enemy of the milky white way of life.” — Jeremiah Wright

        15) “The white man is our mortal enemy, and we cannot accept him. I will fight to see that vicious beast go down into the lake of fire prepared for him from the beginning, that he never rise again to give any innocent black man, woman or child the hell that he has delighted in pouring on us for 400 years.” — Louis Farrakhan

        16) “White people shouldn’t be allowed to vote. It’s for the good of the country and for those who’re bitter for a reason and armed because they’re scared.” — Left-wing journalist Jonathan Valania

        17) “(Joseph Lowery) said that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell. …’Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was.’” — The Daily Mail quotes Joseph Lowery, who gave the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration

        18) “We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs. There’s no question about that. Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is…We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.” — Helen Thomas

        19) “You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent.” — Joe Biden

        20) “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” — Joe Biden

        21) “I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street.” — Spike Lee

        22) “I want to go up to the closest white person and say: ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him, just for my mental health.” — New York City Councilman, Charles Barron

        23) “We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go.” — Marion Barry

        24) “The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person…” — Barack Obama

        25) “That’s just how white folks will do you. It wasn’t merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. It was as if whites didn’t know that they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you deserving of their scorn.” — Barack Obama

      • I’m sorry but what does that have to do with america view the tea party as a bunch of nuts, racist and bigots?

      • earl lee – you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. I challenge you to provide one, just one, documented – not pulled out of your empty head – proof of Tea Part racism or bigotry. For example, a documented quote from a reputable news source. Name the source and the date. What? You can’t do that? Didn’t think so. Tea Party racism and bigotry exist only in your racist and bigoted, but otherwise empty, head.

  20. Cochran proved that republicans don’t need “black conservatives” to get the black vote. Candidates have to go where they are and campaign. Mcdaniel only sent goons to those neighborhoods polling places that’s why he lost

  21. Ever time I go to MS to visit relatives I think that it is the arm pit of America. What kind of pork has he spent on his state? Must be real close to his house.

    • They have already found fraud. If a Democrat voted in the first primary they cannot by Law vote in the second one. I heard today that they found 5,000 voters that voted twice. So I hope, he does not concede until every vote has been validated. Alabama, also had voter fraud and I suspect it’s going to be that way in every Primary and Election.

  22. This is hilarious…. and very telling.
    All these people are so upset that a Senator from Mississippi appealed to residents of Mississippi outside of his party.
    This shows how divisive some of you are that you think an elected representative should only represent the people of his state from his party.
    And you’re all outraged that a Senator appeal to all his constituents, instead of just his party.

    As to deliberately crossing party lines for the purpose of deliberately upsetting an election… I thought that was a Rush Limbaugh tactic.

    • Why didn’t Cochran cross party lines and pursue those minority democrat votes BEFORE the runoff if he actually wanted to appeal to all his constituents? I’m waiting patiently for your answer.

      • You’d have to ask him.
        Probably because he could have predicted the reaction he’s getting now.
        Things are so divisive in this country that appealing outside one’s own party is seen as traitorous.

        There have been, over the years, numerous examples of politicians being deceptive to trick voters outside their party when it comes to race…. as well as examples of politicians relying on support from outside of the district they are running in.

        What Cochran did was extremely tame by comparison.
        He appealed to people in his district and he didn’t lie.

        The outrage isn’t that he lied to win votes because he didn’t.
        The outrage is that he brought in non Republicans.

        Cochran promoted his history of bringing federal jobs programs to Mississippi and McDaniel’s repeated statements on not wanting to bring federal jobs programs to Mississippi.
        And Chris McDaniel did make some pretty dumb borderline semi-racist comments that a savvy politician would have never made.

      • Good try. The correct answer was that he thought he couldn’t lose the primary. After finding that he could and WOULD lose, he resorted to appealing to voters he’s not the least bit interested in representing. Again, if he’s brought so much to Mississippi, why is the state constantly at the bottom of all state rankings? His approach isn’t working and the voters knew it.

  23. I hope the senile old ba$tard loses to the democrat in November. All you Tea Party voters in Mississippi be sure and vote democrat.

  24. The people who voted for McDaniel need to stay home in November and teach Steve LaTourette and other country club Republicans a lesson. I hope the Dem wins in November. Cochran should have retired years ago.

  25. A simpler solution might be to just close the primary or go to a top-2 system. Most blue states have already done so, or they have a “top two” primary, which can result in the same party opposing each other in the general election.

  26. if justice is done wrt this MS debacle, a do-over election will be called for due to the decisive number of illegal votes cast (including by ABSENTEE BALLOT!) in the June 24 RunOff

    and McDaniel/Tea Party will CRUSH the CORRUPT GOP Establishment (and their pawn Thad Cochran)

    May the TRUTH that SETS FREE, prevail…..

    ‪#‎BeClingers‬ ————–> ‪#‎AmericaRISING‬

    • Um, there is NO SUCH THING as a DO OVER ELECTION. An election is a one time event. You’re a known liar and KNOW NOTHING of US Politics.

      I was wondering when you would show your face here.

      Still crying over Mississippi and Oklahoma? . IT’S OVER. O-V-E-R. Move on.

      Here is some more info:

      1. The only “irregularities” of which McDaniel complains, was the number of voters in the Mississippi primary, suggesting that some people who traditionally voted Democratic, cast ballots for Cochran.

      2. State law permits Democratic voters to vote in the Republican primary.

      3. McDaniel hasn’t asserted that there will in fact be a challenge to the voting results, but only that his team will be looking into it. Thus there has been no evidence that a challenge would be successful, and no evidence that McDaniel will even try to challenge the results.

      4. Mississippi has no recount provision in its election laws. Any challenge must go through the Courts.

      5. Mississippi law allows anyone to vote in a primary of this sort, and there is no requirement that only registered Republicans could vote in this type of primary.

      • sure there is

        Mississippi authorities have already done this wrt to the fraudulent election for Hattiesburg mayor, recently

        the type of fraud was similar too … if they have done it once, they can do it agaion

        UNCOVER THE Mississippi FRAUD Patriots … back McDaniel and his investigation

      • No, there is not. You are a liar. Running for MAYOR IS STATE POLITICS NOT FED. Good gods, you’re just, oh forget it!!!!!!!!!

        By the way, tell your Bright Bart friends that McDaniel CAN NOT run as an Independent or as a write in. That deadline has passed.

        Face facts. I have defeated you once again.


        “The McDaniel campaign says they have found more than 1,000 illegally cast votes in Hinds County, most centred around voters who allegedly cast a ballot in the June 3 Democratic primary and then voted in the June 24 Republican primary run-off. Perry, however, says that most of the votes cited by McDaniel supporters were actually clerical errors made by poll workers that were later corrected by the poll workers themselves.”

        Look it up for yourself.
        “Hinds County GOP chairman Pete Perry arrested for DUI”

      • Let’s see. The McDaniel campaign says they were illegal votes. A drunk GOP establishment member says they weren’t. Sounds like “settled science” to me!

      • Well, you were possibly right on 2 out of 5. So here are the correct answers:
        1. You cannot legally vote for a democrat in the democrat primary and then vote for a republican in the republican runoff . IOW, you can’t switch party affiliation from your primary vote to your runoff vote.
        2. See above.
        3. Conjecture on your part. Not known yet.
        4. You may have actually, finally got one right! Hooray for you!
        5. See #1 Yes, you can vote however you want in a primary. But if you do, you must maintain THAT party affiliation when you vote in the runoff. In addition, you are legally required to maintain party affiliation from your runoff vote to your general election vote. That law is going to be broken about 35,000 times in November, however.

        Please try to keep up next time.

  27. The problem with the ‘3rd’ party is that it will siphon voters from the right, ensuring a win for the left. GOP must start promoting this – our country needs to steer all of ‘this’ to the right, because going so far left, we are about to self-destruct in so many ways. We must not divide the right.

    As far as Cochran, I’m appalled and disgusted. But why waste a great guy like McDaniel against a sure thing like TC? Couldn’t he have run somewhere else? Maybe I’m missing something (as I’m not up on MS politics) , but the goal is to get as many right-wingers in and lefties OUT! I really hope McDaniel gets this corrected.


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