Thad Cochran ‘Win’ Shows Ideological Weakness of GOP Establishment
When people like Jesse Jackson praise the win of Thad Cochran in Mississippi over Tea-Party-backed Chris McDaniel, you know the Republican Party is in deep trouble.
Either Cochran is viewed as a Democrat by the Left or the Democrats are going to pour money and support into the November election to oust the multi-term Republican. This election is most certainly Cochran’s last.
One of the most outrageous outcomes of the McDaniel-Cochran runoff race was how the Establishment Republicans did everything in their power to keep the pork-spending Senator in power.
By its all-out push to get the six-term Senator elected, it shows that the leadership in the GOP is not going to fix America’s spending crisis. The GOP is not against deficit spending. They are all in for it so long as they get to control where the money is being spent.
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Rush Limbaugh made the point that the GOP Establishment puts more effort and money behind defeating conservative Republicans than they do to defeat liberal Democrats. He’s not the only one to notice:
“Before the primary, the [National Republican Senatorial Committee] had several dozen campaign workers on the ground knocking on doors for Cochran. For the runoff, 45 staff members and volunteers returned. Targeting high-propensity Republican voters, they knocked on 50,000 doors between the two votes. From the basement of the NRSC, campaign workers placed 18,000 calls into Mississippi.
“In Washington, a gang of senators dived back into the race. Just a week after the primary, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell headlined a fundraiser that raised more than $800,000 for Cochran. He told assembled supporters in no uncertain terms: ‘We are going to win it.’”
Cochran’s ‘win’ shows that the Republican Party has become a cheap knockoff of the Democrat Party. For example, McDaniel had been confronted by John Davis, a 77-year-old retired teacher. Davis is a Democrat who supports Cochran. Why? Because Cochran brings money to the state and keeps it in poverty. And where does Cochran get the money? It comes from other states or is created out of thin air. How is this good for any state? How is this constitutional?
The biggest get-out-the-vote campaign came from Democrats. Consider these numbers:
“Surprisingly, more votes were cast in the runoff than in the June 3 primary. McDaniel increased his vote from 155,000 on June 3 to 184,600 last night. But the 25-35,000 Dems who crossed over to vote for Cochran gave him the extra margin to surpass his opponent.”
Without the help of Democrats, Cochran would have lost by more than 20,000 votes. Who gave money to get Cochran elected? Big-time liberal billionaire Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame. He wrote a $100,000 check in addition to the quarter-million dollars he “had already given to the cause.”
Cochran is the poster boy for what has happened to the Republican Party. He’s a big-spending, Republican in Name Only —RINO—liberal.
What will happen to the Tea Party supporters of McDaniel who believed they were betrayed by the Republican Party? Does the GOP think they will get behind Cochran? I don’t think so. Will it matter? Mississippi will continue to lag behind nearly every state of the union in nearly every measurable category.