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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Molly Ball: Defeating [Thad] Cochran, who has been in Washington for 41 years, has emerged as the top priority of the right wing of the Republican Party this year, and it's not hard to see why. Mild-mannered to the point of self-effacement, Cochran seems to have as much fighting spirit as a guppy. ... If Cochran is uniquely vulnerable, it is because he represents the last of a dying breed -- the Naive Establishmentarian, a Republican who is unwilling or unable to learn the new folkways of a party that has shifted under his feet.


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Cochran didn't pose for any pictures during his brief sweep. As he made his way toward the exit, the senator held out his hand to me. I had met and interviewed him less than half an hour before.

"Hello, how are you doing?" he said with a kindly smile. "I'm Thad Cochran."


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"If Cochran embodies everything the Tea Party is against -- the out-of-touch, go-along-to-get-along, big-spending Washington insider -- his opponent is nearly as good an exemplar of the Tea Party.

A lawyer and two-term state senator from a part of the state that was once a haven for Civil War deserters, McDaniel is prone to portentous, fire-and-brimstone declarations, often involving the Constitution. If elected, he says he will follow in the footsteps of senators like Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Mike Lee of Utah."

"The national right-wing groups whose mission is to purify the GOP of heresy have rallied behind McDaniel. The Senate Conservatives Fund, the Club for Growth, the Tea Party Patriots, and numerous other groups have spent more than $4.5 million on his behalf. Over the weekend, Sarah Palin dropped by McDaniel's hometown of Ellisville for a raucous rally where she made the case for rejecting the "old guard."

McDaniel, however, routinely casts his mission not as a break with the past but as a bulwark against a frightening future. "Millions in this country feel like strangers in this land," he says.

"An older America is passing away. A newer America is rising to take its place. We recoil from that culture. It's foreign to us. It's offensive to us."

This is a remarkably frank declaration of the vision of the Tea Party embraced by liberal social scientists: an expression, above all, of old white people's anxieties at the prospect of an urbanizing, liberalizing, diversifying America."

much more, long article but worth the read

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-03 10:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

'The fighting spirit of a guppy'.

That is funny, but sad, all at the same time.

#2 | Posted by kudzu at 2014-06-04 07:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

For the ----------, "shake things up" means: act stupidly, have no experience, always speak to inflame the fringe of the party, and act in your own self-interests first. See: Ted Cruz.

#3 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-06-04 03:02 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 4

You dems can have old Cochran. Prop him up and no one will notice he passed on like Robert Byrd or Frank Lautenberg.

#4 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-04 04:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sounds like another "safe" GOP seat will be turning purple.


she made the case for rejecting the "old guard."

From the dolt who ran alongside McCain, the only Senator to have crossed the Delaware with Washington.

#5 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-06-04 07:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

The dude did a lot for his state after Katrina but blinded partisans forget easily.

#6 | Posted by taxman at 2014-06-04 10:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

#3 | POSTED BY E1G1 AT 2014-06-04 03:02 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 4

4 NEWSWORTHY's? No wonder that Hope and Change thing works.

#7 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-05 11:17 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1


You beat me to it. 4 Newsworthies. All I can see is a defiant attitude toward something bigger and better emerging in American politics. It's like talking bad about the other team because they're wooping your butt.

#8 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-06-05 10:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

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