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Saturday, June 28, 2014
"This won't stand. It can't."
Thus, Jeff Goldstein, on Thad "Chickenluvr" Cochran's primary "win" - or "primary" win, whichever. Also (h/t rdBrewer on the sidebar of the Ace HQ) - conservative Senators are asking Dude Where's My Party.
Cochran has betrayed his base. Ads in his name for his benefit instructed the electorate, among other things, that the reason to oppose McDaniel and the Tea Party was because of their disrespectful treatment of the first African American president. Unless there is a large undercurrent of Obama-voting black people in Mississippi who otherwise would be pinky-swear totes supportive of libertarian / conservative principle, then this was in no way an appeal to the Republican base.
Nonetheless this disgusting appeal to black asabiya came out of Republican circles. The responsible "Mississippi Conservatives" outfit was mostly just former governor Haley Barbour's own nephew, and it used Barbour's own money. There were others on board: Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), Rob Portman (R-OH), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Barrasso (R-WY), John Thune (R-SD), John Cornyn (R-TX), Bob Corker (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Dean Heller (R-NV), Richard Shelby (R-AL), and McConnell (R-KY). Add to this list John McCain (R-AZ). Remember their names. And ask yourself if putting McConnell in charge as Senate Majority Leader will, as is being promised, actually result in any limits to Obama's appointments and other decisions. Because Cochran at least is, to borrow from Goldstein's post, beholden to Obama's constituency.
The Republican Party needs to decide now, before November, what it is. I have already implicitly pledged not to vote for "H1" B. Beauprez for Governor of Colorado. Unless the Republicans discipline all these meddlers, then I will sit out the Senate race too. This discipline I demand of them entails, at bare minimum, that McConnell step down as Minority Leader and that none of these others mentioned take his place.
Because, if the Republican leadership is just going to rubber-stamp Obama's tyranny and, more, order us all to respect him throughout all of it then - to paraphrase someone famous - what difference would a Republican Senate make?
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