Open primaries with open runoffs are a bad idea
By now it’s pretty obvious that Thad Cochran actually lost the Republican primary runoff to Chris McDaniel, probably by at least 8 points. But because Mississippi employs some anachronistic primary voting laws, known as open primaries with open runoffs, the Barbour machine, the NSRC, and Cochran’s thumb-sucking campaign staff was allowed to enlist anyone who hadn’t voted in the Democratic Party primary to vote in the Republican runoff. This was perfectly legal to do, although I doubt that it was done perfectly legally. It certainly was not done with honor.
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BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal
An audio interview has surfaced in which the interviewee claims that he was to be paid by the Cochran camp to grease voters in the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff election. The audio interview, which coincides with a separate audio recording and batch of evidence produced by the newly launched GotNews.com, a project by Charles C. Johnson, alleges that the Cochran campaign conspired with a Mississippi Reverend | Read More »
RedState Weekly Briefing – June 29 2014
Tonight on the RedState Weekly Briefing we have a special guest to fill us in on all the happenings in the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff, Charles C. Johnson joins Thomas LaDuke, Caleb Howe, Joe Conningham, and myself to talk about the politics of the week and the stories that matter to conservative activists. Watch the show below, and use the #RSWB hashtag on twitter to | Read More »
Unpopular Opinion: Don’t support a Democrat Who Is Not Conservative over a Republican Who Is Not Conservative
Right now, the Conservative Movement is at a Crossroads (no, not Karl Rove’s). On the one hand, we have made significant gains in races across the country. Our own Tea Party favorites, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, successfully filled the narrative void over the course of a summer and made Obamacare defunding not only a talking point, but made it more of a possibility than | Read More »
The Conservative Choice for Mississippi: NOT Thad Cochran
Now that the GOP primary in Mississippi has been settled by a strong infusion of Democrat votes it is time for conservatives to make their decision on what to do next. In my view, the only conservatives or anyone concerned about the direction of the country is to support, actively or passively, Travis Childers, the Democrat candidate for Senate. This is not to say Childers | Read More »
Ken Cuccinelli: NRSC is Creating a “Poisonous” Environment
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Ken Cuccinelli to discuss his new role seeking to elect a more conservative US Senate, the poisonous environment created by the NRSC and his opinion on the Supreme Court’s EPA ruling.
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Will There Be a Consequence?
It was the Republicans in Washington and their allies in Mississippi who distributed fliers to Democrats in Mississippi calling conservatives racists, klansmen, Nazis, etc. It was a concerted effort by the GOP to beat their own base at any cost. And here’s the kicker — there will be no consequence if they have their way. That begs the question of whether there should be. Should | Read More »
Random Thoughts About The Mississippi Senate Race
A lot is swirling through all of our heads now and I am going to post some of mine. — “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”-Ben Franklin So where were Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee in this race? Oh yeah, they don’t endorse against incumbents. Even though incumbents are the troublemakers in Washington. Look, I | Read More »
The Marionettes Remain Uncut
“At some point there will be more people with knives out to cut the strings than there will be puppeteers with checkbooks.” Having been an elected Republican and someone who routinely takes the position of supporting conservatives in primaries and Republicans in general elections, the Mississippi race does crystalize for me the desires of many to start a third party. In essence, tea party activists | Read More »
Why Runoffs Tend to be Nasty, Messy Affairs
Today is runoff day in Mississippi. We should not underestimate the ability of Haley Barbour to turn out voters for Thad Cochran. It will be a case of motivation of the voters. And that is exactly why runoffs tend to be nasty, horrible affairs. Runoffs are not about voter mobilization. They are about voter suppression. I say this as someone who has consulted on and | Read More »
New York Times Sends Obama Campaign Worker Theodore Schleifer to Cover Chris McDaniel
The incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and Democratic Party has headed down to Mississippi. Theodore Scheifer is covering the campaign. He has written a few stories. My friend Charles Johnson characterizes one as a “hit piece” on McDaniel. Charles Johnson also pointed out that Theodore Scheifer is also Teddy Scheifer. Scheifer was a speechwriting intern for Obama for America and also for Obama’s U.S. | Read More »
The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Incumbent Protection Plan Pours Money in Mississippi
The NRSC is pouring more money into Mississippi’s Republican Runoff to defeat Republican Chris McDaniel. It looks like they just dropped $175,000.00 on phone calls. Just remember all you people annoyed with robocalls that it is the NRSC doing it. Wonder how much the consultants are going to make on this. No one has a real idea of what is going to happen tomorrow between | Read More »
Erick Erickson on New House Leadership and the GOP Divide
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Erick Erickson to discuss the new Republican House leadership, the divide within the GOP and 2016.
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RedState Weekly Briefing – June 22, 2014
Welcome to the RedState Weekly briefing for June 22, 2014. This week we will discuss embattled Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, the Mississippi Senate primary, the ISIS advance to Baghdad, the IRS scandal and more. Join me and Thomas LaDuke from FTR radio as we discuss the issues of the week.
Back Scratching Politics of Mississippi
Brett Favre, a man who did not know when to quit, has cut an ad for Senator Thad Cochran, a man who has has himself stayed in his job too long. The pattern does not end there. Jenn Sterger claimed Brett Favre sent her indecent pictures and Thad Cochran has admitted to doing, in his words, “all sorts of indecent things with animals.” But the | Read More »