It’s All Over But The Cryin’ in Mississippi


Is there anything quite as pathetic as the bleating of a dirty trickster who falls prey to a dirty trick?  It’s all over but the cryin’ in Mississippi but it may be some time before the cryin’ ends.

Despite the fact that TEA Party Chris McDaniel failed to win his party’s primary, outright, and was forced into a run-off election, he was very certain that he had incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MISS) beat.  His defeat last night in the runoff caught McDaniel flat-footed and, in the grand old tradition of sore losers everywhere, he refused to concede the race.

McDaniel is now telling that he will challenge the results.  The charge? Un-Republicanism!:

McDaniel said Cochran’s decision to seek Democrats to vote for him in the Republican primary runoff was “un-Republican” which, to the best of my knowledge is not a legal term.  Yet.

Nevertheless, in his best talk-radio voice, McDaniel said:

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.

As you know today, folks, there were literally dozens of irregularities reported all across this state. You know why. You read the stories. You’re familiar with the problems that we have. Now it’s our job to make sure that the sanctity of the vote is upheld. Before this race ends, we have to be absolutely certain that the Republican primary was won by Republican voters. We will stand with courage, we will stand with judgment, we will stand with integrity. This is our fight conservatives. This is necessary. We are not prone to surrender, we Mississippians. A strong and sturdy people we are, a brave people we are, a people that can still lead the conservative revival in this country. We will lead the resurgence. That begins right here in Mississippi.

Of course, McDaniel is dead wrong.  Mississippi is the state-most-likely for such a result to occur, as Ed Kilgore so effectively explains citing the following five factors:

1) Heavy dependence on military spending in coastal counties, where Cochran campaigned heavily during the runoff period and improved both turnout and his percentage of the vote.

2) The justifiably defeatist attitude among Mississippi Democrats that made them a ripe target for Cochran’s audacious attempts to recruit them for a Republican runoff.

3) The lack of party registration, the poor turnout in the June 3 Democratic primaries, and Mississippi’s large African-American population, which together created a pool of winnable Democratic votes for Cochran.

4) The highly visible McDaniel-associated campaign to deplore and even intimidate “crossover” voting, which brought back many bad memories of Mississippi’s notorious resistance to African-American voting rights.

5) The massive trans-ideological support for Cochran among a Mississippi “Republican Establishment” that would be considered hard-core right-wing in most other states.

These factors help explain why Team Cochran deployed the counter-intuitive runoff strategy of not competing with McDaniel for the “most conservative” mantle, but instead emphasizing his pork-producing background, attacking McDaniel as an extremist, and overtly appealing for Democratic (code in Mississippi for African-American) votes.

Unfortunately for McDaniel, his cluelessness doesn’t stop there.  The leg that he thinks he’s standing on is the losing conservative’s best friend—Voter Fraud—as defined by one of the nation’s sillier, and, by the way, unenforceable, state electoral laws . . .

As Benjy Sarlin of MSNBC points out:

Mississippi allows Democrats to vote in Republican primaries so long as they didn’t vote in their own party’s primary already. But tea party groups also invoked a statute that forbids voters from choosing a candidate that they do not intend to support in the general election.

Absent a mind-reader, fortune-teller, or the abolition of secret ballots, there’s little way to enforce this provision. Voters are under no obligation to advertise their plans for November.

Another anomaly that McDaniel supporters are making much of is the fact that run-off elections typically draw even fewer voters than primaries [which don’t draw much] so they are questioning the fact that turnout was up 16% over the primary.

However, that shouldn’t really surprise McDaniel who confidently predicted that:

I will defeat Thad Cochran.  The people of Mississippi are conservative and we led in the primary because we took our message to them. They were energized and motivated to turn out then, and they will be even more energized and motivated to vote on June 24.

Looks like he was right about higher turnout, just wrong about the outcome, because a lot of the increased turnout went to Cochran who, evidently, “motivated” more voters, in Democratic districts, than McDaniel.

Oh, yeah, too.  Mississippi doesn’t have recounts.  But, in his non-concession speech McDaniel implied that his people will be “challenging” the election results. But when Politico called up Ken Cuccinelli, now serving in his consolation prize post at the Senate Conservative Fund, to find out what it all means, The Cooch hung up on them

Another thing southern conservatives might want to pay a little attention to?  Some of the subtle changes in their own environment—things like the Moral Monday Protests for social justice that started in North Carolina and spread to Georgia, or a southern “Labor renaissance” in the South as reported by Madison Paige of Bold Blue Magazine.

George Fisher, a North Carolina political media consultant said in an interview with Bold Blue Magazine that the Moral Monday movement has attracted the attention of some Republicans in the state and others who are not liberals; that it is eroding support for the types of policies Republicans in the state legislature have embraced since taking control in 2010.  “I’ve spoken with conservatives who tell me they support the movement,” says Fisher, a regular attendee of the Moral Monday protests. “ What we’re seeing is people asking themselves, ‘Where does my political ideology end and my morality begin?’ These are not Democratic or Republican issues anymore.”


The south doesn’t seem to be backing down from a fight with the GOP and as a result, they’re making local, state and federal races competitive, often catching somnolent Republicans off guard.

“Well, we’re fired up down here in the south,” says Jeana Brown, the Founder of Team Rural, a progressive campaign firm serving Democrats running in rural districts. “The issues are what’s allowing us to make a case for progressive policy. Wages, wage theft, healthcare…these are quality of life issues that appeal to everybody, especially in the south where wages are depressed because of years of Republican dominance. But we’re breaking through now. Candidates are talking about these issues and the Republicans don’t really have a way to defend their positions. As a result, there are a lot of people who don’t call themselves liberals who are listening to what Democrats are saying.”

Maybe more extremism isn’t the answer . . .?

Posted by Bette Noir on 06/25/14 at 12:18 PM • Permalink

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”...we will never stop fighting.”


Popcorn, Bette?

We are not prone to surrender, we Mississippians.
Oh, that’s rich. American History, anyone?

The people of Mississippi are conservative and we led in the primary because we took our message to them.
I think he forgot to say the white people of Mississippi are conservative.

We are not prone to surrender, we Mississippians.
Oh, that’s rich. American History, anyone?

Can’t spell Ulysses S Grant without “U.S.”

A strong and sturdy people we are, a brave people we are, a people that can still lead the conservative revival in this country.

Mississippi has the worst standard-of-living statistics in the nation.  If that’s a revival, I think I’ll pass.

Man, I’m getting sick from all this popcorn.

Rat-fuckers got rat-fucked.

Oh, & pass the popcorn over here please.

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