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December 21, 2014

Thad Cochran Conference Call Descends Into Chaos

Thad Cochran Conference Call Descends Into Chaos

Thad Cochran, above, won the GOP runoff for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A conference call held by Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign quickly devolved into chaos and ended Wednesday after one of the participants repeatedly asked racially charged questions.

The call was held to address a lawsuit challenging the runoff results for the Republican nomination. Cochran defeated his primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, by 6,700 votes last week, but McDaniel has refused to concede and his supporters allege Cochran won with the help of illegal votes.

The call was held for the national media who could not be at a news conference in Jackson. But 5 minutes after it started, there were 67 people on the call, and at least 10 more joined later.

Austin Barbour, a Cochran campaign adviser, was giving examples of why the campaign felt the charges of double-voting — people who voted in the Democratic primary and then voted for Cochran in the Republican primary runoff — were wrong.

“If they want to file a challenge, we’ve got no problem with that whatsoever,” Barbour said of the McDaniel campaign. But, he went on, “the time has certainly come in our minds for the McDaniel campaign and their allies to either put up or shut up.”

Then someone who was evidently not a reporter interrupted Barbour.

That person repeatedly said that “black people harvested cotton” and accused the Cochran campaign of “harvesting black votes.” Barbour asked him to stop multiple times, saying he would answer questions from anyone at the end of his statement.

The conference call line did not give the Cochran campaign the ability to mute callers’ lines, so there was no way to force the caller to stop speaking.

“I’m happy to address any question, no matter the lunacy of it,” he said.

But the man on the line, who did not identify himself, could not be placated. Finally, Barbour apologized and announced he was ending the call, telling national press that they had the contact information for the campaign if they had any questions.

At that point, someone who was possibly a reporter, interrupted to try to keep Barbour on the line. Barbour cut the line.

With the Cochran campaign people gone, callers on the line broke into an argument — a woman berated the man who had interrupted. The man defended himself, saying he had a legitimate question. More people got into the argument and began discussing the identity of the caller asking the “cotton” question.

Someone asked if it was Charles Johnson, a conservative blogger who has been loudly alleging the Cochran campaign paid for voters. A woman on the call said it was not him. Johnson has been open in his support for McDaniel. He tweeted the call-in number 15 minutes before the call started, asking people to join him in crashing it.

Thirty minutes after the call ended, the call line was still open. Someone was using a soundboard of President Barack Obama’s voice saying “Hey! What’s up?” Someone else was playing the audio from the movie “Animal House.”

Evidently there were still a number of people on the line, this reporter included, just waiting to see what would happen next.

“If someone would play ‘Let it Go,’ I bet everybody would get off the phone,” a man opined.

No one took him up on it.

Colin Diersing contributed to this report.

 

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  • marketcomp

    “If they want to file a challenge, we’ve got no problem with that whatsoever,” Barbour said of the McDaniel campaign. But, he went on, “the time has certainly come in our minds for the McDaniel campaign and their allies to either put up or shut up.” What the h*** does that mean? There are all kinds of evidence, not circumstantial, but actual evidence that the Cochran campaign lied and stole that election. I hope all of them go to jail because that’s where they belong.

    • Layla

      If you’d like to help, go to truethevote.org.

      • calling all toasters

        Or here: http://www.kkk.com

        Whatever keeps those cheating blacks from our respectable white polling places.

    • calling all toasters

      REAL ACTUAL EVIDENCE?!?! Wowee. I anxiously await your listing of this “evidence.”

      • marketcomp

        Where have you been? It’s everywhere just open your eyes and look in the right places.

        • calling all toasters

          Well, that IS an impressive list!

          • TypicalMoron

            You’re just too stupid to see it is all!

            Every day many strangers came to town, and among them one day came two swindlers. They let it be known they were weavers, and they said they could weave the most magnificent fabrics imaginable. Not only were their colors and patterns uncommonly fine, but clothes made of this cloth had a wonderful way of becoming invisible to anyone who was unfit for his office, or who was unusually stupid.

            “Those would be just the clothes for me,” thought the Emperor. “If I wore them I would be able to discover which men in my empire are unfit for their posts. And I could tell the wise men from the fools. Yes, I certainly must get some of the stuff woven for me right away.” He paid the two swindlers a large sum of money to start work at once.

            They set up two looms and pretended to weave, though there was nothing on the looms. All the finest silk and the purest old thread which they demanded went into their traveling bags, while they worked the empty looms far into the night.

            “I’d like to know how those weavers are getting on with the cloth,” the Emperor thought, but he felt slightly uncomfortable when he remembered that those who were unfit for their position would not be able to see the fabric. It couldn’t have been that he doubted himself, yet he thought he’d rather send someone else to see how things were going. The whole town knew about the cloth’s peculiar power, and all were impatient to find out how stupid their neighbors were.

          • ml77

            If the evidence is so clear, then why don’t you post some of it for all here to see? The fact that you “know” in your gut that Cochran cheated doesn’t make it so. Rational people demand concrete evidence for such a charge.

          • TypicalMoron

            If you aren’t going to read what I wrote, or did but lack any reading comprehension, than that is your bad.

          • gocart mozart

            Your “evidence” is a fairy tail. Literally.

          • TypicalMoron

            Wow. No reading comprehension whatsoever.

            Are you a really literate 3 year old?

          • ml77

            We all understand the story, but you’ve still posted nothing that proves that the Cochran campaign — or anyone who voted for him — did anything wrong. And you insult anyone who points this out.

            Incidentally, the McDaniel campaign announced today that they will pay a $1000 bounty to anyone with evidence of voter fraud. If the evidence already exists and is so obvious, then why are they spending money to try to find more?

            I know it seems obvious to you, but black people voting is not actually illegal.

            I await your next baseless insult with no logical argumentation included.

          • TypicalMoron

            Wow.

            Someone who is claiming that there was wrongdoing didn’t list any evidence and told someone that just because they can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

            I then quoted “The Emperor’s New Clothes” because in that story, people are scared into accepting as fact something that doesn’t exist.

            Or, to slow it down so hopefully you can pick it up, I was mocking the people who are saying there was a crime committed who also have no evidence to show, and want you to take it on faith.

            Reading Comprehension 101.

            Have a great day!

          • guvhog

            It is illegal when they vote Democratic in the primary and then vote in the GOP runoff..

          • elephant4life

            Wow. I bet you believe the IRS emails were accidentally lost, too.

          • ml77

            Oh, TypicalMoron, I’ll give you this: you’re the best in the world at choosing a handle.

          • TypicalMoron

            I called you stupid because you didn’t see the evidence, and then quoted “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. If you aren’t able to read in context, that’s not my bad.

            Try to keep up.

          • Gurnicus Blanstonius

            Heh…google “Colbert and knowing in your gut”…too funny.

          • TypicalMoron

            Heh…google “The Emperor’s New Clothes”…too funny.

          • John

            Well, if it is so obvious… Why don’t you present the evidence?

          • TypicalMoron

            Dear God.

            The Emperor’s New Clothes is about people believing something when there isn’t any evidence.

            Please, if you don’t have the reading comprehension of a middle school child, don’t address me.

          • John

            So you don’t have any evidence. Nice try though. Maybe try proving that Obama is a muslim with that next time?

          • TypicalMoron

            You’re easily the dumbest human being on the planet.

          • John

            At least I’m not the one trying to convince people into believing something that has not been proven by quoting an old children’s story.

          • guvhog

            It’s been proven that there are at least 7000 illegal votes for Cochran and a lawsuit is being filed.

          • chulo8399
          • ml77

            Nice way to start a conversation. “You’re illiterate!” But anyway, I apparently read better than you because these articles don’t prove your point. The only “evidence” mentioned is the McDaniel campaign’s claims that they’ve found 5K illegal votes, which is not nearly enough to change the outcome (they pinky swear promise that they’ll find the rest eventually).

            But the only independent experts quoted in the articles say that McDaniel is likely finding many votes that look illegal but are actually legal votes because of administrative errors such as misspelled names. Furthermore, the courts are extremely unlikely to overturn the results of a statewide election (see Bush v. Gore), and MS has no regulations governing election recounts.

            Just because your guy lost doesn’t mean it was illegal. McDaniel has a long way to go to prove fraud. Which is why he’s offering his ridiculous $1K bounties for information leading to a voter fraud conviction. Why would he do that if he already has all the evidence he needs?

            By the way, analyzing events based on the evidence is not a “silly game,” it’s the foundation of rational thought and our legal system. Without this, we might as well give up on civilization and move back to the jungles and caves.

      • chulo8399

        They have evidence that Barbour’s pack funded the racist robo call going out to blacks in our state.

        • calling all toasters

          Um, racism and robo calls are not illegal in any state in the nation, as the continued existence of the Republican Party proves.

          I mean, it’s SHOCKING that one campaign would have robo calls against another campaign. Because Benghazi!

          BTW, being against racists is not actually “racism.” Really.

  • Kyle Lyles

    They need to demand that all counties provide ballots to prove or disprove voter fraud. Until they do, the are complicit in voter fraud. And please, don’t hold your breath waiting for Cock-ran to do so.

    • calling all toasters

      Black people voting is not actually voter fraud, no matter how many times racists indicate that it is.

      • noprisoners49

        But crossover voting IS illegal, even if they were green or purple people.

        • calling all toasters
          • FrickenGenius

            Dems voting in a Rep runnoff is okay if the Dems did not originally vote in Dem primary. Voting in both is illegal. McDaniel has supposedly found several thousand such votes, which may get him a new election with a sympathetic judge…

            Also, there was a huge request for absentee ballots, which are rife with fraud.

          • chulo8399

            Yep and McDaniel has not even been able to review those absentee ballots yet and he already has most of the numbers he needs. Still has the counties in the delta (majority black) to review as well.

        • Gurnicus Blanstonius

          Oops… not in Mississippi. Wishin don’t make it so…

          • elephant4life

            IF they voted in the Democratic primary, AND voted in the Republican primary runoff, THAT is illegal, whether it’s called “crossover voting” or “poisoning the pool”. It’s still illegal, and is the subject of the investigation, in addition to the statement from the pastor that he was given thousands of envelopes containing $15 to hand out to voters.

            The MS Secty of State and AG are obligated to assist in the investigation without impeding it, as they are sworn to uphold the laws of the State of MS.

          • maodeedee

            Where is your evidence? Please cite the pertinent state code.

          • Tom B

            Already read the state election laws and the guy with money has already come forward.Old news.

          • John

            Yeah, and he got the money from a tea party blogger. Sad.

          • chulo8399

            Its not old news yet because it is still under investigation, I guess liberals like to sweep the stink under the rug, but this story still hasn’t been cracked all the way yet. Barbour, Cochran haven’t addressed it yet.

          • chulo8399

            Look at Kim Wades page on FB he has been posting evidence as they find it, they are just now getting to the most corrupt counties as I don’t think they have even gotten to the absentee ballots either, those are always unlawful. I see how Obama won now, with that kind of fraud going on from liberals there might be twice as many conservatives than liberals out there and we just don’t know it.

          • chulo8399

            The evidence will come very soon, we are all awaiting my friend be patient. Thad is out either way and that to me has become the main point.

          • chulo8399
      • PLauren

        Paying people to vote, regardless of color is fraud. If Cochran targeted the black vote , then he is the racist.

        • zappa24

          He targeted them by reminding them of all the positive things he has done for the state that has benefited the core constituency of the Democratic Party while noting that McDaniel would reverse all of it. The people who voted for the conservative Cochran realized that he was their best choice compared to a far right wing Republican and a Democrat who would lose in the general to either Republican.

          • maodeedee

            “He targeted them by reminding them of all the positive things he has done for the state that…bla bla bla……”

            He also reminded them that McDaniel and the Tea party wanted to “(s)end blacks back to the “good old bad days”.
            It’s in one of his first ads word for word stirring up racial fears and resentments. Try telling the WHOLE truth next time you try to characterize something in a way that supports your bias.

            But wait, you’re a Liberal aren’t you? Never mind.

          • calling all toasters

            Yeah, why would black people be afraid of people who want to deny them the vote? That’s just crazy.

          • zappa24

            It wouldn’t be an invalid argument. Keep in mind that McDaniel had spoken to a Neo-Confederate group. That harkens back to some very seriously “good old bad days”.

          • chulo8399

            Cochran is getting federal money sent to the state that’s correct, but he is personally taking kickbacks for it and that’s his motivation for it, not his love for our state. He is only hurt us in my opinion because liberals are quick to point out how much federal money Mississippi has been raking in.

          • zappa24

            Do you have any evidence that he is receiving kickbacks?

      • falling321

        Sorry, but Mississippi has closed primaries. You cannot cross party lines and you DEFINITELY cannot vote in both the Democrat and Republican primary…OOPS! And you certainly cannot pay people to vote!

        • zappa24

          It doesn’t have closed primaries. The state doesn’t ask people for their party affiliation, which would be one of the requirements for a closed primary. You can continue to believe the stuff you make up in your mind to defend your opinions, we’ll stick with the facts out here in the real world.

        • calling all toasters

          No, you can’t cross party lines– because no one registers as a member of a party in MS.

          No, you can’t vote in both the Democrat and Republican primary– as is checked at the polling place before they allow you to vote.

          No, you certainly cannot pay people to vote– and so far there isn’t any evidence that anyone did.

      • maodeedee

        Race has nothing to do with it, but obviously you are by definition someone inordinately focused on race, and therefore a racist.

        • calling all toasters

          Har, har! Anyone who mentions race is a racist! Anyone who tries to stop black people from voting is just a regular American! You have fooled me with your clever logic!

          • chulo8399

            Blacks definitely need to be more informed voters, they definitely have the passion for politics but they are easily misled, leaving them to believe liberals only care for their well being which is a fat lie. I would be willing to bet you live in a liberal state with a very small population of blacks. Otherwise you would understand what the problem here actually involves.

          • calling all toasters

            The stupidest black person in America has a better sense of politics than the smartest Tea Partier.

          • chulo8399

            Don’t talk about our President like that.

          • calling all toasters

            I KNOW! He’s not SMART, like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh! And YOU! DURRRR!

          • ElC

            Wow, your casual racism really caught me off guard, normally when i see racist comments its totally over the top and its obviously a troll trying to get attention. You’re the real deal! Now I see why Mississippis so screwed up.

          • chulo8399

            EIC, you do know I am black right? I guess you think I am racists against my own family?

      • Tom B

        If you voted in the democratic primary and then you voted in the republican race it is voter fraud.They already have almost 5000 people who are suspect and are just getting started.That 15 dollars that people were paid is coming back to to bite them and they may pay a heavy price.Who is stupid enough to vote twice for 2 different parties for 15 bucks and face fraud charges.If they get caught they will go to jail.

        • calling all toasters

          “Who is stupid enough to vote twice for 2 different parties for 15 bucks and face fraud charges.”

          Well, that’s why nobody did. That, and the fact that the election judges won’t let you.

          But rant on– hallucinations are all the Right has to offer.

          • Tom B

            Is that why someone has already come forward and explained how the scam worked and he was part of it all over youtube?No one would do that unless they wanted a serious amount of jailtime for lying.The only rant I hear is the same silly naive deniers trying to sweep everything under the rug.Not going to happen this time.

          • calling all toasters

            Wow! “someone has already come forward and explained how the scam worked and he was part of it all over youtube”

            I’m convinced now! Some guy on YouTube! Because he “explained” it!

            Because there is no higher source of authority than opportunistic bullshit espoused by racist nutjobs.

          • Tom B

            Yep,he’s already speaking with LEO’s and the DA in ole Miss!You seem to hate the fact Cochran got caught in a scam with democrats.

          • calling all toasters

            It’s good that YouTube guy is so willing to share the products of his imagination with some rednecks in law enforcement. Maybe they can arrest Obama!

          • John

            Dude, you can find evidence about pretty much anything on Youtube. What do you want? You want to know who really killed Kennedy? Can do. You want proof that Obama is actually a lizard alien? Can. do.

          • chulo8399

            Prove that last one, nope didn’t think so. Discredited again

          • John
          • chulo8399

            Look at this link and see if that is a right wing hallucination. A true hallucination is a California liberal thinking our energy use is what’s causing his forest to burn and state to dry up. That is about ridiculous.
            http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/cochran-campaign-puts-whistle-blowing-reverend-fielders-life-in-danger-by-publishing-home-address/

          • calling all toasters

            Science = ridiculous

            Paid-for accusations = unquestionable truth

            The tea party view in a nutcaseshell!

      • chulo8399

        Are you serious or do you just not understand what McDaniel is actually challenging? Black people voting in the democratic primary and then crossing to the republican primary runoff is illegal in this state.
        See this is how liberals win, too many uniformed people like you distorting information.

        • calling all toasters

          So black people by the thousands risk committing a federal crime by going to vote in their precinct, where the election judges automatically check the previous elections in which they voted? And all the election judges give them the secret Cochran handshake and let them vote anyway? And don’t record that they voted, so that the totals in the book don’t match the number of votes tabulated?

          But at least McDaniel knows that his audience is entirely ignorant of how voting works, and will get really angry just because he throws out some bullshit allegations. Smart politician there.

          • chulo8399

            If you haven’t figured out yet we have until Monday before the election has to be certified and it looks VERY good from McDaniel’s standpoint.

          • calling all toasters

            Oh, is it Tuesday already? How’d all that evidence of fraud work out for you? I hear they almost presented some!

    • http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=17421278&trk=tab_pro t6c

      So all county voting officals are guilty until proven innocent. I take it you are not a U.S. citizen and know little about our justice system.

    • falling321

      McDaniel has access to the records of those who voted. He and his people are checking now for cross voting and have found thousands who voted in both the Democrat primary and Republican primary runoff. Since MS does not allow cross voting, they only need to show enough cross votes to cover the difference in the election vote and they are very close. I suspect that Cochran is going to have to resign over this…as he should!

      • calling all toasters

        Cross voting is checked at the time of voting. You know those books the election judges have? Oh, you’ve probably never voted, but trust me, they have books that have the voting records of everyone in the precinct. Then they look in the book and see if the person voted in the Democratic primary, and they do not give them a Republican primary ballot if that’s the case.

        Don’t worry, though: you can claim that all those little old lady election judges were in on it, because Sharia Law, Benghazi, socialism, etc.

        • Brian McGregor

          toasted: you are one STOOPID racist

          • calling all toasters

            I understand you need to fart sometimes, but why do you need to share it with everyone?

        • creeper

          Never worked an election, did you?

          • calling all toasters

            Many times. Never been to one, have you?

  • AmericanDawg
  • Sam Brees

    I think all you Tea Party guys should show Cochran who is in charge, by showing up at the polls and voting for Childers. That would show that traitor.

    • falling321

      Yeah, right…and end up with a Democrat who’s an even bigger lying cheat than Cochran! No thanks!

      • chulo8399

        They really don’t come worse that a Mississippi establishment lobby loving republican. We use more federal dollars than anyone per capita.

    • Tom B

      Right,no one supports democrat/republican cheaters in old Miss.Both parties screwed themselves royally.Voting for a democrat is like voting for satan and voting for a crossover republican with democrat support is even worse.

      • chulo8399

        It is sad Tom, I am going to do all I can here in the state to help remove Thad and help remove the influence in the state from Haley Barbour.

    • NewtonMinnow

      I think you are correct. The supporters for McDaniel should just stay home on election day. Screw Thad!

    • chulo8399

      Sam I am a tea party supporter here in Mississippi, and Thad is gone come November along with Haley Barbour’s money train lobby system.

    • sammescalito

      Cochran is a traitor for following the legal electoral procedure? Oh, I get it, he’s a traitor for talking to black people. How dare he?

      Actually, I don’t care about Cochran but scuzzy racists like you really piss me off. Go and have oral sex with your favourite gun.

  • JonSEAZ

    It is all over for Cochran. He played dirty to win the primary, but has ensured that he will lose the general. He will not get the crossover votes in the general, and he will most certainly lose the votes of the conservative GOP bloc. Most simply will not vote in the general, and certainly not for Cochran. I think we can say not with some certainty that Mississippi will have a new Democrat senator come the election. The GOP establishment won the battle and lost the war. As with all entrenched holders of power, the GOP establishment will kill the party in their effort to hold onto their power. They simply care about nothing more than their power, a common human failing.

    • sameolbs

      Wishful thinking on your part. He’s out of there…just in time to replace him.

      • JonSEAZ

        Quote: “It is all over for Cochran.” I don’t understand your comment.

    • Soxtory

      Saying it is all over for Cochran, is akin to Rock Hudson telling James Dean he is finished near the end of the movie Giant. It “ain’t necessarily so!”

      On the other hand, when an incumbent faces primary opposition in a GOP fight, the winner may be Obama people like in Indiana last time!

      • JonSEAZ

        You well may be right, as i certainly am no sage, and Cochran could go on to win the general–but it is not logical to me that he will do so. It seems to me, as you point out, the winner will be the Democrat. I see things pretty much akin to the way iizthatiiz describes them.

        • falling321

          Mississippi simply will not vote for a Democrat to replace their beloved Cochran. They may now know he is just as corrupt as the rest of the establishment GOP, but they also know the DNC is far worse.

          • chulo8399

            Wrong, I am a Mississippi conservative and I am crossing over in November, I know several others who are as well. I want Cochran, and Barbour out of power.

      • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBG9zqKlqSMeoGWk8Sabog iizthatiiz

        ya see Soxtory .. that’s the thing. Conservatives can’t distinguish between the Cochran people, and the Obama people.

        They act, vote, and spend exactly the same way.

        • chulo8399

          We know we have to clean up our own party before we can run as a reputable party, Thad, McCain, Haley Barbour, Bush Christie, and Cantor are all finding that out now.

    • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBG9zqKlqSMeoGWk8Sabog iizthatiiz

      Gotta agree. By paying Black democratic voters to cast a ballot for Thad, and hiring people to drive them to the polls, Haley Barbour has spit directly into the face of the majority of Republicans in Mississippi. And they’re bragging about it!!

    • http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=17421278&trk=tab_pro t6c

      He will win simply because he has a proven record on getting federal funds delivered to Mississippi. Voting for the Democrat means losing the funding stream. Conservatives will vote for Cochran because their hatred of a Democratic-controlled Senate is greater than their hatred of Cochran.

      • chulo8399

        Your partially correct I hate to see a democratic controlled Senate because Obama does not need any more power, but I am crossing over in November and so are many other Conservatives I know here in the state. We have to first clean up our own house before we can tell others how to clean theirs. Childers is actually a conservative democrat which actually I can stand better that a fat cat lobby loving establishment republican. Cochran is out, Childers your up and you better get it right or you a definite 1 term senator.

    • falling321

      Cochran will win the general if McDaniel doesn’t prevail in his suit. He has been there far too long to lose in the general to a man who is even worse than he is! Mississippi is NOT going to be voting in a Democrat…they may have been foolish in the primary, but they aren’t idiots!

      • elephant4life

        Don’t you understand? They don’t have to vote FOR a Democrat for the Democrat to win. All McDaniel’s supporters have to do is STAY HOME, and Cochran will lose.

        • maodeedee

          Not exactly. They don’t have to vote for a Democrat for the Democrat to win because once in the Senate, Cockroach will jump ship and vote with the Democrats every chance he gets, and he’ll follow Mitch McConnell’s lead in caving in to Obama on a regular basis.

          • calling all toasters

            Amazing. You do know that Cochran has been in the Senate since 1978, don’t you? But he’s going to wait until his 37th year in the Senate to jump parties, because… I don’t know… Benghazi?

      • chulo8399

        Cochran is more of a democrat that Childers is in my opinion. He will lose in November, are there will be MANY crossovers to Childers I guarantee.

    • chulo8399

      You don’t realize how right you are, I am a Mississippi citizen and Cochran/Barbour are public enemy number 1 around here. We will actually elect a democrat senator here I do believe come November. Most conservatives will just sit out, some (like myself) will actually cross over.

      • JonSEAZ

        chulo8399, I
        am not from Mississippi, but I have been around for a very long time,
        voting, watching elections, and observing human nature and I see it all
        unfolding just as you describe. In my opinion, many Mississippi
        conservatives will sit out this election, with some who really want
        revenge crossing over to vote for the Democrat. Cochran, Barbour, and
        the GOP establishment will wake up the morning after to find that they
        won the battle but lost the war. It always amazes me just how
        near-sighted people can be when it comes to trying to hold onto power.
        Greed (whether for money or power) blinds the greedy to reality as well
        as to morality. I first voted for Barry Goldwater for President and
        have been a life-long registered Republican. The GOP Establishment has
        managed to make the GOP more of an enemy to the GOP’s conservative base
        than the Democrat Party. The conservative base feels betrayed by the GOP
        Establishment and either have turned apathetic or else vengeful. This feeling appears to me to be playing out pretty much nation wide. The national GOP is working itself towards irrelevancy.

  • Gele Eerie

    Since each of us knows so little, and because it is impossible to know who among us knows best, we trust the competitive efforts of many to lead us toward new and better ways of doing things.

  • John Greene

    If some of you understood the rules for crossover voting in MS, you’d accept the results. Nobody was a traitor here. If you really believe Childers should be elected, that is your business but I think your rationale is ridiculous. The Cochran campaign said they welcomed the challenge – is that not enough? They obviously there is nothing illegal about the vote. Maybe if McDaniels campaigned like he really wanted to represent the entire state and not just the Tea Party, he would not have lost, but that is another story.

    • guvhog

      I have family in Mississippi and I do understand the rules for “Crossover” voting. If a person votes in the Democratic Primary, it is illegal for them to then vote in the GOP primary runoff.

      • maodeedee

        Well, you’re talking about what’s legal for you and me, not what’s legal for those who have power and money. Those are two completely different matters.

        And the Cochran campaign had all the power and money of the two major political parties all the way up the food chain to the very top of both parties.

        • calling all toasters

          So that’s why black people never get arrested when they break the law!

      • John

        Then present the evidence that there are thousands of people who did that.

    • falling321

      LOL You have obviously never been on a jury or visited a prison…don’t you know they are ALL innocent!? What did you think the Cochran campaign would say…yes, I’m guilty, bring on the handcuffs? ROFL We know there was corruption and fraud going on, I am just hoping there is enough proof to force Cochran out of the race.

  • Andre Leonard

    “I’m happy to address any question, no matter the lunacy of it,”

    Some folks just refuse to be the voice of reason. More like agitators. The issue of race in America is significant, but if we’re ever to move forward, saner minds will have to prevail.

    • falling321

      You think Barbour is above putting someone on that call to act racist and obnoxious so he could cut the call short before he got around to answering any questions? I’ve never been on one of those calls where they were unable to cut a caller off…I smell a set up!

      • Andre Leonard

        May very well be. But let’s focus on getting rid of a career politician and not get sidetracked by the ever present race issue.

  • Jason Eugene Bolton

    How fascinating.

  • GameTime

    Well we see that rank amateurism is still running the Cochran show. I don’t Mr. Barbour but I would venture a guess he got his job because of who he knows. lol There’s your trouble.

    Poor Thad. Everyone knows this is his last term. Look for him to retire before it ends and someone gets appointed. But I wish McDaniel luck in investigating the votes. We should all know what is turned up. Hard to believe that not one person who voted in that earlier Democratic Primary didn’t show up to vote for Cochran.

    • elephant4life

      Austin Barbour is a nephew of Haley Barbour. Apparently, the Barbour clan is up to its shirtsleeves in the Cochran campaign, and the resulting muck.

    • John

      Hard to believe that anyone voted for McDork.

      • Brian McGregor

        said the man with the racist, adulterous, treasonous, commie skunk for an icon

        • calling all toasters

          Wait ’til 7th grade, you might find out what all those adjectives mean!

        • Republicans_are_Evil

          Witness right wing hatred.

        • John

          Yet he was POTUS while you work at MickieDee’s.

  • David Goldman

    Awesome. McDaniel’s campaign is giving all of America a very good look at the true tea party. And it is neither pretty nor patriotic. It is just a bunch of elitists wrapped up in colonial era privilege. The only real question now is how much of the tea party will McDaniel pull down with him in this losing cause?

    • guvhog

      The tea party or tea party people weren’t even mentioned in that column. How do you know some of the callers were tea party people????

      • David Goldman

        Who else gets locked into voting precincts at night, and gets caught sneaking into nursing homes? They are whacked, and going crazy in their rage.

    • falling321

      I have a better theory..the caller was put in place by Barbour so Barbour would have an excuse to cut the call short and avoid any real questions! I’ve been on many of these calls and never before been on one that they could not cut off an obnoxious caller!

      • StandProudNow

        They could have easily muted the caller, but chose not to.
        There’s a stinky rat here.

  • valwayne

    I actually was hoping McDaniel’s would win. However, I was very troubled by those supporters of his who invaded Sen Cochran’s wife’s room. I have no idea what they were trying to do, but its pretty despicable. And whether they like how they were beaten or not, not conceding and having apparent supporters behave like this is not impressive. I don’t like the appeal to democrats from the Cochran campaign, but nobody in the Tea Party complained that some Democrats helped knock off Majority Leader Cantor in VA. I think primaries should be closed, but everybody knew the rules going in, and as they say politics ain’t bean bag. Unless McDaniel has proof of enough illegal votes to overturn the election its time for him to shows some dignity, unity, and concede. He ran a good race, he got beat barely. It happens.

    • Jason Priestley

      Yea, well he killed himself, so feel better about it. Move on Wayne. He’s rotting in a grave as you post this.

  • theBuckWheat

    Sounds like CB radio!

  • maodeedee

    Everything about this election stinks.

    It’s the Republican establishment of John Boehner, Mitch McConnell. Lindsey Graham, Karl Rove, Jeb Bush, Haley Barbour, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Chris Christie, and the corrupt GOP establishment that is in bed with the opposition party and has a back-room power-sharing arrangement with the Democrats and they have joined forces against principled conservative Republicans who actually represent those who elect them or TRY to elect them only to have the elections rigged as this one was.

    These corrupt establishment hacks have subverted and hi-jacked free and honest elections in this country and are moving us towards one-party rule.

    • the_iowa_hawkeye

      Mitt Romney establishment? HAHAHAHA!!! He has NEVER lived in, worked in, or been a part of the DC scene. To claim he is a part of the “establishment” is ludicrous.

      No more free elections huh? Is that how Brat destroyed Cantor? Please. Grow up.

  • Tom B

    McDaniel already has almost 5000 false votes and he’s just getting started.I would be very worried if I were Cochran.2000 more and Cochran is a sitting duck with egg on his face.

    • the_iowa_hawkeye

      Alleged false votes. Just because he claims it does not make it true.

  • KansasGirl

    The leftists don’t like us fighting back.
    Get used to it.

    • calling all toasters

      Hey, what’s not to like when far-right white Southerners show those blacks that they can’t vote in our elections?

      • KansasGirl

        Racist

        • calling all toasters

          Good one. Anyone who points out racism is the real racist.

          Tell me: I know this sort of glib idiocy is seen as clever when one dittohead talks to another, but do you ever think you sound like an idiot when you say this to normal people? Because you really do.

          • KansasGirl

            Racist.

          • KansasGirl

            Racist.

          • the_iowa_hawkeye

            The problem votes are those people who voted twice. Would you agree such votes would be illegal? What difference does it make what color their skin was? It is for THAT reason you are a racist.

          • calling all toasters

            The reason you are a racist is that you assume
            1) that a crime has been committed with no evidence.
            2) that black people must have committed it

          • the_iowa_hawkeye

            Why are you lying? At no point did I assume a crime has been committed. An accusation has been made with some evidence behind it, calling for an investigation. If true, then yes, a crime has been committed. I have no idea if the claims are true or not.

            And NO WHERE did I assume that blacks did anything – in fact, I very clearly state that I do not care what the color of their skin is.

          • calling all toasters

            Sorry, I confused you with every single other McDaniel supporter.

          • the_iowa_hawkeye

            Then pay more attention please. I am not a McDaniel supporter in the slightest. The man is a disgrace to the GOP, including the Tea Party wing of the GOP.

  • victorvictor

    Then Thad responded “I have reached across the aisle in the spirit of bipartisanship many times to work with the Jeff Davis administration. We are all Mississippians”.

  • bob

    McDaniel needs to run as a write in and shove it up Chocran’s and the establishment GOP’s collective a s s.

  • the_iowa_hawkeye

    It sounds to me that McDaniel is just a sore loser. If he has a real complaint then take it to the courts. Otherwise, he is just another Tea Party Establishment hack who views it as his birthright to rule. And to be honest, Cochran isn’t any better. Shame on the people of Mississippi for allowing these two hacks into office in the first place.

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    A conference call for the national media attracted a racist? Was the information necessary to join this conference call made public?
    It does not surprise me that racism rears its ugly head given this is the result of the Republican’s southern strategy.

  • BellsNwhistles

    Blue suit or Gray suit it makes no difference, Mississippi is a mess, Repub efforts to enslave women have destroyed female health and the education system is a dumb down pauper. Do not vote for incumbents Mississippi.

  • Youz Guys

    Although confused about the sources of human intelligence, collectivists claim that society must be subjected to centralized control by small groups of quacks and academics.

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