George Will and the Debilitating Myth that Tea Party Candidates Have to be “Perfect”

Mississippi Votes Its Appetite | National Review Online

Chris McDaniel, 41, the flawed paladin of the tea-party persuasion who in Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary failed to wrest the nomination from the faltering hands of six-term incumbent Thad Cochran, 76, came into politics after a stint in talk radio. There practitioners do not live by the axiom that you don’t have to explain something you never said, and McDaniel had some explaining to do about some of his more colorful broadcast opinions and phrases, which may have given a number of voters pause about whether he is quite senatorial, whatever that means nowadays.    

Oh, fuck you, Georgy Porgie, and all the rest of the paladins of the Establishment Right at places like NRO, the Gentry GOP mouthpiece.

These are the mokes who tell us that “Tea Party candidates” must be perfect – by whatever metric they are using for the word, generally the closer to the Establishment worldview the better – but gloss over the far more debilitating flaws of an old, used-up, juiceless, senile pork-barrel nonentity like Thad Cochran.

Anybody who doesn’t think that Chris McDaniel would have made a better conservative Senator than Cochran either values nothing but power (over principle), or else their pie-holes are permanently welded to the Washington pork store.

As for “whatever (senatorial) means these days, apparently it means a massive train wreck like Thad Cochran.  At least from the point of view of sniveling Gentry GOP dweebs like you.

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George Will and the Debilitating Myth that Tea Party Candidates Have to be “Perfect” — 9 Comments

  1. McDaniel reportedly won among Republicans. There were a lot of Democrat cross-overs, some of which were probably illegal (I believe in Mississippi if you vote in one party’s primary, you can’t cross-over in a run off). Cochran ran a truly despicable primary campaign financed with Gentry GOP dollars.

  2. It’ll be fun watching old thad and his pimps wait for that 40% aa vote to come his way, while the conservatives – that he and his dc shits spit on – pull the democrat lever.
    For damn sure that’s what I’d be doing if I was up thyere.

  3. Mark Levin is openly recommending that conservatives boycott Cochran in the general. I’m going farther than that. I recommend that they cross over and vote for the Democrat. It’s illegal, you say? Well, to quote a great statesmistress: What difference does it make?

    Unless, of course, McDaniel pulls a Gentry GOP and runs as an independent, ala Lisa Murkowski. In which case, I send him more money and we try again.

      • Apparently, in Mississippi, if you vote for a candidate in an “open” primary election, whether in the main primary or in any runoff primary that may be required*, regardless of your registered Party affiliation, you are breaking the law if you then vote in the general election for the candidate from the opposing Party.

        Exactly how you’d go about charging someone with violating that seems…rather problematic, of course.

        Obviously, under such legal rules, Republicans who voted (correctly, legally) in either the regular primary or the runoff primary for either McDaniel, Cochran or any other Republican would be breaking the law if they were to vote for the Democrat candidate in the general election. Again, detecting such a violation would seem to be pretty difficult, if not impossible…

        *Mississippi primary election rules apparently require a runoff primary between the top vote-getters if none receives a simple majority (50% or more) of the total votes cast, and McDaniel – the winner by a bit less than 1,400 votes in the regular primary – failed to get the required 50% by a very small margin, thus forcing a runoff – which Cochran won by several thousand votes, apparently due to a bunch of illegally-cast “crossover” ballots (coming from registered Democrats – who should not have been voting in an “open” runoff primary where the only two contenders were Republican candidates).

  4. BTW –

    Unless, of course, McDaniel pulls a Gentry GOP and runs as an independent, ala Lisa Murkowski. In which case, I send him more money and we try again.

    Ordinarily, of course, this is generally a losing proposition – but, in this case, given further solid Tea Party support, I would say it’s a very good idea and has a pretty good chance of succeeding. At the very least, it would seem to give McDaniel a strong opportunity to cut up the detestable Cochran into the fish-bait he richly deserves to be, which would be worthwhile (IMHO) even if the end-result was that the Democrat gets the win.

    As always, YMMV…

  5. As it turns out, MS has a “sore loser” law – any primary candidate cannot run as a write in in the general unless the nominee dies. And it’s apparently too late for him to file to run as an Independent.

    So…vote for the Democrat. No way should Cochran and the gang of his puppeteers be rewarded with a win over this. And no, I don’t give a rat’s ass whether we lose the Senate again. If we do, they brought it on themselves.

  6. Hereabouts, we can vote in one party’s primary, not both (assuming that the Greens and Libertarians haven’t qualified).

    My past preference was to vote in the Democrat primary, and to vote for the most radical, extreme candidate running. Assuming that the body politic was…centralist…at worst.

    I stopped doing that. They kept willing the primary, and then the election.

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