Establishment vs. Tea Party

With former Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour and his lobbying firm, Washington-BGR, fully behind Sen. Thad Cochran in his re-election bid, the Cochran campaign is painting support for challenger Chris McDaniel as all out-of-state and uninterested in Mississippi.

The 2014 Primary between Cochran and McDaniel will demonstrate definitively whether Mississippians are ready to sacrifice federal funding for smaller government or not.  As Wyatt Emmerich notes,

The race between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran for U.S. senator is crystallizing Mississippi’s great political irony.

Mississippi is one of the most conservative states in the nation, yet it receives the most federal aid. We are the ultimate welfare state.

For decades, this little irony was swept under the rug. Our politicians would talk about cutting federal spending one day and boast about bringing home the pork the next.

With the scary ballooning of federal debt and the rise of the tea party, the McDaniel-Cochran race is finally forcing the issue. Mississippi voters are going to have to decide — is it ideology or pork they prefer.

Used to be a candidate like McDaniel couldn’t raise the money to rock the boat. This has changed. There are a half-dozen deep-pocketed national tea party PACs and they love McDaniel.

Barbour stated in Politico, “These guys and the McDaniel campaign — none of them are from Mississippi — will learn that Mississippians appreciate Thad Cochran for good reason.”  McDaniel is currently serving as a Mississippi state Senator, was born in Laurel, and attended William Carey University and University of Mississippi School of Law.

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