NYT: In Mississippi, It’s G.O.P. vs. Tea Party

Jonathan Weisman of the New York Times filed a look at Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel with the article “In Mississippi, It’s G.O.P. vs. Tea Party.”

. . . Mississippi’s power structure is in a bit of a panic. The economically poor state has been rich with powerful politicians in Washington, who have unapologetically protected its military bases and shipyards, built its roads and universities, reconstructed its beachfronts, and dredged its rivers. The state has had only a handful of senators since 1947, including Mr. Cochran, a powerful member of the Appropriations Committee; Trent Lott, a Senate majority leader; and John C. Stennis, whose 41 years of service was marked by military advocacy and the creation of the modern Navy. . .

. . . Policy details are as foreign to Mr. McDaniel as they are natural to Mr. Cochran. Henry Barbour’s super PAC is filling the airwaves with comments Mr. McDaniel made to Politico that questioned whether he would have voted for the emergency relief that Mr. Cochran helped secure for the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Mr. McDaniel now says he supports disaster relief and does not see the need to offset it with other spending cuts. And he has opted not to challenge Mr. Cochran’s military largess. . .

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