Cochran’s 42 years of influence summarized

The Washington Post caught up to Sen. Thad Cochran on Friday and wrote an extensive article, Cochran promotes D.C. influence to fend off tea party challenge, on issues ranging from longevity and compromise to ObamaCare, the Tea Party, and his opponent in the Republican Primary, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

In the article, Cochran appeared to make a critical misstep by saying, “I think we need to monitor any federal programs that provide services and assistance to people who need help, and this is an example of an important effort by the federal government to help make health care available, accessible and affordable.”  Later on the campaign trail, Cochran’s staff clarified the statement by saying that the Senator though he was addressing the VA scandal and Cochran stated himself that he has always been against the law.

Cochran has continued to promote the political clout he has gained by 42 years in Washington.  Cochran says, “I’m convinced that if that phone call would have not been made to a Cabinet member, we wouldn’t have been able to keep the hospital open.”

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Do Democrats and Republicans represent differing views on the role of government?

With Mississippi’s 2014 Primary Elections on June 3rd, consider a quote from one of President Bill Clinton’s mentors.  Carroll Quigley wrote the following in his 1966 book Tragedy and Hope:

The chief problem of American political life for a long time has been how to make the two Congressional parties more national and international.  The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.  Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.  The policies that are vital and necessary for America are no longer subjects of significant disagreement, but are disputable only in details of procedure, priority, or method. . .  Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.

Is your candidate really different or just a little more or less of what is already in elected office?  Is that what you want?  Our country must to return to the principles that made our country the greatest on the earth.  We need revival. . . in the church house AND in the state house.  Make your vote count!

Sun Herald’s Hampton declares Tea Party Dead. . . maybe

In his May 24th Sun Herald opinion “Up to our necks in mud – and sinking in the Mississippi Senate race,” Paul Hampton attempted to write the epitaph for the Tea Party tombstone.   “But it’s clear 2010 was a fluke and this party is over.  Of course, you could make the argument the party isn’t over — the Tea Party has just ‘purified’ the GOP.  You know, sort of like when the Democrats lurched to the left and its more conservative members jumped ship.”

Then comes the following tweet from Paul Gallo:

To put it a bit more clearly, Sen. Thad Cochran is running the same campaign a Democrat would use to defeat Chris McDaniel and there is nothing that Cochran has done that the Democrats can run against!  So much for “purification.”

With Republicans continuing to be “Democrat-light,” conservative groups within the party will always attempt to reform it.  Existing campaign finance laws have made that a certainty.

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Busy week ahead for 4th District Candidates

With the Mississippi Primary Elections one week away, candidates will be extra busy getting their messages out.  The race for the state’s 4th Congressional District has been overshadowed by the negative and heated race for U.S. Senate.  However, the two favorites, Steven Palazzo and Gene Taylor, appear to be in a close race as well.

Taylor continues to bash Palazzo for his support of Biggert-Waters Act (which reformed flood insurance), voting against Hurricane Sandy Relief, while blaming him for recent defense cuts and a failure to hold town hall meetings.  Taylor emphasizes that he has always had traditional Mississippi values and that his party change only reflects that the Democrat Party left him, not the other way around.

Palazzo has been running on his record that earned him recognition as the most conservative member of the U.S. Congress from Mississippi.  Meanwhile, he has been busy painting Taylor as a liberal Democrat who supported Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), voted countless times for trillions in spending and the liberal agenda, and switched parties only because Democrats are not electable in the state.

The Sun Herald reports that the candidacies of Tom Carter, Ron Vincent, and Tavish Kelly may draw enough conservative votes away from Palazzo to force a run-off.  Although he says he hasn’t done any polling, Taylor is predicting the same.  Outsiders Carter, Vincent, and Kelly continue to say that neither Palazzo nor Taylor will do enough to cut spending and shrink the national debt.  At least Taylor has admitted as much saying that “Mississippi needs those federal dollars.”

In what likely amounts to an inconsequential race, Democrats Matt Moore and Trish Causey have been pushing their agendas of LGBT and women’s rights, equal pay.

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The ‘Where’ and ‘Who’ of the 2014 Primary

Mississippi’s Primary Elections are June 3rd.  South Mississippi will elect Republican and Democrat candidates for the state’s General Election November 4th.  At stake are seats in the U.S. Senate and the 4th Congressional District.

WHERE:  Click here to find out where to vote.

WHO:  Click here to find information on the candidates.

McDaniel and Cochran in dead heat heading into June 3rd Primary

Two recently released polls indicate a dead heat, if not a slight edge to Chris McDaniel, in Mississippi’s Republican Primary race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Thad Cochran.

Citizens United Political Victory Fund conducted a poll May 14th and 15th which showed a 43% to 39% edge for McDaniel, within the 4.4% margin of error.

Another poll conducted on May 14th by the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund shows a 43% to 36% lead for McDaniel.  Since the same organization’s poll on April 2nd, Sen. Cochran’s favorability has slipped from 64% to 48% while McDaniel’s has risen 15%.

Both polls were conducted prior to the past weekend’s news that a man broke into Cochran’s wife’s retirement home in Madison.  While the McDaniel campaign has denied any and all affiliation with the man, it is uncertain how that could change the landscape leading up to the June 3rd primary.

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Yes, There is a Democrat Primary on June 3rd

Democrat U.S. Senate Candidate Travis Childers and 4th Congressional District Democrat opponents Trish Causey and Matt Moore met last Thursday to promote the Democrat Primary on June 3rd.

Childers emphasized his commitment to public education and against education vouchers.

Causey emphasized her advocacy for women’s and gay rights.  Moore stated that, based on Democrat numbers alone, they should be able to win in the general elections despite Mississippi being considered a Republican stronghold.

All 3 expressed commitment to a minimum wage increase, healthcare coverage for the working poor, and women’s rights.

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