In what is emerging as a pattern of either establishment Republican hubris or a lack of situational awareness, the Politico reports that Thad Cochran shrugs off Sarah Palin nod to opponent. Since running as Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) running mate in the failed 2008 Republican Presidential ticket, Palin has become the poster-child for the Tea Party movement.
Sen. Cochran has also admitted that he didn’t know much about the Tea Party. The Washington Post reported in February that Cochran remarked, “The tea party, you know, is something I don’t really know a lot about.”
Cochran’s Republican Primary challenger, state Senator Chris McDaniel, is running against the incumbent in part due to the perception that Cochran is out of touch with people who support low taxes and limited government.
While Cochran’s remarks aren’t expected to sink his campaign, they may inspire the McDaniel supporters.
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