EDITORIAL/Two words: Harry Reid
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 6:53 AM
For Republicans, the November general election boils down to two words: Harry Reid.
Republicans reaching out to tea party voters should be Sen. Thad Cochran's No. 1 aim, as his obstinate challenger Chris McDaniel digs in.
The integrity of elections is something we take seriously. There are means in the law to challenge fraud, but yelping and whining over a handful of issues as the McDaniel campaign stalls to raise badly needed cash isn't productive when statistically the winning margin is too high to turn the election.
In addition to mounting a legal fight, the cash, we presume, would likely also be used to pay off campaign debt. After all, that's a harder sell to supporters after losing an election.
The focus in Mississippi should be 1.) our real enemies, Harry Reid and the other big-government liberals in Washington and on 2.) where conservatives can agree.
Jefferson wrote of the Declaration, "All it's [sic] authority rests on the harmonizing sentiments of the day, whether expressed in conversation, letters, printed essays, or in the elementary books of public right, as Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Sidney..."
Rejecting Thad Cochran and electing a Democrat in November almost certainly guarantees liberals control of the United States Senate. Democratic control ensures President Obama has the power he needs to continue dismantling America one executive order at a time.
There's simply not much recourse for a legal challenge in the Mississippi GOP Senate primary. The election is over. Thad Cochran won.
Successfully reaching across the aisle, as Thad Cochran did on June 24, threatens only extremists on both sides. Most of us are somewhere in the middle - or at least reasonably right.
Reaching out to good, rank and file Mississippians who voted for challenger Chris McDaniel and separating them from the insane, lunatic fringe is what's at hand for the GOP as the party mends. But the party is going to have to lead.
There are good people who were simply ready for change. Nothing against Thad or the Barbours or anybody else. They are just sick and tired and that's understandable.
Only a small percentage read the blogs and follow the political chaos on Twitter and Facebook where the flames are the hottest. Average McDaniel supporters are embarrassed when confronted with the stacks of outlandish and irresponsible actions of the campaign's leadership.
In a general election this November where 700,000 people will likely vote, the GOP doesn't have to worry about the fringe holding the party hostage. Again, that's not all 180,000-plus, just a small percentage.
Republicans can win without Republicans who stay home and pout. This election proved the GOP can move forward with a coalition of the sane and willing.
But mending fences and moving on is going to be difficult, especially with the loudest protesters spewing hatred across social media and elsewhere, up to and including implied death threats.
McDaniel was a uniquely bad candidate. Cochran actually has no major conservative victory to hang his hat on either. He's older and he was a weak incumbent.
McDaniel ended up running a poor campaign and being a bad candidate. More substantive debate over a canadite who is more likely to vote for federal largesse than cutting government spending would have been more effective.
The whole blogger scandal was just plain disturbing, then a suicide. It's scary. Has politics really come to this?
A more professional campaign would have distanced itself from the outset.
The campaign could have had a better argument against Thad Cochran than he's old, he's been there a long time and we're anti-Washington, give us some matches, we're burning down the house.
McDaniel essentially promised he would go to Washington and be an idealogical crusader, not actually even trying to bring home any federal monies.
Meanwhile, Cochran is known for bringing home the bacon for military bases and universities and just about anything else.
The tea party set out to wage an ideological war and create a debate over what they want. It wasn't about roads, or performing arts centers or sewage treatment plants.
To be uncompromising in politics is almost certainly fatal, but that's what McDaniel promised. It's not what America needs.
The chairman of Mississippi College Republicans called it quits on Monday, saying the party has allowed "extremist" groups to dominate. He's joining the Democrats.
Evan Alvarez of Ridgeland, the son of a Cuban immigrant, said the GOP's stance on immigration "is not only ignorant but it is cruel." He also denounced Republicans for not doing enough to stop "the hatred and cruel words" he feels the party aims at women and minorities.
Driving away young voters like Alvarez is a terrible, terrible mistake and will send the GOP the way of the Whigs.
The biggest cheerleader for Mr. McDaniel right now isn't his loyal and passionate supporters, but Mr. Childers, the Democratic nominee who is reaping the benefits of Mr. McDaniel's narcissistic obstinance.
Cochran expanded the GOP base to win. The problem in our country is that we're not talking across ideological and party lines and that's what's wrong. We've lost our way.
Mr. McDaniel is currently the Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, so he has had quite a bit of time and the position to reform the state's primary system about which he has complained so much.
Gov. Phil Bryant has been AWOL. Sadly, there's been more focus on the State Seal than the defining issues of the day - or the next Century - such as this election.
Gov. Bryant and Mississippi GOP Chairman Joe Nosef have the power to end this or at least reach out to heal and lead.
The vacuum created by the party apparatus not closing ranks and enforcing very basic management rules is being filled by the insane, lunatic fringe spewing the most vile comments and bizarre conspiracy theories ever seen in modern Mississippi politics.
It's important for the Republican leadership to speak directly to rank and file McDaniel supporters, telling them they hear them and asking for their help to accomplish things important to conservatives like fighting Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama and their failed liberal policies that are wrecking America.
Sometimes leadership requires actual leading and educating supporters rather than just passively sailing the way the prevailing populist wind blows.
Mr. Cochran's political legacy may very well be that he showed us how to expand the base and become a more diverse party.