Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Good morning again:
Yes, indeed, sports fans.
Mississippi features an all-out Republican civil war for our viewing pleasure between Thad Cochran, the incumbent who won the Republican primary runoff by 7,667 votes, apparently due in part to the support of black Democrats who crossed over to vote for him to assure his victory over Chris McDaniel, the right-wing wacko tea party challenger who beat him in the primary by 1,300 votes, triggering the runoff because he received less than 50% of the votes cast.
Under Mississippi law, voters can cross over and vote in the other party’s primary, if they did not vote in their own party’s primary.
McDaniel claims that Cochran won the runoff by appealing to black Democrats, who voted for him despite having voted in the Democratic primary.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, he of the incoherent filibuster fame who unsuccessfully babbled right wing platitudes all night to an empty Senate Chamber to force the government to default on its debt in order to destroy it, leaped into the frying pan yesterday supporting McDaniel.
The Christian Science Monitor reports,
“These allegations need to be vigorously investigated, and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted,” Senator Cruz said on the “Mark Levin Show.” “The voters of Mississippi deserve to know the truth.”
Cruz also slammed “the conduct of the Washington D.C. machine” in the runoff.
Cruz’s comments represented a sharp departure from his neutral posture in GOP primaries – in itself, an unusual approach to his duties as vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The committee works to reelect incumbent GOP senators.
Except in this case.
Cochran’s camp claim they have reviewed the votes cast and found a few questionable crossover votes, but not enough to have affected the outcome.
McDaniel’s supporters are extremely hot and bitter. They swear they will never vote for Cochran if he prevails against their challenge.
Ironically, the Democratic Party hoped McDaniel would win because they figured he would be easier for the Democratic candidate, former Representative Travis Childers, to beat in the general election.
The results of this election probably will wind up challenged in court.
Do you suppose that McBride’s and Cruz’s outrage is fueled by racist hatred?
Nah, couldn’t be. After all, they are honorable men, aren’t they?
We get to pop some popcorn and watch this spectacle unfold.
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