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  •  "Expanding the electorate", says Cizilla (17+ / 0-)

    and he has a point: the teapartiers have been working for a smaller and smaller slice of the republican party, and Cochran went broader.

    The lesson may be that Rs can win without shrinking the electorate until it's small enough to be defeated by a small but activist electorate.

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    by Inland on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:36:54 AM PDT

    •  IMO the real lesson is (28+ / 0-)
      Fuck with minority voting rights at your peril.
      Didn't Cochrane circulate material claiming that the McDaniel campaign was trying to keep them from voting? Didn't said campaign play right into that narrative by announcing it was going to monitor the polls to make sure no one who "didn't intend to vote for the Republican nominee in November" was allowed to vote in the runoff? And bring in Teahadis from out of state (maybe we should call them Teacarpetbaggers?) as ground troops?

      The more the TeaOP tries to win by throwing obstacles in the way of minority voters exercising the franchise, the more those voters will endure any hardship to show up despite them. When your parents & grandparents stood against tear gas & fire hoses & vicious dogs & risked bodily harm unto death to win you the right to vote (among others), you are not about to let the bastards whose parents & grandparents did those things rip that right (among others) out of your hands. But if it tries to dial down the voter fraud hue&cry (among other things) their anger-driven knee-jerk base will tune out & stay home.

      IOW they're caught between a rock & a hard place, & they have no one to blame but their petty selves.


      by Uncle Cosmo on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 10:42:12 AM PDT

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    •  Naah. He went outside the Republican party (1+ / 0-)
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      I mean, who of them is going to vote for him in November?

      •  MS resident here... (7+ / 0-)

        ...although obviously not a GOP voter. I'm pretty skeptical that appealing for black/Democratic primary votes will hurt Cochran enough in November that it would throw the election to the conservative Democratic candidate, Travis Childers. Among other things,

        • it's a long time until November
        • there's very little established Tea Party sentiment in-state, and outside groups aren't going to come back in the fall just to help elect a Democrat
        • McDaniel will fall in line after the spotlight fades and he's established himself as the in-state Tea Party Whisperer
        • Childers obviously can't make an issue out of it
        • the normal margin is about 20 points in statewide races
        • Childers isn't exactly setting Democratic hearts afire himself
        • the state Democratic party is eminently capable of squandering every chance it's given, and the national party has absolutely written the state off, so there won't be much help even if things get close.

        Besides which, while Cochran will certainly lose almost all the Democratic votes he "borrowed" for this runoff, he's nevertheless gained at least a modicum of respect or sympathy by virtue of being willing to court them--even if he did so in desperation.

        Childers still has a very faint chance--lightning could always strike--but not really a better one than he'd have as the standard Democratic also-ran. What happened here is about as good as it gets for Mississippi Democrats.

        •  "Childers has a very faint chance" (1+ / 0-)
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          I don't believe he's even trying.

          As I mention in a comment farther downthread, I don't think I've ever seen a worse website than the one for Childers, especially for someone running to be a U.S. Senator!  Or maybe I should say web PAGE because he only has one page, other than "Donate here" - no issues pages, no contact info other than a P. O. box, nothing.  If he has any hopes of winning, he needs to get his act together.  Last night showed that if the Dems are mobilized to get out this seat can be up for grabs.  But it will take effort, and that's not apparent at his website.

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