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Just another member of the 2014 class of Tea Party morons running for office:

Sen. Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, right listens as Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, asks a question of former lawmaker and tree farmer Gene Saucier about his opposition to a suggested enhanced illegal immigration reform legislation during the State Senate's Illegal Immigration Reform hearings at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), the conservative challenger to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), argued that hip-hop and a society that "values rap and destruction of community values" is the reason for gun violence.

McDaniel made the comments in the promo for a syndicated radio program he hosted from 2004 to 2007. Those comments were flagged Saturday by the Darkhorse Mississippi blog and reported Tuesday by Mother Jones.

"The reason Canada is breaking out with brand new gun violence has nothing to do with the United States and guns," McDaniel said in the teaser. "It has everything to do with a culture that is morally bankrupt. What kind of culture is that? It's called hip-hop."

The corrupting aspects of hip-hop, per McDaniel, aren't based on race. It promotes "destruction of community values," he said.

"Name a redeeming quality of hip-hop. I want to know anything about hip-hop that has been good for this country. "And it's not—before you get carried away—this has nothing to do with race. Because there are just as many hip-hopping white kids and Asian kids as there are hip-hopping black kids. It’s a problem of a culture that values prison more than college; a culture that values rap and destruction of community values more than it does poetry; a culture that can’t stand education. It’s that culture that can’t get control of itself." - TPM, 1/7/14

And if you thought that was bad, wait until you hear McDaniel's views on waterboarding:

The segment also featured a riff from McDaniel on the merits of torture. He specifically noted the waterboarding of suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was an effective intelligence-gathering tool:

He wasn't gonna talk, was he? Unless something happened. That's right, something did occur: It's called waterboarding. Waterboarding is something they do to people to make them talk. It is torture, to the liberals. It is a fairly humane form of torture, if you could classify it as such. Here's what happens: You make the guy believe he's going to drown. And as you know it's a pretty strong fear—drowning. Well this guy, Muhammad, he spoke all day. He spoke all night. Anything and everything, just let me avoid the waterboard. Because you see Mr. Muhammad here apparently had a problem with drowning. And that worked.

Muhammad, who was waterboarded 183 times before the practice was discontinued, did talk, but not always truthfully. In a review of the interrogation program in 2009, the CIA inspector general "could not in good conscience reach a definitive conclusion about whether…the enhanced techniques in the aggregate really worked."

Cochran surprised many political observers by announcing he would seek a seventh term last month. A November poll from Public Policy Polling gave Cochran a 44–38 edge over McDaniel in the Republican primary. The winner of that race is likely to end up in the Senate; the last Democrat to win a Senate contest in Mississippi was John C. Stennis, in 1982. - Mother Jones, 1/7/14

Yep, this is what we're in store for in terms of GOP primaries this year.  We'll see if Cochran can hold on but in a state like Mississippi, anything can happen.  Stay tuned.

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 05:32 PM PST.

Also republished by Firearms Law and Policy, Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA), Shut Down the NRA, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, and Black Kos community.

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