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This headline from Jackson, Mississippi's Clarion-Ledger neatly sums up Sen. Thad Cochran's latest political gambit:
Cochran uses scandal over wife's photo in attack ad
At issue: Photos taken by supporters of Cochran's tea party primary opponent, State Sen. Chris McDaniels, of Cochran's wife who is in a nursing home where she suffers from dementia. Cochran's ad tries to make it seem like it was McDaniels' campaign itself that took the photos, which is not the case, but that sleight-of-hand really isn't the thing that is most striking about the ad, which Cochran hasn't placed on his YouTube channel. Instead, it's this:
It was only a matter of time before someone used the Rose Cochran photo scandal in an attack ad against Chris McDaniel, but it's rather shocking that it came from the Cochran campaign itself. [...] It isn't terribly bad compared to what you might expect from a dirty political ad. However, the Cochran campaign itself launching the ad and shamelessly capitalizing off of it kind of takes a bit of bite out criticism of the McDaniel campaign.
Shameless is a good word. The violation of Rose Cochran's privacy was inexcusable and disgusting, the individuals responsible are sick and twisted, and if they broke the law, they should face justice. But for the Cochran camp to try to capitalize politically on the scandal seems about as opportunistic and soulless as you can get, especially given that they've known about the photos since April and are just making a big stink now that they are days away from a primary election that may be slipping from their hands.

Things might be different if there were evidence that the McDaniels campaign itself were behind the photos, but if that were the case, Cochran wouldn't need to run an ad like this: McDaniels would be instatoast. And the fact that Cochran is running the ad says more about his confidence in victory than it does about his outrage over the violation of his wife's privacy.

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  •  One of the 'funniest' consequences... (12+ / 0-)

    ...from this affair is that a few hours after Glenn Beck adamantly denied that the Tea Party had anything to do with it, the Mississippi Tea Party leader was arrested.

    Poor Glenn Beck Gets Burned Defending Criminal Tea Party Creeps


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    by News Corpse on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:22:08 AM PDT

  •  Thad Cochran isnt conservative enough! (7+ / 0-)

    That would have made even the average southern white supremacist of 30 years ago say 'youve got to be kidding.'  Now youve got to be completely and totally batshit, or else!!!

  •  That trick is SO Republican! (4+ / 0-)
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  •  Is this Hyperbole Tuesday? (3+ / 0-)
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    hbk, lgmcp, Matt Z

    It isn't nearly "as opportunistic and soulless as you can get," and anyone here who doesn't know that is sick.

    If you don't have a seat at the table, you're probably on the menu.

    by CarolinNJ on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:34:19 AM PDT

    •  Word...the ad isn't below the belt. (0+ / 0-)

      Although im admittedly biased because I have no problem hitting even the referee below the belt.

    •  I disagree (2+ / 0-)
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      I think Cochran is exploiting his wife here. Actually, I've thought that since I learned he/his campaign was aware of the images being taken of his wife three weeks before the news broke, but that they didn't go to the police because they were "investigating."

      •  If you really believe this is "as opportunistic (0+ / 0-)

        and  soulless as you can get," you aren't reading much about the sadism and butchery rampant in military affairs, prisons, schools, women's health clinics........  What a tiny world you inhabit.

        I'm truly blown away that anyone of sound mind and morals would think this incident "as opportunistic and soulless as you can get."  Hell, I grew up in a family far worse and they were reckoned respectable by the (unknowing) community they lived in.  Well, I guess all those rapists and torturers and drive-by shooters and sadistic cops and and and can just go about their businesses feeling good about themselves, eh?

        Lord!  Personally, I think it's hyper partisan bullshit faux outrage.

        If you don't have a seat at the table, you're probably on the menu.

        by CarolinNJ on Tue May 27, 2014 at 10:01:09 AM PDT

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  •  In this race, I'm a supporter of Cochran. (3+ / 0-)
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    There is no way a Democrat wins. So it's Cochran, a conservative establishment Republican, versus McDaniel, a real dirt-bag Tea Party asshole. McDaniel is clearly lying about what he knew when, and what the involvement of his campaign was in this horrific act. Going after Cochran for having a romantic relationship while his wife lay in a vegetative state is beyond loathsome. Someone like McDaniel should never see the inside of the United States Senate. Cochran has every right to show voters in Mississippi the true nature of this creep.

    •  Supporting Cochran... (0+ / 0-)

      I can understand supporting Cochran because McDaniel is even worse, and that is true, so it comes down to the awful choice of, do I vote for Evil or Worse Evil?  Either way it means holding your nose, though, because Cochran appears to be almost a caricature of the image of a country club high society knee-jerk rightwing politician who helps keep Mississippi stuck solidly in the 50's.  I guess that's better than moving back to the full fledged Confederacy days, anyway.

    •  In this race… (2+ / 0-)
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      …I'm a supporter of Travis Childers. A conservadem to be sure, but one of the few people in Mississippi with an outside chance to win the race if Cochran and McDaniel bloody each other up.

      •  I think Childers could win against McDaniel (1+ / 0-)
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        Here's an analysis by Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post of a hypothetical race between Childers and McDaniel.

        Travis Childers is running for the Senate in Mississippi as a Democrat. Why?

        McDaniel has stoked controversy by wavering on Hurricane Katrina relief and blaming hip hop culture for gun violence in Canada. His remarks could give pause to general election voters and open the door for Childers to compete. And McDaniel's past controversial comments could be read as a signal that he is capable of saying other things that could alienate the middle.

        That's precisely what happened in 2012 in Indiana. Donnelly joined the race with only an outside chance of winning and quietly prepared for the general election as then-Sen. Richard Lugar (R) and state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) beat each other up.

        ....

        Childers faces a tougher climb in Mississippi, a state that is more conservative than either Indiana or Delaware. But he stands a fighting chance and has a gun-friendly, moderate profile that is about as good a fit for the general election as Democrats are going to find among candidates who have won congressional races in Mississippi. (Childers won in a very conservative -- 62 percent John McCain -- district in 2008.

        "But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." - bush, summing up his first year in office, 3 months after 9/11, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

        by rmx2630 on Tue May 27, 2014 at 11:21:20 AM PDT

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    •  Heck, let McDaniel have it. Worse is better (1+ / 0-)
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      1.  Cochran is the most senior Republican in the Senate. Losing their most experienced member costs them something.

      2. McDaniel is too batshit crazy to be effective.  His presence in the Senate will inspire horrified disgust in the more swing states.  We have hot races in Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, etc., etc. in 2016 where tarring the Republican as a McDaniel Wingnut could tip the balance in our favor  (if he loses, we have Cruz, Paul, etc. for that).

      If we HAVE to have a handful of Republicans in the Senate because some states will not elect any Democrat, I'd rather those few Republicans be stupid, nasty boors who will shame the party before the world and result in fewer Republicans winning elsewhere.

      "The law, in its majestic equality, allows the poor as well as the rich to donate unlimited funds to the politicians of their choice." ---attributed to Anatole France

      by AdmiralNaismith on Tue May 27, 2014 at 11:57:34 AM PDT

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  •  All elected teapublicans are evil (2+ / 0-)
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    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:39:15 AM PDT

  •  What I can't figure out is... (2+ / 0-)
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    why anyone would take the pictures in the first place. What kind of attack is "His wife is in a nursing home"?

    Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

    by elsaf on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:43:49 AM PDT

    •  The attack was not about Cochran's wife. (3+ / 0-)
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      The actual attack was over an allegation that Cochran was having an affair with a member of his staff. The pictures of his wife were presumably intended to provide a motive for Cochran's alleged infidelity as well as to make Cochran look like even more of a cad for cheating on his sick wife.


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      by News Corpse on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:37:54 AM PDT

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  •  ah, republicans (2+ / 0-)
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  •  All Cochran had to do was be the shocked and hurt (2+ / 0-)
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    husband asking "how can anyone stoop to such depths" and have other people link McDaniel to it, which they were doing already, because they always call McDaniel "tea party" and this was a "tea party" thing.

    Now people are looking at Cochran going "Ew"

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:54:04 AM PDT

  •  I don't quite get it (3+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, Hootenanny, Matt Z

    Invasive photos of a politicians family member with dementia, are clearly inappropriate.  But what's the POINT?  You should not vote for someone who is connected to someone ill, because maybe they're tainted or cruel?  You should for someone connected to someone ill, because you feel sorry for them?  I just don't get it.  Either way it seems like a big non-sequitur.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:00:30 AM PDT

    •  The theory.. (3+ / 0-)
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      ...that seemed to be expressed by McDaniel's wife in a news interview, is that in her opinion the video of the ill wife in her nursing home showed the world that Cochran was out and about in DC socializing, making appearances and functions and photo-ops, instead of going home to sit with his ill wife.  What kind of husband is he, was the implied accusation.  

      It is warped thinking of course, to try to involve a campaign in being judgmental about something as personal as a taking care of a spouse with dementia, but one thing that nags at me is that this is going on in Mississippi, where Oxford, which has had an undercurrent of fraternities mocking civil rights, is considered the "liberal" town.  To me, it is hard to tell what rumors or motives might influence many of the MS voters.

      •  Thanks, so "he should be with her" (1+ / 0-)
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        seems to be the burden of the story.  (As if no one with an  institutionalized family member could be worthy of public trust.)   Meanwhile, however little respect his gallivanting might show, we'll show even less by exposing the patients photograph in a humiliating manner, to demonstrate our disapproval of those who neglect patients!

        Campaigning sure can bring out some spectacular levels of hypocrisy.  

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:51:23 AM PDT

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        •  There is also an alleged affair with a staffer. (2+ / 0-)
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          Breitbart.com is taking a lead in pushing this allegation.

          Thad Cochran Aide Listed as Part of 'Spouse Group' on Taxpayer-Funded Trip

          Sen. Thad Cochran's longtime executive assistant was listed as being part of a “spouse group” and photographed participating in recreational events for senators' spouses on a taxpayer-funded trip in 2004 to South America.

          ...

          Facing questions about Webber's attendance on dozens of overseas trips, Cochran's campaign has said Webber, who began working for Cochran in 1981, plays a crucial and senior role in the office. The campaign even called questions about the trips “sexist.”

          ,,,

          Webber is seen in one photograph posing with the wives of Sens. De Wine, Leahy, and Roberts, the wife of then U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay Martin Silverstein and the wife of the Mission’s then-deputy chief James Williard.

          "But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." - bush, summing up his first year in office, 3 months after 9/11, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

          by rmx2630 on Tue May 27, 2014 at 11:48:11 AM PDT

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  •  Two of these things are not like the other... (1+ / 0-)
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    "Endorsed by the NRA...and National Right To Life. And voted against Obamacare over 100 times."

    That always amuses me for some reason.

    The only things likely to "rise again" in the South are gunshot wounds and sea level.

    by here4tehbeer on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:00:55 AM PDT

  •  "Something Always Sticks" (0+ / 0-)

    The tactic of the crazy accusation that was easily debunked but still effective was used by Julius Streicher, a leading Nazi propagandist of the 1930's.  He lost numerous defamation lawsuits, which did not matter because the publicity further spread his slanders.

    It was proof that Streicher's unofficial motto for his tactics was correct: "Something always sticks."[6]

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:01:19 AM PDT

  •  I actually think that ad is rather constrained (2+ / 0-)
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    since it  only says  a "supporter" of Chris McDaniel tried to violate every standard of human decency in this campaign. I think if they really had wanted to make hay, they would have listed all the close associations of those who appear to be involved with McDaniel.

    Possibly, there has been enough press coverage in Mississippi that the Cochran campaign thinks that a simple reminder of what was attempted will suffice.

    And yet, you seem to be saying that Cochran drawing attention to this despicable action is worse than the action itself. I have to say I completely disagree.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:03:26 AM PDT

  •  Could it be that Cochran hired the blogger (0+ / 0-)

    to make it look like McDaniels supporters are a bunch of classless idiots?  With today's GOP, anything is possible.  If I was McDaniels, I'd throw that conspiracy out there...Republicans eat conspiracies for breakfast they love them so much.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:19:06 AM PDT

  •  Good! (0+ / 0-)

    They are starting to eat each other for survival.
    The last one in the boat will still be a loser though.

  •  It's McDaniel, not McDaniels (0+ / 0-)

    Get your facts straight or your credibility suffers.

    I admit, however, that "McDaniel" is spelled "T-E-A P-A-R-T-Y W-A-C-K-O B-I-R-D."

  •  OF COURSE the McDaniel campaign was behind it! (0+ / 0-)

    Who else would it be? Cochran? The Democrats?

    "Plausible deniability" is the oldest Republican dirty trick in the book.  when the tactic is sleazy enough to offend decent people but still likely to be effective with low-functioning voters, get some dummy group to do it on your behalf and deny all knowledge.  It's a Republican thing.  It's what they do.

    And the farther to the right the candidate is, the more sleazy the "plausibly deniable" attacks get.

    Is McDaniel even bothering to condemn it, other than in the usual "Ha-ha, can't blame me" sort of way?

    "The law, in its majestic equality, allows the poor as well as the rich to donate unlimited funds to the politicians of their choice." ---attributed to Anatole France

    by AdmiralNaismith on Tue May 27, 2014 at 11:30:47 AM PDT

  •  They will do ANYTHING to get elected (0+ / 0-)

    None have any moral compass.  They are so self centered that nothing penetrates their desire for greed and monetary satisfaction.  One is worse than the other.  Especially those on the right.  They would sacrifice anyone for their own advantage.  Bunch of creeps.

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