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Last night, Stephen Colbert covered the surprising win by Sen. Thad Cochran against Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in the Senate Republican primary runoff.

The point is, Thad Cochran is playing the dirty politics of promising people stuff, and then delivering it. But not Chris McDaniel. He's so against federal spending, that he told a crowd at Ole Miss:
CHRIS McDANIEL (2/2014): I'm not going to do anything for you. ... I'm going to get the government off your back, then I'm gonna let you do it for yourself.
(shocked audience laughter)

Thus standing by his old campaign slogan: "McDaniel 2014: You'll get nothing and you'll like it."

Video and full transcript below the fold.


Folks, I don't know about you, but I am absolutely stone cold furious about yesterday's heated Republican Senate primary in Mississippi, which pitted Tea Party challenger and short-haired Severus Snape Chris McDaniel against incumbent senator and man in reverse mortgage ad Thad Cochran. (audience laughter) I say it is time for Cochran to go. He is a big government Washington insider, famous for channeling federal cash to his state.
BILOXI MAYOR A.J. HOLLOWAY: He got a tremendous amount of funding for Mississippi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Katrina.

GEORGE WILL (6/15/2014): No one brings home more bacon to his state than Thad Cochran.

DOMENICO MONTANARO (6/2/2014): He's about bringing home the bacon.

STUART VARNEY (6/24/2014): ... bringing home the bacon ...

ANDREA MITCHELL (6/25/2014): His calling card is that he brings home the pork.

He brings home the pork and the bacon! Though, to be fair, hog meat is Mississippi's official state currency. (audience laughter and applause) The point is, Thad Cochran is playing the dirty politics of promising people stuff, and then delivering it. But not Chris McDaniel. He's so against federal spending, that he told a crowd at Ole Miss:
CHRIS McDANIEL (2/2014): I'm not going to do anything for you. ... I'm going to get the government off your back, then I'm gonna let you do it for yourself.
(shocked audience laughter)

Thus standing by his old campaign slogan: "McDaniel 2014: You'll get nothing and you'll like it."

(audience cheering and applause)

Well folks, I'm sad to say the results are in and Cochran won 50.9% to 49.1%. Few things are ever that close in Mississippi, other than the genomes of married couples.

(audience laughter and applause)

But it's not just that Cochran won, it's how he won.

6/25/2014:

BRIAN KILMEADE: Thad Cochran said, look, strategists... strategically, I have to go win over blacks and union members, and that's who to go after. Evidently, they did show up.

FOX NEWS: Cochran reached out to voters beyond his conservative base, including blacks.

RUSH LIMBAUGH: It's unreal, the level of black turnout in a Republican primary yesterday.

LAURA INGRAHAM: Is this the future of the Republican Party? You brag about your big spending ways to the voters and you rely on the support of black liberal Democrats to get you elected?

He appealed to black people! That is incredibly selfish. Doesn't Thad Cochran know there's no "i" in Mississippi? And this was no accident, folks. Cochran made a deal with the Devilcrats, who teamed with the Mississippi Conservatives PAC "to do get out the vote work and rally African-American voters." Those Democrats?  Bishop Ronnie Crudup Sr. and James "Scooby Doo" Warren.

Ruh-roh!

(audience laughter and applause)

And folks, I'm telling you, and McDaniel would've won this race too, if it wasn't for you meddling kids! (audience laughter) I guess what I'm trying to say is, when did black people start voting?

When we return, I'll sit down with one of the people responsible for black people voting in Mississippi, Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton. We'll be right back.

I don't usually include interviews, but this is a good one. Stephen then talked with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) about her time in Mississippi fifty years ago.

Stephen also looked at the latest outrage surrounding Obama, and how it ties in with the current immigration crisis with NPR's John Burnett.



Meanwhile, Jon also covered both Cochran's and Rep. Charlie Rangel's (D-NY) victories in their primaries.


Jordan Klepper and Jessica Williams then gave some tips for college students on avoiding getting raped.

Jon talked with actress Keira Knightley.

Originally posted to Electronic America: Progressives Film, music & Arts Group on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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