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(From L) Sentors Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) listen as Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods Inc, testifies to the Senate Agriculture Committee during a hearing examining foreign purch
On Wednesday afternoon, the Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign held a conference call for reporters to fight back against Republican primary opponent Chris McDaniel's claims that Cochran stole the election.

Well, at least they tried to hold a conference call, because conservative blogger Charles C. Johnson (not the Little Green Footballs guy), tweeted out the press conference phone number. When he did, the conference call lit up ... with calls from tea partiers. Cochran's campaign pulled the plug on the call, which you can understand, given that tea partiers were really going off the rails, even making strange comparisons between slavery and Cochran's campaign strategy.

Then, after getting off the call (audio here), Cochran's spokesman tried to generate sympathy for himself by tweeting this out:

The plus side of that episode is now the national media sees what type of people we have to deal with day to day.
And what is it that they have to deal with day to day? The Republican base. Thad Cochran would be nowhere without Democrats. And as much as he'd like to forget it, we never will—and neither, I suspect, will the GOP base that crashed his conference call today.

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