A Historic Effort: Defending the Chris McDaniel CampaignPosted by Editorial Staff on November 11, 2014
Back in September the left-wing website Politico named the Chris McDaniel campaign as one of the worst of 2014, comparing his effort to those of serial liar Wendy Davis of Texas, the drab Pat Roberts of Kansas, and others, many which were actually flops. Unsurprisingly, the establishment hacks at Y’all Politics couldn’t resist reprinting the nonsense on its site the same day.
Nor could Sam Hall, who, in his Clarion Ledger column took the same shot at McDaniel by citing the Politico story.
So, who really cares what Politico has to say anyway? It’s a Democratic, leftist site created solely to challenge the Drudge Report. Their opinions are irrelevant to conservative Mississippians. But desperate to tear down Senator McDaniel and his insurgent campaign to take down the entrenched Cochran/Barbour establishment machine, these useful idiots will get into bed with just about anybody they can, even liberal Democrats, since they share a common enemy and want to see the continuation of the status quo, despite the current poll-supported opinions of a majority of Americans.
But what of this silly notion of a bad McDaniel campaign? Let’s look at the key facts, shall we? And I do stress FACTS, not media or establishment drivel.
Senator Chris McDaniel, who represents Jones County and parts of Forrest County, took on a 42-year, statewide elected incumbent who was thought by many to be unbeatable. Henry Barbour scoffed at the notion of McDaniel challenging Cochran, telling the media that “he will get his head handed to him and he will deserve it.” Hinds County Boss Pete Perry, who never met an honest election he liked, predicted McDaniel would lose 80-20. The political “genius” Frank Corder of Y’all Politics, who couldn’t even successfully manage his own bid for mayor of Pascagoula, thought McDaniel would do a bit better, but would still get no more than 40 percent of the vote.
Yet all these so-called political virtuosos, who still joyfully rip into Senator McDaniel, as well as his staff, on an almost daily basis, were wrong and hugely so. They could not even read the pulse and mood of their own electorate. But Chris McDaniel could.
Having no organization to counter the mighty Cochran/Barbour machine, Senator McDaniel had to build one from scratch. And he did so in spectacular fashion, organizing in nearly every county and raising millions of dollars. If you want to know the real reason why Chris McDaniel is so hated by the establishment, this is it. The politically animalistic Barbours want no competition to their rule over the state of Mississippi and McDaniel’s group has brought a serious challenge to that monopoly.
In the 8-month campaign from October to June, Senator McDaniel crisscrossed the state, traveling tens of thousands of miles, speaking to hundreds of groups, and shaking an incalculable number of hands. He wanted a campaign based on the great political issues before us, and held townhall meetings to talk directly to the people. He invited Senator Cochran to join him for these public forums, and to debate on television before all Mississippians. But the aging Senator took a different approach. He chose to ignore the issues, snub the people, and run a campaign based largely in the gutter.
What were the results? Chris McDaniel, against all odds, defeated Thad Cochran on primary night, June 3. In the runoff election three weeks later, McDaniel won nearly 60 percent of the Republican vote and gained a Republican record 187,000 votes, a record for a Republican primary in Mississippi. Talk about party building! Senator McDaniel greatly expanded the Republican Party base across the state.
Though the media and the Cochran camp obsessed over the “outside money” that came in to help McDaniel, the establishment spent $15 million, much of it coming from out-of-state crony organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, to take down the insurgent, yet still failed. The only way Cochran, Barbour & Company could defeat Senator McDaniel and his conservative army in the runoff was to bring in more than 42,000 Democrats, thousands of which we know voted illegally, and many of whom were likely paid to do so. Those that weren’t paid, voted out of sheer fear, ginned up with one of the worst race-baiting campaigns in modern memory.
And while we are on the subject of facts, it is important to note that Senator McDaniel needed not a single Democrat to defeat Cochran but Cochran needed tens of thousands to beat McDaniel. That is the bottom line to Cochran’s whole sorry campaign. He couldn’t rally the conservative Republican base around him so he chose to go after voters who think more like he does in seeking to expand government services, an ideology he has held his entire political career.
Yet we hear not a word from Y’all Politics, Sam Hall, or the rest of the media in Mississippi about these facts. They are still fixated on these manufactured scandals, and any attack against McDaniel, and are busily carrying water for Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat who seems to be infatuated with the idea of nailing the McDaniel camp with something they had nothing to do with but has made no effort to peer into the real scandal of Mississippi 2014 – the Cochran vote-buying scheme.
Just like on the national scene, though, conservatives know that we will never get the real story from the media, or from all these political prognosticators, the little Karl Roves of Mississippi, who are more often wrong than right, and never more so than in 2014. They are only interested in keeping their hands in the taxpayer-supported cookie jar, not in any real, meaningful political reforms.
Like it or not, Chris McDaniel beat Thad Cochran, not once but twice, and ran not the worst but perhaps the best campaign this year. He did better than any Tea Party/insurgent candidate in America, terrified the establishment in Mississippi and in Washington, and has built a serious organization to strengthen the conservative movement, not only in Mississippi but across the country. And only with true conservatism, the McDaniel brand, will we finally be able achieve serious reforms for our state and for our nation.
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