Tuesday, June 24, 2014

McDaniel's Worthy Challenge to Cochran

As a California conservative frustrated by pandering and compromise from representatives who support special interests rather than protecting the public interest, I applaud Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel’s primary challenge against the decayed, decades long Washington insider Thad Cochran.

Today, Establishment Congressmen and Senators like Cochran are going along with the pay-for-play culture of corruption instead of caring for the rights of the citizens and defending the final authority and integrity of the Constitution. United States Senators need to reclaim the Senate as an institution which holds the President and Congressional colleagues accountable for spending our country’s money while taming the national debt and restoring power to the states and the people.

Cochran refused to defund Obamacare, defame the federalized education take-over called Common Core, or define the proper, limited scope of the federal government in relation to the states and the people. After inheriting his seat in Congress for so many years, Cochran needed McDaniel’s challenge, a praiseworthy as well as necessary effort to engage our government.

The spate of scandals spouting out of the White House, from Operation Fast and Furious to the numerous lies about ObamaCare, to the IRS and EPA abuses, along with the invasion of our privacy from the NSA and the CIA, demand immediate response and retribution from our representatives. Cochran has done nothing. McDaniel will.

The former radio host is an articulate fighter, and we need lawmakers like him to fight back against the institutionalized fraud, deceit, and endemic arrogance of Washington DC.


  1. Teabaggers are such aggrieved, whiny punks.

  2. Like voters in many poor, conservative states, Mississippians have spent decades happily deluding themselves that they’re victims of Washington rather than its top beneficiaries. You could argue that Thad Cochran staged an intervention for his state’s residents, in which he pierced, at least temporarily, their veil of denial.
    McDaniel played right into the old fantasy world, assuring voters that they could eliminate federal spending on education, which amounts to a quarter of Mississippi’s public school budget, without suffering any financial damage. He seemed shocked when it didn’t work. In his refuse-to-concede speech, he denounced Cochran for “once again, reaching across the aisle” a practice he seems to find as offensive as federal aid to education.
    "Reaching across the aisle" built this great nation. McDaniel isn't fit to represent his own household.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Alicia. A better question -- why does public education receive so much federal funding in the first place, yet test scores remain flat (or worse) and the status and essence of public education is going down?

      What are your thoughts on Common Core?

  3. Common Core is the bogeyman du jour. The bigger issues are the multiple rounds of budget cuts and layoffs that have left 34 of the 50 states providing less funding for education than they did five years ago, and the elimination of more than 300,000 teaching positions. Add to that the wave of privatization that has increased the number of publicly funded but privately run charter schools by 50 percent, while nearly 4,000 public schools have been closed in the same period. There is an appalling increase in the inequality and child poverty surrounding our schools, categories in which the United States leads the world and that tell us far more about the source of our educational problems than the uneven quality of state curriculum standards. Most insidious of all is the massively well-financed campaign of billionaires and politically powerful advocacy organizations that seeks to replace our current system of public education—which, for all its many flaws, is probably the most democratic institution we have and one that has done far more to address inequality, offer hope, and provide opportunity than the country’s financial, economic, political, and media institutions—with a market-based, non-unionized, privately managed system.

  4. Common Core not so much a bogeyman as a bogus federal program that more parents are rejecting.


  5. Art Schaper supports hate politics...look where it leads:

    From the NYT:

    The long and bitter Republican primary fight between Senator Thad Cochran and his Tea Party challenger descended into accusations and countercharges over voter fraud on Friday, with the defeated candidate, State Senator Chris McDaniel, making clear he would not accept the results anytime soon.

    The escalating feud raised the prospect that a seething bloc of conservative voters could sit out the November election, improving the chances of the long-shot Democratic candidate, Travis Childers.

    A tragic note was introduced into the intraparty fight on Friday when a Tea Party leader committed suicide. The man, Mark Mayfield, had been accused of being part of a conspiracy to photograph Rose Cochran, Mr. Cochran’s wife, in the Mississippi nursing home where she lives.

    Mr. Mayfield, a lawyer and a leader of the Central Mississippi Tea Party, had been arrested last month and charged with conspiring to break in to the room of Mrs. Cochran, who has dementia.

    “This is an election, but an election shouldn’t cost a life,” said Grant Sowell, a leader of the Tupelo Tea Party, who was informed of the suicide on Friday morning.

    Art Schaper supports hate politics and hides behind Jeeeee-sus!

  6. Yawn, shrug, meh. Nothing says hiding like writing your first name but not a last name. 6, 700 ballots may get tossed, too. Yikes!

    Don't hate, investigate!