Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thad Cochran arrived at campaign stop to greet almost empty room of maybe 20 people not counting his entourage of Ruling Class cronies who believe the country belongs to lobbyists and not the people

5/30/14, "Can Thad Cochran Hang On?" NRO, Eliana Johnson, Long Beach City, Miss.

"Thad Cochran emerged from his campaign bus on Thursday under a gray sky and pouring rain. His entourage neatly symbolized how the lines are drawn in the primary battle from which he is hoping to emerge victorious on Tuesday....

In 15 minutes, Cochran, clad in a yellow rain jacket, made his rounds among the 20 or so people gathered to see him. The room was mostly empty and the energy was low, but those gathered looked on admiringly and paid their respects. The senator has largely avoided the media, even fleeing from CNN cameras earlier this week, and has refused to debate his challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel....

Trailing behind the senator at the grip-and-grin session at Long Beach City Hall were figures of Mississippi’s Republican political establishment: the state’s lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves; and 
Stuart Stevens a senior advisor to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign....He is one of many of the state’s political upper crust, former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour chief among them, who have teamed up to try to pull Cochran over the finish line."...

Republican Party campaigns for Democrat votes in Mississippi, again seeking to disenfranchise Republican voters. 'It would be Christmas morning for GOP Establishment if they could get rid of their base,' Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/13

5/31/14, "Cochran ad seeks Democratic votes for a Republican primary," Jackson Jambalaya 
"Desperate or smart? That 'tis the question as an ad in the Mississippi Link asked "democrats to cross over and vote in the republican primary to ensure our community's interest is heard." Republicans asking Democrats to vote in a Republican primary? Interesting. 

The ad says at the bottom of the page it is paid for by "All Citizens for Mississippi".  The organization is not listed on the Secretary of State's website although it could be registered.  

Something else that is interesting is the ad's claim that historically black universities received $18 million in federal funds. Is that in 42 years or just last year? One would hope the ad meant those schools received the money last year because the average amount of federal funds per year over 42 years would be pretty low. See page 5 in the Mississippi Link."...via Free Rep.

"GOP Seeks to Rid Itself of the Tea Party," Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/13
like they want to get rid of 'em. They never, ever do anything other than whip them up, keep them engaged, and turn them out.  Meanwhile, the Republicans are tamping their base down.  Why?  'Cause the Democrats don't like their (the Republicans') base, and it's more important to be liked by the Democrats within the establishment, I guess, than it is to have the current base they've got."...


Added: Further substantiation of GOP disenfranchising Republican voters in the Mississippi race and before that in 2012 in Indiana.

Thad Cochran campaign must be nervous as they're urgently working to get Democrat voters to flood Tues., June 3 Mississippi Republican primary. In 2012 GOP did same thing in Indiana, did mailer urging Democrats to vote in GOP primary against GOP candidate Mourdock to help 80 yr. old GOP incumbent Lugar (who lost anyway)

5/31/14, "Sen Wicker (MS) & County Republican Leader Appeal for Democrat Votes in Senate Primary?" Derek E. Hopper,

"In an appeal via email to the party faithful of rural Tippah County, Jerry Windham, Ex-Officio writes that:
the Tea Party, and I suspect the Democratic party, is trying to unseat Senator Thad Cochran because he will be the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, should the Republican Party prevail as projected. That means that he will hold the purse strings of the United States Government. I suggest that he would be the 2nd most powerful person in the US Senate. I know personally, that he values the Full Faith and Credit of the United States Government above all other legislative matters and does not toss money around at the drop of a hat…”.
Setting up the “tea party” as a recognized political party 

separate from the Republicans
and equal in threat with democrats 

is interesting coming from a leader who declares himself to be on a mission to elect conservatives.  The conservative bona fides continue to erode when your stated motive is to give a documented pork grabbing politician a firm grasp to the purse strings of the country.

Our faithful conservative county leader goes on to write: ”I just talked to Senator Wicker, who also has ties to Tippah County, a few minutes ago about the urgency to get the all the vote out. The Republican Primary is the only choice at the ballot box and 

it’s up to us to do our part in getting 

normally democratic 

voters out to our primary."

So, the urgent appeal from Senator Wicker is 

to get democrat voters

to beat back a conservative republican challenge?    

Hmmmm,  with friends like these?!?"


In 2012 GOP primary GOP leadership sent out mailer urging Democrats to vote in 5/8 Republican primary against Republican candidate Mourdock who was favored over 80 yr. old GOP incumbent Lugar:

4/27/12, "Cantor-allied group slams Mourdock as 'extreme,'" Politico, Haberman

"Here's the rest of the mailer I wrote about earlier, in which the Young Guns Network targets Democrats and independents who can vote in the GOP primary and hits Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock for taking an 'extreme' stand on wanting to eliminate the federal Dept. of Education.

The entire inside of the mailer - which was made as part of a program, YG Network officials said, that was issues-focused on energy and conservation - is about Lugar's education record, an issue that tends to poll well with swing voters and moderates. But attacking Mourdock as "extreme" is going to sit poorly with conservatives.

There have been murmurs for the last several days that donors to establishment groups like the American Action Network, which Alex reported earlier canceled its ad buy supporting Lugar, were unhappy with the way the money was being spent, since a number of them have privately said they think Mourdock is the favorite at this point."


Daniel Horowitz comments on treachery of  GOP urging democrats to vote against Tea Party Republican in 5/8/12 primary:

4/28/2012, "The Ultimate Treachery," Daniel Horowitz,

"I’m at a loss for words; I’m really not sure what to think of this. 
What word would you use to describe someone from party A (Republican) asking members of party B (Democrat) to vote down a member of party A (Republican) for supporting a fundamental view of party A?
Politico’s Maggie Haberman is reporting that the leadership-affiliated Young Guns Network has sent out mailers asking Democrats to vote for Dick Lugar (not exactly a young gun) in the Indiana Republican primary against Richard Mourdock on May 8."...



If they're really looking to mobilize Dems for Cochran, that would seem to indicate Cochran's campaign is very nervous. Wouldn't you love to see their internal polls?"


Where can Americans get some asylum from 'another America-hating foreign Muslim demanding political asylum, then getting arrested by the FBI for consorting with other Muslim terrorist political refugees who commit multiple murders in the name of jihad?' Howie Carr

5/31/14, "Carr: Who’s running the ‘asylum’ in the U.S.?" Howie Carr, Boston Herald

Boston Jihadist pal

"Another America-hating foreign Muslim demanding political asylum, and then getting arrested by the FBI for consorting with other Muslim terrorist political refugees who commit multiple murders in the name of jihad.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Where can Americans get some asylum from these lawless savages swarming into a country they despise and want to destroy?

How much more diversity do we have to celebrate before we start sending these terrorists and their pals back to the Third World hellholes they came from?

Sure, he’s innocent until proven guilty, but the facts are this: Khairullozhon Matanov took the Tsarnaev terror twins out to dinner on the night they killed three people and wounded or maimed 260 others at the Boston Marathon.

A few days later, when the FBI posts the video captures of the two welfare-collecting terrorists, what does this “Quincy man” do?

He calls his terrorist pals. But not the cops.

Already, the left-wing media are trying to defend their new poster boy, despite his lack of “tousle hair.” The same outlets that never mention when a vicious murder is committed by an illegal alien now assure us that this Matanov was in the U.S. “legally.”

So what? The problem is, he shouldn’t have been here in the first place. And he certainly should never have been granted “asylum,” but then, they always get asylum. The next thing they get is a refugee travel document, which enables them to travel home to the country where they were being so oppressed. It’s all a big scam.

Matanov was only obstructing the justice Americans can’t be bothered obstructing. He was only destroying the evidence that Americans can’t be bothered destroying.

The pattern with these terror arrests has become infuriatingly familiar. No sooner is this fellow traveler taken into custody than the sob stories begin. His mother has diabetes, his father had a stroke, he couldn’t go to school here because, in his own words, he had “issues.”

Oh yes, and he will be needing a public defender, because he’s “indigent.” Aren’t they all?

In the indictment, the feds charge that Matanov didn’t see what the big deal was about the marathon bombings because “everyone must eventually die.”

Funny, that’s exactly how I feel about his dear pal, Tamerlan “Speedbump” Tsarnaev. Not to mention Speedbump’s fellow jihadist who the FBI capped in Orlando with six shots to the body and a final coup de grace to the head.

Matanov loved to take walks with his buddy Speedbump where they talked about how much they admired the “mujahideen.” He told friends he had no problems with the murder of innocent Americans if “the attack had been done by the Taliban.”

One final question: Why does this vermin want to come to a country they so loathe? Answer: They don’t have welfare in Kyrgyzstan." via Lucianne. Image: "TSARNAEV PAL: Khairullozhon Matanov, shown in a Facebook photo, has been charged with obstructing the marathon bombing probe." via Boston Herald


UK PM David Cameron mimics US GOP, sabotages will of voters just as Republican Party has done in US. Cameron aims to render UKIP mute, powerless, and broke, just as US GOP did after Nov. 2010 Tea Party landslide. GOP liked being minority, liked democrats in charge. PS. Screw you, Daniel Hannan

11/20/2010, "Revolutionary Do-Over," Wall St. Journal, John Fund
"Former GOP Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, now a big-time Washington lobbyist, has already told the Washington Post that
it's imperative for his tribe to "co-opt" the tea partiers arriving in D.C."...


May 28, 2014, "Cameron's Conservatives Flirt With EU hard-right to Block UKIP's EU Funding," Breitbart, M.E. Synon

"Conservative Party Leader David Cameron is trying to sabotage UKIP’s influence at the European Parliament, just days after trying to appear sympathetic to euroscepticism by telling the British people that their message at the polls was “received and understood.”

Instead of accepting UKIP's victory, Cameron has started a drive to cut off the legs of “the people’s army” in Brussels and Strasbourg. He has assigned Conservative Party fixers to do deals with hard-right and populist parties which, until now, the Conservatives claimed were “unacceptable.”

The Tories are trying to stop Nigel Farage from forming a political group in the parliament by poaching UKIP’s longstanding allies; eurosceptic parties from Finland and Denmark.

This would leave UKIP MEPs mute and powerless in an assembly which demands that parties form an alliance with members from at least six other countries before they can sit on a committee or receive funding.

Last week Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan was in Denmark telling Copenhagen television that the Danish People’s Party (DPP), which sat with UKIP’s group in the outgoing parliament, would now be welcome to join in the Tories’ Europe group at the European parliament.

Yet in 2009, Conservatives rejected an approach from the DPP to join their group, “because of their unacceptable views in a number of areas.” 

The DPP is anti-immigration, anti-EU and anti-multiculturalism. Members of the DPP have in the past likened the headscarf worn by Muslim women to the Nazi swastika and “comparable to other totalitarian symbols.” In 2002, Morten Messerschimdt, MEP for the DPP, was convicted along with three other members of the DPP’s youth wing of incitement to racial hatred.

In 2005, when the Swedish government castigated the Danish government for tougher laws on foreign spouses being allowed to live in Denmark, the then-leader of the DPP, Pia Kjaersgaard, responded to Swedish criticism by saying: "If they want to turn Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmoe into a Scandinavian Beirut, with clan wars, honour killings and gang rapes, let them do it. We can always put a barrier on the Oeresund Bridge."

Meanwhile the Tories also find that they now are willing to sit alongside the eurosceptic Finns Party which has described immigrants as “parasites on taxpayers’ money” and suggested ethnically Finnish women should have more babies. They have called immigrants “asylum tourists.”

While Cameron’s move might enrage the so-called Tory moderates, Nigel Farage will be enraged, too. He already faces the prospect of another member of his group, the Italian anti-EU Lega Nord, leaving UKIP’s group to join the Front National of Marine Le Pen and the Dutch People’s Party of Geert Wilders, two right-wing, anti-EU parties with whom Farage has said UKIP will not sit.

Despite UKIP now being the biggest British party at the parliament, unless it can form a political group with members from at least six other EU member states, it will be denied seats on the parliamentary committees that control amendments, scrutinise legislation and question officials from other EU institutions such as the European Commission and European Central Bank.

Moreover, UKIP will be denied the millions of euros in funding which the parliament hands over to groups to allow them to hire staff, establish a secretariat, carry out research and even set up think tanks.

For example, in the 2012 budget, UKIP and the MEPs from ten other countries in the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group, had an allocation of more than €2.5m, with €881,000 still in the bank carried over from the previous year’s grant. This was on top of all the expenses individual MEPs were given to run their offices, research and travel.

By contrast, the giant pro-EU powers European People’s Party (EPP), from which Cameron removed the Conservative MEPs in 2009 as a sop to his party’s eurosceptic wing, was allocated €21m.

If Cameron manages to strip away UKIP’s allies and leave Farage and his MEPs without a group, then Britain’s biggest party and Britain’s only eurosceptic voice in the parliament will be facing the power of the vastly rich EPP, and the almost-as-rich centre-left socialists (€14m), with no cash at all – and no committee seats from which to make political impact as these two mega-groups drive their permanent pro-EU majority through the parliament."

11/8/2013, The Sabotage Republicans,” By Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator


"There is not a cigarettes paper between Labour and the Conservatives."
5/29/14, "Tories and Labour Consider 'LabCon' Coalition to Keep UKIP Out," Breitbart, Raheem Kassam

"An unholy alliance between the Conservative and Labour parties is emerging, with party members in Thurrock, Essex, deliberating on how best to keep Nigel Farage's new UKIP councillors out of decision-making processes.

Last year, Conservative Party activists slammed UKIP for considering a coalition to keep the Tories out of power in Norfolk, but the Conservatives seem to have adopted these very same tactics as animosity between the two parties shows no sign of relenting.

The Thurrock Gazette reports that in the Essex town where UKIP picked up five seats (three Conservative, two Labour), the Tories and Labour are now in talks over a "grand coalition" which seeks to lock UKIP's six councillors out of the decision-making process. 

It had been noted when the results came in last week that UKIP may now hold 'kingmaker' status in the council. But representatives of the 23 Labour and 18 Conservatives members "had anticipated a Ukip surge and were discussing the prospect of teaming up ahead of last week’s vote, which left both Thurrock’s main parties a lot lighter."

One source told the local paper: “I’d lay my money on a grand coalition between Labour and the Conservatives. Talks have already taken place and more are planned.”

But the Conservatives may not even get much from the deal, it seems. The group apparently will not demand senior seats in the council’s cabinet, but instead will ask Labour to vote for a Conservative mayor at the annual council meeting on June 11th. 

UKIP's newly elected MEP Tim Aker told the Gazette: “I would not put it past them doing a deal to get us out. We’re used to seeing such vitriol from the ‘legacy’ parties. You can’t put a cigarette paper between them.”

"Whatever they do is their own concern. We will have a list of priorities for our residents.”"


Among comments


"There is not a cigarettes paper between Labour and the Conservatives" Nigel Farage. Seems he was on target again."


From what i can see Labour and Tories have been the same Party for years. It's part and parcel with why UKIP is on the rise and Labour and Tory are in decline."


The two parties have certainly been the same since the Tories ousted their only chance, Margaret Thatcher; the same Thatcher who never lost an election.
It seems that Farage has drawn the inevitable conclusion."


The same is true in the US. Republicans and Democrats are one party, the government party. Their number one goal is to silence right of center Americans.


Crowd rallies in Mississippi with Sarah Palin and Chris McDaniel

5/30/14, "Chris McDaniel At Palin Rally: 'Time For A Son Of Mississippi To Stand And Fight For Us'," Breitbart, Matthew Boyle, Ellisville, Mississippi

"With only three days until the polls open for the GOP Senate primary here and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at his side, State Sen. Chris McDaniel vowed to fight President Barack Obama alongside Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) in front of a raucous audience of thousands.

Americans, McDaniel said, have fallen for a “great delusion”— that only government can solve all of the nation's problems.

“It is not the place of government to solve your problems,” McDaniel said. “It is the place of strong, self-reliant, self-governing individuals to solve your own problems—your church from time to time and your community from time to time—but not that government a thousand miles away. And every time we surrender our liberty, that government grows and expands more. More of your money. More of your freedoms. And there’s a price we pay for that.”
Noting that he grew up “hanging out” in the auditorium holding the event, his father was a professor at Jones County Junior College, where the venue was, McDaniel recalled his introduction to politics.

“I became a Republican when I was 13 years old, not because I knew anything about policy or philosophy or law,” McDaniel. “But I knew there was this man—this actor from California. He would look directly at that TV and it felt like he was speaking to me. My father called me into the room and he said, ‘son, you’ve got to see this.’ We watched Ronald Reagan talk about things that intuitively made sense to me. He talked about liberty. He talked about limited government. He talked about constitutionalism. He talked about balanced budgets. He talked about traditional family values.”

Reagan, McDaniel added, painted politics in “bold colors, not pastels” and led “a party of principle, not surrender. Then it donned on me: I must be a Republican.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, your constitution is not subject to compromise. I’ve got 17.5 trillion reasons to never again compromise on the debt. We stand here fighting what I consider to be the worst president in our country’s history. In this environment, where our conservative values are being attacked, where our conservative beliefs are being attacked, where our Constitution is being attacked, silence is complicity,” McDaniel added.

McDaniel began a call-and-answer section of the speech that envigorated the crowd.

“Conservatives look at me for a moment, Republicans look at me for a moment: Name one fight that Sen. Thad Cochran has led against Barack Obama, McDaniel said.

“Zero!” the crowd shouted, almost in unison. “None!” a woman near the front of the auditorium yelled.

McDaniel—feeding off the energy of the crowd—continued: “Sen. Mike Lee, he stands and fights for Utah. Sen. Rand Paul stands to fight for Kentucky. Sen. Ted Cruz stands to fight for Texas. Even a Governor from Alaska fights for us. It’s time for a son of Mississippi to stand and fight for us. I tell you, when Sen. Ted Cruz stood there that night and he laid his soul on the line for this government and for this country, we applauded him. When others joined him, Mike Lee and Rand Paul, we knew we had friends in Washington, D.C., finally. Reinforcements are coming.”

The thousands-strong crowd jumped to their feet to give McDaniel a standing ovation that lasted at least five seconds.

“Now it’s not that Sen. Cochran is a bad person,” McDaniel continued, cutting through the standing ovation. “I respect Sen. Cochran. I even like him, despite the attack ads. But Sen. Cochran has not been the conservative voice we need from Mississippi. When those three men stood there on the floor of the Senate, Sen. Cochran was not there with them. He voted to fund Obamacare not once but twice. Republicans look at me for a second: Are we a party of bailouts?”

“NO!” the audience shouted. 

McDaniel then listed off a whole host liberal votes from Cochran. “Sen. Cochran voted to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,McDaniel said. “He voted for the Cash For Clunkers program. Come on conservatives, look at me for a second: Are we a party of taxation?”

“NO!” the audience, most of whom were still on their feet, replied.

“Sen. Cochran’s voted for higher income taxes,” McDaniel continued. “He’s voted for higher gas taxes, higher internet taxes. Are we a party of debt?”

“NO!” the crowd shouted.

Cochran’s voted 13 times in the last 10 years to raise your debt ceiling to the tune of $8 trillion,” McDaniel trudged on. “Are we a party of the United Nations?”

“NO!” shouted the crowd.

He’s voted to increase the U.N. peacekeeping costs,” McDaniel riffed.He’s voted against the border fence—twice. But perhaps more alarmingly so, he voted for Chuck Hagel, and that was a line too far. Now the Republicans could have stopped the nomination of Chuck Hagel, couldn’t they have?”
“YES!” the audience shouted.

“But the first Republican senator to cross the aisle and support the Democrats against our wishes was none other than Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi,” McDaniel fired away, while thousands in attendance booed Cochran.

That’s the same Thad Cochran who supported John Kerry for Secretary of State, McDaniel said while the audience booed Cochran more, “and the same Thad Cochran that gave us Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the United States Supreme Court. It’s time for a change in Washington, D.C. But we can’t change the city until we change the people we send there to represent us.”

McDaniel continued, showing a comfort and command of the crowd he hadn't previously exhibited on the campaign trail. He vowed to “kill” Obamacare, impose term limits, and said he would work to enact the policy agenda of Lee and Cruz.

Towards the end of the speech, McDaniel offered a joke that hit at the heart of his campaign message – one that seems to be resonating deeply among Republicans here even as McDaniel has faced difficulties from the arrest of a blogger who allegedly entered Cochran's wife's residence to photograph her.

“You know, the other day somebody said: What do you a call a politician who’s been in Washington for 42 years? I said, ‘I don’t know, what?’ He said: ‘You call him home.’”

The crowd roared." top image by ap


Added: Cochran is also a good friend of the ethanol industry, voting in 2005 and 2007 to approve and expand ethanol mandates. He had a 100% rating from the ethanol industry even in 2002. Ethanol in turn supports the $1 billion a day imaginary global warming scare which after several decades has proven to be nothing more than a way for US politicians to demonize and steal from US taxpayers in perpetuity. Everyone knows China controls global CO2. The US could die off and it wouldn't help global CO2. GOP "leadership" (Boehner and McConnell) won't state the facts because they've spent decades carefully building the greatest scam for stealing US taxpayer dollars in history. Cochran has had daily access to microphones for decades and could've ended this fraud in one day by stating the scientific facts everyone in authority knows but won't scream from the rooftops. Add to this Cochran's support of  UN parasites and voting against a border fence twice and he looks like another Dick Lugar. These men want what democrats want. If you call them on it they say, OK, come and get me.


Citation for 30+ years of US taxpayer financing of  "global climate action:" 

12/14/2005, “Climate Change: Federal Expenditures for Science and Technology, .
Climate Change: Federal Expenditures for Science and Technology,Michael M. Simpson,  Specialist in Life Sciences, Resources, Science, and Industry Division, John R. Justus, Specialist in Earth and Ocean Sciences Resources, Science, and Industry Division, Congressional Research Service, ˜ The Library of Congress

 “For over 25 years there have been federal programs directly or indirectly related to climate change. This report identifies and discusses direct climate-focused scientific and research programs of the federal government, as well as an array of energy programs that relate indirectly to climate change.”…


Latest Mississippi poll shows Chris McDaniel leading Thad Cochran by 2 points, too close to call, turnout will determine-Clarion-Ledger reporting by Sam R. Hall

Poll taken Thurs. night, May 29.

5/30/14, "UPDATED: Poll shows McDaniel leads Cochran by 2 points," The Clarion-Ledger, Sam R. Hall (5:25pm Central time)

"A poll released today by Chism Strategies has GOP primary challenger Chris McDaniel leading incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran by 2 percentage points.

The lead — 46.4 to 44.3 percent — is within the poll's 3.4 percent margin of error. It was conducted by Chism Strategies, which is owned by Democratic pollster Brad Chism. Chism is based in Mississippi but has done extensive work across the country. He said he is not working for any candidate associated with this race; however, Chism did work with Travis Childers during his 2008 and 2010 Congressional races.

Here's what Chism said in his polling memo:
Chism said the race is too close to call.

An earlier poll from Harper Polling showed Cochran with a 5-point lead on McDaniel, but the overall results were clearly more encouraging for the challenger than the incumbent.

I'm going through the crosstabs now and will update soon.

UPDATE: The poll is weighted according to the following stats:

The sample is 92% Caucasian. The initial survey tabulations over sample women and older voters. We adjusted for anticipated turnout of 52% women, votes under age 45 at 21% voters; age 45 to 54 at 20%; voters age 55 to 64 at 23% and voters ages 65+ at 36%. The weighted candidate support total at the top of this page reflects these percentages. 

The survey was conducted Thursday night and includes 813 respondents. All respondents were from landline phones.

One likely knock on the survey — at least from Cochran supporters — will be that it was conducted by a Democratic pollster. Here's his methodology for selecting the sample:
These surveys have a three part screen for GOP primary voter participation. We surveyed only phone households with a voter participating in all three of the 2008, 2010 and 2012 GOP primaries. We asked each participant to self identify partisanship and excluded all Democrats and lean-Democrats. We then screened for probability of voting in the GOP June primary.
Looking at unweighted results, Cochran leads McDaniel 48 to 42 percent. However, the unweighted sample includes 69 percent who are 65 years or older.

To consider that 69 percent of Tuesday's voters will be 65 years or older is out of line, I think to assume that age group will make up only 36 percent of those voting is too low.

When you compare this poll to the earlier Harper Polling survey, what you get is one poll where Cochran has a small lead with a sample that skews a little old and another survey where McDaniel has an even smaller lead with a sample that skews too young.

Cochran probably has a slight lead, but this race is extremely close. It's going to come down to turn out efforts. Cochran has a team who knows how to turn out votes (I'm looking at the field teams of Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper — best in the state for both parties). McDaniel has a fired up and excited grassroots movement that feels their man has been slighted by the establishment.

This is going to be fun!"


Friday, May 30, 2014

Sarah Palin to campaign in Mississippi for Chris McDaniel Fri., May 30. Rally at Fine Arts Center, Jones Cty. Jr. College, 11AM

5/29/14, "Sarah Palin to appear in Ellisville on Friday at McDaniel campaign rally," wlox

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -"Former candidate for U.S. vice president Sarah Palin will appear in Jones County on Friday at a campaign rally for Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel.

McDaniel's campaign emailed supporters on Thursday afternoon writing "Can you feel it? The momentum is with us. And I'm honored to announce that Sarah Palin is coming to Ellisville to support our campaign for freedom here in Mississippi!"

The rally will begin Friday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at the Fine Arts Center at Jones County Junior College." 

Thad Cochran expects voters to pay his salary and perks and not ask questions, still refuses to debate Chris McDaniel. Allies freely admit debate is more risk than he can handle. Mississippi's largest newspaper calls Cochran's decision 'unbecoming' of a US Senator

5/29/14, "Thad Cochran Refuses to Debate McDaniel Again: America 'Is Not a Debating Society'," Breitbart, Matthew Boyle, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

"Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) provided a new explanation for his refusal to debate his primary challenger that is sure to give fodder to critics who say that after six terms he feels entitled to his seat.

This is not a debating society,” Cochran said explaining his decision not to debate McDaniel. “This is a race for the United States Senate.”

Cochran went on to say the voters of Mississippi will decide who wins. “The people are going to decide who wins the race,” he said. “Nothing that I can say is going to make much of a difference. It’s too late in the campaign. Most everyone has made up their minds.”

“I’m looking forward to celebrating a victory on election night,” Cochran added.

This remarks are the latest Cochran has provided regarding why he won't debate McDaniel. First, he and his campaign would not respond when asked why they won’t debate. Second, in late April, Cochran told the Associated Press he won’t debate McDaniel because “he’s trying to make me look bad.” Third, in mid-May, Cochran spokesman Jordan Russell told reporters—while appearing in Cochran’s place at a press conference that McDaniel had on the Mississippi State Capitol steps in Jackson—that Cochran won’t debate because McDaniel, in his words, is a “liar.”

“Why would we put Sen. Cochran on stage with a liar?” Russell said then. “We’re just not going to do that. We’re not going to dignify that.”

“Those are really strong words,” McDaniel said after returning to the stage to rebut Russell. Sen. Cochran is supposed to be a 42-year incumbent who’s a gentleman. I’m shocked that his staff would behave like that. I will say this: It’s a shame that he has to send his staffer down here to debate me. He should be here, talking to me and making those allegations if necessary.”

Cochran has faced harsh criticism throughout Mississippi for his refusal to debate. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, for instance, calls the decision “unbecoming” of a U.S. Senator.

Over the past few weeks, the Cochran campaign has worked to capitalize on the blogger scandal—which has resulted in four arrests, of the blogger and three conservative activists. The District Attorney involved, while saying no one has been cleared, said he does not believe anyone from the McDaniel campaign was involved in the matter. On Thursday, Clarion-Ledger reporter Sam Hall said on statewide radio that nobody else is expected to be arrested in the matter.

McDaniel may be through the worst of the political impact of the scandal, and he has dollars pouring in to help him from conservative groups. The race is neck-and-neck, and McDaniel has benefited from some key endorsements—like that of Rick Santorum, who won Mississippi’s GOP presidential primary in 2012, and of Jeppie Barbour, the brother of former Gov. Haley Barbour. In the final days, McDaniel’s got the momentum heading into election day.

“This isn't a debating society” is the latest unfortunate moment for Cochran on the campaign trail. He’s twice this year said he doesn’t know much about the Tea Party movement, has said he’s okay with at least some national debt, and praised earmarks hinting he’d support the return of the big spending big government appropriation tool.

CNN’s Dana Bash, whom Cochran snuck away from using a “bait-and-switch” with two separate vehicles, reported that most of this behavior from Cochran is part of a campaign coordinated effort to “avoid unforced errors.”

“This is ‘do no harm’—that is the most important thing for the Cochran campaign,” Bash said. 

Allies admit it. That’s why he just isn’t talking to anybody at this point.”"


Comment: Why should someone incapable of debating be in the US Senate? Debate is what the Senate is all about:

Among other things, the standing rules of the Senate allow senators to debate at length and preclude a simple majority from ending debate."


Don't forget-Thad Cochran permanent parasite twin Mitch McConnell said they'd "crush" post Bush era Republican primary challengers in Mississippi and everywhere so they won't "have a single nominee anywhere in the country"

3/8/2014, "Leading Republicans Move to Stamp Out Challenges From Right," NY Times, Carl Hulse

"This election season, Republicans led by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are taking a much harder line....The goal is to deny them any Senate primary victories, cut into their fund-raising and diminish them as a future force in Republican politics.

I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” Mr. McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, said in an interview, referring to the network of activist organizations working against him and two Republican incumbents in Kansas and Mississippi....“I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”...


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thad Cochran's basement rental apartment in "exquisite 1878 Victorian home" doesn't legally exist per District of Columbia records, no C of O. Separate legal problems with campaign events he held there-Erickson

"It is true that Webber hosts a variety of events at the house, "an exquisite 1878 Victorian home," as the caption to a photo from...2002 notes."..."Webber has not filed a Certificate of Occupancy with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) alerting the city government that she is renting out space in her home commercially, according to a check of the agency's records this week by Breitbart News.

In most cases, no person can use a building, structure or land in the District of Columbia for any purpose other than a single family dwelling until a valid C of O has been issued,” the DCRA government website states."...

5/29/14, "Thad Cochran Hosts Fundraisers for Liberal Democrats," Erick Erickson,

"The Washington Examiner reports that Thad Cochran hosts fundraisers for Democrats in his home.

Well...they report it slightly differently. The Washington Examiner reports that Cochran’s executive assistant, Kay Webber, hosts fundraisers in her home and Thad Cochran rents a basement apartment there.

But there is no basement apartment in Kay Webber’s home available for rent. That’s according to the District of Columbia database where these things can be tracked.

If Thad Cochran is renting from Kay Webber, as opposed to living in her house, then he and she have a bit of a problem with the District of Columbia.

Otherwise, they have this other problem. Thad Cochran is living in a house where Democrats are holding fundraisers held by Cochran’s own executive assistant.

By the way, how does the Executive Assistant to a United States Senator afford a multimillion dollar home on a congressional staffer’s salary? I assume not this way."


5/22/14, "Fundraisers At Cochran Aide's House May Have Been Illegal, Lawyer Says," Breitbart, Matthew Boyle

"At issue are two separate legal restrictions, one governing the political activities of congressional aides and the other the use of a candidate's home for campaign events.

Federal law prohibits congressional aides, whose salaries are paid by taxpayers, from donating to their employer's campaigns, providing free services or other “in kind” donations, or even fronting expenses for the campaign other than for their own personal travel.

Separately, federal law prohibits campaigns from paying costs associated with their candidate's home address; all such costs must be paid personally by the candidate, reported as an in-kind contribution to the campaign.

As previously reported by Breitbart News, Cochran has repeatedly listed the house owned by Webber as his primary address on official forms, including several statements of candidacy to the Federal Election Commission. Cochran's campaign says he lives in a basement apartment at the address with its own separate entrance.

In December 2012, Cochran's campaign hosted a fundraiser at the house, charging $500 per person and $1000 per political action committee, according to an invitation for the event published by the Sunlight Foundation.

A year later, the campaign held another fundraiser there, charging donors $1000 to attend, $2600 to be a personal sponsor, and $5000 for a PAC to attend. “MS Delegation and All Republican Senators will be invited,” the invitation, published by the Sunlight Foundation, said.

In both instances, Cochran's campaign said Webber was reimbursed for use of the house by Brandon Winfrey, a fundraiser who organizes such events. Webber was paid $850 for the 2012 event and $1,250 for the 2013 event, Cochran's spokesman, Jordan Russell, said.

The two restrictions create a legal minefield for Cochran and Webber's situation that Mitchell and Allison say is troublesome."...


29 year Cochran aid plead guilty in Abramoff scandal in 2009, was "particularly demanding" in her requests in exchange for helping him with a top client, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians:

3/10/2009, "Ex-Cochran aide pleads guilty in corruption probe," AP via
"A former longtime aide to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran pleaded guilty Tuesday to swapping legislative favors for event tickets and other gifts from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's firm.

Ann Copland wiped tears from her eyes as she admitted to U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts that she took the gifts in exchange for helping one of Abramoff's top clients, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

 Copland is the latest among more than a dozen congressional aides, lobbyists, lawmakers and Bush administration officials convicted as part of a lobbying scandal spawned by Abramoff, a former high-flying influence peddler now serving a four-year prison term.

 E-mails disclosed in court documents that Copland sent to Abramoff's firm show she was particularly demanding in what she wanted from the lobbyist. At one point she sent a long list of ticket requests that included several concerts, hockey, ice skating and the circus. At other times she sent e-mails from inside the firm's luxury box seats complaining about the food and drinks.

Among the e-mails filed in court was one from lobbyist Todd Boulanger to his boss saying they should go out of their way to keep Copland happy because "she's more valuable to us than a rank-and-file House member."

Another e-mail from Kevin Ring, an Abramoff associate, included a list of events Copland wanted to attend and how many tickets she wanted for each event. She asked to see singer Paul McCartney, an ice skating event, musical acts 'NSync and Green Day and a hockey game. She also asked for two to six tickets to see the circus, but only if they were floor seats. Abramoff responded: "She'll get everything she wants."

 Copland worked for Cochran for 29 years, then abruptly left his office last spring after Abramoff prosecutors had netted a dozen convictions in the scandal.

 In Tuesday's hearing, Copland admitted she understood that Senate rules prohibit staffers from soliciting gifts from lobbyists but still secretly did so."


Commenter to Washington Examiner article about Cochran and his longtime residence says Cochran should do the right thing and resign. A Senate seat is an honor
and a privilege ad Cochran has forfeited it by his behavior:

"Reply 5 - Posted by: The Advocate, 5/28/2014 10:16:03 PM    

Senator Cochran should do the right thing and resign.

Did his wife really need to be confined all these years or was it for his convenience and that of his EA girlfriend.

Take your EA and go off into what is left of your life.

A Senate seat is an honor and privilege and you have forfeited it by your behavior."


6/2/14, "Thad Cochran’s Unanswered Questions," Mississippi Rebel, Tyler

"If Thad Cochran wins tomorrow, all of the questions that he has avoided during the primary will continue to fester in the general election. And when the answers finally do come out, Travis Childers and the Democrats will reap the rewards.

Does Cochran actually own a home in Mississippi?

Who paid for the building in Washington where he “rents an apartment”?

Why has Kay Webber, his executive assistant, hosted Democratic fundraisers in the same building where Cochran lives?

Why did he bring Kay Webber on 33 taxpayer-funded trips around the world?

These issues aren’t going to disappear if Cochran somehow beats McDaniel tomorrow. At some point, more people are going to wonder why Cochran has been so secretive and defensive throughout the election.

First, he refused to debate Chris McDaniel, claiming that McDaniel “is trying to make me look bad.” Then, he refused to sit down with the largest newspaper in Mississippi.

Now, he is literally fleeing from reporters. Last week, Cochran was caught on camera switching vehicles and ducking through a building just to avoid answering a few questions.

Cochran can’t run away forever. When he finally confesses to whatever it is he is hiding, it might be too late for Republicans.