Tuesday this week, DC incumbent insider Thad Cochran beat his Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. Despite a huge amount of interest in the race and huge amounts of money and work thrown in on both sides and an anti-establishment wave that should’ve pushed McDaniel to victory, Cochran won. Thad “Did Indecent Things With Animals” Cochran won by calling McDaniel a racist and appealing to Democrats to vote for him in the Republican primary.
One of the notorious fliers, from NRO:
The second thing that jumped out at me was the same thing that jumped out at Nick Gillespie – it’s a candidate bragging about bringing in “free” stuff taken from taxpayers in other states. Red state socialism. The first was of course the race-baiting.
The way this worked is that That Cochran got Democrats to vote in the Republican primary. In open primary states, voters can vote in whichever primary they like. The idea being that if you like candidate X from party Y and you’re a member of party A, you can vote for candidate X if you want to, whether because you want that candidate or because you want chaos. But you can’t then vote for candidate B from party A as well. You get one vote – not two. Of course, since these are Democrats we’re talking about, they vote mulitple times.
And that’s where McDaniel’s challenge comes in.
The left column is the Democrat primary, the right the Republican primary.
The law lets you vote once.
So far the McDaniel campaign has found over 1000 illegal votes.
And now the McDaniel campaign is being barred from examining voter rolls, despite the law stating that they can.
And I think this is what they’re getting at for the VRA Section 8:
(i) Public disclosure of voter registration activities
(1) Each State shall maintain for at least 2 years and shall make available for public inspection and, where available, photocopying at a reasonable cost, all records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters, except to the extent that such records relate to a declination to register to vote or to the identity of a voter registration agency through which any particular voter is registered.
So rather than lose to a Tea Party candidate, the establishment candidate Cochran went out, called his opponent racist, pledged to bring home more pork and handout programs – running on food stamps, smears, and “voter suppression” crap – while he got Democrats to vote twice for him. He’s basically a Democrat already.
Beyond showing the depths to which the entrenched Republican establishment will sink in order to keep the good ol’ boys club exclusive, it also shows the spots of some other politicians. Unnamed Republican senators are uneasy, while Rand Paul is happy that more people are voting. Apparently he’s ignoring that they were voting twice, voting illegally, and doing so in order to further some red state socialism spurred on by a lying 41-year incumbent who’s been in Congress or the Senate since 1973.