McDaniel edged out Thad Cochran, a thirty-six year Washington career politician, in the primary but didn't quite achieve the 50%+ needed to avoid the runoff. The latest polls show that McDaniel has about an eight point lead, but the "dirty tricks" brigade is getting into gear from the RINO Establishment and Mississippi voters need to pay attention and not listen to the "phony baloney" that is sure to be covering the airwaves in the next few days.
Former Republican Chairman, also a former Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour, is leading the charge to try to get Cochran over the top by hook or by crook. I'm sorry to have to say that because I used to really admire Barbour, but power and money in politics has a tendency to ruin even the best men. Cochran, who didn't even know that Eric Cantor lost his primary, doesn't seem to have a clue about what is going on but he has surrounded himself by a ruthless team.
Now Brett Favre has come out with an ad for Cochran, the Establishment thinking that his hero status in Ole Miss might save the day. Unfortunately for them, many in Mississippi grew disgusted with Favre when his little photo ops that he sent out become public, plus he is, like Cochran, a man who doesn't know when it's time to retire. It's also of interest that Barbour, late in his gubernatorial term, pardoned Brett's brother from his prior convictions, giving him a clean slate to perhaps own a weapon again. You don't see much about this in the press.
There is even a rumor going around that Cochran has enlisted Democrats to help him, asking them to come out and vote for him in the runoff. The state Democratic Party chairman denies this and spoke fervently about Democratic responsibility to keep hands off, but who knows what a desperate old Senator facing the end of his political heyday might try?
I urge voters in Mississippi to just keep their eyes on the issues and vote what is best for their state and their country. Cochran was a huge appropriator, a pork barrel specialist, and he has gone along time and time again with the RINO clique in the Senate. McDaniel on the other hand offers a fresh and young approach, more akin to the Ted Cruz tradition. Anything that Mississippi can do to help break up the RINO and Establishment stranglehold while hopefully helping the Republicans to gain control of the Senate will be critical to turning this country around.
Vote early and vote your conscience, for if you do, you will be at the leading edge of putting Chris McDaniel in the Senate, determined to clean up the mess that has been made of it. And as for Thad Cochran? Well, Senator, we respect you as a man but isn't it time for you to go home and take care of your sick wife? Take care of those who love you; Washington will do just fine without you.