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Op-ed Placement

The Day the Establishment Died

Originally Published in FreedomWorks For America on 6/27/14.

The strategy used in the Mississippi Senate runoff revealed just how desperate and out of ideas the GOP establishment really is.

Facing a candidate who pulled more votes in the primary, and was propelled by a massive network of grassroots enthusiasm, the Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) camp had no choice but to fire the last arrow in its quiver. They did what no self-respecting conservative would ever do: they went running to the Democrats for help.

In this most underhand of tactics, Cochran used Republican Party dues money to conduct get-out-the-vote activities for Mississippi Democrats, charging Chris McDaniel with “causing problems for President Barack Obama,” and accusing the liberty movement of indiscriminate racism.

That’s right: Cochran, with the help of establishment operatives like Karl Rove, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Chamber of Commerce, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, won the Republican nomination by campaigning as a Democrat, and getting Democrats to vote in the other party’s primary.

This was cynical, short-sighted politics at its worst. Now that Cochran has the nomination, who do the so-called leaders of the GOP think is going to support Cochran in November? Democrats? Do they honestly think Republicans are going to enthusiastically campaign for the guy who sold them out to the other party?

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stone stone

Funny that this story seems to be suggesting that Cochran did something wrong by reaching out to Democrats. I say this because that sort of suggestion is an example of why American politics- and in particular- the GOP has decided to turn politics into a sort of "Us Versus them" thing. The last few years have been anything but abysmal and embarrassing.

And then enter the Tea Party, which I absolutely maintain is nothing more than a front for big outside corporate interests trying to fill some seats to get what they want. But the way they're going about it is to try and somehow find the most inappropriate candidates. Some of these so-called "tea Party" politicians are almost like watching a circus: Its simple amazing that some of these people could ever do anything in politics: I'm sure if any of them had to run businesses they would bankrupt the company.

But the bottom line is that politicians are supposed to work for ALL of us... not just ultra conservatives or ultra liberals, but the 90% of us who don't make politics into a contest, or as earlier said- an us versus them game.
Ultimately the tea party will fail simply because it made the first mistake of aligning themselves with the GOP, basically following about 90% of their core principles, but then deviated so far into the right that now not even some of the most conservative GOP leaders want anything to do with it. In the meantime all the tea party will do is dilute the GOP's attention away from politics enough for the Democrats to easily sweep 2016.

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Donald Smith

Time for McDaniel to run as independent or a write in. What can the T.E.A. party and other conservatives do to make this happen in November? Time to act.