At this point, Chris McDaniel's refusal to admit he lost the election is
mainly about raising money from his followers. He has no legal grounds for
challenging Sen. Thad Cochran's reelection. The Democrats who voted in the
run-off are people who did not vote in the Democratic primary. There were at
least 450,000 of them eligible. Their votes are completely valid.McDaniel and his followers do the GOP a disservice by claiming black voters
were "bought." The minority Democrats who voted for Cochran preferred
him to McDaniel, who has a reputation as a neo-Confederate. (He addressed
Southern secessionist groups as recently as last year.) The tea party
candidate's word and actions confirm that impression.
I agree with a few of the previous comments, why should taxpayers money fund
party primary elections and what about the idea of direct primary voting? If a
party wants a particular candidate on the ballot, have them poney up the cash
and required level of signatures to place the individuals name on the ballot.
Then may the top candidates move on to the November election for the final. I
consider myself a good Republican, but I am frustrated with the power system
that our state and other states continue to wield, that keeps the power mongers
perpetually in office. I am also strongly in favor of term-limits. If it is good
enough for the President, it should also be good enough for Congress, the
Governor and our own State Legislature.
Again, former Senator Bennett gets it wrong.It isn't that
Cochran won that is so upsetting, it is HOW he did it. He disgustingly played
the race card, hiring democratic operatives to falsely claim the Tea Party was
trying to keep African Americans from voting. Additionally, in stirring up the
35K Democratic votes, he stated that McDaniel was out to stop Obama (so, we are
to assume Cochran is NOT wanting to stop Obama?)Set aside the voting
irregularities that have since been uncovered for the moment. What will Cochran
do to regain the votes from people he threw under the bus? His scorched earth
approach will cost him. The 35,000 Democrat votes will NOT be his in November.
So how many of the 186K McDaniel voters will come back after being spat upon?
My guess is not enough. We need someone to stand firm against Obama, and
Cochran committed in his campaign indirectly pledged not to do that.
Cochran's value is only to the GOP elite. No one else wants him.
Political parties were not envisioned in the Constitution and have never been
productive. I think the direct primary system does the best job of reflecting
the will of the people.
Too bad the wisdom and experience of Sen. Bennett is not in U.S. Senate these
days. Instead, the hollow wind of ideologues intent on simply raising money and
getting themselves re-elected.
Bob, it's not that Demo/independents have no "motivation" to vote
in the Republican primary--they haven't been allowed to! Most Utahns are
unable to vote in the Republicans' private election, even though we all pay
for it with our taxes. If Utah Republicans want to have a private election, why
don't they go to their clubhouse and pay for it themselves?
Mr Bennett is showing his bias here and a taste of sour grapes. It is his right
to do so since this is presumably an opinion piece, but to say "They
rejected the idea of saddling Republicans with the man who would be the weaker
candidate; instead, they voted for the man who would be the better senator."
just because the challenger was supported by those associated with the tea
party. I am not a tea party "member" and have not been endorsed by them,
but I find most of those who identify themselves as such are informed and
thoughtful as well as involved in finding and supporting candidates who want to
reduce government spending and increase personal freedom. To me, that indicates
the challenger might very well have been the "better senator".
Mr Bennett your not paying attention: Volunteers working for tea
party challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi say they have already found 20
percent of the invalid double-votes they need to cancel Sen. Thad
Cochran’s business-funded runoff victory.“We’re
finished with Hinds County, and we’re up to 1,500” invalid votes,
said Noel Fritsch, Daniel’s press aide.