Tea Party meltdown in Mississippi Senate loss | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tea Party meltdown in Mississippi Senate loss

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 2:34 PM

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Great story on the Tea Party meltdown 
over Sen. Thad Cochran's survival in the Mississippi runoff thanks to significant support from black voters, who typically vote Democratic.

See if you can detect a little racism in the Republican response. 

People were eligible to vote and they voted. The vote was overwhelming in the black belt — Delta counties and inner city Jackson. Vote totals were up, too, from the first primary.  Campaign flyers like the one shown here didn't hurt. A number of Democratic voters were turned away trying to vote in the runoff. They wanted to be heard against the Tea Party.

Cochran enjoys decent ratings among blacks in Mississippi because he didn't ignore them, as other white Republicans are prone to do. He acted as if they were constituents, with some occasional financial and ceremonial efforts even as he generally stuck close to the Republican script. It's patronizing and racist to contend — here and anywhere the subject comes up — that bloc black voting is a sign of duped, ignorant voters. On the contrary, it's a sign of voters who understand clear choices for a group with specific interests.

Many Democrats actually wanted the teabagger to win, thinking he might be beatable in the general election. Cochran won't be.



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