- - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Mississippi Republican Senate runoff election between incumbent Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel proved two things.

First, it proved a conservative, principled candidate can run in an election. It also proved the establishment wing of the Republican Party is little different from the Democratic Party.

Their goal is power, and they will do anything to hang on to power.

Thad Cochran’s campaign was a sleazy, dishonest effort that ultimately relied on Democrats to cross over and vote for him, giving him a narrow 6,000 vote majority.

The Haley Barbour machine behind Cochran blatantly asked Democrats to vote in the Republican runoff and distributed materials calling the tea party racist.

Chris McDaniel addresses his supporters after falling behind in a heated GOP primary runoff election against incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran on Tuesday June 24, 2014, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. (AP Photo/George Clark)
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It is time for the tea party to have a simple message to the GOP establishment: No more Mr. Nice Guy.

Chris McDaniel ran a principled campaign, while Cochran and the GOP establishment decided to unleash a scorched earth campaign.

They scorched the Earth; they shall now reap the fire. “Cry ‘havoc!’ said he who fought chaos with chaos, ‘and let slip the dogs of war!’”

If this is how the Republican establishment is going to be, two can play that game.

But for the Democrats crossing over, Chris McDaniel would have won the primary. Now McDaniel should make plans to be a write-in candidate this fall.

In a three-way race, McDaniel will carry more votes than Cochran, who won’t have Democrats to vote for him. He also will carry more votes than the Democrat will.

During the Mississippi primary, not only was the Cochran campaign in the sewer, but the Republican Party, which is supposed to be neutral in primary fights, did everything it could to help Cochran.

Ordinarily, when the conservative candidate loses in a primary, conservatives pull up their socks, hold their noses and vote for the RINO.

No more.

Party unity? Forget about it.

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