Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WaPo: How the Republicans took the Senate

The Washington *#$% published an excellent story on how the Republicans took the Senate. There is even a blurb on the McDaniel-Cochran race. Long read but worth it for the polijunkies.

One night in early September, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called a longtime colleague, Sen. Pat Roberts, from his living room in Louisville, furious about the 78-year-old Republican’s fumbling and lethargic reelection campaign.

Roberts had raised a paltry $62,000 in August. He was airing no ads. His campaign staff, mostly college students, had gone back to school. Most worrisome, McConnell had in his hands a private polling memo predicting Roberts would lose in Kansas — an alarming possibility that could cost the GOP a Senate majority.

McConnell was blunt. A shake-up was needed. Roberts unleashed a flurry of expletives at McConnell. Ultimately, though, the ex-Marine gave in. The next day, he led campaign manager Leroy Towns, 70, a retired college professor and confidant, into a Topeka conference room and fired him. ....

While Republicans were moving to address their problems, Democrats were trying to overcome problems of their own — including difficulties with a White House suspicious of their leadership and protective of the president’s reputation, his political network and his biggest donors.

After years of tension between President Obama and his former Senate colleagues, trust between Democrats at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue had eroded.....

From the outset of the campaign, Republicans had a simple plan: Don’t make mistakes, and make it all about Obama, Obama, Obama. Every new White House crisis would bring a new Republican ad. And every Democratic incumbent would be attacked relentlessly for voting with the president 97 or 98 or 99 percent of the time.

But none of that would work if Republicans did not get the right candidates, a basic tenet that had eluded them in recent elections. This time, party officials pushed bad candidates out, recruited and coached contenders with broad appeal and resuscitated two flailing incumbents, Roberts and Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi. ...

Minutes after landing at Reagan National Airport one day early this year, many GOP Senate hopefuls found themselves besieged at baggage claim by people with cameras yelling questions at them about abortion and rape.

This was no impromptu news conference but rather Republican staffers in disguise, trying to shock the candidates into realizing the intensity of what lay before them. .....

In New Hampshire, Scott Brown, the former senator from neighboring Massachusetts, waffled about taking on Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D). Brown said he would pull the trigger only if the party met an eight-point list of demands that included not allowing another government shutdown or a loose-cannon conservative like Akin to become the nominee in another state. Party operatives assured him they would do their best, and Brown was in.

But just such a candidate was on the rise down in Mississippi....Read the rest of the story about the McDaniel-Cochran race.


Robert Anderson said...

Finally voters woke up and said "No more." ROLL TIDE

Kim Wade said...

Expanding the numbers in the senate with nail biters races is a recipe for moving the party's agenda, not America's agenda.
When Democrats win with these are any kind of margins. They govern like they have a mandate regardless without compromise dripping on their lips.
What's the 1st thing out Republicans mouth...compromise.

Barack is not going to compromise. He's going to return their overtures into Republican capitulation and make fools out of em.
The Republicans already took all their hammers off the table that might corral this man. They have not changed the players who made that idiotic decision so why expect anything to change?
Write it blood!

Anonymous said...

War Eagle!

Anonymous said...

I agree. No more roll tide. GEAUX TIGERS

Anonymous said...

Actually, Obama is a natural deal-maker and will be very likely to find areas of compromise with Reupublicans if there are such areas. The obstructionist is Harry Reid but he is gone now. This doesnt mean Obama will not move forward with his liberal agenda items that cant be passed thru the Congress, nor does it mean that the new COngress will not investigate the Obama Admin's past indescretions.

Anonymous said...

This article and the results last night show that the tea party has one major problem, the GOP. They were the Ross Perot voters in 1992 and gave us Bill Clinton with 20 million votes cast for that midget. Time to put these crazies back in the back in the (Alice in Chains) box and only bring them out at election time, holidays and special occasions like Halloween, birthday's and Bat Mitzvah's

Anonymous said...

Hobby Lobby!

Anonymous said...

After reading Mr. Childers concession speech I thought of the contrast of him to McDaniel who (and still is)is one who acts as a 2 year old throwing a temper tantrum.

Anonymous said...

What is the "Washington *#$%"?

Anonymous said...

Obama's a deal maker? Whatever you say Sparky.

Leghorn said...

Watched Obie's news conference and he just told McConnell and Boehner "Yowsa."

Anonymous said...

Seems to me like Obama just drew a bunch of lines in the sand at his presser & said in essence he would be happy to work with Repubs on things that are near and dear to him, but he will veto anything else. Also separate news reports indicate that Obama has placed the blame on the losses squarely on everyone in the Senate for not running on his coattails, which he thinks are still massive & long. Obama doesn't realize that he is the best thing to happen to the GOP in 50 years

Anonymous said...

A individual named Scott Brewster VS. Cash Today
Rankin County Justice Court
Judgement 10/6/2014
Public Record

Anonymous said...

Look for a Free Trade agreement to be fast tracked and signed. Not a good sign for MS workers.

Anonymous said...

Is that the same Brewster that was in the Hinds County Court house deal regarding the McDaniel vote count?

Anonymous said...

Yep, Scott Brewster of McDaniel Campaign staff infamy.

The Hattiesburg American reports on the latest in the ongoing situation involving Clayton Kelly, a blogger who supports Chris McDaniel and was arrested and charged with videotaping Thad Cochran’s wife in her nursing home room. Tara Kelly, Clayton Kelly’s wife, and Kevin Camp, his attorney, both talked to the newspaper.

Details from the story:
“They gave him information as to where Rose Cochran was staying, as well as other information pointing to the infidelity,” Tara Kelly said. “… I wish I could tell you the names of these people on the Internet that gave my husband this information. But I don’t know and can only hope it comes out who they are.”
Both Tara Kelly and Camp said the point of the blog was to add emphasis to allegations that Cochran was having an affair by showing photos of his wife in the facility she has lived in for more than a decade.
“He was trying to drive home a point,” Camp said. “I think he just went about it the wrong way.”
His wife said she urged Kelly not to take photos of Rose Cochran, but that he was so eager to break the story that he did anyway.
“Now, here’s where it gets tricky,” Tara Kelly said. “The video was up for about an hour and a half when Clayton received word, either through Facebook or the phone, I’m not sure, that ‘the big man,’ meaning Chris McDaniel, wanted it taken down. The exact words, I remember Clayton told me, were ‘the big man himself says take it down.’ Clayton was already going to take it down, but did so at that time.”

Way to take charge, Chrissy Mac. Scumbucket Bagger.

Re Scott Brewster


McDaniel’s communications director (Noel Fritsch) told the paper that Kelly doesn’t work for the campaign, the campaign wasn’t involved in the video, and that he (the comms guy) didn’t even know who Kelly is. McDaniel later issued a statement condemning it and offering his thoughts and prayers to Cochran and his family.

Then, a third contact with the paper from the McDaniel campaign happened when the campaign’s coalitions director talked to them:

Scott Brewster, coalition director for McDaniel’s campaign, contacted Saturday, indicated he was aware of the video.
“I do remember when it came out,” Brewster said. “I think people made some phone calls (to have it removed). I didn’t personally — nobody personally talked to (Kelly). I don’t know if anybody made phone calls about it. I’m not sure. Just, I remember all of a sudden it was gone.”
His comments are curious in that they appear to be backtracking as he digs a deeper hole about it. Of course, the unwritten thing in all of this is the fact that there has apparently been an attempt to say Cochran is having an affair with a DC aide (Kay Webber) while his wife is in the nursing home in Mississippi. Much of the coverage of this aide has centered around the fact Cochran rents a DC apartment from her. However, it’s pretty obvious that the personal allegations are just under the surface.

Brewster, lying scum just like his boss, the "big man".

Anonymous said...

When, in any country, has the control of every branch of government been anything but disastrous in the end?

Yet, that seems to be the objective for those who are party loyalists these days.

It was a two party system and a balance of powers that worked.

Between elections, those elected worked on the business of government.

There is no " between elections" any more.

File this under " be careful what you wish for".

Anonymous said...

Looks like you've got a spammer here KF trying to draw hits over to their joint.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid it is Brewster. That's one of those payday loan, title loan type companies.

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