Up till Tuesday night, Democrats in Mississippi were getting pretty scared at the idea that a Tea Party Republican — with his beliefs in lower taxes, smaller government, free markets, individual rights, etc. — might have a chance of becoming their senator.
So with encouragement from a race-baiting flier, they turned out in a Republican primary to make sure that GOP Sen. Thad Cochran won his run-off.
Cochran’s own campaign staff acknowledged that he only beat Chris McDaniel with the help of mostly black Democratic Party voters, some of whom are suspected by the McDaniel camp to have voted illegally after voting in the Democratic primary a couple of weeks before. (Mississippi is one of those states that lets people cross over party lines in primaries and screw up the chances of their toughest competition.)
Part of the success of Cochran’s last-minute appeal to Democratic voters has been attributed to a blatantly race-baiting flier that was heavily distributed in black neighborhoods. It is unclear if the flier was endorsed by the Cochran campaign or was merely the work of a “fan.”
The flier dredges up every racial stereotype of the Tea Party in order to get blacks to turn out, beginning with the headline, “The Tea Party Intends to Prevent Blacks From Voting on Tuesday.”
The text of the flier then goes on to say, “According to the Clarion Ledger, Chris McDaniel & the Tea Party plan to prevent ‘Democrats’ from voting in the Senate run-off on Tuesday between Thad Cochran and Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel. We know the Tea Party uses ‘Democrats’ as code for ‘African Americans.’
“… Mississippi cannot and will not return to the bygone era of intimidating black Mississippians from voting. We must rise up on Tuesday to have our voices heard on who will represent Mississippi in the U.S. Senate. …”
Then there’s some requisite stuff that “shows” McDaniel is racist and against food stamps, while Cochran supports memorials and schools named after famous black Americans, etc., blah blah blah.
First, “Democrat,” if it used by the Tea Party as code for anything, is code for “low-information voter,” a notion supported by Tuesday’s vote results.
And a historical note: Those people of the “bygone era of intimidating black Mississippians from voting”? There’s nothing bygone about them. They were, and remain, Democrats, and they run your party, your unions and your get out the vote drives. The only thing truly different about today’s Democrats is the leadership has realized that the only thing more satisfying than keeping black people from voting is convincing them to vote against the Tea Party or anyone else who might genuinely help their communities.
Fox News ran a story it titled “Bad News for Democrats,” in which it asserted that by picking “electable” Republicans, voters may hand over the Senate to the Republican Party.
In English that means that, once again, the system is being gamed by Democrats to install RINOs when the party can’t place their own people, ensuring that, even if the Senate gets handed to Republicans, the tilt of the country will still be liberal and against the views and interests of most voters.