Chris McDaniel has a clear path to victory if conservatives research candidates and embrace intellectual honesty. Gallup polls consistently show Mississippi as the most conservative state in the nation. The Republican platform lays out principled positions concerning values. We are clearly a “red state” and it is essential for constituents to elect a true conservative Republican that best represents Mississippians.
If voters rely solely on the information that conveniently comes to us through television and media we will likely be misled or confused as to who the best candidate might be. This election is far too important for us and our children to give our vote to the wrong man. Candidates in any election present themselves in the best light while often attempting to play down their opponent. The media shows bias towards the least conservative candidate while attacking the most conservative candidate. There is often a deceptive approach to mislead what is known as LIV Low Information Voters. Don’t be that LIV guy or gal please! A debate would have been great but U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has not accepted the challenge by McDaniel. Talking about issues and voting records would have been productive for the voter but it seems one candidate chose negative attack ads instead of his 42 year record. Politics can be very tricky. Sometimes deceptive tactics are used.
One tactic is known as projection. Projection is to accuse your opponent of the very thing you are guilty of. An example would be for Cochran’s campaign to accuse the most fiscally responsible state senator such as McDaniel of being a big spender when Cochran is nationally known as the earmark king. In addition the American Conservative Union endorsed McDaniel and rates Cochran a D- among the worst group ratings during Obama’s presidency.
Politics as we know requires sorting out facts and fiction. One way to do this is to follow three trails of the candidate. Follow the money trail, follow their records and follow who their friends are.
Let’s start by following the friends and maybe we can touch on records and money trails another time. It starts with Cochran boasting of a host of congressmen and senators from Mississippi and abroad ranked at 9 percent job approval rating last time I checked. Cochran’s greatest friend to his campaign is former governor now turned super-lobbyist Haley Barbour. Cochran hinted retirement but Haley pleaded for him to stay. Barbour is a powerful political player with a lot of influence and an ability to raise large amounts of cash. Barbour along with nephews, Henry and Austin Barbour, formed the Mississippi Conservatives’ PAC, but there is nothing conservative about it. The PAC’s primary purpose is to protect Cash Cow Cochran. The strategy is to purposely deceive low information voters by embellishing Cochran’s record and attacking McDaniel’s character.
Just last month, Barbour met with San Antonio Democrat Mayor Julian Castro openly promoting amnesty. He was quoted as saying; “amnesty would be good for our country.” Cochran voted for amnesty on May 17, 2006, Roll Call 127, and voted against construction of border fence July 13, 2006, – Roll Call 200. Rest assured if Cochran were to be elected Barbour would call on him to support amnesty. Cochran and Barbour are clearly violating the Republican platform against amnesty that states the primary goal of the federal government to keep our nation safe and secure. This includes protecting America’s borders to stop people from entering our country illegally.
Does this trouble conservative Republicans and Mississippi workers? It should! Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue has committed $50 million to fight off conservative primary challengers who would oppose his push for amnesty. This is why the U.S. Chamber has run deceptive attack ads in Mississippi against McDaniel falsely accusing him concerning tort reform. It seems the once respected governor and the U.S. Chamber have lost their way. They claim they need a cheap labor force for economic growth. The Chamber of Crony Capitalism has walked away from the spirit of enterprise and replaced it with special interest super-lobbyists and amnesty.
McDaniel, on the other hand, is against amnesty. He’s for free markets, lowering taxes, less regulation and capitalism that supports the entrepreneurial spirit and helps create a stable environment for investors. McDaniel is a BIPEC Business Champion and has a NFIB Lifetime 95 percent Pro-Business Ranking.
McDaniel’s friends start with the Senate Conservative Coalition and an expected majority of Mississippi conservatives. He has been endorsed by a host of nationally known conservatives such as Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Sarah Palin.
Grant Sowell is the Tupelo Tea Party chairman and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (662) 791-9599.