Big Money Buys another Election

enhanced-buzz-13570-1403665811-8Earlier this month politicos from across the spectrum were talking about little known Dave Brat’s defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his Richmond-based congressional district. USA Today reported ( as did many other media outlets) that:

The Tea Party had failed to muster many victories so far in the 2014 midterms, but Cantor’s defeat could reinvigorate the debate over deep divisions within the Republican Party.

Many friends on Facebook were heralding this as the great turning point for the “Tea Party”. On one particular  post I predicted that Cantor’s defeat would be an isolated incident.

I hate to say “I told you so” to the many people who thought that Cantor’s defeat was the beginning of the Tea Party revolution but tonight, in Mississippi the “revolution” was stopped dead in its tracks.

Tonight, entrenched establishment Republican Senator Thad Cochran (who is 76 years old and has served in the U.S. Senate since 1978)  narrowly defeated his Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in a run off election.

Fox News reported , “The race attracted about $12 million in spending from outside groups.”

One of those outside groups was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Politico.Com reported :

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put $100,000 into the Mississippi GOP Senate race, backing up its pledge to help Sen. Thad Cochran defeat a tea party opponent in the June 3 primary election.

The powerful business lobby cut that big check to Mississippi Conservatives PAC on May 5, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Headed by Republican National Committee official Henry Barbour, the PAC has already spent nearly $700,000 helping Cochran in his race against state Sen. Chris McDaniel.”

BuzzFeed.Com noted that , “The exit of Cochran — a champion of pork and dealmaker on major issues like the Farm Bill — would have represented a potential shift in the amount of federal dollars Mississippi receives each year.”

There you have it.  The U.S. Chamber gave Cochran over $700,000 because they new Mississippi businesses would be getting that money back in the form of hundreds of millions of federal dollars.

It’s about money. It’s always been about money and it will always be about money.

Buzzfeed also took the liberty of insinuating that McDaniel lost due to politically-incorrect comments made in the past stating: “McDaniel also drew the most attention for comments made in the mid-2000s on a radio show he formerly hosted, including slavery reparations, the word “mamacita,” and many other topics.”

The media got it wrong with Cantor’s defeat. It wasn’t the Tea Party that defeated him, it was an organic grass-roots effort that did. Personally I believe that the country is too far gone to reform but if it is to be reformed it will never be through establishment co-opted groups like the Tea Party.- Editor

Related: Cape County Tea Party: Southerners Need not Apply



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I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.

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