Incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran’s successful game plan, which drove his run-off victory over Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel for Mississippi’s Republican Senate nomination, was unconventional.
But most incredible was the success of this game plan – to reach out to liberal black churches and get Democrat black voters to turn out and vote for Cochran – despite being executed in broad daylight.
Soon after Cochran lost to McDaniel in the primary, necessitating a run-off because McDaniel fell short of getting 50 percent of the vote, papers reported the intent of Cochran’s team to turn out black Democrats to overcome the thin margin by which Cochran lost.
McDaniel knew exactly what to expect. The Cochran campaign told him. Yet he remained a spectator through it all. His counter strategy was no counter strategy and just continue what he was already doing. Appealing just to Mississippi’s conservative white electorate.
Sitting in the White House today is the most left-wing president in the nation’s history, elected twice without winning the white vote. I have written about the demographic changes taking place in the country and the need for Republicans to talk about limited government and traditional values to non-white Americans.
If this is true about the nation as a whole, it certainly is true in a state like Mississippi whose black population, at 40 percent of the state, is the largest in the nation. Half this black population is poor.
Cochran’s forces dumped money into liberal black churches, communicating that he is their champion because of the government pork he’ll continue to bring into the state.
But a news flash for McDaniel, which he should know, having served as a state senator, is that not all blacks are liberals. In Mississippi’s huge black population are many conservative black pastors who want freedom for their flocks. They know that black poverty is not about government money.
A few of these conservative black pastors in Mississippi are part of the national pastor network of my organization, CURE.
Former NFL star Brett Favre made an ad for Cochran in which he talked about Cochran getting “…critical funding for our schools.”
But in the latest Quality Counts report from the publication Education Week, Mississippi is rated 51st in the nation, among 50 states and Washington, DC, in K-12 student achievement.
The report continues, as reported in Mississippi Business Journal, that “Mississippi ranked among the lowest 10 states in providing young people a chance for success in life, financing schools and improving teaching.”
If the success of Mississippi’s schools was about “critical” funding from the federal government, why are they the worst in the nation?
The main victims of Mississippi’s dismal schools are black children.
In a Pew Research survey of last October, 25 percent of blacks expressed favorability toward the Tea Party, just 6 points less than whites.
But the McDaniel campaign seemed clueless that there were potential allies in Mississippi’s huge black population to counter Cochran’s liberal assault.
It is pathetic that some commentators are actually writing that Cochran’s government plantation appeal to blacks shows how Republicans can reach this community.
In a scene early in the Oscar-winning film Patton, General Patton, who was sent to take command of the demoralized American troops in North Africa in the early days of World War II, is shown looking through field glasses, watching a tank battle which would become America’s first victory in North Africa. He studied the tactics of his adversary German commander Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. As he watched, Patton bellowed out “ Rommel, you magnificent b——, I read your book!”
Thad Cochran laid it out for McDaniel – he gave him his book – but McDaniel chose not to read it.
There are plenty of black conservatives who understand that big government politicians – Democrats or Republicans – hurt their communities. They just need Republican candidates to recognize they exist.
The problem is the Tea Party recognises everyone. We have numerous blacks from all walks of life that are part of the Tea Party. We encourage them to run for office, we are hoping Alan West runs for president. He is an admirable person is to say the least. To vote for Cochran when the teen and early 20s are at 50% unemployment and overall black unemployment is at 36+%, you have cut off your own nose to spite your face. Cochran is a RINO. He is no better that a democrat and I certainly do not understand why black voters vote for those that enslaved their ancestors. Why blacks vote for the democrats that started the KKK, voted against citizenship for freed slaves, voted against blacks getting the vote I will never understand. Even the democrats in Chicago woke up to being ignored until the democrats want your vote. Democrats are allowing illegal aliens to freely walk across the border, giving them free medical, free cars, free college, free everything even now with welfare, Eric and other services are being cut, any one convicted of a felony will soon find themselves with no assistance. There will be no student loans available. Where will that leave poor blacks, whites and any other color that needs assistance? 42 Democrats in the Senate have proposed a bill to remove the freedom of speech, so no one can complain. A lot of blacks woke up to the fact they are being used, check out the town meeting in Chicago on YouTube, do your own research. McCain, McConnell, Graham, Cochran aren’t doing anyone any favors, but themselves and the companies that support their campaigns. The same companies that want illegals allowed with amnesty so they can fire someone that’s worked at a company for 10-20 years and hire 2-3 illegals for the same amount. It’s time for black Americans to wake up, the death knell is tolling for everyone, but you’re already getting hit.
Agree! What was McDaniel thinking???
The republican leadership (including local leaders like McDaniel) need to remember their ROOTS! The Rep party was the anti slavery party.
Soooo…drop the country club white male image … and get busy…inviting in the many non-Anglo people out there…who need to not only vote for you…but who need to also become some of the rep party leaders and candidates…