Editorials

Whining doesn’t help winning

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Let the whining begin. In Mississippi, it has already begun thanks to state Sen. Christ McDaniel complaining about his loss in the Republican U.S. Senate primary to incumbent Thad Cochran. McDaniel is whining because he is convinced that folks who are not registered or die-hard Republicans voted in the GOP primary, which is allowed in Mississippi. He is whining because he is convinced that these non-Republicans voted for Cochran. Perhaps. But his argument flies in the face of logic.

McDaniel was the candidate of the Mississippi Tea Party while Cochran, a long-time senator, was the candidate of the Republican establishment. If one were a Mississippi Democrat, for whom would it behoove you to vote in a Republican primary? A long-term proven Republican winner, i.e., Cochran, or a Tea Party candidate? Remember Sharon Angel? Christine O’Donnell? Todd Aikin? The Tea Party doesn’t have much going for it in the way of senatorial election history.

So, for whom would it be best for Mississippi Democrats to have voted? Wouldn’t they have a better chance of beating McDaniel than Cochran?

But suppose McDaniel is correct, and Democrats in the state where Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney were murdered did vote for Cochran? What’s the message? Simple: They figured they couldn’t beat any Republican and Cochran was the lesser of two evils.

Oh, and apparently McDaniel is a selective whiner. Carl Rove, writing in the June 26 Wall Street Journal, said that “McDaniel cannot complain about crossover voting since he participated in the 2003 Democratic primary.”

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