5 Reasons Mississippi Republicans Should Send Thad Cochran Packing Today
Today, grassroots conservative Chris McDaniel is going up against establishment Republican Thad Cochran in a primary election in Mississippi. Other than Dave Brat's victory over Eric Cantor, this has the potential to be the most important race of the election cycle so far. If you're in Mississippi, you need to get out and vote for Chris McDaniel today. If you don't live in Mississippi, then you need to send this column to anyone you know in Mississippi via Twitter, Facebook, or email to encourage him to vote for Chris McDaniel.
1) Thad Cochran is not mentally up to the job of being a senator anymore: There are certainly plenty of 76 year olds who can handle being a senator, but Thad Cochran isn’t one of them. The first indication that Cochran was slipping was that he wasn’t even capable of debating Chris McDaniel. If you’re not sharp enough to handle a debate any more, how can you handle being a senator? How far gone is Thad Cochran’s memory? After Eric Cantor’s major news-making loss, Cochran didn’t seem to know anything about the race even though he talked about it the day before. Worse yet, a half hour after he was interviewed by Atlantic reporter Molly Ball, Cochran had forgotten who she was.
Cochran didn't pose for any pictures during his brief sweep. As he made his way toward the exit, the senator held out his hand to me. I had met and interviewed him less than half an hour before.
"Hello, how are you doing?" he said with a kindly smile. "I'm Thad Cochran."
Running Thad Cochran for office when he’s just not up to the job any more mentally is not just unfair to the people of Mississippi, it’s exploitive. He’s just not mentally equipped to do the job anymore and it’s wrong that the people around him are pushing him to do it.
2) Thad Cochran has served long enough: Thad Cochran has been in the Senate since 1978. Isn’t 36 years in office enough for any one man? Especially since Cochran has been an undistinguished backbencher who is only noteworthy because he has been one of the biggest spenders on the Republican side? His defenders have tried to turn his love of pork into an asset, but what good is an earmarker to Mississippi in an era when earmarks have been banned?