Allahpundit, Streiff at Red State, and Patterico agree; after the sleazy, Democrat-like tactics employed by the Thad Cochran, Duke of Porktrough, campaign and the National Republican Senate Committee in Mississippi, the GOP needs to be slapped down hard. And if all they care about is winning, then losing the Mississippi senate seat would be the best way to send them the message: Conservatives don’t want a GOP that’s no different than the Democrats.
Allhapundit makes the point that control of the senate in 2015 is inconsequential. Obama is going to rule by executive decree regardless of a Republican majority; and the Republican party will do nothing to stop him. As for the Supreme Court, Obama is going to get his nominees through regardless; even if John McCain has to put together another Gang of Whatever. Obamacare repeal is not on the table, and the GOP is going to push Amnesty whether in the minority or the majority.
And Travis Childers (the Democrat in Mississippi) is no worse than Joe Manchin, and as a Democrat in a red state, can be kept on a pretty short leash. He might even jump parties in the future. Who knows?
The only weapon we have against the GOP establishment is the vote. If they learn they can attack fiscal conservatives with impunity and win on a Democrat-style campaign of racial smears and promises of Free [Stuff] From the Government, then they will have earned the title of The Junior Democrats; and shame on all of us for letting it happen.
This isn’t a case of a Republican candidate who is “imperfect” on one or two issues. This is a case where the GOP has been corrupt and downright sleazy in order to keep a big-spending porker in office. And, fortuitously, it comes at a time when defeating said porker will have relatively few political consequences.
If you’re unwilling to risk a protest vote for a Democrat after the grotesque spectacle of a group of GOP cronies using liberal votes to prop up an elderly man whose heart isn’t in it anymore, you’ll never be willing. And if you’re unwilling, maybe it’s time to stop complaining about Cochran and cronyism and the rest of it and accept that this is who we are and who we’re going to be.