Tonawanda News — We don’t tend to talk a whole lot about Mississippi on this paper’s editorial page and for good reason. It’s a long way away in both distance and temperament. But I swear this will be worth it.
So, Mississippi, you have a senator who’s been around forever, Thad Cochran, running for re-election. Most senators who’ve been around forever don’t usually have to do very much to get re-elected except show up, run a few commercials reminding voters they still exist and wait for November to roll around.
But this is Mississippi we’re talking about. Specifically a Mississippi Republican primary. If you guessed this would not be a normal election congratulations, you’re correct.
Cochran, whose colleagues roundly agree is a really nice guy who’s really good at getting the federal government to spend money on his state, faced an increasingly common problem in the form of a primary challenge from a previously unknown state lawmaker who said Cochran wasn’t conservative enough.
If you want to fire up Republican primary voters start talking about Washington (and I don’t mean George, though they do quite like referencing the Founding Fathers). It’s a cesspool! All the people we elect to run the government want to do is govern, govern, govern! Live free or die! Or something. Rabble rabble rabble.
So Cochran’s challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, mounted a fierce underdog campaign to unseat Cochran, who is 114 years old, by casting him as past his prime. At one point, McDaniel supporters lied their way into Cochran’s dementia-suffering wife’s nursing home to take her photo and use it for something. Use it for what was never particularly clear but odds are it had something to do with Obamacare.