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June 28, 2014

The Cochran Problem

Ramesh Ponnuru evaluates.

National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru hit the nail on the head: “I think in general the last few months have seen a softening of the Tea Party vs. establishment divide, in part because of the way the primaries have gone. Establishment Republicans could get behind Ben Sasse once he won the Nebraska Senate nomination; most self-described tea partiers seem to have voted for Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. The Mississippi primary is an exception to the rule. It is deepening the party’s internal division, because it has reinforced tea partiers’ view of what’s wrong with the GOP establishment: that said establishment is committed to big government, that it seeks to win elections by boasting about that commitment, that it disdains the tea partiers, that it views them as racist, that it will stop at nothing – even hurting the party overall, by giving credence to the view that a large number of Republicans are racists – to defeat them. The way Cochran won is going to add to the party’s problems, and not just in Mississippi.” More…

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