Poor Ms. Irrelevant, Sarah Palin is very upset at Chris McDaniel's loss Tuesday night to Thad Cochran in the Mississippi runoff election and so she's ranting about voter irregularities and voter integrity as the cause for his defeat. Does she even know what those terms mean? Mississippi is a state that has an open primary system, which means voters of any affiliation may vote for the slate of any party. We have that in California and it has caused some problems for progressives, but that's the law. Since McDaniel has yet to concede, it looks like he's going that route.
As we pointed out last week (see: http://t.co/y8T64iZQyR), there were several potentially illegal political games afoot in Mississippi to motivate Democrat voters to "switch" over to the GOP for a day to help save a 42 year Republican member of Congress. On top of that, millions of dollars from out of state liberal billionaires like Mike Bloomberg poured in at the last minute on that same incumbent’s behalf. You have to ask yourself why? When a primary election is lost fairly, I am all for unifying behind the victor and joining forces to fight in November. When an election is questionable, with potential legal violations, politics MUST be put aside and the irregularities MUST be fully investigated.
Regardless of party, we owe it to voters and to democracy within our Republic. The integrity of the vote speaks directly to the integrity of those who serve and the trust we ask the American public to put in our institutions. I told Chris McDaniel last night that I stand with his effort to get to the bottom of this – he needs to know average, but tremendously concerned, citizens want to make sure the integrity of last night’s results in Mississippi are verified. Voting shenanigans never cease to amaze, but they had better cease altogether for the sake of ethical elections.
Why do they hate democracy so much? If Cochran had lost the runoff, he could have run as an independent just like Joe Lieberman did in CT. And guess what, Sarah? Republican money flooded in and saved Lieberman's seat after he was rejected by the democratic base. Would that be considered illegal too?
We can only hope that Thad Cochran does to the right wing of the GOP what Lieberman did to the left wing of the Democrats --- stab them in the back every chance he gets, purely out of spite.
Now that would be nice, but it's not like Thad Cochran is a bastion of progressive views. Joe Lieberman was a war hawk's war hawk on the Iraq war and we exercised our right to vote him out. What has Cochran done to conservatives?
One good thing that could possibly come out of this is if Sarah Palin did help form a third party like she's be threatening to do. That would be good times for everybody.
Kos has a funny roundup of conservative tweets going ballistic about McDaniel's loss: Epic Tea Party hissy fit on Twitter