From the department of “you don’t say”….
I can confirm that the attack ads in Mississippi run by “All Citizens for Mississippi” were funded by Senate Republicans, including Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Rob Portman, Bob Corker, and Roy Blunt. It appears our Senate Republican leaders are willing to risk losing a Senate majority so long as they can get their own re-elected. Yes folks, it is true. I can confirm what we all suspected.
The advertisements attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel and painted conservative Republicans and tea party activists as racists. According to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission, All Citizens for Mississippi received funding from a Haley Barbour backed group called Mississippi Conservatives.
Mississippi Conservatives, in turn, was funded in part by Sally Bradshaw of the RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project, former RNC Chairman and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the political action committees created for Senators Mitch McConnell ($50,000), John Cornyn ($50,000), Rob Portman ($25,000), Bob Corker ($25,000), and Roy Blunt ($5,000).
Interestingly, Sally Bradshaw and Henry Barbour (Haley Barbour’s nephew) worked on the autopsy of the 2012 GOP loss.
I guess to people like our establican-forgving friend Dana, who we all recall defended the Cochran campaign (and the backslapping, giddy celebration of its success by the likes of Rove, McCain, et al), this is nothing more than the fair, rough-and-tumble, by-the-rules sport of blood politics. But to me, it’s an assault — not only on those in Mississippi who will now lack Republican representation (a man who wins by pandering to liberal Democrats and rallies blacks by claiming the constituency he otherwise hopes to represent is made up of racist throwbacks is not a representative of his party; he is a representative of the final vote tally), but on all of us who see an impotent GOP establishment declaring war on those it is supposed to govern for, while working to compromise with those who would take that very notion of consent of the governed and nullify it completely.
I won’t be complicit in any of it. My not voting for Republicans — or staying home entirely when it comes to votes for national office — is NOT a vote for Democrats, and never was. It is a refusal to vote for anyone wishing the country to undergo a “fundamental transformation” into a centralized state run by bureaucrats within a federalized structure against which we the people have little recourse to change, regardless of whether or not they wish to see that change occur rapidly or at a more leisurely pace.