The Tea Party is Throwing a Racist Hissy Fit in Mississippi

cochran-mcdanielThe tea party in Mississippi is really angry.  After all, how dare African Americans vote, right?  Because that’s pretty much the message I’m getting after Chris McDaniel lost his Republican primary battle against incumbent Thad Cochran.

Especially after a few Democrats, who happen to be African American, admitted to voting for Cochran.

In Mississippi, you don’t have to register as a Republican or a Democrat to vote in primary elections.  Though Mississippi law does state that you can’t vote for a party’s primary candidate if you don’t plan to vote for that nominee in the general election.

And because some African American Democrats have admitted to voting for Cochran, McDaniel seems to think that somehow qualifies as something that should be investigated, because as he put it, “There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual, about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.”

I guess he forgot about the tens of thousands of Republican voters who also voted for Thad Cochran.

There’s just one problem – McDaniel doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

Let’s say some Democrats did go vote for Cochran – so what?  According to Mississippi law that simply means they are required to vote for him in the general election, if they vote.   There’s nothing illegal about what they did, unless they vote for a Democrat in November.

And good luck tracking all of that.

But what seems to have really angered the tea party is that they’re assuming, because Cochran sought out the African American vote in Mississippi, that they’re the ones who tipped the scale in Cochran’s favor.

Now McDaniel is questioning the “sanctity” of the vote.  Essentially throwing a hissy fit (he’s still yet to officially concede) because how dare African Americans exercise their legal voting rights in Mississippi, right?

Some tea party officials are even encouraging McDaniel to run as a write-in candidate in November.

I just find it absolutely ironic.  Tea party conservatives like to go on and on about our Constitution and our rights as Americans, yet here they are whining and complaining because some Americans (specifically African Americans) exercised their right to vote.

Though a real irony if all of this is that McDaniel voted in the Democratic primary in 2003.  Of course he initially denied this, though he later admitted he did vote in a Democratic primary.  Which, now that he’s complaining some Democrats did the same thing during his Republican primary, would make him a hypocrite.

But what’s really at the heart of this tea party hissy fit in Mississippi is the assumption that African Americans made the difference.  It isn’t just that McDaniel lost, it’s that they’re assuming that African Americans are the ones who gave Cochran the victory.  And as we’ve all seen since the election of President Obama, tea party conservatives aren’t big fans of African Americans having the power to decide – well, anything.

Even if it’s true that African American Democrats gave Cochran the victory, it isn’t illegal by Mississippi voting laws.  Though I’m sure many of the racist tea party conservatives in Mississippi wished it was.

This is just another example of the tea party throwing a fit because reality, and our Constitution, didn’t coincide with what they wanted to happen.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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