Message to the GOP in Mississippi: The Tea Party Doesn’t Dance

President: You’re not gonna do that…You’ve got yourself a chip in the big game now. You’re gonna tuck that away. You are gonna save that for a time when your own ass is on the line and then you’re gonna pull it out, and I’m gonna cash it in for you

Clear and Present Danger 1994

66 years ago back in the days before the Democrat party owned Massachusetts, Tip O’Neil. allowed an election to be stolen from him in Massachusetts.

After a dispute over supporting Harry Truman or not for president at the convention (Tip was pro-Harry) he ran his own slate of Delegates against the James Michael Curley machines.  Curley was furious and was determined to crush the upstarts but found that they campaigned like hell and when election day came around O’Neill’s slate won.

Or so they would have but the Curley people seeing the results simply transposed the number reporting O’Neill’s results as Curley’s & vice versa.

When Tip was ready to go to the election panel he was approached by Paul Dever in desperation.  Tip quoted those words in his autobiography:  Man of the House on page 55

The party is already in bad shape. If we show people we’re a bunch of thieves, it will destroy us. In the name of party unity, please drop this fight.

O’Neill, in his own words “reluctantly”  agreed.  This was the beginning of his rise to power in the party and would eventually lead to the speakership of the House of Representatives.

Tip O’Neill made that deal because he wanted a future in the Democrat party and understood there was no future if the party was that his party couldn’t stand the scrutiny.

And that brings us to the Mississippi Machine.

On June 21st we wrote about the monies being given to black leaders by Super PACS for the Cochran campaign and asked: Does NOBODY see the Potential Headline here?. We kept on the story the day before the election but the possible buying of the black vote didn’t interest the media.  Instead they commended Thad Cochran for “reaching out” to the black Community to beat Chris McDaniel and the Tea Party.

Unfortunately for the party while the story of the money hasn’t caught the national interest the Tea Party and the people who were the victims of their moves have noticed it and True the Vote has decided to get involved:

OXFORD, MS. — July 1, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed suit in federal court against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the State Republican Party, asking the Court to immediately order that election records be shared to inspect for illegal votes ahead of certification for the June 24 U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv144-MPM-SAA).

via Smithy who says:

The Democrats have got to be laughing themselves senseless. After years of claiming that there is no significant voter fraud, and that the GOP is just Making Stuff Up, here is this steaming debacle.

The national media is laughing and scoffing but there is one basic fact here concerning the Mississippi machine. It can’t stand up to close scrutiny, as Jim Hoft notes:

I have been at the Hinds County Court house this morning. Here’s a page from Hinds County voter roll book.

The column on the left is where the voter voted in Democrat primary on June 3rd 2014.
The column on the right is where that same voter voted in the Republican run off on June 24th 2014.

This is patently illegal!

The problem is the Hinds County Republican Party in my opinion is dragging its feet in allowing access to “all” the voter information in a timely fashion to complete the audit.
It appears they are trying to run the clock out and certify the election results on Monday of next week preventing Chris McDaniel from completing an audit of the vote.
Please call the GOP at 6019485191 fax 6013540972 email info@msgop.org ask that they have an impartial member of the Hinds County Republican Committee oversee the audit, certification instead of the present county chairman.

Logic dictates stuff like this is done for a reason. Like Lois Lerner and the IRS who destroyed data, the logical assumption is the Mississippi machine is holding back because they know the information is damning. Unfortunately for the GOP even if the media doesn’t take notice the legal cases will continue to go forward and if they lead where the party’s actions suggest they will, this has the potential to shatter their power and send people to jail.

If this was something in the normal course of events and the tea party was a regular part of the Republican machine and McDaniel’s  only concern was advancement this would not be a problem, he and his followers would simply be rewarded to  keep their mouths quiet with patronage, favors and other offices.

But As Dave Weigel notes that’s not going to happen, first because national groups are now involved:

But that answer came hours after the Fielder tape had burned up social media. By the time Russell responded, FreedomWorks—which had made no previous moves to support the legal challenge—issued a statement calling for prosecutors to get involved. “This is a federal crime and requires swift action by the Department of Justice and the FBI,” said the group’s national political director, Russ Walker. “The faith the American people have in the electoral process is critical to the success of our representative democracy. These are serious allegations that, if true, undermine the integrity of our electoral process.”

Meanwhile, the McDaniel campaign was claiming 1,500 sketchy votes in Hinds County—almost double what the Tea Party had claimed. “We don’t have to prove that we have 7,000 [invalid] votes,” spokesman Neil Fritsch told Fox News. “All there needs to be is enough doubt about the election, and we’re confident about that.”

and second of all people are angry, VERY angry:

“People [are] saying, ‘I hate that I voted for Thad,’ ” said Grant Sowell. “The Tea Parties in Mississippi are growing like never before. I’ve had people apologizing to people for not being more involved. They feel like what’s going on is not just unethical but ungodly.”

The GOP has made a huge mistake in Mississippi, Chris McDaniel is not going away and the national tea party is not going away and most important of all the lawsuits aren’t going away.  This is because the Tea Party isn’t looking for power for the sake of power.  or wealth, it is looking for power to accomplish something and the political power is just a means to that end.

As Jack Ryan said to the President in Clear and Present Danger: “Mr President, I don’t dance”

If the national GOP doesn’t get this fixed and I mean NOW you could have Mississippi be the reason why the GOP doesn’t take the Senate this year.

Is Thad Cochran really worth that price?