Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran defeated primary challenger Chris McDaniel with the help of black Democrats, and the tea party exploded with rage. Now, to quote Nina Simone, "Everybody Knows About Mississippi, Goddam!"
It all started strangely enough. The Republican primary for Mississippi's Senate seat became a blip on the national radar screen when conservative blogger Clayton Kelley was arrested for breaking into a nursing home and photographing the wife Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran. Kelley was a supporter of Cochran's tea party challenger Chris McDaniel, and his arrest caused McDaniel to face some uncomfortable questions. At least three more people, included a board member of the local tea party were arrested.
All that was nothing compared to what was to come. Pushed into a run-off with McDaniel, Cochran beat back McDaniel with help from the last people anyone would have expected -- black Democrats.
Cochran figured out that Mississippi's open primary voting would allow black Democratic voters to participate in the GOP's primary runoff with McDaniel. And, as Jamelle Bouie wrote, black Mississippi voters had already figured out McDaniel for the reactionary throwback that he is, and opted for the "devil they know" over the one they didn't need to know any more about.
Conservative heads exploded:
In light of the above, the following is dedicated to Mississippi's Tea Party. Nina Simone always described the song as "a show tune, but the show hasn't been written for it yet." Maybe this is the show the tune's been waiting for:
Here's the rest of the worst in wingnuttia this week.
- House Speaker John Boehner wants to sue President Obama for not letting Congress tie his hands. The president dismissed Boehner's lawsuit as nothing more than a "stunt."
- Even Fox News host Neal Cavuto had enough of Michele Bachmann's "silly" ranting of Republican threats to sue and/or impeach Barack Obama.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D, Mass.) schooled MSNBC host and former aid to House Speaker Tip O'Neil Chris Matthews on political and economic realities.
- Joseph Farah, founder of the conservative news website WorldNetDaily, tried to get through Dulles Airport security with a loaded .38-caliber revolver in his carry-on bag, but was foiled by TSA agents.
- Arizona state schools Superintendent Republican John Huppenthal is facing mounting pressure to resign from his post after he admitted to authoring numerous incendiary posts calling welfare recipients "lazy pigs."
- In her latest column, right-winger Ann Coulter trolled World Cup fans, blaming "the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy's 1965 immigration law" for soccer's popularity, and declaring: "No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time."
- WorldNetDaily columnist Carl Jackson got in on the action, writing that the World Cup is a left-wing plot to "bring America down."
- Fox News contributor Keith Albow suspects the World Cup is a craze designed as a "distraction" for President Obama.
- Conservative columnist Michael Taube has the answer to the controversy surrounding the name of Washington's professional football franchise: name the team after Ronald Reagan.
- Ben Carson explained to the couple thousand people who showed up for the "March for Marriage" that gay marriage is a Marxist plot to "divide and conquer" Americans in order to impose the "New World Order." Nonetheless, Carson has devised a compromise on gay marriage: Don't let gays get married.
- Virginia Republicans would do just about anything to keep 400,000 Virginians from getting Medicaid coverage: including breaking into the governor's office.