What goes with the Republican wannabes with statewide credentials who were prominently standing in line, waiting for word to come down from Mount Thaddeus that he was a no-go in 2014?
While the heavy-hitters in the wannabe camp were silent out of courtesy to elder statesman Cochran, a little known state legislator from Jones County named Chris McDaniel came storming out of right — no, far right, field — challenging Thad whether he’s a run or no-run. His announcement stunned the state’s Republican establishment.
The 41-year-old McDaniel galloped into the Senate arena with the pesky tea party backing in hand — but also with bundles of cash from three far-right, deep-pocket groups based in Washington. What their ready cash can do to reshape political campaigns became quickly apparent.
Polished, big-bucks TV ads bought by the Club For Growth, pitching McDaniel as a long-needed conservative champion, began airing statewide. Unmentioned is good, gray Thad Cochran who had the audacity to vote to pay the nation’s debts and get the government running again.