Tea party, GOP gear up for battle

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.

Bill Minor