We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.
“Mr. McDaniel! Mr. McDaniel! You’ve just lost a contentious primary and runoff and missed 9 months of work in your law firm campaigning for the US Senate. What are you going to do next?”
But who could blame him. Only a world of fantasy is fit for the leader of the McDaniel nation.
But while McDaniel & Company were kicking it with the mouse, the challenge and fundraising machine rolled along. On Tuesday, it became public that Mitch Tyner was listed as an “irregular vote” by McDaniel’s own accounting. And Yesterday, McDaniel sent a fundraising email out claiming “There was a coordinated effort on behalf of some of the leaders in the party to mislead some of those in charge of elections at the precinct level.” Hard to read that and think he’s not gunning for Joe Nosef and Delbert Hosemann in the core of his challenge. The partners at Hortman Harlow have again got to be beaming with pride.
And the word is today that the Magic 8-Ball team will file the official election challenge in Jones County. And really, what screams fairness more than filing in a county in which he won by 10,000 votes. What’s next? A request for Erick Erickson to be the judge over the case?
Speaking of Erick Erickson, bless his heart, he got a little taste his own medicine. Again, the McDaniel crazies are out in force. In spite of being responsible for spewing more vitriol than probably any conservative news outlet other than Breitbart, he seemed shocked and appalled that a user would have the gall to go “crazytown” on him about for being “Reince’s toady”. Honestly, you can’t make this up.
Crazytown delivered to my cell phone. Thank God iOS now lets you block people. pic.twitter.com/l0BIsbW7OH
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) August 13, 2014
Pro tip to Erickson . . . when you raise folks to act like wolves, don’t be surprised when they run wild. Even on you. But honestly, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Meanwhile, the goofing in the real media continues. The ultra-conservative Washington Examiner said to McDaniel, “It’s time to close shop”. And former Desoto County McDaniel volunteer Heather Fox posted a scathing review of the campaign and it’s action since the primary on Desoto County Review.
But no one can strip the bark off like Marshall Ramsey. This gem includes Chris McDaniel stroking a possum like Dr. Evil of Austin Powers fame.
— Marshall Ramsey (@MarshallRamsey) August 13, 2014
Based on a source deep inside the McDaniel Magic 8-Ball legal team, we’ve gotten an advanced look at the core of the challenge legal strategy. It’s called the “Otter defense”.
Apparently the first draft of Mitch Tyner’s address to the court goes a little something like this.
“Ladies and Gentlemen of the court, the issue here is not whether we broke a few rules or knew about a break-in at a nursing home or paid a few preachers to lie. We did (wink). But you can’t hold a campaign responsible for the actions of a few sick and perverted individuals. For if you do, then isn’t the whole Republican Party is to blame. And if the whole Republican Party is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment on the entire elections process in Mississippi. I put it to you Judge, isn’t this an indictment of our entire American Constitution? Well, you can do what you want to us, but I’m not going to sit here and let you bad mouth the United States of America! Gentlemen!”
That’s the way it was – Day 50 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.
Good day Mississippi – and good luck.