Daily Beast: " I get why Mississippi voters of all parties, races, and creeds pulled together at the very last minute to give Sen. Thad Cochran a win in his GOP primary and thus effectively another six years in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body™ (also known as the League of Unextraordinary Gentlemen).
The short version: Cochran has been very, very good to the Magnolia State, first as a congressman (1973-1978) and then as a senator (1978-forever). Not because he has authored or championed legislation that has expanded the scope of human freedom and flourishing. No, he’s just one of the great elder statesmen of what should be called out as “Red State Socialism,” the process by which supposedly conservative states—typically filled with politicians and voters who rail against welfarism in all its manifestations—are gifted massive subsidies....
In 2012, he voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, one of the purest excresences of crony capitalism imaginable. The bank secures loans and other goodies to foreign companies and governments to buy American products; its client list is dominated by industry giants such as GE, Boeing, and Caterpillar.
Unsurprisingly, Cochran tried to keep earmarks alive, as such federally funded gifts to specific interests back home were among the things he was known for. The GOP establishment in Mississippi—folks such as former Sen. Trent Lott and former Gov. Haley Barbour—explicitly pointed to Cochran’s unparalleled ability to bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan as a reason to give him a seventh term as senator. “Over the years, we’ve had to fight for funds,” explained Lott in an ad. “Without Thad Cochran we could lose some of these important facilities.” For his part, Barbour stressed “how much [Cochran] has helped and can continue to help Mississippi.”
The Democrats I can understand: They are explicitly in favor of bigger government, whether it’s paid for or not.
But the Republicans? They’re supposed to be the party of fiscal discipline and good, old-fashioned values like paying your own way and keeping government small, limited, and constitutional. Republicans, it turns out, have no shame and no excuse for not just putting up with the likes of Cochran but rushing to his defense at the very moment he was—finally—going to have to search for honest work."
It is no coincidence that Mississippi is a poor state, and a state given a lot of tax dollars.....
Kudos to the GOP: You’ll hang onto that seat in Mississippi. But if you ever want to get serious about growing your popularity or, more importantly, actually enacting policies based on your limited-government rhetoric, you’re going to have go after red-state socialism with the same energy and drive you go after Tea Party candidates who challenge the status quo.