Karl Rove silent on Mississippi race tactics

Karl Rove silent on Mississippi race tactics

This is amazing.

This morning in the Wall Street Journal, former Bush aide Karl Rove writes a column that includes the following on the Mississippi Senate race:

Mississippi’s Sen. Thad Cochran pulled off a difficult and surprising win Tuesday night, and he has the state’s open primary law to thank for it. In the June 3 primary, Mr. Cochran trailed tea party favorite Chris McDaniel by 1,386 votes or 0.5% of the 313,443 votes cast. This week, he beat Mr. McDaniel, a state senator, by 6,373 votes or 1.6% of 374,893 votes.

Turnout was up in the runoff, which last happened in a Senate race 30 years ago. The six-term senator’s victory was due to a strategy by his campaign and the support of the Mississippi Conservatives super PAC led by GOP national committeeman Henry Barbour and his uncle, the very popular former Gov. Haley Barbour. They aimed to turn out for the second-round Republicans who did not vote in the primary and bring out Mississippians, including Democrats, who had not voted in either party’s primary and thus could vote in the runoff…

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Say again? Cochran won because of “a strategy” that “aimed to…bring out Mississippians, including Democrats, who had not voted in either party’s primary and thus could vote in the runoff.” If that’s all this were, the Cochran victory might go down better. But, of course, that’s not all that went on here.

Incredibly, Karl Rove has ignored the blatantly obvious chicanery that is the subject of discussion across the conservative media.

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