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Reince Priebus: Why the Silence on Mississippi?

Priebus & Cochran

In the aftermath of the Mississippi Republican Senate runoff it is becoming increasingly clear that establishment Republican leaders hijacked the election from conservative Chris McDaniel.

Understandably, there are some liberty loving voters and commentators who have said this proves that conservatives should bolt the Republican Party and start a third party or perhaps join one of the existing minor parties.

This is an idea I’ve consider in the past, and as I recount in my new book, TAKEOVER: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It, it’s an idea that the wise early leaders of the modern conservative movement, such as William F. Buckley, Jr., Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, rejected in favor of making the Republican Party the political home of conservatives.

So if bolting the Republican Party is not the appropriate response when our candidate is cheated out of a Republican nomination and our fellow conservatives suffer personal attacks and threats, how should conservatives respond to Mississippi?

1.  Conservatives must demand that the leaders of the Republican Party stand with the grassroots of the Party to investigate allegations of vote fraud in the Mississippi Republican Senate Primary Runoff. 

These allegations of vote fraud are substantive and real; as Chris McDaniel pointed out on Mark Levin’s radio show, “We do know that 35,000 Democrats crossed over. And we know many of those Democrats did vote in the Democratic primary just three weeks ago which makes it illegal.” Mississippi conservative writer Charles C. Johnson documented three examples of this kind of vote fraud on just one page of a Democratic Party primary poll book. (View the page HERE.)

There are also strong indications that someone acting in the interest of the Cochran campaign spread some “walking around money” to Democrats, including some African-American preachers, who are believed to have used it to deliver blocks of voters to Cochran. This illegal tactic is an old tradition in parts of the South, such as Mississippi, and other areas where machine politics prevail and it should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if proven.

Mississippi Republican State Chairman Joe Nosef and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cannot stand idly by while an election is hijacked; they have a responsibility to ensure a clean election and a new vote if necessary.

2.  If we conservatives have to act on our own, we should use every legal means to determine if the Mississippi Republican Senate runoff election was honest. 

Conservative organizations, such as True the Vote, the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, and its founder and President Catherine Engelbrecht and Jenny Beth Martin and Tea Party Patriots are already assisting the Chris McDaniel campaign’s investigation into allegations of vote fraud.

True the Vote and Tea Party Patriots volunteers are assisting the McDaniel campaign to determine if there were Democratic voters who illegally voted in the Republican primary runoff. This is a labor intensive effort and volunteers are needed right away, including lawyers with election law experience.

3.  We must stop feeding the enemies of conservative government.  

Conservatives should not give money to the national Republican committees, especially the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee. The NRSC was a willing participant in what went on in Mississippi. It is time conservatives realized that these committees are nothing more than incumbent protection rackets and the money they raise is going to defeat conservatives and support the very candidates who stand in the way of governing America according to conservative principles.

4. Conservatives must be very aware that the race-baiting attacks on Chris McDaniel were condoned or in some cases led by the Republican establishment’s state and national leaders.  

Former Governor and Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour, Mississippi Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour, former Mississippi Senator Trent Lott, Senator John McCain, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and NRSC Chairman Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas must be held personally and politically responsible for the scorched earth tactics used against conservatives in Mississippi.

5.  What happened in Mississippi is a direct result of the alliance between Big Business and Big Government Republicans, such as Thad Cochran. 

We conservatives must recognize that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce under the leadership of Tom Donahue has become the #1 enemy of conservatives and constitutional government and the #1 vehicle through which Big Business uses cronyism to obtain the favors of Big Government.  

Conservatives should demand that our local business leaders and Chambers of Commerce sever their ties to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its support of amnesty for illegal aliens and demand that they oppose the corrupt use of federal taxpayer dollars in the Ex-Im Bank, green energy giveaways and other means by which establishment politicians subsidize favored interests and pick winners and losers in the marketplace – and generate millions of dollars in campaign contributions for Big Government Republicans like Thad Cochran in the process.

6.  Perhaps most importantly, we conservatives must recognize that what happened in Mississippi can only continue to occur if the establishment controls the levers of power in the Republican Party. 

As I detail in TAKEOVER, we conservatives have, for over 100 years, had our political guns trained on the wrong target. We’ve been fighting the liberals and Democrats, when it is the Republican establishment and their Big Business – Big Government allies who are the most important enemies of conservatives in our fight to return America to constitutional government. 

We conservatives will never reach the political Promised Land until we replace the failed leaders of the establishment Republican Party and elect new leaders who will be more faithful to the Constitution and the conservative principles of the Republican Party. The only way to do that is to takeover the Republican Party starting one precinct, one county, one state Republican committee at a time. That may seem like a daunting task, but what happened to conservative Chris McDaniel and his supporters in Mississippi demonstrates that it is an essential step toward achieving our goal of governing America according to conservative principles.

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He was in on the whole thing. He won't do squat.