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Thad Cochran

Jim Lee: Demise of a great society

A runoff election for a Senate seat in Mississippi got a lot of attention last week as a tea party favorite came close to knocking off a long-term establishment Republican, but as pundits focused on the strategies employed by Sen. Thad Cochran to maintain his seat, I was more taken aback by remarks from challenger Chris McDaniel following his loss. To me, McDaniel personifies all that is wrong with Washington right now, and it is why our country is on a downward spiral. In his long and rambling speech to supporters following defeat, McDaniel railed against Republicans who compromise and derided Cochran for reaching across the aisle. I hope that McDaniel was talking about his opponent...