Low Popahirum, National Edition (6-27-14)

“How far did the establishment GOP forces backing Senator Thad Cochran go in Mississippi this week? Too far, and their tactics are likely to leave permanent scars in a civil war with Tea Party forces that are out of all proportion to the importance the establishment placed on saving one 76-year-old senator’s ability to please Washington’s K Street lobbying interests.” – John Fund/National Review

But it’s not just conservatives who are irked. On Wednesday, I had a pair of discussions with well-placed staffers working for GOP senators who are considerably more conservative and in touch with their Republican voters than Cochran.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“Meet what appears to be one of the keys to Thad Cochran’s black-turnout operation, Mitzi Bickers.” – National Review

“Sources have confirmed that attorney Mark Mayfield has died of an apparent suicide. Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, and is one of the three men charged with conspiring with Clayton Kelly to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife in her nursing home and create a political video against Cochran.” – Jackson Clarion-Ledger

The problem began almost three weeks ago, when Hillary began insisting that the Clintons were ‘dead broke’ at the end of their time in the White House and are not ‘truly well off’ now despite having made at least $100 million in book sales and speaking fees over the last 13 years. As she ‘struggled’ to differentiate herself from the Democrats’ class-warfare bête noir Mitt Romney, Bill attempted to backstop his wife.” – Hot Air

“Sure Megyn destroyed her in the logic and reasoning portion but just wait until they get to the oil wrestling stage of the competition. Slight edge to Harf based on youth and shamelessness.” – Ace of Spades

“Another way to look at our country’s situation is by comparing how the Obama administration and its progressive allies operate to the global and American mafia. The similarities are striking. Let’s consider a few.” – The Federalist

“On balance the Republican ‘establishment’ has done fairly well this primary season. Its favored candidate in the Nebraska Senate race lost, and of course Eric Cantor went down to defeat, but Thad Cochran, Lindsey Graham, and Mitch McConnell all hung on. So, all is right in the world, right? Not really.”  – Jay Cost/Weekly Standard

“The frustrations that boiled over three months ago during the White House meeting were years in the making, but were exacerbated by the growing realization that an outcome once thought to be inevitable increasingly looked impossible.” – POLITICO

“Photograph and satellite imagery indicate that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) insurgents have carried out mass executions in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, Human Rights Watch reported on Friday.” – Washington Free Beacon

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