Remember the Chris McDaniel-Thad Cochran GOP primary Senate race in Mississippi last spring?
One of the accusations leveled at Cochran, which ultimately was used to paint McDaniel as a terrible person in an unusual turn of events, was that as his wife sat wasting away in a Mississippi nursing home Cochran was cavorting around DC and other garden spots with Kay Webber, a longtime aide and paramour whose house in Washington Cochran was officially renting a basement apartment in (as it happens Cochran was storing some of his stuff in the basement; he was in the master bedroom with Webber every night).
The subject of Cochran’s underground living arrangements and romantic ties was so juicy that some overzealous McDaniel’s supporters even made plans to infiltrate the nursing home to capture footage of the Senator’s wife, who ultimately died in December. They did so, were caught, and the crush of publicity ultimately led to the suicide of one of them while the others have faced a varying array of criminal charges.
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This is also a good read on the GOP/WHIGS but here is an excerpt...
All of a sudden, over the weekend, “silly gossip” became tying the knot. On May 23rd, Cochran married Webber. Thus, either the Cochran campaign lied last year about him having an adulterous affair with Webber, or this was one fast courtship for a guy moving and thinking slower than molasses in January. Consummated less than six months after the death of the woman Cochran had spent most of his life with.
This is now the point in the story when we fire up the greatest of all country music songs: “Don’t pee on me and tell me it’s raining.”
So to sum up, the GOP establishment fought harder and dirtier last year to keep an aging and largely disorientated liberal adulterer in the U.S. Senate, than they fought to get Obama out of the White House in 2012. They were more ruthless in defeating a true conservative like McDaniel, who actually represents the majority of Republicans both in Mississippi and nationwide, than they were in trying to defeat a full-blown Marxist in the White House