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Title: Awful: Thad Cochran reportedly disoriented in the Senate
Source: HotAir
URL Source: https://hotair.com/archives/2017/10 ... reportedly-disoriented-senate/
Published: Oct 19, 2017
Author: Allahpundit
Post Date: 2017-10-19 12:32:41 by Tooconservative
Keywords: None
Views: 363
Comments: 13

Tragic and disgusting. Tragic for poor Thad Cochran, who should be resting at home and enjoying his days as much as he can now. And disgusting on the part of the Republican leadership and his staff, who are dragging this frail old man around the Capitol for no better reason than that they don’t want to have to worry about a Bannon-fueled populist challenge in a Mississippi special election if Cochran were to resign. There’s no chance of his seat going blue, of course; they’re propping him up just to keep that seat filled with someone who’ll vote however Trump and McConnell need him to on key legislation like tax reform.

And so a 79-year-old has to go through the motions of chairing the Senate Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful legislative bodies in the world, when according to Politico he can barely answer reporters’ questions coherently anymore.

Who knows? Given the grotesque precedent of Strom Thurmond, Cochran might still there be 20 years from now rubber-stamping Republican bills. He’s “only” 79.
The 79-year-old Cochran appeared frail and at times disoriented during a brief hallway interview on Wednesday. He was unable to answer whether he would remain chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and at one point, needed a staffer to remind him where the Senate chamber is located

When another reporter asked whether leadership had pressured Cochran to return for a vote on the budget resolution — a key moment in the tax reform debate — Cochran smiled and responded, “It’s a beautiful day outside.”…

On one amendment, Cochran voted “yes” despite being told by an aide to vote “no.” The staffer tried to get the senator to switch his vote, but Cochran kept flashing the “thumbs up” sign, even walking over to the clerk tallying the vote and doing so. GOP floor staffers repeatedly told him the leadership wanted a “no” vote. Several more moments passed before Cochran realized he was voting the wrong way and then changed his vote.

Appalling. But Mississippi threw a terrible scare into McConnell and Republican leaders three years ago when Cochran barely repelled a primary challenge from tea-party firebrand Chris McDaniel. McDaniel actually narrowly outpolled Cochran in the first round of the primary; Cochran came back to win 51/49 in the runoff, seemingly thanks to crossover votes from black Democrats who wanted to keep the seat out of McDaniel’s hands. McDaniel is still in the hunt for a Senate seat, eyeing a primary challenge to Roger Wicker next year, but a special election for Cochran’s vacant seat would give him a second shot at winning — a stronger one than he’d have against the incumbent Wicker. And McDaniel has been outspoken in attacking McConnell. Mitch the Knife and the rest of the GOP establishment are desperate to keep him out of the chamber, expecting that he’d be a Roy-Moore-style headache for the leadership. If that means propping up Thad Cochran, that’s what it means.

But wait. The disgrace gets deeper. There was evidence that Thad Cochran was already suffering from “disorientation” three years ago when he defeated McDaniel. He was, allegedly, reluctant to run that race at all, preferring retirement. But because McDaniel seemed likely to replace him if he did, Beltway Republicans convinced him — to the extent that Cochran can be “convinced” now — to show some team spirit and run one more time. Here was the sorry spectacle of Cochran on the trail in 2014 as reported by the New York Times:
In remarkably short events on the trail — sometimes his speeches did not even last a few minutes — his campaign message seemed to consist of reminding people, over and over, who he was…

When Mr. Cochran arrived for an event at the Clarke County Courthouse in Quitman last week, a microphone had been set up outside for him to make remarks. Instead, the mayor of Quitman spoke on his behalf, telling the small crowd that Mr. Cochran preferred to chat one-on-one.

And a few days earlier, at a lunch stop here in Jackson, Mr. Cochran had greeted just a dozen or so people when he turned to an aide and whispered, “I’ve got to get back on the bus.” (Told he still needed to eat lunch with supporters, Mr. Cochran gamely obliged, continuing to greet well-wishers as he nibbled at macaroni salad.)

Although Cochran “tried to hush whispers that he was not quite as sharp as he had once been,” as the Times put it, concerns about his “mental clarity” were out in the open in the media. Here was a headline in the Hill when a triumphant Cochran returned to the Capitol after defeating McDaniel:

Cochran gets lost on way to Senate lunch

Three years later, if you believe Politico, he can’t even find the Senate chamber without help. He’s being exploited for electoral reasons. As a matter of simple decency it’s time to let him go home to his family.

Here’s an interview he gave in the summer of 2014, around the time of the runoff, when he was asked how he felt about Dave Brat knocking off House majority leader Eric Cantor, one of the most shocking and momentous congressional upsets in modern political history and, in hindsight, the opening act in Trump’s populist ascendancy to the presidency. Cochran’s reaction: I don’t know what you’re talking about.


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#1. To: Tooconservative, changed his vote (#0) (Edited)

Cochran realized he was voting the wrong way and then changed his vote.

They should allow people who realize that they voted the wrong way in the presidential election, to change their votes too.

Hondo68  posted on  2017-10-19   13:42:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Tooconservative (#0)

Obviously, they would never vote to establish it. But there needs to be a mandatory retirement age for Pres, Senators, Congressmen, Judges, etc. Lets just say all elected & appointed Federal officials.

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Never Pick A Fight With An Old Man He Will Just Shoot You He Can't Afford To Get Hurt

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

Stoner  posted on  2017-10-19   13:57:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Stoner (#2) (Edited)

But there needs to be a mandatory retirement age for Pres, Senators, Congressmen, Judges, etc. Lets just say all elected & appointed Federal officials.

Include all federal employees and appointees, paid or unpaid, period.

It would be a great start to set the cutoff age at 75. Grandfather in the currently serving congresscritters.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-10-19   14:52:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Tooconservative (#0)

And so a 79-year-old has to go through the motions of chairing the Senate Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful legislative bodies in the world, when according to Politico he can barely answer reporters’ questions coherently anymore.

Uhhhh,I realize a reporter with the name of "Allahprophet" is biased as well as a bleeping idiot,but is he not familiar with OTHER US Senators? Thad Cochran is one of the most lucid.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-10-21   10:16:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: sneakypete (#4) (Edited)

Uhhhh,I realize a reporter with the name of "Allahprophet" is biased as well as a bleeping idiot,but is he not familiar with OTHER US Senators? Thad Cochran is one of the most lucid.

The writer is rather highly regarded in the Right blogosphere even if you don't like his sarcastic nickname.

As for Cochrane, he was lost and confused in his own home state during his last re-election, seemed to have no idea what city or state he was in.

Cochrane hasn't suddenly gone senile; he's been senile for at least five years. We saw the same thing happen to Sheets Byrd, though in a shorter time frame. But he was clearly senile well before he left office. As is often the case, both men have good days as well as bad days. So some days they do seem like their old selves but those days grow fewer as the disease advances. We've all seen this happen to elderly people we know.

It isn't their fault if they go senile. But it is our fault if we let senile persons hold so much power over our lives. What happens is that other people make the real decisions and decide how they will cast their vote. Cochrane is so far gone that he often can't even hit his Yea or Nay button accurately to cast his "vote". He's being tended by his staffers who tell him what to do and babysit him the way you'd watch a toddler.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-10-21   10:23:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Tooconservative (#5) (Edited)

As for Cochrane, he was lost and confused in his own home state during his last re-election, seemed to have no idea what city or state he was in.

It still makes him sharper than people like McLunatic,Mad Maxine,Fineswine,Susan Collins,etc,etc,etc.

Cochrane hasn't suddenly gone senile; he's been senile for at least five years. We saw the same thing happen to Sheets Byrd, though in a shorter time frame.

Well,Byrd was also a raging alcoholic. That didn't help.

He's being tended by his staffers who tell him what to do and babysit him the way you'd watch a toddler.

I think that is more often true than most people suspect. We elect "figure heads/talking heads" these days that spend most of their time campaigning,and who rely on their staffs to tell them what to vote for and what to vote against.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-10-21   11:04:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: sneakypete (#6) (Edited)

It still makes him sharper than people like McLunatic,Mad Maxine,Fineswine,Susan Collins,etc,etc,etc.

Fun as it might be to say, it isn't true.

Cochrane is a sad and tragic figure. McConnell wanted to keep a Big Gooberment Republican in place instead of his (somewhat flawed) Tea Party opponent. And Cochrane is paying the price for this cynicism in his public humiliation.

I think that is more often true than most people suspect. We elect "figure heads/talking heads" these days that spend most of their time campaigning,and who rely on their staffs to tell them what to vote for and what to vote against.

And we complain about the results of this system? It's not "the other guys" doing it. It's us. And both parties do it.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-10-21   11:34:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Tooconservative (#5)

Cochrane is so far gone that he often can't even hit his Yea or Nay button accurately to cast his "vote

If he's checking out Diane Feinstein's hooters and hits the wrong button, the vote still counts!

Hondo68  posted on  2017-10-21   14:15:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: hondo68 (#8) (Edited)

He almost had to be physically restrained by his own staff to keep him from casting a vote against the GOP position. He was completely oblivious.

It isn't really funny. It's tragic and sad. He needs to resign but McConnell hates the idea of the Tea Party guy getting elected in a special election. So they keep drawing out this humiliation of Cochrane. It's despicable actually.

I see polling that 75% of Utah voters think Hatch shouldn't run again. And he's not nearly as bad off as Cochrane even if he is in decline. I hope Utah retires Hatch, period. They're one of the few states that would turn a major committee chairman out of office due to disability. The shameful Cochrane example has to be an element of this.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-10-21   14:47:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Tooconservative, GOP hack (#9) (Edited)

He almost had to be physically restrained by his own staff to keep him from casting a vote against the GOP position

He's in no way obligated to vote "the GOP position". He did vote against the "GOP position", but then it was changed! Says so in the article.

Mitch McConnell should be in federal prison for changing a duly elected Senator's vote.

Hondo68  posted on  2017-10-21   15:18:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: hondo68 (#10)

He did vote against the "GOP position", but then it was changed! Says so in the article.

No, Cochrane was persuaded by his staff to change his wrong vote by himself.

What I notice is how elderly some of the key committee chairmen in the GOP are. And the Dems are scarcely any better.

Our country is run by an increasingly out-of-touch Beltway octogenarian elite.

It's like the octogenarian Central Committee in China was for so many years (and still is somewhat).

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-10-21   16:14:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Tooconservative (#11)

He did vote against the "GOP position", but then it was changed!

That's still a true statement. He voted YES, before he was intimidated into voting NO.

I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Mitch had used an electric cattle prod on him.

Hondo68  posted on  2017-10-21   16:35:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: sneakypete (#6)

We elect "figure heads/talking heads" these days that spend most of their time campaigning,and who rely on their staffs to tell them what to vote for and what to vote against.

Yup.

AIDE: "Senator McStain, now that our accountants have assured us The Cayman Island account is now flush, we've just been told to vote for the 'Crater America Bill'. We're also told Mitch will organize the GOP votes as MSNBC and CNN spin you into a hero for leading this honorable national suicide."

Liberator  posted on  2017-10-21   16:37:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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