Mother Jones editor David Corn noted today that Republicans finally managed to reach out to black voters and the tea party went crazy. In a clip flagged by RCP, Corn told Hardball guest host Steve Kornacki that the Mississippi Senate race this week just makes the race issues within the GOP more evident.
The topic of discussion was tea party challenger Chris McDaniel and whether he could actually pose a serious threat to the GOP in the fall. Corn half-joked that tea partiers could vote for the Democrat to punish Cochran, but more seriously, he observed, “The Republican party has been trying to get black people to vote for it for a long time and finally when when it happens the tea partiers get upset.”
Corn was referring to the way Senator Thad Cochran‘s campaign reached out to black voters, an outreach effort that may have pushed him over the top this week.
Corn also pointed out that McDaniel had a history of making “racially insensitive” statements and he “went to events sponsored by neoconfedereate groups that think the wrong side won the Civil War” so that might have seriously factored into his loss.
Watch the video below, via MSNBC:
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