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Political Gutter Award of Teh Week

Mississippi: Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel

The Cochran campaign is hitting McDaniel on things he said as a conservative talk radio host a decade ago, where he ridiculed a woman running for governor for using her “boobies” to get elected, and made reference to beautiful Mexican women, calling them “mamacitas.”

Gotta be desperate to use 10-year-old radio bits.


A PAC supporting McDaniel is using Cochran’s own words against him – a rather bizarre utterance at a recent campaign appearance where he said that as a child it was fun to do “all sorts of indecent things with animals.”

The radio ad from Now Or Never PAC includes a bleating sheep as the narrator says: “Tell Thad Cochran you’re no farm animal.”




ahh, Tradition.

Jefferson’s camp accused President Adams of having a “hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.”

…Adams’ men called Vice President Jefferson “a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.”

Interesting Aside... »

Jefferson hired a hatchet man named James Callendar to do his smearing for him. Adams, on the other hand, considered himself above such tactics.

…Callendar proved incredibly effective, convincing many Americans that Adams desperately wanted to attack France. Although the claim was completely untrue, voters bought it

…Callendar served jail time for the slander he wrote about Adams, and when he emerged from prison in 1801, he felt Jefferson still owed him.

After Jefferson did little to appease him, Callendar broke a story in 1802 that had only been a rumor until then — that the President was having an affair with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings. In a series of articles, Callendar claimed that Jefferson had lived with Hemings in France and that she had given birth to five of his children.

uh oh…

And although generations of historians shrugged off the story as part of Callendar’s propaganda, DNA testing in 1998 showed a link between Hemings’ descendents and the Jefferson family.



  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 9:27 am |

    Politics being what it is, Cochran supporters will claim he is a Jefferson descendant and a native American.
    Cochran is half-senile and desperate, but the Rovites want him because he’s reliably malleable.
    I sent some money to McDaniel.
    Sic Semper RINO – some Dave Brat voter.

  2. DougM (Bison Party)
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 9:57 am |

    Ah, American politics.
    Makes ya proud, dunnit?
    Well, actually, it does, considering how other countries do it.

  3. ZZMike
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 10:39 pm |

    There was an election some decades ago, down South – probably in Huey Long’s time, when one candidate, in speech, called his opponent “a practicing heterosexual”. His opponent was handily defeated.