The GOP Establishment is Clueless
After 42 years in Congress, Thad Cochran is clueless
what is going on out in the real world.
Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) confirmed on Wednesday evening that he is still unaware of the five-year-old Tea Party movement that has rocked U.S. politics, including the U.S. Senate in which he has served for 36 years.
“I said I didn’t know much about the Tea Party, and I didn’t,” Cochran said on WXXV television in Mississippi on Wednesday evening.
“I heard...I read newspaper articles about them, and that’s about all I knew. It’s kind of like Will Rogers, you know. He said he knew what was in the papers.”
Cochran was referring to comments he made a month ago when, referring to the Tea Party, he told WAPT NBC News in Mississippi, “That is something I don’t know a lot about.”
Will Rogers--the icon Cochran cited--was one of the world’s most famous movie stars in the 1920s and 1930s. Beginning around 1915, before Hollywood noticed him in 1918 and turned him into a movie star, he was a vaudeville stage comedian. “Well, what shall I talk about? I ain't got anything funny to say. All I know is what I read in the papers,” Rogers would say when he took the stage, before making jokes about the news of the day in the 1910s.
Cochran was born in 1937, two years after Rogers' 1935 death. He has served in the U.S. Senate for 36 years and in the U.S. Congress for 42 years. He was first elected to the Senate in 1977 and has been serving since 1978, after three terms in the House.
McDaniel, for his part, ripped Cochran for being out of touch because of his unawareness of the Tea Party movement for five years. “After 40 years in Washington, it is sad to see Sen. Cochran more familiar with his lobbyist friends than the conservative folks here in Mississippi,” McDaniel said in a statement. “If Sen. Cochran wants to learn about the conservative tea party movement, he should join me at one of my town hall meetings and actually get to know the folks who make our state and Republican Party great.”
Via Breitbart News.