Throughout this primary season, the Madison Project has engaged in a relentless focus on the policy issues that are important and distinguish our candidates from those in the permanent political class. Unlike our opponents, we are not focused on silly oppo hits and puerile “gotach” moments. But we have noticed an unmistakable pattern of the media ignoring gaffes and slip-ups from establishment members of Congress while focusing on every last word of each of our candidates.
Take a look at this Breitbart story on Thad Cochran’s most recent gaffe and ponder for a moment what would have happened had one of our candidates said something like this:
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) provided his latest head-scratching comment in public, this time joking he engaged in illicit activities with animals as a child.
“[We’d] get back [to the Pine Belt-Hattiesburg area of Mississippi] as often as we could because it was fun—it was an adventure to be out there in the country and see what goes on,” Cochran said of his childhood and how parts of his family lived in the central part of the state. “Picking up pecans, from that to all kind of indecent things with animals.”
The audience laughed at that point, video published by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger shows. Cochran’s facial expressions did not change, nor did his stance or demeanor. “I know some of you know what that is,” he continued. “The whole point of the story is not just coming here to visit cousins and get to know aunts and uncles better, you absorb the culture and you know what’s important to people here. I feel very comfortable here and have an identity with this area of the state that’s different than any other.”
Let this anecdote seep in for a moment: if Cochran were one of our candidates, the name Thad Cochran would have become a demonstrably more powerful punchline of absurdity than Todd Akin. Yet, the media, by and large, has no agenda to taint any member of the political class as cloddish, crazy, and extreme. Because of the big government views people like Cochran hold, they are too big to fail in the eyes of the media.
However, as we have seen from Dave Brat’s spectacular victory against Eric Cantor, people are starting to see through the tainted media coverage.
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