Within hours after Sen.
“Chris McDaniel is a constitutional conservative who will fight to stop
The Club for Growth also weighed in, with its president, Chris Chocola, issuing a statement saying McDaniel “represents the next generation of conservative leadership that Mississippi
“Mississippi needs a strong fiscal conservative in the Senate who will fight President
Of the Republican incumbent, the club's statement sniped: "The seat is currently held by incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who has not announced his intention to run for reelection." (The Senate Conservatives Fund didn't bother to even mention Cochran, by most standards a reliable Republican, though he has run afoul of some conservatives for seeking projects for Mississippi and favoring a jobs bill, among other things.)
The ready-aim-fire at Cochran may have been a first blast of anger but it was unlikely to be the last.
"Friends, do not be discouraged by the shenanigans of D.C.'s permanent political class today," she wrote. "Be energized. We're going to shake things up in 2014. Rest well tonight, for soon we must focus on important House and Senate races. Let's start with Kentucky – which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi – from sea to shining sea we will not give up. We've only just begun to fight."
That would be, in order of states, Kentucky Sen.
The internal warfare was underscored in an essay by conservative website RedState.com's editor Erick Erickson.
"Conservatives must advance — ever advancing against the Republicans who have folded in the fight against Obamacare," he said.
Using the measure for political advantage was not just a Republican thing, by any stretch. The California Democratic Party was one of many that sought to tap the wallets of partisans galvanized by the budget fight. Shawnda Westly, executive director of the state party, asked in a mass email for $5 donations to a "Shut Down the Tea Party" fund.
"It's up to us to make sure that voters remember that these tea party Republicans tossed hundreds of thousands of workers out on the street, endangered food assistance to 9 million mothers and kids, and pushed us to the brink of another global financial meltdown," she wrote. "We're not going to let it happen again."