Aside from the obvious bad aroma of Republicans arguing about whether black folks should be allowed to vote in their primaries, the question does arise: does Cochran’s victory set any sort of precedent, or represent a victory for broad-minded Republicans as against the ideologues?

I asked myself that question, and the more I thought about it, Mississippi is just sui generis, as are Thad Cochran and the state’s political parties. Or that’s what I concluded in my TPMCafe column late last night. Check it out.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.