Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran's resurrection, er, re-election campaign has further devolved into something nearly unrecognizable. As Rachel Maddow reminds us, the Cochran v. Chris McDaniel primary spectacle has been one of the most bizarre in recent memory. And it just got weirder. Call it Conference Caller
But first, your Moment of Maddow:
Recently, there was a conference call held for the national media to address a lawsuit challenging the primary runoff results for the GOP nomination. It was a pretty big call, with nearly 80 participants hopping on the line. On that call was Austin Barbour, a Cochran campaign adviser. He was trying to fend off charges of double-voting-- "people who voted in the Democratic primary and then voted for Cochran in the Republican primary runoff"-- and said this, per Roll Call:
"The time has certainly come in our minds for the McDaniel campaign and their allies to either put up or shut up.”
And then an unidentified conference caller, who was not a reporter, crashed the party and spit up this little morsel:
That person repeatedly said that “black people harvested cotton” and accused the Cochran campaign of “harvesting black votes.” Barbour asked him to stop multiple times, saying he would answer questions from anyone at the end of his statement. [...]
Finally, Barbour apologized and announced he was ending the call, telling national press that they had the contact information for the campaign if they had any questions.
At that point, someone who was possibly a reporter, interrupted to try to keep Barbour on the line. Barbour cut the line.
Then things got even more out of control...
With the Cochran campaign people gone, callers on the line broke into an argument...
... and even more outrageous:
Thirty minutes after the call ended, the call line was still open. Someone was using a soundboard of President Barack Obama’s voice saying “Hey! What’s up?” Someone else was playing the audio from the movie “Animal House.”
Republicans just can't help themselves.
Stay tuned for Mystery Conference Caller, the Sequel, coming to a blog near you!