The senate campaign in the Magnolia State is getting strange. Via TPM:
Here are the key facts. Incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife has been in a nursing home for more than a decade. Precise details are sketchy but she appears to suffer from some form of advanced dementia and is in precarious health. The Tea Party candidate McDaniel has been dishing out an avalanche of oppo over recent days including a very weird article in Breitbart which in the guise of talking about spending on congressional trips was clearly intended to suggest that Cochran is having an affair.
But now things have gotten really dark and weird (yes, we’re on a very relative scale here.) A pro-McDaniel blogger, Clayton Thomas Kelly, was just arrested for breaking into the nursing home where Cochran’s wife lives, videotaping her and then posting the video. Remember, this is an elderly woman who I’m told is in a fairly advanced vegetative state. So in addition to being a serious felony it is just ugly and awful in human terms.
So Kelly got arrested and obviously it’s an embarrassment for the McDaniel campaign since he’s a supporter, appears to have had some level of contact with the campaign if not necessarily a relationship and seems to have been trying to advance (in a colossally weird and immoral way) the same wife/aide something something something story the McDaniel campaign has been pushing with the reporters.
But here’s where it gets dicey for the McDaniel campaign and where Cochran’s supporters have pounced. It’s pretty clear they knew the details of what happened before the news of what happened became public – mainly because McDaniel’s campaign manager called her counterpart to commiserate and distance McDaniel from the incident. McDaniel himself also seems to have told reporters he’d only just learned of the story when his campaign manager had said he’d been bummed about it since he heard about it the night before.
Not being privy to the politics of the right wing in Mississippi and therefore grasping why anyone with any sense of political acumen would think that this sort of activity would be useful for the campaign, I’m left with the single thought: What the hell is wrong with these people?