Pulling Pork | National Review Online: "Thad Cochran is old school. Before the Tea Party came to town in 2010 and ruined everything, the six-term Republican senator from Mississippi had made a name for himself as an unapologetic purveyor of pork. But Cochran’s past could haunt him as he tries to defend his seat against a conservative primary challenger.
When Republicans won the House in 2010, they helped bring about an end to the long-cherished practice of congressional earmarking. During the lame-duck session in December 2010, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) rallied Republicans to kill a proposed omnibus spending bill that was loaded with earmarks, including more than $500 million that Cochran had requested."
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