Depending on the order in which a pair of interviews with embattled Mississippi Thad Cochran were conducted, the longtime se either didn't know, or totally forgot about, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat on Tuesday.
The story of Cantor's loss is no doubt the biggest one to emerge out of this year's midterms, and is an unprecedented electoral upset in the history of Congress. It should have a particular resonance for Team Cochran. Cochran is an "establishment" Republican who is about to proceed to a run-off election against a conservative, Tea Party-backed challenger, who is running on a platform similar to that of the conservative, Tea Party-backed challenger to took out Cantor earlier this week. Cochran himself came in second in the first round of his primary against challenger Chris McDaniel, but Mississippi rules require the two to face off again in a runoff primary on June 24.
So, many were shocked to see Fox News's interview with Cochran where he appears to be completely unaware of Cantor's loss. According to Fox News, the interview was taped "two days after Eric Cantor’s primary loss received wide-spread national attention." It aired on Friday.
In the clip, the Fox News interviewer asked the senator about "what happened in Virginia the other day," adding, "does that concern you for your chances here in this runoff?” This is a perfectly reasonable question, given the resonance between the two races. But Cochran's response? “I don’t know what you’re talking about. What happened in Virginia?” The interviewer then explained he was referring to Cantor's loss, and Cochran again replied with a statement indicating that this was news to him: “Well, I haven’t really followed that campaign very closely at all.” When asked if he was declining to comment, Cochran said, "I can make a comment. You asked me what happened. I don’t know. I didn’t follow that campaign very closely.”