After supposed RINO Thad Cochran relied in part on African-American voters to defeat Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel and win the Mississippi GOP's nomination to the Senate, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe was very upset. Kibbe was so angry, in fact, that he was moved to petulantly declare, "If the only way the K Street wing of the GOP establishment can win is by courting Democrats to vote in GOP primaries then we've already won." This Black Knight-like declaration of victory following conspicuous defeat was widely mocked as yet another example of the Tea Party's preference to curate reality.
Not every Tea Party opponent was so dismissive, though. Calling "the daily vicissitudes" of the battle between the Tea Party and the GOP establishment "beside the point," the Washington Post's Greg Sargent wrote that McDaniel's defeat obscured a more significant truth: "[O]n many key issues, the business community is getting nothing for its investment in the GOP establishment's picks."