Top ten reasons Eric Cantor lost

As I watch the national pundits and media try and analyze the huge Dave Brat victory against Eric Cantor yesterday, it is clear that most are completely clueless about why Brat won and Cantor lost.

This election was not won because of Cantor’s view on illegal immigration. It played a factor at the polls yesterday, but it was not the determining factor. Those of us who have lived in this district for over a decade and have been on the ground can tell you the real reasons Cantor lost yesterday – and it was years in the making.

10 – LOST TOUCH: There has been significant discontent in the district for years with Eric Cantor. He earned a reputation as someone who cared more about Fortune 500 companies than he did voters in his own district and he proved it by spending all his time with them and no time with the people in his district. It was baffling to many of us. When the tea party first sprung up people were angry with Cantor. I had known Cantor and Ray Allen for years and thought it was just a misunderstanding. Surely this could be resolved by opening the lines of communication and just having a meeting together for Cantor to hear our complaints so we could work together. I still remember the private meeting I had with his consultant, Ray Allen, five years ago when he told me, “Eric Cantor will never hold a town hall meeting. Over my dead body! You hear me?” Fatal mistake.

9 – IN YOUR FACE: Cantor decided to then ratchet it up another level when Cantor decided to run off to Amelia Island to help a PAC that was partially funded with labor unions and Soros money. The primary objective of Main Street PAC was to target the tea party for destruction. This really angered the tea party and fueled their discontent. Fatal mistake.

8 – UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Eric Cantor and his consultant, Ray Allen, wanted to control the Republican Party of Virginia and he was willing to use any means necessary to accomplish his goal, including slating tea party and conservatives out of the political process. He created such outrage that we removed Cantor’s 7th district chairman, Linwood Cobb, at the convention last month. We left the convention with 700 delegates that energetically and enthusiastically worked the doors and phones for Brat. It is really not smart to make enemies of your friends, and especially when you are in a primary. Fatal mistake.

7 – CONSERVATIVE MEGAPHONE: A shout out to The Bull Elephant, Sara for America, Doc Thompson, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, and Glenn Beck for getting the truth out to the public. Social media is a powerful vehicle for disseminating your message and we were able to cut through $5 million of Cantor’s false advertising. The Bull Elephant pulled the curtain back and showed what has really been going on in Virginia politics for years. I think people were shocked to read about the intentional and crooked politics that has been plaguing Virginia politics for years with Ray Allen. Cantor and Ray Allen discounted these voices on the internet and did not fully appreciate our influence and power. Fatal mistake.

6 – POLICY MATTERS: Eric Cantor thought that as long as he said the right things in slick mailers it was sufficient to gain the trust of voters. Washington DC politicians are having difficulty with the tea party curve ball – we actually look at your record now, not just your rhetoric. Further, we look to see if you are actually fighting for our issues or just casting safe votes to pacify voters. Cantor stated he was against Harry Reid’s amnesty bill, which was a cute way to skirt the fact that he opposed Reid’s bill because he supported the House bill on amnesty. Cantor was weak on spending, focused on corporate handouts to the fat cats, consistently raised the debt ceiling, supported TARP, supported the Patriot Act, rigged the Stock Act, and was weak on Obamacare – to name just a few. Cantor had bought into the idea that Washington could provide solutions for all problems. He forgot that Washington IS the problem and they actually prevent solutions. Fatal mistake.

5 – DEMOCRATS VOTED: Democrats voted in the primary yesterday. They were not the determining victory with a resounding 11 point victory, but they certainly contributed to the numbers. The irony is that Ray Allen created that monster. Ray Allen spent $5 million telling Democrats why they should come out and vote for Dave Brat by sharing a lie that Brat was a “liberal college professor” who was best friends with Democrat Tim Kaine. He spent $5 million letting raising Brat’s name ID for us and letting the grassroots know they had an alternative. Fatal mistake.

4 – VOTE SUPPRESSION: The irony is that the negative campaigning by Cantor backfired on him. Not only did he turn out Democrat votes with his ridiculous lies about Brat, but he suppressed the the enthusiasm of his own activists and volunteers in the more traditional wing of the Republican Party who were completely disgusted with Cantor’s all-negative campaign. I heard more than once, “this is so beneath the Majority Leader. I am so disappointed with him.” Fatal mistake.

3 – SEND THEM A MESSAGE: This cannot be overstated. I heard this repeatedly at the polls yesterday. People are angry and frustrated. Middle class America is struggling to make a living and local businesses are fighting to survive. They are tired about it being all about Washington DC wants. They want it to be about THEM. They want Washington DC out of their lives. They want more control of their own lives, their own pocketbooks, their own healthcare, and their own privacy. The most popular expression I heard yesterday, “We need to fire a shot across the bow of Eric Cantor and all those Washington elites.”

2 – STRONG CANDIDATE: The conservatives and tea party put up a strong candidate. A lesson should be learned here by others. Brat has an impressive resume with his PhD in economics, his seminary degree from Princeton, and his work in ethics reform and education policy. He was an intelligent and articulate candidate that brought credibility to the movement. Brat ran a positive and upbeat campaign that solely was focused on the Republican Creed. Cantor refused to engage Brat or even participate in debates with Brat. Fatal mistake.

1 – GRASSROOTS DOMINATION: This is really the number one reason for victory last night. It cannot be emphasized enough the significance of the grassroots. Literally hundreds of individuals volunteered over the last five months to door knock and phone bank for Dave Brat. I could never give all the appropriate credit to the people who deserve it, but a special shout out absolutely must go to: Nancy Smith, Anita and Mark Hile, Kim Singhas, Dale Taylor, Bob Keeler, Ken Davis, Debbie Wetlaufer, Susan Lascolette and Phil Rapp – just to name a few. This was a ground game that was not put together overnight. This was an organization of volunteers that started four years and grew stronger with each subsequent campaign. Dave Brat benefited from a strong foundation that had meticulously laid over the last four years by some amazing individuals. They are truly my heroes. No mistake here!



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  • Alexis Rose Bank

    I am amazed at how few of the major media outlets show the slightest amount of awareness of what actually went down in this race. All they need to do was read our articles on Cantor, and none of them, that I have seen, are doing due diligence. A lesson perhaps for reading future news stories from the “mainstream media”.

    I’d add VA Right as well to the shout-out list for alt-media truth tellers who contributed to the outcome.

  • Anyone who thinks that E. Cantor’s defeat is NOT primarily about immigration (and amnesty) is freaking clueless. Nothing infuriates conservatives more than the federal government’s immigration policies, both legal and illegal. Folks, _LEGAL_ immigration _ALONE_ is destroying the USA. Thousands of smart, highly skilled IT professionals are unemployed due to these work visas: H-1B, L-1, TN-1, B-1, B-2, H-4, etc. There is a visa category for every freaking, Third World immigrant who wants one. Cut that crap out NOW!! We Americans need jobs — and NOW!!

    — Paul D. Bain

    • moray4210

      All blame goes to the Fortune 500 for immigration issues. The govt does whatever the big boys tell it to do.

      • BeholdHim

        people who break immigration laws should be shot.

        • moray4210

          CEOs, or powerless Mexicans?

  • ASW

    We did it! If Cantor tries the write-in stunt, he’ll lose any goodwill we have left for him.

    • Alexis Rose Bank

      He can’t. Virginia has sore-loser laws.

      What I wouldn’t put past him is pouring money into the Democrat in retaliation.

      • ASW

        I must misunderstand the law. I know he can’t have his name on the ballot this time around. But can he not receive votes for this election, period?

        • Alexis Rose Bank

          Hmm… good point. I suppose he could make the attempt. But to whom could he make the sale?

          • ASW

            All I know is Cantor hasn’t conceded or congratulated Brat. Show some class, Eric! This year I won’t have to hold my breath while voting (in Henrico).

          • George

            There is a news report that Cantor has decided not to do a write-in effort.

          • ASW
          • D.j. Spiker

            Cantor conceded shortly after AP called the race, pretty public information.

          • cathnealon

            Ok he’s out. Let it go. Listerning to Beck’s mockery this morning I was like what is all that for? He’s out. Sounded like Alinskyites with all that ridicule. Oh and didn’t Beck say we should all act Chritsian-ha! Really ripping into Cantor is really Chrstian.

          • Janine Woods

            Were you really expecting Cantor to concede or congratulate? Really? Don’t hold your breath waiting for either.

            By the way, way to go Henrico! Hanover is proud of you!

        • D.j. Spiker

          Write-in campaign is possible, you’re not misunderstanding, but only avenue and Cantor won’t do it

    • EMBuckles

      I would risk a prediction that Cantor will probably become a well paid lobbyist in Washington, DC and be sitting on some paid corporate boards. I would not count him out of future public service of some sort, however, I think that he knows better than to get into a “sour grapes” write in campaign.

    • Jeanine Martin

      Cantor says he won’t run a write-in campaign. Some people are suggesting that Eric run for Governor in 2017.

  • Jerry Benson

    Brilliant analysis … simply brilliant. Jamie Radtke is a political thinker of the first order.

  • Mark Jaworowski

    I think Paul Bain is right. This flood of third world immigration more than any factor is destroying the Republic. I believe the out of control chaos on the border and the over accommodating talk of Cantor and Boehner is what truly sunk Cantor. We are not that stupid. If you let the children stay, then you very well cannot kick the parents out of the country. The GOP Elite think we are as clueless as the Democratic rank and file. We are not.

    • EMBuckles

      I think that, to a certain extent, third world immigration is doing some harm to our nation in the way that it is being done nowadays. Some changes do need to be made. Even so, I keep reading and hearing of people demanding that we “just throw them all out and seal the border”. Um, I can understand that, yet, even so, how much would that cost to do and is it even logistically possible? We are apparently talking about some millions of people here. I also hear precious little, if anything, about going after the people who help contribute to illegal immigration – the employers who hire illegals and attract them here in the first place. If legal pressure cannot be presently put on those people, perhaps social pressure can be put on them such as by refusing to do business with people who hire illegal aliens and so forth assuming that people, in general, are willing to do that at all. However, all of the immigration situation is not going to be solved overnight and it IS going to be a lot harder to deal with than some might imagine.

      • DejectedHead

        Cost is not a factor, you just need to set up the laws and enforce them and the problem of excessive illegal immigrants will work its way out. There would be no need to “round them up”. (It should be noted that those children of illegal immigrants living here also have access to apply for citizenship. )

        Certain people do crack down on employers of illegals. That is why Joe Arpaio is so hated on the left, but well liked by those he serves.

        The main issue is that the federal government is encouraging the illegal immigration. They’re doing it most recently by saying they won’t deport, but they also do it by pushing minimum wage hikes that price out the jobs from American workers….then they turn around and tell unemployed Americans that they never wanted those jobs. The feds coddle immigrants with free education, health care, lawyers, food stamps, and housing. Stop all that favoring of non-citizens and the problem won’t be half as bad as it is.

        • EMBuckles

          I am right there with you, yet, even so, when you have a President and his toadies, as well as liberal Democrat Senators and US Representative who don’t agree with us and whose constituents don’t seem willing to kick them out, it gets difficult if not impossible to try to enforce the laws we have in place. The 7th District voters took a step which a lot of others are not willing to take now or probably in the near future. Maybe they will when their taxes and living expenses become far greater than now, however, by then it may be too late. A Democrat will be running against Brat in November and the liberal Democrats are already gearing up to try to help him win over Brat. Republicans better get ready and support Brat so we don’t end up with a Democrat US Representative as COULD happen.

      • RubyTwoThree

        We have laws in place that need to be followed, let’s start w/that.

        • EMBuckles

          I agree yet, as I suggested to DejectedHead above, how are we going to do that?

          • RubyTwoThree

            Figure out a way to to force our so called political leaders to enforce and obey the law. How to do that I am not sure since we are pretty much out of time.

          • EMBuckles

            One thing that needs to be done is for everybody to start pitching a fit, objecting to the children of illegal aliens being housed at St. Pau’s College campus as is currently planned. Everybody needs to demand that the children be taken back to their nation or nations of origin and cared for there.

          • RubyTwoThree

            It would be nice if the Border agents and every American involved in helping these kids walked off the job. I feel bad for the kids, they are being used as barry’s tool, but this has got to stop. It isn’t just the WH, it’s Congress too.

    • MMaximuSS1975

      Did ya ever think that Wall Street sold us out to slave wage countries like China? All in the name of freedom and free markets to a country that is anything but. While the billionaires are laughing all the way to the bank.

      Guess what? We’re not number 1. Not even close. America’s middle class ranks 27th in the world according to a recent study.

  • mark4java

    Most voters don’t care or know about all of the deplorable things that Cantor has done within the party. I’m sure that those that do most likely voted. Either way, it wasn’t enough to decide this race. From the numbers, Democrats played no part in the win. It basically came down to arrogance, bad constituent services and then immigration which gave voters the motivation to go out and vote.

    The opposition to immigration “reform” cannot be underestimated. It decided this race.

    • Paul D. Bain


      Mark4Java wrote:

      The opposition to immigration “reform” cannot be underestimated. It decided this race.

      Yep. You nailed it. I cannot believe that Jaimie thinks otherwise.

      — Paul D. Bain


    • EMBuckles

      Although I was born in Virginia, I was raised in northeastern Tennessee and lived there during the Governor Ray Blanton years (watch the movie “Marie”, starring Sissy Spacek or read the book about it by Peter Maas), learned of some serious, ongoing corruption in my home city and, when my wife and I were married, during our first year of marriage, we lived in a southwestern Virginia county where some of the officials were responsible for much of the crime (we got out of there as soon as we could). When I apply the word “deplorable” to public officials, believe me, it has to be someone far worse than you may perceive Cantor to be. Yeah, people have objections to Cantor, however, believe me, he has not sunk to the depths of the total EVIL I was aware of in the above mentioned places. He comes off as innocent compared to all the “garbage” of which I was aware. And, yes, I am actually GLAD that some people have started to stand up and strongly question “immigration reform”. It has been getting to the point that I wondered if the US just needs to go ahead and take in Mexico’s provinces as additional US states. I don’t know what sort of treaty agreements the US has with Mexico, or what “behind the scenes” arrangements our leaders may have, however, it does seem to me like the US needs to stand up, kick Mexico’s butt and demand that they take care of their own people so they won’t always be trying to come here.

  • Great post Jamie!

  • EMBuckles

    Sorry to have to share this, however, while one person posting here said that Democrats played no part in the Brat win, I must respectfully disagree. I saw much evidence that, to one extent or the other, Democrats were participating in the voting. I don’t think that they carried the day for Brat but they were there nevertheless. Scoop is that liberals regard Brat as being easiest to beat either this fall (apparently the Democrats will field a challenger to Brat) or, at least, in two years if Brat wins and tries for reelection. Democrats have hated Cantor with a purple faced passion (GASP! He has gotten in the way of their beloved “messiah” Obama!) and wanted Cantor out so badly they could taste it so now Cantor is out. The Hispanics are not happy with Brat and not happy with “the Tea Party” and you had better watch out for them at least the legal ones who can vote. I think that Ms. Radtke does make some good points above. I just do think that other forces are in play which will have a profound effect on what happens after this primary. Lastly, well, now Cantor will be out and Brat will be running in the fall general election. However, if he gets in as US Representative, he will still be a “newbie”, the proverbial “low man on the totem pole” in a legislature in which seniority is very important and in which Cantor was nearly “the top man on the totem pole”, so to speak. That will be a factor for at least two to four years (if Brat wins and can get reelected). And, I have many times heard of people getting into that “tornado” or “hurricane” of political forces known as our US Congress and “getting blown about” for a while until they can finally get stabilized, develop some seniority and start to have some influence. If Brat gets in, you al will HAVE to be patient and give him a chance. Don’t be impatiently tapping your feet, in a year to two years and demanding, “Well! WHY IS HE NOT TAKING OVER CONGRESS?!” Ain’t gonna happen right away. Please don’t shoot the messenger for saying these things. Just sayin’, as they say nowadays. ;>

    • AmyH

      So long as Dave Brat holds to the principles that he espoused to win the primary, he will continue to have my support. I think that is true for most, if not all, of the people who walked neighborhoods and made phone calls to get him elected.

      • EMBuckles

        Well, that is fine, AmyH, he certainly will need that support. Even so, I am also aware that many people (not necessarily you, just “many people” generally speaking) really have no idea how Congress works. Some of these may get really impatient with Brat if he goes to Congress then is not immediately producing results. It will take him time and some effort to get to where he can do what his constituents expect him to do. People (generally speaking) will HAVE to be patient with him, to give him a chance once he gets to work.

    • COLRET

      I agree on the Hispanic vote. We need to be clear that we oppose illegal immigration while supporting ideas to increase legal immigration. The process is too costly and too timely. Somewhere between illegal and out of reach for working class there’s a compromise solution. GOP must speak to Hispanics. They will listen. I know. I’m married to a family of VERY conservative Hispanics. Promote the principles they support: hard work, protecting the practice of Christianity, families, and education–and you can win over a large chunk of the 2nd and 3rd generation Hispanics.Stop the silly “English Only” nonsense. Many of the first families of Virginia and New England did not speak English as their first language.

      • EMBuckles

        I agree with what you say, Colret. And best wishes to your family, by the way. As for the English only business, the concern I have about that is that there are many nationalities represented in the US nowadays. There is, for one of many examples, an elementary school over in Henrico County where, so I was told, there are students representing somewhere around 25 different language groups. I am sure that is a very rich experience for students in that school, even so, the logistics (one humorist once said, “The devil is in the details” LOL!) of trying to communicate with all those of different languages is going to be very difficult if we don’t have English as a common language such as in schools, many places of employment, etc. Maybe someday we will have universal translators like they had in the fictional old Star Trek TV series and movies. We are actually probably not too far away from that in our technology now. Until then, we are going to have some problems if we don’t have a common language.

        • BeholdHim

          not just “some problems”! Chaos!!!

      • RedChief

        We heard that argument in ’86 w/ amnesty and as a result, hispanics voting republican dropped significantly in ’88 compared to ’84. Additionally, there are hispanics voting democrat now solely on what Clinton did for them 20 years ago. Once they have been bought, they stay bought.

      • mharper42

        Bull crap. We do not need to increase legal immigration when we have millions of citizens unemployed and wanting desperately to get back to work.

        • BeholdHim


    • mharper42

      If you say a newbie has no power, look to the man Texas sent to the US Senate in 2012: Ted Cruz.

      • EMBuckles

        “The difference between the Senate and the House is the difference between chicken salad and chicken shit.” -President Lyndon Johnson. And the US House and US Senate still have their rules and their seniority system no matter what a newbie says or tries to do.

      • moray4210

        Ted Cruz will be a one-term Senator. He is a pawn of reaction.

        • Trent Telenko

          I can tell you are not from Texas.

          Pretty much every Ted Cruz endorse Republican candidate for State wide office won his primary against establishment candidates including to include Governor Perry ally Dewherst.

          Right now Cruz would win if he ran for Texas Governor, but he wanted to be in the Senate instead.

          • moray4210

            I am glad I am not from Texass. And quantify “pretty much”, please. In 5 years, Texas will be a blue state, unless the GOP implements its continuation of voter suppression there. Demographics project this, and the GOP is only going further toward reaction, thanks to its Virgin Cola Tea Party wing.

          • eeee_ac1933

            Ahhhh, yes, Obama’s 2012 policy on immigration will oh-so-soon be causing Texas to become a dem-leaning state, instead of PVI+10 repub, like it is now (same as VA#7 roughly). That myth is a good way for the DNC to raise big bucks, but it is based entirely on false assumptions (well… the assumption that low-info dem-leaning donors would fall for it was not incorrect I admit).

            Ted Cruz got 56% of the vote in 2012. He is a Hispanic, and a tea party candidate. (Marco Rubio R-FL, also a hispanic, also a tea party candidate. Tim Scott R-SC, an african-american, also a tea party candidate.) According to myth, the tea party is racist — see the smear of McDaniel in Mississippi — but in fact the opposite is true.

            Also according to myth, trying to make elections fair (exactly one vote per citizen) is no different from vote SUPPRESSION … once again, see Mississippi, where the failure to “suppress” illegal-double-voters and invalid-absentee-ballots amounted to somewhere between 1.5% and 3.5% of the ballots (the margin of victory was 2% so this “win” is being challenged as we speak).

            You’ll have to do your own research if you want to quantify “pretty much”, but as one data point, the new governor in 2014 is the person who used to be Ted Cruz’s boss prior to 2012. Paxton also won. Not every tea-candidate was a winner, and Cruz did not endorse in many Texas races. But from my reasonably complete analysis of the statewide races, and of a dozen close contests in the state legislature, the tea candidates were successful somewhere between 30% and 60% of the time, depending on how loosely one defines “tea” (many times there were multiple tea-candidates in the race for a state legislature seat … the boiling-tea candidate did not often win over a mild-tea candidate, although in some cases they did).

            This overall level of tea-success in TX is “surprising” when contrasted to the national outcomes in U.S. Senate races: NC KS KY GA OK_B SC_A and maybe MS depending on how the 8/4 election-challenge goes. There were some Dave-Brat-style winners in Texas, but often enough the tea-friendly candidate was the frontrunner, more like Amash in MI#3 than Brat in VA#7. That is not to say that suddenly the Texas legislature will henceforth be filled to the brim with tea, but gains were made (how much gain will depend on the actual voting record of the incoming group). Straus may not survive another turn as the speaker.

            Anyways, basically every talking-point you put forward is not just incorrect, but literally not-even-wrong. Demographics favor tea. Texas will be repub in 2019. Keeping dead people from voting twice per election isn’t suppression. You don’t have to move to Texas, to pay a bit closer attention yourself, and do a bit more research yourself.

            Finally, the historical backdrop. The “reaction” against Eisenhower-style repubs has been ongoing since 1904, when the first progressive repub came into office; since FDR and Stalin, it has been growing in strength, with Goldwater in the 1960s, Reagan in the 1980s, and Ron Paul more recently. The estab-repub crackdown of 2014 is actually an indication of the success of tea-party ideals, in winning actual seats; estab-repubs are scared enough now to be playing dirty pool, which as the old saying goes, typically leads to the never-prosper outcome.

            Look up the old Grover Cleveland dems, if you prefer the classical liberal to the modern tea party. Many of the principles are the same. (This is why both tea-party folks and non-Hillary-Obama-estab-dems are against invasive NSA spying for example.) Or just keep snarking from within your bubble, if you prefer to stay sheltered. If you made it this far into my reply, there is hope.

  • Betsey_Ross

    Embrace the Republican Creed. Articulate it. It is a winner.

  • ASW

    I met Cantor in person several times and even instructed his son in sailing at a summer camp in NC. Gracious family, but it was time for a new direction.

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    Great victory. Can you help us in District 11 get rid of the corrupt Connolly? Bring the Tea Party to NOVA. More conservatives here than most think!

    • Janine Woods

      The TEA Party is alive and well in NOVA. Find your local TEA Party and plug in.

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  • Mini-Owner-Wanna-Be

    Great job Mrs Radke!

  • Deserttrek

    immigration will not help the Republic … there are enough talented people here to move forward and rebuild the greatest economy ever with all the rewards for same.

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  • Catherine Stone McNickle

    I too was amazed at the National coverage on Brat’s win. The first things that popped out of every pundit’s mouth was 1. Amnesty 2. R’s lose the WH in 2016. It made me realize (yet again) how clueless the talking heads are.

  • Vigilant

    Jamie—-your analysis is RIGHT ON. Of all the Virginia GOP politicians I have observed Cantor is right up there with the “Rusty Pot” as near-perfect illustrations of how to become persona non grata among one’s own constituents. It is now incumbent upon ALL GRASSROOTS CONSERVATIVES throughout Virginia to make doubly sure that neither Cantor OR Allen ever again participate in GOP politics. In addition, there are several other “so-called GOP conservatives” who now occupy Virginia’s congressional seats, who need to wake up and recognize that they’re voting records AND their public behavior on the big and little issues of our time, are all under close investigation and review and will be subjected to primaries at the slightest provocation.

  • itellu3times

    So who is this Ray Allen guy, and what is wrong with him?
    Only Ray Allen I know is a heck of an NBA player, if a bit old.

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  • M. Report

    First, thanks to you and your allies for all your good work.
    Every addition to the minority of honest, competent members of Congress helps.
    Brat will speak truth to power on the problems facing the U.S., particularly the economy.
    Perhaps he may even persuade and prepare some of the loyal opposition for the time when
    The necessary reforms can no longer be ignored and postponed.

  • TomJ

    Congratulations, Virginians, for doing something the Ohioans and Kentuckians were unable to do.

  • James Weaks

    37% turnout increase over 2012. That is unheard of and even factoring in 1-4 and 6-10 above, that leaves #5 as being a big factor.

  • Michael Hiteshew

    Informative article, Jamie. And from one concerned citizen to another, thank you.

  • Jim Necci

    Great article Jamie, on the money!

  • Mad Mike

    There are a LOT of Democrats who voted for Anybody But Cantor. I was at a church meeting tonight and of the eleven guys there, all but one voted as Dems for Brat. And, it was a deliberate decision to eliminate a huge pain in the political arena.

    We leveled the playing field to two equal candidates from the middle class, neither having a ton of money, name recognition, or heavy hitters from out of state. Make no mistake about this, we will work to get Trammell elected and can live with Brat if he wins. This is what the Founding Fathers intended to see in the governing bodies. Let’s hope whoever wins remembers us in the 7th District. No matter which party comes out ahead in November, we have all combined for a great victory.

  • Mad Mike

    Farmers depend on immigrants to pick our crops, and if they don’t have them it rots in the field. You guys up for picking peaches or digging sweet potatoes? Think before you condemn immigrant reform. We have very cheap food for a reason. Jobs being taken are rejected by our native born folks.

    • Harry_Voyager

      During the last major round of fires out in California, illegals were forced to continue the harvest in the areas under mandatory evacuation.

      If a job must be done, let it be done within the law, or not at all. All illegal immigration gets you is a new class of helots to be used and abused by their bosses at will.

    • Jeanine Martin

      You forgot to add “at that price”. Americans reject the jobs at those wages. If there were no illegals in the country, wages would rise and there would be a bigger incentive for new machines to do what cheap labor does now. Industries would either pay more to laborers or they would mechanize. Currently there is no reason to do either because illegals will do the work at such low wages.

      • Mad Mike

        You definitly have a good point there. Somewhere in this thread someone mentioned NAFTA. That agreement has done more harm to the agrarian life in Mexico than we can imagine, because we can sell our corn there cheaper than they can grow it. Think about the way that has shut down allof the local farmers. They had to leave and find work somewhere, and Mexico had nothing to offer.

        • Alexis Rose Bank

          The top US policy driver of Central American immigration is the War on Drugs, hands down. Our policy has led to the dominance of narco-cartels that have destabilized nation after nation.

          If you want to stop illegal immigration for real, ending the War on Drugs is an absolute, non-negotiable requirement. They would not be so quick to flee their home countries, were those nations not destabilized by US policy.

  • Harry_Voyager

    I’d just like to say, I’ve found this to be a very interesting article. It really sounds like his constituents just felt like he didn’t represent them anymore. I’ve been hearing that sentiment from quite a few quarters too.

    So many times I feel like we risk our livelihoods supporting the Republican party, and they just turn around and stab us in the back. The left isn’t playing beanbag; if they think destroying somebody will suppress their opposition, they’ve been all to happy to do so, and then Boehner et all goes golfing with them?

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  • moray4210

    It is a fact Mexicans have been coming to this country at an ever-increasing rate since 1970. The share of immigrants in the US labor force has gone from 6% in 1980, to just over 16% in 2010, and leveling out since. The reason they have come here has a lot to do with NAFTA, lack of opportunity in their home country, and the fact businesses want their labor because it drives wages down (and their bottom lines up). These immigrants work incredibly hard at what they do, and have contributed much to any semblance of economic growth we have had during this time.

    I am glad Cantor was defeated. Amnesty seems to be the factor most folks are saying caused his defeat. It is obvious the Tea Party doesn’t like illegal immigrants but it LOVES free trade. Are its members having their cake and eating it, too? Is the Tea Party just looking for a group to blame? The blame ought to be placed squarely on business, where it belongs.

    The GOP can not win a national election without immigration reform. The numbers are not in the GOP’s favor on this. 2012 saw an increase in Latino voters choosing Democrat candidates. How will the GOP ever win another national election without embracing immigration reform and amnesty for illegal immigrants?

    I predict permanent minority status for the GOP because of this one issue. I posit that the Tea Party would rather look for a scapegoat than seek substantive reform on this issue. Thus, the Tea Party and illegal immigration will relegate the GOP to its much-deserved status of “also-ran-in-perpetuity”.

  • moray4210

    Jamie Radke, I wish you had the guts to write what no one in this thread wants to admit: The number one reason Cantor lost is because he is a Jew. The subtext of all these comments spells out “white hate”. The Tea Party hates Jews, and it always will, because the Tea Party is XENOPHOBIC. The comments in this thread about illegal immigrants say it all. This is why Brat will lose in the general election.

    • Alexis Rose Bank

      LOL you sound like someone who was just told his services were no longer needed

    • Jeanine Martin

      Good grief, that’s ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous. No one hates Jews. You need to get a grip on yourself, you’re sounding like a crazy person.

      • moray4210

        I am not a Tea Party person, but I dislike Neoconservative US/Israeli dual citizen Zionists who get us into fake wars.

        Your movement is being co-opted by very sophisticated and wealthy people, who are using al Qaeda as a front for a protection racket designed to get the United states into fraud wars in the Middle East for the control of oil, etc.

        Read below and think critically. I am NOT anti-Semitic. I am anti-Zionist. Zionism is destroying this nation from within. I am asking you to dive deeply into the octopus of international intrigue. Whose interests do these people serve?

        Without going into the Victoria Nulands of the world currently in the Obama Administration (there are TONS more), here’s a list of Bush Administration [actual and probable] dual American/Israeli citizens:

        Michael Mukasey
        Recently appointed as US Attorney General. Mukasey also was the judge in the litigation between developer Larry Silverstein and several insurance companies arising from the destruction of the World Trade Center.

        Michael Chertoff
        Former Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division in New Jersey during 9/11 at the Justice Department; former head of Homeland Security.

        Richard Perle
        One of Bush’s foreign policy advisors, he is the chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. A very likely Israeli government agent, Perle was expelled from Senator Henry Jackson’s office in the 1970’s after the National Security Agency (NSA) caught him passing Highly-Classified (National Security) documents to the Israeli Embassy. He later worked for the Israeli weapons firm, Soltam. Perle came from one of the pro-Israel think tanks, the AEI. Perle is one of the leading pro-Israeli fanatics who led the Iraq war mongering within the administration and now in the media.

        Paul Wolfowitz
        Former Deputy Defense Secretary, and member of Perle’s Defense Policy Board, in the Pentagon. Wolfowitz is a close associate of Perle, and reportedly has close ties to the Israeli military. His sister lives in Israel. Wolfowitz came from the Jewish think tank, JINSA. Wolfowitz was the number two leader within the administration behind Iraq war mongering. He later was appointed head of the World Bank but resigned under pressure from World Bank members over a scandal involving his misuse of power.

        Douglas Feith
        Under Secretary of Defense and Policy Advisor at the Pentagon. He is a close associate of Perle and served as his Special Counsel. Like Perle and the others, Feith is a pro-Israel extremist, who has advocated anti-Arab policies in the past. He is closely associated with the extremist group, the Zionist Organization of America, which even attacks Jews that don’t agree with its extremist views. Feith frequently speaks at ZOA conferences. Feith runs a small law firm, Feith and Zell, which only has one International office, in Israel. The majority of their legal work is representing Israeli interests. His firm’s own website stated, prior to his appointment, that Feith “represents Israeli Armaments Manufacturer.” Feith basically represents the Israeli War Machine. Feith also came from the Jewish thinktank JINSA. Feith, like Perle and Wolfowitz, campaigned hard for the Israeli proxy war against Iraq.

        Lawrence (Larry) Franklin
        The former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst with expertise in Iranian policy issues who worked in the office of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, and reported directly to Feith’s deputy, William Luti, was sentenced January 20, 2006, “to more than 12 years in prison for giving classified information to an Israeli diplomat” and members of the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

        Franklin will “remain free while the government continues with the wider case” and his “prison time could be sharply reduced in return for his help in prosecuting” former AIPAC members Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, [who] are scheduled to go on trial in April [2006]. Franklin admitted that he met periodically with Rosen and Weissman between 2002 and 2004 and discussed classified information, including information about potential attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq. Rosen and Weissman would later share what they learned with reporters and Israeli officials.” (source:

        Edward Luttwak
        Member of the National Security Study Group of the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. Luttwak is reportedly an Israeli citizen and has taught in Israel. He frequently writes for Israeli and pro-Israeli newspapers and journals. Luttwak is an Israeli extremist whose main theme in many of his articles is the necessity of the U.S. waging war against Iraq and Iran.

        Henry Kissinger
        One of many Pentagon Advisors, Kissinger sits on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle. For detailed information about Kissinger’s evil past, read Seymour Hersch’s book (Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House). Kissinger likely had a part in the Watergate crimes, Southeast Asia mass murders (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos), installing Chilean mass-murdering dictator Pinochet, Operation Condor’s mass killings in South America, and more recently served as Serbia’s Ex-Dictator Slobodan Milosevic’s Advisor. He consistently advocated going to war against Iraq. President Bush nominated Kissinger as chairman of the September 11 investigating commission. It’s like picking a bank robber to investigate a fraud scandal. He later declined this job under enormous protests.

        Dov Zakheim
        Zakheim attended Jew’s College in London and became an ordained Orthodox Jewish Rabbi in 1973. He was adjunct professor at New York’s Jewish Yeshiva University. Zakheim is close to the Israeli lobby.

        Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2000 a co-author of the Project for the New American Century’s position paper, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, advocating the necessity for a Pearl-Harbor-like incident to mobilize the country into war with its enemies, mostly Middle Eastern Muslim nations.

        He was appointed by Bush as Pentagon Comptroller from May 4, 2001 to March 10, 2004. At that time he was unable to explain the disappearance of $1 trillion dollars. Actually, nearly three years earlier, Donald Rumsfeld announced on September 10, 2001 that an audit discovered $2.3 trillion was also missing from the Pentagon books. That story, as mentioned, was buried under 9-11’s rubble. The two sums disappeared on Zakheim’s watch. We can only guess where that cash went.

        Despite these suspicions, on May 6, 2004, Zakheim took a lucrative position at Booz Allen Hamilton (former Snowden employer), one of the most prestigious strategy consulting firms in the world. One of its clients then was Blessed Relief, a charity said to be a front for Osama bin Laden. Booz, Allen & Hamilton then also worked closely with DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is the research arm of the Department of Defense.

        Judicial Inc’s bio of Dov tells us Zakheim is a dual Israeli/American citizen and has been tracking the halls of US government for 25 years, casting defense policy and influence on Presidents Reagan, Clinton, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. Judicial Inc points out that most of Israel’s armaments were gotten thanks to him. Squads of US F-16 and F-15 were classified military surplus and sold to Israel at a fraction of their value.

        Kenneth Adelman
        One of many Pentagon Advisors, Adelman also sits on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle, and is another extremist pro-Israel advisor, who supported going to war against Iraq. Adelman frequently is a guest on Fox News, and often expresses extremist and often ridiculus anti-Arab and anti-Muslim views. Through his racism or ignorance, he actually called Arabs “anti-Semitic” on Fox News (11/28/2001), when he could have looked it up in the dictionary to find out that Arabs by definition are Semites.

        I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby
        Vice President Dick Cheney’s ex-Chief of Staff. As chief pro-Israel Jewish advisor to Cheney, it helps explains why Cheney is so gun-ho to invade Iran. Libby is longtime associate of Wolfowitz. Libby was also a lawyer for convicted felon and Israeli spy Marc Rich, whom Clinton pardoned, in his last days as president. Libby was recently found guilty of lying to Federal investigators in the Valerie Plame affair, in which Plame, a covert CIA agent, was exposed for political revenge by the Bush administration following her husband’s revelations about the lies leading to the Iraq War.

        Robert Satloff
        U.S. National Security Council Advisor, Satloff was the executive director of the Israeli lobby’s “think tank,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Many of the Israeli lobby’s “experts” come from this front group, like Martin Indyk.

        Elliott Abrams
        National Security Council Advisor. He previously worked at Washington-based “Think Tank” Ethics and Public Policy Center. During the Reagan Adminstration, Abrams was the Assistant Secretary of State, handling, for the most part, Latin American affairs. He played an important role in the Iran-Contra Scandal, which involved illegally selling U.S. weapons to Iran to fight Iraq, and illegally funding the contra rebels fighting to overthrow Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. He also actively deceived three congressional committees about his involvement and thereby faced felony charges based on his testimony. Abrams pled guilty in 1991 to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service. A year later, former President Bush (Senior) granted Abrams a full pardon. He was one of the more hawkish pro-Israel Jews in the Reagan Administration’s State Department.

        Marc Grossman
        Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. He was Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the Department of State. Grossman is one of many of the pro-Israel Jewish officials from the Clinton Administration that Bush has promoted to higher posts.

        Richard Haass
        Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and Ambassador-at-large. He was also Director of National Security Programs and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He was one of the more hawkish pro-Israel Jews in the first Bush (Sr) Administration who sat on the National Security Council, and who consistently advocated going to war against Iraq. Haass is also a member of the Defense Department’s National Security Study Group, at the Pentagon.

        Robert Zoellick
        U.S. Trade Representative, a cabinet-level position. He was also one of the more hawkish pro-Israel Jews in the Bush (Jr) Administration who advocated invading Iraq and occupying a portion of the country in order to set up a Vichy-style puppet government. He consistently advocates going to war against Iran.

        Ari Fleischer
        Ex- White House Spokesman for the Bush (Jr) Administration. Prominent in the Jewish community, some reports state that he holds Israeli citizenship. Fleischer is closely connected to the extremist Jewish group called the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidics, who follow the Qabala, and hold very extremist and insulting views of non-Jews. Fleischer was the co-president of Chabad’s Capitol Jewish Forum. He received the Young Leadership Award from the American Friends of Lubavitch in October, 2001.

        James Schlesinger
        One of many Pentagon Advisors, Schlesinger also sits on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle and is another extremist pro-Israel advisor, who supported going to war against Iraq. Schlesinger is also a commissioner of the Defense Department’s National Security Study Group, at the Pentagon.

        David Frum
        White House speechwriter behind the “Axis of Evil” label. He lumped together all the lies and accusations against Iraq for Bush to justify the war.

        Joshua Bolten
        White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Bolten was previously a banker, former legislative aide, and prominent in the Jewish community.

        John Bolton
        Former UN Representative and Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Bolton was also a Senior Advisor to President Bush. Prior to this position, Bolton was Senior Vice President of the above mentioned pro-Israel thinktank, AEI. He accused Syria of having a nuclear program, so that it could be attacked after Iraq.

        David Wurmser
        Special Assistant to John Bolton, the under-secretary for arms control and international security. Wurmser also worked at the AEI with Perle and Bolton. His wife, Meyrav Wurmser, along with Colonel Yigal Carmon, formerly of Israeli military intelligence, co-founded the Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri),a Washington-based Israeli outfit which distributes articles translated from Arabic newspapers portraying Arabs in a bad light.

        Eliot Cohen
        Member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle and is another extremist pro-Israel advisor. Like Adelman, he often expresses extremist and often ridiculus anti-Arab and anti-Muslim views. More recently, he wrote an opinion article in the Wall Street Journal openly admitting his racist hatred of Islam, claiming that Islam should be the enemy, not terrorism.

        Mel Sembler
        President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. A Prominent Jewish Republican and Former National Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The Export-Import Bank facilitates trade relationships between U.S. businesses and foreign countries, specifically those with financial problems.

        Steve Goldsmith
        Senior Advisor to the President, and Bush’s Jewish domestic policy advisor. He also served as liaison in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (White House OFBCI) within the Executive Office of the President. He was the former mayor of Indianapolis. He is also friends with Israeli Jerusalem
        Mayor Ehud Olmert and often visits Israel to coach mayors on privatization initiatives.

        Adam Goldman
        Former White House Special Liaison to the Jewish Community.

        Joseph Gildenhorn
        Bush Campaign’s Special Liaison to the Jewish Community. He was the DC finance chairman for the Bush campaign, as well as campaign coordinator, and former ambassador to Switzerland.

        Christopher Gersten
        Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families at HHS. Gersten was the former Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Husband of Labor Secretary.

        Mark Weinberger
        Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Public Affairs.

        Samuel Bodman
        Deputy Secretary of Commerce. He was the Chairman and CEO of Cabot Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts.

        Bonnie Cohen
        Under Secretary of State for Management.

        Ruth Davis
        Director of Foreign Service Institute, who reports to the Office of Under Secretary for Management. This Office is responsible for training all Department of State staff (including ambassadors).

        Daniel Kurtzer
        Ambassador to Israel.

        Cliff Sobel
        Ambassador to the Netherlands.

        Stuart Bernstein
        Ambassador to Denmark.

        Nancy Brinker
        Ambassador to Hungary

        Frank Lavin
        Ambassador to Singapore.

        Ron Weiser
        Ambassador to Slovakia.

        Mel Sembler
        Ambassador to Italy.

        Martin Silverstein
        Ambassador to Uruguay.

        Lincoln Bloomfield
        Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs.

        Jay Lefkowitz
        Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

        Ken Melman
        White House Political Director.

        Brad Blakeman
        White House Director of Scheduling.


        Need I cite more evidence of an Israeli cabal?

    • Bill Fairweather

      That must be why Mark Levin campaigned against Cantor. He hates Jews. Even though he is a Jew, he hates them so much he campaigns against them.

      In the words of Mr. Levin, “Get out of here you idiot!”

      • moray4210

        You people have zero clue, and are political novices. This is like Virgin Cola going up against Coke and Pepsi. We are ruled by a cabal. They create war under false pretenses to subjugate good people into giving up their rights, while looting the wealth of this nation.

        This is because of the FACT our elections are rigged. AIPAC/Wall Street owns Congress and the Executive. The voting tabulation software has been compromised for years. Nothing has been done about it. Might this have been the case Tuesday? The cabal decides who wins and loses. Your votes do not matter. Where are the paper ballots?

        Go ahead and believe you have done something. You are all being used. 2000 and 2004 were both won by the Democratic candidate, who still conceded without a fight. Gore and Kerry were both straw men. So were McCain and Romney. The CIA runs the whole show for the spectators. Every instance of partisanship is a front for massive collusion at the highest levels of government between the Coke and Pepsi parties. And the Tea Party? Your movement has been co-opted a long time ago. You are the dog now being wagged.

        Both establishment parties are bought and sold by Wall Street, and your “movement” will never make a dent in this fact. The Baby Boomer generation is the worst generation in American history. They have presided over the creation of an 18 trillion deficit, kicking the can of debt down the road for unborn Americans to pay, all for banker bailouts and a 100% fraudulent war. The Boomers have also presided over the destruction of our Bill of Rights. What is the Tea Party going to do about it? Nothing.

        What happened to the NSA Reforms? The House GOP leadership worked hand-in-hand with Obama to take the true reforms out of the bill. And then they turn around with more fake partisanship at the highest levels over right-wing-think-tank-inspired “Obamacare”.

        It is all a dog and pony show, folks.

        We will continue to be spied upon, our rights will continue to be destroyed, and no Tea Party amateur can do anything about it – especially your nominee.

        This whole primary defeat served two purposes: it removed an ineffective and compromised “brand” [Cantor] from the cabal, and it gave fools like yourself another semblance of hope (just as Obama did for the left) that we still have a representative democracy.

        • Alexis Rose Bank

          and people call ME a “conspiracy theorist”… thank you for making my more wild speculations seem perfectly reasonable

          • moray4210

            The elections being stolen are conspiracy facts. It was announced weeks after 9/11 Gore actually WON Florida. Nobody was paying attention by then. We had a “wartime” POTUS to support…

            Research Ohio in 2004. The exit polls were glaringly different. This election was stolen in key precincts by the vote tabulations being sent to Tennessee because the Ohio servers crashed, and tipped the electoral college in Dubya’s favor (Ohio has subsequently changed its laws as a result of this fact). And straw man Kerry did not protest. Maybe it is because there was a quid pro quo made between two “bonesmen”? Very likely…

            Research the Georgia Senatorial race b/w Max Cleland (a 9/11 Commission Report dissenter who resigned from the Commission in protest over it being a COVERUP) and Saxby Chambliss. Cleland WON the election. It has happened, is happening, and will continue until we get paper ballots back in our system.

            Cantor’s defeat is too good to be true.

            Maybe your social conditioning and critical thinking skills are lacking?

          • Alexis Rose Bank

            I’m way ahead of you. I have been calling for an end to electronic vote tabulation and a return to verifiable paper ballots for years now.

            As to the specific incidents you are referring to, I don’t have enough information to either share or dispute your conclusions, but I wouldn’t put them out of the realm of possibility.

          • moray4210

            Here’s more on Ohio:


            Here’s Georgia:


            Here’s the sworn oral testimony, in Ohio, of an IT professional (and Republican) with first-hand knowledge:


            For more factual documentation, read “Loser Take All”, edited by Mark Crispin Miller, or read John Conyers’ Congressional Report on Ohio.

            It has happened. It might’ve even happened this week in the 7th District. It will continue to happen, and the media will NOT cover it. Why?

          • Donna Martin

            You had me until John Conyers. You’re a freaking idiot if you try to justify anything that crazy man says.

          • moray4210

            You are playing into the “divide and conquer” narrative perfectly, Donna. This was a Congressional investigation initiated by Conyers, but not written by him. There was no political bias or intent of bias. This is a serious issue. Reflect on the sworn testimony from the REPUBLICAN IT specialist in the video above. Do not attack the person whose name is associated with the report. Read and reflect on the FACTS presented in the report, especially on a subject as serious as election fraud. This is happening across the nation. It is happening with candidates from BOTH parties. The overall story is our elections have been compromised. Believe what you want to believe, but unfounded ad hominems are not how we restore a truly representative democracy to this country.

        • DJKuulA

          You complain that the Tea Party hates Jews, then claim that AIPAC runs a “cabal” that controls the US government? Say what now?

          • moray4210

            That’s correct. And Cantor is an AIPAC stooge. AIPAC money enabled him to buy the GOP caucus which propelled him to Majority Leader. But his brand and ambition have ruffled the feathers of those who prefer to remain under the radar. Why not put a new loyalist in position to further their objectives who isn’t so loathed?

            Think about it this way:

            Al qaeda is the front for a protection racket which ALWAYS benefits Israel.


            WHY hasn’t al Qaeda EVER attacked Israel?


            Why does Israel continue to spy on the United States?


            Why does Israel get our metadata from the NSA?


            Why were there five Israeli Mossad agents filming the twin towers as they fell, on top of a van in New Jersey, and then celebrating (they were arrested and held for a month, then released with no questions asked in the press other than Fox, which removed Carl Cameron’s report from its web site)?


            Why is it if anyone criticizes Israel AT ALL for their genocidal treatment of the Palestinians, the press reflexively tars them as anti-Semitic?

            Who actually OWNS our corporate media?


            It is no coincidence that the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was authored by the Congressman Eric Cantor succeeded (Tom Bliley), enabled our media system to be consolidated into the joke it is now.

            Where is the honest debate about Israel’s role in creating unrest in the Middle East? It is NEVER mentioned in the press…

            The Tea Party ought to open up a dialogue about all of the above, instead of feigning this ^ reality isn’t true. It is true.

            This Cantor defeat is a PR masterstroke. It gives well-intended Americans on the right a semblance of hope. Nothing in politics happens by accident. Nothing.

            I see Eric Cantor’s defeat by another potentially AIPAC-owned candidate as no loss for Israel. If he became Speaker, it would be too high of a profile for those still questioning the above facts. Better take it down a notch, and give some semblance to Americans that David can still slay a political Goliath at the same time. It is very sophisticated stuff, but if one really critically ponders all the variables listed above (and there are others), it isn’t too far from the mark.

  • James Renwick Manship Sr.

    Bravo Zulu (Navy talk for fine article, Jamie.)

  • Siegfried Heydrich

    All politics is local. Cantor lost because, from what I can tell looking through the comments & letters to the editor in his area, he was pretty well loathed by most people. He had become a quintessential Washington insider, pretty much blew off the great unwashed, ignored his district because he was a ‘high roller’ now, one of the elite that cameras followed about. He also made the fatal error of believing his own press releases. I don’t think it was ‘immigration’ as much as it was ‘Anyone But Cantor’. However, it will still make immigration reform much too scary for the republicans to even get near until it’s far, far too late.

    What is a more interesting story here, though, is that it turns out that outspending your opponent by hefty triple digit percentages was more than a failure, it was totally counterproductive. It turns out that some things trump money, and that’s GOT to be scaring the plutocrats. If you think about the incredible amounts they’ve spent over the last 6 years and the paltry return on investment received, it makes you wonder about their vaunted business skills.

    I’m hoping that if Brat wins the general election, he can breath some sanity back into the party, and not wind up an isolated loon like Ron Paul . . . And seriously, think about it, the two candidates are both college professors from the same college, one an economist and the other a sociologist. In this day & age, who’d’a thunk it?

    • Alexis Rose Bank

      “If you think about the incredible amounts they’ve spent over the last 6
      years and the paltry return on investment received, it makes you wonder
      about their vaunted business skills.”

      Money doesn’t mean the same thing to them. This money is free to them, completely free. Learn about fractional reserve banking – these people are essentially given license to legally counterfeit US dollars. Dropping $5 mil to own a Congressman is trivial to them. Their business model is rock-solid – but they’re about to meet a titanium hammer.

      • Siegfried Heydrich

        Sounds like an economic stimulus package to me!

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  • I agree with Jamie. Cantor lost because he was a big-spending, government power-worshipping sociopath. …Like most of the gang of 535 in D.C.

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    It was so AWESOME to see about 90% of Cantor’s “Worker Bee” volunteers now working for a true conservative and statesmen in Dr. Dave Brat.

  • Ron Benghazi Hedlund

    Well stated. I think THE SINGLE GREATEST contributor to Eric Cantor’s defeat is Ray Allen. And closely followed by Boyd Marcus’ personal counsel.

    John O’Bannon and Jimmy Massie must ask themselves if they wish to continue to be used by Ray Allen for the destruction of the Republican Party.

    TRUE STORY: John O’Bannon approached me outside the GOP mass meeting back in March. I was handing out Brat stickers and we were attempting to defeat Ray Allen’s slating efforts.

    O’Bannon had allowed his name to be used in a Ray Allen – authored piece attacking extremists (us) and urging Cantor supporters to attend the mass meeting. I told him I was disappointed in his decision and expressed displeasure with slating.

    He walked up close to me and pointed his finger at my chest and said, “When YOUR side starts winning elections, we can talk.”

    This one is for you John. “Can we talk?”

    • Alexis Rose Bank

      it would be nice if the talking started before I had to hook a claw in someone’s scrotum

  • Mike Thompson

    This is the best analysis of Dave’s victory I have read. Thanks.

  • EMBuckles

    Everybody posting here needs to know that the liberals were DELIGHTED that Eric Cantor lost because they wanted to get him out of the US House and get rid of his more conservative influence in that top level position of Majority Leader. Be also aware that there IS going to be a Democrat running against Brat and the liberals are going to be strongly supporting him in hopes that he will beat Brat, get in as US Representative and support Obama for the remainder of Obama’s term. Now that Brat has won, Republicans need to strongly support him with money and campaign work and anything else you can do for him including being sure to go vote for him in November. If we don’t support Brat, we COULD still end up with a Democrat US Representative!

    • Alexis Rose Bank

      I would be totally delighted to see the Democrats sink resources into the 7th District, as those will be totally wasted resources they can’t use elsewhere.

      Dems trying to compete in that district is an obvious bluff, and the only thing to do with one of those is call it.

      • EMBuckles

        Ma’am, the Democrats would be totally delighted to sink resources into the 7th District too because, you see, there still are many Democrats in the 7th District and they still think that they can win. If Republicans to not come out and work hard for Brat and see that he has the resources he needs we COULD end up with a Democrat US Representative. The thing that a LOT of people apparently are failing to understand is that liberals NATIONWIDE wanted Cantor OUT. If they think that they can help Democrats get the 7th District seat – and they DO – they will be working hard, and sending in money, to help do so.

        • Alexis Rose Bank

          And now Brat is a hero to conservative grassroots all over the country – he’s getting so many donations it took down his website. In a district so heavily Republican where Cantor just spent millions making Brat look as good to Democrats as he could, Brat is as good as sworn in.

    • docscience

      If the Republican Party is taking the same position that they took for Ken Cuccinelli in the governor’s race. Expect next to ZERO in funding or support for Brat.

      The party of stupid, like the party of corruption, isn’t interested in smaller government, they are interested in deciding who gets big favors.

      • EMBuckles

        At this point I am not sure if it is true or not, however, I have at least heard that conservatives may be sending in money to support Brat. I don’t know if the Democrat running is picking up financial support or not. I am sure that the Democrats all around the District will be voting for the Democrat candidate in Novemeber. I did not vote for Brat in the primary (for some good reasons), however, since he is now the Republican candidate, I will vote for him in the general election as well as send him a few bucks and put his yard sign in my yard.

        • Donna Martin

          Thank You!!

    • Donna Martin

      Are you going to support Ed Gillespie? I can’t support Brat but I would if I lived in his district. You didn’t support George Allen or Robert Hurt so why should I listen to you. We need to stand together. I’m totally against immigration reform. Seal the border!!!!!

      • EMBuckles

        Yeah, I am going to vote for Ed Gillespie. Um, and I DID vote for George Allen whenever he ran (Governor and US Senate) when I could vote for him. It would be fine with me if George had remained our US Senator. I am all for Robert Hurt, however, I live in the 7th District so it would be kinda pointless for me to put his yard sign in my yard and I can’t vote for him. And, yeah, I’d like to seal the border too, however, with the current President in office, I think that you and I know that ain’t gonna happen. We can, however, refuse to do business with people who hire illegal aliens and keep an eye out for crime which may be committed by them and report it to the police.

        • Donna Martin

          Thank you. It is so nice to talk to someone who makes sense. Good discussion.

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  • MMaximuSS1975

    Brat isn’t as smart as you think. I’m sorry, but turning out papers in college that claim there is a direct correlation with religion and economics is nuts. He equates the fictitious moral high ground and ethics of religion causes economies and markets to prosper. Say what?
    Theology degree? Sorry, but that’s a waste of 4 years of your life. Mythology and economics don’t mix. Never mind blindly giving someone a free pass, just because of a religious background. Wooo. Theology big deal. To people like me, that is just down right delusional.

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