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Cantor loses by 11 million voters

Posted by on Jun. 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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Economics professor Dave Brat crushed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary Tuesday night, in a campaign that was mostly about Cantor’s supporting amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens.

This marks the first time a U.S. House majority leader has ever lost a primary election.

His crushing defeat reinforces a central point: Whenever the voters know an election is about immigration, they will always vote against more immigration — especially amnesty.

Cantor spent more than $5 million on his campaign. Brat spent less than $150,000. But Brat made the election about Cantor’s support for amnesty, so he won.

The pro-amnesty crowd — i.e., everyone except the American people — promptly lost its collective mind. The amnesty shills went on the attack, insisting that Cantor’s historic defeat had nothing to do amnesty. Brat’s triumph was touted as simply a victory for the “tea party.”

Of course, these are the same people who also try to persuade us that amnesty isn’t “amnesty,” illegal aliens aren’t “illegal aliens” (they’re “undocumented workers”!), and that there are 30 million jobs Americans won’t do at any price.

In fact, however, the tea party had nothing to do with Brat’s victory. Only the small, local tea party groups stand for anything anymore, but they’re as different from the media-recognized “tea party” as lay Catholics are from the Catholic bishops.

National tea party groups did not contribute dime one to Brat. Not Freedom Works, not Club for Growth, not the Tea Party Express, not Tea Party Patriots. They were too busy denouncing Sen. Mitch McConnell — who has consistently voted against amnesty.

As I have been warning you, the big, national tea party groups are mostly shysters and con-men raising money for their own self-aggrandizement. (Today, they’re blast-faxing “media availability” notices to television networks claiming credit for Brat’s victory.)

The Tea Party Express, for example, “represents” the views of ordinary Americans by supporting Chamber of Commerce demands for cheap labor through amnesty.

As Eric Hoffer said, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

Nonetheless, the claim that Brat’s victory was a win for the tea party is everywhere — pushed with suspicious insistence by people who do not usually wish the Republican Party well. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schulz, for example, said: “Tonight’s result in Virginia settles the debate once and for all — the tea party has taken control of the Republican Party. Period.”

Liberals apparently want Brat’s victory to be seen as a win for the tea party, and not a defeat for amnesty.

At least acknowledging the obvious — Brat’s victory was about amnesty — New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer said: “Cantor’s defeat does not change the fundamental fact that Republicans will become a minority party if they don’t address our broken immigration system.”

And if anyone has the Republican Party’s best interests at heart, it’s gotta be Chuck Schumer!

Is Schumer’s harangue enough to convince the bubbleheads in the GOP to say: Let’s take it to the Democrats on this issue! They could start by asking Schumer: “How come we don’t get to have the same immigration policy that Israel does?”

I like Israel’s immigration policy: instant, unapologetic, unsentimental deportation of illegal aliens. Schumer obviously supports that policy, too. It’s one of many Israeli policies we might try here at home, if only Schumer would let us.

Could it be that Schumer cares more about the survival of Israel than he does about the survival of the Republican Party?

On Fox News, Mark Thiessen assured viewers that Brat’s victory was not about amnesty at all, but was an expression of the same anti-establishment sentiment we’ve seen elsewhere this year. He specifically cited Ben Sasse’s victory in the Nebraska Senate GOP primary, and Chris McDaniel’s forcing incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran into a run-off in Mississippi.
Let’s take those:

(1) Ben Sasse was running for an open seat — there was no “establishment” Republican to defeat.

(2) McDaniel has made his opposition to amnesty the centerpiece of his campaign.

We’re 0 for 2, so far. What else you got?

There were, in fact, a couple of tea party challenges this year to so-called “establishment” Republican incumbents such as McConnell and John Cornyn. They both voted against the Schumer-Rubio amnesty. They both won.

That’s 0 for 4.

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s win last night is hardly a counter-example. His $8 million war chest discouraged serious challengers, he ended up with six opponents and, as a result, that race attracted no national anti-amnesty attention. Graham sure didn’t stress his support for amnesty during the campaign. (He’s saving that as a surprise!)

Fox News’ Carl Cameron blamed Cantor’s loss on the rain: “It’s worth noting that the weather was foul here yesterday and today as well. So some of it may have been nature helping out David Brat.”

Similarly, the New Yorker explained Cantor’s loss by saying, “Low turnout undoubtedly played a role.”

Sixty-five thousand ballots were cast in the Cantor-Brat contest. That is not a large turnout for a congressional primary election — it’s gigantic. In Cantor’s 2012 primary, 47,037 people voted. In the only other two congressional primaries in Virginia on Tuesday — the day with all that rain! — 38,855 people voted in one and 17,444 in the other.

Every excuse in the book is being trotted out to claim this election was about anything but amnesty. Cantor was “arrogant.” He was “out of touch.” Democrats crossed over to vote for Brat. Cantor was “overconfident.” (Also, the sun was in his eyes!)

It’s all the same boilerplate used to rationalize any election loss. Let’s take one. Overconfident? Are you kidding me? Cantor spent more than $5 million on a congressional primary!

Cantor’s idiotic statements about amnesty lit up talk radio, were denounced daily on major websites such as Breitbart.com, and were the dominant theme of Brat’s campaign, especially in the last few months. The influential Kausfiles.com became a one-man Eric Cantor Rapid Response Team on amnesty.

Brat didn’t just win; he walloped Cantor, 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent.

Still not convinced Brat’s victory was about amnesty? Then tell me why the New York Times ran this headline on Wednesday: “Why Did Cantor Lose? Not Easy to Explain

by on Jun. 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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Abaco
by on Jun. 12, 2014 at 11:58 AM
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Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jun. 13, 2014 at 9:10 AM

 good

Quoting Abaco: Yeah : )

 

Donna6503
by Silver Member on Jun. 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM
Bump for later
Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jun. 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

 Go!

Quoting Donna6503: Bump for later

 

PinkButterfly66
by Bronze Member on Jun. 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM
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Cantor lost because he forgot his constituents.  He was a lousy senator.  The 7th district was fed up with this narcissistic tool who was more concerned about his power-brokering than the people who actually put him in office.  We all came together, republican and democrat alike and voted his a$$ out of office.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jun. 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I know that you keep posting that. ( btw he was in the House - Not Senate)

Truth is the Republican heavy precincts had turnout 40% higher than in 2012, Democratic heavy precincts had low turnout -

What Dems such as yourself might have wanted done, got done, -you all didn't have much to do with it.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Cantor lost because he forgot his constituents.  He was a lousy senator.  The 7th district was fed up with this narcissistic tool who was more concerned about his power-brokering than the people who actually put him in office.  We all came together, republican and democrat alike and voted his a$$ out of office.

 

Donna6503
by Silver Member on Jun. 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Cantor didn't lose because of the "immigration" issue or really any of the tea party issues.

He lost because Brat out worked Cantor on the ground. Cantor was too busy playing "inside baseball" he forgot that politics is an outside game, and the public needs to see you play.

I don't think, the public should believe that this election is a mandate of anything except that politicians shouldn't take their base for granted; both left and right.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 Go!


Quoting Donna6503: Bump for later

 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jun. 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

 I know how desperately important it is for the Left to have people believe that, but - NO.

The rest - yeah, a little.

Quoting Donna6503: Cantor didn't lose because of the "immigration" issue or really any of the tea party issues. He lost because Brat out worked Cantor on the ground. Cantor was too busy playing "inside baseball" he forgot that politics is an outside game, and the public needs to see you play. I don't think, the public should believe that this election is a mandate of anything except that politicians shouldn't take their base for granted; both left and right.
Quoting Billiejeens:

 Go!

Quoting Donna6503: Bump for later

 

 

PinkButterfly66
by Bronze Member on Jun. 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

And exactly how do you know this?  Did you come to Richmond and poll all the district 7 residents?  Virginia has an open primary.  Virginia does not require voters to register democrat or republican so any voter can vote in the primary but you are asked whether you are voting democrat or republican before you cast your ballet.  Meaning you can vote either republican or democrat but not both and both primaries are on the same day.

Quoting Billiejeens:

I know that you keep posting that. ( btw he was in the House - Not Senate)

Truth is the Republican heavy precincts had turnout 40% higher than in 2012, Democratic heavy precincts had low turnout -

What Dems such as yourself might have wanted done, got done, -you all didn't have much to do with it.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Cantor lost because he forgot his constituents.  He was a lousy senator.  The 7th district was fed up with this narcissistic tool who was more concerned about his power-brokering than the people who actually put him in office.  We all came together, republican and democrat alike and voted his a$$ out of office.



Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jun. 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM

 I watched the news.

The traditionally Republican precincts turned out the vote.

The tradionally Democrats precincts mostly stayed home.

Millions are spent on exit polling and other data research such as this.

They ask so they know which ballot to give you, that's all recorded.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

And exactly how do you know this?  Did you come to Richmond and poll all the district 7 residents?  Virginia has an open primary.  Virginia does not require voters to register democrat or republican so any voter can vote in the primary but you are asked whether you are voting democrat or republican before you cast your ballet.  Meaning you can vote either republican or democrat but not both and both primaries are on the same day.

Quoting Billiejeens:

I know that you keep posting that. ( btw he was in the House - Not Senate)

Truth is the Republican heavy precincts had turnout 40% higher than in 2012, Democratic heavy precincts had low turnout -

What Dems such as yourself might have wanted done, got done, -you all didn't have much to do with it.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Cantor lost because he forgot his constituents.  He was a lousy senator.  The 7th district was fed up with this narcissistic tool who was more concerned about his power-brokering than the people who actually put him in office.  We all came together, republican and democrat alike and voted his a$$ out of office.

 

 

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