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Clueless on Cantor

NYT op-ed columnist Gail Collins admits to being utterly baffled by Dave Brat’s defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor:

Putting a Cap on Cantor
Why Did Eric Cantor Lose in Virginia?
JUNE 11, 2014

Gail Collins

Pardon me. I’m having trouble getting my thoughts together today. I’m so upset about Eric Cantor.

The word “immigration” doesn’t come up.

 
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  1. If you believe Sean Trende, Cantor lost because he didn’t fight hard–not because of amnesty.

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  2. Not everyone is.
    Most of the mainstream propagandists are scrambling to put out a narrative that paints Cantor’s loss as something, anything, other than immigration.
    Maddow’s even standing in front of a fancy chart wearing jeans (Look at my pants! i’m one of you!) as I type this. It’s hilarious.

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  3. Also clueless is Rand Paul, who uses the toppling of Eric Cantor as a cue that he needs to fight even harder for busting the borders wide open.

    But you didn’t think Carlos Slim’s newspaper would tell us the truth about why Cantor lost, did you?

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  4. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Does NYT stealth edit?

    In the current version she included: “David [Brat] turns out to be a pet of right-wing commentators, who ran on a “no amnesty!” platform.

    Seems close enough to “immigration”.

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  5. Amnesty is gradually moving into the same weird undeath as a political issue that gun control occupies. It’s passionately supported by a small but influential elite that uses its resources and control of the narrative to make it look like a Very Important Issue. It commands deceptively widespread but only tepid, diffuse, and uninformed public support in polls that makes it appear to be more popular than it is. But it promotes passionate, well-informed, and very active opposition everywhere it becomes an issue. And it’s starting to look like a reliable and consistent political loser. There have been eight legislative attempts in the last 15 years at “comprehensive immigration reform.” All have failed.

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  6. ….

    Good thing I’m not prone to vertigo because, following Brat’s crushing defeat of Cantor on immigration, the Open Borders Shamnesty Spin Machine is just now revving into “Nothing To See Here But Tea Party Right Wing Extremist-Racist Fluke” high gear.

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  7. Rand Paul was compromised a while back. Either in persuing power he is doing whatever rove says or his NSA file was shared with the right people. I am only half joking about the NSA stuff – someone in DC may very well have blackmail on him, but it is prob just more ends justify the means nonsense in a quest for power.

    Economicpolicyjournal.com has done a hilarious job of documenting this over the last year or so, and pointing out how he keeps calling himself a libertarian but isn’t anywhere close to one on issue after issue. Others have speculated he is doing the “zig zag” maneuver of politics like Obama did. Either way, no one trusts a Benedict Arnold. The neocon elites won’t ever trust Ron Paul’s son and his fathers supporters are tired of him talking like a foxnews anchor.

    He endorsed McConnell and Collins (!), yet has stayed out of the Mississippi race. Unlike his father, who endorsed the anti amnesty challenger over Cochran. I agree – this is an absolutely moronic move to come right after amnesty was rejected in the most radical way possible. This has to be Karl Rove behind this crap.

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  8. Let’s see if I’ve got this right.

    It’s great that Cantor will no longer be a Congressman from the 7th district of Virginia. That’ll stop the open borders crowd.

    Instead let’s support open borders Rand Paul, not for Congress but for the White House, even though there are anti-open borders Presidential candidates.

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  9. Dave Weigel seems to have had Rand
    Paul pegged correctly as a lightweight and I believe he voted for Ron.

    Something that has almost been lost in the festivities is the rent-a-mob that crashed Cantor’s party to protest for immigration reform.
    Whoops!
    Digging by Politico and the Daily Caller reveal that it was the first part of what was to be an orchestrated attack led by a Mr. Pheiffer (Dan?) along with groups such as the SEIU that was to focus on Cantor and last for months. Was to include prayer vigils, children, etc. in effort to humiliate him in front of Big Business and other allies as a coercion tactic. To reiterate: the Bigs were the intended audience.

    I actually got to see members of this group up close and personal back when they were Fast for Families in my church parking lot. Real personal: I was nursing my baby in my car when between 5-10 people emerged beside me to get their papers signed for their hours worked. I’d seen the bus close by, but wasn’t prepared to be getting (or giving) a show.

    Something struck me at the time that has had much more significance after last night: my church has a couple thousand Latino parishioners, but they could only muster less than 10 despite paying them? Worse for them, at least one was from the Baptist Church, the ring leader. So, how large a pool are they drawing from to get these few? 40,000? These are the thoughts finning through my head as I took it all in, including the extremely nice customize-painted Greyhound bus.
    Lots of money, non-existent Populist passion. Paper Tigers!

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  10. All those Central American kids are being farmed to AZ, TX, and CA. I wish some officials would put them on busses and trains and plop them in the heart of Manhattan, in Bev. Hills, Malibu, and esp. in DC/Georgetown.

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  11. There are indications of anti-Semitism in the Cantor loss:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/us/politics/cantors-loss-a-bad-omen-for-moderates.html

    “David Wasserman, a House political analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said another, more local factor has to be acknowledged: Mr. Cantor, who dreamed of becoming the first Jewish speaker of the House, was culturally out of step with a redrawn district that was more rural, more gun-oriented and more conservative.

    “Part of this plays into his religion,” Mr. Wasserman said. “You can’t ignore the elephant in the room.””

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  12. There have been eight legislative attempts in the last 15 years at “comprehensive immigration reform.” All have failed.

    Yet meanwhile, the song remains the same, the flood continues unabated. Maybe constantly teeing up the latest “immigration reform” bill and drawing out the opposition is a way of making opponents think they are somehow “winning” when they are losing every minute of every day. It’s effective theater. And if you’re busy constantly stopping “reform,” then nobody ever even tries to fix the actual problem because all your resources are spent trying to stop a disaster from becoming an even bigger disaster. What we’re seeing is simply the world’s longest headfake.

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  13. It’s great that Cantor will no longer be a Congressman from the 7th district of Virginia. That’ll stop the open borders crowd.

    Instead let’s support open borders Rand Paul, not for Congress but for the White House, even though there are anti-open borders Presidential candidates.

    Who at iSteve is telling people to support Rand Paul? It looks like most of the comments are lamenting that he is not one of us. Are you sure you posted this comment on the correct blog?

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  14. Speaking of Cantor, I first noticed him in late 2010 when the GOP recaptured the House. Does anyone here recall Cantor’s first priority immediately after those historic midterm 2010 elections? Hint: It wasn’t amnesty.

    No, Cantor was worried about foreign aid. Many House GOPers were itching to cut the foreign aid budget. So Cantor’s first priority was to reclassify aid to Israel from being considered foreign aid. Instead, it would be part of the defense department’s budget, and thus, not susceptible to cuts.

    If I were a VA voter, I’d have trouble relating to this guy too. It seems like the concerns of ordinary Americans were not high on his list of priorities.

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  15. @peterike

    And if you’re busy constantly stopping “reform,” then nobody ever even tries to fix the actual problem because all your resources are spent trying to stop a disaster from becoming an even bigger disaster. What we’re seeing is simply the world’s longest headfake.

    The only realistic fix will come from within the system. The Minutemen are not going to secure the borders themselves, or punish employers who hire illegals. What might be a realistic solution is making an enforcement-first (or enforcement-only) plan look like a politically viable thing to support for legislators. Every long war needs a Gettysburg or Stalingrad where the initiative changes.

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  16. “Joe Biden: U.S. needs ‘constant, unrelenting stream’ of immigrants”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/11/joe-biden-us-needs-constant-unrelenting-stream-imm/

    “Vice President Joseph R. Biden told a National Association of Manufacturers’ crowd this week that what the United States needed was more, not fewer, immigrants.

    Specifically, he called for a “constant, unrelenting stream” of new immigrants — “not dribbling [but] significant flows,” to bolster the national economy, The Hill reported.

    “We need it badly from a purely — purely economic point of view,” Mr. Biden said, The Hill reported.”

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  17. There are indications of anti-Semitism in the Cantor loss:

    There are indications of trolling in Dan’s posts.

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  18. “And if you’re busy constantly stopping “reform,” then nobody ever even tries to fix the actual problem because all your resources are spent trying to stop a disaster from becoming an even bigger disaster. What we’re seeing is simply the world’s longest headfake.”

    Sorta, kinda, maybe.

    But here’s the problem with that theory: how are you supposed to mount a serious enforcement offensive when you have at least 68 senators opposing you, including 14 alleged Republicans?

    Amnesty proposals draw out the traitors and let us know who they are, and let us know that Congress (still) isn’t serious about border enforcement. If anything, they should help us draw attention to lax border security.

    We fail to secure our borders because the money isn’t on our side. Immigration is a political issue where virtually all of the money is lined up on one side, and that side ain’t ours.

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  19. @Bill M
    "Joe Biden: U.S. needs ‘constant, unrelenting stream’ of immigrants"

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/11/joe-biden-us-needs-constant-unrelenting-stream-imm/

    "Vice President Joseph R. Biden told a National Association of Manufacturers’ crowd this week that what the United States needed was more, not fewer, immigrants.

    Specifically, he called for a “constant, unrelenting stream” of new immigrants — “not dribbling [but] significant flows,” to bolster the national economy, The Hill reported.

    “We need it badly from a purely — purely economic point of view,” Mr. Biden said, The Hill reported."

    Dear Constant Unrelenting Stream: Thanks!

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  20. Dan said: There are indications of anti-Semitism in the Cantor loss:

    Hunsdon said: David Wasserman playing the anti-Semitism card? That’s as shocking as Sheila Jackson Lee playing the racism card.

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  21. WhatEvvs [AKA "Pseudonymph"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    As usual, WaPo has the best analysis:

    http://tinyurl.com/lc5r4sh

    BTW, the national Tea Party orgs. were not a factor:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/10/how-national-tea-party-groups-missed-the-david-brat-boat/

    Make of that what you will. I call Brat an eruption of righteous rage. I love it!

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  22. Sadly, it looks like Cantor will be replaced by the equally lame Kevin McCarthy.

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  23. “Dan says:
    June 12, 2014 at 1:54 am

    There are indications of anti-Semitism in the Cantor loss:”

    To some people there are indications of anti-semitism in the singing of Christmas Carols and the eating of BLTs.

    I, for one, don’t care what “indications” can be sniffed out by BS-peddlers like you.

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  24. http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/11_1/11_1_1.pdf

    Immigration stuff starts on page six

    Here is a real libertarian view on immigration, culture, open borders, and how masses of strangers can change things. Rothbard also advocated not giving immigrants the right to vote.

    Rothbard literally created the modern day libertarian movement by combining the economics of Mises with an anti war and anti police state theory. I am tired of Koch brother funded and liberals pretending to be libertarian claiming that libertarians favor open borders. Mr libertarian himself did not!

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  25. “David Wasserman, a House political analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said another, more local factor has to be acknowledged: Mr. Cantor, who dreamed of becoming the first Jewish speaker of the House, was culturally out of step with a redrawn district that was more rural, more gun-oriented and more conservative.

    “Part of this plays into his religion,” Mr. Wasserman said. “You can’t ignore the elephant in the room.””

    1. Projection: Jews tend to have a broad misanthropic streak, particularly against northwest Europeans, so they tend to assume reciprocity.

    2. Projection: Jews have a better understanding of the Jewish tendency to be up to no good, so they tend to think they deserve animus.

    To the extent Wasserman (and Dan) are blaming ANTI-SEMITISM!!!, all they’re really doing is displaying Jewish misanthropy (particularly against NW Europeans).

    And if you’re busy constantly stopping “reform,” then nobody ever even tries to fix the actual problem because all your resources are spent trying to stop a disaster from becoming an even bigger disaster.

    Sooo true. What I call political “churn” is one of the most important elements of “progressive” (like cancer) strategy; always give the rubes something (else) to talk about.

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  26. Hunsdon said: David Wasserman playing the anti-Semitism card? That’s as shocking as Sheila Jackson Lee playing the racism card.

    C’mon, Hun. You draw a parallel between blacks and Jews, Jew retaliates by equating white racialist Jew conspiracy theories (and thus whites) with black racialist white conspiracy theories (and thus blacks), I retaliate with my wall of text listing the myriad parallels between blacks and Jews (everything but intellectual and athletic ability)…where does it end?

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  27. Svigor asked: where does it end?

    Hunsdon said: It’s a perpetual motion machine.

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  28. There are indications of anti-Semitism in the Cantor loss….

    “Part of this plays into his religion,” Mr. Wasserman said. “You can’t ignore the elephant in the room.””

    These are just assertions — not that there’s anything wrong with wanting to be represented by a member of your own group.

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