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Eric Cantor Loses

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses Virginia GOP primary, AP reports

Published June 10, 2014 FoxNews.com
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In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost the GOP Virginia primary Tuesday night to Dave Brat, an economics professor and political novice.

The Associated Press called the race for Cantor about an hour after polls closed at 7 p.m. ET.

Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was widely seen as the next in line to succeed House Speaker John Boehner.

Cantor’s loss to a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the Tea Party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago. …

Brat teaches at Randolph-Macon College, a small liberal arts school north of Richmond. He raised just more than $200,000 for his campaign, according to the most recent campaign finance reports.

Beltway-based groups also spent heavily in the race. The American Chemistry Council, whose members include many blue chip companies, spent more than $300,000 on TV ads promoting Cantor. It’s the group’s only independent expenditure so far this election year. Political arms of the American College of Radiology, the National Rifle Association and the National Association of Realtors had five-figure independent spending to promote Cantor.

Brat offset the cash disadvantage with endorsements from conservative activists like radio host Laura Ingraham, and with help from local Tea Party activists angry at Cantor.

Much of the campaign centered on immigration, where critics on both sides have recently taken aim at Cantor.

Brat has accused the House majority leader of being a top cheerleader for “amnesty” for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Cantor has responded forcefully by boasting in mailers of blocking Senate plans “to give illegal aliens amnesty.”

It was a change in tone for Cantor, who has repeatedly voiced support for giving citizenship to certain immigrants brought illegally to the country as children. Cantor and House GOP leaders have advocated a step-by-step approach rather than the comprehensive bill backed by the Senate.

Mickey Kaus cites Professor Brat’s final pitch to voters:

“The entire amnesty and low-wage agenda collapses if Cantor loses — all the billions of special interests dollars, all the favors, all the insider dealing — all of it is stopped in its tracks tomorrow if the patriotic working families of Virginia send Eric Cantor back home tomorrow.

Tomorrow, the middle class has its chance to fight back.

Tomorrow, the people of Virginia can show up to the polls and defeat the entire crony corporate lobby.

Tomorrow, we can restore our borders, rebuild our communities, and revitalize our middle class.”

An economics professor who understands the law of supply and demand?!?

Here’s Brat’s list of publications from his faculty webpage.

The NYT reports:

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY
Virginia – U.S. House District 7
CANDIDATE VOTES PCT.
David Brat 35,787 55.6%
Eric Cantor Incumbent 28,631 44.4%
99% reporting 9:14 PM

In one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history, the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, was soundly defeated on Tuesday by a Tea Party-backed economics professor who had hammered him for being insufficiently conservative.

Mr. Cantor’s defeat delivered a major jolt to the Republican Party — he had widely been considered the top candidate to succeed Speaker John A. Boehner one day — and it has the potential both to change the debate in Washington on immigration and to reshape the midterm elections, which had been favoring his party.

With just over $200,000, David Brat — a professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. — toppled Mr. Cantor, repeatedly criticizing him for being soft on immigration and contending that he supported what critics call amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally. The Associated Press declared Mr. Brat the winner.

Going into the elections, most Republicans had been watching for how broad Mr. Cantor’s victory would be, with almost no one predicting that he would lose.

Continue reading the main story

Mr. Cantor’s defeat — the most unexpected of a congressional leader in recent memory — will reverberate in the capital and could have major implications for an immigration overhaul.

Mr. Cantor, who is in his sixth term, had sought to rebut Mr. Brat’s charges on immigration, using some of his $5.4 million to send fliers and air television ads in which he claimed to oppose an “amnesty” policy. But with significant help from conservative talk radio figures such as Laura Ingraham, Mr. Brat was able to galvanize opposition to Mr. Cantor in one of Virginia’s most conservative congressional districts.

Here’s Laura Ingraham’s website.

Here are Brat’s undergrad students comments from RateMyProfessors.com.

 
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  1. To an economics professor who ran on an anti-immigration message. I saw Brat this morning on Chuck Todd saying that the solution to world poverty wasn’t to import 7 billion people. Someone should get this guy to debate Caplan.

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  2. The Republican Establishment just collectively shit a brick.

    Muhuhahahahahah!

  3. We saw it in Europe, and we’re going to see it this fall right here in the US. Immigration is the only wedge issue remaining, and the numbers naturally favor the Republicans. This might be the earthquake that wakes them up to that fact.

    Come out against immigration – do so with respect but maintain the courage of your convictions – and you win. The people who agree with you will actually vote. The demographic groups that skew progressive don’t vote as often and aren’t all that fired up about this issue.

  4. Wow – I’m truly shocked that enough Virginians got together to dump the d*&k. Ultimately it won’t make much difference, but it’s nice to know that the massively ambitious and phony southerner actually got taken down. When does he demand the obligatory recount?

  5. Anyone have any insights on Cantor? Sort of interesting in that he was the only Jewish Republican member of Congress. And with a Southern accent. Glad to see him go, surprised that he never attracted any attention from Occidental Observer types.

  6. Every political constituency is anti amnesty.

    Anyone in either party can win on with an anti amnesty position.

  7. The other big question of the day is whether Lindsey Graham will face a run-off, and who to. He had six challengers, so it was effectively dive-and-conquer. Graham was polling close to 50%, but he had to get 50% to win the nomination.

    Good riddance Cantor. Maybe if you had left Judaism and acted like a the dumb gay Baptist you could have been re-elected.

  8. Maybe the MARs of Sam Francis have not thrown in the towel just yet. Just typing that reminds me of how many good men paid a high price for speaking the truth. It’s heartening to think maybe it will not have all been in vain.

  9. Priss Factor [AKA "Cloudcastler"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    http://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/the-endless-invasion-of-america/

    “Among those caught crossing into Texas these last seven months were 47,000 unaccompanied children. Border Patrol estimates that by Sept. 30, apprehensions of children and teenagers in this fiscal year could reach 90,000. According to Gov. Jan Brewer, the feds have begun shipping illegal aliens, adults as well as children, from Texas to Arizona, ‘dumping’ them into her state.”

    If the government can so easily take all those people across state borders and dump them in other states, why can’t they go the extra step and dump them across national borders in Mexico?

    If they came from Mexico, dump them in Mexico.

    Or, at the very least, in Lib states like Vermont since all those whiteys profess to love diversity. Arizona already has plenty of it.

  10. “Brat’s background should make him especially appealing to conservative organizations. He chairs the department of economics and business at Randolph-Macon College and heads its BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism program. The funding for the program came from John Allison, the former CEO of BB&T (a financial-services company) who now heads the Cato Institute. The two share an affinity for Ayn Rand: Allison is a major supporter of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Brat co-authored a paper titled “An Analysis of the Moral Foundations in Ayn Rand.” Brat says that while he isn’t a Randian, he has been influenced by Atlas Shrugged and appreciates Rand’s case for human freedom and free markets.”

    http://m.nationalreview.com/article/367690/eric-cantors-challenger-right-betsy-woodruff

    I wonder if Virginia’s patriotic working families know that Brat probably sees them as untermenschen.

  11. It’s looks like Graham has won outright.

    I urge everyone here to donate to Brad Hutto.

  12. Aside from the very very good news this means for the immigration issue, it’s also great news in that if the House Majority Leader isn’t safe in his own party’s primary, then nobody is safe. It’s political evidence that incumbency doesn’t mean as much as it used to. As an aside, Nate Silver has a post today at 538 about the relatively long term downward slope in the percentage of the vote that Republican incumbent Senators running for re-election get in their own party’s primary.

    Another reason this is good news is that it proves that big money and daddy warbucks can be beaten…IF you pound the flesh on issues that people can understand, and avoid crank hobby horse obsessions.

  13. Yes, Brat needs to pound home the message that income inequality isn’t remedied in this country by inviting millions of the uneducated and the unskilled or by winking and suggesting they can send their tiny children now, alone, while they follow later.

    If the RNC had any sense, they’d have people flood their Fb accounts with the pics Drudge has up now, pics of short, brown men grabbing their crotches and flipping off border officials.

  14. God bless Professor Brat and keep him on the path of righteousness! I hope those whose ambitions are to lead Stoopid Party will draw the proper conclusions but I doubt it. Their malignant, intransigent idiocy is why I call it the Stoopid Party inthe first place, and why I am now a registered independent, refuse to give them money, and stay home on election day.

  15. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Dear Elites of All Western Nations:

    STOP THE IMMIVASION!

    Thank you,

    - The People

  16. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    The “Republicans” need to do their homework and review our techniques. Sometimes the rubes notice too sloppy of an attempt to run a mafia style bustout of the country. Still keep waving flags and talking abortion(form), soon enough their will not be a country with a flag or a people alive to even have abortions(substance).

  17. This is NOT good news for Dems. Don’t see why talking heads don’t understand that. Wait, I forgot. They live in NYC and DC.

  18. Bert wrote:

    “It’s looks like Graham has won outright.

    I urge everyone here to donate to Brad Hutto.”

    I don’t have the slightest knowledge of anything Brad Hutto believes or what his stand is on anything.

    But he can’t be any worse on the immigration issue than Graham is.

    If you vote in South Carolina, and you are a Republican you need to vote for Hutto. People like Graham have to be made to pay a price. He is never going to do anything you really want him to do.

    He turns like a weathervane in the wind, at least in what he spews on the talking head shows.

    Cut his career short, even if he is replaced by a Democrat (who will probably vote exactly the same on things like immigration or any of the other important issues though), and you send a message that you can’t do whatever you want to for years in Washington, then go back to the state you are elected from, spout disingenuous crap and get re-elected.

  19. Hey Boehner–how about an encore of your impression of anti-amnesty Republicans whining, “It’s too haaard! It’s too haaard!” The CoC bigwigs loved it! All in good fun, right?

  20. And Graham has won overwhelmingly in South Carolina and avoided a run-off, proving conclusively that South Carolina voters are idiots no matter which side of an issue they’re on.

  21. Priss Factor [AKA "Cloudcastler"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    http://takimag.com/article/the_mental_illness_cop_out_jim_goad/print#axzz34I49Ml7t

    Goad goes too far, but there’s a huge contradiction in American psychology and culture.

    On the one hand, they undermine and subvert the notion of ‘normality’ and promote ‘difference’ and ‘diversity’ that deviate from the ‘normative’.

    On the other hand, so many people are said to suffer from maladies because they are psychologically abnormal and therefore in need of drugs to became stable/normal again.

    Eh?

    The message:

    ‘The likes of Marilyn Manson, Lady Gaga, Chris ‘leave Britney alone’ Crocker, and trannies are perfectly sane and okay, but if you feel weird like them, you must take drugs to become healthy and normal again.’

    Or maybe, the big pharma wants us to believe that being abnormal and dependent on drugs is actually normal. But if being abnormal is normal, why do we need drugs to become normal(which, btw, is the ‘new abnormal’).
    I get confused.

  22. One hopes that this result is a referendum against the Obama Children’s Crusade. Yeah, I’m half-joking, but when last in history were tens of thousands — if not millions — of *children* encouraged to embark on such a dangerous trek? The White House and most of our reps are responsible for this.

    Being objective: why are our politicians encouraging such human suffering? Why do our elites encourage cultural fracking and destruction of the — admittedly recent, post-1492, etc. — cultural status quo?

    Larry Kudlow and his ilk say that we must lie down, submit, and be overwhelmed. We’re shamed into silence (wish we had the privilege of so-called shamed sluts). We’re an unwanted demographic; we’re doomed (Also sprach Derb).

  23. Maybe Patriots won’t have to found a third Party and instead just take control of the Republican Party.

  24. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “And Graham has won overwhelmingly in South Carolina and avoided a run-off, proving conclusively that South Carolina voters are idiots no matter which side of an issue they’re on.”

    I haven’t followed this face closely because it was too depressing, but did any of the ten million challengers coherently utter a immigration-restrictionist message? My impression is no.

  25. In my experience, the two issues that get white people worked up and ready to vote are gun rights and illegal immigration.

    It almost sounds as if this guy is somewhat of a combo of pat Buchanan and Ron Paul, which would also go over extremely well with white voters.

    Drudge honestly needs to get the most credit for this win after Brat in that New York Times piece – but they are not going to go out of their way to recognize their biggest competitor. The stories he posted about cantor and amnesty over and over went viral. Salon has an article up today bitching about drudge and all the immigration stuff he is posting because obviously the truth scares them and thy know what the voters will do if enough are exposed to it.

    As a libertarian in the Rothbard/Hoppe tradition, this thrills me! He is making the exact argument that could destroy the dem party and its voting patterns – pointing out that illegal immigrants make just about all the stuff they like and want worse – income inequality, unemployment, quality of healthcare and schools, etc.

    Political gold has been struck. Who else will use this? And apparently even a gigantic spending deficit didnt matter!

    By the way, drudge has recently stated he is a libertarian – but he appears to be a Rothbard or Hoppe style libertarian, the best of both worlds. Thank God for drudge!

    This may be the watershed moment we look back on for dramatic power shift in the power of the traditional media vs Internet media!

  26. Interesting to speculate what might happen if a billionaire decided to push a freeze on immigration in a big way……

  27. I’m not sold completely on Brat. He has ties to the Cato Institute, which is overwhelmingly for open bordders. This could be a bait-and-switch.

  28. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “If the RNC had any sense, they’d have people flood their Fb accounts with the pics Drudge has up now, pics of short, brown men grabbing their crotches and flipping off border officials.”

    No, no, no. To moderates that makes anti-immigration appear like veiled racism. Angry white man is a losing strategy.

    You focus on the economic implications (lagging employment and wage rates) and leave the other arguments– deterioration of social fabric and fiscal net-negative–out of it. Best left unsaid as people will engage in crime-think internally.

  29. I wonder if the American voters would favor an across-the-board moratorium (pause or time-out) on immigration from all countries until we can assimilate and integrate the 40 million or so foreign-born who are already here, the vast majority of whom come from societies with no or very weak democratic traditions. In the meantime we could explore whether immigration is good for the countries from which immigrants come?

    Why not frame the issue that way?

  30. I wonder if the American voters would favor an across-the-board moratorium

    That’s what “W” should have proposed after the 9/11 attack, which was very much about our open borders and lax visa standards and nothing about Saddam Hussein. But that would have required that “W” not have a lot of stupid ideas that he very sincerely believes.

  31. With apologies to Justice Frankfurter, tonight’s results may be the clearest indication yet that there is a God.

  32. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Is it too much to ask that we can start rolling back the Jewish influence in general?

  33. Can Cantor still run as a “write-in” candidate in the fall? Will he do what Lisa Murkowski did in 2010 in Alaska? Will the big GOP donors, especially Sheldon Adelson, pony up to help him wreck the T-Party?

    You’ll note that when our guy loses a GOP primary, the party elders demand that we rally round the flag and support the the party’s nominee. I doubt they’ll do the same in Virginia.

    Like Jason in Friday the 13th, I can’t celebrate until I know the beast is gone.

  34. ….

    I don’t like Brat’s free-trader views and I oppose many of them because free trade tends to favor unfettered massive immigration of all kinds. I much prefer Pat Buchanan’s call for protectionism.

  35. I wish we had a conservative, respected college professor to vote for in California. A guy on probation for a gun violation, however accidental, was a little too over the top for a lot of people, so the open borders guy, Kashkari, won the primary.

  36. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “You focus on the economic implications (lagging employment and wage rates) and leave the other arguments– deterioration of social fabric and fiscal net-negative–out of it. Best left unsaid as people will engage in crime-think internally.”

    I generally agree and Jeff Sessions has been doing a bang-up job of this, but what happens when (if?) unemployment rates come down? And isn’t fiscal net-negative an economic implication?

  37. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “I’m not sold completely on Brat. He has ties to the Cato Institute, which is overwhelmingly for open bordders. This could be a bait-and-switch.”

  38. What’s Brat’s thinking on legal immigration?

    That’s what I want to know. Illegal or legal, too many is too many. I share Annie Mouse’s concern at #31.

  39. Auntie Analogue

    Like you, I’m a protectionist.

    Like you, I think enacting free trade does create its own inertia and political pressure to enact open unlimited immigration.

    But Dave Brat being both for immigration restriction and free trade is good news to me.

    Why?

    Because it proves that he’s not a libertarian cultist. It means he picks this solution to this issue, and that solution to that issue, and doesn’t feel this dorky dweeby Aspergery need to be “consistent” to some abstract ideology or orthodoxy.

  40. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “what happens when (if?) unemployment rates come down?”

    Cross that bridge when we get there. But it’s not going to happen in the next 10 years, if ever. We’re firmly entrenched in the New Normal. 2000′s economy was buoyed by unprecedented debt-financed consumption. And automation is ever-increasing.

    “And isn’t fiscal net-negative an economic implication?”

    I’d put it in political question or taxation buckets first. By ‘economic’, I meant appealing to people’s personal situations (self or immediate family member unemployed) as opposed to big picture economic policy (too abstract, need to KISS).

  41. I made a donation to VDARE this week. What is the iSteve-sanctioned super-PAC to press home this victory?

  42. I wonder if the anti-Cantor tidal wave is part of the same stream of disaffection that helped nationalist, pro-border security parties in Europe do so well just a few weeks ago.

    It seems that people all over the Western world are tiring of crony capitalism, and are beginning to understand how immigration explains why thinks keep getting worse even though we’ve five years into a so-called recovery.

    Canada’s feeling it, too. Up there, they’re having a big dust-up over the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the use of which has tripled (102,000 –> 338,000) under the supposedly conservatie government.

    People are getting tired of the immigrant flood, and it’s slowly coming to a boil.

  43. If he’s lucky he may be able to vote to extend his own future unemployment benefits before he leaves office.

  44. Awesome news …finally some good news. Now if we can just get rid of McCain and a few other Republican idiots on immigration I will be one very very happy camper!

  45. Re: free trade, he should be able to make the argument that trade and immigration are primarily substitutes, rather than complements, in the context of American citizen preferences.

  46. Interesting to speculate what might happen if a billionaire decided to push a freeze on immigration in a big way…

    Paging Ross Perot. Mr. Perot?

  47. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    This is some of the best news I’ve heard in the 10 years I’ve been reading iSteve. Way to go. Maybe there is some hope for the US.

  48. His campaign manager is a 23 year old who frequently links to lewrockwell.com and is a big fan of Ron Paul. I guess he decided to follow the Hoppe wing of libertarianism and Austrian Econ because he is also strongly against illegal immigration.

    I think the anti illegal immigration folks are missing out on the chance for some very intelligent and valuable allies with the young Ron Paul supporters. Engage them and let them know that illegals just make it harder to end the welfare and warfare states – we have a lot of potential allies in that movement, despite what I have seen said by dissident right writers.

  49. Politico is explaining the upset as resulting from backlash from negative ads. And luck.

    The MSM seem to be in denial that anyone other than fringe lunatics could oppose mass immigration.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/2014-virginia-primary-david-brat-107700.html

  50. Goliath Defeated wrote:

    “I think the anti illegal immigration folks are missing out on the chance for some very intelligent and valuable allies with the young Ron Paul supporters. Engage them and let them know that illegals just make it harder to end the welfare and warfare states – we have a lot of potential allies in that movement, despite what I have seen said by dissident right writers.”

    Even though the professed Libertarian position on Foreign Affairs pretty much aligns with my own, and I do agree with them on some issues, personally I have a lot of intellectual problems with this movement. It seems to me a group of people that are just as clueless on human nature as… well a lot of other groups.

    But that said, exactly how many Libertarians of whatever flavor are there? They make a lot of noise, but how many are there?

    Before you point to Rand Paul, I’d like to state that I really think the majority of the people who voted him in don’t really understand his ideology. If they did, he would lose in the next primary.

    That is an opinion though.

    So just how many Libertarians are there? Take Ron Paul. If he decided to leave the Republican party, and run as a Libertarian or independent, would he win re-election? On popularity, or the appeal of his platform?

    Or would he lose to whoever had “R” next to their name on the ballot?

  51. I think too often we are wrongfully “shamed” out of our rights.

    Main stream media will try to shame you into think you must feel or must not feel a certain way about a certain topic.

    But when someone runs for office and represents the same “shameful” interests you do , people have the chance to vote for something we have (almost) been shamed out of. Our rights.

    It reminds me of the week sterlings tapes were released and I was at work and a black coworker was race baiting . He brought up the sterling subject and asked what I thought. Mums the word.
    I asked “what about freedom of speech?”
    The man (who wears a black panther fist on a wooden necklace to work every day ) said “freedom of speech is over!”
    I couldn’t help but agree to an extent. It I’m unable to discuss matters because my views are “shamed” then I am just another straight white man that’s been shamed out of the conversation.

    Which Reminds me of the time I was at a BBQ with a gay white male in attendance. Like so many men I was at the wrong place, thanks to the wrong woman. The gay guy says something about his love of big dicks and sexual harasses me.
    No one blinks an eye. No one flinches . No reaction from anyone.

    I later ask my date “what if I had professed my love of big wet pussies over BBQ chicken. What would her friends have said? And what if I were making sexual advances towards one of two dating lesbians with both of them present.

    Blacks can discuss race, and say anything on their mind.

    Gays are disgustingly perverted in the most inappropriate fashion and are never labeled “disgusting perverts” but instead revered and deemed cute/fun.

    How do you shame flamboyant people ?

    How do you shame ghetto people ?

    When do we get to end the conversation?

    Or better yet , when can I join the conversation ?

  52. Wilkey

    The answer is an obvious yes. Immigration helped drive the MEP results, immigration helped drive VA-7-R.

    Goliath Defeated

    Ron Paul and now Rand Paul are open borders all the way and getting more open borders by the month. Best not to touch that milieu with a ten foot pole, let old news stay old. Also I tend to think that the young Ron Paul supporters are more interested in weed than immigration patriotism.

  53. “Eric Cantor Loses”

    Clearly, this is due to anti-semitism. The GOP needs to redouble it’s efforts for immigration reform.

    All kidding aside, congratuations to the people of his district for dumping this guy. Even if the democrat wins in the fall, it will be a victory. Republican voters in Paul Ryan’s district could similarly do the country a big service by staying home in November and letting his opponent win. A couple more democrats will not lose the GOP its’ majority in the house. But the loss of both Cantor and Ryan would send the GOP a message in a form that it might understand.

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

    Despite my personal commandment not to think things are stunning just because the papers say so, I think this *is* stunning. It’s actually good news, which I thought was impossible in today’s USA! USA! But it won’t make a difference unless other Cong. districts take heart & do the same: dump the pro-amnesty traitors.

    Now, won’t it be funny if Hillary Clinton takes notice of this and promotes herself as the pro-white working class (i.e., anti-illegal) Democrat?

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

    As usual, Kaus pointed out THE salient fact in Brat’s victory:

    “. 2) Perhaps not coincidentally, Democrats can vote in the Cantor vs. Brat primary.

    The Republican party was and is the true muscle behind the massive invasion of illegals into the US. The Democrats merely responded. Can’t blame a party for trying.

    It would be best for the country if both parties collapsed, allowing the white working and middle-class to form a party that would truly represent it.

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

    WaPo disagrees that Cantor’s downfall was due to Dem. xover voters:

    http://tinyurl.com/m9l4jy6

    Now the Dems are trying to spin this as “everyone hated Cantor anyway”. Look up NYmag.com, Jonathan Chait. Total nonsense. Cantor may be a total prick, but that’s not why he lost.

  57. Lovely how the only confirmed student comment is the one from 6/10/14 that gives him all 1′s. Liberals love to leave fake reviews with people they ideologically disagree with.

  58. Cantor stupidly forgot to pack the primary with multiple “conservatives” like Grahamnesty routinely does. It happens all the time here in Illinois. Four “conservatives” run against a guy who, up until nine months ago, was a Democrat his entire life. Cantor is not only a traitor but he’s stupid as well.

  59. Cantor’s been defeated, and the other Republicans are less likely to go pro-amnesty.

    See, I was right. You should keep voting Republican. ;)

  60. “I wonder if Virginia’s patriotic working families know that Brat probably sees them as untermenschen.”

    So, the same as Cantor saw them but without without the immigration cheer leading?

  61. But our mainstream propaganda sheets continue to work to deceive the public about everything relating to immigration. Today, they try to keep their readers from finding out that immigration was the key issue in the campaign.

    The Wall Street Journal mentions only that one of Cantor’s accomplishments had been to “steer the GOP back to the center” on immigration reform and that Brat’s victory may “squelch the slim chances of immigration reform this year.” They never say, though, that immigration was an issue in the campaign.

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/cantors-swift-rise-in-gop-ends-in-stunning-fall-1402487015?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

    The New York Times does acknowledge that “Mr. Brat made Mr. Cantor’s softness on immigration the primary policy focus of the race.” But this acknowledgement, which is the very first mention of immigration in the article, comes in paragraph 19.

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

    The first mention of immigration in the Washington Post’s article comes in paragraph 20, where they report that immigration SUPPORTERS stormed CANTOR’S ballroom last night demanding “immigration reform.” The Post never once mentions that immigration was an issue in the campaign, and if anything, leaves the impression that Cantor was an immigration opponent. (As a point of interest, the Post reported that “a hotel employee took the microphone to warn, IN SPANISH, that the police were on their way,” and that the protesters left when the police arrived. How many of those protesters do you suppose were in the country legally?)

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/eric-cantor-faces-tea-party-challenge-tuesday/2014/06/10/17da5d20-f092-11e3-bf76-447a5df6411f_story.html?hpid=z1

  62. Brat ran against the Chamber of Commerce and their “low wage agenda”. Of course there is plenty of precedent for people saying the right things to get elected and then doing the opposite, but that’s a risk you always have to take. For now, this is outstanding news.

    There is still a real opportunity for politicians who choose to run against corrupt crony capitalism and the Chamber of Commerce.

  63. “I don’t like Brat’s free-trader views and I oppose many of them because free trade tends to favor unfettered massive immigration of all kinds.”

    It really doesn’t. Free trade runs counter to massive movements of people. Or as Milton Friedman put it, “The movement of goods is a substitute for the movement of people.”

  64. Sunbeam,

    Sorry for the length of this rant, but I think you touched on some great points. Your first line about libertarians is the problem. Speaking as a libertarian and former conservative, I could just as easily make disparaging remarks about how cons and the “limited govt” idea has no clue about human nature, too. We all have different views, and if we sit around and call each other crazy then nothing gets done other than the state increases in power. I agree with Hoppe that conservatives not of the neo con variety are natural allies for libertarians and vice versa, so that we should work together on defeating the left.

    Pointing to one person and asking how many supporters they have is a bit dangerous because someone could just as easily point to pat Buchanan and his run in 2000 and say that 1 percent of the nation agrees with him – or that 47 percent of the nation agrees with romney, when we clearly know that is not true.

    Rand Paul is also NOT a libertarian, unlike his father. He is trying to use that to get the support of his father, but he is a political whore who has made backroom deals with the same elites who despise his father like Karl dove. As far as not winning elections, Ron Paul actually campaigned exactly like how he voted for three decades, so at least the people in his district did elect him, albeit a rural Texas district. But how many politicians of any type or party would win a state or national race if they were honest about all their views and voters understood everything? Very, very few – if any.

    Ron Paul consistently did as well or better than Romney in head to head polling during the primary season against Obama because he did the best with independents and young people of any republican. He won more youth voters than all the rest of the gop combined, and some voter fraud had to be done in iowa and several other states to prevent him from winning and gaining momentum – just like some of the suspicious vote counting against buchanan in 96. He also received more contributions from military members tham everyone else combined. This was in spite of daily assaults by the neo con talk radio and tv media – the only thing close to that level of intense attack I have seen by the establishment is pat Buchanan in 96. As far as support, I think taking a look at the issues he raised and brought up is a better way to judge his level of support.

    And there is no question that issues that were once greatly opposed or completely ignored are now relatively mainstream issues. The Fed used to be something I heard other republicans and talk radio types make fun of Ron Paul over as late as 08,
    And now they are all on that bandwagon as well as the public in general. Same goes for domestic spying and war abroad – with way more people on the right opposing those things than in decades.

    What person on the right can consistently draw several thousand college students all across the country while preaching about destroying the role of the state? 8k at ucla, 6k at Michigan state, 5k at Texas a&m, and on and on. And despite what clueless neo con talking points say, they aren’t there just for marijuana. If you actually watch or attend a rally you will see the kids cheering an end to the welfare state, foreign wars, and plenty of “end the fed” chants. Not to mention that the kids are actually reading Mises and Rothbard books. The only movement on the right with energy and tons of activist youth supporters are the Ron Paul people – so why not align with them?

    Anyway, I would estimate the number of people under the age of 30 or so who has been greatly influenced by Ron Paul to be in the millions. The 23 year old who ran the campaign that dealt the greatest blow ever to amnesty last night is one of them. Even if the numbers were smaller, the angry and dedicated activists are the people who really make great change – not the larger numbers of people on the fence. On gun rights, it would be like the difference between the tiny GOA vs the bloated NRA.

    All I am saying is this is a great group of potential allies sight he most intensity and dedication of any political movmement currently going, as last night proved. Instead of just dismissing them out of hand because you don’t agree on every aspect, why not seek out alliances and see how many can be persuaded to have a Hoppe position on immigration?

    As far as the claims by countenance, they may be true about rand, but are most certainly not true about Ron. While Ron was no Buchanan on immigration, he also consistently opposed all the amnesty stuff. You are incorrect. I also discussed your laughable view on the kids only liking pot – I guess all those military members sent him more donations than all of the rest of the gop bc they wanted to get high, right? You have never even watched a YouTube video of one of his rallies, let alone witnessed one in person or interacted with the actual people. Instead you just repeat regime media talking points.

  65. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Steve, you should found an immigration-restrictionist SuperPAC and make yourself executive director. Then Mrs. Steve could get her kitchen a new dishwasher.

  66. Ho hum. Extremist white people ousted a major Congressional GOP leader – paving the way for a Democrat to win the seat.

    America is already too non-white for any of this to matter. This ain’t Europe.

  67. Steve, how have you missed what Tyler Cowen mention on his site and Twitter today: Brat likes economist Deidre McCloskey, another World War T pioneer who I think you may have even written about?

  68. Priss Factor [AKA "Skyislander"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “The Republican Establishment just collectively shit a brick.”

    It really depends on which Repub establishment.

    I think many are for amnesty not because they like it or even want it but because they have to appease the big boys. Same with ‘gay marriage’.

    These same people would be the biggest opponents of amnesty if the big boys were against it too. But much of the Repub establishment has the big boys in corporations, media, academia, finance, and etc breathing down its back to support amnesty.
    But now, the little boys are jeering and throwing stuff at them. Little boys don’t have much power but there are many of them and they can sometimes pull off an upset.

  69. An economics professor who understands the law of supply and demand?!?

    Hahaha.

    I hear Cantor now: “An economics professor? This guy should be bringing me my coffee!”

    “Among those caught crossing into Texas these last seven months were 47,000 unaccompanied children.

    Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande. Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande. Family values…

    Or, at the very least, in Lib states like Vermont since all those whiteys profess to love diversity. Arizona already has plenty of it.

    Yyyyep. If we’re going to dump them on a state, it should be the state that is the whitest and the most pro-immigration. I suspect the two correlate strongly and cluster in New England, too.

    I think the anti illegal immigration folks are missing out on the chance for some very intelligent and valuable allies with the young Ron Paul supporters. Engage them and let them know that illegals just make it harder to end the welfare and warfare states – we have a lot of potential allies in that movement, despite what I have seen said by dissident right writers.

    I only know what I’ve been told by libertarians themselves, and it isn’t promising. “Nations don’t exist, individual rights (of people to move wherever they want, not protect their living space)” is the big takeaway. One or two are reasonable or conservative, the rest come across as Kool-Aid swillers.

  70. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “All of the investment banks, up in New York and DC, they should have gone to jail.”

    I can hear Daddy Warbucks now: “An economics professor? This guy should be bringing me my coffee!”

  71. Immigration isn’t as popular even with the Left. I’ve always said immigration is a winning issue for the GOP but they need to go populist like Brat just did. You remain respectful but you cite real world examples of how unchecked immigration causes stagnant wages, stresses school budgets, increases the cost of housing etc.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/the-immigration-assumptions-behind-reporting-on-cantor/372588/

  72. I must complement the Dems on their fast footwork …a fellow I sometimes talk politics with at work (he is just as far to the left as I am on the right, and is an avid listener of NPR) came into work and announced that Cantor lost the primary because of ant-Semetic votes by all of the “evangelical Christians” who have moved into Cantor’s district. The Repubs are simply not able to move that quickly to spin bad news to their benefit because of their lack of control of the media.
    We need more Rupert Murdochs, but I do not see any on the horizon.

  73. #56 o’really: Don’t waste your time trying to figure out how to shame ghetto and /or flamboyant people – you can’t. If they were capable of being embarrassed, they wouldn’t be living their lives as they live them. You are not going to “join the conversation” by waiting to be asked. When your co-worker crowed, “Freedom of speech is dead,” you could have said, “Maybe for you.” You could’ve told that gay guy, “I really don’t give a shit about your dick,” then got your things, told your date, “Coming?” and left. You have every right to express your feelings; you are just letting your natural reticence and your polite nature control your reactions.

    I used to teach in Florida, where I had many loudmouth Cuban, Puerto Rican, Haitian, etc. students. Often after being told off for constantly talking, a student would say, “Miss, I can’t help it, I’m Hispanic, and we love to talk!” I’d always answer, “Well, I’m Nordic, and we like it quiet, so zip it and get to work.” There was always a pregnant pause while the stunned student considered the novel idea that anyone else in the world other than himself and his friends had “rights,” but they are capable of taking it on board.

  74. Brat was supported by the Zionist shill Mark Levin.

    Sounds like he’s going to be no better on foreign policy than Cantor.

  75. “Extremist white people ousted a major Congressional GOP leader – paving the way for a Democrat to win the seat.”

    They are not “extremist white people”, and the Republican primary is basically the whole contest in this district. Unless Brat pulls a Weiner he’s going to be the next Congressman from this district.

  76. Svigor.

    The Libertarian view of immigration makes perfect sense if, and only if, the welfare state is abolished and property rights are sacrosanct.
    I’ve not met one who advocates open borders first, then trying to roll back the state.

    You set up a straw man

  77. Skyislaner
    “How far can he get with a name like Brat?”

    It could be Wurst.

  78. I don’t like Brat’s free-trader views and I oppose many of them because free trade tends to favor unfettered massive immigration of all kinds. I much prefer Pat Buchanan’s call for protectionism.

    ‘Free trade’ is a practice. It neither favors nor opposes anything, as a practice has no agency. It does not matter much one way or another if we have substantial tariff protection except to domestic producers in price-sensitive sectors (e.g. agriculture). Unless the tariffs are uniform, its another portal to favor distribution, so should be avoided.

  79. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “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?”

    Any doubt left that Ann is an iSteve reader? I hope she contributes generously to Mrs. iSteve’s dishwasher fund.

  80. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Er, comment above was quoting from Ann Coulter’s column on Cantor’s defeat.

  81. He’ll be lucky to get 20% of the Hispanic vote, and if he’s a social con he’ll lose the millennials. So the tea partiers won the primary but will ultimately lose the election.

    And what’s the difference between him and Cantor, except one is “tougher” on immigration. They’re both neo-cons who leg-hump Israel, want to engage militarily around the world, and beef up the military generally. Some candidate.

  82. “Sebastian says:
    June 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    ““I don’t like Brat’s free-trader views and I oppose many of them because free trade tends to favor unfettered massive immigration of all kinds.””

    It really doesn’t. Free trade runs counter to massive movements of people.”

    Then why do people who espouse one, typically also espouse the other.

    “Or as Milton Friedman put it, “The movement of goods is a substitute for the movement of people.”

    Then why do we have both?

  83. “Alvin says:
    June 12, 2014 at 12:05 am

    And what’s the difference between him and Cantor, except one is “tougher” on immigration. They’re both neo-cons who leg-hump Israel, want to engage militarily around the world, and beef up the military generally. Some candidate.”

    It doesn’t much matter. Even if the Democrat wins in November, it will be an improvement. We will have gained a freshman Democrat, who will still be in the minority – perhaps a small price to pay for loosing a powerful veteran Republican who was relentlessly hostile to us.

    Most importantly, the GOP will know that voters will actually punish them at the polls for their treachery

  84. “Pseudonymph says:
    June 11, 2014 at 10:11 am

    As usual, Kaus pointed out THE salient fact in Brat’s victory:

    “. 2) Perhaps not coincidentally, Democrats can vote in the Cantor vs. Brat primary.”

    Perhaps some Democrats welcomed the chance to cast a vote against immigration as well. They don’t get much opportunity to do so voting for their own party.

  85. “Skyislander says:
    June 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    How far can he get with a name like Brat?”

    New York sent a Wiener to Congress. Why can’t Virginia send a Brat?

  86. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “Then why do we have both?”

    Because of interested parties and a striving for ideological consistency.

  87. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “He’ll be lucky to get 20% of the Hispanic vote, and if he’s a social con he’ll lose the millennials. So the tea partiers won the primary but will ultimately lose the election.

    And what’s the difference between him and Cantor, except one is “tougher” on immigration. They’re both neo-cons who leg-hump Israel, want to engage militarily around the world, and beef up the military generally. Some candidate.”

    DKos is that way. Brat is going to win by 10%.

  88. “He’ll be lucky to get 20% of the Hispanic vote, and if he’s a social con he’ll lose the millennials. So the tea partiers won the primary but will ultimately lose the election.”

    Thanks for that view from the youthful and ignorant left. I guess those “millennials” of yours are all deeply attached to Wall Street and will be upset with Brat’s attacks on it.

  89. “Or as Milton Friedman put it, “The movement of goods is a substitute for the movement of people.”

    “Then why do we have both?”

    Because Milton Friedman is not running the country? Because there are wealthy and powerful people who desire open borders for their own selfish ends which have nothing to do with free-trade?

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

    @Mr. Anon – I later found something in WaPo which disputes the crossover effect. I’m not sure what to believe.

    All I know is is I think that Brat is great. He may not be perfect but he’s saying totally sensible stuff on immigration. I pray he wins. I realize that stopping the invasion will take more than one guy, but so far we haven’t had anyone in the public arena who speaks rationally about poverty, unemployment and immigration. Once one guy does it, others do. Courage is as infectious as fear.

    About Brat’s name, we should turn it into a strength. We should call ourselves the Brat Gang, or the Bunch of Brat’s. Show up the left as the immature babies they are.

  91. ““Or as Milton Friedman put it, “The movement of goods is a substitute for the movement of people.”

    “Then why do we have both?”

    Because Milton Friedman is not running the country? Because there are wealthy and powerful people who desire open borders for their own selfish ends which have nothing to do with free-trade?” – The nations that we run trade deficits with tend to be overpopulated relative to us, and the nations that we run trade surplusses with tend to be underpopulated relative to us. Said selfish reasons actually do have something to do with free trade, however inadvertantly.

  92. “Sebastian says:
    June 12, 2014 at 7:46 am

    “Or as Milton Friedman put it, “The movement of goods is a substitute for the movement of people.”

    ““Then why do we have both?””

    Because Milton Friedman is not running the country? Because there are wealthy and powerful people who desire open borders for their own selfish ends which have nothing to do with free-trade?”

    And Milton Friedman will never be running the country. And the country will always be run by wealthy and powerful people who will desire things for thier own selfish ends. So what is the point of your statement? That Free-trade and anti-immigrationism are perfectly consistent in a world that will never exist.

    That’s the trouble with you libertarians. Your political philosophy only works if everyone behaves as you hope, wish, and think that a tiny coterie of people actually do behave and even they don’t really behave that way. Just as with liberals and socialists, your beliefs rest on human nature being other than it actually is.

  93. “Free-trade and anti-immigrationism are perfectly consistent in a world that will never exist.”

    Free trade is “perfectly consistent” (that is, not inherently exclusive) with all sorts of things. There’s no fundamental logical reason why free trade can’t exist at the same time as slavery, or pedophilia, or all sorts of bad things. But it would be idiotic to blame slavery and pedophile on free trade, and it is equally idiotic to blame open bordersism on free trade.

    “That’s the trouble with you libertarians.”

    I’m not a libertarian. On the other hand I’m also not the sort of person who thinks that, if libertarians wear pants and think that 2+2 = 4, I have to wear a dress and think that 2+2 = 5.

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