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The initial reaction to economics professor David Brat’s defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Big Money) was fairly straightforward: apparently, it had to do with immigration.

The quick secondary reaction was that maybe Professor Brat had put together a fairly coherent critique of how the conventional wisdom in favor of “immigration reform” is just part of the bipartisan corruption of elites.

With a day to think about it, however, the media has righted ship and is now spinning like a 78 rpm Tommy Dorsey shellac: this had nothing to do with immigration, it only had to do with Cantor’s personal failings and the insane extremism of Republican voters and maybe anti-Semitism among the conservative Republicans who had elected Cantor seven times previously. We’ve haven’t got the story worked out perfectly yet, but stay tuned and details will follow.

 
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  1. hilarious … concise incisive satire

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  2. A Gelman says:

    Admittedly it took 14 years for the dumb goy of Virginia to figure out Cantor is Jewish. But once they did, he was out on his butt, no questions asked.

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  3. manton says:

    The supremely arrogant Larry Kudlow was on CNBC yesterday praising Brat’s “free market” orientation and assuring viewers that he will “come around” on immigration. The smug look on his face was the smuggest smug look that has ever been looked.

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  4. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Interesting radio interview on BBC4 about Weber’s “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03yqj31

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  5. Unknown says:

    Expect the onslaught to pick up some steam. How dare a person who is not royalty have the effrontery to challenge his betters.

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  6. Anonym says:

    It seems like they have already figured this out. Tea Party, tea party, tea party… ad infinitum.

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  7. Priss Factor [AKA "micro"] says:

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  8. SFG says:

    Anti-Semitism may be too strong a word–you don’t have to hate Jews to want to be represented by a Christian in a rural, evangelical Christian district. His district did change, so it’s possible his religion had something to do with it.

    There’s a long distance between Kristallnacht and not voting for the Jewish guy.

    Personally I’d love to see a Jewish Republican fighting against immigration, but Cantor did more harm than good.

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  10. Big Bill says:

    Odd, that. Have they mentioned that Cantor was the National Rifle Association candidate? Didn’t think so.

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  11. countenance says: • Website

    I said on Tuesday night that the profundity of what just happened, even as shocking as it seemed then, won’t be fully understood until some time has passed.

    Consider the five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance. They’re solidly into Denial and are starting to move into Anger. Denying that immigration had anything to do with it, now migrating to Anger at the man who engineered the coup.

    If I’m right, pretty soon the other side will try to make serious overtures to compromise with us on some sort of immigration legislation.

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  12. Trumped says:

    It is just like when politicians lose office because of gun control. According to the elites and their mouthpieces in the media, it is never actually about gun rights. It is always other issues that had nothing to do with pissing off gun activists. At most, the dreaded “nra” will get the blame, even when they had nothing to do with anything.

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  13. syonredux says:

    According to this fellow at the ATLANTIC, it was a case of defeat via nostalgia:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/how-the-politics-of-nostalgia-sank-eric-cantor/372628/

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  14. anon says: • Disclaimer

    I don’t think this had anything to do with anti-Semitism. If there was a Jew who would represent the interests of Americans against the global elites, he would have won that primary. After all, VA-07 is heavily Protestant–there are few Catholics, with Brat being the exception. Protestants turned out in droves for ultra-Catholic Santorum. People are fine with being represented by somebody who thinks like them, even if he disagrees on a few points of theology, or has a different skin color, or whatever. Problem with Cantor was that he represented the CoC and the elites, rather than his constituents.

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  15. iSteveFan says:

    With a day to think about it, however, the media has righted ship and is now spinning like a 78 rpm Tommy Dorsey shellac: this had nothing to do with immigration

    Had Cantor won, I suspect they would be mentioning immigration today. They would be proudly announcing that opposition to immigration was a losing issue and the GOP should take heed and proceed with reform.

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  16. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    SFG said:

    “Anti-Semitism may be too strong a word–you don’t have to hate Jews to want to be represented by a Christian in a rural, evangelical Christian district. His district did change, so it’s possible his religion had something to do with it.”

    Cantor’s district includes part of Richmond and the Richmond suburbs. I don’t think it’s accurate to call the entire district rural and evangelical.

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  17. Priss Factor [AKA "Skyislander"] says: • Website

    How about an amnesty swap deal?

    If 10 million Mexicans are given amnesty to become US citizens,
    then 10 million Americans should be given Mexican citizenship and be allowed to vote in Mexican elections.

    Let’s see how Mexicans like it. At least it’s fair.

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  19. e says:

    Skyislander,

    Great comment. And yes, 10 million and counting Americans should be able to buy land in Mexico, not just vote.

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  20. Corn says:

    Pardon my ignorance here, but who is Brat running against in the general election? Is his election to the House a done deal?

    And #16 is right. If Cantor had won the media would be all about “tea party losing steam… GOP coming around on immigration blah blah”.

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  21. Jake says:

    Importing foreign children and all that goes with it – goes beyond the pale.

    That was the straw that broke Cantor’s establishment Jewish back!

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  22. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Slightly off topic… There’s a strange political dynamic in Minnesota. This state of Germans, Swedes and Norwegians always seems to have Jewish senators… Rudy Boschwitz, Paul Wellstone, Norm Coleman, Al Franken…

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  23. “Is his election to the House a done deal?”

    Unless he’s caught in bed with a live boy and a dead girl, yes, it’s a done deal. This is a very Republican district.

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  24. Oh come on. You con’t have to go very far to find, er, odd, reactions to Brat’s victory

    Just go to Paul Craig Roberts column right here on Unz.com.

    “Is Dave Brat a marked man?”

    Apparently people here think that he’ll need kevlar.

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  25. A Gelman says:

    Done deal? Joe Lieberman didn’t take no for an answer when he lost the primary. He just ran as an independent, and with enough money at his back, won. Of course that was in Connecticut, not Virginia, but I’m sure it’s crossed Cantor’s mind. He lost the primary by less that 10K votes, and no one in D.C. is going to give up their noble status without a fight.

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  26. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    There’s a pretty hilarious attempt in the WSJ today to scandalize Brat for merely mentioning Hitler in an essay, not for anything remotely favorable or even indifferent (something about vigilance in preventing a second coming of national socialism):

    But it is the reference to Hitler’s Germany that is likely to turn heads during Mr. Brat’s first full day as a tea party star.

    So say you, hack.

    The comments are universally bemused. It’s ironic how much these establishment types employ what they would denounce as the “dog whistle” anywhere else–did we mention this Tea Partier has a master’s in divinity and he writes about thee-0l-ogy? Did you know that?

    Well how dare he draw air! The nerve!

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  27. Svigor says:

    Consider the five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance. They’re solidly into Denial and are starting to move into Anger. Denying that immigration had anything to do with it, now migrating to Anger at the man who engineered the coup.

    If I’m right, pretty soon the other side will try to make serious overtures to compromise with us on some sort of immigration legislation.

    Aren’t the five stages understood to be the healthy grieving process? We don’t have to see them move on for you to be right; lots of people stop at one stage and never move on, or skip steps altogether. I wouldn’t want to bet on our public process being a healthy one.

    How about an amnesty swap deal?

    If 10 million Mexicans are given amnesty to become US citizens,
    then 10 million Americans should be given Mexican citizenship and be allowed to vote in Mexican elections.

    Let’s see how Mexicans like it. At least it’s fair.

    After correcting for the wildly lopsided value of the respective citizenships, sure. It’ll wind up being like 10 million Mexicans here in exchange for open immigration of Americans to Mexico. Actually, more like open immigration to Mexico for Americans in exchange for a million Mexicans moving here, tops.

    But it is the reference to Hitler’s Germany that is likely to turn heads during Mr. Brat’s first full day as a tea party star.

    Lol, Jew-media invokes spectre of Hitler on a constant basis, turns around and calls Brat a Nazi for invoking spectre of Hitler.

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  28. anon says: • Disclaimer

    There’s a sore loser law in Virginia where Cantor could only run as a write-in candidate. I think he’s off to collect his well-deserved dollars on K-Street. Guy was always better with lobbyists than with actual voters.

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  29. Brutusale says: • Website

    Castro, it’s the same sort of thing I see in the People’s Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It’s home to a good number of intelligent and able people, and draws those sorts from all over the world to go to school here. So why is it that it constantly sends the most undistinguished collection of tokens and hacks to Congress?

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