Upstart Brat gallops past Cantor

Screen Shot, Brat for Congress campaign website.
Screen Shot, Brat for Congress campaign website.

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 — The MSM calls it a “stunning upset,” but is it really? We’re talking about no-name challenger Dave Brat’s allegedly impossible primary victory last night over current House Majority Leader Eric “The Invulnerable” Cantor.

Fact is, in many respects, the only stunning thing about Brat’s upset win is that there haven’t been more political victory dances like this one sooner. It should be clear to any sentient American citizen of either party at this point in history that politicians, fat cats and business institutions large and small, supported by a virtual army of lobbyists have taken over this country, ruined it, bankrupted it and trampled the average citizen into the dust.

So what does it take to wake the rest of the citizenry up? Maybe last night’s victory by an articulate, consistent underdog opponent in Cantor’s conservative Richmond Virginia-area Congressional district is a signal that at least the conservative chorus of the vox populi has decided they’re mad as hell and they’re not going to take it any more.

Specifically, the overwhelming vote for Brat and against Cantor was not only a vote for more responsibility in Washington. It was also most emphatically a vote against amnesty and rewards for those who defy American law–most recently the cross-border kiddie crusade that’s been blatantly encouraged by the incredibly lawless Obama Administration.

In Cantor’s district, at least, voters finally arose and declared their opposition to the fat cats, the Chamber of Commerce, and the 1% who’d love to welcome another armada of cheap labor, taking advantage of the situation despite the anguish and despair of waves of undercounted unemployed and underemployed legal American citizens who’ll likel never find work again if nonsense like amnesty for illegals keeps ramming its way to inevitability.

Someone has to yell “Stop!” and Dave Brat did. More power to him. Too bad Lindsay Graham supporters in South Carolina didn’t get the message. Yet. But battles like these are won by inches not by miles and we’ll take what we can get.

The only fly in the ointment in Brat’s overwhelming primary victory is the fact that his lopsided win was fueled at least in part by crossover Democrats who were allowed to participate in this open primary. A favorite Democrat tactic of late is supporting, either by voting, with money, or with both, a Republican primary candidate who can’t beat his rival Democrat in the fall elections, another tactic in the left’s sleazy bag of tricks.

But Brat’s win in this district, barring any major gaffes on his part, is likely to withstand the fall elections. The district is extraordinarily conservative as many have said, and it’s unlikely that a Democrat can triumph there in the fall, even if many sulking RHINO voters stay home.

But the real lesson here should be this: It’s time for Congress and the President to stop screwing around, close the borders, and get actual American citizens back to work. It’s job Number 1, and it’s time Washington paid attention to it and ignored the incredibly greedy and short-sighted business lobby.

What’s good for business is supposedly good for the country. But what’s not good for business is millions of jobless Americans who can’t buy the products business is selling. Yep, of course, businesses wants to save on labor costs. But not to the point where they’ve economically slaughtered all their customers. That’s business suicide by shortsightedness.

Now, maybe Richmond’s upstart Brat has signaled growing support for a new business plan that puts Americans first.

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Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17
  • The_Questman

    What you didn’t say is… Cantor just nominated his protege for his position as House Majority Leader. Cantor was the heir apparent for Boehner’s job as Speaker. Cantor does not have to be a member of Congress to become Speaker. If Boehner retires or resigns as Speaker the RINOs can still make Cantor Speaker. Speaker of the House is arguably the most powerful position in Washington. If this scenario comes about then absolutely nothing was gained.

    Think about that for a moment.

    • amadaun

      Nothing is out of the realm of possibility these days, my friend, but this scenario is a bit far-fetched. Game is up in the air right now. At some point, however, the Repubs might want to consider evolving into something other than Democrat-lite.

  • Board Room

    As the amount of knowledge grows with civilization’s advance, the smaller the fraction of knowledge that our own mind can absorb and the more relatively ignorant each of us becomes.