Thursday June 12, 2014, 12:08 am
I have said many times that the Republican Party has sown the wind by embracing the racism, hatred and extremism so beloved by the Tea Party pseudo-patriots. I have said many times that they shall reap the whirlwind. But beyond those general predictions I was a surprised as everyone else that one small manifestation of that whirlwind would be the TEAbuggery that will kick Eric cantor from the House Majority leader’s chair and send him scurrying off to K street.
Thursday June 12, 2014, 2:07 am
This is the mindless degenerating yet further as if by habit on auto-pilot. . . adding even more exponents to their foolery and nonsense. . .so the slow-brew poli-econ coups seeps through in broad daylight like a river flooding in the night. . .because too many are still sleep walking. . .
“Oh! I know their tricks and their manners.” ―Charles Dickens
“Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so." ― Robert A. Heinlein
"Authentic treachery is found when we abandon ourselves, becoming deaf to the whispers of our spirits and blind to the powerful potential therein." ― Joaquin Mariel Espinosa
“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” ― Dorothy Parker, The Algonquin Wits: Bon Mots, Wisecracks, Epigrams and Gags
"...what breaks my heart is to think what would our nation be like if we dared to be intelligent, if we dared to allow our intelligence to dictate our movements, our actions? ... can you imagine?" ―Dr. Maya Angelou, 2012
Thursday June 12, 2014, 6:33 am
'You can be sure that virtually any House Republican who was considering the slightest compromises will be running scared because of this. That bodes ill for America, because it guarantees a continuation of Republican sabotage, obstruction, and sedition. Our only hope is that continuation causes a backlash that sends centrists to the polls in November to kick them out."
I read this story with a smile on my face last night. I do not share the doom and gloom notion that this bodes ill for America. I think Republicans fighting with each other, taking votes from each other, benefits progressives. Partly because poll after poll shows clearly that 60% or more of eligible voters do NOT favor the extremism of the Tea Party. This is a shrinking each election minority party. If they wish to eat their young, let them. It will benefit America in the long run, the more they fight with each other, the better. Will some of them actually win seats? Sure, but in the general elections, even in Cantor's district, the Tea Party candidate will alienate moderate republicans, I hope enough of them to turn the seat Democrat, but given the way things are gerrymandered there and in other states, maybe not, in this election. But the Tea Party is being given WAY too much credit, they do NOT have the clout they think they do. This is not cause for gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands. In the long run, it is a very good thing - the fewer moderates in the House is a good thing, in my opinion, because it will show even more clearly just how extreme these bigoted, women hating, uber religious, gun toting freaks are. And that will hurt that party in the long run.
And Cantor will be Fauxnoise's new budget policy wonk by the end of the month probably. I just think it a hoot that their last VP candidate loses his seat to someone even more extreme. I absolutely believe that trend will have them eating their young and they'll disappear even faster from the public stage. This country is NOT where they are on virtually anything. And will be less so with every election to come as has been the case since 1992, they lose 1-2% of their old rich white base every election. Which is also good. So not gloom and doom at all, I see this as the beginning of the end of the modern day extremism this bunch of fools thinks is the future. But is not. 2043 we will be more than half non-caucasian. And these guys will all be working for Fox, if they are still in business at all.
Thursday June 12, 2014, 7:45 am
If I can draw on my experience in The Netherlands where quite a few parties in the past and present have gotten into wars between their own members, those wars ALWAYS led to voters to turn away in the end. Of course we don't have a 2 party system and people can switch as much as they like and often do, but if the wars are on more fundamental issues, then the loyalists turn away too and the party is minimised and left to lick its wounds in the opposition.
So I agree with Gene, it may not be in 2014 but if the GOP and Teaparty continue to wage war and the Teaparty can attract only nut jobs (although this David Brad doesn't sound like your usual nut case to me, rather a one trick pony), while continuing to block everything the president or the Democrats push forward in C, chances are the average conservative with a little brainpower won't be able to find a political program to his liking and either not vote at all or switch sides, hopefully to the Democrats.
Thursday June 12, 2014, 8:27 am
I don't mind admitting that this scares the bejeezus out of me. Brat won 56-44, whereas a couple of late polls showed Cantor 52-39 and 62-28.
It's not about money. I can't find the figures now, but I remember Cantor was said to have spent more than $1 million (lots more actually) while Brat spent under $200,000. It's not about ideology, though Brat is now claiming it is. (In any case, which ideology? What is the difference between them> Brat is more anti-immigration. He also thought Wall Street bankers should have gone to jail. Which way does that fall?)
It's not about ratfucking. Virginia holds open primaries, yes, but the analysts looking at possible Democratic crossovers estimate they might have constituted half a percent
of the vote.
Thursday June 12, 2014, 9:56 am
This wasn't a case of Dave Bratt winning as much as it was a case of Eric Cantor, aka big establishment, elitist, in the pockets of huge corporations and Wall Street, losing. Cantor was absolutely a person who felt he was above the rest of the people, especially those in his own district, and I really believe it was this that lost him the election. This will tell the ones still there that they had better get their feet back on the ground and remember that their do-do smells just like everyone else's, or they, too, will be ousted. America, from both sides of the proverbial split of left and right, are sick and tired of a Congress whose members are bought and paid for by Wall Street elitists and who, by association with those types, feel they are above the "common people". This shows that money can't always buy an election if the people choose to win their battles carefully. And it shows the Progressive side of the Dem Party how to take back our position in Congress and get rid of the Dems who throw the interest of the people away in pursuit of campaign financing from Wall Street. And that pretty much includes all of the ones who have been in DC more than 8 years. And I really wish that our liberal political news outlets would quit trying to tell the Republican Party what it has to do to stop the Tea Party. Congress needs a house cleaning. This is how we do it. The older, staunch Republican will not vote for a Tea Party right wing candidate. That is how Progressives will win elections. So maybe we need to be asking our liberal political stars to drop trying to help the Republican Party save itself.
Thursday June 12, 2014, 10:06 am
Even if this Brat gets elected in the general, it is unlikely he will have any impact at all. He will just be another insane voice in an ocean of insanity in congress. The key here is that the GOP leadership is scrambling. Cantor wish the heir apparent for the Orange man's speaker chair. So what happens now? Will Lyin' Ryan become majority leader? Will Orange man retain the speaker ship? The political maneuvering will be interesting indeed.
Thursday June 12, 2014, 10:17 am
Gene, and Gloria, you rock!
I was thinking in a similar vein, that the crazies will awaken, and scare, the rest of the population, who will then get them cleared out, as in the broom sweep. I can dream, can't I?
Thursday June 12, 2014, 10:44 am
It will interesting to see what will happen in Virginia. But I also wonder how much this represents other districts. I'll bet Cantor wishes he had the morning after pill right now. Get rid of Brat!
Thursday June 12, 2014, 2:13 pm
I believe I've said it before (or something similar), if you lie down with rabid Right-Wingers, don't be surprised when they turn and attack you for the slightest deviation from THEIR inflexible beliefs (which may or may not have any relation to reality) or their stated agenda. You've heard the old saying, "My way or the highway"? With these people, it's "My way or you die way!"
Thursday June 12, 2014, 2:50 pm
I'm not so sure, The Tea Party put up no money behind Brat. I'm hoping this phenomenon has implications for Mitch McConnell.
Just so you know what we're dealing with:
Dave Brat’s Twitter Feed
So many Americans approve of immigration reform, Brat's xenophobia may hurt him in November.
" I am also thinking that Fauxnoise may soon take a dive."
Fox News has fallen and it can’t get up. Ratings for the month of May 2014, have just been published, and the numbers are devastating for Fox News. While still occupying the top slot among the cable news networks, Fox saw about a quarter of its audience dissolve across every demographic group and time period.
Young Viewers Avoid Fox News Like the Plague as Ratings Drop 30%
Thursday June 12, 2014, 3:39 pm
The Nation says it was Brat calling out Cantor on corruption was the key
"“All of the investment banks, up in New York and DC, they should have gone to jail.”
That isn’t a quote from an Occupy Wall Street protester or Senator Elizabeth Warren. That’s a common campaign slogan repeated by Dave Brat, the Virginia college professor who scored one of the biggest political upsets in over a century by defeating majority leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary last night."
Thursday June 12, 2014, 6:18 pm
I was in a small meeting with Can'tor and our House Rep. Dave Reichert (who uses the "I caught the Green River Killer" - 20 years later - the way Darryl Issa says "Benghazi"). Reichert got very flustered when I purposely cut off his line of sight to his handlers mouthing answers. Can'tor saw what was happening, leaned in and started feeding Reichert his talking points. So now what will all the Republican'ts do if they are unable to parrot every evil thing Can'tor tells them?
Thursday June 12, 2014, 8:03 pm
The GOP has opened a Pandoras box of stupidity and in the process have made the entire country it's victim. The only way out of this is to vote EVERY damn taliban/teabagger out of office.
Thursday June 12, 2014, 9:53 pm
I am still happy to see Cantor gone. Virginia has gone democratic before, hopefully they will this time, too. They will be suspicious of a college prof, either way. They are considered elitists. When you get away from the DC area, much of Virginia is rural and blue collar.
Thursday June 12, 2014, 10:14 pm
I ageee with you TomCat you called it well they will "Reap The Whirl Wind of it all".
There are many that will be worried now as they have done the damage too!
We can sit back and watch now.
Thank you TomCat
Thursday June 12, 2014, 10:44 pm
I have begun to consider the possibility that there is something in conservatism that makes Repugs create attack dogs so those attack dogs can bite them in the butt. From the Taliban to Al Qaeda to Sadam Hussein to Iran to The School of the Americas to train Central and South American Military and Police leaders in torture and citizen suppression to the Christian Taliban of America and the Tea Bagged Reagan, Nixon, Papi Bush, and Baby Bush too all seem to have created some real ass biting attack dogs. And speaking of ass biting attack dogs one can nor forget to mention the 5 Black Robed Repug Appointed Reich-Wing Corporate Whore majority on the US Supreme Court.
Thursday June 12, 2014, 11:42 pm
Thanks to all and many Kudos, especially to Gene.
Gene, we're on the same page. When I said the right shift Cantor's defeat will bring bodes ill for America, I was speaking of the short term suffering of the people with no jobs, no health care, massive student debt, etc. This will make it harder for Democrats to give these folks relief. In the long term, it's a plus, which is why I sad I predict it makes a Democratic sweep more likely in 2016.
Friday June 13, 2014, 2:35 pm
$168,637 at steakhouses......Let me...digest that number for a minute.....that's right at a little over 7 1/2 YEARS of existing for my husband and me. For ......steak and ....votes. My mind boggles.....OK...on to more meaty opining.....:) I would love to ask ole Canterbells what it felt like for him to be TEAbuggered without lubrication....but then....he probably never thought he would find out...the arrogant sorry POS. He knows now. heh heh heh. Only problem is....that Bagger THING that is passing for a 'professor' is more sociopathic than Cantor...and he calls himself an economist......sigh. Dawg help us if more of this makes its way into the HOuse or Senate.....VOTE people VOTE.
I hope and prey.....that you are correct, Cat Man....that they so hard right as to be so out there insane that the centerists vote with a vengeance and get them all out. We can dream......
Sunday June 15, 2014, 1:27 pm
locally our paper tried to report Mr. Brat as a libertarian and not a tea-partier......wonder how long before Mr. Cantor, who says he will support Mr. Brat to keep the seat red, will be on Faux Noise machine....