The political news media needed something to talk about, and political newcomer David Brat delivered last night. The economics professor from Randolph-Macon pulled out a stunning upset of Rep. Eric Cantor, GOP House Majority Leader. Of course his victory has breathed life back into the media-driven GOP establishment versus grassroots skirmish.
However, one thing that can be expected: the typical liberal progressive branding of David Brat as an extremist, right-wing radical – that’s the best they can do? Hmm, methinks unilateral negotiations with Islamic terrorists is rather radical and extreme, but what do I know?
As you are probably already aware, per Foxnews.com, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his GOP Virginia primary race Tuesday night in a stunning upset to Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat. Brat, a political novice, latched onto the hot-button issue of immigration. And he accused Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the GOP-led House, of supporting immigration legislation that would give “amnesty” to millions of people living illegally in the United States.
Cantor, a former state legislator, was elected to Congress in 2000. He became majority leader in 2011.
Cantor is the first sitting House Majority Leader to lose in a primary. Brat took on Cantor with less than $200,000 to Cantor’s $2.5 million but took his constitutional conservative message to the voters in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Brat stated, “dollars don’t vote, people do.”
Of course you know the Leftists will attack Brat as being some ignorant knuckle-dragging Neanderthal — oops, Brat, is a Princeton graduate. And Brat can expect all types of character attacks to try and discredit him as a viable candidate.
However, what message does this send to other GOP candidates who have yet to complete the primary season? In Mississippi where Senator Thad Cochran must undergo a run-off against his conservative challenger, McDaniel, this upset could not bode well — but will we see more of the beltway bandits running to his aid?
A real lesson to be learned from this upset victory for the constitutional conservative grassroots is that multi-candidate primaries often work to the advantage of the incumbent. Of course many will classify this as an outlier and dismiss the results – but you can believe the effects are being felt and spoken about behind the closed doors of Washington DC insiders.
Congratulations to David Brat and I will be interested to see if he receives Republican Party support to win the district in the general election — or will the GOP cut off its nose to spite its face?