Big Questions from Cantor Race
Non-Republican voters may not have carried the day for David Brat’s victory against Eric Cantor in Virginia’s 7th District, but were they a factor? The Huffington Post published an open letter from former congressman Ben “Cooter” Jones days before the primary urging Democrats, libertarians, and Independents to take advantage of the open primary and exercise their right to vote. Was Cooter’s silly get-out- the-vote call taken seriously?
Now with the scoop coming from the left that Brat will be easier to beat in the fall than Cantor, it appears that something is going on. Brat’s colleague, Randolph-Macon Sociology Professor Jack Trammel, is in the race, and some Democrats along with hard-left radicals are gearing up for a fight.
Interestingly, Trammel got in just under the wire. Up until June 8, there was no Democrat on the ballot for the VA 7th District in November, so whoever won the Republican primary on June 10 would represent the 7th in Congress for the next two years.
Trammel looks to be a viable candidate; he’s written a slew of books, and even Brat said he was “a good guy.” Still, we are a Republican/conservative district, which makes a Democrat win in November nearly as implausible as Cantor’s defeat.
NBC and its spin doctors must be looking to November as well. In a rundown on the Cantor loss, they called us a “left-leaning” district and said there was a “low turnout,” both of which are so easily disproved I have to wonder why they printed either. We are a majority-Republican bloc, and there was a 28% increase in turnout from 2012. Seems that not only has the Cantor-Brat race energized the Tea Party, but it has the leftists excited and confused as well.
In addition to liberal NBC, radical Maoist and Obama pal Mike Klonsky, who warned Cantor in January that he could end up like former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, has come out with his take on the House Majority leader’s unexpected demise. Klonsky’s blog may not get much traffic, but his over-the-top musings have an eerie way of coming true.
From Small Talk Blog:
Cantor's defeat could open new possibilities for Democratic candidates to make inroads in red Tea Party states. But unlike the Tea Party, an independent, Democratic movement can't be a white one organizationally or ideologically, and must have labor out in front. Neither can it be just a progressive tail on a Democratic Party dog.
Klonsky is a little sad that he won’t have Cantor to kick around anymore, but he has more than enough on his plate with the Tea Party. Likening Cantor to the “two nazi crazies who murdered two cops in Las Vegas after coming off the Bundy ranch,” Klonsky writes, "I guess Cantor’s revolutionary days are just about over.”
It's too bad, in a way. Cantor was one of my favorite foils here at Small Talk…While it was only one low turn-out primary in one state (Lindsey Graham beat T-baggers easily in S.C.), it demonstrates the potential power and discipline of the gun-toting racists and anti-government, anti-abortion, anti-gay, and anti-immigrant groups, who have been encouraged by recent perceived victories, court decisions, and the Obama administration's retreat in its confrontation with Bundy’s racist militia.
The takeaway from all of this? In the age of Obama, anything is possible, so nothing should be off the table – not even the radical, hate-filled ramblings of an Obama insider like Klonsky. Bizarre things are happening. Pope Benedict XVI was the first pope to resign in 500 years, and now Congressman Eric Cantor has become the first sitting majority leader to lose an election since 1899.