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11 June 2014

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JohnH

The mainstream media is wringing its hands that the Tea Party candidate upset the "moderate" Cantor. Before today's news that Cantor was the "moderate candidate," Cantor was always depicted as Tea Party. So what's the fuss?

Also, the Zionist lobby is lamenting the loss of its best opportunity to have its first Zionist Speaker of the House, thought the mainstream media is silent on this.

Finally, Brat attacked Cantor for voting for the NDAA and against legislation to reign in the NSA.

Besides Cantor's "not fitting in," how much did these issues play into Cantor's defeat?

robt willmann

What a thrill it was last night to hear that the Bankster Bailout Boy, Eric Cantor, had lost the Republican primary by a solid margin! I remember the look of anguish on his face when the U.S. House of Rep. voted down the TARP financial bailout bill the first time it came up in 2008; unfortunately, after much pressure on House members (courtesy of Keith Alexander?), they voted again and passed that unconstitutional travesty on the people.

The first impression of David Brat is that he has both a somewhat pleasing personality that is not phony and he can throw a punch. He has that kind of genuine, friendly demeanor that is common among professors at small colleges. But what was most surprising was his ability to verbally hit hard without hesitation, talking about "crony capitalism", and that Congress was helping Wall Street and not Main Street and small businesses, and that the Not-Federal Reserve Bank was the main promoter of the financial and mortgage fiasco, and so forth.

Talk like that means he now has enemies inside and outside of Congress. If he can keep his head screwed on straight under all the new publicity, and not let himself get trapped by devious questions from the media, he is going to make it. Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez from San Antonio survived a full career in that snake pit and was primarily responsible for breaking open a lot of the financial fraud of the 1980's, the Savings and Loan scandal.

turcopolier

JohnH

SWMBO and I were discussing this issue at breakfast. We don't think this election was political in the sense that the MSM is trying to understand it in. cantor's support for immigration reform was a factor. the people in the 7th increasingly see themselves as besieged by a tide of Latino migrants, but the main thing was a profound sense of alienation from this man. pl

nick b

Col.,

Cantor's represented the 7th for over a decade, and if I recall he trounced Floyd Bayne in the 2012 primary. David Brat beats Cantor two years later in a primary election by double digits?! In my mind that's a huge swing in mood of the district. What changed and why so quickly?

turcopolier

nickB

We think that the district just made up their collective mind about Cantor and they did not like what they saw. There is a sense of shared values and attitudes across the district that may well have worked to Cantor's disadvantage in this case. That's a real community down there. pl

nick b

I haven't heard anyone mention it, but is there a chance Cantor goes the Joe Lieberman route and runs as an independent in the general?

Richard Armstrong

Well, perhaps "original" might be incorrect.

turcopolier

nickB

Virginia has a sore loser law that I think would prevent that. pl

Richard Armstrong

Graywolf,

We don't necessarily have short memories, however we are pretty good at tallying.

Do recall the incessant desire of the rightists to impeach Democratic presidents?

There are wrongs and there are wrongs. Sometimes the difference is a matter of scale.

nick b

Ah, good to know. Thank you.

Richard Armstrong

Hilander,

I thought blaming the Jews kind of fell out of favor some time around 1945. I guess it's still popular among the far right.

turcopolier

All

I don't think Cantor's Jewishness nor his Zionism played a role in this. Most of the people in that district would not be interested in his religion. This is not exactly the bible belt and most of them are pro-Israel. pl

The Twisted Genius

David Habakkuk,

In addition to David Brat hailing from Randolph Macon College, his opponent is also a professor at the College. Jack Trammell was registered as the Democratic candidate for the November election on Monday. Originally he was thought to be just a placeholder candidate to be trounced by the incumbent Cantor. Even Brat's run in the primary was thought to be more of making a point than a realistic chance to win the primary. That's all changed. This contest may prove interesting. Being both published professors, there will be a lot of political analysis in the weeks ahead.

Although neither candidate is a native born Virginian, they are well established in the area. Trammell's ancestors came to Alexandria in 1671 as an indentured servant. His latest writings include, "The Richmond Slave Trade: The Economic Backbone of The Old Dominion" (2012), "Appalachian Dreams" (2011), and "Down on the Chickahominy: The Life and Times of a Vanishing Virginia River" (2009).

Brat wrote a 13 page essay, “God and Advanced Mammon - Can Theological Types Handle Usury and Capitalism?” in 2011. He is currently working on a sabbatical book project, "Ethics as a Leading Economic Indicator? What Went Wrong? Notes on the Judeo-Christian Tradition and Human Reason."

A lot of fodder for analysis. I'm in the 1st District, just north of the 7th, but I'm going to be following this contest with interest. It may help me better understand what it means to be a Virginian.

Richard Armstrong

PL,

Both of the two other branches of the government have had a very long time to reverse Marburry. I guess that makes it accepted law by now. However I agree with you that the SC may exercise too much power. Equating money with speech defies all logic.

Richard Armstrong

JohnH,

Blaming the Jews. Really? Don't you realize who you're fellow traveler are, or don't you care?

Richard Armstrong

PL,

I'm stunned at the number if people who seem to take The Elders of Zion as gospel.

Now vociferously opposing the Israeli lobby is quite another thing.

Laura Wilson

Brat doesn't exactly fit the mold of "moderation"...I think you are onto something here, Matthew.

Laura Wilson

Brat appears to be anything but an Independent...rather, he appears to be a "strict constructionist" Christianist on political/social issues. Israel will still be SO happy!

turcopolier

Laura Wilson

Yes, he is a Catholic Christian who believes in free markets. Is that disqualifying for you? In fact the Israelis are not happy at all. pl

turcopolier

Laura Wilson

Did Cantor seem a moderate to you? pl

confusedponderer

"In fact the Israelis are not happy at all."

Which ought to be a good sign.

Re: Belief in free markets.

That's not by itself a bad thing. The market is a reliable pricing mechanism. I'd have no problem with that candidate as long as he accepts that the market is regulated and that these regulations require law enforcement and that that is not tyranny.

Sadly, there is a good number of dangerous lunatics around who hold that view. Economics departments breed them like flies.

Free markets don't exist. They are inevitably inherently limited by laws (no faud, however profitable, or else ...) of the country they're in (no cheap booze in Sweden - ever took a baltic ferry?).

Markets are not a self-regulating entity that, deus ex machina, creates its own rules and creates spontaneous order, so that one Mr. Greenspan just needs to sit by, suck his thumb and watch in amazement. To believe that markets are by themselves self-regulating means to believe in magical thinking.

As an analogy:
The NFL has rules and referees for a reason. At some point someone must have had the bright idea that without that the game would just be one big punchfest. As a result, in the NFL foul play is sanctioned, and guns, crowbars, baseball bats, knifes, cocaine or steroids are not permitted. And a club or player (market participant) can't just change the rules on a whim. Only the NFL can. That is as sensible as it is necessary.

It must have been forgotten at Wall Street that regulation unacceptably mandating for instance that banks adhere to certain standards serves no other purpose but to limiting market participants to acceptable forms of conduct.

David Habakkuk

TTG,

The UK Independence Party came out top in the European elections last month, with more than a quarter of the vote. This was historic: it is the first time in more than a century that anyone other than the Conservatives or Labour has won a national election.

The result produced mixed feelings in some of us. I have a deep instinctive distrust of populism, but then it is patently clear that very much of the British elite has retreated into a kind of bubble, and has been unaware and/or unconcerned about the resentments that have been building up among large sections of the indigenous population of the country.

When you have a capital city where more than a third of the residents are born outside the country, you have problems. The extreme diversity of the countries of origin of the non-native population is a mitigating factor, but the situation remains intractable, not least because it contributes to growing tide of resentment against London in the country as a whole.

It has long seemed to me that Virginian society was in part a transmutation into a different environment of a kind of English country society which, ironically, is now largely dead here. Some of the Virginian gentry were probably much closer to the ‘swordsmen’ of the court of Queen Elizabeth, at least until relatively recently, than anyone in this country has been in recent times. Perhaps they still are.

I was fascinated to see that both candidates to replace Cantor are professors. Ironically, the populist politician who has struck the deepest chords in post-war England, Enoch Powell, was a professor of classics. Having been the youngest professor in the Commonwealth, he enlisted as a private in 1939, and ended the war as the youngest brigadier in the army – one of only two people to make it from private to brigadier during the war. (If memory serves me right, it took him a couple of years longer than he had originally envisaged.)

He was a complex man – not the simple minded racist he is often portrayed as being by his opponents, but also not quite the heroic ‘tribune of the people’ he was, and remains, in the minds of his admirers.

By contrast, Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, looks and sounds like someone you might meet any day in the saloon bar of a pub in the London suburbs, or anywhere in the Home Counties – expressing irritation about, among other things, laws which mean that you have to go outside, even in winter, if you want to smoke a cigarette. Precisely this fact makes it difficult for members of the elites to grasp what a formidable politician he is.

A key part of the basis of UKIP's support is the collapse in confidence among many traditional Tory and Labour party supporters both in confidence that those who lead their parties represent them, and also – critically – in confidence that the leaderships have any real clue as to what they are doing.

However, it is one thing to have a well-justified scepticism about the notion that one’s rulers have the answers to problems – another to work out what are the best courses of action in situations where no courses of action are without problems.

In my view, however, this is less of a problem in relation to issues like Iraq, Syria and Ukraine than it is with issues to do with domestic policy and policy towards Europe. With regard alike to the Middle East, and the post-Soviet space, the world would have been somewhat better off over the past decade if the British had just minded their own business.

Tyler

Cantor and the MSM refuse to accept Americans don't want an amnesty treason.

Tyler

I am currently at ground zero of our President's idiotic policy of granting amnesty to anyone who shows up in our borders. People are tired of our elites importing more people reliant on their gimmedats in order to perpetuate their own power. One only need look at the habits of those running the show to know they might make mealy mouthed claims about diversity, but they want no part of it for them and theirs.

Powell was prescient in his Rivers of Blood speech. One only needs to see the gnashing and wailing by the Left in response to it to know it strikes a nerve.

Highlander

VV

Excellent questions...very pertinent.

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