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Eric Cantor and the
Conventional Wisdom

PJ Media, by Roger Kimball

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Posted By:Judy W., 6/11/2014 8:14:07 AM

There are two words that recur like a drumbeat in the news stories about David Brat’s defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia primary last night. One is “historic.” The second is some variant of “stunning” (“staggering,” “shocking,” etc.). (Snip) Frankly, though, what surprises me about such events as David Brat’s victory is the surprise they occasion. Nigel Farage and the other anti-EU politicians weren’t supposed to trounce the established parties in the European elections a couple of weeks ago. Members of the established parties and the human remora that attend them told us so. But Farage, Le

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: nimby, 6/11/2014 8:38:49 AM     (No. 9881250)

Time for Cantor to step down as majority whip. How about Jason Chaffetz to replace him?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: starboard, 6/11/2014 9:00:32 AM     (No. 9881292)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 6/11/2014 9:07:04 AM     (No. 9881312)

This is the best news we got yesterday. It can be done. These arrogant criminals are selling us out - both parties. The disconnect between Washington and the rest of us is widening by the day.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MirJoy, 6/11/2014 9:14:43 AM     (No. 9881332)

I remember when McConnell won over Matt Bevin, you saw the words "won handily" all over the place. This was so untrue. McConnell spent $9+ million in his election. Matt Bevin only had $3 million to spent. This was not a "handily won" win on McConnell´s part.

BUT, if the commentariat (sp?) were honest, which they are not, we should be reading all over the place that Brat "won handily" over Cantor. I won´t hold my breath.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 6/11/2014 10:53:53 AM     (No. 9881516)

There is a lot of spin that Cantor lost because Democrat crossover goosed total turnout. That is false. Cantor´s vote total last night was almost 10K below his total from 2012, meaning he had lost support from staunch Republicans.

Cantor caught the ambition bug after 2010. He got so busy running for Speaker that he forgot to represent his District. The loss of touch with the voters back home was stunning.


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