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Brat Republicans
Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman

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Posted By:earlybird, 6/12/2014 1:02:26 PM

A closer look at economics professor Dave Brat´s stunning Republican primary upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor shows the race was about much more than immigration. It´s true that Mr. Brat attacked Mr. Cantor for pursuing bipartisan immigration reform. But a survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling finds that roughly 70% of Republicans in Virginia´s 7th Congressional district favor such reform. So how did Mr. Brat, a relative unknown who raised around $200,000, defeat the Washington power broker who raised more than $5 million? The Brat insurgency was based on a broad critique of the nexus between big business

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Susannah, 6/12/2014 1:52:39 PM     (No. 9883294)

Very interesting analysis. So, basically, it was The Establishment who voted for The Insurgent.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: curious1, 6/12/2014 2:06:50 PM     (No. 9883317)

I don´t believe their poll, without seeing the actual questions and the responses - and where the poll was conducted.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: periwinkel, 6/12/2014 2:09:09 PM     (No. 9883323)

FTA last sentence: The GOP´s new nominee in the Virginia 7th district is socially conservative with a strong libertarian streak and a healthy admiration for Ronald Reagan´s "peace through strength" policies for national defense. As always, that appears to describe the winning Republican coalition.

That describes about 90% of the Grassroots Conservatives on this site. We just don´t like being "crushed" by the likes of The Turtle from Kentucky.

Professor Brat believes in the strict interpretation of the Constitution; smaller government; lower taxes; small deficits; strong military and receding debt not growing debt. Just don´t take us for granted and don´t push us around. I welcome anyone who agrees with the good Professor and me.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Susannah, 6/12/2014 2:09:37 PM     (No. 9883325)

If you read the article, there´s a link to the poll in it. You can read the questions.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 6/12/2014 2:15:04 PM     (No. 9883340)

I know it´s more acceptable to tout Mr. Brat´s winning of the election, but I think it´s lots more accurate to say that Eric Cantor gave it away. Mr. Brat was the lucky beneficiary of Cantor´s dereliction. I wish Brat well. Hold that seat, Sir.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lil dotty, 6/12/2014 3:09:52 PM     (No. 9883409)

Given the opportunity, it is doubtful any here would cast a vote for a professor. Didn´t many believe in one the last two elections. Mr. Brat, with no political baggage, just may be a horse of a different color. In reading about him and his core principals...it is apparent he is no ass.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 6/12/2014 3:36:16 PM     (No. 9883451)

RINO spin from the WSJ, a mouthpiece for the cancerous Republican establishment citing a leftwing poll.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 6/12/2014 3:49:41 PM     (No. 9883471)

Did you break your "like" finger? Only 10? I´ll add a few so you will feel wanted and appreciated.

It´s so easy to attack any news item that doesn´t say what we would like to hear. Freeman´s a WSJ mouthpiece? Well yes, since he is in their employ.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: periwinkel, 6/12/2014 7:33:49 PM     (No. 9883657)

Ohy, look! #8 has ten also. I guess she broke her finger, too.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Susannah, 6/12/2014 7:37:33 PM     (No. 9883664)

This is asinine. Read the article. It is in no way critical of Professor Brat. It points out that he won in a district populated by so-called establishment Republicans. You may read the linked survey for yourself to determine whether the questions were fair. The author is not trashing Brat.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: judy, 6/12/2014 7:52:12 PM     (No. 9883676)

This is bull 70% do no approve of illegal immigration. Public Policy probably called all dems. WSJ approves of illegal immigration so they are pushing lies. WSJ should be ashamed.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Starlady, 6/12/2014 8:00:46 PM     (No. 9883687)

The explanation I hard about the poll, from people who live there, was they were in favor of immigration reform, only as it includes securing the border and having employers use e-verify.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TXknitter, 6/12/2014 8:18:24 PM     (No. 9883697)

Eek, pretty obvious a few heads not done exploding from other night. This very charismatic and popular Professor Brat turned out to be an amazingly fine although novice retail politician. I know the media and consultants simply cannot fathom how Cantor was so embarrassingly knocked out the other night. I suggest they get ready for more surprises. This was a big win.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mikkins2, 6/12/2014 8:22:54 PM     (No. 9883701)

" But a survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling finds that roughly 70% of Republicans in Virginia´s 7th Congressional district favor such reform."

Exactly why is the author relying on a known "left-leaning" polling service to tell us what right leaning Virginia voters think?

Looks to me that the Wall Street Journal couldn´t find a right leaning poll to fit its narrative so it went and found one that did.

They really do think YOU are that stupid.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: BetseyRoss, 6/14/2014 5:19:04 AM     (No. 9885442)

This isn´t rocket science. All Republicans should be running the same campaign. Stick to the Republican Creed. Brat said it himself. Brat appears to be a leader and people believed him. It is that simple. Over analysis by the media is boring and usually dead wrong as it is in this case. I guess they have to keep themselves in a job, but for the most part none of them are worth reading. Listen to the candidate. Then don´t bother with the rest.

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