Liberals – who operate under the prism that conservatism is evil and that “more conservative” is by definition a bad thing that must surely result in disastrous consequences, are frothing at the mouth over the Brat/Tea Party victory over “establishment Republican” Eric Cantor.
I merely point out that when a Stalinist communist psycho like Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz claims that some kind of right-wing kooks have taken over the opposing party, just look in the damn mirror, nutjob. I mean, seriously. This whackjob is further to the left than “the Scream” Howard Dean. And so by Democrat Party standards, given Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, I can only view it as a GOOD THING when the radical fringe captures your party.
Given the fact that if I woke up on the other side of eternity and saw those three, I would know that I was in hell even before I felt the burning of the hellfire, I don’t take my pointers from these or from any of the many leftist mouthpieces who talk and write for them.
I don’t have a lot of time here – I’m already running late – but it just popped into my head to say my little piece about Eric Cantor’s defeat and what it means for the GOP.
My view is that it likely won’t mean much.
For one thing, given the conservative makeup of Cantor’s district (which is largely why he lost), there is a very high likelihood that the GOP will retain this seat. So I don’t think it will be a loss in that department.
For another, I don’t mind when a more conservative candidate wins a seat as long as that “more conservative candidate” is capable of winning the seat at issue as a principle.
That said, I for one liked Eric Cantor. I thought he did a good job. Maybe I would have voted for Brat had I lived in the district, maybe not. But I never thought that Eric Cantor was “the problem” with the Republican Party.
I watched Hannity last night on Fox and he was just thrilled about this great victory. I’ve heard some GOP insiders who are weeping and wailing and throwing ashes over their sackclothed bodies. I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal either way. To a great extent, Cantor made a political mistake and took his district for granted as he overfocused on “national party” stuff. And somebody came in and pulled the rug out from under his feet in a relatively small district.
Lindsey Graham easily won and you just can’t read “national implications” in the Cantor defeat.
Was Cantor to blame for any strategic failure of the GOP?
On my view, it comes down to this: you simply cannot be more conservative than your electorate and you can’t be more conservative than your party’s constituency as a LEADER.
Which is to say that if a Boehner or a Cantor try to run out in front with a conservative attack, they won’t get very far unless a majority of their party is solidly behind them.
To wit: Cantor is resigning as majority leader, and someone else will step in (likely Kevin McCarthy). And be in the same boat as Cantor was. And likely therefore make mostly the same decisions.
It will largely be a wash, on my view of things, neither all that good nor all that bad.
Democrats are screaming that Cantor’s defeat kills any chance of “the Republicans reaching out” on a comprehensive immigration deal. I say just look at what Obama has done to our borders and tell me that’s a bad thing. In Obama we have a pathologically dishonest fascist who doesn’t bother to follow the law or even consult with – let alone be influenced – by even his own party, let alone by the opposition. There was never a chance of any deal with such a wicked man.
I DO believe that the Republican Party has to be more of a passionate voice of opposition to the Democrat Party (i.e. the Obama) agenda. And that MEANS being more conservative. It also means having a vision, like Ronald Reagan had a vision, and being able to articulate that vision, the way Reagan was able to articulate his vision for America.
If Brat’s victory helps a little bit to move the GOP toward that, then it will be a good thing.
But I’m not holding my breath while I wait.
Like I said, I liked Cantor and I hope he has a future in the Republican Party. It’s not like he’s dead or anything.