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Dave Brat Defeats Eric Cantor, and Writes the New Conservative Playbook

June 10th, 2014 - 8:59 pm

Most importantly — do not undersize the significance of this — Team Brat just put together the playbook for using the grassroots and new media to win as a conservative, because no challenger will face a more experienced, well-funded, by-any-means-necessary incumbent team than Brat just did. 

If you can make it in Cantortown, you can make it anywhere.

Below are links to some of my prior reporting on this race. I wish I could share the elation with those of you who supported me doing this as a message to the party, and showing what — yet again, a la Roger Simon — a “guy in his pajamas” can help do on the national stage. In my PJ’s right now, actually.

(More details at The Grid, your one-stop Website for 2014 midterm coverage.)

THE BIGGEST CRONY: Cantor Campaign Leader Paid $12.3M by Virginia GOP

OOPS: Top Cantor Aide Inadvertently Suggests Gutierrez Strawman Scheme

(EXCLUSIVE) Eric Cantor’s Top Aide: I’ll ‘Bankrupt’ Virginia GOP, Install Allies, Rebuild It With Cantor’s Donor Cash

Another? Eric Cantor’s Top Consultant Given $1.13M by Virginia GOP

All-In on Amnesty: Renee Ellmers Is Boehner and Cantor’s ‘Tell’

(UPDATE: Cantor Opponent Dave Brat Demands Investigation) BANANA REPUBLICANS: New Head Of Virginia GOP on Eric Cantor’s Payroll

House GOP Leadership’s Anti-Tea Party Event Disappears From Sponsor PAC’s Website

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Brat defeats RINOs! Sauron loses a battle! Today was a good day.

Maybe, could it be, that the Jewish Republican could possibly win the general to replace Henry Waxman out here in CA-33?
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Awesome work Dave.

Very happy.
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Conservatives are tired of elected Republicans that go into a fetal position at the mention of Obama's name.

There is evil about; fight it!
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Excellent work indeed
23 weeks ago
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Good job David!
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Thanks David.
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I predict RINOs drawing districts that ensure a Republican safe seat, but not TOO Conservative....so that they can keep their noses in the trough of the Progressive Gravy Train.
23 weeks ago
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Take a bow, David! Well done and thank you!
23 weeks ago
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I saw the Brat post election interviews on Fox, and I like him a lot, we need more repubs like him He has all the right values, and articulates them well, and in a way that can appeal to working class dems, and dems who value civil liberties. It looks like reports of the tea parties death is greatly exagerated (although I heard that the big money national tea party groups did not give him much help, this victory came from grass roots tea partiers, and alternative media commentators).
23 weeks ago
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Now that you proudly put a loser into office, let's see how Brat does against his Democratic opponent.
23 weeks ago
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Do some homework. There IS no Democrat challenger. Even the Dems were so sure Cantor couldn't lose that they chose not to run anyone in the VA7 race.
23 weeks ago
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Actually, there is.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/meet-jack-trammell-the-democrat-who-will-face-david-brat-the-man-who-beat-eric-cantor/2014/06/10/df00f972-f10a-11e3-914c-1fbd0614e2d4_story.html
DailyKos and Democrat mailers have been advertising this tactic for months now: Encourage Democrats to vote for Brat and wait until the last minute to put their own candidate out there. Trammel sounds like the perfect candidate for (unfortunately) a growing segment of our voting public so far.
"He has directed the school’s disability support services department and its honors program and serves as an associate professor of sociology, specializing in disability issues in higher education.
Trammell is also a frequently published author, having most recently published “The Richmond Slave Trade: The Economic Backbone of The Old Dominion” in 2012. He has also served as president of the Blue Ridge Virginia Writer’s Club.
A Kentucky native, according to his campaign biography, Trammell lives on a small farm in Louisa County with his wife and seven children."
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You are confused. Cantor will be LEAVING office. That's how that works, you see. The loser, uh, loses.

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I suspect he will crush him handily.
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the mistake is confusing the GOP establishment for conservative governance. It's not; it is merely a different wing of the Big Govt Party. There are some differences on the edges perhaps, but the mainline GOP wishes to control your life as much as the Dems, too, and it has the same appetite for your money. The only variables are where the money will be spent and where the control will be exerted.

It is this duopoly that not only makes the likes of Brat possible but also necessary. No one knows whether Mr. Brat would be a man of principle if elected or if power would go to his head like it has to so many others. But it is important that outcomes like this one occur with greater frequency unless we the people want to continue pretending that vast differences lie between R's and D's.
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Judging by the vitriol and ad hominem attacks on political blogs this morning, it is safe to conclude that Prof. Brat's performance has the Obamanite shock troops very, very worried. Delicious!
23 weeks ago
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At least they cant say much about Koch money payoffs, since the national big money tea party groups did not help Brat much at all. This ws a win for the grass roots tea party, and tea party alternative media commentaators, which is where the tea party has always been strongest anyway.
23 weeks ago
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Now that Cantor is gone, we can work on removing Boehner.
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Yes, please.
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