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June 10, 2014 - 7:57 pm
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I’ll just get this out of the way: I didn’t see Eric Cantor’s defeat coming any more or less than anyone else did. It’s a bolt from the blue. I doubt that even Dave Brat saw it coming.

The man who became the first challenger to oust a sitting House majority leader since the position was invented in 1899 just spent a few minutes on Fox, talking with Sean Hannity. Brat sounded surprised, elated, and very happy. He also sounded like a principled conservative. In fact, he sounded fantastic. He kept citing Ronald Reagan, but not in that robotic way that some candidates use when they really don’t have ideas of their own. Brat sounds like he’s full of ideas and will be an interesting addition to the House. His supporters have reasons to be proud of themselves.

Brat is certainly a challenger, a massive underdog like Rocky, but I’m not sure that it’s accurate to say that he’s a Tea Party guy, exactly. The big national Tea Party groups didn’t support him. Hardly anyone did. Brat spent $206,000 on the race, against Cantor’s $5.4 million. Outspent, outgunned, and dismissed — by me, certainly — he won. Amazing. People power can actually make a difference in this country. This scares Washington. Good. Washington should never get as comfortable as it has been these past few decades.

Let’s just lay this out. Brat’s win changes some things, but not everything. The House GOP leadership will be in disarray for a while. Speaker John Boehner is probably re-thinking that whole bit about teasing conservatives on immigration reform. He’ll be looking for a new #2. He may find himself weakened in the collateral damage from the detonation of Cantor HQ. The House GOP rank and file may be looking for a new speaker.

Eric Cantor is more conservative than not. He has long been strong on national defense and a true friend of Israel. But he apparently took his political career for granted and thought he could work with the likes of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, liberal Democrat, against the wishes and needs of his own voters on immigration. Whoops.

Jeb Bush has some things to ponder. He looks like he’s running for the 2016 nomination on a GOP platform of, essentially, running against what the base of the GOP wants. Good luck with that. There’s anger out here. He’ll find out how much, and whether it extends beyond VA-07, if he keeps that act up.

The anger is real. Americans increasingly see Washington as a hostile occupying force. There are those in that town who align with the president, and those who pretend that they don’t, but they really do. That’s the perception that’s building out here. Most Americans don’t think the country is strong or going in the right direction. We’re seeing our position in the world erode as we’re seeing our own economic and moral condition deteriorate. It looks like our government is selling us out much of the time.

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I'm glad Cantor's out. If you didn't see this coming from a mile away, you need glasses. But that's not why I'm commenting. I need people to realize that the Democrat talking point to Cantor's defeat will in large part be: the extremist Tea Partyers are at it again.

The way to counter this is not to refute the Tea Party as an extremist group, but to attack Obama as being the extremist of all extremists. Call him an extremist President who's destroying this nation, be it intentionally or not. Cite all 199 of Obama's extremist actions since he's become President. Label Obama the extremist he is every chance you get.

The other phrase you need to attack is, "immigration reform". What Democrats and Obama are doing vis a vie immigration is opening the borders to bring in a flood of future Democrat voters. That's what's behind the 90,000 illegal alien kids pouring into the United States. Immigration reform would start with securing our borders. Opening the borders Obama style amounts to immigration idiocy; endangering the lives of American children with disease spreading, not inoculated border busting children. And putting unbearable pressure on our police, health and education providers. If you hear anyone talk immigration "reform", jump all over the misuse of the word, "reform". Fox lets people get by using this term every day. And they should know better.

The liberals have won the battle of the words long enough. They're anti-American. Incidentally, deserters should be shot. Have a nice day.
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Lindsey Graham is a Vichy weasel. But he is a cunning politician. He had to get over 50% to avoid a run-off. Fortunately for him, there was a "cloud" of [8?] primary opponents dividing the vote. Months ago, I heard out here in Colorado that Graham had arranged and paid for the campaigns of several of them.

Where we go from here is partly in the hands of Obama, as he extends his rule by decree and maybe or maybe not provokes resistance.

It is also in the hands of the Institutional Republicans. Cantor's loss may make Boehner decide that the time to force through the Amnesty and Permanent Open Borders is NOW rather than risk any more bad news from the Primaries. Which will kill the Republican Party.

Then there is the matter of what to do with the insurgent winners. Granting that Brat was not supported by TEA Party organizations, here in Colorado we considered the battle with Cantor to be TEA Party/Conservative -v- Institutional. Brat is going to be lumped in with us because we are the Republican Party's Emanuel Goldstein.

In Mississippi, Cochrane was beaten by McDaniel. We are seeing Cochran and Haley Barbour openly call for Democrats to vote in the Republican runoff to save Cochran. And Cochran’s teleprompter [he is literally too senile to speak extemporaneously] is attacking McDaniel in terms Democrats use. There is no way that Cochran can endorse McDaniel now in the General. So we can expect that in Mississippi, like the Institutionals always do, they will support the Democrat rather than the TEA Party Republican.

In VA-07, Cantor has the choice of running as a write-in in the General without party affiliation [and he would have unlimited Republican funds if he does and has 100% name recognition], or supporting the Democrat write in.

We have history on this. Expect the Republican Party to not support Brat or McDaniel [assuming he wins] at all. And to covertly and not so covertly support the Democrat.

That will have repercussions. Conservatives and TEA Party people are tired of being told we have to support Institutional DIABLO's regardless, while Institutional Republicans reflexively support Democrats when TEA Party candidates win nominations. If Boehner sides with the Democrats again, or the Republicans turn on us again; there is very little incentive to have anything to do with them again or vote for their candidates. If a vote for a Republican ultimately is a vote for the Democrat agenda, why bother?

I admit, our TEA Party group is on fairly good terms with our local Republicans. We also hold about 1/3 of the precinct chairs. But if Boehner rolls over on Amnesty, or agrees to accept Obamacare [as the Institutional "leadership" is talking about] and just "tweak" it; I have a draft of a resolution to submit to the membership calling for severing all connections with the Republicans and calling for a statewide meeting of all TEA Party groups to consider doing the same and working to establish a SECOND Party.

We are stuck between a government that has established all the requirements of a dictatorship, and a supposed "opposition" that are collaborators. And as you said, patience is limited and tempers are high.

Subotai Bahadur
23 weeks ago
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Look out Hispanics, you ain't seen nothing yet!
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My question is, is this the beginning of a revolt or the beginning of a revolution?
23 weeks ago
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The big national Tea Party groups have been pretty much co-opted by the powers of the status-quo or have become hustlers akin to Al Sharpton.
23 weeks ago
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Umm, no.

I'm surprised at you Bill. I won't speak about _all_ the national groups, one of which I suspected from the beginning, but I will speak in defense of Tea Party Patriots.

I met Jenny Beth Martin, and Mark Meckler's family. They are the real deal. And it won't take long if you read Tea Party Patriots tweets, or emails, or their website, to see that they are taking on Obama, Holder, Pelosi, Reid, and INSTITUTIONAL REPUBLICANS to include severe chastisement of Boehnor. They want balanced budgets. They want Obamacare repealed. They want to abolish the IRS. They want Republicans to keep their promises. They want to end illegal immigration. They want the rule of law, by constitutional means.

That is hardly status-quo, and on the opposite pole to Al Sharpton.
23 weeks ago
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They have not all been co-opted, or undermined or infiltrated, yet. How do you propose to prevent it?
23 weeks ago
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Maybe I was painting with too broad a brush.

I do know my inbox gets flooded with buzz-word requests for money and it bothers me that guys like Brat didn't get support and that Tom Corbett didn't get much grief. Primary is over so there is not much point in giving Corbett grief now. He's going to lose anyway.
23 weeks ago
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I find it laughable that so many of the smartest people on the block were surprised by the VA race. Brats momentum has been building for weeks and as the news was reporting that Cantor, Ryan and Rubio were ready to get into bed with McCain and Graham on immigration and amnesty, the word got around. “Stop this guy now”. Watching the surprised media last night everyone was concentrating on immigration reform and amnesty as the reason Cantor lost. But they would be wrong. The issue that no one wants to talk about is securing the border once and for all. And the recent scenes of thousands of illegals rushing to our border did not go unnoticed. Most Americans (of all political stripes) recognize the outcome of failing to secure our border, the U.S. will soon be under the control of one political party and one that does not represent the values and priorities of the majority of citizens. There is absolutely no rationale for not securing our border before any immigration laws or policies are considered.
23 weeks ago
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$5M a month is nothing:

"Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced a Texas-led three-week effort that he says reduced illegal immigration, smuggling, and human trafficking to a standstill in the Rio Grande River section of the U.S./Mexico border. "
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/06/Exclusive-Interview-Texas-Lt-Governor-We-Shut-Down-The-Border-Ourselves
23 weeks ago
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"They will use Cantor’s defeat to generate a vicious smear."

The vile idiot CFBleachers is way ahead of them on that point.
23 weeks ago
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Sounds like Cantor pissed off his base with bad ads from his RINO advisors.

Lesson for candidates: don't have RINO advisors.

Lesson for RINO advisors: change parties, you know you want to.
23 weeks ago
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What no-one is asking is what happens to the GOP's "Outreach to Hispanics"?

Awwww, I'm just kiddin' with y'all...we never bought that bunk as anything other than the hogwash to try to sell us that Amnesty Pig-In-A-Poke.

Your message engineers aren't as good as you think they are.
23 weeks ago
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"Jeb Bush has some things to ponder. He looks like he’s running for the 2016 nomination on a GOP platform of, essentially, running against what the base of the GOP wants. Good luck with that."

I REFUSE to vote for Jeb Bush. No more dynasties, no more inevitabilities (since when has the American spirit accepted anything as inevitable?), no more power-of-name-recognition, no more nostalgia.
If Jeb Bush is the GOP nominee, I will vote Communist just as a final "F-you" to the American political system.
23 weeks ago
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Hissy fit.
23 weeks ago
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The anger here in Europe over the immigration problems and the EU federalism resulted in the rise of the anti-establishment parties in the recent EU election. We the people are angry, disappointed and revolutionary. I am happy to see that we share those feelings with our American sisters and brothers.
23 weeks ago
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Apples and oranges, federal vs parliamentary.
23 weeks ago
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I'm glad Cantor's out. If you didn't see this coming from a mile away, you need glasses. But that's not why I'm commenting. I need people to realize that the Democrat talking point to Cantor's defeat will in large part be: the extremist Tea Partyers are at it again.

The way to counter this is not to refute the Tea Party as an extremist group, but to attack Obama as being the extremist of all extremists. Call him an extremist President who's destroying this nation, be it intentionally or not. Cite all 199 of Obama's extremist actions since he's become President. Label Obama the extremist he is every chance you get.

The other phrase you need to attack is, "immigration reform". What Democrats and Obama are doing vis a vie immigration is opening the borders to bring in a flood of future Democrat voters. That's what's behind the 90,000 illegal alien kids pouring into the United States. Immigration reform would start with securing our borders. Opening the borders Obama style amounts to immigration idiocy; endangering the lives of American children with disease spreading, not inoculated border busting children. And putting unbearable pressure on our police, health and education providers. If you hear anyone talk immigration "reform", jump all over the misuse of the word, "reform". Fox lets people get by using this term every day. And they should know better.

The liberals have won the battle of the words long enough. They're anti-American. Incidentally, deserters should be shot. Have a nice day.
23 weeks ago
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Cantor being defeated was almost as good as his buddy George Soros being defeated. Actually, it was pretty much the same thing.
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