Liberal Media Are Very Concerned Over Cantor’s Primary Loss

They are Very Concerned about the extremists taking over or something. Here’s the NY Times Editorial Board

The forces of political nihilism not only remain alive and well within the Republican Party, but they are on the rise. Witness the way they shook Washington on Tuesday by removing from power Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who had been one of the most implacable opponents to the reform of immigration, health care and taxation. His crime (in addition to complacent campaigning)? He was occasionally obliged, as a leader, to take a few minimalist steps toward governing, like raising the debt ceiling and ending a ruinous shutdown.

For that he was pilloried in his Virginia district by a little-known resident of the distant extremes, David Brat, whose most effective campaign tool was a photo showing Mr. Cantor standing next to President Obama. By falsely portraying the seven-term incumbent as just another compromiser, just another accommodationist to the power of big government, Mr. Brat managed the unimaginable feat of bringing down a majority leader in a primary, and by double digits.

And here’s Charles Blow

While the beltway chatter grows over the political death of Eric Cantor, the first House leader to be unseated in a primary, it would be easy to lose sight of just how unsettling his demise is for our politics in general.

On one level, it is a glaring example — and condemnation — of the staggering levels of voter apathy that exist the further an election race is from presidential politics. (WT note: that would be a good reason to repeal the 17th amendment, which would cause citizens to pay way more attention State politics and politics closer to home. That’s different post on its own)

Blow goes on to show that he is Very Concerned with redistricting, which he claims to be a cause, and goes on to whine about Democrats being under-represented. Hey, elections have consequences.

We already have a deadlocked political system in Washington where doing nothing is viewed by many small-government — and some anti-government — conservatives as a victory. Stacking the deck against politicians who deign to compromise with their Democratic counterparts in general, and this president in particular, does not bode well for us as a nation.

In reality, a Republican compromise is usually an overwhelming Democrat win, because of moderates like Cantor.

Cantor’s defeat on Tuesday may now be the subject of schadenfreude and chops licking, but it may also be a terrible omen.

Yeah, it would be a real shame if non-squishy Republicans took over to push their agenda of limited government, reduced spending, reduced federal government interference in, well, everything, increased economic freedom, increased domestic energy production, protecting our borders, increased personal freedom, limited government spying on citizens, and following the Constitution. I wonder where Blow’s concern regarding hardcore, extremist Progressives taking over the Democrat Party is?

Here’s E.J. Dionne, who calls this a “purge”

Republicans who simply want to keep tacking right to maintain their power should also note that if the tea party helped mobilize support for them in 2010, it now threatens to reduce the party to a right-wing sect. (snip)

Appeasing the tea party could create a vicious cycle: The more the party is defined by a hard core, the easier it will be for the most conservative voters to dominate it in primaries involving only the most ardent. (snip)

What the tea party giveth, the tea party taketh away. Its energy in 2010 was directed against President Obama and helped Cantor become House majority leader. Now its sights are set on purifying and purging the Republican Party. But purges, as Cantor has learned, are painful. They can also be dangerous to a party’s long-term well-being.

He’s right about one thing: what we giveth, we can taketh away. And when our Representatives, which we donated to, campaigned for, supported, and voted for fail to follow through on the Conservative agenda, we should vote them out. Another NY Times article notes, as many others have, that Cantor forgot his roots, and was ignoring his constituents in his district in favor of everything else. This isn’t a problem for just Cantor, but a good chunk of Republicans and Democrats. Elected officials too often forget why they were elected, and dismiss the concerns of their constituents, often in favor of national politics.

After carefully considering Cantor’s loss Tuesday, I’m not going to say that it was an “earthquake”, as many have noted. I’d bet that half who voted in the primary had no idea that he was the #2 in the GOP House. This isn’t a purge, this may or many not mean a populist revolution, there may or may not be national implications. What this did show is that Representatives should represent, not think they can say one thing to their constituents then do something else in Washington. That their constituents do not exist to simply re-elected said representative again and again. That Citizens matter. That the middle matters.

The middle? Yes, the middle. At the end of the day, fiscal conservatives/libertarians/Tea Party folks are in the middle of the political spectrum (I’m not including Social Conservatives, who are more towards the Classical Conservative spectrum). Political theory regarding the Democratic model has Socialism on the left, which features heavy control and ownership of the means of production as its primary focus. Classical Conservatism is on the right, which features no government involvement in the economy, along with heavy government involvement in social issues. Classical Liberalism is in the center, and lives by the phrase “the government that governs least governs best”. We believe that government should only get involved in the Moral (this relates to our private lives) and Economic cores when necessary. We are the Radical Middle. In terms of American politics and our Republic, we want more power returned back to the States, where it belongs. We are the Radical Middle, and are tired of the true extremists, both in the Democrat Party and the GOP establishment, taking the country off the cliff.

Anyhow, Cantor and the GOP establishment learned a valuable lesson: stop ignoring constituents.

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Comment by Jeffery
2014-06-12 08:53:41

Cantor lost because he’s a dick. A smarmy dick.

Since this was an open primary did Dems eliminate Cantor in hopes of running against an Evangelical college professor, who is likely to have the inevitable Akin, Angle, Mourdock, O’Donnell moment(s)?

Brat will have to be on guard against people finding out his true positions. What will trip him up? Forced prayer in school? A rape remark? Allowing Mexican children to die? An impeachment fetish? Refer to Obama as a monkey? Jesus hates gays? Tax subsidies for Wall Street? Eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, ACA? Or does he have an even darker secret hate?

Can he go through an entire campaign hiding who he is?

 
Comment by david7134
2014-06-12 14:45:17

I am constantly amazed at the naked bigotry and hate demonstrated by Jeff. He has no idea of the positions or background of Brat, yet he hates him with a passion that comes through with his simple writing. Maybe if Jeff had been more critical of Obama and understood that Obama was a communist, then we would have avoided the suffering that is now and coming. The world is much more unstable with our friend Jeff and what his type have done.

 
Comment by Jl
2014-06-12 19:36:15

J brings the same logic and reason he uses to defend the hoax as he does here to put down someone he doesn’t even know. Seems to me I can recall Jeffery many times whining that we hate anything Obama does, just because he’s Obama. So J, not too self-aware as usual, does the same here because the guy has a “R” before his name. “Tax subsidies for Wall Street.” No, the government doesn’t give them money, which is what a subsidy is, it let’s them keep more of the money they already earned. Which is a tax break.

 
Comment by Jeffery
2014-06-12 23:01:56

j,

Your contention that tax breaks are not subsidies is a distinction without a difference. You’ve raised it before and you are still wrong. In addition, we took billions of dollars of tax monies and gave it directly to the Wall Street banks in the form of bailouts.

Finally, the “too big to fail” phenomenon (that the Federal gov’t will ‘backstop’ Wall Street banks and not allow them to fail from incompetence) is worth billions in value to the banks.

Why not have a “too big to fail” policy for homeowners?

 
Comment by david7134
2014-06-13 20:13:06

Jeff,
Is there any subject in which you are well versed? You have an abysmal lack of knowledge and background on so many issues. In this case you don’t understand economics and government interaction with corporations. I might also note that Obama is the one doing the dirty deeds for which you speak.

 
Comment by Bilwick
2014-06-14 19:43:43

Is Jeff a regular contributor to this blog? Even for a “liberal” (and by “liberal” I mean of course “tax-happy, coercion-addicted, power-tripping State-fellator”), he’s pretty stupid if he can’t tell the difference between a tax cut and a subsidy.

 
Comment by ipencil
2014-06-15 00:07:56

Your contention that tax breaks are not subsidies is a distinction without a difference

I hear this a lot from people who have no idea what they are talking about. It’s like saying “Your contention that not stealing is not the same as giving someone money is a distinction without a difference”.

By your logic, I subsidized everyone I met today, since I didn’t steal from them.

 
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