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“David vs. Rome”: A Few Minutes With Eric Cantor’s Primary Foe
slate.com ^ | David Weigel

Posted on 05/15/2014 5:34:46 AM PDT by cotton1706

Robert Costa and Jenna Portnoy are out with an interesting, somewhat perplexing (not their fault!) story on how Rep. Eric Cantor came to face a conservative primary challenger.* Cantor is ideally positioned to become the next (and first Jewish) speaker of the House, and in the first great epic battle of the Tea Party's Washington experiment, he generally sided with his caucus against a "grand bargain" that would have raised taxes. Yet last weekend, Cantor failed to get his preferred candidate over the top in a district GOP leadership race, and reporters have discovered his latest challenger, David Brat. The scene:

Cantor tried to reason with conservatives who have embraced Brat.

“It’s easy to say that you’re going to stand up to Obama and the left-wing attack machine, but it is an entirely different thing to actually do it,” a combative Cantor said, “to actually do it, to stand up and be counted.”

The tea partyers weren’t buying it. They booed Cantor, cheered for Brat and even ousted Cantor’s right-hand man as 7th District Republican Committee chairman in favor of one of their own.

Brat, a professor at Randolph-Macon College in the district, said something in the story that confused me. His race—the race between a congressman and an academic who works with a bank-funded college program to spread the ideas of Ayn Rand—was like "David vs. Rome." What did that mean? I had a guess, but I emailed Bart to check.

(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 05/15/2014 5:34:46 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

As if “first jewish speaker” is the focus. Typical slate.com BS.


2 posted on 05/15/2014 5:38:49 AM PDT by albie
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To: cotton1706

“It’s easy to say that you’re going to stand up to Obama and the left-wing attack machine, but it is an entirely different thing to actually do it,”

Cantor is correct on this point, and it’s why so many of the GOPe have to be replaced.


3 posted on 05/15/2014 6:18:39 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: cotton1706

If Brat was to pull off a win, that would be the “shot heard ‘round the world”.


4 posted on 05/15/2014 9:45:27 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic)
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To: cotton1706

“...“It’s easy to say that you’re going to stand up to Obama and the left-wing attack machine, but it is an entirely different thing to actually do it,” a combative Cantor said, “to actually do it, to stand up and be counted.” ..”

It’s called “courage”, Eric... It’s also called “balls”...”cajones”... “onions”...

You reach down inside your perfectly-tailored, Taxpayer-paid-for trousers, and you FIND your pair, and you do what we PAY YOU TO DO..

You STAND UP and BE counted.

What the hell is so hard about understanding that...

Trey Gowdy is doing it.... Ted Cruz is doing it...

About time the rest of the weasels do it.


5 posted on 05/16/2014 12:40:44 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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