Skip to comments.Cantor's Graceless 'Concession Speech'
Posted on 06/11/2014 8:51:24 AM PDT by rktman
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) failed to congratulate or even acknowledge Dave Brat in his concession speech last night.
Neither did Cantor offer Brat his support in November's general election against his Democratic opponent, or call Brat to concede the race, according to Brat.
"Cantor's concession speech did not mention Dave once," Brat's campaign manager Zach Werrell noted to Breitbart News.
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What did Jefferson say about that?
This fits in with what Virginia freepers have been saying about this guy - that he’s not nice. Chuck Todd tried to get Bill Kristol to admit that this morning but he wasn’t going to go there. Naturally, I knew that meant that Kristol didn’t like Cantor.
I think he was too shocked. He definitely didn’t have a speech ready so whatever he said was probably lucky to have said that. I would have rather gotten rid of Linda quite frankly. And Paul Ryan on August 18th.
Cantor was ignorant. What kind of ignorance? He ignored the people at his peril. Now he has been zotted. Good job. Now let Brat do less worse,and listen to the people.
No mention of support for the winning candidate or of unity with the now nominee.
Like many folks here have said, the GOPe would rather see a Democrat win than a person who respects the Constitution and has true loyalty to the United States.
The GOPe, the RNC, they are very offensive to me.
He’s been taking lessons from The One.
RINO talk about unity goes only one way.
They have NO integrity. They are as bad as the left.
So is Cantor going to try to pull a Murcowski and run as an Independent, or does Virginia law prevent that?
First “are” should be “our”. Second “are” is fine.
The arrogance of a career politician. Richard Luger did the same thing when he lost the Senate primary in Indiana. He threw a hissy fit which continues to this day.
Mike Castle did the same thing to Christine O’Donnell in 2010.
He was a moderate, too.
Brat can expect the GOP-e to come out against him with everything including the kitchen sink.
We saw it here in DE almost four years ago.
Cochran may be finished but Lamar is going to be tougher. However, Tennessee’s primary isn’t until August so there is time to turn the tide.
I was happy to see Cantor defeated, but I don’t think you are at all correct about what the GOPe wants. All they want to do is maximize the odds of someone with an R after his name winning a race. I would say if anything, that Conservatives are FAR more likely to say they’d rather see a Democrat win a race than a Republican they don’t approve of.
I don’t consider the concession speech he was FORCED to make was ‘graceless’ in an intentional manner.
I heard it and looked at it as that final moment of realization that his appeasing efforts, his rationalization that amnesty somehow is the best for Republicans, raising the debt limit, spending like a drunken sailor - all that jazz wasn’t really in tune with his constituents.
In other words, he finally realized he spent too much time in the hoochy coochy club watching all those alluring womens and now his momma standing outside the door with a shoe ready to rap him upside his head.
Just when was Cantor known for his ‘graciousness’? As long as he has been known for his ‘truth telling’?
who cares? i think it's petty to even mention it... i would act like i didn't even notice because i have bigger fish to fry than to spend one second giving thought to my opponent's concession speech... i would just be about the people's business...
I don’t think that Virginia law prevents him from running and also I don’t think that he will run.
Cantor is done.
They both got too deeply into the finer points of policy and negotiation, and lost the forest for the trees.
A lesson needs to be taught.
But it is very difficult for a politician to stay true.
omgosh--you are right... i feel like the scales just fell from my eyes when i read your comment...
This sums it up pretty well (and his “concession speech” was lousy because he never gave a thought to the fact that he might need one!):
Some observers cautioned against drawing sweeping conclusions about immigration, and when the dust settles, it may prove that Cantors problem was less ideology and more a sense that he stood more for his own ambition than for any definable policies. He frequently reinvented himself with splashy policy speeches, and toured the country raising money and gathering chits for an eventual run for House Speaker.
Was immigration an issue? Yes. Was it the deciding factor to the tune of 11%? Not no, hell no. Its a fairy tale, Virginia Democratic strategist Dave Mudcat Saunders said. People talk. And they talk about Eric Cantor. Where is he? His constituent services suck. He was never in the district. And when he was in the district and he went out, he had a [security] entourage with him. He was out gallivanting all over the country being a big deal and this is a lesson.
Aand yet people still demand that we vote for that. “No matter what”.
Then act stunned when ‘that’ runs to the Democrats hat in hand.
Then wonder why America is screwed.
You are right. Washington is a tough town and it is ingrained with procedures and other nonsense. I can feel their pain though even though I don’t appreciate it. I work at the Naval Academy and would like to see some changes. I bring them up and am slapped down every time....”we don’t do it that way”......phooey.
the sense of entitlement and elitism with our politicians is at an all-time worse.
Did he give the speech in Spanish?
Interesting to watch his wife during the speech. Cold as a fish.
LOL! Know hobble A espinoza. This ends the hispanic (a race of it’s own?) lesson for today. Dos cervezas por favor.
Perhaps it depends on how much Boehner and the GOPe wants to help him. Maybe they'll send Murcowski down to cheer him up.
Cantor can run a write-in campaign but the deadline for filing a petition to appear as an independent candidate on the ballot expired when the polls closed on Prinary Day. That’s the Virginia sore loser law.
How DARE the voters reject their betters?
“...I would say if anything, that Conservatives are FAR more likely to say theyd rather see a Democrat win a race than a Republican they dont approve of...”
Respectfully, babble, I think you’ve got it wrong - I’d rather see a Democrat win than a Republican who COMPROMISES with the Democrats on helping to further destroy my Country.
The GOP-e candidate who helps the Dems, betrays the people who believed in and elected him and the Country, and does far more damage.
We already know the Dems are subversive; we don’t need to elect people who will help them further.
“...All they want to do is maximize the odds of someone with an R after his name winning a race...”
That “R” can easily mean “RINO”, and in the case of Cantor, it fits.
We need people to stop the slide into insanity, not facilitate it.
“...Then act stunned when that runs to the Democrats hat in hand....”
Well, now “that” can run to the Democrats with his ass in his hands, because the voters just handed it to him.
Good on ya, Virginians. Thank you!
Pretty bad that he wouldn’t be gracious. I also think Brat supporters ought to gracious. No one likes a sore winner OR loser.
Oh, bull. Look at all the backstabbing the GOP-e did to Tea Party candidates who beat moderates in the primaries in 2010. After years of telling conservatives to support whoever won the primary no matter what.
Interesting to watch his wife during the speech. Cold as a fish.
She is a BIG liberal.....and I mean BIG LIBERAL......could possibly be to the left of Nancy Pelosi.
Reportedly he spent $5 million to Brat's $100,000. If correct that is a 50-1 ratio.
And the threads are already loading up with GOPers demanding ‘that’ gets supported in other places as usual.
Absolute morons I swear.
GOPe would rather see a democrat win...
This will be a national election in the state of McAwful, with money flooding in from all states for the rat candidate. GOPe will stiff Brat, hoping they can blame a lost seat on the Tea Party again.
Wow, I never knew that.
They can “demand” all they want brother. All that matters is what YOU and I do after we walk into the voting booth, on our appointed days.
And nobody can do a damn thing about it.
I won’t vote for RINOs to maintain the status quo. The status quo is the erasure of my Nation, and that is unacceptable.
Last night gave our cause a boost for sure. And I agree that only the booth matters. But none of us can ignore or forget the fear job they ran on conservatives last time. The gop plants on FR are never going to stop scamming the posters and filling their heads with mush.
The plants need to hear a message loud and clear from us all...lurkers included.
Cantor is just scary to look at. I think he has issues.
The simple answer: NEVER
i am just glad he didn't pull a Boehner and start weeping...