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Last night, Jon Stewart covered the bombshell news that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost his primary to unknown Tea Partying college professor Dave Brat.

So what strategy did God use there to defeat the pro-life, Obamacare repealing, President obstructing, debt ceiling/default risking, tax loophole embracing, government shutdowning Eric Cantor?
MIKA BRZEZINSKI (6/11/2014): Brat went after Cantor for not staying true to conservative principles.

MARK PRESTON (6/11/2014): He tried to say that, in fact, Eric Cantor was too liberal.

(shocked audience response)

What?! He's too liberal? Yes, no, I imagine you could have said Eric Cantor was too liberal... pre-Enlightenment. (audience laughter) Certainly during the Middle Ages, Cantor's views on accepting gravity would be considered dangerous. (audience laughter)

Video and full transcript below the fold.



We're all familiar with the hyperbole of the 24-hour news cycle.  Breaking news, we found the plane!  We didn't find... actually, it's a Styrofoam cup, sorry.  But yesterday, yesterday, it finally lived up to the hype.
CHRISTINE ROMANS (6/11/2014): Stunning epic upset in Virginia.

TRACE GALLAGHER (6/10/2014): House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has now lost his GOP primary to Tea Party activist David Brat.

CARL CAMERON (6/11/2014): An underdog victory on behalf of an unfunded newcomer.

NANCY CORDES (6/11/2014): This is simply unprecedented.

KELLY O'DONNELL (6/11/2014): A history-making surprise.

CHRIS CUOMO (6/11/2014): David over Goliath ... times 1,000.

A thousand!!  This is what you need to do.  You need to take the Biblical struggle of Israel's future King David as he, armed with but a slingshot, slayed a literal giant whose very name has become synonymous with large things.  And multiply that by 1,000!  (audience laughter and applause)

That... that... no!  I even think that's understating it.  That was last night's Republican primary in Virginia's 7th District, where political newcomer David Brat defeated the sitting House Majority Leader — and I can only assume, future millionaire lobbyist — Eric Cantor.  Cantor was basically the fourth most powerful Republican in Washington, behind Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and an AR-15 that fires baby eagles dressed like Jesus.

(audience laughter)

They said the picture won't be ready till the show, and I said all right.  Whatever you can do to make it realistic.  That's really quite lovely.

How the hell did this happen?

NANCY CORDES (6/11/2014): He had all the name recognition, he outspent his opponent 40-to-1, and still lost by an astounding 11 points.

CHUCK TODD (6/11/2014): Cantor's campaign spent more at steakhouses than Brat spent on his entire campaign.

(audience laughter)

Oh that makes sense.  Very hard to conduct your campaign when you got the meat sweats.  "Uh, riiiiight.  My budget platforrrrrrrrm.  Vvvvvvvvrrrrrrrrr.  Lord have mercy, I vvvvrrrrrrrr."

Let me ask you a question there, who is this David Brat fellow?

FOX NEWS (6/11/2014): He is a college economics professor.

BETTY NGUYEN (6/11/2014): A 3.4 rating out of 5 on RateMyProfessors.com.  Students also gave him a chili pepper, meaning he's considered pretty hot, as in, good looking.

(audience whooping)

Looks like Congress has a new McDreamy.  Step aside, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

All right, I like what I'm seeing here from this fella.  But is he more than eye candy?

DAVID BRAT (6/10/2014): The reason we won this campaign, there's just one reason, and that's because dollars do not vote; you do!
Wow, I love the sentiment, although a certain Supreme Court might disagree with you.  But I like the cut of his jib.  What else you got there, fella?
DAVID BRAT (6/10/2014): Luke 18:27 — Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God."
(surprised audience laughter)

Did not see that coming.

DAVID BRAT (6/10/2014): This is a miracle from God that just happened. ... We believe in God, who gave us this miracle today. ... I love every single person that God made on this planet.
We get it, you beat a Jewish guy!  We get it!  (audience laughter)  Fine, we're not as chosen as we thought we were!  OK?  (audience laughter)

You know what's interesting, though?  What's interesting about the Jewish people, if I may, is that if we had achieved a victory like this election, the next day, that would be a new Jewish holiday.  That would be... we'd have a whole... it would be eight days, and we'd come up with some type of potato/onion thing to eat.  And kids, kids would hate it.

So what strategy did God use there to defeat the pro-life, Obamacare repealing, President obstructing, debt ceiling/default risking, tax loophole embracing, government shutdowning Eric Cantor?

MIKA BRZEZINSKI (6/11/2014): Brat went after Cantor for not staying true to conservative principles.

MARK PRESTON (6/11/2014): He tried to say that, in fact, Eric Cantor was too liberal.

(shocked audience response)

What?!  He's too liberal?  Yes, no, I imagine you could have said Eric Cantor was too liberal... pre-Enlightenment.  (audience laughter)  Certainly during the Middle Ages, Cantor's views on accepting gravity would be considered dangerous.  (audience laughter)  How is this cat too liberal??

MARK PRESTON (6/11/2014): Immigration reform, that is the issue that Dave Brat tried to hammer Eric Cantor with in the past few months.

REP. ERIC CANTOR, R-VA (2/9/2013): And it is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who are brought to this country as children, and who know no other home.

Communist!  (audience laughter)  Get back in your hybrid car that runs on NPR tote bag compost and old Lilith Fair posters and whatever the byproducts of steak are.  How did you spend $168,000 on steak?  I mean, how many sides can you order?  There's cream spinach, hash brown....  Let me ask you a question, Eric Cantor.  The tower of seafood that you ordered at the steak place — was Rapunzel living at the top of it?  Because, that's a....

(audience laughter)

All right.  So 65,000 people in one congressional district in Virginia have overthrown a clearly arrogant and unsuspecting incumbent.  Really hard to draw any broader lessons, considering Lindsey Graham, who's more supportive of immigration reform than even Cantor, easily defeated his Tea Party opponents.  Then again, I dont' have 24 hours of news to fill, so to the Broader Lesson-mobile!

6/11/2014:

ANDREA MITCHELL: The voters are simply angry.

GEORGE ALLEN: People don't like the status quo.

BECKY QUICK: The big message for Washington is that nothing is going to get passed in any form of legislation.

JONATHAN MARTIN: There is no chance for compromise.

JOHN KING: Compromise, forget about it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Immigration reform is now dead in Congress.

BOB SCHIEFFER: I think it's even deader.

FRANK LUNTZ: It's going to be very dangerous for a Republican to talk to Democrats.

Oh no!  Congress's current golden age of cooperation and productiveness is over!  (wild audience laughter and applause)  We'll be right back.
Jon then covered some not-as-depressing-as-you-might-think stories.

Meanwhile, Stephen also covered Cantor's loss in his own special way.

He then looked at our prison-industrial complex in another must-see clip.

Jon talked with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Stephen talked with Soylent creator Rob Rhinehart.

Originally posted to BruinKid on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  Thanks! I enjoy reading about the show. (7+ / 0-)

    From where I am located, those embedded videos appear as such:

    This better be good. Because it is not going away.

    by DerAmi on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 05:15:11 AM PDT

    •  what country are you in? (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Sent you a kosmail about this / eom (1+ / 0-)
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      „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

      by translatorpro on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 06:03:19 AM PDT

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    •  I see just a broken X (2+ / 0-)
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      All streaming media is blocked at my computer. We also have no sound cards.

      The only way I have to avoid work is to blog here.

      Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome. uid:21352

      by pucklady on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:20:25 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Thanks - this is the only way I can watch. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm in Central America, and only recently started getting the "so close, yet so far away" messages when I try to watch on the Comedy Central site.  I can still watch via the embedded video links (nobody tell Comedy Central).  If that stops working for me, I'll probably use a proxy server, which I've been meaning to do to watch other US television programming and movies.  There isn't much English-language TV where I am, not even programs with English subtitles.

  •  The remora has bridled the shark and is steering (13+ / 0-)

    it in any direction it now chooses.

    The Republican party has been overthrown by it's own parasites.

    Someone once asked me why do you always insist on taking the hard road? and I replied why do you assume I see two roads?

    by funluvn1 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 05:19:51 AM PDT

    •  Frankenstein's Monster (9+ / 0-)

      Cantor helped create this monster and he has been killed by it.

      •  Give Cantor's Jewish, I prefer the Golem analogy (6+ / 0-)

        He birthed this Tea Party monster and then it turned on him.

        •  Jewish (16+ / 0-)

          I'm Jewish.  I'm old.  I remember people with tattoos on their forearm.  I'm paranoid.  I seem to be the only one who sees the Tea Party as the National Socialist Party reborn.  My wife is not Jewish, not paranoid--she agrees with me.  This is a bigger event than is reported.  The cancer is spreading again--maybe the first victims won't be Jewish--Spanish speaking seems to be the victim de jour--we should all learn to speak Spanish--people are people--and now many people are at risk.  Did I mention I was paranoid.

          Actions speak louder than petitions.

          by melvynny on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 06:45:03 AM PDT

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            •  It's not about whether or on we speak Spanish (0+ / 0-)

              and it's not about racism, although that's the knee-jerk claim often made if someone is against amnesty / a "special" path to citizenship.

              It's simply about protecting the American workforce and having a fair immigration policy enforced. That would mean NOT prioritizing people who break our laws over those willing to abide by the rules.

          •  History will Record (3+ / 0-)
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            That the United States of America experienced a general paroxysm at this time.  Profound technological and economic shifts were not allowed to find their natural course because the levers of power had all been coopted by keepers of the status quo.  The mechanisms for peaceful evolution, which had been laid down by the Founding Fathers, had all been short-circuited and subverted.  So it was inevitable that the core raison-d-etre of its people led to an epochal clash with those who used the letter of the law as a license to steal.  Remember, those who founded this nation, those who reaffirmed it in the Civil War, and those who renewed it in the Civil Rights movement, all desired liberty above their personal freedom and even their own lives.  They were the crazy ones most people would shrink from in a public gathering.  But they did what they did because they understood that human dignity is a greater cause than any of us individually will ever deserve.  So you may be right that some will try to recreate atrocity wherein they substitute their own least favorite group, but beneath the rhetoric, the motivated spin, and the cynical manipulation the American people retain a common yearning for freedom and decency that will defeat and outlast everything else.  

            •  not so fast (6+ / 0-)

              I don't think American history shows a yearning for freedom and decency for everyone--never for Africans--originally, not for Irish, Italian, or Jew.  We are a nation of immigrants who hate other immigrants.  Our people are no better than were Germans in 1930--possibly worse.

              Actions speak louder than petitions.

              by melvynny on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:02:27 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  "We are a nation of immigrants who hate other i... (5+ / 0-)

                "We are a nation of immigrants who hate other immigrants." Never a truer word was spoken.

                I come from mostly Czech immigrants who came over in 1925. Two of my grandmother's brothers were enlisted in the U.S. Army when we entered WWII. They were stripped of rank and released to go home (Texas and New Mexico) because of fear that they held allegiance to the Czech government and, by proxy, the Nazi Regime. Within months, they also lost land. Though they were not interred like the Japanese-Americans at the time, there were stories of threats and anger by others towards our family. It's appalling to see this same mentality still holds within our country.

                •  Good insight (2+ / 0-)
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                  I see some of what your family experienced happening in this country today. We are being conditioned with fear: from not buying dangerous medications to treat conditions that are nothing much, to fear of the Liberal philosophy of helping the disadvantaged.  Illegal emigration is just another of the manufactured fears that we are being force fed.

                  Don't hold your breath for emigration reform.  As long as big business see the gain in having a disenfranchised, scared, illegal workforce on tap, nothing will change.  They do the jobs Americans won't, because Americans know that forcing them to work in Asbestos laden air with out protection is illegal.  They are too scared to complain.  And as big business own our government...........

              •  The Native Americans would totally (3+ / 0-)
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                Agree.

                And no one should ever forget how Hitler told Albert Speer that he was modeling his programs for Jewish people on the barbaric practices of what we Americans did to our original peoples.

              •  Disagree. People from hundreds of language and ... (0+ / 0-)

                Disagree. People from hundreds of language and cultural groups have come to America and managed to live with each other relatively peacefully. Some of these groups had wars and other horrible conflicts in the past.

                •  situation (0+ / 0-)

                  People emigrated to the US knowing they would be outsiders,second generation often intermarried. In Iraq--this is the family homeland--with established biases toward neighbors.  Now those neighbors are fellow citizens--"destroying our country."

                  Actions speak louder than petitions.

                  by melvynny on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 04:28:11 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  and they could have taken their hatreds (0+ / 0-)

                    And reconstituted them here. NOT doing so was part of the original meaning of 'American exceptionalism'. The idea was that America was a great opportunity to forget about all the traditional conflicts and hatreds of Europe.  

                    Unfortunately, we developed new ones. But, by and large,  the immigrant experiene in America was surprisingly positive.  

                    Help us to save free conscience from the paw Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw. ~John Donne

                    by ohiolibrarian on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 05:03:06 PM PDT

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          •  That's right ... very far right !! (1+ / 0-)
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            My first reaction was that the Christian Conservative Party were celebrating "cleansing" themselves of Jews. Cantor was their token Jew, just as Steele was the black token Repugnants' chairman for a few years. I think Cantor wanted so desperately to become "one of the guys" that he found it hard to keep up his facade and tried to follow the party line of the moment, and he was "damned if he did, and damned if he didn't". Sound familiar? You're not paranoid, you remember history.  Most people today never knew it.

  •  and when he's eventually caught (4+ / 0-)
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    fucking his pool-boy, will that be a "miracle from God" too?


    "Republicans: the party that brought us 'Just Say No.' First as a drug policy, then as their entire platform." ---Stephen Colbert

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 06:02:48 AM PDT

  •  Ehh.....I believe the cocky ass Cantor..... (6+ / 0-)
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    ....felt so entitled, as did his constituents, that they didn't bother to campaign or vote.

    Simple as that.

    A few people showed up (including some dems) and voted the other way. Now the lazy ass pundits, who also knew he was entitled never saw this coming, are looking for excuses as to why they weren't talking about this on Monday.

    I guess they need a little more rope

    by suspiciousmind on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 06:08:03 AM PDT

    •  Cantor was cocky and entitled (8+ / 0-)

      I've been wondering when someone was going to call our attention to the fact that Cantor gave an impression that he believed in his own "inevitability".  He was tall, confident, had powerful backing and by Gosh he was headed toward...  something.  The Presidency?  Maybe.  But in any case, he knew best, he didn't need to listen to us, he was just so, so special.

      And now he isn't.

      I could not be happier and I think it is a mistake to credit the Tea Party for Cantor's defeat.  I'm far more inclined to believe that a lot of his constituents just thought he was a complete dickwad, whose face and voice they were very very tired of.

      The result?  Many didn't vote for him, others actively voted against him.  I don't think it was political or ideological, I think it was a personality clash, between a stuffed shirt and the voters, who were sick of being subjected to his face, his voice and his attitude.  Nothing to do with religion, politics, immigration or anything else.  He is creepy.  THAT'S the takeaway here.  But don't count on any pundits to tell you that.  It's too logical.

  •  Conservatives zealots at work (14+ / 0-)

    When simply talking to Democrats, let alone "make deals" with them, is viewed as a capital offense, one can only wonder: do these zealots have ANY idea that Congress was created AND designed by those Founders they worship to not only allow but encourage DEAL MAKING???

    But as Richard Murdock (failed GOP contender in Indiana in 2012 and of "life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen" fame) summarized:

    "bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view… If we win the House, Senate, and White House, bipartisanship means they have to come our way".

    What to expect from conservatives other than utmost non-cooperation?

    •  And this needs to be our prime response (1+ / 0-)
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      to the inanity of false equivalencies we see and hear in the media today.  It is so much bullshit.  I don't know of a single Democrat who lost his/her seat because of compromise or deal making with Republicans.

      "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

      by Mr MadAsHell on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:09:43 AM PDT

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    •  Indeed (1+ / 0-)
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      kittie

      I'm pretty left, but if I were in Congress, well, politics is the art of the possible. I'd be happy to sit down, hammer out a deal, and hope we do better in the next election so we can demand more from the other side.

      Why such standard behavior has become The Greatest Evil Imaginable -- well I know, but it doesn't make it any less stupid.

      Conservatives believe evil comes from violating rules. Liberals believe evil comes from violating each other.

      by tcorse on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:52:30 AM PDT

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    •  Tea Partiers seem to be actively hostile to sen... (1+ / 0-)
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      Tea Partiers seem to be actively hostile to seniority and position in Congress. The public used to consider powerful Congresscritters desirable because those people were more likely to bring home benefits to the local community. Now there is an ideological bias against people staying in office long enough to know what the heck they're doing.

      •  I have posted a similar thought to those who (0+ / 0-)

        advocate for very short term limits.

        I tell them that while we don't need "Congressmen-for-life", we also don't need perpetual government-by-amateurs. It takes a while to learn the job and become proficient in it, with some like Michele Bachmann never getting the hang of being a functional member of Congress despite many terms in office.

        Republicans - A pathology, not a party.

        by storeysound on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:22:52 AM PDT

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  •  Of course they think (12+ / 0-)

    Cantor is too liberal. These are people who think a centrist like Barack Obama is a socialist/communist/far left dictator. Their ignorance of the spectrum of political thought is stunning.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 06:56:10 AM PDT

  •  Why do they keep calling this guy a Tea Party (2+ / 0-)
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    guy?  I'm confused there. the TP didn't even support him, did they?

    I know he's a religious nut (and the dangerous kind, as well) and his views are uber right, but is he really a TPer or is he a uber conservative Libertarian religious nut or???

    The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blog: http://thisskysings.wordpress.com/

    by cany on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 07:10:19 AM PDT

  •  Brat Goosesteps Better Than Cantor, (2+ / 0-)
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    and the drinking water in Cantor's district had fresh Bakken oil in it whichhad been chlorinated.

    Brat -- appropriately named teabagger.

  •  To me what this really points out... (3+ / 0-)
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    Is how badly the Democrats need a "TEA PARTY" from the left. Something…anything…to make this party relevant again…Please! Something to stop them from playing the same cynical culture war distraction games as the Republicans of the 90s.

    •  YES WE DO! (0+ / 0-)

      We can call it the People Party... because I am still in awe of any group.. taking down the establishment even one peg. I am sick to death of Democratic excuses.  Maybe we have high ideas, but at the end of the day, Democrats accomplish about as much as Republicans... absolutely nothing... BUT provide corporate interest with everything that THEY want.

  •  Dollars do NOT vote. (2+ / 0-)
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    Candidate gets outspent 40-1 and still wins, and Stewart still finds a way to bitch about money controlling everything.   In this one case, it didn't.  Would it kill Stewart to admit that?  And will liberals take notice and finally stop making excuses for not challenging crappy corporatist Democrats?  David Brat didn't make excuses, he just kicked ass.  I wish the Left had some of that spirit.

    •  I personally think that the reason Brat won, (0+ / 0-)

      despite being vastly outspent, is that Cantor's supporters didn't believe it was possible for Cantor to lose (just as I think both of Obama's victories were at least in part due to the fact that Republicans didn't believe a black man could possibly win one term, let alone two). They therefore didn't come out to vote, assuming that every other Cantor supporter would. In the end, Brat won by gaining 55% of the 14% of eligible voters who actually went to the polls.
      The real "miracle" here is that Brat won the primary on the strength of just over 7% of the electorate.

      Liberals and Progressives need to take note. We're very concerned about the power of the money of the 1%, but here it was the power of the actual votes of the 7% (and probably damn few of those were 1%ers) that made the difference.

      if you hope to win, you've got to vote!

      Republicans - A pathology, not a party.

      by storeysound on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:38:43 AM PDT

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  •  Going to see this tnight with Sound on.... (0+ / 0-)

    Even reading the transcript was hilarious.  It was truly a real good, breaking news story when it went down.

  •  A whole lot of people are very PO'ed at big money (1+ / 0-)
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    politicians. There is a huge sentiment to get rid of the elected political elite whose primary function is to stay in power.
    Warren has it right. People are starting to understand that the game is rigged to screw the 99% to benefit the 1%. This is the wave the Democrats can ride (with the right candidates-not HRC for example).

    Warren is neither a Clintonesque triangulator nor an Obamaesque conciliator. She is a throwback to a more combative progressive tradition, and her candidacy is a test of whether that approach can still appeal to voters.-J. Toobin "New Yorker"

    by chuck utzman on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:37:47 AM PDT

  •  100 years from now (1+ / 0-)
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    I hope and pray that historians and political scientists and sociologist are sitting around discussion the absurdity of the early 2000s when two comedians were the only source of sane news and sane commentary on the state of the nation.  I hope they are talking about the utter failure of the media and journalism to speak up and stand up to Rethuglicans and the Tea Party and marvel that the fake news was much better than the real one.  

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 11:24:51 AM PDT

    •  Source of News (0+ / 0-)

      History is repeated everyday.  The word of God states that there is nothing new under the sun and all things have been done in times before.

      So our media (according to the wishes of the people that run their stations) do their jobs of dishing out the 'news', Do you think it's ever been different?  So what if we can get news from a few comedians?  Does it really matter where the truth comes from?

      Proverbs 25:25 As cold water is to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.

  •  What happened? (1+ / 0-)
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    Last I read there was serious consideration given to cross-over voting, consider the breakdown of precincts etc.  Brat did run a campaign to court DEMs to defeat Cantor - failing of course to mention he was a teapartier.  This would make sense, polls measured only registered repubs - thus they would be widely off in a cross-over election.  Also, polls showed that 80% of voters in the district were FOR some sort of compromise immigration bill.

    Did I miss something?

  •  It's not funny folks (0+ / 0-)

    Cantor lost, and I would rather he had one.  And that's sad.  He is the less distructive of the two.  As a Democrat, this worries me as much as that AH, John MacArthur pastor of Grace Community Church in the San Fernando Valley, who urged a parent whos son had just come out to his parents that he was gay--"shun him".  Every parent shun your gay child he stated.  At lesae they aren't putting them into concentration camps yet.

    I don't believe in a Christian god, and certainly not a god who would advocate this.  I really wish Jesus would walk again on earth just to see him smite these worthless people into dust.

  •  The Democratic candidate (0+ / 0-)

    Who is the candidate for the democratic side in November?  This should be important!  Obvious that this person has a great opportunity to upset the Brat! I would think more than upsetting Cantor if he had won.

  •  Actually, that quote was cut: (0+ / 0-)

    What Brat actually said was:

    I love every single person that God made on this planet. Except Blacks. And Mexicans. And women. And 'Liberals'. And people who can't vote. And poor people. And people trying to make a living on minimum wage. And non-Christians. And Feminazis. And climate change believers. And ...
  •  Ratings, schmatings. (0+ / 0-)
    A 3.4 rating out of 5 on RateMyProfessors.com.  Students also gave him a chili pepper, meaning he's considered pretty hot, as in, good looking.
    That's only out of 24 ratings, though.

    I mean, I have a 4.18 rating, with 105 ratings, people.

    •  What do students say who don't like Brat? (0+ / 0-)

      "Off subject often"

      "He change assignments a lot and sometimes it's unclear what he wants you to do."

      "He changed the assignments almost everyday. he never had set schedule for anything. he was forgetful of quizzes. For his papers, no one ever understood what he wanted for us to do. he was almost never there when we needed help. he read the book in for students to follow and lastly, he graded very critically without first giving you guidelines."

      "Brat changes assignments all the time, but he is so charming, you forget to be mad at him."

      "not a great teacher."

  •  Not Jeff, Jeff's wife posting (0+ / 0-)

    What really cost Cantor the election...
    He forgot the golden rule of politics, ALL politics is LOCAL. It was reported that he was in DC on primary day at a fundraiser. Yes people of the 7th, Cantor didn't even show up on an election day! That's the biggest grip I hear coming out of his district. I'm here in the 3rd and our guy, Bobby Scott is always here. Sometimes I think he spends more time here than in DC.

    13.7% of the voters turned out (which apparently is a good turn out for a primary) That's 65,000 people. Brat won with over 56% of the vote. How many of those were Dems that wanted to torpedo Cantor? Who knows? Cooter from Dukes of Hazzard called them out to vote, and the Dems already saw it happen it 2008 when the Rush fans turned out to hand that primary to Obama. So you know it can work. And Cantor's people were looking at around 45K showing up.

    Being a Virginian, I'm taking this primary with a grain of salt, yes, the 7th got even MORE gerrymandered in the last redistricting, BUT Virginia in the last 10 years or so has seen a lot of liberal influx and a whole generation (Millennials) have come of age. That's my kids generation, and they are liberal (very) on social issues.

    So what does this mean? Probably not jack poo for the country at large, but it does put pressure on Hampton Roads considering how much our economy relies on the Navy and no matter who wins the general, Virginia is
    now going to have a rookie congressman instead of the #2 guy in the house.

    But when its all said and done, I am tickled pink that I don't have to see Cantor's wannabe Elvis sneer much longer!

    Don't take life seriously; you'll never get out of it alive.

    by jeffconn on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 12:15:52 AM PDT

  •  Frankenstein (1+ / 0-)
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    Bluegeorgia

    The GOP has created a Frankenstein. In their quest for the bigoted, the Christian Fundamentalists, the paranoid, the sociopathic, the homophobic and every other lunatic fringe element in the United States they have created their own Frankenstein. Whatever claim to political relevance the GOP once had has now been all but extinguished. Do not however write off this political party, hate sells and in the United States there are an enormous number of miscreants who are willing to buy it. Intellectual, logical, effective political policies require mental acumen, diligence and hard work to conceive and implement and we as a Nation have become accustomed to sloth. So my friends do not be surprised if these knuckle dragging malcontents overrun this Nation and put it on a path spiraling into the dustbin of history.

  •  One question and observations--Is Virginia an "... (0+ / 0-)

    One question and observations--Is Virginia an "open primary state", which would mean that not all of those who voted on the Republican ticket were registered Republicans? If that's the case, some Democratic voters may have "sabotaged" the Republican candidate by electing one who can't win (good for them!) Also, Cantor outspent Brat by how much? If that's the case, then the Koch brothers and the other politically related groups should probably save their money!

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