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Dave Brat Defeats Eric Cantor in a Landslide Primary Victory – But What Does it Really Mean?

I met Dave Brat several years ago and was immediately impressed when he gave a talk on political ethics and how it relates to economics. It was refreshing to hear someone that understood how an economy really worked and how, sometimes, the help we are inclined to give, being the magnanimous people we Americans are, may be doing more harm than good.

And when Dave first came forward to challenge Eric Cantor,  I didn’t hesitate a bit.  I endorsed him and told him he had my full support. He was the right person at the right time.

And it has been a long and arduous climb. Dave Brat was outspent 27 to 1. The local newspaper, The Times Dispatch, was completely in the tank for Eric Cantor and most of the local media gave Dave no more than a passing mention now and again. None of them had an inkling that Eric Cantor was about to go down in flames in a landslide loss to the man the did their best to ignore.

But as I gathered at the Grassroots Thank You Party – Dave didn’t even call it a Victory Party – with a few hundred of the grassroots activists and workers that had done so much to push Dave Brat across the finish line, I realized that this was more than simply the election of Dave Brat and the defeat of Eric Cantor. It is a turning point in American history. The repercussions and fallout from tonight will continue to be a factor in national politics for years to come. We changed the course of history in a single election. Not because Eric Cantor lost, although that was one  (sweet) aspect of it. But because Conservationism won. Not the “lip service” Conservatism Eric Cantor liked to talk about. But true fiscal Conservationism.

And for those in the media and the left wing of the Republican Party gnashing their teeth that a TEA Party guy won, you really need to get a grip. Dave Brat is not a TEA Party guy, he is a Republican. For those who were too blinded by Eric Cantor and his “Liberal Professor” Ray Allen B.S. (more on Ray Allen in another post – I promise!), Dave Brat is a down to earth guy who really believes in the Republican Creed. That was not some campaign rhetoric to placate people. I knew Dave back before he ran for anything. Or even had a notion to do so.

I would ask the media and the (former) Cantor supporters to give the guy a chance. If you do, you will find a Godly man of substance and someone who is determined to represent us and wants to make all of our livesw better.

But what are the implications of this election?

In the 7th District, Conservatives have already replaced the district chairman Linwood Cobb with a Conservative, Fred Gruber. That partially dismantled Eric Cantor’s” machine”. And it was a harbinger of things to come. People in the 7th District have reached a boiling point and the “establishment” Republicans are completely blind to that fact. Well, probably not so blind anymore.

I said early and often that the grassroots folks that supported Eric Cantor expected results. We expected representation. And Eric Cantor failed to deliver. We were not asking for more “stuff”. In fact, quite the opposite. We wanted Eric to understand that the Constitution is not just a suggestion. It is the foundation of this nation. I am sure Cantor understands this, but it became a lower priority on his list than it was on the list of his employers in the 7th District.

One thing that was really nice for me was that in supporting Dave Brat I already knew most of the activists who were supporting him. Where did we meet? Supporting Eric Cantor, of course.

There were few Brat supporters that had not supported Eric Cantor over the years. Politicians like Eric Cantor believe they reach a plateau where they are untouchable. Unaccountable. Unconcerned with the people that they are supposed to represent.

So what is to be the impact of Eric Cantor’s defeat on the local politicians that helped Cantor in his attempts to slate (disenfranchise) voters? Delegate John O’Bannon who nominated Cantor’s guy at the Henrico Convention? We can call that a bad decision now that Cantor has been defeated. And in the 2nd district – Virginia Beach – the fallout is on the way.

There are so many politicians in the 7th District that were owned and operated by the Eric Cantor machine that is no longer.

The entire dynamics of Virginia politics changed tonight. Most people don’t realize that.


But they will wake up in the morning here in the 7th district and realize that the money that came from Eric Cantor will stop. And while that is a curse on it’s face, it is a blessing that you are no longer beholden to the Cantor Machine.

Of course there are still many machines still in operation, but the tentacles of Eric Cantor have been severed.

There is going to be a lot of fallout on the national scene. The election arrow that pierced Eric Cantor’s political heart also struck at the soul of John Boehner. Boehner is already in the death throes of his waning political career and is contemplating retirement as well as facing a revolt from the right to pry the gavel from his orange, tear stained hand. And the defeat of Boehner’s Majority Leader in a primary will likely be the impetus behind a challenge – whispers of which are already echoing in the gallery at the House of Representatives.

And what of Young Guns?

Eric Cantor created the Young Guns PAC to consolidate his power and that of his boss, John Boehner. The breath of the conservatives (the oft mislabeled TEA Party) has been hot on the neck of Cantor. Young guns was created to defeat Conservatives that might challenge Cantor as majority leader. After all, it wouldn’t do to have a Conservative uprising on the House Floor. Better to support those that would support Cantor.

Hopefully, Young Guns will fade into the sunset as Cantor is no longer in need of the anti-Conservative group.

So with the defeat of Eric Cantor, much of the thrust against the true Conservatives will come to an end.

And I will predict that John Boehner will soon be replaced by a more Conservative speaker.

Dave Brat is the first domino. An era has ended and significant changes are in the near future.















About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

7 Responses to “Dave Brat Defeats Eric Cantor in a Landslide Primary Victory – But What Does it Really Mean?”

  1. gina says:

    This win also means that shaun kenney and brian schoeneman become irrelevant. With cantors loss, their dream of being the dynamic duo of power brokers in Virginia politics has become less likely… thank God!

  2. Robert Shannon

    Tom White does an excellent job of summarizing the major points, this piece is again no exception. Kudo’s Tom !

    On another note it may warrant examining an aspect of this that I saw evidence of in Dr. Brat’s appearance on one of the news programs last night . The term “right wing extremist” or the seeming desire to disassociate oneself from the TEA Party may indeed be just the golden opportunity to turn the tide with the mainstream media. Dave Brat is so very articulate that perhaps in that manner when he is asked a question about being associated with us ( TEA Party ) he might just shut them up with the following.

    The people I have met and got to know in the TEA Party are average Americans in every sense of the word, with one exception. They have a strong abiding faith in the Founders wisdom, they are very responsible people, believing it is wrong to saddle future generations with this monumental debt, they love this Country and I am damn tired of the Media mocking them as if they are something other than what they are–great Americans. Furthermore they stand as the last bastion of hope for the restoration of the rule of law and the halting of the cultural rot that has plagued this Nation for 30 years.

    At the National level we need defenders, so fortunate that we could have one in such an eloquent and articulate man as Dr. Brat.
    Bob Shannon

  3. Dave Z. says:

    Not only was Can’tor sent packing but the VERY good news is that gobs of his VERY corrupt YES MEN were also sent packing! Praise God!

  4. Smith III says:

    Local Domino Effects – Let the record show that Del. CHRIS PEACE,Del. BUDDY FOWLER, and HA BOS SEAN DAVIS just days ago threw a huge FUND Raiser picnic for ERIC CANTOR.

    AND of those 3 only Chris Peace was not proudly wearing a Cantor sticker at the 7th District Convention. Chris Peace has since gone no record to endorse Cantor even though he also went on record to admit that he knew he was lying.

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  6. Johnna Calhoun says:

    Angela Kelly Wicek intro’d Dr. Brat as a “Conservative Professor” and went on record to admit Cantor was lying and STILL supported Cantor. What does that say about her integrity?


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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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