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Dave Brat is the Republican Eric Cantor Pretends To Be

I attended a “meet and greet” for Dave Brat at Life Church in Mechanicsville this evening. There was a good crowd on hand to listen to Brat’s stump speech, after which he took questions from the audience.

One of the things that I have personally found fascinating was how Dave Brat is received by different audiences.

And if you don’t know who this man is that is calling himself “Eric Cantor’s Term Limit” you really need to take a look at him and decide for yourself. Because I can’t seem to find a label that fits him. He is a political enigma to me. And someone that transcends labels. Having heard him speak on several occasions and in front of different groups, he is well received across the entire political spectrum from centrists to far right leaning voters.

It seems even Cantor has been having a hard time figuring out his challenger for the Republican nomination. In Cantor’s opening email salvo he called Brat a “liberal college professor”. And part of that is true. Just not the Liberal part – unless you are talking about a Classic Liberal, who is actually a Conservative.

Next Cantor called Brat a right wing extremist and is even using “slating” at mass meetings to beat back the far right “extremists” by taking away their votes and giving them to his hand picked minions.

I can’t find much these days to agree with Eric Cantor on, but pinning a label on Dave Brat escapes me as well.

Brat appeals to teachers. How many Republicans can say that? But he is a teacher and understands the issues facing the education system today. And Brat is not a fan of the Federal Department of Education and thinks that money would be better spent at the state level and in the classroom.  How radical is that? Get rid of the high salaried Administrators and concentrate on the classroom at the local level. A truly pro education conservative position. And that presents quite a conundrum for Eric Cantor who prefers power at the Federal level.

So is Dave Brat a TEA Party Candidate?

In two words, hell no.

And out of all the media media people in the Commonwealth of Virginia, I feel I am as qualified as anyone to make the call on who is  a “TEA Party” Candidate and who is not.

Dave Brat is not a TEA Party Candidate.

No self respecting TEA Party Candidate would trot out in public and give a stump speech using the Republican Creed. It is one of the worst kept secrets that TEA Party candidates are not exactly enamored of Republicans. And if you want to win the votes and affection of any TEA Party group, talking up all things Republican is not going to be in your best interest.

And you can hear the low groans and see the brows begin to furrow at a TEA Party event when Dave Brat says “Let me take the Republican Creed point by point”.

And as Brat begins to enumerate and explain the creed that Republicans believe in, it quickly becomes apparent that this is exactly what the TEA Party believes.

  • That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,
  • That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,
  • That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,
  • That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,
  • That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,
  • That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.

So that is what Dave Brat, the “liberal” college professor who is also a right wing extremist is basing his campaign on. The Republican Creed. And as he ticks off the list of things that Eric Cantor has done – or failed to do – you are left with the impression that Dave Brat is the Republican that Eric Cantor only pretends to be.

Most of us seem to have forgotten what being a Republican really means.

But the appeal that Brat has to the TEA Party is in his economic message. And that is, or should be, the common ground that anyone not on the side of creating a giant welfare state with complete government control finds their ideal candidate. There is no divisiveness in a message of Constitution and responsibility. And term limits!

And of course, Eric Cantor had his plants at the meeting. One of my friends, Todd Vander Pol, who was a die hard Cuccinelli supporter, tried to get in a couple of “gotcha” questions. Now on a side note here, I think it odd that Todd would be all in for Eric Cantor who didn’t lift a finger to help Cuccinelli in his run for Governor last year. Yet we find him carrying the water for Cantor who is engaging in a war on Conservatives who hold the same Constitutional beliefs as our former Attorney General. And it didn’t seem to register with Todd that the IRS and Eric Cantor are both targeting the same groups for harassment and annihilation.

Todd said on his Facebook page:

I agree with Mr Lowry completely. Many of my fellow conservative friends are simply demanding policy that the voters will not support, so why beat up our best conservative representatives during the battle.
We have a lot of work to do with the voters before we can expect to pass much of the legislation we desire to make for a healthier economy and society.
If you feel the need to Carp, Carp about the true liberal representatives.
Todd V

Ok. Mr. Lowry is Eric Cantor’s head Young Gun in Virginia. And the people demanding “policy that the voters will not support” are folks like Dave Brat – who is holding the Republicans to their own creed.

But Todd’s “gotcha” question was about Obamacare.

“What would you replace it with?”

Ok. I smelled setup. But to Brat’s credit, he gave the Constitutional answer and I don’t think he even suspected that Vander Pol was a Cantor plant.

“Free market solutions” was Dave’s answer.

At the end of the day, the only label I can tag Dave Brat with is Republican. And one with a broad appeal across the political spectrum. And probably the one guy in all the races in Virginia that is capable of uniting the entire Republican party.

Check Dave Brat out here.




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.

6 Responses to “Dave Brat is the Republican Eric Cantor Pretends To Be”

  1. W. S. Wright says:

    Dude, I was there too and your report is right on. The thing that is very telling to me about Cantor’s failed record is that he refuses to debate Brat.

    If he feels like he has done a good job and served his constituents well, he should be hyped up to debate Brat and defend his record every single week b/n now and his departure.

    Doubt very seriously you’ll see that happen unless Cantor continues to see the tide shifting againist him.

  2. Mort Coleman says:

    So far I like Dave Brat, and am supporting him in the primary. Eric Cantor has so much money that he can pay democrats to slate delegates in republican meetings. This is not how a senior leader should behave. He should set the example by debating, defending his record, and be prepared to step aside should his constituents decide it is time for him to retire. Eric we thank you for your service, but we no longer believe that you are representing us to the best of your ability. So folks it is up to us. We need to make sure that people know the primary is most important, and get the votes lined up for Dave Brat.

  3. Todd Vander Pol says:

    In response to Glenn Lucy posting this article-

    Todd Vander Pol
    Glenn one of the things that has disappointed me concerning a number of my Tea Party friends is they always feel so free to tell “me” what I am “thinking”! And what my motivations are. I believe less and less of what is shared on social media by these people.
    I attended the David Brat event because I think a lot of David Brat. I have known him for a number of years and have helped to promote his speakers series on faith, ethics and economics. I have talked with him numerous times, he is a good, talented individual who has promoted conservative themes in a very liberal environment.
    However he has never held public office, he has no voting record and having been involved in politics for nearly 30 years now I do not trust the rhetoric alone to make my decision on who to support.
    I asked two questions-
    !st what would be David’s response if he lost the nomination?
    If someone wants the advantages of the Party organization I would expect them to acknowledge that the Republican candidate is going to be head and shoulders better than a Democratic candidate and they would work for their election.
    David side stepped and said he would support Cantor when he was right and not when he was wrong.
    Perhaps David was playing to he crowd he was speaking to but I was disappointed in his answer.
    I would suggest that there was not a single person in the crowd who would agree with me on everything and I do not expect that, but I also understand that on a political view scale I would be side by side with them in general agreement with the Republican Creed. On this same political view scale Eric Cantor’s voting record is solidly conservative when compared to all 435 members of Congress.
    One of the advantages of having been active in the Republican Party is I get to know some of the staffers and when I hear people talking like they “know” what Eric thought or what his purpose was for a certain vote, I call a staffer and ask about the situation and the reasoning behind the vote. Every time I have done this in the past I have understood why he voted as he did and felt it was reasonable to do so. This has sustained my confidence in Eric and lead me to seriously doubt those who speak so boldly and with certainty about “why” a vote went one way or the other.

    2nd I stated that Obamacare came about because of a failure to address shortcomings with our current health care system and what did David propose to replace Obamacare with?
    It has been my experience that some candidates will actually have spent the time to formulate and then believe in and articulate solutions. They do not have to be the perfect solution but if the candidate believes in the solution and articulates it effectively they will build a groundswell of support. I saw this with Reagan and then when George Allen first ran for Governor.
    Again I was disappointed, David rightly referred to the Constitution and said the problems should be dealt with at he State level. In theory I agree, but again David and I are not your average voter, who wants to hear about solutions to their problems, real or perceived. I was looking for some real options to Obamacare that we as activists could take to the public.
    As to this being a “gotcha” question I suggest Tom White ask for his money back from the prophet who gave him that insight.

    Two weeks ago I asked that same question to Eric Cantor when he took the time to meet with about 20 of the local Hanover County Republican committee members. The event had been advertised through the committee email list and on the website and less than 20 people show up for a chance to question the Majority Speaker??
    Eric continues to champion HSA accounts, Health Savings Accounts. My family has had one for 15 years now and it has worked well.
    Tort reform to lower overall costs.
    Portability to allow you to move state to state with the same insurance co.
    Why have these items not passed Congress?? Because the overall mix in Congress is still to Liberal!! Much less the Senate.
    So yes I believe that much of what the far Right asks is not achievable until we get a more conservative mix in Congress and hopefully the Senate.
    Replacing Eric with David does not help that mix. Replacing Bobby Scott with a more conservative candidate would be a great improvement!
    As someone who has worked for 25 years in Hanover co to hold up the right wing of the party I appreciate all who take the time to be involved in the political discussion. But as a business man I try to move with purpose towards my goal and much of what others state as “truth” I believe is speculation. Many cry for the truth but few seek it.
    Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!
    Todd Vander Pol
    Citizenship Advocate

  4. Tom White says:

    Todd – your bromance with Eric Cantor is well known. Your Facebook post was widely circulated via email, and frankly, I was embarrassed for you. It is apparent you are carrying the water for the Progressive Cantor. The correct answer was not to “replace” Obamacare with anything. Exactly where in the US Constitution does the federal government have that power? Cantor’s solution is “we will keep the good parts” like forcing coverages. That is not free market. Period.

    Cantor has attacked Conservatives and has to go. Slating is proof that he is only interested with power. His own. He is a bigger threat to liberty than Obama or Reid. He is insidious in that he supports legislation to nowhere publicly and then goes back to DC and continues funding Obamacare and growing government. He displays absolutely no leadership.

    And people like you support and enable his managed destruction of the country.

    I am done supporting the people harming America and Cantor is one of them.

    And frankly, I am amazed and astonished that anyone even bothers to show up at the HRC meetings anymore. What a complete waste of time. Did anyone ask Cantor to justify slating? Did anyone ask him about debating Dave Brat? Did you bother to ask him why he going to Amelia Island to meet with anti-Conservatives and Soros funded money bags? Did anyone ask why he funded Obamacare? Why he exempted his wife from insider trading laws? No. You just tossed him a softball question. And gushed over his answer. Did you follow up with a question about why he caved in and funded Obamacare? Time after time? Did you ask him to explain why his funding bad law in order to hold power is good? I would imagine if you challenged him with a serious question that you, like me, would have been chastised because we shouldn’t speak ill of “our own”. Well, “our own” need to know when they stray from the Creed. They need to know we are watching. It is attitudes like that which have allowed Obama and the Democrats to own us. Cantor has absolutely no spine and ALWAYS puts his own self interest and power ahead of the 7th District and the Nation. Obama couldn’t have done the things he has done to this nation without the assistance and acquiescence of Cantor and Boehner. And the cop out that the nation is not ready to support “far right” (another term for Constitutional) Republicans. We simply can’t afford NOT to. And you and anyone else that believes that way are hypocrites. I freely admit I was, which is why I stepped down as MDC. And calling me out last year in a meeting for being critical of our EMPLOYEES was more than I could take. I joined the HRC several years ago to work with and support Republicans who believe the Creed. You read it every meeting and then proceed to welcome those that have no clue what it means at all. And anyone who dare criticize policy and legislation that deviates from that creed is a radical? A far-right winger?

    Sorry Todd. You have drifted to the left and find it more palatable to point to those of us that are anchored where the Republican Party now only pretends to be.

    Being a Cantor enabler is sanctioning our destruction.

    You seem to forget, we do not elect these people to lead us. Cantor is only the leader of the Republicans in Congress. They work for us. They are elected to carry out our wishes. And when you allow them to become your leader and justify poor judgement that is out of touch with the Creed they are supposed to uphold, you ARE the problem.

    Personally, I believe that the elected officials who attend your HRC meetings should be recognized and asked to come to the front of the room and kneel just to remind them whom they were elected to serve. THE PEOPLE. ALL OF THEM. Not just the HRC.

    I am not interested in preserving Republican power, which is your only goal. What did that get us with Bob McDonnell? A tax hiking politician on the take. Cantor is no different.

    But you guys go ahead and applaud for the people like Walter Stosch and Eric Cantor while the Commonwealth and the Nation declines under their “leadership”.

    I’d rather eat maggots.

    But you will be happy to know I did write a song for you and the other EC Zombies. Enjoy!


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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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