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Congressman Dave Brat: Not the Easy Mark Bearing Drift Imagines

Rep-Dave-BratOur good friends over at Bearing Drift continue to snipe at Congressman Dave Brat from a distance. Sporting article after article written with accusations gathered from unnamed sources, Bearing Drift aims at painting a picture of Congressman Brat as lost in the weeds of Washington D.C., out-matched by those genius career politicians sporting their just-barely double-digit approval ratings. Nothing could be further from the truth. And while our dear disciples of the Church of Cantor clamor for a primary-incursion against Congressman Brat, deliriously certain of whomever’s impending victory, Congressman Brat continues to demonstrate that on no level will he cave to the pernicious pressures of the establishment syndicate – and his district loves him for it.

Libertarian, Conservative, or Constitutionalist – who among us can find fault with Congressman Brat’s legislative voting record? Brat’s record is more libertarian than Amash and Massie, more conservative than Jordan and Gohmert, and as Constitutional as Mike Lee. Explain to me why the 7th district would abandon him? Has Congressman Brat offended businessmen in the district who make a living off of Washington handouts and subsidies? I don’t know, but even if that’s the case, the constituents of the 7th district are most certainly more concerned with their own liberty and rights than they are with the wealthy getting wealthier.

Congressman Brat has been held to a higher standard than anyone elected to the House of Representatives. Unlike most Congressman, he can’t horse trade legislation; and we all know that’s exactly what happens in The House. Congressman Wittman and Congressman Goodlatte do it all the time. Why? Because they want to get their legislation passed and to do that, they have to vote for legislation they and their constituents don’t agree with. Sure, this usually ends up costing the taxpayers billions of dollars, but if that’s the price to (for Wittman) take care of our troops or (for Goodlatte) funnel money to the beleaguered and overlooked western realms of Virginia, than so be it. Yet, horse-trading legislation isn’t honorable. I’m not criticizing Wittman here. I’ve made my peace that Rob is perfect for the 1st district and feel that he has actually exceeded expectations over the last year. Over the last several months, especially, I don’t have any complaints. He’s been outstanding. But he does horse-trade legislation.

Congressman Brat has avoided that. He stands on principle. He keeps his campaign promises. He’s inclusive of his constituents. He holds town hall meetings in every area of his district.

Bearing Drift mocks Congressman Brat every time they think he bows to the wishes of his constituents. Really? Representing your constituents is surrender? If bowing to your constituents is surrender, then what the heck is he surrendering? Power? K Street Dollars? Wall Street Dollars? Super PAC support? Are the citizens of the 7th District really that upset that Congressman Dave Brat is failing to enrich himself by selling out to interests outside of his district? I don’t think so.

In fact, Congressman Brat’s utter refusal to sell out is what makes him a national icon for libertarians, conservatives, and constitutionalists all across the country. The grassroots knows the names of Jim Jordan, Dave Brat, Thomas Massie, and Justin Amash. They’ve reached beyond the borders of their districts because they represent something utterly rare and precious in politics. They are public servants. They serve the people in their districts. They are not in our nations’ Capital to get rich. So, sorry Bearing Drift – you aren’t going to bring Brat down. In fact, the example he has set is a real threat to establishment Congressmen in every district in America. That’s the truth, no matter how you spin it.


About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

5 Responses to “Congressman Dave Brat: Not the Easy Mark Bearing Drift Imagines”

  1. Cindy says:

    Anyone criticizing Dave Brat is not paying attention to what is happening across the country where people are clamoring for leaders who are not corrupted by politics. Dave Brat was at the forefront of this wave that is now building into a real movement.

    • tinkabell says:

      Totally agree Cindy…I was reluctant to vote for him but ended up deciding he couldn\’t be any worse than Cantor (whom until last year, I had always supported) and hopefully better. Well, he has way exceeded my expectations. He has done everything we have asked of him and I think anyone who might run against him will not be happy with the outcome. I will do whatever I can to help him get re-elected.

  2. You hit the nail on the head. Another example of what is happening in our district during this last election tbetween Ross and Kingman for the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors. Ross won the endorsement from thr Spotsylvania Committee. Kingman with the support of the RINO’s in our party.put up an impressive signage with two big tents funneling everyone through to the voting station. They had a number of workers and all that I recognized were from our own party. Ross had one small sign leaning against a tree that some from the other side made marks. But we had the people working the polls and we made our case to everyone. Ross incidentally is one of the most honest politicians I have met. The outcome, Kingman didn’t even get to 40%. Ross had an overwhelming victory. On the other hand a no name candidate for the Democrat for the senate put his hat in the ring pretty much at the last minute. There was no signage, phone calls, people working the poles, nothing on radio and yet he had about the same result as Kingman. Senator Bryce Revees had no one working the polls from the Party and I understand some of the ones he had were paid. Revees’ support is soft and had the Democrats known that they would have taken him out. I am certain during his next run the Dems won’t miss this opportunity again.
    David Jackson

  3. Tricia Stall

    Wondering if Brian Kerwin with Bearing Drift might be the instigator trying to cause animosity toward Congressman Brat in retaliation for replacing establishment Cantor? His history of such against other conservatives speaks volumes. 2007 campaign FOR incumbent Marty Williams vs conservative Tricia Stall.


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