While I am exhausted, and like many of you hardly slept a wink last night, I have poured over the countless articles declaring the reasons for Dr. Brats victory and Eric Cantor’s loss. Maybe this is just exhaustion rearing its ugly head, but I am annoyed with the analysis. It appears that the national opinion is that David Brat won because the TEA Party is alive and well. It appears that the national narrative is that Eric Cantor lost because he is pro-amnesty.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Dr. Dave Brat is not a TEA Party candidate. He is being supported by most of the local TEA Party’s because most of the members of those TEA Party’s recognize Dr. Brat as a pro-constitution, pro-free-market, pro-limited-government candidate with an enormous intellect and a refreshing genuineness of character. Dr. Brat is not a libertarian and yet many libertarians like myself support him, because while we do not agree on everything, we agree on what is now most important. We agree that unsustainable spending is unsustainable. Dr. Brat is no novice to political philosophy and I’ve heard him demonstrate an understanding that A=A. Now you may laugh and say, “Duh”, but my friends, having our politicians and candidates accept reality is a rare blessing.
Eric Cantor didn’t just lose because of Amnesty. He lost because he doesn’t spend any time with his constituents, he lost most of his grassroots activists to Dave Brat, he altered the STOCK Act, and he is largely seen as another rubber stamp for the Chamber of Commerce and Wall Street.
But those aren’t the only reasons Eric Cantor lost. Eric Cantor came up against some of the kindness, most intelligent, most passionate, most educated citizens in his district, who rallied around a positive, good candidate in Dr. Brat, and who worked together to accomplish the impossible. The 7th District just witnessed what our political process is supposed to look like! It wasn’t money that determined this election. It was people. As I’ve written over and over again: the Chamber of Commerce can pour millions of dollars into these campaigns, but they cannot cast a single vote.
Dr. Brat ran on the Republican Creed, he ran as a Republican who believes in the Republican philosophy. He was elected by Republicans because of that and he was joined by people belonging to TEA Party’s, by Libertarians, and by Independents who simply want some common sense back in Washington D.C.
We haven’t witnessed the rise of a national TEA Party. We’ve witnessed the rise of common sense. Common Sense is something we can all get behind and support. It’s why then Governor Palin was wildly popular in Alaska, why President Reagan won two landslide victories, and why McCain, Romney, Dole, and Ford failed on election day. People want sincerity, common sense, and responsible government; and they’ll vote for it. They will also vote against its’ absence.
I want to say thank you to everyone on the inner circle of Dr. Brats campaign. You guys are superstars in my book.
I want to say thank you to Dr. Brat for the energy and focus he put in to his campaign.
I want to thank everyone that showed up and supported Dr. Brat on Tuesday.
But to all of you, this also: Round 1 is over. Time for Round 2. Let’s Roll.