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I cannot believe it.  I still cannot believe it.  We were considering if the Old Dominion would have its first Speaker since 1843.  Instead we have instead this historic event:  Congressional Quarterly was quoted on Fox News that this was the first time in US history that a Majority Leader of the House was defeated in a primary.

Yet here we are:  They have talked since just after 8 pm about how Brat shocked/stunned Majority Leader Cong. Eric Cantor.

My analysis:  Yes, the immigration issue was important to this election.  Yes Tea Party people were mad as hell.  BUT I think it was the negativity and deceits with which Cong. Cantor started his campaign with.  Not a wave the flag and rah, rah, rah – Virginia’s first Speaker perhaps since 1843/look what I can and have do for you!  But instead we had lies:  Brat is a liberal professor who refused to stand up to Governor Kaine in raising taxes and wrote a scholarly paper who called for income redistribution (The other writer of that paper said Cantor’s interpretation of the paper was a lie) and other untruths.

Well, this is a little bit like UKIP’s win in the UK European elections two weeks ago.  It is a political earthquake.  I am not sure I can get my head around it.  I had hoped against hope that Brat would win but I thought it would be something like 52-48% for Cantor.  I thought so little about it, I did not even live blog the election.  (And don’t even ask me about Senator Lindsay Graham – of course the six opponents were not effective in persuading SC Republicans to ditch Graham.  No one in a hour long debate mentioned the Mark of the Beast type biometric ID card Graham once called for for EVERY American worker!  I have to root for the enemy in SC.  Graham is unacceptable to me and is an enemy of liberty.)

The Hanover Tea Party groups are dancing on the ceiling as Lionel Richie would say it.  Between the Sarvis vote last year (The Libertarian got 30% more percentage of the vote in Hanover and King William than statewide) and this Hanover earthquake, stated below, local pols ought to fear the tea party:

Brat 8734 67.79%

Cantor 4150 32.21%

In New Kent, the votes weren’t the same but the percentage was similar (63-37) and in vote rich Henrico, Brat won by just over a thousand votes (10,819 to 9,420).  But that was enough to win!

It’s time for that sweet tea and celebrate this victory.  But tomorrow, this is your Democrat opponent:  Jack Trammell.  Yes, an Randolph-Macon College professor.  Ashland calls itself the Center of the Universe.  Well, R-MC is the center of the political universe right now!  This election ought to be an idea fest!  (Yes I am aware of the Libertarian, too – James Carr.  I hope he makes the ballot and he will add to the ideas for sure.)  Brat was on Fox tonight with a cogent message, amazing the talking heads.  By the end of the week, there be a Facebook page:  Dave Brat for President!  But I am not counting my races before November.  I walked through one gasoline fire for Brat and I’ll walk through another to vote for Brat in November!

UPDATE:  I forgot to mention how Brat at his victory party (yes I should have gone!  OOPS!) mentioned and gave credit to God.  Here’s the video.  All I can say is Good for him!



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Michele Tucker says:

    Funny, I already wrote Dave Brat for President on FB. You are right on about the negativity. I hate lies! Also, Dave Brat was phenominal (hope I spelled that correctly) on Fox News tonight…while CNN carried O J Simpson.


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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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