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  1. tug_boat

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    My jaw bounced off the floor a couple times when I heard the news. Clearly immigration reform is dead... or at least reform that grants any form of amnesty. This is a stunner. I must say I heard Dave Brat speak on a couple news programs tonight and he's very articulate, forthright. Most importantly he seems very sincere in what he says.

    It's going to be an interesting election.
     
  3. JMS

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    A shocker, but it can happen when either wing of a party shows up to vote in the primary. I wonder what the D candidate is like in this district. I imagine this does not bode well for the R's if the D is attractive as a moderate.
     
  4. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I think what you're seeing is how moderates aren't the end-all, be-all. Cantor and a number of Republicans have been seen trying to distance themselves from some very hot topics for concervatives. That can came back to bite anyone.
     
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    I work in Cantor’s district but do not live and vote here. A lot of my co-workers do and have expressed a lot of dissatisfaction with him as evidenced by the primary outcome. One of the rumors going around the office is that the primary was heavily participated in by Democrats looking to put up a weaker Republican candidate against the Democrat in November. In Virginia, we do not declare party affiliation and anyone can vote in the primary. It should be interesting.
     
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    Interesting comments. Brat (from what I saw on TV last night) certainly doesn't strike me as a rabid "tea party" extremist. He may be a weaker candidate, not because of his positions (IMHO) but only because of experience and ability to raise money. Don't know anything about the democrat other than he and Brat share the same faculty lounge.
     
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    I didn't know that about Va having an 'open' primary. That changes the calculus! Here they stamp your party affiliation on one's birth certificate.
    If true about the D affecting the R primary results, it suggests the D's are really mobilized.
    I am thinking we are seeing one of a string of GOP convulsions as the party goes through a schism. They seem to be going the way of the whigs after the 1820(?) election. It took 30 years or so, but the whigs were never a force again and evaporated.
     
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    Sounds like wishful thinking on someone's part. The Republican party isn't going anywhere.
     
  9. tug_boat

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    No Speculations...

    from me. This will help Hillary throw her hat in the ring.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
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    One of my direct co-workers lives in Ashland where both candidates teach at RMC. He said in the weeks leading up to the primary, the Tea Party ran TV ads pointing out that although this was a Republican primary, it was open to all registered voters in the district. He also said that Ashland has a strawberry festival every year and he has never seen Mr. Cantor at this event. This year he was there surrounded by a group of young people wearing Cantor t-shirts who appeared to be carpet baggers. Mr. Brat was at this same event surrounded by an enthusiastic local crowd wearing his campaign buttons, etc. My co-worker, who is a staunch Democrat, said that this district leans so strongly Republican that the Democrat candidate will never win in November.
     
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    From Brat's website "What We Believe"-
    "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."

    Go back 30-40 years, this was the view held by most Americans. Now it is tea-party nonsense.

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