Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DeCantoring the GOP

This is interesting: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost to some Brat from the Tea Party. Cantor outspent Brat by 25 to 1 and still lost.

It is rare for senior political leaders to lose their primary challenge to outsiders; so the election took everyone by surprise.

Personally, I had considered Cantor to be one of the better GOP leaders. But, on listening to Cantor's concession speech, I am glad for the change.

Like so many people in power, Cantor appears to have developed a top down view of the economy in which the governance is the principle actor in life and the people are just workers.

Just a note on terminology. The idea that the wealth of the nation flows from God through kings and lords is the heart of classical conservatism.Classical liberalism holds that the wealth of the nation bubbles up from the people.

The talking heads on TV are making hay about conservatism when Cantor seems more in line with the classical conservative view than Brat.

I watched several YouTube videos featuring Dave Brat. I couldn't really wrap my head around the meaning of Brat's win.

It seems to me that the driving force in this win is that people know that there is something dreadfully wrong in Washington and are looking for an answer.

Although I liked Cantor, I am thrilled with this turn of events.

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