Skip to comments.Exclusive: Laura Ingraham Savors Historic Brat Upset She Helped Fashion
Posted on 06/11/2014 7:26:57 AM PDT by mandaladon
Late Tuesday evening, conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham savored David Brat's historic upset victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in Virginia's 7th Congressional District Republican primary.
"This was a cataclysmic upending of the old Republican Guard. A strong, substantive, passionate, earnest conservative flattened an arrogant, out of touch, two-faced, moderate Eric Cantor," Ingraham told Breitbart News shortly after the Associated Press declared Brat the victor.
Brat, who was not expected to win more than 40 percent of the vote, thumped Cantor by an astounding 55 percent to 44 percent margin. He won going away in a race where he was outspent by the incumbent by at least 10 to 1. Cantor's campaign will have spent more than $3 million in his loss, while Brat will have spent around $120,000.
Cantor was caught in a perfect storm of increasingly bad news about immigration while Brat ran a disciplined, highly focused campaign that hit relentlessly on the issue of amnesty.
Ingraham was one of the few national conservative voices who publicly supported Brat's efforts against Cantor. Conservative talk show host Mark Levin was also an early backer of Brat. On Monday, Glenn Beck also endorsed him.
Until Tuesday night, however, the campaign looked very much like a case of David versus Goliath before the onset of that Old Testamanent battle. But Ingraham helped Brat fashion a very effective sling shot in the form of criticisms on Cantor's record of support for amnesty. It proved to be as deadly against Cantor as the original David's slingshot was against Goliath.
"In February 2013, Eric Cantor put the word out that he was a chastened by the Obama 2nd term victory. He immediately moved toward the Obama immigration reform position, even toured the nation with amnesty-advocate Luis Gutierrez," Ingraham noted.
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Brat beat the RINO - can he beat the Democrat in November?
She should be rightfully proud. A fine and decent woman and mother.
She was really, and I mean, really, excited, and animated, this morning on Fox & Friends! She was on fire! Good on her!
Cantor lost, fair and square.
Cantor is one of the US Chamber of Commerces star Amnesty Whores that has become a lame, (but still very dangerous), duck, and there are many, Many more Amnesty Whores to go.
It is time, - - - - time for a change.
To a conservative man, that photo borders on pornographic. LOL.
Or else they didn't cheat enough. It would explain why they are all so "stunned" today. It would also explain how their internal polls were so wrong.
Just a little, maybe ... (wink!)
A "regular guy" like Ted Cruz looks VERY good up against a possible Hillary candidacy.
Jebbie Bush fades against Hillary b/c he and Hilly will both advance themselves using "white privilege." Jeb and Hillary are seen as opportunistic---using their privileged connections and political money to gain power.....which in the $5 million Cantor debacle is decidedly unpopular w/ voters.
Both Jeb and Hillary have benefitted from, and are climbing back into office, using privileges far beyond those of regular guys.
"White privilege" denotes the array of advantages cultivated over the years.
<><> personal wealth....
<><> multiple homes in posh enclaves....
<><> holding high public office....
<><> privileged friends in high places....
<><> global connections....
<><> constant affirmations of their own worth....
<><> greater social status...
<><> the expansive freedoms wealth and connections provide...
<><> unlimited access to the press to speak freely.
Up against a Bush and a Clinton, an ordinary guy like Cruz suddenly gains traction and momentum.
I’m not a big Ingraham fan, but if anyone outside of Brat and his campaign staff have reason to savor his win then it’s her and Levin. Both of them were in Brat’s corner long before most people had heard of him.
This is a great question. This is supposedly a very “red” district, but are they the same milquetoast “red” voters that have kept Cantor around? Some may not show up in November if that’s the case. And we know the Dems are going to go all out to take a seat...plus the GOP might not help Brat out.
She should be—she’s done a lot for this fight.
(Hint: way more than Sarah Palin, and I generally like Palin.)
Yet, last night, multiple MSM outlets were bleating that this loss was not about immigration or amnesty. Somebody can't read the tea leaves...
You know what’s funny?
She’s hot and all that, but I caught myself looking at the rifle and asking, “Is that a Kimber?”
Huh? How can she be against amnesty and for Jeb?
This should bury amnesty in the House this year.
“This is a great question. This is supposedly a very red district, but are they the same milquetoast red voters that have kept Cantor around? Some may not show up in November if thats the case. And we know the Dems are going to go all out to take a seat...plus the GOP might not help Brat out.”
After seeing how Brat did the impossible and knocked out a sitting House majority leader in a primary (not done supposedly since 1899), I’m not at all worried about his chances in the general for several reasons:
1. He’s obviously a great campaigner and will continue to be. Along the same lines, from the little I’ve seen him speak, he doesn’t come across as some right-wing extremist. Though they will try to paint him as such.
2. This is a heavy R district gerrymandered as such to give Rep Cantor power in D.C. for as long as he wanted :) In what looks like a strong GOP wave election, I can’t see how anyone in a heavily red district could lose.
3. I’m confident the money will come in, but it’s up to us to do it. If anyone has earned our financial support, it’s David Brat. If for no other reason than the fact that his win likely was the death blow to amnesty this session. I heard that people were having quite a bit of trouble getting on his site last night to donate, so that is a very good sign. We need to flood him with small donations, and he will have enough cash to prevail.
Long story short — I wouldn’t sweat the general much. Just do your part and give the guy what you can and if you’re in his district, do whatever else you can in the way of volunteer work.
+I have been extremely critical of here in recent weeks, but I will give her her due on this particular issue. Good job.
I'm betting Brat turns out to be another spineless RINO. There's a reason Sarah keeps her distance from Ingraham and Coulter.
Why in God’s name would Ingraham support Brat and then support Bush? That makes no sense but then these people never make any sense. I despair!
That creep Scarborough was bleating this morning that it wasn’t about amnesty. Chuck Todd (another creep) disagreed and reminded Old Joe that having thousands of illegal aliens pouring over the borders while people were voting last night wasn’t exactly a brilliant move on the part of the Dems.
Laura’s unmarried. Just saying.
Have I? Where exactly?
CHQ.com mentioned: No matter who else gets in the Republican presidential primaries, Jeb Bush will remain the great white hope of the Republican establishment.
In addition to supporting all of their major policy goals from Common Core to amnesty for illegal aliens, a Bush candidacy also holds out the hope of millions of dollars in consulting business and lucrative lobbying contracts for a small but powerful coterie of Bush family supporters and acolytes.
No one else in America, save Hillary Clinton, starts the 2016 political season with a larger Rolodex of Washington insider supporters than does Jeb Bush.
Anyone is an outsider compared to the Bushes and Clintons.
But Ted is an Ivy League grad member of the elite US Senate club and he has a Goldman Sachs wife.
Not exactly an outsider.
Is there even a Democrat challenger? Remember, this was Cantor's seat, the Majority Leader. I doubt that the Democrats even fielded a serious candidate during the primary.
They can't just manufacture a candidate out of nowhere to run against Brat, now that he knocked off Cantor.
Actually, there is a Democrat running. He's Jack Trammell, a professor at the same college that Brat teaches at. He was selected by the local Democrat party committee on the night before the election. Nobody else thought to run to challenge Cantor.
From the Washigton Post, at the college Trammell "joined the colleges faculty in 2000 after doing graduate work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He has directed the schools disability support services department and its honors program and serves as an associate professor of sociology, specializing in disability issues in higher education."
That is what is going up against a professor of economics. I doubt that he has the ability to knock off Brat, even if the national party throws everything at him.
All I can do is quote my grandmother circa 1955: spare us from converts!
Can we get Jeb Bush up there?
But how can she push Jeb and condemn amnesty at the same time? Does she do so and not acknowledge the contradiction? Does she try to explain it away?
All she says “she knows” we all talk about Jeb/amnesty........
Admin moderator, please delete my Post #25.
Everything I see online suggests that she is against Jeb, and she thinks it’s important to raise amnesty awareness now so that GOP voters won’t be blindsided by ending up with pro-amnesty Jeb as their candidate in 2016:
I guess she’s getting lots of blowback-—and is regrouping.
The GOPe, RINOs and Bushes did NOT support Cruz in his bid for the senate. Dewhurst was the choice of the establishment.
Right—but he’s still relatively an elite insider.
Right—but he’s still relatively an elite insider.
We have a couple of good conservative governors but none have a national “presence” or organization. In the Senate we have Paul and Cruz. Cruz has a “Canada” problem he needs to solve quickly. Paul has a “Libertarian” problem he needs to solve but very carefully solve it so he does not alienate the organization he inherited from his Dad. Those are our choices and if we allow ourselves to be split into 2 or 3 “conservative” camps the GOPe will nominate Jeb Bush. I suggest conservatives get over the problems they have with anyone not “perfect” very quickly.
Wrong-- You are clueless about Cruz and his supporters.
He’s not the ram-the-doors outsider that he plays on TV. (Not that a great number of insiders support his politics.)