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  • just a conservative girl 3:11 PM on 06/11/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , brat, cantor, majority leader, , virginia primaries   

    Cantor Out as Majority Leader 

    A simply stunning outcome last night in Virginia.  A house majority leader loses in his party’s primary.  Something that has never happened in the history of our country.  I personally thought that Cantor didn’t take the race seriously enough but would still win out in the end.  I was wrong.  He lost by more than ten points.

    But I will say that people who don’t understand the ins and outs of Virginia politics are getting some things wrong.  On the national stage they are talking about how Brat won on the amnesty issue.  There may be some of that in there, but it certainly wasn’t the entire reason.  Cantor’s view on immigration is exactly like Lindsay Graham’s and he won easily.

    In Virginia there is no party registration.  As such whenever there is a primary anyone can vote.  It is very easy for people in the other party to show up at the polls and place a vote for a candidate that is most likely to lose to their candidate of choice.  As such, there is great deal of back and forth about conventions vs. primaries within the local political debate.  Cantor firmly falls on the primary side of the debate.  An issue that I agree with him on.  I personally feel that primaries are the most inclusive and that conventions put some voters into the position of not getting their voices heard. But even that isn’t all of the story.  There is a parliamentary rule in Virginia called slating.  In slating when you get 50% of your district to agree to use this rule only a certain amount of people are allowed to vote in a convention or committee meeting.  So if you don’t happen to fall into the chosen few, even if you are willing to travel the convention you can’t vote.

    Many in Virginia have very strong feelings about slating.  Most of which are highly negative.  I personally believe that this is the rule and those who know the rules of the game best win.  So I am not going to put people who like this practice down.  They are following the rules of the game.  If you don’t like the rules, get yourself into position within the local committee to change them.  Complaining and calling others cheaters doesn’t solve anything.  My main point here is that Cantor and his camp really upset many people by using these rules.  At least that is the impression that many have.  Heaven knows that, especially in politics, perception is reality.

    David Brat had no money.  He spent somewhere around $200,000 total on his campaign, whereas Cantor spent more than that on one dinner for his supporters.  But what he did have was very dedicated volunteers that literally knocked on every door in that district that was marked as a republican.  Again, there is no party registration in the state, but voting habits get you listed as a D or an R.  Brat also did get some much needed help from two conservative radio talk show hosts.  Mark Levin, who lives in Virginia, and Laura Ingraham, who lives in D.C.  Both of them had him on their show and Ingraham did at least one rally with him.  Both have large audiences and it seems it had at least a little bit of an effect.

    There also was the issue that many in his district felt that he didn’t listen to them.  That he was no longer representing them, but looking towards being the Speaker of the House when Boehner decides to step down.  He was next in line.  I have heard many in his district say that they didn’t get return calls or letters when they would contact his office.  They felt he lost touch with what his job was supposed to be; representing them not worrying about consolidating his own power.  He rarely spent time in his own district. Another big difference between he and Lindsay Graham. Graham is very well known for being excellent on being there to listen to his voters.  His staff is actually larger in his state than in D.C..

    For those in the media that are saying he (Brat) is some sort of right winged lunatic it is going to be difficult to get that to stick.  Cantor labeled him as the liberal in the race.  Cantor campaigned on being the true conservative.   His policies are simply basic republican fare.  He campaigned on giving power back to the states, the amnesty issue and the rule of law, reducing our national debt, and reigning in out of control government.  There is nothing extreme about those views.  That is what the GOP is supposed to be for.

    Another very interesting part of this story is how Brat campaigned.  He actually stood up and talked policies instead of platitudes.  He never made personal attacks on Cantor.  Many in the media called him a joke based on this alone.

    I think that Brat has shown that people are hungry to be talked to like adults.  They can understand policy issues and they aren’t all that interested in the personal ugly side of politics.  That of course isn’t going to go away anytime soon because they do work.  But a small shift is happening.

    I had no dog in this fight.  I see both sides of Cantor staying and Cantor going.  Politics is much like a marriage; a series of compromises.  But when those compromises almost always walk away from the basic tenets of what the party is supposed to stand for, it may be time for a change in leadership.  Cantor went after the tea party quite publicly.  While no national Tea Party “group” gave Brat the time of day, the local activists took notice and put the work in to show him that they are still there and are expecting results.

    The district is pretty conservative and I personally find it a good thing that dems are going to pour money into that district.  It is less they can use on other races.  It isn’t impossible for a dem to win in that district, but it seems this is lining up to be a republican wave year much like 2010 and it isn’t likely that dems can take advantage of Cantor’s demise.

  • just a conservative girl 6:18 PM on 06/11/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 11th district, , vaughn, virginia primaries   

    VA Primaries 11th Congressional District – Ken Vaughn’s Final Appeal 

    Ken Vaughn – The Clear Conservative Choice

    Issue Obama Pelosi Connolly Perkins Vaughn
    Plan to balance budget
    Long-term solution for military and veterans
    Pro-Second Amendment
    Defender of individual rights
    Believes in free markets
    Supported Republicans in 2010
    Live in district they represent

    Plan to Balance Budget
    I have a plan to balance the budget. My opponent has repeatedly refused to accept any spending cuts to defense or retirement programs, and he actually wants to “reinforce the social safety net.” After more than a year on the campaign trail, my opponent has failed to identify a single near-term cut to any program. We don’t need more empty rhetoric — we need real solutions. I offer to provide sensible leadership on this issue.

    Protecting Military and Veterans
    My opponent has repeatedly attacked me for suggesting that we may need to cut defense spending and/or veterans benefits. The truth is that I have merely called for a balanced budgetand have posted my best guess as to what a balanced budget might look like. I understand that the details of the budget will have to be negotiated, but my non-negotiable is that we must have a plan to get to a balanced budget; it is our moral duty. I am convinced that Congress will ensure that any cuts to defense or veterans benefits will be manageable and will not hurt those most in need. If we are ever going to balance the budget, every program over $100 billion must be closely scrutinized. We will never balance the budget unless we admit that. My sample budget estimates that we can achieve a 10% cut by eliminating waste and fraud in these programs, coupled with ending the wars and conflicts in the Middle East. These cuts are modest and reflect our nation’s commitment to honor those who have served. By comparison, the overall budget must be cut by 35% to achieve deficit neutrality.

    Instead of offering his own plan for a responsible budget, my opponent refuses to accept any cuts to these programs and attacks my patriotism. If we fail to change course on the deficit, we will reach the financial tipping point in roughly 4 years. At that point, interest rates will rise, the dollar will lose reserve currency status, and the entire economy will begin to unravel. Then we will not have the luxury to debate what we will cut — everything will have to be cut much more drastically than my sample budget suggests. The only moral action is to make reasonable cuts now so that we can maintain the long-term viability of all programs.

    I am pro-life and am proud to defend this position. My opponent says that he is neither pro-life nor pro-choice, and also says the decision “should ultimately be left up to the woman, her family, and her doctor.” We need leaders who understand the issues and will clearly state what they believe. Stating that the decision should be left to the woman is by definition pro-choice; my opponent should have the integrity to say so.

    Pro-Second Amendment
    I understand the Constitution requires the federal government to defend the individual’s right to bear arms, even against state governments. My opponent believes that “states are well suited to determine their own policies regarding firearms, and that the federal government should allow them to do so.”

    Defender of Individual Rights
    I am offended that our Congress passed a bill that allows the indefinite detention of American citizens. I would never vote for such a bill and will work to repeal this legislation. My opponent has said that he supported the NDAA since it funded our troops. I would never approve legislation that abolishes the fundmental rights that our men and women in uniform fight so hard to protect.

    Believes in Free Markets
    I am against the bailout of mega-corporations and allowing the government to pick winners and losers. My opponent wants to create incentives to “increase our production of wind, bio-fuels, and other forms of renewable energy.” He apparently has not learned from the Solyndra fiasco.

    Supported Republicans in 2010
    In 2010, my opponent traveled to Mississippi to help Gene Taylor, a Democrat, get re-elected; six months later, he received one of his first campaign contributions from Gene Taylor’s campaign. In contrast, I chose to help out Keith Fimian in his race against Gerry Connolly – a race that he lost by only 981 votes. Perhaps if my opponent had helped here instead of traveling to Mississippi, Keith Fimian might be in office today, and we might have had a more advantageous redistricting.

    Lives in the 11th District
    I live in the 11th District. With redistricting, my opponent now lives in the 10th District, but he is still running in the 11th. The new 11th District lines have been stable for over a year, and yet my opponent has not relocated to the district he would represent if elected. While this is technically legal, many people take exception to it, and it will cost him votes against Gerry Connolly. When every vote counts, this is a notable issue.

    • SignPainterGuy 8:21 PM on 06/11/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck, Virginia and jacg ! Btw, are you feeling better ?

      • just a conservative girl 8:52 PM on 06/11/2012 Permalink | Reply

        I just found out today that many of my activist friends are supporting the other guy. Luckily many of them don’t live in this district.

        I feel about as well as one could hope for under the circumstances. Feeling well is a relative term for me now. But thanks for asking.

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