Disclaimer: In no way do I think that I am completely ignorant, but I do feel that I need to have a point of view about issues and this is what this blog is about.
Today’s top news story on Google is Eric Cantor, and his surprising defeat in the Virginia primaries last week. Just spent the last hour reading and watching all about this and here is my take.
It all goes back to entitlement and this country’s belief that we are entitled to whatever we think we are entitled to. Mr Cantor never even gave a second thought that he might not win the primary, it couldn’t happen.
Or that is what he was told, because he was too busy hob-nobbing in Washington than to be concerned with this inconvenience known as the democratic process. He was too busy dealing with bigger issues as he worked his way up higher and higher in the Republican party, while his opponent in Virginia, a local college professor, was talking to the people in their district. What a radical idea….ask the people that live in the area that you represent what their views are….that’s so crazy….it might just work.
Many times I read where Cantor spent more on steak dinner parties than his opponent, Dave Brat, did on his entire campaign. Guess money does not always win, but you can ask the Miami Heat about that. Being the majority leader in the House of Representatives takes a lot of dealing with national issues, which leaves very little time for dealing with local ones.
I say it is about time that the voters actually had a say in things, as odd as that might sound. It seems to me that change is feared so voters just keep voting along party lines, not really sure of all the issues (an ignorant view, self included), but this time enough was enough.
Read a lot about possible reasons that he lost, his immigration reform views, his being Jewish, that democrats decided to vote republican this primary and just voted against Cantor just to get him out, his 43% approval rate among fellow Republicans, but to me it came down to another politician losing touch with what he was originally elected to do and losing touch with the people that originally elected him.
I did run across this commentary from Mike Huckabee that pretty much sums it all up to me
One last little tidbit of useless information. Dave Brat’s upcoming opponent in the election, Jack Trammell who is also a college professor, is in the middle of writing a novel about vampires. I’m sure something will be said about that….