You’d think Republican and now outgoing House Majority leader Eric Cantor of Virginia with all his power and the money power brings in would have realized the political maxim that “all politics is local”. But apparently he did not. Seems his constituents were convinced he got a little too highfalutin with national issues and really did not represent his district. So an under-funded and heretofore politically unknown economics professor beat him in a primary election. A house majority leader has not been discarded by his own constituents since 1899.
Whether Cantor did or did not truly represent the interests of his constituents, I would not know. But just letting someone paint him that way and not successfully answering it shows he was not on the ball. Maybe he was a little too close to Wall Street and not Main Street. There was a low voter turnout in his district, which did not help.
And that might be a lesson to those who shrug off the importance of voting. If you don’t vote, others who have a special interest in the outcome will and will get their way. And money alone does not always win elections.
The winner, one David Brat, is now being cheered on by the so-called Tea Party — and I just revised this sentence from the initial version of this post. Even the Tea Party I think did not see this one coming and failed to fund Brat to any extent if at all (not sure on this).
An article in National Review gave conservative talk show host Laura Ingram major credit for the Brat upset over Cantor.
At any rate, while I am relatively sure that I would disagree with much of what the tea baggers and others of that ilk seem to stand for (actually I am not at all sure what they stand for), I have to admire the way they are shaking up politics.
It’s good to see Wall Street beat out by Main Street.
All politics is local.
While in the long run the refusal to compromise can stymie the work of government there is a danger in too much compromise that just dilutes strong principles into a weak mismash that leads to poor policy.