Apathy, hypocrisy, laziness, sloth, selfishness, and greed. They are all still hung over from celebrating their victory on Tuesday night.
Another election season in the United States has come and gone. This previous Tuesday, a series of primaries in the most reactionary, southern states produced a variety of results. It is my purpose today, to set the rest some of the ridiculous commentaries from the thugs of the blogosphere. They of the “Tut tut-I am so superior” set, think they can take the opportunity to lecture the rest of us on how we don’t get it, along with the usual notes about limited government is better, and power should be returned to the states. There will be a cite of James Madison to prove this-even though when you actually research it, Mr. Madison had no use for any of their philosophy.
Let us start with the expected result. Lindsey Graham trounced 6 Teabag loons all of whom thought that it somehow made sense for South Carolina to jettison a Senator with a great deal of seniority because they don’t think he is crazy enough. Of course, this is South Carolina, a state that has not been in the mainstream of American thought since before 1861. The GOP voters there actually showed some sense by voting for Graham-and against my fellow wearer of the ring sending her packing as she so richly deserved.
Of course Nancy Mace was never in it to win-rather it was to build a campaign organization, test the waters to see how many Citadel alumni really remember the true circumstances of her being the “first” woman to graduate the Citadel, and build contacts for a her real ambition: to run for a Congressional seat in some backwater district in Georgia or South Carolina where the deluded Teabag folks she so casually allied herself with reside.
Moving on, the shocker of the night was, of course, the loss of Eric Cantor in the Virginia 7th district. Now some of the usual hacks are out proclaiming how this proves the public is fed up with Washington ways somehow this shows that Cantor was out of touch with the American people. If so, then its hard to see how the guy that beat him is much of an improvement. David Brat is hardly a worthy person to be elected to a school board-much less to the United States Congress. Despite his assertions that his victory was a “gift from God”, trust me I can assure that God had nothing to do with it. ( And if he did, it just shows how much God really hates the United States.).
I mean really, it is not like Eric Cantor was some sort of beacon of moderation in American politics. By tossing him out the voters in Virginia basically said that “we don’t really care about being able to accomplish anything, we just want someone who will reaffirm our intrinsic selfishness and stupidity.Phib says it is because Cantor became to aligned with “Washington”. I say that is utter and complete nonsense.
You know why Cantor lost? Dollars and lazy, stupid, American voting habits. Let’s start with the latter first.
The 7th district in Virginia has 758,000 people in it. In 2012 about 381,000 of them voted, 223,000 of them voting for Cantor. (And probably for the Mittster too, who after all represents the same kind of elitism that both Cantor and Brat are examples of). Now fast forward to 2014. Only about 65000 people, out of a population over 10 times that number voted. And only 36000 voted for this religious , Ayn Rand loving whack job. That is barely 5% of the district’s population and certainly less than 10% of the districts total GOP registered population.
Now in today’s America, where 27% percent of the voting age population would vote for Satan if he were to actively campaign against Obama-aided and abetted by a set of media organizations that prey on the weak minded. (Glenn Beck supported Brat after all) it probably is not that hard to get 36000 motivated idiots voters to get out and vote for a certified whack job.
The second set of numbers is the dollars that media rabble-rousers spent to make sure the faithful voted against their own self-interest. Worthless people like Hugh Hewitt, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and the ever hate-able Mark Levin. Drudge, of course, was right there-egging on its completely clueless readership. The Teabag front group, Americans for Prosperity gave Mark Levin ( he really needs to be run over by a bus) 800,000 dollars to get the word out. And Brat himself appears to owe his job to Cato Institute president John Allison.
Dave Brat, the guy who won yesterday, may have had a lower profile than Cantor, but as Salon’s Jim Newell pointed out, prominent members of the right-wing demagogue community pulled out all the stops for Brat:
… it was hard not to notice this morning that Drudge, in the prime upper-left real estate of his site, had listed a full 14 links regarding immigration and a supposed impending push for “amnesty” among the House Republican leadership….
What gives on this sleepy Tuesday? …
Hmmm … maybe something about Tuesday … primary season … it’s a Tuesday during primary season … Ohhhhhhhh, we get it: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary is today!
… The [Cantor-Brat] race hasn’t gotten that much national media coverage, but it’s sure grabbed the attention of the prominent right-wingers who devote their entire lives to stopping comprehensive immigration reform. There’s Drudge, of course. And Ann Coulter. And radio/TV personality Laura Ingraham, who recently suggested that the United States should have traded Eric Cantor to the Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl.And the writings and tweets of Mickey Kaus, now of the Daily Caller, have been indistinguishable from those of a Brat staffer in recent months.
Glenn Beck also backed Brat.
Taken together it paints a much different set of reasons for Cantor’s defeat. Lazy Americans, most of whom are too stupid to understand the seriousness of the issues at play, who can’t be bothered to get out and fulfill their one and only civic duty, combined with a relentless , agenda driven propaganda machine epitomized by my least favorite Canadian , Mark Steyn, and conspired to create a set of circumstances that have foisted this rancid sack of human excrement, David Brat, on the government of the United States.
This is how low your democracy has fallen America. This is what passes for “principles” in the brave new world of our Gaultian overlords.
A note of clarification: This is not to debate, by the way, Phib’s assertion that there are people who spend too many tours in DC. He’s clearly right about that. But that’s a simplistic explanation at its heart. We have to ask ourselves why that is-a Navy gets what it rewards. And a Congress gets what it legislates. The Congress, your Congress, has essentially been useless for the last 6 years, primarily, “[because] the primary bona fides for Republican members of the House of Representatives is how thoroughly you can refuse to do the job of governing, especially in the area of immigration, but also as regards the critical elements of the national economy. ” The Navy can fix its DC problem anytime it wants to by setting board precepts that reward operational excellence. Congress could fix a lot of the Navy’s problems by voting for straightforward revenue increases and supporting the effort to leave the wars behind us.
However, iit’snot DC-or the fact that there are a lot of foreigners who want to live the American dream working there-that are at the heart of the American problem of today, nor is it a reason Cantor lost. The real problem dear Brutus is our American selves-and how lazy and stupid our populace chooses to be. Aided and abetted by some really evil people ( yes that’s you Messer’s Steyn and Hanson) who prey on that selfishness, that laziness and overall lack of comprehension-the results are not surprising.