Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cooter Just Might Have Done Us a Solid

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One of the things that I love the most about blogging [writing and reading] is the freedom that bloggers have to think outside of the box and fully engage with The Weird.

And, so it is that, while professional journalists and pundits, who are paid in real cash and expected to produce relatively rational analysis, wrestle with the odd conundrum of Eric Cantor’s primary defeat, last night, they are bound to overlook one of the more likely causes because it doesn’t fit their paradigm.

Let’s just take a look at the facts going in to this race:

Eric Cantor was the second most powerful Republican in the US House of Representatives.  He has won re-election every time, since 2001, mostly by hefty margins—last time around it was 80%-20%.

Eric Cantor raised $5 million for his campaign as compared to his opponent’s $122,000 “war chest.”  No surprises there.

Going into primary election day all polls - the good, the bad and the ugly—had Cantor well ahead of his opponent.

Congressional primary elections do not swamp the polls.  No long lines.  However, this time around, for a “gimme” of an election, some 30% more voters showed up over the last mid-term primary in VA07. [app. 65K this time to 44K last time.]

Cantor’s virtually unknown TEA Party opponent inexplicably won by carrying bluer precincts.

Trying to make sense of this very odd—so odd it’s historic—election result has every political reporter and pundit in the land twisting themselves into a pretzel trying to explain it all:

Was Cantor too RINO? was he too much of an insider/conniver?  Did immigration sink him? Was his campaign’s late flurry of negative TV ads that created name recognition and sympathy for his opponent a fatal tactical error?  Was he a secret Obamabot?

Was he too Jewish?

Or was it much simpler than that?  Was it? could it be? Just Cooter?

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Posted by Bette Noir on 06/11/14 at 10:08 AM
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