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Cantor Voted Out! Virginia Upsets the Applecart

It always amuses me how shocked, shocked I tell you, shocked! Washington is when the people don’t toe the line and lock step it in. I laughed so hard this morning at the astonishment of the media and GOP wonks who couldn’t believe that the citizens of Virginia had the AUDACITY to elect a, gasp, TEA PARTY backed candidate instead of the lionized incumbent Eric Cantor. They shouldn’t be so stunned.

People are sick of the status quo. Cantor, a seven term House Majority Leader, is part of that status quo. He lost for a lot of reasons, many of them are reasons that people all over this country are looking to oust incumbents: ignoring the electorate. In fact, most of the GOP “woe is me” has been “how do we get our agenda through with Cantor gone?” Well, GOP leadership, how about you stop worrying about your agenda and stop ignoring the very large portion of your base that is truly conservative? Better yet, how about you stop actively working with the left to label conservatives the “enemy” and actually represent our interests? If you haven’t noticed, those of our ranks in Virginia spoke rather loudly to that just yesterday.

Eric Cantor, part of the establishment problem, lost to a relative unknown named David Brat. (I’m thinking Cantor is calling him something other than “brat” this morning!) Mr. Brat entered the race, it seems, to be just that, a brat. In his own words, he never expected to win, but he campaigned on being Cantor’s “term limit.” He ran on true conservative values: free market economics and Constitutional basics. Cantor out fundraised and out spent Brat enormously. Brat raised $231,000.00, Cantor $5.4 million. Cantor went aggressively went after Brat in his advertising, and alleged that he was against amnesty for illegal immigrants. He isn’t.

Brat simply ran on the differences in ideology and pointing out that Cantor’s leadership went well outside of the values of the people who elected him. He pointed out that he was unwilling to stick to the government shutdown in order to pass a better budget (or even actually pass one), that he supported amnesty for illegal aliens and that Cantor no longer stood for the values of Virginia’s gun-owning, conservative electorate.

Even better? Brat did it with very little national support. He had no nation Tea Party support and the only “national” or high profile conservative to back him was Laura Ingraham. Brat’s background? Not political, certainly. He is an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. He was more worried about his actual paying job than campaigning. He refused to show up to meetings with key conservative activists in Richmond because he had final exams to grade.

His writing is indicative of his conservative bent: Books entitled Ethics as Leading Economic Indicator? What went Wrong? Notes on the Judeo-Christian Tradition and Human Reason, God and Advanced Mammon – Can Theological Types Handle Usury and Capitalism? and An Analysis of the Moral Foundations in Ayn Rand. He will be an asset to conservatives in Washington. I certainly hope there are more people like him elected in primaries all over the US.

The GOP will do well to pay attention to this “historic upset” as the media is calling it. People are sick and tired of do-nothing representatives in Washington. The current incumbents need to have their feet held to the fire. The President and his cronies need to be not only uncovered for the scandalous bunch of traitors they are, but held criminally responsible where necessary.

Holder needs to be fired and prosecuted. Learner needs to be prosecuted and lose her benefits (what the hell is up with allowing them to “resign” and collect great pensions when they are breaking the law?) Shineski needs to be held responsible for VA abuses, not just allowed to resign. And Obama, the head of that stinking bunch of jokes, needs to be impeached on at least this list of offenses, or this one, or this one or this one. It’s kind of sad that the last two lists were compiled by our friends to the North. Thanks Canadian Free Press.

The time for endless hearings has passed. The time for real action has come. November will not be pretty for GOP incumbents if they continue to ignore the conservatives they have stopped representing. No amnesty. No more gun control. Repeal Obamacare. Prosecute the scandals. Lower taxes. Cut spending. Repeal Common Core. This is what is important to the majority of Americans. The time has come to hold the GOP to true conservative values.

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Suzanne Olden

Suzanne Reisig Olden is a Catholic Christian, Conservative, married mother of two, who loves God, family and country in that order. She lives northwest of Baltimore, in Carroll County, Maryland. She graduated from Villa Julie College/Stevenson University with a BS in Paralegal Studies and works as a paralegal for a franchise company, specializing in franchise law and intellectual property. Originally from Baltimore, and after many moves, she came home to raise her son and daughter, now high school and college aged, in her home state. Suzanne also writes for The Firebreathing Conservative website ( and hopes you'll come visit there as well for even more discussion of conservative issues.

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