Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Memo to the Libs: The Tea Party Ain't Dead!

Yesterday, Dave Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College and a Tea Party-backed candidate, shocked the political world by defeating the Republican House leader Eric Cantor in Virgina's GOP primary.  Not only is this historic outcome a major blow to the GOP establishment, it's also a sonic boom of a notice that the Tea Party -- despite the wishful thinking of liberals everywhere -- is more than just alive and kicking!  Indeed, this latest win is certainly the most significant since the grass roots movement burst onto the political scene several years ago.

So with that intro, here are three links looking at this huge political development:

First, an ABC article on just who this Dave Brat is (bear in mind that it's ABC doing the analysis).

Second, a superb account of the match-up by PJMedia's Roger Kimbell.  Here's a slice:
It was unexpected because (for example) Cantor outraised Brat by $5.7 million to $231,000.  Cantor was the Establishment Candidate. He has (how long before that “s” becomes a “d”?) national profile. Brat is . . .  (pause for Wikipedia check) an economics professor at Randolph-Mason College,  an obscure institution in Ashland, Virginia.

And third, analysis by the ever-astute Micky Kaus writing in the Daily Caller.