Democratic amnesty fan Luis Gutierrez helping Eric Cantor get reelected in order to protect immigration reform

posted at 4:01 pm on May 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

I’m late to this story but Mickey Kaus and David Steinberg are all over it. You know the background here: Eric Cantor, who’s been on the outs with House conservatives lately and who’s championed immigration reform for DREAMers for more than a year, is suddenly facing a surprisingly tough primary challenge in Virginia from Dave Brat, who’s attacked him for being soft on amnesty. How tough? Tough enough that Cantor recently ran away from Jeff Denham’s ENLIST Act for DREAMers despite having expressed support for it before. Tough enough that he’s now aired not one but two ads in his district attacking Brat by name, something a well-known incumbent is naturally loath to do against a little-known challenger unless he fears he’s in trouble. Tough enough, even, that Cantor’s team sent out a mass mailer to voters celebrating him as a, er … stalwart amnesty opponent.

Coincidentally, Democrat Luis Gutierrez, the House’s most vocal immigration champion, decided that today would be a perfect time to visit Virginia and protest Cantor for being such a hard-ass on amnesty. Which is funny because, as both Kaus and Steinberg note, Cantor and Gutierrez were part of a House delegation that toured America for three days last year to celebrate — ta da — immigration. They are, in other words, both committed to this cause. And if the cause requires them to pretend to be enemies temporarily in the name of protecting Cantor’s seat, so be it. Kaus knows kabuki when he sees it:

I thought it was weird when, a few weeks ago, Cantor put out an angry press release attacking Obama on immigration after what appeared to have been a pleasant phone call with the President. Cantor couldn’t be staging this fake fit in order to use it later in the campaign, could he? That would be too Kabuki! But, sure enough, Cantor’s new mailer cites the April phone call incident — even referring to Talking Points Memo‘s report on his press release. (“Cantor Torches Immigration Reform After Call With Obama.”) Tough guy–stands up to the President to his face in a sharply worded post-event memo.

OK, maybe there are some subtle things going on here, in the Kabuki space. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the Dems’ most flamboyant pro-amnesty crusader, has announced plans to hold a pro-legalization event in Cantor’s Richmond, Virginia ‘backyard’ tomorrow. This comes after other amnesty advocates decided to denounce Cantor by name as “the No. 1 guy standing between the American people and immigration reform.” It sure looks like Gutierrez (who has, after all, gone on tour with Cantor in support of immigration reform) and his allies realize that a shocking Cantor primary defeat would effectively kill off amnesty this year. So they’ve gone into action to help their friend win by setting him up as an anti-amnesty giant — a message that conveniently dovetails with Cantor’s mailer. It’s almost as if they have meetings to plan these things!

Bingo. What better way to sell Cantor as an anti-amnesty hero to skeptical conservatives in his home district than to have Gutierrez, who once said that his only loyalty is to the immigrant community, ostentatiously protesting him right in his own backyard? If Brat upsets the House majority leader by running hard against immigration, terrified House Republicans will head for the hills on immigration reform; protecting Cantor is thus the smart play for reform fans, but naturally Gutierrez has to play dumb about that since exposing the ruse would backfire on Cantor completely. That’s why, when Steinberg dialed up Gutierrez’s office and asked them if it wasn’t perhaps curious that he would choose to express his upset at Cantor at a time and manner that’s actually really helpful to Cantor politically, they dismissed the accusation as silly — despite admitting that they’re familiar with Cantor’s mailer.

And yes, Gutierrez did hold his rally today. With Cantor’s name prominently mentioned, of course, to reassure tea partiers who open up the newspaper tomorrow and see the photos that Eric Cantor is amnesty’s worst nightmare.

“The one man blocking immigration reform.” That’s better ad copy for Cantor than the RNC could ever come up with.

Is he going to get away with it? Here’s Mark Levin at the Right Scoop confronting the possibility.


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To Hades with both, and all the other amnesty shills and traitors

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

One political class. One set of donor masters. One agenda.

thatsafactjack on May 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

God help us if this numbnuts ends up as Speaker of the House.

Mark1971 on May 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

If Cantor has supporters like this, we should not join them.

Warner Todd Huston on May 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Come on, Virginia, you can’t be this gullible.

Send amnesty-shill Cantor to the curb, along with his amnesty-pimp buddy Gutierrez.

I’m going to go make a contribution to this Dave Brat fellow. He is clearly doing something right to have frightened a POS like Gutierrez.

AZCoyote on May 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Under seige

Good to see you, J. Hope all is well with you.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM

As if any of this means $hit anymore.

Tard on May 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Dave Brat is challenging Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican Primary on Tuesday June 10.

You can learn more about Dave Brat at his campaign website:
http://davebratforcongress.com/

If you are in or near this Virginia Congressional District, please share your local perspective on this race.

wren on May 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Excellent link, Paladin.

It’s good to see you, too, my friend. All is well. Under water. :)

thatsafactjack on May 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Under water. :)

thatsafactjack on May 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Take good care and grasp for air, now and then.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

One benefit from Al Gore’s Internet invention is that lying crooks like Cantor get exposed. Hope the primary voters are not low information voters buying Cantor’s charade.

It is revealing and disheartening the total lack of integrity tricks the Republican establishment attempts to play on their voters. I expected it from the Ds and am silly enough to be shocked when the Rs do it.

philw1776 on May 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

House of Cards.

I didn’t realize it’s a documentary.

LASue on May 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Cantor, haven’t you learned by now? Lie with crapweasels, live with the results.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

I will, but you can’t possibly miss me… not with all the stand-ins you’ve got these days. lol!

thatsafactjack on May 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Under seige siege.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

It’ll work.

McCain TV Ad: “Complete The Danged Fence”

That one did. Now that the border’s secure, next stop amnesty!

sauldalinsky on May 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

thatsafactjack on May 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Only one

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Too kind. :)

thatsafactjack on May 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

As if any of this means $hit anymore.

Tard on May 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Money talks and bullshit walks.

celtic warrior on May 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Anyone pretending the two parties are not the same anymore?

Anyone pretending the GOP opposes the left?

Anyone pretending the GOP opposes dems?

The only thing the GOP opposes is conservatism.

AS it always was, so shall it always be.

But, hey – all you GOP apologists, don’t let facts get in your way. I’m sure this time, if we get a GOP majority, we’ll see actual spending cuts, entitlement rollback, gov’t rollback, etc.

this time they’ll really do it!! Just gotta have faith.

Monkeytoe on May 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Bingo. What better way to sell Cantor as an anti-amnesty hero to skeptical conservatives in his home district than to have Gutierrez, who once said that his only loyalty is to the immigrant community, ostentatiously protesting him right in his own backyard?

I hate these shams.

rbj on May 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Yes We Cantor

faraway on May 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Oh hell yeahs Stacey Dash joins Fox News!!11!

John the Libertarian on May 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Fox News noted Dash sparked controversy during the 2012 presidential election when she endorsed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on her personal Twitter account and “subsequently endured heavy criticism for supporting a conservative nominee.” Dash’s acting career has spanned more than 20 years, including playing Dionne in the 1995 movie Clueless, as well as roles in Renaissance Man, Mo’ Money, and View from the Top, among others.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

IMO, Cantor an Boehner are but safe mouthpieces for the entire elitist GOP who not only wants and will put in amnesty, but have no intentions of repealing Obamacare.
Their only enemy is the base–the conservative citizens, and the tea party types.

Don L on May 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

They so smart and we so stupit.

Akzed on May 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

One political class. One set of donor masters. One agenda.

thatsafactjack on May 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

+1

burserker on May 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Too kind. :)

thatsafactjack on May 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Get a room!

Akzed on May 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Get a room!

Akzed on May 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

What an old-fashioned statement. Plus, could have meant “one stand-in”.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Power corrupts….

d1carter on May 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I thought liberal voters were supposed to be the dumb ones? Conservatives are supposed to be up on their candidates for crying out loud.

Jack_Burton on May 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Have the usual suspects turned up yet to tell us how important it is that we support such fine examples of GOP conservatism as the stalwart, true and trustworthy Eric Cantor.

I mean, he’s overtly lying about his position now that he’s in trouble, but if we just support him, he won’t flop immediately back to a amnesty-flogging piece of crap once he’s securely in office again, right?

Right?

Midas on May 28, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Anyone pretending the two parties are not the same anymore?

Anyone pretending the GOP opposes the left?

Anyone pretending the GOP opposes dems?

The only thing the GOP opposes is conservatism.

AS it always was, so shall it always be.

But, hey – all you GOP apologists, don’t let facts get in your way. I’m sure this time, if we get a GOP majority, we’ll see actual spending cuts, entitlement rollback, gov’t rollback, etc.

this time they’ll really do it!! Just gotta have faith.

Monkeytoe on May 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Yes, if they’re not already here, a few notable nitwits will be along shortly to castigate us that are tired of supporting the same old transparent bullshit from the GOP.

Midas on May 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Do they plan on living behind locked gates from now till they reap what they have sown?

Murphy9 on May 28, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Am not an attorney, but to me this seems borderline racketeering and/or fraud. This cannot be allowed to succeed.

Midas on May 28, 2014 at 5:07 PM

“It’s almost as if they have meetings to plan these things!”

I hear the political elite ruling class cocktail parties in the Hamptons are a hoot…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 28, 2014 at 5:08 PM

low information conservative primary voters are a big problem

Rove/Chamber can carpet bomb the airwaves with ads claiming their guy is a conservative, and low information conservative voters believe it.

commodore on May 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Get a room!

Akzed on May 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

So sorry. Didn’t mean to go off topic and detract from this little bon mot:

They so smart and we so stupit.

Akzed on May 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

thatsafactjack on May 28, 2014 at 5:10 PM

low information conservative primary voters are a big problem

Rove/Chamber can carpet bomb the airwaves with ads claiming their guy is a conservative, and low information conservative voters believe it.

commodore on May 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

That is a big part of it and then they smear their opponent so any undecided low info primary voters play it safe and vote for the incumbent. Lastly, they never agree to a debate because that would really expose these scoundrels.

Wigglesworth on May 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

HA hasn’t even covered the runoff elections. For the 1st time this year an incumbent was defeated and we hear nothing of it on this blog.

Wigglesworth on May 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I live in Cantor’s district.

The big problem here is that Brat is woefully underfunded. There’s virtually no signs or bumper stickers anywhere, let alone paid advertising. Frankly, if it weren’t for Cantor’s ads, I probably wouldn’t have paid him any heed at all.

As for Cantor’s campaigning, it’s some of the most appallingly cynical stuff I’ve ever seen from any politician. Basically, we’re just told over and over that Brat is a “liberal college professor.” Literally the only proof he offers for the ‘liberal’ portion of this aspersion is that he once served on a board of economic advisers when Tim Kaine was governor.

Cantor clearly thinks the average primary voter is stupid. The sad part is that he may well be right.

2YEP598 on May 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Reality calling joana. Where the f#@$ are you joana. Come explain this away.

DFCtomm on May 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Cantor clearly thinks the average primary voter is stupid. The sad part is that he may well be right.

2YEP598 on May 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I don’t think it’s so much stupid as lazy. They tune in to sources like Fox(GOPe) and NPR(left) to get informed, but what they really get is manipulated.

DFCtomm on May 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Cantor clearly thinks the average primary voter is stupid. The sad part is that he may well be right.

2YEP598 on May 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

That’s what I’m afraid of.

cat_owner on May 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

It’s the Todd Akin model.

formwiz on May 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I thought liberal voters were supposed to be the dumb ones? Conservatives are supposed to be up on their candidates for crying out loud.

Jack_Burton on May 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM

There is a difference between stupidity and ignorance. Stupidity is a lack of intelligence. Ignorance is a lack of knowledge. (The third part of the mind is wisdom, the lack of which is foolishness.)

Theophile on May 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Canter is one of the big reason why I very well might vote Democrat down the line for the first time in my life.

If this Great country is going down, let it happen under Democrat reign then a Republican reign.

BroncosRock on May 28, 2014 at 6:02 PM

HA hasn’t even covered the runoff elections. For the 1st time this year an incumbent was defeated and we hear nothing of it on this blog.

Wigglesworth on May 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Yes, why no mention of John Ratcliffe?

cat_owner on May 28, 2014 at 6:05 PM

The voting public better wake up.

http://time.com/73056/on-your-mark-get-set-lie-supreme-court-weighs-truth-in-politics/

lynncgb on May 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

es, why no mention of John Ratcliffe?

cat_owner on May 28, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Because the TEA party is dead.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Does Brat have a good chance of winning this? I haven’t seen any polls.

gracie on May 28, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Yes, if they’re not already here, a few notable nitwits will be along shortly to castigate us that are tired of supporting the same old transparent bullshit from the GOP.

Midas on May 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Unlikely. Most of them simply don’t show up in threads like this, much like how our liberal trolls don’t show up in “difficult” threads. They mostly haunt election news threads.

Doomberg on May 28, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Does Brat have a good chance of winning this? I haven’t seen any polls.

gracie on May 28, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Don’t think any polling has been done, although Cantor’s campaign likely has done some internal polling. Just the fact though that he is pulling this stunt with Gutierrez. as well as sending out blatantly dishonest mailers, would seem to indicate they consider Brat to be a serious threat to his reelection.

cat_owner on May 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I live in Cantor’s district.

The big problem here is that Brat is woefully underfunded. There’s virtually no signs or bumper stickers anywhere, let alone paid advertising. Frankly, if it weren’t for Cantor’s ads, I probably wouldn’t have paid him any heed at all.

As for Cantor’s campaigning, it’s some of the most appallingly cynical stuff I’ve ever seen from any politician. Basically, we’re just told over and over that Brat is a “liberal college professor.” Literally the only proof he offers for the ‘liberal’ portion of this aspersion is that he once served on a board of economic advisers when Tim Kaine was governor.

Cantor clearly thinks the average primary voter is stupid. The sad part is that he may well be right.

2YEP598 on May 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Thank you for your local update, 2YEP598!

Your point about David Brat needing campaign donations is confirmed at the FEC.gov website.

As of 3/31:

David Brat had Cash on Hand = $42,418

Eric Cantor had Cash on Hand = $2,054,386

according to this link:

http://www.fec.gov/disclosurehs/HSCandList.do

wren on May 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Thanks, I’d forgotten that.

cat_owner on May 28, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I live in Cantor’s district and am voting Brat. I convinced a Democrat to vote Brat too, because she doesn’t like Cantor either! LOL Brat’s campaign is very grassroots, door to door. Again little money, but many are frustrated with any sitting congress critter right now. Cantor got fired up when his right hand man Linwood Cobb lost the chairman position to the Tea Party candidate at the 7th District GOP delegate convention a couple of weeks ago. According to our local Tea Party group, Cantor’s team booked any and all empty rooms at the hotel where the convention was to be held to block the Tea Party from having a place to talk to people, and the Tea Party still won. There’s no D on the ballot as of yet because the D candidate missed the filing deadline (and he’s AWFUL – he did an interview with Greta on Fox a month or so ago). It will be Cantor and Brat competing for the R. Cantor’s ads are awful, all attack, I’ve gotten at least 4 of them in the past few weeks. They say Brat’s a liberal because he was appointed to a fact gathering committee that provides reports to the governor. Brat as I understand it wasn’t in a position to stop any decision the governor was making, he was simply one of several in an advisory role, whose advice the governor could follow or not. Cantor fails to mention that Brat also served a Republican governor (McDonnell) who did pretty well for the first part of his term, but what exactly is an advisor supposed to do to stop a Democratic governor from raising taxes??? They do that as naturally as they breathe and blink!

http://thebullelephant.com/seismic-shift-7th-cobbs-ouster-mean-gop/

nachomama on May 28, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Reality calling joana. Where the f#@$ are you joana. Come explain this away.

DFCtomm on May 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

That Fluck is waiting by the fax machine for her orders from Herr Rove to go out and SPIN.

Murphy9 on May 28, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Here’s one of the videos Brat’s team sent out today. Share it if you have friends or relatives in VA!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd-M-ejxKVw

nachomama on May 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM

nachomama on May 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Hey thanks so much for your posts! It’s always good to hear from someone locally. Sure hope Brat wins.

cat_owner on May 28, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Just donated 50$ to David Brat. Why doesn’t any site do a money bomb for him? That would get him some quick cash.

NWConservative on May 28, 2014 at 9:13 PM

We are our own enemy. The majority don’t educate themselves on who they need to vote for. Ohio – voted to send Boehner back to Congress. Kentucky – voted to send McConnell back to the Senate. A number of other states have voted to send Rove’s and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce candidates to Washington. FOX News should be ashamed for giving him a platform.

- The U.S. Chamber is our enemy because they want Amnesty forced down our throats to lower wages for their corporate members.

- The U.S Chamber also wants Obamacare left in place so it takes the Insurance tab off of their corporate members.

Again voters are not paying attention. And now the state of Virginia will listen to the commercials that money can buy for Cantor and most likely send him back to Congress to be the thorn that he is in every sane Americans side.

Nat George on May 28, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Unfortunately I’m in the 5th (which I occasionally take) and not CANTors 7th. So guess I can’t”legally” vote for Brat.
Guess I’ll have to cheerlead on this one.

I have talked to several dear friends who are in the 7th. They are all going to pull the lever for Brat. Out of 3 households that’s 10 votes for B-man.
One even vows to take ol’ Bessie off the mantle(in case of a CANTor win) and demand Brat run anyway.

flatlander on May 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM

I live in Hurts 5th, not CANTors 7th, so I guess I can’t”legally” vote for Brat. Only dims do that, right?

I remember when CANTor was described as one of the”young guns” of the Republican party. My how times change.
I just wish he would take a projectile emitting device and rid himself of a toe or two.

I have a buddy living in the 7th who swears to hound Brat into running even if CANTor wins the primary.

These are perilous times in the Old Dominion.

flatlander on May 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I just sent Dave Brat a donation. If a GOTV campaign can help him then maybe he can beat Cantor. The biggest challenge I think will be Democrats crossing over to vote for Cantor to ram amnesty through. If you have friends in Virginia time to email them and ask them to help out. If not, then time to put some positive discussion of Dave Brat on web sites in Virginia to get his name out there. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet!

searcher on May 29, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Every time we have a successful candidate, the media and the progressives can undermine them. They put words in their mouths, and do what they can to alienate the base.

Just like at the republican presidential debates they frame the question to please the media and the liberal campaigns. “The Childern” “Anti- immigrant” “Anti Women” and the media megaphone plays it up. So our side can’t say they believe in immigration because they have to qualify and qualify and qualify what they say because the enemy is manufacturing sound bites to defeat them…and to alienate you. Eric Cantor never had an immigration problem until they started badgering him, and he said he was not against immigrants and went on the tour. Virginia is a difficult place, just look at how Cuccinelli had to parse to please everyone, and the libertarians ran around the other side to skewer him.

It wasn’t time to run Cantor off the rail. These people in Virginia should be worrying about pushing their Senate candidate thru. After a long day trying to spoil a SAFE seat, do they have time to campain for the state house? do they have time to get their GOP Senate candidate elected? Time to get off your behinds, GOP and libertarians of Virginia and make GAINS before you purge.

Fleuries on May 29, 2014 at 9:42 AM