Bad sign: Cantor’s vanquisher surprised MSNBC host isn’t just celebrating his victory

posted at 2:01 pm on June 11, 2014 by Noah Rothman

After losing his primary to economics professor Dave Brat, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) revealed that he does not intend to run again as a write-in candidate. In December, the House Majority Leader will retire from Congress. Brat, running in a district with a Cook Partisan Voting Index rating of R+10, is highly likely to represent Virginia’s 7th in the 114th Congress.

And while tea party groups and talk radio hosts are celebrating the downfall of a Republican member of Congress who came to symbolize the “establishment,” there are indications that this enthusiasm is misplaced.

In the wake of his victory, Brat joined MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Wednesday where he received a gentle grilling and was asked for his position on a variety of policy matters. Brat seemed entirely unprepared to have to speak on issues of substance. In fact, he suggested – perhaps (hopefully) jokingly – that he thought Todd invited him on the program merely to celebrate his victory.

“Where are you on the minimum wage?” Todd began, starting off with a question right in this economics expert’s wheelhouse.

Brat railed against unspecific distorting effects on the market before he was prompted to say whether or not he thought a minimum wage should even exist? “I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one,” Brat replied.

…Okay. So, how about foreign policy?

“Would you be in favor of arming the Syrian rebels?” Todd asked.

“Hey, Chuck, I thought we were just going to chat today about the celebratory aspect,” Brat replied. “I’d love to go through all this, but my mind is just, uh, I didn’t get much sleep.”

“I love the policy questions, I’m happy to do more, but I just wanted to talk about the victory here,” he continued.

Sure, sleep deprivation will dull anyone’s wit. But any competent Republican campaigner should be able to endure the rendition tactics depicted in Zero Dark Thirty and emerge aware of the fact that MSNBC is not the place insurgent tea partiers go for softballs.

Maybe Brat was, as he said, merely exhausted from a long night following his primary victory. However, as The Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow noted, “he’s going to have to get it together real quick now that he’s been thrust into the national spotlight.”


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Finally a pic.

Thanks Noah!

Brat on June 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

there are indications that this enthusiasm is misplaced.

“You speak for me” — Brit Hume

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:05 PM

That’s more blunt questions than Hillary has gotten over the course of the past year.

forest on June 11, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Give the dude a break. He just got elected in an upset no one(probably including him and his campaign staff) saw coming. Now if he’s talking like this in a few months, then I’d be concerned. But this isn’t like Herman Cain in the midst of Presidential Primary season being stumped by questions about Libya or the Right of Return.

BTW, does Chuck Todd ever pose these kinds of questions to any Democrat politicians he interviews?

Doughboy on June 11, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Finally a pic.

Thanks Noah!

Brat on June 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

You have nice teeth and hair.

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Great hair.

Bigbullets on June 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

I don’t like a candidate who doesn’t know what his positions are. That just means he will have to look at the polls to decide what he thinks.

Sven on June 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Oh, my, he wasn’t ever a witch was he? Hey, at least he’s rated “hot” on ratemyprofessors! What does the Democrat sound like, he’s a sociology professor at the same university.

BushyGreen on June 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Thank goodness it wasn’t with tingles

cmsinaz on June 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Why go on that channel at all let alone when unprepared?

Flange on June 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Doughboy …nope they were softball questions without interruptions to the dem candidates

cmsinaz on June 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I think he did fine.

JellyToast on June 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Know your enemy. Thank goodness only three people watch MSLSD.

John the Libertarian on June 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

If only Chuck Todd had thought to ask such questions of Obama.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Thank goodness it wasn’t with tingles

cmsinaz on June 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

All that angry MSLSD’s Chrissy spittle on a brand new suit…

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

New HotAir editor Noah Rothman, who supports illegal alien amnesty, is upset that Brat won.

It was interesting to see that the only HotAir editor who seemed happy (both on Twitter and on this blog) about Cantor losing was Allahpundit.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Oh great, another genius. He honestly went on MSNBC and expected balloons and confetti to be falling from the ceilings? What a dolt.

Xanatos90 on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I find him “refreshing” and “unscripted”…..

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM

He looks like Peter Weller.

/buckaroo banzai

Ward Cleaver on June 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Why is Brat going on DNC TV?

Captain Kirock on June 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Honestly….I think he handled the interview well.

ElectricPhase on June 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Brat, your problem was to go there…wake up already.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Could you give us twenty four hours before you start crapping in the punch bowl? It’s Chuck Todd. When Chuck goes missing, they do a colonoscopy on Obama. Who cares?
Another pearl clutcher.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM

i’m sure he didn’t expect to have such a big victory and he probably didn’t expect a victory at all. so i can see why he wasn’t prepared to immediately get this much attention thrown onto him. many people, including me, didn’t know who he was until last night. plus, yeah, he’s not well-rested either!

let’s reserve judgment until later. don’t be so quick to criticize him just for this.

Sachiko on June 11, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Know your enemy. Thank goodness only three people watch MSLSD.

John the Libertarian on June 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

And two of them work for HotAir/Salem.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Sure, sleep deprivation will dull anyone’s wit. But any competent Republican campaigner should be able to endure the rendition tactics depicted in Zero Dark Thirty and emerge aware of the fact that MSNBC is not the place insurgent tea partiers go for softballs.


WOW!

Congratulations on pegging the Tasteless Commentary meter just three days into your new job.

Side note: The GOPe is strong in this one!

PolAgnostic on June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

He could not run if he wanted to… There is a state law barring it.

Kaptain Amerika on June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

No worries, the GOP will circle their wagons around him and Shepherd him through…

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I find him “refreshing” and “unscripted”…..

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM

He’s “clean” and “articulate”, too.

;)

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Ugh. He hasn’t crafted responses to topical questions like that, plus he expected to be feted for his victory…on MSNBC? Terrific.

That Cook rating on the district doesn’t mean squat if the R candidate falls flat on his face.

changer1701 on June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Boycott msnbc you republican schmucks. Is Brat unfamiliar with the lunatic fringe on msnbc? This guy already comes off like a naïve putz.

Purple Velvet Pimp on June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Why should he talk policy with MSNBC people who are looking for sound bites to distort or piss off exactly half the potential voters no matter which way he goes on it. A nuanced answer would be called a dodge.

Question one: Do you support the evil Assad regime or the al qaeda rebels who are trying to overthrow him?

Question two: Do you support communism or do you support keeping workers in poverty?

It’s best not even to start with MSNBC on questions that require long explanations because they aren’t going to let you give the long explanation.

Not sure why this Rothman character doesn’t understand that.

Buddahpundit on June 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Well, if the whole MSNBC audience was tuned in, he may have lost two votes in the Virginia 7th, tops. And they were already in the bag to vote D anyway. So he’s safe for now.

2ndMAW68 on June 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Ugh. He hasn’t crafted responses to topical questions like that, plus he expected to be feted for his victory…on MSNBC? Terrific.

That Cook rating on the district doesn’t mean squat if the R candidate falls flat on his face.

changer1701 on June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

“ELEVENTY!!!!! SOMEONE RECOUNT THOSE VOTES QUICK!!! WE NEED RINO CANTOR TO COME AND SAVE US!!!! ELEVENTY!!!!”
/changer1701

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

He should have politely turned down an interview with MSNBC. He could just say he’s not doing any silly talk shows or planned performances on reality TV and point out that even the president of the network readily admits that they are a propaganda arm of the democrats and not a legitimate news network. He could have gotten a lot of mileage off of the refusal.

HotAirian on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

He will be the target of vicious attacks. There was a day when an econ prof could win a house seat and not be the target of Leftist fury. And of course will the RINO party send some high paid media consultants to help out, help him practice and polish what he wants to say?

no..the RINOs are hoping he loses…teach those hillbillies a lesson.

r keller on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Viking heh

cmsinaz on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I give most of the posters here 2 weeks before they are slamming this man.

The media will eat him alive and he doesn’t have any opinions on the issues? Give me a break.

Wait until he starts really talking….his religious background will sink within a month. Foot in mouth disease

I am a Republican who wants to win

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Conservative site, “Hot Air” has already posted negative commentary
about the victorious candidate. Yawn!

Amjean on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Leave dude alone.

MACKDADDY on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

So an ordinary guy wins an election and goes on TV and performs like an ordinary guy rather than a polished career politician and people are upset.

Dan_Yul on June 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM

He looks like Peter Weller.

/buckaroo banzai

Ward Cleaver on June 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Remember. Wherever you go, there you are.

Doughboy on June 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM

New HotAir editor Noah Rothman, who supports illegal alien amnesty, is upset that Brat won.

It was interesting to see that the only HotAir editor who seemed happy (both on Twitter and on this blog) about Cantor losing was Allahpundit.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I’ve got no idea what Rothman’s position on amnesty is, so can you provide some evidence for your assertion that he supports it?

Athanasius on June 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Not sure why this Rothman character doesn’t understand that.

Buddahpundit on June 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Not too impressed with one Noah Rothman so far.

And to think we’re losing Erika in this swap. Who engineered this? Obama?

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Give the dude a break. He just got elected in an upset no one(probably including him and his campaign staff) saw coming.

I’m sorry, but whoever you are if you are running for any position you must know before you start campaigning what your stances are. If the guy can’t answer these questions, tired or not, it is because he is putting his finger to the wind and trying to say something he can simply change direction on when polls tell him to.

This guy may have unseated Cantor but will be another middle of the road RINO changing tunes based on polls. When a econ professor cannot give a simple explanation about the problems with having a min-wage then we are in trouble.

And no, saying that MSNBC never asks these types of questions from D’s is not an excuse anymore. Conservatives and Republicans need to be able to answer these questions no matter what. Independent voters, specially those who sway elections, respond well to direct answer and clear explanations. When everyone else answers with long winded BS straight answers will always win.

ptcamn on June 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

So, RINO/DIABLOs and Ds, you do have double standards, no?

But, he needs to wake up and realize that this is the big league.

Since 1899, when the Cantor position was created, NO one knocked it off.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Okay…show of hands. How many people are responding to Noah’s GOPe spin version of the interview? How many actually watched it?

He really didn’t flub the interview people!

ElectricPhase on June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

David, who killed Goliath, needs to be at least a strong simple man.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I give most of the posters here 2 weeks before they are slamming this man.

The media will eat him alive and he doesn’t have any opinions on the issues? Give me a break.

Wait until he starts really talking….his religious background will sink within a month. Foot in mouth disease

I am a Republican who wants to win

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

And when he wins in November, do you promise to shut the hell up?

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I don’t like a candidate who doesn’t know what his positions are. That just means he will have to look at the polls to decide what he thinks.

Sven on June 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

He knows what he believes. He sounded great on Hannity’s show last night. Now if you press him on specific legislation right now, you’ll probably stump him. But he’s not someone who looks at polls or campaign donations and then conveniently decides what he stands for.

Doughboy on June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Listen to the interview, don’t just go with Noah’s interpretation.

He did fine.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

I have no problem with any of his answers.

Just wish ol’ Chuckie would ask such questions to democrats just elected.

Barred on June 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Any Tea Party Candidate who has seen how the the liberal media has treated them in the past few years should know they should never go on camera or on microphone unless they are fully loaded for bear. The liberal commentators will be certainly loaded for bear and they will take no prisoners!!!

logicman_1998 on June 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Yes, expecting the candidate to be able to answer these basic questions means I want Cantor, or something.

Your logic is impeccable, really.

changer1701 on June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

The weird thing here is the assumption that questions like “where are you on minimum wage?” And “would you arm the Syrian rebels?” constitutes a “grilling” by evil leftist propagandists.

Too early to say the guys a moron, but he is clearly not particularly well-informed.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

He looks like Peter Weller.

/buckaroo banzai

Ward Cleaver on June 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Yes, good catch. Also a little like James Woods.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

I think Townhall got their man…

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

We’ve had this problem for a long time.

People don’t think ahead past their election. The current president is a perfect example.

Even George W. Bush phoned in most of his second term, which I never understood, since he was his father’s enforcer. He went around and twisted arms.

Yet when it was his turn, he seemed unprepared for the job.

The election is over. What will be, will be. Don’t fret. My advice–as someone whose parents both committed suicide in 2013 and who was robbed of his life’s savings by fake book publicists–is to learn to accept everything that happens.

In the end, you don’t have a choice, really, so that should make it easier!

A Chair of Some Kind on June 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Listen to the interview, don’t just go with Noah’s interpretation.

He did fine.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Can’t listen to it right now, but that’s what I kind of guessed was the case.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Could you give us twenty four hours before you start crapping in the punch bowl? It’s Chuck Todd. When Chuck goes missing, they do a colonoscopy on Obama. Who cares?
Another pearl clutcher.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Hear! Hear!

novaculus on June 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

WTH! Why don’t you critics actually watch and listen to the clip instead of taking Noah’s word for it? I don’t know much about Brat nor about Noah Rothman but I think Brat comes off better than Rothman’s “waaaah, my guy lost” routine here.

Vince on June 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I’m surprised when people who have tolerated years of incompetency from both sides of the aisle in Congress get bugs up their noses because some brand new elected member isn’t full steam on topics.

We carp & moan about the professional politicians and wave our pitchforks calling for election of “regular people” but then when they can’t give a hour lecture on every govt reg & policy we wring our hands and act like the world has ended.

katiejane on June 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Yes, expecting the candidate to be able to answer these basic questions means I want Cantor, or something.

Your logic is impeccable, really.

changer1701 on June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Sounded like you were pushing the panic button to me.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

My bet is that he was sandbagged. I agree with some commenters…he shouldn’t have gone on the channel today especially.

cajunpatriot on June 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Bless your heart you lying hag.

Go suck face with lourdes and coolrepublica.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

It was interesting to see that the only HotAir editor who seemed happy (both on Twitter and on this blog) about Cantor losing was Allahpundit.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Yes, kudos to AP.

cat_owner on June 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Listen to the interview, don’t just go with Noah’s interpretation.

He did fine.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

True

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

no..the RINOs are hoping he loses…teach those hillbillies a lesson.
r keller on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

You’re absolutely right. Make no mistake about it. The pro-amnesty RINO’s have nothing but contempt for these conservative challengers and their supporters.

They’ll attack conservatives, calling them “crazy” or “not-ready-for-primetime,” as much as any liberal would. They want to see conservatives to lose and taught a lesson, as you say.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

He answered both policy questioned Todd asked him, yet in the pundits minds he was unprepared. And he just didn’t answer the questions, his answers were thoughtful and on the mark.
It’s like there’s a contest between pundits to see who can be the most disingenuous.
Obviously Rothman brought his hackery with him from mediaite.

lowandslow on June 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

It was interesting to see that the only HotAir editor who seemed happy (both on Twitter and on this blog) about Cantor losing was Allahpundit.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

AP is always AP, even when he eats crow. He needs a raise. He was brilliant on the Cantor thread.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Hey Noah, how fast can you tread water? You gotta at least know your D’s and R’s for starters…and be prepared for the Hot Aires to read what you write and imply and to take no prisoners when they do.
That is all.

gracie on June 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Ah, you’re just pi$$ed he didn’t come to your Sundance Festival.

Vince on June 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

ZOMG! This guy is in over his head! Hot Air tells me so!

My goodness, the MSM really has their way with you people.

Who gets into detailed policy tangles with media enemies the morning after they win an election? Answer: nobody who is smart.

They threw out the bait and he didn’t take it.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Mr. Rothman, want some sugar with your tea?

Geez… the Establishment media (Hot Air, RedState, etc…) are sure full of sour grapes today.

Is it because none of you “smart ones” saw this coming? Or because the pet project (AMNESTY) of your financiers is in disarray?

Cantor lost, Brat won! Deal with it…

Next, you will be writing an article that we should support Brat’s Democrat opponent.

I bet you Cantor knew less than Brat when he was first elected… considering he is still stupid and couldn’t fathom that AMNESTY would sink him.

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Not too impressed with one Noah Rothman so far.
And to think we’re losing Erika in this swap. Who engineered this? Obama?
Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Well put. That made me laugh.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Never go on MSDNC, ever.

echosyst on June 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

How did HotAir end up with this blogger? What RINO dolt from Salem signed off on this deal?

kevinkristy on June 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

What the hell Noah? Did you even watch the interview?

HotAirian on June 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Hot Air is now an establishment run hellhole. Malkin should disavow ever having started it. Allah, Ed and Noah are all weaklings.

echosyst on June 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Well put. That made me laugh.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Insane cackle is more like it you lying hag.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Ah, you’re just pi$$ed he didn’t come to your Sundance Festival.

Vince on June 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

And his crappy movie failed. No one went to that.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I’m surprised when people who have tolerated years of incompetency from both sides of the aisle in Congress get bugs up their noses because some brand new elected member isn’t full steam on topics.

We carp & moan about the professional politicians and wave our pitchforks calling for election of “regular people” but then when they can’t give a hour lecture on every govt reg & policy we wring our hands and act like the world has ended.

katiejane on June 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

He hasn’t been elected yet. Let’s see hear from the sociology professor!

BushyGreen on June 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

The weird thing here is the assumption that questions like “where are you on minimum wage?” And “would you arm the Syrian rebels?” constitutes a “grilling” by evil leftist propagandists.

Too early to say the guys a moron, but he is clearly not particularly well-informed.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

The interesting thing here is that we still don’t know why you’re a racist pedophile.

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

there are indications that this enthusiasm is misplaced

Well that didn’t take long at all.

INCOMING!!

lynncgb on June 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM

What the hell Noah? Did you even watch the interview?

HotAirian on June 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Of course he did. Carefully. All that cherry picking took some effort you know.

ElectricPhase on June 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Not too impressed with one Noah Rothman so far.
And to think we’re losing Erika in this swap. Who engineered this? Obama?
Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Well put. That made me laugh.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

You two are not objective.

NR is perfect for Salem. He’s a great writer. Knock him on points, not on his employer. Salem is pro amnesty and total DIABLO. NR was hired for his RINOism and other talents. He gets paid by Salem. No conflict whatsoever.

You can always start your own blogs, but that’s a given.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Hot Air is now an establishment run hellhole. Malkin should disavow ever having started it. Allah, Ed and Noah are all weaklings.

echosyst on June 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

AP’s weak on the gay marriage stuff (he openly admits he supports it), but he’s no establishment hack.

Ed and Noah, on the other hand…….

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Listen to the interview, don’t just go with Noah’s interpretation.

He did fine.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Can’t listen to it right now, but that’s what I kind of guessed was the case.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Yes. The guy did fine. Why all of the gnashing of teeth? WTF?

VegasRick on June 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

echosyst on June 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Link your own blog. I look forward.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Yes. The guy did fine. Why all of the gnashing of teeth? WTF?

VegasRick on June 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

It gives the constant whiners something to do.

And drives traffic.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Yes. The guy did fine. Why all of the gnashing of teeth? WTF?

VegasRick on June 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

You should listen to Faux. They all laud Cantor “the wunderkind who lost…bla, bla, bla”.

It’s hilarious to see them suffer, from both sides.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

You guys knocking Brat for not having specific answers yet for every domestic/foreign topic are silly. Give the guy some time to get his feet wet. Did you know absolutely everything about your job when you started? No, of course not. And as a politician you are supposed to have knowledge and answers for a much larger number of topics than the typical career position. Similar depth no, but wider breadth yes.

For a brand new underdog challenger like Brat that wasn’t given a snowball’s chance it is understandable he has not yet spent the time to formulate policy positions for every topic under the sun. He focused on refining and hammering home his foundational beliefs to VA voters, and they will form the basis for his policies going forward. It’ll be time to worry if he doesn’t have good answers to things like this six months from now.

JSR08 on June 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I don’t need to be a blogger to point out that Hot Air is milquetoast crap.

echosyst on June 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Whateve, Schad.

I guess when I come to a conservsative blog, I expect some conservatism. I guess I’m just weird like that.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

P.S. Noah…maybe you just didn’t understand Professor Brat’s learned responses…a little over your head, no doubt given your background at MediaLite

gracie on June 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Don’t make me find obama answers from way then. Duhhh, he still has no good answers, if the prompter is out.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Too early to say the guys a moron, but he is clearly not particularly well-informed.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Watch the clip dumb a$$.

Vince on June 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

echosyst on June 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Just a whiner.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Worse sign: HotAir Newbie more critical of grassroots Republican victor than ThinkProgress.

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/06/11/3447557/david-brat-cant-answer-basic-policy-questions-during-msnbc-interview/

Yes, they are very critical. However, they acknowledge that he did answer some of the questions, but with “generalities.”

Try to find this in Noah’s commentary above:

Instead, Brat stuck to generalities about “fiscal issues and the Republican creed,” telling MSNBC host Chuck Todd that he believed in “free markets, equal treatment of everyone under the law, fiscal responsibility, adherence to the constitution, and a strong defense and faith in God and strong moral character.” Pressed for his position about raising the minimum wage, the economic professor demurred, saying “I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one.” He added, “all I know is if you take the long-run graph over 200 years of the wage rate, it cannot differ from your nation’s productivity.”

Though Brat ran significantly to the right of Eric Cantor, blasting the 7-term Congressman for supporting “amnesty” and being too closely associated with “crony capitalism,” the “issues” section of his website is just as vague as his MSNBC interview. Stretching just 871 words, the site is filled with generalities about restoring “the relationship between doctor and patient,” “broad-spectrum energy approach that relies on the free market” and “ending our reliance on foreign oil.”

Here’s Noah’s take:

In the wake of his victory, Brat joined MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Wednesday where he received a gentle grilling and was asked for his position on a variety of policy matters. Brat seemed entirely unprepared to have to speak on issues of substance. In fact, he suggested – perhaps (hopefully) jokingly – that he thought Todd invited him on the program merely to celebrate his victory.

“Where are you on the minimum wage?” Todd began, starting off with a question right in this economics expert’s wheelhouse.

Brat railed against unspecific distorting effects on the market before he was prompted to say whether or not he thought a minimum wage should even exist? “I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one,” Brat replied

Good grief.

A “conservative site” shouldn’t just be a water-carrier for the GOP, but do they have to join in the sniping this enthusiastically themselves?

Oh, and I watched the clip. IMO, he didn’t do badly. He seemed likable, but was actually able to steer the conversation where he wanted at times and was very genial.

cs89 on June 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Stock brokers, car salesmen, politicians, all memorize narratives. Brat knows economics, much like Obama knows left wing ideology. The rest with Obama is talking points. Brat already is one up on Obama.

Nexialist on June 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

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