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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I wouldn’t care if the guy turned out to be a gibbering moron. What I care about is that a strong message was sent to the GOP that we’re not putting up with any more of their crap.

Murf76 on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

C’mon, folks…it is MSNBC.

Both of the people who watched it thinking MNSBC has “news” won’t even remember.

And a cautionary event for Brat to get his stuff in order. Heck, I thought he’d at least have a position on minimum wage, being an economist and all.

ProfShadow on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

I’m getting the sense that HA will soon go the way of the dinosaur. With AP and the new guy, Rothman , it’s a bit much for a lot of conservatives to put up with, their cheap BS stuff. And illegal alien amnesty-Dream (nightmare) is a non-starter!
tomshup on June 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Newer sites like TheBlaze and Breitbart have already soared passed HotAir in daily traffic.

Adding pro-illegal alien amnesty, pro-GOP establishment Noah Rothman here won’t help the site’s popularity among conservative readers.

Still, the comment section here is amazing and one of the best. A lot of smart, witty people. The comments are the best part of the site. Hope the next hire here isn’t another pro-amnesty RINO, though.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

We don’t live in Illinois, home of Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Dick Durbin, Luis Guiterrez. We’re all just common white trash.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Sorry, what do you think that a rundown rural town in Arkansas with a Walmart exactly is? High society?

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

“Do you believe in it?” “Should it be raised?” “Should there be a minimum wage?”

Still waiting for an answer.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Did you listen to the clip?

Let me try to break down (My Interpretation Only) of what I think he said…

“Do you believe in it?” No, there shouldn’t be a federally-designated minimum wage. (But if I say that, it will be in red letters an inch high on the NYT front page tomorrow).

“Should it be raised?” All wages should be raised, by increasing productivity and thereby generating additional wealth for the overall population. If productivity doesn’t go up, artificially determined wages are unsupportable (e.g., his $100/hr. example).

“Should there be a minimum wage?” No. Let the market set compensation for labor. (Again, there isn’t going to be a repeal of minimum wage anytime soon. Practically, what free market types hope for is increasing productivity so that labor is more valuable than the minimum wage, and it becomes obsolete).

cs89 on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

But then again, the Tea Party doesn’t put much stock in actually recruiting and vetting competent candidates.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

If I read the news feeds correctly, there was no Tea Party organization involved with his running, unless it was a strictly local activist group. This seems to be a purely grass-roots effort.

Ricard on June 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

No, but he can be incompetent on running for Congress. You give a two second soundbite on that sort of question.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

No, that is exactly what you don’t do, genius. That’s what they want you to do. The smart candidate doesn’t allow himself to get pinned down.

He gave a solid answer. Todd seemed satisfied. Are people even watching the video before commenting?

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Even if you argue that he was unprepared, which is better: coming off as a little unprepared for an interview during the first half of June; or shooting from the hip, saying something ill-advised, and handing your opponent (and the media) a quick sound bite that they can use to bludgeon you with for the next five months. MSNBC is hardly a neutral arbiter and Chuck Todd was clearly looking for something he and the Dems could use. Beat avoided that pitfall. He may not have hit a home run but he didn’t strike out with the bases loaded, either.

Shadow on June 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

As for minimum wage, there should be no minimum wage! Those type jobs, as in fast food stores, other retail jobs, are for teenagers and other workforce entry folks who never had a job before. They can’t start at the top, unless they try politics!

tomshup on June 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Newer sites like TheBlaze and Breitbart have already soared passed HotAir in daily traffic.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Then why ain’t you lying over there then?

Instead of trying to crap this place up with your ignorance.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

cs89 on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Very good. Illinidiva, read and take notes.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Sorry, what do you think that a rundown rural town in Arkansas with a Walmart exactly is? High society?

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

You’re as arrogant as Cantor and his staff. Ask anyone in the House. Btw, Faux has openings. You’d be a perfect fit. They need more Jeantels on TV, from both sides.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

BRAT avoided that pitfall, not “Beat.” Stupid iphone….

Shadow on June 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Yeah.. I would care for you dolts to not go out of your way to lose us elections. I know.. we’re going to nominate Christine O’Donnell for President in 2016.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

What exactly are your credentials, Diva? PhD in being a barfly?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Bad sign: Hot Air blogger already talking down primary winner after one day removed from victory

SirGawain on June 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I know. Did people listen to the same interview I did? I’m like listening to this and … what? The guy was great. He answered everything well. So what.. he said “I thought we were going to talk about “A” but so what. It was less than a second of 5 minute interview. He simply wanted to thank his supporters and then took the time to do it.. but he answered all of the questions like an expert. He wasn’t trying to get out of anything nor did he stutter around.

Why is this even a post? There’s like nothing here.

JellyToast on June 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Sorry, what do you think that a rundown rural town in Arkansas with a Walmart exactly is? High society?

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

A bunch of Americans with more class and Patriotism than you.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Sorry, what do you think that a rundown rural town in Arkansas with a Walmart exactly is? High society?

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

And yet you wonder why we think so little of you.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

or maybe you could start one…..Of course a bit of talent is recommended if you plan to attract the traffic HA generates….

Bradky on June 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Not to mention a bit of startup money and a bit of a brand name like Michelle Malkin (she helped start this place, if you’ll recall) to plug the website on every appearance she makes on myriad tv news shows for a while.

Talent alone only gets you so far…

yaedon on June 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Your pain is schadenfreudig beyond belief. Since 1899, when the Cantor position was created, not ONE was ever knocked off.

It must hurt, badly.

DIABLOs are NO different from the D-rats. In fact, you are worse. How is Romney’s presidency going, hon?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

So who was your candidate again?

Why don’t you just join the Democrat Party, if you support all of their policies?

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I dislike paying taxes.

Marcus Traianus on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Brat won because he wasn’t Eric Cantor. If a potted plant was running against Cantor, the potted plant probably would have won. That doesn’t mean that he actually has any political savvy. Apparently, he was a pretty absentee candidate with a 23-year-old campaign manager.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Yeah.. I would care for you dolts to not go out of your way to lose us elections. I know.. we’re going to nominate Christine O’Donnell for President in 2016.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

So when Brat and McDaniel win in November, do you promise to shut the hell up?

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

It is a yes or no answer.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Have you stopped eating delicious puppy smoothies yet?

It’s a yes or no question only…

/s

cs89 on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Sorry, what do you think that a rundown rural town in Arkansas with a Walmart exactly is? High society?

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Getting wasted isn’t “high society.” How much of that great Chicago culture do you partake in, Diva? I bet you haven’t been to a play or a museum this year. Your idea of culture is 3 dollar Cosmos at the Bull and Bear.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Well said….the comments are the best part, but I’m getting tired of the offerings by the Ed-itors.

tomshup on June 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Dummy, he answered. View the tape, not what Noah excerpted.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

No he didn’t.. It is a yes or no answer.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

He answered the question. Period. I have heard that public defenders always advise their clients to give a yes or no answer – nothing more – are you familiar with this tactic? Complicated questions require thought out answers.

VegasRick on June 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Sorry, what do you think that a rundown rural town in Arkansas with a Walmart exactly is? High society?

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

You seem awfully bitter that the South didn’t win the Civil War.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

It meant he spoke the truth.

Libs like you vote for potted plants. That’s how we wound up with President Pantywaist.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Brat won because he wasn’t Eric Cantor. If a potted plant was running against Cantor, the potted plant probably would have won. That doesn’t mean that he actually has any political savvy. Apparently, he was a pretty absentee candidate with a 23-year-old campaign manager.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Yes, clearly Cantor is so politically toxic given his multiple wins in the district and his leadership position. Brat ran a great grassroots campaign and obviously had a substantial GOTV effort given the high turnout for the primary.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I think TP folks deserve their moment here.
But ouch.
Get this guy some help asap.
Or maybe leave him be…perhaps what got him here is being more real than media savy.
Obviously a smart guy.
That’s not always the same thing as ready for a close up..

verbaluce on June 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Why is this even a post? There’s like nothing here.

JellyToast on June 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Yep.

People on conservative blogs are probably the only ones actually watching MSNBC – and they’re watching it looking for post ideas.

LilyBart on June 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Explains why RedState is also churning out articles against amnesty opponents by the dozens.

Leon Wolf has one titled “The Toxicity of Immigration Rhetoric” in which he virtually accuses amnesty opponents of being racist and hating Mexicans.

What is with these Establishment apologists? It sure doesn’t take much for them to sell their principles.

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

The Establishment dopes are convinced in the strategy “we need to pass amnesty to earn Latino votes”

Because nothing says “get worried about voters” who can’t legally vote… Reps are better off using another identity politics device to grab 5% or so of Latinos – not go full stupid on Amnesty.

Just my 2 cents.

Odie1941 on June 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Sorry, what do you think that a rundown rural town in Arkansas with a Walmart exactly is? High society?

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Maybe. What stereotype do you want to haul out here??

kim roy on June 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

So who was your candidate again?

Anyone but Mitt, and when he made it I wanted him to fight. Alas, he fought like you do, bowing.

Brat won because he wasn’t Eric Cantor. If a potted plant was running against Cantor, the potted plant probably would have won. That doesn’t mean that he actually has any political savvy. Apparently, he was a pretty absentee candidate with a 23-year-old campaign manager.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

It burns, and it’s fun.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

The Trolls are all scared spitless.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

No, that is exactly what you don’t do, genius. That’s what they want you to do. The smart candidate doesn’t allow himself to get pinned down.

He gave a solid answer. Todd seemed satisfied. Are people even watching the video before commenting?

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Actually.. on a question like that you do give an answer…

What exactly are your credentials, Diva? PhD in being a barfly?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

I have an actual job and have never been in bankruptcy unlike Miss “I Am Not a Witch.”

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I dislike paying taxes.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Your pimp doesn’t pay you under the table?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Brat won because he wasn’t Eric Cantor. If a potted plant was running against Cantor, the potted plant probably would have won. That doesn’t mean that he actually has any political savvy. Apparently, he was a pretty absentee candidate with a 23-year-old campaign manager.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Oh, right, just like Cantor’s other primary challengers won.

Brat didn’t just win, he stomped Cantor by 10 points. The last challenger to Cantor in 2012 lost by four times that margin.

You are not very bright.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I have an actual job and have never been in bankruptcy unlike Miss “I Am Not a Witch.”

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Brat has an actual job, too. Why are you talking about a candidate who isn’t even relatively germane to this race? Brat wasn’t even a “Tea Party” candidate.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

…..Of course a bit of talent is recommended if you plan to attract the traffic HA generates….
Bradky on June 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Let’s be honest. Michelle Malkin’s dynamism and kick-ass championing of conservatism on television and on her blog is what made this site a huge draw. Ed and Allah had managed to maintain (and, to their credit, for a while build on) the site’s popularity over several years. But the traffic has been declining.

Mary Katharine Ham, an almost non-entity here whose heart never seemed in this site and who seems to phone in her infrequent posts, proved to be no replacement for Malkin.

What this site could use is a new actual conservative star blogger. IMO hiring Noah Rothman, who supports illegal alien amnesty, was a missed opportunity.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Noah, Noah. How is the baptism by fire going? :-)

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

“Do you believe in it?” “Should it be raised?” “Should there be a minimum wage?”

Still waiting for an answer.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Yeah, how bout that?

You know, some people are Still waiting on Hillary to answer
a hell of a lot of questions actually…you’re not one of those
people, I take it?

ToddPA on June 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

verbaluce on June 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

You’re as smart as the Ill diva.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

C’mon. He wasn’t asked every domestic/foreign policy question, he was asked a few, topical ones. It’s not expecting too much that he be able to answer them, or to even expect they’ll be asked on a network when appearing on MSNBC.

It seems as long as these candidates say the right tea party buzzwords and run against an establishment candidate no one really cares what their specific positions are, and I think that’s a problem.

changer1701 on June 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

On general principle, I’m inclined to agree – sometimes we do get people who seem to be more about capitalizing on the genuine suckiness of their RINO opponents, than about seriously advocating and advancing conservative policies. We need Ted Cruzes, not Sharon Angles.

I will admit that I was troubled as well from the lack of concrete answers, and if this turns out to be a pattern, then we’ll have a problem.

However, as others have pointed out, it’s pretty clear from both his background, and his general command of the issues during speeches and interviews, that this guy is not a lightweight by any means.

Now that he’s in the big leagues, he will hopefully learn pretty quickly that he needs to be ready for these kinds of questions. For a lot of them, it’s not too hard – if he’s being asked a hypothetical like “should the minimum wage exist?”, he should answer along the lines of “We’ve had a minimum wage for decades, and I would not suggest scrapping it. However, we have to remember that raising it is a double-edged sword…” Then go into detail. But only after he’s reassured the casual viewer that he’s not filibustering.

But like everyone is pointing out, he’s a sharp guy, so he’s probably very capable of doing this. I do hope he gets some good coaching though. For now, I think cautious optimism is warranted. And I say this as someone with mild eeyorish tendencies.

RINO in Name Only on June 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Listened to the clip. Good, solid answer. Pointless to go on MSNBC, but a good answer.

Othniel on June 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Noah, Noah. How is the baptism by fire going? :-)

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

You s/b smarter than the others. Watch the video before you shit yourself.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

This was one of my first worries. That he might not be prepared for the national spotlight, but he really only has to win that same district that had a record turn out last night.

I think he will do that, so the national news people will have little long term effect.

He is a pretty sympathetic figure, he seems very down to earth.

petunia on June 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

The Trolls (from both sides) are all scared spitless.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Schadenfreude, pure!

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

So when Brat and McDaniel win in November, do you promise to shut the hell up?

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Well they won’t be winning so it isn’t happening.

Getting wasted isn’t “high society.” How much of that great Chicago culture do you partake in, Diva? I bet you haven’t been to a play or a museum this year. Your idea of culture is 3 dollar Cosmos at the Bull and Bear.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

I go to different plays, museums, and operas on a regular basis. And I have no idea what the Bull and Bear is. But hey, for someone whose idea of high culture is the tractor pull and the local megachurch Jesus choir, you wouldn’t know.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

For the record, I’ve watched Cantor in interviews on national TV and been thoroughly unimpressed. He never seemed interested in supporting or discussing limited government ideas. He WAS good at saying things that were relatively meaningless and position-less – which kept him from criticism, I guess.

LilyBart on June 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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.

Ah, c’mon…this guy’s a N@@B! Give him a break, unlike Schmuck Todd, who’s out to shill for the Democrat Party…

Brat will get it together… [hear that, Brat? Get It Together!]

Newtie and the Beauty on June 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Let’s be honest.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

You are an ignorant lying troll.

How’s that?

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Just want to chime in on page three.

Consensus (excluding the commie trolls) is that Noah made up his own version of the truth for this post.

/rolled up newspaper. Bad Noah. Bad!

ElectricPhase on June 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

petunia on June 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

His constituents are not arrogant azzholes, like the trolls from both sides. They are people who’re very hurt.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Sorry, what do you think that a rundown rural town in Arkansas with a Walmart exactly is? High society?

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Oh yeah.. high society has done a lot for the world. Now on the other hand.. small rural towns.. you never know what might come out of one of them. One day it’s a Lincoln, next a Sgt. York. I even heard Jesus Christ was born in a small town. You just never know.

JellyToast on June 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Condescending little Troll-ette, aren’t you?

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

OH… on the subject… whether there should be a minimum wage or not… there is a minimum wage and it isn’t going to go away.

Romney had a very sensible solution. Make the minimum wage tied to inflation… so it stays the same, but seems to rise.

That takes away the Democrat issue. And shouldn’t have any effect on the economy.

petunia on June 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Wow so in Rothman’s first week on the new job he already has outed himself as an Establishment shill. Congratulations, you’ll fit right in with all the other writers here.

rndmusrnm on June 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Well, when you’re the ‘Conservative’ at a place like Mediaite, that’s not saying much. Salem doesn’t care about the content, they just like the click$.

reddevil on June 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I thought he came across as a genuine guy, rather than a politician who answers with canned talking points.

Sounded great for a guy who had no idea 24 hours earlier that he would be one of the main topics in the national media today.

cat_owner on June 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Noah, Noah. How is the baptism by fire going? :-)
coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Obviously, you never read the comments section of any of Noah’s articles on Mediaite…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

He talked about the issues just fine last night. He probably was told by MSNBC that was what he was there for.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Bad sign: Hot Air blogger already talking down primary winner after one day removed from victory

SirGawain on June 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Indeed.

Why do we need MSNBC when we have Noah?

kakypat on June 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Sorry, what do you think that a rundown rural town in Arkansas with a Walmart exactly is? High society?

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

You could replace Valerie Jarrett in a heartbeat.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Well if it were not for outlets like Hot Air, who would have known about the interview?

tuptian on June 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Gees, an economics prof on little sleep can’t say, “Government price controls are harmful”?

J.B. Say on June 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

JellyToast on June 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Excellent point, brother!

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Oh, right, just like Cantor’s other primary challengers won.

Brat didn’t just win, he stomped Cantor by 10 points. The last challenger to Cantor in 2012 lost by four times that margin.

You are not very bright.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

People were mad at Cantor playing Speaker-in-Waiting and having non-existent constituent service.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

JellyToast on June 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

I liked Brat’s answer about raising the minimum wage in Africa to eliminate poverty. The UN could rule that any company employing over 25 people in Africa needs to pay a $10/(hr or day) wage.

KenInIL on June 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Sorry, cool. You were attacking Noah, not Brat. My sincere apologies.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Let’s be honest. Michelle Malkin’s dynamism and kick-ass championing of conservatism on television and on her blog is what made this site a huge draw. Ed and Allah had managed to maintain (and, to their credit, for a while build on) the site’s popularity over several years. But the traffic has been declining.

Mary Katharine Ham, an almost non-entity here whose heart never seemed in this site and who seems to phone in her infrequent posts, proved to be no replacement for Malkin.

What this site could use is a new actual conservative star blogger. IMO hiring Noah Rothman, who supports illegal alien amnesty, was a missed opportunity.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

He’s got his own site and is probably doing well enough over there, but I’d love to see Ace on HA.

dorkintheroad on June 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

We don’t live in Illinois, home of Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Dick Durbin, Luis Guiterrez. We’re all just common white trash.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Sorry, what do you think that a rundown rural town in Arkansas with a Walmart exactly is? High society?

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Clean up your own yard before you start mouthing off fool. Rural Arkansas doesn’t have forty shootings in a weekend, even at Walmart.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Hey! Brat has Romney’s hair!!!

petunia on June 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Adding pro-illegal alien amnesty, pro-GOP establishment Noah Rothman here won’t help the site’s popularity among conservative readers.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Sure it will, provided there’s enough autoplay videos. People love those.

David Blue on June 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

I go to different plays, museums, and operas on a regular basis. And I have no idea what the Bull and Bear is. But hey, for someone whose idea of high culture is the tractor pull and the local megachurch Jesus choir, you wouldn’t know.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Name three paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago without looking it up. I’ve been there multiple times and can think of about five off of the top of my head.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Yes

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

As for minimum wage, there should be no minimum wage! Those type jobs, as in fast food stores, other retail jobs, are for teenagers and other workforce entry folks who never had a job before. They can’t start at the top, unless they try politics!

tomshup on June 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

But Hillary just said that she went BROKE living in the White House, never buying food, clothing, transportation, or entertainment.

Freddy on June 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

So when Brat and McDaniel win in November, do you promise to shut the hell up?

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Well they won’t be winning so it isn’t happening.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Well, I’ll be saving that quote for November.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

You promised you would stop commenting on HA.

yaedon on June 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Hmmm. I guess I’m not seeing what everyone else is seeing in this video. Sure, he sounded a little tired, but I thought he answered the questions reasonably well. Should he have been ready for the Charles Gibson treatment? Yes, especially at America’s least trusted news network, but this is a big nothingburger.

Matticus Finch on June 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

People were mad at Cantor playing Speaker-in-Waiting and having non-existent constituent service.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Yes, they were, among other things, and reasonably so. But he’s been doing that for a long time.

According to you a potted plant could have beat him. So then how was he able to easily roll over his challenger in the 2012 primary, but not Brat in 2014?

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

“BAD SIGN”

Wow – sounds like Hot Air / Noah are pretty upset about Brat’s HUGE WIN.

Seriously? It hasn’t even been 24 hours and the powers that be at Hot Air are already trying to tear Brat down.

Sad.

Pork-Chop on June 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

“Do you believe in it?” “Should it be raised?” “Should there be a minimum wage?”

Still waiting for an answer.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Your question is puzzling. Do you “believe in” the minimum wage? Wouldn’t it be better to understand it? Should it be raised if raising it will cause the employer to lay off the worker? Should it be lowered if the worker will otherwise have to be laid off?

fadetogray on June 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

‘Bad sign’ my a$$.

Midas on June 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Actually a yes no answer would have been terrible – a huge mistake. Illinidiva I would stick with your day job – you don’t know much about politics and even less about why Cantor was beat.

Zomcon JEM on June 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

I knew that was coming. ;)

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM

You s/b smarter than the others. Watch the video before you shit yourself.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Well I watched it-ish. lol

The questions were a bit ridiculous. Are you an isolationist? WTF? Foreign policy questions? the man is not running for president. He is a representative in a medium size state.

But he is a politician already. He was evading as if he was trying to avoid getting shot. haha.

Maybe he will say a lot of stupid things between now and election time, but the seat is safe, I hear (I heard cantor was safe too, so I’ll take it with a grain of salt) so it’s all good. As long as he is for true reform of the NSA powers I don’t care if he cheats on his wife tomorrow.

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Pork-Chop on June 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Status Quo.

And, as Reagan said,

Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Well they won’t be winning so it isn’t happening.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Yeah, because Brat is clearly going to lose in a district that went 58/42 for Cantor in a bad year for the GOP (2012) with Obama at the top of the ticket driving Dem turnout. It’s not like 2014 is going to be a GOP wave election or anything.

And the Dems have a rockstar running against him with super high name recognition and giant coffers. Oh, wait, he’s running against a no-name from the exact same university at which he teaches?

Care to put a wager on it? I’ll offer up season tickets to the Cleveland Orchestra, ranked #1 in the World. It’s not quite the tractor pull, but I do enjoy it when the megachurch Jesus choir is dark.

What do you want to put on the line…your margarita mixer?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Sorry, what do you think that a rundown rural town in Arkansas with a Walmart exactly is? High society?

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Jeezus, are you still at it, you drunken sot? Why not just stagger your drunken, slovenly self back to your local watering hole and perch back on your well oiled stool, Libiot? 12 hours of sliming the entire Southern United States and her citizenry and you still want to continue? I was willing to chalk it up to your level of drunkenness, ‘lady’, but you are really on a bender here. Hope you don’t drive. I hear those jails in Chitcago are full of the ‘wrong kind’ of diva. You’d probably like it though.

bimmcorp on June 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM

I go to different plays, museums, and operas on a regular basis. And I have no idea what the Bull and Bear is. But hey, for someone whose idea of high culture is the tractor pull and the local megachurch Jesus choir, you wouldn’t know.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Name three paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago without looking it up. I’ve been there multiple times and can think of about five off of the top of my head.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

You know what else has ‘culture’? Chlamydia.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

I’m guessing that he was lured on the phone by “NBC news wants to talk to you on the phone about your victory”

faraway on June 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Come on, Ms. High Society. Two of the most famous paintings in the world are housed there. Surely you can name those, since you’re such a frequent purveyor of the arts.

How about naming two of the operas you’ve seen this year?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

“Do you believe in it?”

Yes, but not with the religious fervor in which you apparently believe in unicorns. I believe in it in that I recognize that it exists.

“Should it be raised?” “Should there be a minimum wage?”

In short – no, and no. There is ample evidence to anyone that gives a crap about reality that the economic and employment impacts of having one, much less arbitrarily raising it, are not desirable. Why would you want to implement then raise something that is proven, time and time again, to be harmful to everyone, but particularly the people you claim to want to help?

I’ll tell you why – because you’re a pathological idiot, like the rest of the leftist crapweasels in this country, and fact, science and reality are anathema to what passes for ‘thought’ in your overly soft skull.

Still waiting for an answer.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

No, you’re just perpetually ignoring the answer, and the reality – of this, and virtually every other topic.

Midas on June 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Thank you for a smart assessment. Same here on the NSA. The lice are conducting many illegal things, against all of us.

Also, I apologized to you, above.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Still, the comment section here is amazing and one of the best.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

For some reason I started laughing hysterically when I read this!
Something to do with the thousands of “bluegill” postings.

Amjean on June 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Have you stopped eating delicious puppy smoothies yet?

It’s a yes or no question only…

/s

cs89 on June 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

no.
they really are that good.

signed: Dmacs cat maggie

dmacleo on June 11, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Newer sites like TheBlaze and Breitbart have already soared passed HotAir in daily traffic.

blueballs on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

……….Then why ain’t you lying over there then?

Instead of trying to crap this place up with your ignorance.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

…we have toilet paper!…they don’t!

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Come on, Ms. High Society. Two of the most famous paintings in the world are housed there. Surely you can name those, since you’re such a frequent purveyor of the arts.

How about naming two of the operas you’ve seen this year?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Don’t you remember when she talked about going to a miley cyrus concert………………

VegasRick on June 11, 2014 at 3:46 PM

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