Does anyone outside the media think Cantor’s Judaism cost him the election?

posted at 6:51 pm on June 11, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), who has been elected to Congress from Virginia’s 7th congressional district six times and who served as the Republican Majority Leader since 2011, is Jewish. This, some in the vaunted political class have convinced themselves, was recently discovered by a host of rabid tea partiers who descended like locusts on the polls on Tuesday where they vented their chauvinism. Even if Cantor’s Judaism was not the key reason for his downfall, those predisposed to lend this theory credence suggest it remains the “elephant in the room.”

It is easy to simply dismiss this silly catchall theory for why Cantor lost his seventh Republican congressional primary race to economics professor Dave Brat on Tuesday. That was my plan before the theory that Cantor’s Judaism contributed to his loss began surfacing in a number of respectable journalistic outlets.

“Mr. Cantor, who dreamed of becoming the first Jewish speaker of the House, was culturally out of step with a redrawn district that was more rural, more gun-oriented and more conservative,” read a report in The New York Times summarizing the analysis of Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman.

“Part of this plays into his religion,” Wasserman told The Times. “You can’t ignore the elephant in the room.”

Why? Apparently, those rural bumpkins reapportioned into Cantor’s district did.

“Cantor actually won the less populous parts of Virginia’s Seventh,” observed The New Republic’s Jason Zengerle. “It was in the Richmond suburbs, which had always been Cantor’s base, where he got trounced by Brat.”

Moreover, as Zengerle observes, Brat did not make an issue of Cantor’s religious background in teh campaign. “[N]ot even in subtle ways by, say, attacking his support of Israel,” he wrote.

Do a little bit of digging however, as The Wall Street Journal’s Reid Epstein did, and you’ll find that Brat’s shrewd anti-Semitic campaign against Cantor goes back years.

“David Brat, the Virginia Republican who shocked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) Tuesday, wrote in 2011 that Hitler’s rise ‘could all happen again, quite easily,’” Epstein wrote. “Mr. Brat’s remarks, in a 2011 issue of Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, came three years before he defeated the only Jewish Republican in Congress.”

But it is the reference to Hitler’s Germany that is likely to turn heads during Mr. Brat’s first full day as a tea party star.

The full context of his second Holocaust prognostication comes in a section about how if Christian people “had the guts to spread the word,” government would not need to “backstop every action we take.”

“They’re suggesting Brat is pro-Hitler?” an incredulous Ace at Ace of Spades remarked. “How else can one read their noting that Brat said that Hitler could rise again, and then mention that in reference to the defeat of the GOP’s only Jewish Congressmen as if they’re linked?”

While the logic behind the effort by some in the press to suggest that Republican voters in Virginia’s 7th were openly hostile to a Jewish congressman is… unsatisfying, the political motives behind that insinuation are clear as day.

“As Democrats seek to cement a public perception of the GOP as an intolerant and homogenous party, the defeat of the nation’s leading Jewish Republican over his support for more relaxed immigration laws can only help,” wrote Politico’s Alexander Burns.

For all the think pieces diving into Cantor’s loss, each purporting to advance a slightly more clever rationalization for the majority leader’s downfall, the simpler explanations are often more compelling. The Washington Examiner’s David Drucker offered the most persuasive before noon:

Incumbency is the advantage that trumps all others, unless you fail to capitalize on it. HotAir’s Ed Morrissey submits another compelling rationale for Cantor’s collapse:

Brat only spent $40,000 on the campaign, which would have barely drawn notice had it not been for the million dollars Cantor spent in raising Brat’s profile. Another axiom might have helped Cantor in this regard — never punch down. Had Cantor spent that money on positive retail politicking in his district rather than on an air war against an unknown, the end result may well have looked like McLaughlin’s polling.

These practical details are more likely to explain Cantor’s loss. The impact his religion had on his defeat is probably trivial and should be discounted by all serious political analysts. All serious political analysts, that is, who are not invested in advancing the impression that the GOP is “intolerant and homogenous.”


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If I were in a group of observant Jews, I would expect them to pray in their habitual manner. If I were with devout Catholics, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a Rosary recited. Russian Orthodox, evangelical Baptists, Taoists; why would I expect anyone to alter their prayer because my tender widdle feelings might be “alienated”?

Dolce Far Niente on June 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

If I were in a prayer group or other gathering of like-minded co-religionists, of course I would expect sectarian prayer. The point is when you are in a diverse group or when you aspire to attract a diverse group, a non-sectarian prayer can get the job done without alienating non-Christians.

cam2 on June 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Sorry, did not know he was Jewish.

CW on June 11, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I did. But I didn’t know he was the only one.

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 8:08 PM

a non-sectarian prayer can get the job done without alienating non-Christians.

cam2 on June 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

IOW, be a squish.

davidk on June 11, 2014 at 8:08 PM

If what we’re reading is true, and Cantor’s constituent outreach was really poor, you need go no further. Now Democrats see prejudice and bigotry in everything because that’s all they have. The truth be known, Cantor did a poor job in his district since he got into leadership and he paid the price. He should have added to his team, when he became Majority Leader so he could keep constituent services at the same level. Apparently, he had his staff doing the leadership chores which forced a sacrifice of the constituent services.

Anyone who wants to look beyond that, is a moron.

bflat879 on June 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

davidk

In other words, be polite and considerate of your companions. Here’s what Jonah wrote:

http://m.townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2012/12/12/the-gop–not-a-club-for-christians-n1464614/page/full

cam2 on June 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Absolutely not.

Cantor forgot that he is supposed to represent his constituents, not the power structure.

O/T This tidbit was passed along to me about how a leader handles Muslim insistence on imposing sharia.

Vladimir Putin on Muslims

No wonder he was selected by Forbes as the most powerful person in the world!! This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin. I would suggest that not only our leaders but every citizen of USA should pay attention to this advice. How scary is that? It is a sad day when a Communist makes more sense than our LEADERS but here it is!!!!

Vladimir Putin’s speech – HIS SHORTEST SPEECH EVER.

On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:

“In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim’s then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.

Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.

When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians.”

The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

onlineanalyst on June 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

No. Nevertheless, the fact that he is the only non-Christian in the entire Republican caucus doesn’t say much about attempts to broaden the appeal of the party.

cam2 on June 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Hold on. Are you telling me that Cantor is the only Jewish republican? I call BS. What about Peter King?

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Peter King is three-fourths Irish, one-fourth Welsh. His positions on the IRA have been very controversial. Cantor is a rather well-known Jewish surname.

BushyGreen on June 11, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Just Terryannonline.

portlandon on June 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

I knew someone would be on top of that.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Cantor is a rather well-known Jewish surname.

BushyGreen on June 11, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Well not that well-known. News to me.

CW on June 11, 2014 at 8:18 PM

You don’t need to have very strong Jew-dar to know Cantor is Jewish.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Peter King is three-fourths Irish, one-fourth Welsh. His positions on the IRA have been very controversial. Cantor is a rather well-known Jewish surname.

BushyGreen on June 11, 2014 at 8:16 PM

I knew Cantor was a Jew. See my last comment. And every King I’ve known was a Jew. So you can see that I’m surprised that King is Irish.

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

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Resist We Much on June 11, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Oopsie!
I cannot thank you enough, RWM, for the fine work you do here.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Oh, brother, check out this nonsense that begins the trash-Brat meme:
http://www.theroot.com/articles/politics/2014/06/black_voters_and_democrats_shouldn_t_give_dave_brat_a_pass.html

onlineanalyst on June 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

PROJECTION!!!!!

The only people that were livid that Cantor was Jewish were the 0ppressive Jews in the Democrat party.

0ppressives hate anyone whether they are, black, white, Latino, male, female, gay, straight, Jewish, Christian or purple with pink polka dots who are not slaves in chains on the 0ppressive Democrat plantation.

0ppressives OWN, rascist, bigot, homophobe, misogynist, anti-Semite, etc.

Progressivism is a fascist movement and they just hate P.E.R.I.O.D.

Jayrae on June 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

I knew Cantor was a Jew. See my last comment. And every King I’ve known was a Jew. So you can see that I’m surprised that King is Irish.

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, to which I say, ‘Oy vey!’, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

J.S.K. on June 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

You don’t need to have very strong Jew-dar to know Cantor is Jewish.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Do explain.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Brat is a nickname for bratwurst.
As we all know, bratwurst is a German food.
Germany was once ruled by Hitler.
Hitler killed Jews.

Look how closely Brat is related to Jew killers! Why, it’s almost like he was there participating!!! Cantor should be thankful he got out of there with his life.

CJ on June 11, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Yes, a few HA trolls do.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

I didn’t even know he was Jewish. Who cares about that stuff? Oh, that’s right…progressives do. Divide and conquer progressives.

I don’t care what you look like, how you dress, how you walk, talk, what you eat, where you live…none of it. What matters to me in a politician is their track record of conservatism (if they have a track record) and their positions on the issues. That’s how the vast majority of conservatives vote, unlike the unified 95+% of blacks, etc.. Real racism is a unified racial approach to voting.

xNavigator on June 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Brat once had a wiener-schnitzel with a bottle of Warsteiner on his deck, he reportedly remarked to his wife that the German food and drink was “Hmm, not bad”.

If ever you saw blatant anti-semitism, this would be it right here, the man is damn near the equal of the guy who dropped Zyklon-B pellets through the vents at Auschwitz.

Hymietown Jackson and Diamond Merchant Sharpton opined, “Go**am cracka!” when they heard the news.

Bishop on June 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Brat, as everyone knows, is short for Bratsurst, a kind of German sausage. And sausage, of course, is slang for a man. And we all know Hitler was a man, right.

And don’t even get me started on the hidden meaning of Dave.

See! The antisemitism is just staring you right in the face!

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Bratsurst Bratwurst

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2014 at 8:42 PM

I did that on purpose, of course, to keep the antisemitic smear word content down.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2014 at 8:45 PM

If they are going to tell you that you are anti-Jewish if you vote out your Jewish rep in a Republican primary, then it’s a mistake to ever vote in a Jewish Republican in the first place. They are telling you that you are going to be stuck with the guy forever or else be accused of hate if he doesn’t work out and you feel the need to replace him. Obviously, you’d want to vote someone into that position that you can painlessly vote out of that position if he doesn’t work out.

This is similar to how the left hurts minorities in the workplace. I can hire white male Christians under 60 with no disabilities all day long knowing full well that I can fire them at will without ever having to worry about repercussions from lawsuits or the government interference. The only reason I wouldn’t want to hire a white Christian male under 60 with no disabilities over someone else is if one wasn’t available.

Buddahpundit on June 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

I knew Cantor was a Jew. See my last comment. And every King I’ve known was a Jew. So you can see that I’m surprised that King is Irish.

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Years ago I was at a writers conference and scheduled to meet a literary agent for drinks. All our previous interactions had been electronic, so you can probably imagine my surprise when Rob Cohen turned out to be a black woman.

In America, you can just never tell…

CJ on June 11, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Brat once had a wiener-schnitzel with a bottle of Warsteiner on his deck, he reportedly remarked to his wife that the German food and drink was “Hmm, not bad”.

If ever you saw blatant anti-semitism, this would be it right here, the man is damn near the equal of the guy who dropped Zyklon-B pellets through the vents at Auschwitz.

Hymietown Jackson and Diamond Merchant Sharpton opined, “Go**am cracka!” when they heard the news.

Bishop on June 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

You need to stop this sh!t. Depends cost me 50 bucks a case and every time you post, I p1ss.
My attorney, J. Cochran, will be sending you a stern letter.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Wasn’t he Jewish when he got elected?

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

This.

Enough said.

Shay on June 11, 2014 at 8:03 PM

You gotta love the media.

Win six elections as a Republican in the House while being Jewish, and become the House Majority Leader — silence.

Lose that seventh election, and it must be because of all the Jew-hating Republicans.

Did I say love? I meant loathe, of course.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2014 at 8:48 PM

If the beanie’s suspect you must reject.

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 8:51 PM

CJ on June 11, 2014 at 8:29 PM

13 minutes earlier than me. And didn’t have a typo in bratwurst.

Oh well.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

He’s Jewish?

Blaise on June 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Do explain.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

See this.

We Jews know all the other 12 million or so Jews in the world, including, most recently, Cardinal O’Connor’s mother.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 11, 2014 at 8:54 PM

It doesn’t help when a redstate article on Dave Brat emphasizes his religion as one of the things that makes him an appealing figure.

http://www.redstate.com/diary/westcoastpatriette/2014/06/11/watercooler-first-impressions-dave-brat/

Like so many of us, I really did not know anything about Dave Brat before his brilliant victory last night. I was so excited about his defeat of Cantor, I stayed up late to listen to the commentary and find out as much as I could about him. Along with Hannity’s interviews, the video that taught me the most about Dave Brat was his eleven minute victory speech. I’ve included it below for those who may have missed it.

In that brief speech, he revealed himself to be the perfect conservative Republican. A bold unashamed Christian, in the beginning of the speech he held up the scripture from Luke 18:27 that he read every day during his campaign, “Jesus said, The things which are impossible with men, are possible with God.” After thanking his family and the many foot soldiers who helped him win, he then called out the media for shoddily reporting on what his six Republican principles are which he made clear all along:

1. Free Markets

2. Equal Treatment Under the Law (Without mentioning illegal aliens, it is clear that he considers amnesty favoritism under the law…which, IMO, is the core problem with all notions of amnesty.)

3. Fiscal Responsibility

4. Adherence to Constitutional Principles (Here he referenced the Tenth Amendment and the enumerated powers…Yes!)

5. Strong National Defense (Made reference to Reagan here.)

6. The Faith of the Founders (He is a God-fearing man and understands that without morality, our Republic cannot stand.)

Mister Mets on June 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM

If the beanie’s suspect you must reject.

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 8:51 PM

You and Bishop will be splitting my Depends cost.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM

See this.

We Jews know all the other 12 million or so Jews in the world, including, most recently, Cardinal O’Connor’s mother.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 11, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Thanks! The Nice Old Man would have enjoyed that.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Rush Limbaugh gets it right yet again: it WAS about immigration/amnesty.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/06/11/warning_amnesty_is_not_necessarily_dead

Left is just grabbing at straws about Cantor to avoid acknowledging this very big elephant in the nation’s room (it’s the objection about amnesty for illegal aliens, it’s about the govt. not enforcing our immigration laws and objection about those in govt. claiming we need “reform” instead of enforcement).

If Cantor had been a female, it’d be, from the Left, “she lost because she’s a woman and you people hate women.”

If Cantor had been a Hispanic, it’d be, from the Left, “he/she lost because she’s Latino/Latina and you people are racist.”

If Cantor had been Black, it’d be, from the Left, “he/she lost because she’s Black and you people are all racists.”

Cantor, in reality, lost because he’s pro-amnesty for illegals, he’s pro-big-govt., he’s pro-big-spending to advance big-govt ideas and goals.

Lourdes on June 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

No!

tomshup on June 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

And, Cantor’s pro-amnesty for illegal aliens positions RELY ON, are contingent upon, expanding govt ever bigger and expanding the cost of doing that more and more (“big govt., big spending, big taxes, more restrictions, more regulations, more unions/spending/costs…etc.”).

Amnesty and “immigration reform” GUARANTEE govt expansion, reduction of liberties and not expansion of them or expansion of respect for liberties…means reduced job opportunities for all, reduced conditions, reduced take-home pay to support all those amnestied dependents…

That’s what’s behind the decision to oust Cantor and it does boil down to the shorthand summation of: “he lost because of his stand on amnesty for illegal aliens,” and/or, “it’s about immigration.”

Lourdes on June 11, 2014 at 9:04 PM

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 8:48 PM

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Too funny! That’s why I love reading your posts. Go get’em!

Barred on June 11, 2014 at 9:04 PM

About Cantor-as-Jewish…

I strongly doubt many voters even considered that about him when they opted not to vote for his continuation in Congress. Strongly doubt that was even on the radar for most voters.

But it’s Leftwing, Progressive Ploy methodology to make the claim that it was “because Cantor is Jewish.”

Lourdes on June 11, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Too funny! That’s why I love reading your posts. Go get’em!

Barred on June 11, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Thanks, babe! Now, get off the damn lawn.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Win six elections as a Republican in the House while being Jewish, and become the House Majority Leader — silence.

Lose that seventh election, and it must be because of all the Jew-hating Republicans.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2014 at 8:48 PM

To the best of my knowledge, Cantor is not a recent convert, so based on the above reasoning, I would give this attack the double face palm.

Don’t their editors have the slightest concept of how inane (or insane if you prefer) they look?

talkingpoints on June 11, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Wasn’t he Jewish when he got elected?

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

And before and from birth and for the past twenty-plus years while he’s been in office (and there because of repeatedly re-elected)…

Maybe it’s the Left who’s very touchy about the issue of “Jew”. I think THAT’S most likely the reality of this Leftmedia inanity about the allegedly voter-rejection-of-Republican-because-Jewish.

I mean, it’s the Left who is making such a stink about Cantor-as-Jewish. Haven’t heard or read — for decades now — one tiny objection about that from among Republicans.

Lourdes on June 11, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Bids to replace Rep. Eric Cantor in House leadership
1m
Report: Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is telling House members on floor he has half the GOP conference locked up for majority leader position, @jonward11 says

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 9:18 PM

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/melinda-gates-gates-foundation-has-decided-not-fund-abortion

davidk on June 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Wow. Praise the Lord. Thanks, Awesome God.

Lourdes on June 11, 2014 at 9:24 PM

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 9:27 PM

I live in Cantor’s district, and I can’t recall ever hearing anyone comment on his religion. It was his hubris and lack of true conservatism that cost him the election. Cantor didn’t even begin to advertise until Brat raised a credible political profile because he obviously took the seat for granted; he barely had to break a sweat to defeat the guy who ran against him two years ago. He forgot what the voters put him there to do.

College Prof on June 11, 2014 at 9:31 PM

…Cantor did a poor job in his district since he got into leadership and he paid the price. He should have added to his team, when he became Majority Leader so he could keep constituent services at the same level. Apparently, he had his staff doing the leadership chores which forced a sacrifice of the constituent services.

Anyone who wants to look beyond that, is a moron.

bflat879 on June 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Yes and I read another VA voter write elsewhere, about that “disconnect from the voters” aspect to Cantor (as to why he didn’t win the primary):

‘that Cantor took to representing the power structure in DC and not the people who voted for him.’

That applies to most all the objectionables in govt today. When they’re elected to federal offices and they soon avoid loyalties or answering to the actual individual voters who put them there, then there’s real possibility that they’ll lose their future election. Or, if they are elected in the future, they’re doing the opposition’s work and not that of the constituents.

Lourdes on June 11, 2014 at 9:34 PM

…Cantor didn’t even begin to advertise until Brat raised a credible political profile because he obviously took the seat for granted; he barely had to break a sweat to defeat the guy who ran against him two years ago. He forgot what the voters put him there to do.

College Prof on June 11, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Exactly what I read elsewhere from other VA voters and what I’d assume was Cantor’s problem — it’s usually the case, that, when people of Cantor’s length in office lose their seats. It’s because: what you wrote there.

Lourdes on June 11, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Mister Mets on June 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM

You can hardly fault Redstate for accurately reporting what the guy said in his speech.

cam2 on June 11, 2014 at 9:37 PM

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Cantor is the singer in the Synagogue

flytier on June 11, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Bids to replace Rep. Eric Cantor in House leadership
1m
Report: Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is telling House members on floor he has half the GOP conference locked up for majority leader position, @jonward11 says

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 9:18 PM

BIG, BIG mistake if McCarthy gets it. Yesterday, when the VA election results were reliably projected for Brat to win, Cantor to lose, McCarthy was quoted as saying he “was heartbroken” and something like ‘close to tears’.

Cantor also named McCarthy as his replacement of choice. Which should tell voters McCarthy is the wrong guy to replace Cantor’s position as House Majority Whip.

Lourdes on June 11, 2014 at 9:39 PM

You don’t need to have very strong Jew-dar to know Cantor is Jewish.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

The cantor in a synagogue is a singer who leads the congregation in prayer.

thuja on June 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Cantor is the singer in the Synagogue

flytier on June 11, 2014 at 9:37 PM

The one who sings ♫Have a tequila? Have a tequila?” ?

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

”Do a little bit of digging however, as The Wall Street Journal’s Reid Epstein did, and you’ll find that Brat’s shrewd anti-Semitic campaign against Cantor goes back years

lovingmyUSA on June 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

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I’m pretty sure that was satire… also a dig at the off-the-rails, unhinged liberal media for jumping the shark and wholeheartedly embracing this preposterous suggestion narrative.

ExpressoBold on June 11, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Conservatives often ask, “Why do so many Jews continue to vote Dem?” I often reply, based on years of experience with libbie family and friends, that many Jews cling to old beliefs that Repubs are either bigoted hillbillies who never met a Jewish person, or they are rich blue-bloods who restrict them from their country clubs. Dems know this. So when an opportunity like this presents itself, you better believe they will play it to the max, to confirm those worst fears, and keep their flock in line. See how that works?

ncinca on June 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

My ex-wife’s maiden name was Cantor. Should’ve been Canter, as she was more horse than anything else. ;) I don’t think she has any Jewish blood in her. I didn’t know this soon to be former Representative is Jewish.

But then again, if you look at my site, you can easily see I hate me some Jews. But that goes with my xenophobia and hominy.

John Hitchcock on June 11, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Wait, maybe her name was Canter. I forget. She’s forgettable. :D

John Hitchcock on June 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

The .5%
It would not surprise me if uber-liberal Jews in an open primary came out and voted for Brat to eliminate any Cantor appeal as a Jewish moderate alternative to the Jewish democratic bandwagon. For 70% US Jews liberalism is a golden calf.

Rea1ityCheck on June 11, 2014 at 10:56 PM

It would not surprise me if uber-liberal Jews in an open primary came out and voted for Brat to eliminate any Cantor appeal as a Jewish moderate alternative to the Jewish democratic bandwagon. For 70% US Jews liberalism is a golden calf.

Rea1ityCheck on June 11, 2014 at 10:56 PM

You attribute way too much intelligence to liberal Jews to think that they voted for Brat to eliminate Cantor. I say this as someone who goes to a Reform Jewish synagogue. (They call it a temple, but I never will.)

thuja on June 11, 2014 at 11:49 PM

This is all bullshit. Most Jews wouldn’t have voted for a Republican anyway. Why my brethren is so stupid is just beyond me? And I’ll bet money Debbie Wassermann Schultz is one of the tribe too.

COgirl on June 11, 2014 at 11:54 PM

This is all bullshit. Most Jews wouldn’t have voted for a Republican anyway. Why my brethren is so stupid is just beyond me? And I’ll bet money Debbie Wassermann Schultz is one of the tribe too.

COgirl on June 11, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Don’t worry about a particular contingent expression of Judaism in America. Love being a Jew! Both the past and the future of Judaism belong to people who think like you.

thuja on June 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Wait, what? The Seventh district has a problem with Jews? But–but–I’ve lived in it since 2002. WHY DIDN’T ANYBODY TELL ME?!

Time to move.

Meryl Yourish on June 12, 2014 at 1:22 AM

(Pssst… I’m Jewish.)

Meryl Yourish on June 12, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Did any of these people who claim to be oh-so-concerned about the Jews say anything when Obama attended a dinner honoring Al Sharpton who is not only a fanatic anti-Semitic demagogue but has incited more murders than Charles Manson?

FOAF on June 12, 2014 at 3:40 AM

Everything from the left’s perspective is somehow related to racism. It’s all they think about.

sadatoni on June 12, 2014 at 7:09 AM

The Dems are usually the ones that embrace anti-Semitism. The media is just attempting to create another narrative based on BS.

zoyclem on June 12, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Did anyone outside the media know Cantor is Jewish? I didn’t know, and don’t care.

Okay, so it is a known thing to plenty of people I guess, but it appears that these days the ones who make a big deal of ethnicity and stir up hatred are the Democrats and their MSM lapdogs.

s1im on June 12, 2014 at 11:37 AM

“How else can one read their noting that Brat said that Hitler could rise again, and then mention that in reference to the defeat of the GOP’s only Jewish Congressmen as if they’re linked?”

Libs are 1) that stupid or 2) that brazen.

If you read the Brat piece where he says that a more resolute Christianity could have resisted Hitler better, and that he was prescribing a more resolute Christianity–as opposed to a mere moralistic, finger-wagging Christianity–you could only get the idea that it is somehow pro-Hitler if you’re 1) stupid, or 2) believe you can sell it to your stupid comrades.

Axeman on June 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM

A load of bunkum. I am a Jew and I wanted him out because he is for amnesty in any way, shape or form he and his ilk could get it done. Race, faith belief, whatever is not the cause. Just the push for amnesty to bring this country further down to a third world and ripe then for takeover. The GOP just doesn’t want to admit we are tired of their old arguments and accept the fact that they creating their own demise!

Roselle on June 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM

He’s Jewish?

NoPain on June 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM

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