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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Just Terryannonline.

portlandon on June 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Classic. Psychological. Projection. We know who hates the Jews, and it ain’t conservatives or Christians.

Rational Thought on June 11, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Just more leftist totalitarians pining for the death camps.

RSbrewer on June 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Lol, no. I don’t think so.

Immigration also was not the only factor. Probably the biggest factor was all those rough and tough promises he made and completely went the opposite direction on when in office, plus treating his constituents like serfs who didn’t even deserve to eat his garbage.

He got what he and every pol like him should get.

Diluculo on June 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Man these are some dumb constituents if they’re just now discovering he’s a Jew. We definitely need to rein in these voting rights.

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Noah Rothman has jumped the shark already.

Is this what he is going to do from now on? Just repeat and rehash nasty smears against conservatives before giving a little response to them? His headlines are pure troll bait. HotAir is better than this, or at least it should be.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Great. Now we’re anti-semetic. Must update resume.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Okay, I read the headline wrong. I thought it said, “did Cantor’s religion cost in the election?”

I take back some of what I said in my previous comment.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Wasn’t he Jewish when he got elected?

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

My BiL is Jewish, sister converted. They live in Virginia and have never reported any anti-Semitism.

rbj on June 11, 2014 at 6:58 PM

um…No.

Jill1066 on June 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Okay, I read the headline wrong. I thought it said, “did Cantor’s religion cost in the election?”

I take back some of what I said in my previous comment.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Ready, fire, aim!

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 7:01 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

Cantor was for sale to the highest bidder and that cost him the election. The silly voters want their Representative to you know actually represent them and not ‘K’ Street lobbyists.

His religion had nothing to do with his loss.

meci on June 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

All serious political analysts, that is, who are not invested in advancing the impression that the GOP is “intolerant and homogenous.”

I wish those ‘serious political analysts’ would comment on some of the intolerance amongst Democrats, like this one:

Big Time Democrat Donor Invokes Gas Chambers And Screams ’Fvck God’s Chosen People!’

For good measure, she also goes off on Mexicans.

Then, there is the anti-Semitism of OWS…

Resist We Much on June 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

You know, the Boston Marathon bomber’s body is buried in the Moslem cemetary in Virginia. It’s near Doswell, which may be in Cantor’s district.

Conspiracy theorists, please discuss.

Galtian on June 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Squishy as he was, it was nice to have at least one Jew on the right side of the aisle. Now we’re back to the astute, patriotic, forward-thinking leadership from the left to represent the Jewish people on the national stage.

Which is great, since Jews being known as radical left-wingers worked out so well in Central Europe eighty years ago.

ChicagoJewishGuy on June 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Noah Rothman has jumped the shark already.

Is this what he is going to do from now on? Just repeat and rehash nasty smears against conservatives before giving a little response to them? His headlines are pure troll bait. HotAir is better than this, or at least it should be.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Slimming the mods again and again seems to be the game you play. Duly noted. It will make for an interesting collection. Does it even register for you as to why Noah and Allah do what they do. I suspect not. You are genuinely obtuse. Possibly the most obtuse of commenters here at HA. And that is saying something. P.S. You picked the wrong nom, should have gone with moby. I find Noah’s posts both here and at twitter to be more reliably insightful than anything you will ever have to add to the world of opinion.

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Cantor is Jewish?

threeinone on June 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Wow. Unreal the depths of bullshit people will pile up to try and avoid Occam’s Razor.

Illegal Immigration.

Wake up.

a5minmajor on June 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Okay, I read the headline wrong. I thought it said, “did Cantor’s religion cost in the election?”

I take back some of what I said in my previous comment.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Not exactly news to anyone gilled one.

Oops. Guess I should start reading posts before commenting. :-p

bluegill on October 30, 2013 at 4:42 AM

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

And what will the verdict of the media be in Nov if Don Beyer (D) beats Micah Edmond (R) in the VA-8th District.

Micah Edmond is a Jewish Black former Marine.

Will all the Dems and the WaPo, after it endorses Beyer, be anti-Semitic, anti-black and anti-vet?

the drill sgt on June 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Noah, if you have ban privileges nobody would hold it against you if you dropped it on the fish. We’ll turn our backs.

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Cantor was for sale to the highest bidder and that cost him the election. The silly voters want their Representative to you know actually represent them and not ‘K’ Street lobbyists.

His religion had nothing to do with his loss.

meci on June 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

This^^^^^^^^^^^*

Bakokitty on June 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Which is great, since Jews being known as radical left-wingers worked out so well in Central Europe eighty years ago.

ChicagoJewishGuy on June 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

…and 2008. and 2012….

Diluculo on June 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM

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

Short answer. No.

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM

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

heh, must have been all those Tea Party Muslims that voted against Cantor…..

Really?? Really??

redguy on June 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM

No.

bazil9 on June 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Cantor is Jewish?

threeinone on June 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Oy Vey

redguy on June 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

So that’s the reason the rabid socialist leftist progressives tried to oust Lieberman…

Right?

Skywise on June 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

This Jewish commenter is elated that Cantor is out! It was his palsy walsy behavior with the left and his idiotic support of illegals that got him the boot, not his religion!

clnurnberg on June 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Let’s face it: Cantor is probably an African-American, and that’s why the racist R’s voted him out …

ShainS on June 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Proggies at Reddit: “Hitler Was Right!!!”

But, nooooo, there’s no anti-Semitism on the Left. /

Resist We Much on June 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

From my tweetys on open threadaroo!!

ALT:0

Frank Thorp VVerified account ‏@frankthorpNBC

Cantor is the only Jewish Republican in the House, would have been the first Jewish Speaker of the House if he succeeded Boehner

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

ShainS on June 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Lolz!!! Racist.

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

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

Short answer. No.

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Long answer: F*ck No.

[h/t NativeTexan]

ShainS on June 11, 2014 at 7:15 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

Mark Levin, also Jewish, actively promoted David Brat…so ShainS is totally correct/

clnurnberg on June 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

ShainS on June 11, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Alien seems to think I am a Man of few words. In general. Yes. ; )

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Noah Rothman has jumped the shark already.

Is this what he is going to do from now on? Just repeat and rehash nasty smears against conservatives before giving a little response to them? His headlines are pure troll bait. HotAir is better than this, or at least it should be.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Surprise Surprise you hate the new guy.

You know no one is forcing you to post here.

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

I didn’t know he was Jewish. Don’t care. I didn’t know anything about him at all until it started to be reported that he was talking about working with the White House gang about illegal immigration.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Wonder if the first six times he was elected, no one knew?

DDoyle0224 on June 11, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Oops. Guess I should start reading posts before commenting. :-p

bluegill on October 30, 2013 at 4:42 AM

Okay, I read the headline wrong. I thought it said, “did Cantor’s religion cost in the election?”

I take back some of what I said in my previous comment.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

…why don’t you start saying “Good Night”….NOW!

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

cam2 on June 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Actually it says more about religious minorities’ fears of straying of the liberal reservation and being verbally assaulted by their neighbors.

clnurnberg on June 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

It didn’t even occur to me during the course of this primary, that Cantor was Jewish. Nor did it occur to me that Brat was…whatever religion he is. I guess I’m an old-fashioned “content of character” kind of gal.

Jackalope on June 11, 2014 at 7:19 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

Maybe conservatives just don’t care whether or not someone is a member of one of the socialists’ victim groups.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

You know no one is forcing you to post here.

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

No but we’re going to be forced to put up with her.

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel apparently isn’t going to let the Obama administration throw him under the bus in the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl scandal. In fact, you could say just the opposite.

In his opening statement this morning at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Hagel made a point of saying it was President Obama “who made the final decision” to swap Bergdahl for five top Taliban leaders.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/hagel-throws-obama-under-bus-over-bergdahl/

davidk on June 11, 2014 at 7:24 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

Okay, I read the headline wrong. I thought it said, “did Cantor’s religion cost in the election?”

I take back some of what I said in my previous comment.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

“I apologize if I offended anybody.”

davidk on June 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

The white half of Obama.

John the Libertarian on June 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Squishy as he was, it was nice to have at least one Jew on the right side of the aisle. Now we’re back to the astute, patriotic, forward-thinking leadership from the left to represent the Jewish people on the national stage.

Which is great, since Jews being known as radical left-wingers worked out so well in Central Europe eighty years ago.

ChicagoJewishGuy on June 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

We have Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Pipes, Jonah Goldberg, Dennis Prager, et al.. The right makes up in quality what we lack in quantity.

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

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

That’s just the craziest nonsense yet. The progs must really be scared to float something that ridiculous.

ROCnPhilly on June 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

This guy has been running for office since 1991 and constituents suddenly figure out he is Jewish and vote against him for that reason?

If anything it may have been a secondary reason as Jews overwhelmingly support amnesty. But, in his district with the current state of affairs on the southern border, Republican voters are real p!ssed. Given his squishiness on amnesty voters would have turned on him just as quickly if he was Protestant or Catholic.

bw222 on June 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

It didn’t even occur to me during the course of this primary, that Cantor was Jewish. Nor did it occur to me that Brat was…whatever religion he is. I guess I’m an old-fashioned “content of character” kind of gal.

Jackalope on June 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Ain’t that the truth. I didn’t even think about Cantor’s being Jewish until that blonde chick on the View claimed he got beat because he was a Jew.

davidk on June 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

LOL! :-)

cam2 on June 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

It didn’t even occur to me during the course of this primary, that Cantor was Jewish.
Jackalope on June 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

It’s like the Seinfeld episode where Jerry tells the priest that his dentist converted to Judaism for the jokes. The priest asks Jerry if it offends him as a Jewish person and Jerry says, no it offends me as a comedian.

You can pretty much tie any Seinfeld episode to any situation.

TxAnn56 on June 11, 2014 at 7:30 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

The IRA fundraiser and sympathiser from NY is Catholic.

Resist We Much on June 11, 2014 at 7:31 PM

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:
================================

Speaking of Campaign Funds:

https://twitter.com/frankthorpNBC

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 23h

Eric Cantor // Dave Brat fundraising totals since May 21st (per http://OpenSecrets.org ):

https://twitter.com/frankthorpNBC/status/476525424009170944/photo/1

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 7:31 PM

They are just trying to smear conservatives. Antisemitism is more of a lefty thing, and being pro-Israel is pretty much taken for granted as a conservative requirement for all but the Pauls. WSJ is establishment Republicans trying to paint Brat as a crazy Tea type even if it required taking things out of context.

Southernblogger on June 11, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Boehner invokes Churchill:

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 2h

Boehner quotes Churchill when talking about #Cantor: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 7:33 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

Maybe conservatives just don’t care whether or not someone is a member of one of the socialists’ victim groups.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

I’ve noticed that Demoncrats love to think they, not Republicans, were the anti-slavery Party. And also that they, not Republicans, are the ones who believe in MLK Jr.’s “I have a dream” message. They’re crazy.

non-nonpartisan on June 11, 2014 at 7:33 PM

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

But even Jonah has spoken out about how alienating it can be for non-Christians like himself when every Republican gathering he goes to starts with an explicitly Christian prayer.

cam2 on June 11, 2014 at 7:34 PM

We have Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Pipes, Jonah Goldberg, Dennis Prager, et al.. The right makes up in quality what we lack in quantity.

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Rabbi Daniel Lapin is no small potato, either.

whatcat on June 11, 2014 at 7:35 PM

So – Goldwater’s defeat is finally explained as the consequence of Democratic antisemitism! Of course his Jewishness was diluted, leading to Harry Golden’s great comment “I always knew if a Jew ever got into the White House, he’d be an Episcopalian,” but that wouldn’t have stopped people with as good a memory for past offenses as the Democrats.

;^)

PersonFromPorlock on June 11, 2014 at 7:36 PM

The IRA fundraiser and sympathiser from NY is Catholic.

Resist We Much on June 11, 2014 at 7:31 PM

With a name like King? Someone must have converted somewhere down the line.

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Brat did not make an issue of Cantor’s religious background in teh campaign.

First unintended “Teh” we’ve seen in these parts in a long time.

whatcat on June 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

But even Jonah has spoken out about how alienating it can be for non-Christians like himself when every Republican gathering he goes to starts with an explicitly Christian prayer.

cam2 on June 11, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Sounds like you and and Jonah might need to grow up.

non-nonpartisan on June 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Me, I never knew he was Jewish. Sadly, I look at what a man says versus what a man does. The two things was on an accelerating divergence with Cantor.

OAN, how will all the sell out Jews that support the donks feel when Iran drops bombs on Israel thanks to their CONTRIBUTIONS, ENDORSEMENTS, and votes for that?

My guess is we in America have 85% of Jewish people much like George Soros….and that is sad.

jukin3 on June 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Listen, you mouth-breathers:

Its no surprise that Cantor could be elected 6 times before reichwingerz figured out he was Joo-ish, same as it took 6 years for you inbred toothless hillbillies to figure out Obama was Blacuwhite and start dropping his poll numbers.

Yoo are just so STOOPIT is why

/highly articulate professional media personalities

Dolce Far Niente on June 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Remember when Eric Cantor first got elected? He had that spiffy site to go to where you could offer ideas and stuff to help him with legislation… ah those were the days, weren’t they?

Turns out that conservatives are a bit on the scruffy side, not really enjoying lots of government and offering ideas that just didn’t sit well with the leadership. And you gotta go along with the leadership, donchyaknow? Still it was the way to show that he got ‘digital media’ and get a fast track because he knew how to use a computer and all that.

Of course the leadership, upon finding out that all the ideas being offered weren’t their own and that they actually meant that the Representatives would have to RESPOND and CONSIDER what constituents were telling them, that got a singular response: Screw Dis! No Wants!

Want to know why Eric Cantor lost?

He went from starry eyed, brandy new Representative that would actually do his job to being mouthpiece of the Elite leadership.

That is why he lost.

ajacksonian on June 11, 2014 at 7:40 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

I enjoy a good wiener schitzel. I must be an anti-semite. Pass the Brats!

22044 on June 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

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

Outside the media or a lunatic asylum. But I repeat myself.

VorDaj on June 11, 2014 at 7:41 PM

The Booing?????????????????????????????????????????????

Eric Cantor Addresses the 7th District Republican Convention
Published on May 12, 2014
************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkp2M1sMGUw

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Noah Rothman has jumped the shark already.

Is this what he is going to do from now on? Just repeat and rehash nasty smears against conservatives before giving a little response to them? His headlines are pure troll bait. HotAir is better than this, or at least it should be.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Okay, I read the headline wrong. I thought it said, “did Cantor’s religion cost in the election?”

I take back some of what I said in my previous comment.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

I apologize for ever characterizing Libs as fueled by emotion, rather than reason.

No, bluegill, I didn’t say ‘treason’.

socalcon on June 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Hagfish needs to be banned. She pulled that shit on purpose to smear Noah…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:56 PM

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Trollbait? What is this ‘trollbait’ you speak of?

socalcon on June 11, 2014 at 7:45 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

Yes, which may explain why he was chosen by his peers to be their party’s leader in the House. Because they hate Jews

Talk about out of touch, when the Enemedia has so little knowledge about Christians in this country that they project their own hatred of Jews on the only demographic left in this country that actively supports Israel.

Go ask any Evangelical if they think what John Hagee, or any other prominent Evangelical who preaches a Premillennial Dispensational eschatology what their views on Jews are. It is downright worship.

There are many Evangelicals who even fake having Jewish (preferably the line of Aaron) lineage so they can one-up their fellow Christians and score a better position on the Rapture Lottery seating chart.

Reuben Hick on June 11, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Okay, I read the headline wrong. I thought it said, “did Cantor’s religion cost in the election?”

I take back some of what I said in my previous comment.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Start your own blog, you simple minded tw@t.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 7:41 PM

A couple of hecklers (bigots!) but the video shows those opposed were politely reserved.

socalcon on June 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

This persecution complex of Jews is pretty misplaced in current America.

Tard on June 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

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Schrödinger’s Tea Party

davidk on June 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Start your own blog, you simple minded tw@t.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

It would get suspended from the internet. If that’s possible. And I suspect the internet would make that possible in her case.

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

But even Jonah has spoken out about how alienating it can be for non-Christians like himself when every Republican gathering he goes to starts with an explicitly Christian prayer.

cam2 on June 11, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Seriously? Do you think it bothers normal people when other people pray in an explicit way?

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”?

I think faithful people of all religions (certainly the many I have met and prayed with over the years) usually respect and honor each other’s conversations with God without examining their precious selves for an abrasion from a prayer not precisely as they would speak it.

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

Wasn’t he Jewish when he got elected?

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Yeah, but he wasn’t “Jewish Jewish.”

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Well Damn, I am finding myself agreeing with the giilled one…especially after reading THIS nugget from our latest poor excuse for a political blogger on a conservative site…”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”–what a azz you are, Noah. And the fact that you have commenters here that support you, and your anti-conservative views—well that boggles my mind.

lovingmyUSA on June 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Meanwhile, if we tried to push a new Jewish politician for office, they’d accuse us of only wanting a “token.”

See: Love, Mia.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

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

That’s going to be a hard question to poll, since any Republican you ask will probably start laughing….

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Dave Brat gave a great victory speech last night, first reminding everyone of a verse he looked to when times got tough: “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

He also told the crowd that last night wasn’t about him winning, but rather about returning the country to constitutional principles, to Judeo-Christian principles, and free market principles.

Um, no I don’t think Cantor’s religion had anything to do with is loss. His becoming a DC insider and his increasingly squishy stance on immigration is where he was vulnerable.

Fallon on June 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM

lovingmyUSA on June 11, 2014 at 7:55

“shrewd anti-Semitic campaign” ? Please define and provide links. Thank you.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM

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

Specifically, yes, others “outside the media” meaning most Demo operatives who are struggling to find a hook, regardless of reality for the voter concerns who refused to vote for Cantor (now or again).

“Media” today is generally assumed to be, in nearly all examples, “Democrats” because of the media-DNC cohabitation.

Blaming Cantor’s primary loss on his “Jewishness” is just another one of the Dems’ pathetic efforts to grab at anything they can to continue their class-ethnic-racial-warfare against others.

Lourdes on June 11, 2014 at 8:01 PM

He who smelt it –dealt it.

CW on June 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Well Damn, I am finding myself agreeing with the giilled one…especially after reading THIS nugget from our latest poor excuse for a political blogger on a conservative site…”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”–what a azz you are, Noah. And the fact that you have commenters here that support you, and your anti-conservative views—well that boggles my mind.

lovingmyUSA on June 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Rothman was being sarcastic.

Resist We Much on June 11, 2014 at 8:02 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

It’s also somewhat amusing, in a sad, sad way, to what extent so many Dems/Liberals are grasping at the Cantor-denial-retort: “it WASN’T about immigration”.

When it was greatly about immigration, in reality.

The Left and the Progs on the alleged Right are desperate with these accusations and pitiful denials. Cantor’s been in Office for, what, over twenty years now and his legacy is government-expansion, big spending Socialism, amnesty for illegal aliens under ruse of Cantor being for “immigration reform”…

Lourdes on June 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Dang joooos…

Galtian on June 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Sorry, did not know he was Jewish.

CW on June 11, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Ya sure (dripping with sarcasm). Like the obamster et al have really cared about Israel. Israel knew a long time ago that obama would knife them. It had nothing to do with Cantors faith but if the dems can lie and make something up, it just might stick. Afterall there is approx. 44 per cent of the population still too stupid to figure it out..

crosshugger on June 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

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