Can Raul Labrador capitalize on grassroots anti-establishment sentiment in GOP?

posted at 10:31 am on June 13, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) looks to have the votes for a bid to replace Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) as Republican House Majority Leader all sewn up. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), once McCarthy’s chief rival for the post, has already bowed out. But, as many commentators have already noted, McCarthy’s ascension to leadership in the House would be the ultimate expression by establishment Republicans that they do not understand the moment or the anxieties of average GOP voters.

HotAir’s Ed Morrissey noted on Friday that astute right-leaning political analysts like Philip Klein and Byron York have observed that the House GOP seems to have not internalized what Cantor’s primary loss means for the party.

“Cantor became part of the institutions rather than someone who could represent his district’s interests in contrast to them,” Morrissey wrote. “Cantor missed the populist swing in his district, and the House GOP seems to be missing it in general.”

A rather unflattering piece in Politico published on Thursday details how well-connected McCarthy is. And while that Beltway insider status makes for an effective Majority Leader – indeed, it is what made Cantor effective in that position – it also demonstrates why he is not the man for this populist moment.

Politico promoted this piece with one particularly devastating tweet:

Enter Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). The sophomore Republican representative, first elected in the 2010 tea party wave, began to float the notion on Thursday that he might step up and incur the wrath of House leadership by making a bid for Majority Leader.

Labrador speaks to both conservative and libertarian wings of the party. He is conservative on social issues and sufficiently populist on budgetary matters (he supported a problematic but popular balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, for example). While Labrador, as a former member of the “Group of Eight,” is pro-immigration reform, he is not rigidly so. After Cantor’s loss, he told reporters that even minor reforms to the country’s immigration system will not pass this year.

Moreover, he counters a media narrative about the Republican Party which McCarthy merely advances. A Puerto Rican by birth, Labrador speaks with a mild accent. An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.

It is somewhat vexing that leadership votes in the body of government most responsive to the will of the people are not at all responsive to public sentiment. Labrador may not be able to overcome the House GOP’s unwillingness to comprehend the depth of apprehension Republican voters have toward Washington elites. If, however, Labrador can create a groundswell in his favor, that calculation might change.

The prospect of losing elections usually has a sobering effect on the political class. Many in Washington appear to have convinced themselves that Cantor’s defenestration was a fluke. Even if Labrador is unsuccessful in a potential bid for House leadership, the scare he would put into otherwise unresponsive GOP leaders would go a long way toward driving the lessons of Cantor’s loss home.


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he is not rigidly so.

What?

lowandslow on June 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM

And while that Beltway insider status makes for an effective Majority Leader – indeed, it is what made Cantor effective in that position –

Define “effective”. Nothing good has happened with the Republican Party since Cantor was Majority Leader, prior to a couple of days ago.

Buddahpundit on June 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

This a delicate time for all sides of the GOP.

Right – Left – Center – have to stop calling each other names and insulting one another – this strategy is only driving each side further apart.

Very difficult time – again – November cannot come soon enough.

Conservatives must win by driving lesser conservatives out through elections.

Conservatives and moderates will never come together for the good, if they are both insulting one another.

Elections have consequences – come on November !!!

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Define “effective”. Nothing good has happened with the Republican Party since Cantor was Majority Leader, prior to a couple of days ago.

Buddahpundit on June 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Which is why elections are conservatives only route to power and rule right now.

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.

Sheesh.

Akzed on June 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Right – Left – Center – have to stop calling each other names and insulting one another – this strategy is only driving each side further apart.

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

You must be opposed to primaries, then.

Buddahpundit on June 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM

You must be opposed to primaries, then.

Buddahpundit on June 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM

No no – I did not mean to imply that at all – thank you for pointing that out.

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM

You can’t teach an old lifer new tricks.

Bishop on June 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

The establishment seems to be promoting this Labrador guy as the anti-establishment choice. His skin pigmentation is dreamy, or something.

Buddahpundit on June 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

You can’t teach an old lifer new tricks.

Bishop on June 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

A lot of truth in this – you have to GET RID OF THEM

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

The prospect of losing elections usually has a sobering effect on the political class. Many in Washington appear to have convinced themselves that Cantor’s defenestration was a fluke. Even if Labrador is unsuccessful in a potential bid for House leadership, the scare he would put into otherwise unresponsive GOP leaders would go a long way toward driving the lessons of Cantor’s loss home.

The GOP has had three electoral cycles now to figure out that the base is really angry with them and that the Tea Party isn’t going away. If they didn’t get it now, they sure aren’t going to get it with Cantor’s defeat. To be honest, it looks increasingly like the GOP

Conservatives are simply going to have to keep on housecleaning until the character of the party is fundamentally transformed or else until they give up, walk away, and try for a new party.

Conservatives and moderates will never come together for the good, if they are both insulting one another.

Elections have consequences – come on November !!!

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

On the case of conservatives and liberal Republicans coming together, I find that extremely unlikely. For example, from what I can tell the national party has still not reached out to Brat in any appreciable way. IO don’t think he’s even been congratulated.

As for elections having consequences, remember the heady days immediately after 2010 when we all thought Obama’s agenda was dead in the water? I remain skeptical a non-conservative takeover of the Senate will have much of an appreciable effect, especially since the potential incoming Senate majority leader has vowed openly in public to “crush” conservatives.

Doomberg on June 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

“Cantor missed the populist swing in his district, and the House GOP seems to be missing it in general.”

No one is missing anything. They are willfully ignoring it. And it’s because they can, and they know it. What does anyone propose to do? Invent a hashtag?

Walter L. Newton on June 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

…furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress…

VA-7 voters are very respectful of ancient Jewish traditions. It is just instead of cutting a small piece of a prick, they took it to the extreme and cut the entire prick out from its Congressional seat.

Rix on June 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM

An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.

Sheesh.

Akzed on June 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

I agree with the sentiments expressed by Azked. The ‘minority’ angle on this is just another straw-man the Democrats use to accuse.

The GOP primary voters in a particular district decided to jettison their Jewish representative, but was their decision based on his ethnic heritage? It appears that their decision is based on Cantor’s failure to represent his district effectively, not that the voters of his district became a bunch of anti-Semites during the past two years.

s1im on June 13, 2014 at 10:50 AM

he is not rigidly so.

More trolling by Noah

Oh well, it will get clicks.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Moreover, he counters a media narrative about the Republican Party which McCarthy merely advances. A Puerto Rican by birth, Labrador speaks with a mild accent. An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.

No it wouldn’t. Jesus!

Just get Rand Paul to start speaking in an insulting Spanish accent. Problem solved.

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Doomberg on June 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

That’s a great post – you make solid points.

I think in summary from my side – momentum (Tuesday) can be lost as quickly as it is gained – hence my constant of “November cannot come soon enough”.

I think the conservative message should be “did you see Virginia – we can do this – we can win – we just have to vote”

Between now and November will be great theater – I hope conservatives have a big win – it’s needed – time for the pendulum to swing back.

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The prospect of losing elections usually has a sobering effect on the political class. Many in Washington appear to have convinced themselves that Cantor’s defenestration was a fluke. Even if Labrador is unsuccessful in a potential bid for House leadership, the scare he would put into otherwise unresponsive GOP leaders would go a long way toward driving the lessons of Cantor’s loss home

…problem is…their attention span is rather short.

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

he is not rigidly so.

What Noah means by this is that others (you maybe?) have ‘rigid’ views.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM

not rigidly? Sounds like this guy needs some Viagra.

Seriously, he would be a disaster for the base since he does not share their values even though he has put on a few garments from the base closet.

Let McCarthy get some heat from the proles for awhile. The other libtards might watch his discomfort and decide that it ain’t worth it.

platypus on June 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM

What Noah means by this is that others (you maybe?) have ‘rigid’ views.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM

And he’ll go back to pushing amnesty when the time is right.

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

In the elections which swept Republicans into power, Democrats failed to appreciate the gravity of that moment and they paid for it dearly.

If Republicans fail to recognize the sea-change which is currently occurring, this will be a similar moment for them.

People within the Beltway have lost touch with reality. They are consumed with polls and consultants whispering in their ears. They’ve not only forgotten how to lead or fight, they have seemingly gone so far as to believe that political apostasy.

One can create demons, demagogue and blame it all on groups like the Tea Party or conservatives. That may help you sleep at night or make you feel like you’re winning in the war of words. But in the end, as Mr. Cantor learned, it’s about principles and voters.

When a party no longer represents what is important to people, it is no longer by definition a party. It is an ephemeral enigma destined to be discarded or reshaped back into its intended purpose.

People in this country are struggling, losing power over their government, are less secure and see our place in the world sinking. That’s not Republican or Democrat- it’s reality and they are sick of nobody fighting for them. Unless someone decides to discard vestiges of the past, accoutrements of power and backroom, underhanded dealers like McCarthy, this will all end badly for Republicans.

No matter what their feel-good polls, whispering consultants and “architects” say.

Marcus Traianus on June 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

“He was in something called the ‘Gang of 8,’ but don’t worry, he’s not rigid about that.”

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Marcus Traianus on June 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Great post – great points – spot on.

For the ruling class (GOP) however – it will take more than one primary for them to get it.

I think.

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

While Labrador, as a former member of the “Group of Eight,” is pro-immigration reform, he is not rigidly so.

This is supposed to be the great “conservative” hope? What a joke.

Red Widow on June 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Define “effective”. Nothing good has happened with the Republican Party since Cantor was Majority Leader, prior to a couple of days ago.

Buddahpundit on June 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

effective= being able to work with the most liberal President and a very liberal Senate to undercut conservatives within the House so that the liberals get everything they want.

unseen on June 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM

…problem is…their attention span is rather short.

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

which is why we should have elections every year for house seats not every 2. And every 2 years for POTUS and every 3 for Senate.

unseen on June 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I’m really starting to warm up to this Noah fellow…glad to see the neocons who run this place are finally hiring some reasonable voices.

I actually agree with Noah’s points highlighting how you racist, sexist, Zionist homophobes booted out Cantor – simply for being Jewish. …and I definitely concur with his endorsement of a reasonable Republican politician willing to help patriotic Democrats in getting millions of Untraditional Americans out of the shadows.

Welcome to Hot Air Noah! One or two more contributors of your stripe in here and we can finally turn this into a sensible and enlightened site.

Frank Lib on June 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Frank Lib on June 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM

heh, well said. I’m sure he appreciates your heartfelt endorsement.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM

No one is missing anything. They are willfully ignoring it. And it’s because they can, and they know it. What does anyone propose to do? Invent a hashtag?

Walter L. Newton on June 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

They will get 100% of the GOP vote, point at it, and declare victory. The problem is that they’ll lose seats, because the wing of the party that they dislike so will simply stay home. When the parties are at rough parity, if a big chunk of Party A stays home, Party B wins it all. You’d think this would be easy to understand.

pehrsson on June 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM

While Labrador, as a former member of the “Group of Eight,” is pro-immigration reform, he is not rigidly so.

Oh wait….he said “group”? Lo freakin’ l. So he was a member of the Council on Federal Relations?

“Don’t call it a gang, ese! Bad optics! From now on, we’re a ‘group!’”

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

November cannot come soon enough.

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

You keep saying that.

I say no.

A lot will happen between now and November. None of it good for the statists. I say enjoy the ride.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Frank Lib on June 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM

gee thanx, Noah…see what you let in?

What in the wide wide world of sports did Eric Cantor being Jewish have anything to do with this primary run except in the imagination of bloggers like you who want people to read their junk and start picking fights.

gracie on June 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

gracie on June 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Relax, frankie is comic relief. Next he will say that republicans are so stupid it took them twenty years to figure out Cantor was Jewish.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM

What in the wide wide world of sports did Eric Cantor being Jewish have anything to do with this primary run except in the imagination of bloggers like you who want people to read their junk and start picking fights.

gracie on June 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Republicans hate Jews. That’s why they’re always passionately defending Israel.

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Moreover, he counters a media narrative about the Republican Party which McCarthy merely advances. A Puerto Rican by birth, Labrador speaks with a mild accent. An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.

Worrying about media narratives is a fools game. It merely reinforces it.

They media will not change the narrative – ever.

kcewa on June 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Swapping one rampant amnesty supporter for another rampant amnesty supporter. Yeah, that would be a BIG improvement there.

The fact is, the process is rigged. No one who has a position that’s against amnesty will be allowed to have any chance at getting Cantor’s spot.

Rigged.

Meople on June 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Rigged.

Meople on June 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Yes, but not “rigid.”

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Meople on June 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Yeah, but can we wait and see how many votes Labrador gets first?

He is the perfect man to play this spoiler.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Right, the main republican after Cantor that is pushing amnesty in the house, he would be the natural replacement for someone who lost their seat specifically for pushing amnesty.

rjcylon on June 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

A lot will happen between now and November. None of it good for the statists. I say enjoy the ride.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

The ride will be fun to see – I agree with that thought.

I just hope the GOP does not ‘go postal’ on itself in the mean time.

Maybe it should – I don’t know

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

While Labrador, as a former member of the “Group of Eight,” is pro-immigration reform, he is not rigidly so.

“Former” member? But not rigidly “former”? So he’s open to re-joining the group?

I’m confused. Does the group of eight still exist?

kcewa on June 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Maybe it should – I don’t know

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

See, enjoy it.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Yeah, but can we wait and see how many votes Labrador gets first?

He is the perfect man to play this spoiler.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Spoiler for what? Replacing one amnesty supporter for another? No other factor in this matters.

Meople on June 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

No other factor in this matters.

Meople on June 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Every factor matters.

Labrador already stated immigration reform will go no where this year.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Labrador already stated immigration reform will go no where this year.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

This year? Gee, that’s swell.

The fact is, if Boehner brings amnesty, in any flavor, to a vote, THIS GUY will vote FOR it, the same as Cantor would.

Meople on June 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

“Former” member? But not rigidly “former”? So he’s open to re-joining the group?

I’m confused. Does the group of eight still exist?

kcewa on June 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

The G8? Sure, it still exists.

Oh, you meant the “Gang of 8.” Actually, apparently it became the “Gang of 7″ after Labrador quit.

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Like I said, Rigged.

Meople on June 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

For the ruling class (GOP) however – it will take more than one primary for them to get it.

I think.

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Good thing we’ve got another couple of primaries coming up on the 24th, then!

yaedon on June 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Define “effective”. Nothing good has happened with the Republican Party since Cantor was Majority Leader, prior to a couple of days ago.

Buddahpundit on June 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

effective= being able to work with the most liberal President and a very liberal Senate to undercut conservatives within the House so that the liberals get everything they want.

unseen on June 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM

winner.

yaedon on June 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Good thing we’ve got another couple of primaries coming up on the 24th, then!

yaedon on June 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

You’re right – and thank you for point that out – I hope others remember that

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Rigged.

Meople on June 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Yes, but not “rigid.”

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Rigidly rigged?

yaedon on June 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

The plot thickens.

The House’s “Group of Eight,” not to be confused with the Senate’s “Gang of Eight,” has been working on a comprehensive plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration policy, including how the nation guards the U.S.-Mexican border and establishes the status of roughly 11 million illegal immigrants. The talks include four House Democrats and four House Republicans who represent a cross-section of their caucuses and regions of the country affected by immigration.

– Washington Post.

But all the other articles I’m seeing refer only to the “gang,” including the stories about Labrador quitting.

Optics, ese.

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Spoiler for what? Replacing one amnesty supporter for another? No other factor in this matters.
Meople on June 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Exactly right.

“While Labrador, as a former member of the “Group of Eight,” is pro-immigration reform, he is not rigidly so.”

-Noah Rothman

New HotAir editor Noah Rothman, who supports illegal alien amnesty and has argued that supporting amnesty is supposedly something a principled conservative would do, seems to avoid the word amnesty here. “Immigration reform” should be put in quotes and is just a vague, positive sounding term that is often used by amnesty supporters s to obscure their true intentions; it’s like Democrats insisting on calling Obamacare “healthcare reform” or “affordable care act.”

bluegill on June 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

This year? Gee, that’s swell.
The fact is, if Boehner brings amnesty, in any flavor, to a vote, THIS GUY will vote FOR it, the same as Cantor would.
Meople on June 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Yep. Labrador or any other illegal alien amnesty supporter is a no-go, as far as I’m concerned.

bluegill on June 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Heritage Score:

Eric Cantor-53%

Kevin McCarthy-42%

Raul Labrador-77%

Club for Growth score:

Eric Cantor-68%

Kevin McCarthy-53%

Raul Labrador-86%

topdawg on June 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM

The left/right are slow learners. I so hope they get theirs. They earned it well, the impertinent thugs, from both sides. I can’t wait to see Harry Reid go.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Rigged.

Meople on June 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Yes, but not “rigid.”

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 11:20 AM

He needs to talk to Bob Dole…

Viagra might help

txdoc on June 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

New HotAir editor Noah Rothman, who supports illegal alien amnesty and has argued that supporting amnesty is supposedly something a principled conservative would do, seems to avoid the word amnesty here. “Immigration reform” should be put in quotes and is just a vague, positive sounding term that is often used by amnesty supporters s to obscure their true intentions; it’s like Democrats insisting on calling Obamacare “healthcare reform” or “affordable care act.”

bluegill on June 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

When you’re good, you’re damn good. If only you’d learn to focus like a laser.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I just hope the GOP does not ‘go postal’ on itself in the mean time.

Maybe it should – I don’t know

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

I think of it more as political chemotherapy for a party that has cancer eating away at its principles. The party as a whole will be hurt a bit, and the patient will definitely be sick for a while. But if nothing is done, the whole party will die sooner rather than later.

yaedon on June 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM

“An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.”

-Noah Rothman

And that idiotic “talking point” is something Rothman has brought up and repeated several times.

Also, instead of playing ethnic group identity politics, how about we go for an actual conservative who doesn’t support amnesty? Shouldn’t matter their ethnicity or gender!

bluegill on June 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM

New HotAir editor Noah Rothman…

bluegill on June 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Keep choking that chicken hagfish.

Unlike you, he does not support lying

Susan’s lies archived for posterity.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM

bluegill on June 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Bless your heart. Go wash your phone.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

“An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.”

-Noah Rothman

Down right stupid. We don’t hate him for his Jewishness, and you know it.

We don’t hate obama for his half-blackness either. Grrrrr, you are a RINO/DIABLO, without the slightest finesse about it.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

He was brought on to send Susan over the edge. He is doing a fine job.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Bless your heart. Go wash your phone.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Why? bluegill is 100% right on this.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

He was brought on to send Susan over the edge. He is doing a fine job.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Nah, he was brought on to further Salem’s idealism, same as the WSJ and Fox’s…

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Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

She isn’t right. She has a point of view on this that many/some agree with.

She is a liar, and was exposed as such. Giving her a free pass on anything reinforces her propensity to lie. Once she gets away with what she has done, it will encourage more of the same.

You want that?

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Kabuki; an attempt to lull conservatives into a sense that DC is really listening after the Brat victory. Nothing more. That McCarthy is even in the running, with Cantor’s support, is itself proof that the leadership still. doesn’t. get it.

They’re not listening, they’re just dropping Labrador and Jordan as bits of meat behind them, hoping to slow the wolves a bit.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Then they will want to change their audience as well.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

And while that Beltway insider status makes for an effective Majority Leader – indeed, it is what made Cantor effective in that position –

Define “effective”. Nothing good has happened with the Republican Party since Cantor was Majority Leader, prior to a couple of days ago.

Buddahpundit on June 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

“Effective” = “successful arm-twisting to get the leadership’s legislation passed” defines the job of the Majority Leader.
Nothing in that definition says anything about the substance of the legislation.
At the current time, an in-effective ML would be quite satisfactory.

Anyone with the insider status to be effective would not be pushing conservative substance.
A newbie in the House might not be effective at getting conservative laws passed (and the Senate would quash them anyway), but government today seems to be all about on-the-job training so we might as well give it a try.

AesopFan on June 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

“An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.”

Noah, resign. Right f*cking now.

If Cantor’s religion had one f*cking thing to do with any f*cking thing, he wouldn’t have been in Congress to begin with, nor become the fixture that he was for a few decades.

Go f*ck yourself, and shame on you for adopting such a f*ckwitted, false, bigoted leftist talking point.

I repeat – go f*ck yourself.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Noah, resign. Right f*cking now.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Yeah, that’s really gonna’ work.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

You want that?

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

No, and she/you know this. On amnesty, if she doesn’t pretend, she’s totally right.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM

“An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.”

This really is one of the stupidest editorial phrases at HA, for shame.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

“An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.”

This is also an insult and a lie.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

This is also an insult and a lie.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

+100

bazil9 on June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Townhall got their man…

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.

Sheesh.

Akzed on June 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

The keyword is “talking point”.
Just Google “Eric Cantor Primary Jew” and look at the list.
The idea was floated at the NYT and shot full of holes.

But the New York Times suggests another possible explanation: his religion.

Cantor is the lone Jewish leader in the Republican party, and the Times quotes David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report alleging Cantor was “culturally out of step” with a redrawn district and that “part of this plays into his religion. . .You can’t ignore the elephant in the room.”

Really? Sure, there were some changes when the district was redrawn, adding unfamiliar rural areas that turned the district more conservative. But he’d won re-election six times. Now, against an unknown candidate, whom even the tea party had abandoned as too much of a longshot, his religion mushroomed into an elephant? Local Republicans suddenly became queasy about his religious views since the last election?

“The dream of a Jewish Republican speaker of the House is no more,” POLITICO’s Alex Burns wrote. “For Jewish Republicans, Cantor is a singular figure, the only Jewish member of the House majority and the lone Jewish leader in a party that has strenuously courted the community in recent presidential elections, to little avail.”

It’s probably true that this is viewed as a setback by certain Jewish groups; after all, the hope of having a Jewish speaker of the House has been dashed. But the evidence that this was a pure political exorcism seems far stronger than any inflammatory suggestion of religious prejudice.

Couple of interesting links on the subject (trigger warning: both are hard-core Leftists sites).
Jewish Republican? Off the reservation!

View from the Left on the “bad news for everyone” in Cantor’s defeat.

AesopFan on June 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Yeah, that’s really gonna’ work.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I’m sure it won’t, but oddly enough, that’s not the criteria for deciding whether I express my opinion on what should happen or not.

But if you wish to use that as a guideline, feel free. I’m sure you’ll never post a suggestion for action on someone’s part unless you’re sure they’ll actually *do* it, yes?

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

For god’s sake, the grass roots got cantor’s scalp. So what if McCarthy ascends bcuz he is trusted and unopposed by the entirety of his caucus? The conservatives want someone from the sunbelt in leadership – that will likely be Scalise, who is NOT the GOPe favorite for whip.

Can we compromise and trust the caucus?

Leadership races rarely track ideology. For example, in the whip race, Trey Gowdy is supporting Roskam and Fred Upton is supporting Steve scalise. Go figure.

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

F*ck it.

This site sucks more every day, I need a vacation. Maybe check back in another time, peace out.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

F*ck it.

This site sucks more every day, I need a vacation. Maybe check back in another time, peace out.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I think this is what Townhall wants….move to a larger audience to the left.

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM

The plot thickens.

The House’s “Group of Eight,” not to be confused with the Senate’s “Gang of Eight,”
– Washington Post.

But all the other articles I’m seeing refer only to the “gang,” including the stories about Labrador quitting.

Optics, ese.

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Hmmm…I see what they’re doing there. They thought we’d be confused by the Group/Gang, House/Senate switch.

kcewa on June 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

You stay and fight! Otherwise the terrorists win.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

“An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.”

I didn’t know Congressmen represented religions. I thought he represented Va’s 7th congressional district.

Nice to know that I have a “Jewish member”, though. Can’t have too many members.

kcewa on June 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

it looks increasingly like the GOP Conservatives are simply going to have to keep on housecleaning until the character of the party is fundamentally transformed or else until they give up, walk away, and try for a new party.

Doomberg on June 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

.. that is, brought back to its founding principles.
160 years ago, give or take, the Republicans were the “new” party.

Wiki-warning.

It emerged in 1854 to combat the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which threatened to extend slavery into the territories, and to promote more vigorous modernization of the economy. The Party had almost no presence in the South, but by 1858 in the North it had enlisted former Whigs and former Free Soil Democrats to form majorities in nearly every Northern state.

With its election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and its success in guiding the Union to victory and abolishing slavery, it came to dominate the national political scene until 1932. The Republican Party was based on northern white Protestants, businessmen, small business owners, professionals, factory workers, farmers, and African-Americans.
It was pro-business, supporting banks, the gold standard, railroads, and tariffs to protect industrial workers and industry
….
The GOP expanded its base throughout the South after 1968 (excepting 1976), largely due to its strength among socially conservative white Evangelical Protestants and traditionalist Roman Catholics. …
The Republican Party’s central leader by 1980 was Ronald Reagan, whose conservative policies called for reduced government spending and regulation, lower taxes, and a strong anti-Soviet foreign policy.

The bolded graf shows the seeds of the current problem, as the GOP morphed from pro-business in general to pro-Big-Business and crony capitalism (inevitable in a large regulation-heavy multi-taxing government, which both parties have supported).

AesopFan on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Just one more point, from the Left’s perspective.

4) Cantor has been in lockstep against the White House every step of the way, having voted with his party 95 percent of the time, outpacing the most radical members of the caucus, such as Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Rep. Steve King (R-IA). And yet Cantor wasn’t hardline enough for his district.

It seems to me that the whole point of the grass-roots uprising in this primary is the perception that “voting with the party” is NOT always “against the White House” in substance.

AesopFan on June 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

This a delicate time for all sides of the GOP.

Right – Left – Center – have to stop calling each other names and insulting one another – this strategy is only driving each side further apart.

Those days are over.

You are stuck in yesterday. The gop is done! Everything changed during the last convention with the “Rules Change” that would have made Stalin proud.

We conservatives have no allegiance to the Big Government corrupt crony capitalist gopE machine that does not represent us and never will.

Etch-A-Sketch lost for a reason, duh!

From now on if we have a choice between Big Government and Big Government it’s vote for the one with the D next to their name to purge the gop of the Bush Mafia.

It is the fastest way to take back the party.

We don’t suffer from “Battered Conservative Syndrome.”

Get used to it.

Jayrae on June 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Marcus Traianus on June 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Very good assessment. It’s not about left and right or color or ethnic groups or ancestry. It’s about right and wrong. It’s about representing the people’s interests not their own cronies.

crankyoldlady on June 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM

F*ck it.

This site sucks more every day, I need a vacation. Maybe check back in another time, peace out.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

been there done that still doing it. hotair turned from a conservative site into a mainstream liberal lite site. Much like the GOP leadership in the house did. I expect the same results for hotair as happened to Cantor.

unseen on June 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 13s

Ron Paul’s “Campaign for Liberty” releases stmt endorsing Rep Raul Labrador (R-ID) for Majority Leader

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress…

You need to stop taking succor from the Left’s tit. It is obvuious you are believing their lies. The fact is that conservative republicans don’t care about a candidates religion, his color of skin, or his sexuality. We only care about his adherence to the values of small, limited government, stopping spending, stopping the government from further destroying the economy, and stopping our currently out-of-control and unconstitutional government.

earlgrey on June 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Moreover, he counters a media narrative about the Republican Party which McCarthy merely advances. A Puerto Rican by birth, Labrador speaks with a mild accent. An unfortunately prolific talking point about the GOP’s unfriendliness toward minorities, furthered by GOP primary voters jettisoning their only Jewish member in Congress, would be blunted by Labrador’s ascension to Majority Leader.

Late to the thread. What the hell is this?

“GOP primary voters” did not jettison “their only Jewish member.” VA-07 primary voters jettisoned their only member, PERIOD. Any given district only has one set of primary voters and one incumbent.

Is this what passes for “conservative” analysis at HotAir these days?

Missy on June 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Is this what passes for “conservative” analysis at HotAir these days?

Missy on June 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Yes, and Salem approves.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) looks to have the votes for a bid to replace Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) as Republican House Majority Leader

I would now expect for the “conservative” Democrat wing of the Republican party to work to try to get McCarthy thrown out and hand the Democrats yet ANOTHER victory.

crosspatch on June 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

the House GOP seems to have not internalized what Cantor’s primary loss means for the party

Because it doesn’t “mean” what the “conservative” propaganda sites are trying to make people believe it means. It means this:

Brat was able to robocall a bunch of Democrats and get them to come to the poll for him. This was in ADDITION to prominent local Democrats being promoted in places like Huffington Post in a major Democrat GOTV effort to get Democrats to the polls to throw Cantor out. There was no primary for Dem candidates in VA07. Virginia is an open primary and does not register voters by political party. Every single Democrat showing up at the polls that day likely cast a vote for Brat. There was no other race on the ballot and there were no other ballots available.

Here is what it “means”:

Cantor was a driving force in trying to get the Democrats to close the border. He has always been a consistent “close the border first and then we can talk about the people who are already here”. The Democrats did not want to make a commitment to close the border first. At the same time there was an effective propaganda campaign waged against Cantor portraying him as pro-amnesty (which he wasn’t). Breitbart would publish the lies nearly daily, Drudge would link them, places like Hot Air and liars like Mark Levin would parrot them. So that DID generate some enthusiasm to throw him out among certain people on the right, but it was the addition of the Democrats that pushed it over the edge.

What this means is that any discussion of immigration is off the table. The Democrats are free to rule by decree from the White House as they have been doing without interference and the pressure on them to negotiate border security is gone. The Democrats won a HUGE victory. In return, the Republicans gain a backbencher who will be just another face in the crowd and wield no more power than any other backbencher — one vote. He won’t be running any committees and won’t be in any leadership position.

This was a(nother) HUGE victory for the Democrats, delivered by the so-called “conservative” Democrat wing of the Republican Party.

Reference: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/06/ben-cooter-jones_n_5463196.html

crosspatch on June 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM

This is supposed to be the great “conservative” hope? What a joke.

Red Widow on June 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Indeed.

Up until being elected to Congress Labrador was an immigration attorney fighting ICE to keep illegal immigrants INthis country. And now we’re to believe he’s some border hawk? I don’t know how stupid Labrador thinks we are but I for one ain’t buying it.

alchemist19 on June 13, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Late to the thread. What the hell is this?
“GOP primary voters” did not jettison “their only Jewish member.” VA-07 primary voters jettisoned their only member, PERIOD. Any given district only has one set of primary voters and one incumbent.
Is this what passes for “conservative” analysis at HotAir these days?
Missy on June 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Noah Rothman (who favors illegal alien amnesty, it should be noted) seems awfully interested in what media liberals think. Instead challenging and debunking and counterpunching against the liberal smears, Rothman has a habit of repeating them and then suggesting that conservatives should adjust or change course in order to blunt the liberals’ attacks. Why should conservatives’ actions be dictated by the latest idiotic smear from the left?

Hey, Noah! Instead of legitimizing liberal attack smears, why don’t you fight back against them?

bluegill on June 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

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