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Posted by V the K at 7:13 pm - May 28, 2014.
Filed under: 2014 Elections

Is far-left radical Democrat Luis Guttierez helping Republican (in name only) Eric Cantor hold onto to his House seat against an aggressive primary challenger?

Probably.

I’m late to this story but Mickey Kaus and David Steinberg are all over it. You know the background here: Eric Cantor, who’s been on the outs with House conservatives lately and who’s championed immigration reform for DREAMers for more than a year, is suddenly facing a surprisingly tough primary challenge in Virginia from Dave Brat, who’s attacked him for being soft on amnesty. How tough? Tough enough that Cantor recently ran away from Jeff Denham’s ENLIST Act for DREAMers despite having expressed support for it before. Tough enough that he’s now aired not one but two ads in his district attacking Brat by name, something a well-known incumbent is naturally loath to do against a little-known challenger unless he fears he’s in trouble. Tough enough, even, that Cantor’s team sent out a mass mailer to voters celebrating him as a, er … stalwart amnesty opponent.

Coincidentally, Democrat Luis Gutierrez, the House’s most vocal immigration champion, decided that today would be a perfect time to visit Virginia and protest Cantor for being such a hard-ass on amnesty. Which is funny because, as both Kaus and Steinberg note, Cantor and Gutierrez were part of a House delegation that toured America for three days last year to celebrate — ta da — immigration. They are, in other words, both committed to this cause. And if the cause requires them to pretend to be enemies temporarily in the name of protecting Cantor’s seat, so be it.

If I may make an observation, Establishment Republicans are claiming they have to pass Amnesty in order to make themselves more electorally competitive with Hispanic voters. And partisan Democrats are saying, “Let us help you with that.”

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  1. What’s wrong with the picture is that some strategist is using the Democrat playbook on Republicans. That playbook divides up the polulace into groups–women, hispanics, blacks, etc. The problem is, in order to take advantage of that playbook, you have to BECOME IDENTICAL TO THE DEMOCRATS by promising each demographic different things, even contrary things, just to get elected.

    Conservatives want candidates who talk to AMERICANS, DAMN IT!! They want to hear from them things that are good for ALL Americans, not just particular groups.

    But that goes counter to their playbook.

    And this is why this country is doomed.

    Comment by Craig Smith — May 28, 2014 @ 7:54 pm - May 28, 2014

  2. I can handle Cantor’s asinine immigration views but the fact he’s a sleazy, say-what-it-takes-to-fool-the-rubes liar makes him just another DC politician.

    Here’s hoping he loses in a landslide.

    Comment by KCRob (SoCalRobert) — May 28, 2014 @ 8:06 pm - May 28, 2014

  3. As I’ve said many times… many Republicans are basically working for and with the Democrats. They hold the same views as the Democrats, but claim to hold opposing fews to lock down parts of the populace that oppose the Democrats’ straight-forward presentation of their views and agenda, and to present the illusion that the parties are opposed. Some politicians buck the system, but if anybody with any real influence notices the unsettling similarities between the two parties, I don’t know.

    If the American people continue to allow themselves to be deceived by this farce, then I will be more than glad to transfer my allegiance to a country whose electorate has their collective head screwed on right.

    Comment by Sean L — May 28, 2014 @ 9:13 pm - May 28, 2014

  4. I will be more than glad to transfer my allegiance to a country whose electorate has their collective head screwed on right.

    If you find a place that fits this description, you must let me know. The only one I am aware of is Antarctica (the part of which that doesn’t belong to any country is tempting).

    I guess there are a few places that look relatively good, such as Estonia (although it’s a bit too close to Russia), Liechtenstein (despite being a monarchy), Hong Kong (which is way too crowded for my tastes, and is part of China, but it otherwise seems pretty good), and Singapore (which only has the illusion of being free, but the same could be said for everywhere else). Personally, I’m a big fan of Estonia, always the most unwilling Soviet Republic and a country where the legacy of communism has made the people there quite knowledgeable on how awful it is.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — May 29, 2014 @ 12:50 am - May 29, 2014

  5. @rattle the Swiss have rejected 3rdworld immigration and their government is set up that the politicians cant undo it,BTW a black diamond US ski slope is a bunny slope there. Iceland was the only nation smart enough to charge bankers with crime instead of giving bailouts and they greatly benefited by it. Australia is turning away boats with its navy now, but no guns allowed for law abiding. The Falken islands would be good if you already have a boyfriend to go with.

    Comment by Steve — May 29, 2014 @ 10:30 pm - May 29, 2014

  6. Some republicans think that Hispanics are natural conservatives because of Cubans. With Cuba all the people better off earning based on merit came to the US, basically the right side of the bell curve, in more ways than one. With Mexico having the richest person in the US and exporting oil any natural conservatives are staying there and we are getting the people better off committing welfare fraud than earning money.

    Gee we keep letting in more & more these low skilled people and wonder why inequality keeps getting bigger.

    Comment by Steve — May 29, 2014 @ 10:35 pm - May 29, 2014

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