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Eric Cantor’s Surprising Primary Loss May Spell Trouble For The NSA

David Brat - Giant Killer
David Brat - Giant Killer

Hmmm….. Is this a revolution brewing?

This article comes from TechDirt.com

from the every-little-thing dept

The DC political world was completely shocked last night as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary against a relatively unknown and completely underfunded challenger named David Brat. His Wikipedia page was set up only yesterday and initially had just two sentences, before the primary victory, leading people to suddenly start filling in more information. Just hours before the victory, the Washington Post had written: “the question… is how large Cantor’s margin of victory will be.” Not surprisingly, the Post has now completely erased all traces of its Dewey Defeats Truman article, replacing it with one about Cantor’s loss. As the political press tends to do, this morning everyone’s digging for the “reasons” behind this unprecedented loss (no majority leader has ever lost a primary apparently) — though almost all of the analysis is meaningless. Searching for a larger message in all of this is just silly — as there are plenty of counter-examples. Whether it was about “the tea party,” “immigration,” “bipartisanship,” “fed up with DC” or whatever… it doesn’t matter. Politics can sometimes be a bit more complicated and nuanced than the single narrative.

But, on issues of importance around here, it’s worth noting that Cantor’s loss could be bad news for the NSA in a big way. Cantor was a key part of the House leadership that was instrumental in supporting the NSA and blocking any meaningful attempts at reform. Rather than looking into what the NSA was doing, Cantor wanted to lead an investigation into Ed Snowden. It is believed that Cantor was also a key part of the effort last year to make sure that the Amash Amendment failed.

In contrast, one of Brat’s campaign platforms was the following:

Dave believes that the Constitution does not need to be compromised for matters of national security. He supports the end of bulk phone and email data collection by the NSA, IRS, or any other branch of government.

While some are trying to spin Brat’s victory as a vote against the NSA, that seems unlikely (and again, seems to be people spinning this story to their own particular narrative). It appears that Cantor’s loss (and, rest assured, this was much more a Cantor loss than a Brat win) was for many reasons, and it seems likely that the NSA was pretty far down the list. Obviously, assuming Brat goes on to win in the fall (now very likely), as a freshman Representative, he won’t be able to do all that much. But just the fact that a very powerful ally of the NSA has lost to someone critical of the NSA is helpful in pushing back on the NSA’s control over Congress.

Of course, there is one caveat in all of this. While Cantor cannot appear on the ballot (such as, by running as an independent) in the fall election, thanks to Virginia’s sore loser law, he could potentially mount a write-in campaign. And, also, while the Democratic contender in the fall is considered to have absolutely no chance against any Republican listed, it is worth remembering that people also said Brat had no chance against Cantor. Either way, even if this wasn’t a referendum on the NSA, it could be bad news for the NSA in losing one of its most powerful allies.

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2 comments

  1. How gratifying to see the American people realizing the hypocrisy and inherent evil of the New World Order and fighting back! What is needed now is informtion: the RIGHT infrmation! I recommend Dr. John Coleman’s “What you need to know about the Constitution…” (etc.) It’s a real eye-opener and can be found on his website, http://www.coleman300.org

  2. “While some are trying to spin Brat’s victory as a vote against the NSA, that seems unlikely (and again, seems to be people spinning this story to their own particular narrative).”

    In a way you might be correct.

    I know that everyone I spoke with here in California did NOT want ANY of the incumbents to remain. But also our choice was limited except for the Governor and Ca AG positions. Some to only 1 person. There were few write-ins.

    No one wanted Brown, Boxer or Feinstein because of how corrupt they are and because they are “bought and sold” – using nicer words then many used when I was talking to them. Many that I have spoken with and “polled” said that they voted for Newman BECAUSE he signed a document declaring he would follow the US Constitution and keep his oath. I personally would like to have the vote count verified – but we cannot do so.

    California Constitution: SECTION 1. All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their protection, security, and benefit, and they have the right to alter or reform it when the public good may require.

    SEC. 2.5. A voter who casts a vote in an election in accordance with the laws of this State shall have that vote counted.
    — > Wouldn’t this mean that we need to dump the machines that flip votes and the vote count at any level cannot be verified? SEC. 4. The Legislature shall prohibit improper practices that affect elections and shall provide for the disqualification of electors while mentally incompetent or imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony.

    –> Since when are scanning anything secret? SEC. 7. Voting shall be secret.

    SEC. 13. Recall is the power of the electors to remove an elective officer.

    SEC. 14. (a) Recall of a state officer is initiated by delivering to the Secretary of State a petition alleging reason for recall. Sufficiency of reason is not reviewable. Proponents have 160 days to file signed petitions.

    SEC. 16. The Legislature shall provide for circulation, filing, and certification of petitions, nomination of candidates, and the recall election.

    SEC. 17. If recall of the Governor or Secretary of State is initiated, the recall duties of that office shall be performed by the Lieutenant Governor or Controller, respectively.

    SEC. 1. The legislative power of this State is vested in the California Legislature which consists of the Senate and Assembly, but the people reserve to themselves the powers of initiative and referendum.

    –> This says that elections that are not fair of competitive… are required. Yet it is PROVEN that machine voting is anything except fair and that each vote is NOT counted. SEC. 1.5. The people find and declare that the Founding Fathers established a system of representative government based upon free, fair, and competitive elections.

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