So, for the sake of full disclosure, if it had been any other ‘status quo’ Republican that defeated Mr. Cantor I probably wouldn’t be talking about this right now. In fact, even if it had been some space alien that just landed and was trying to get elected in order to overthrow the wor…actually, I’d probably be pretty interested in that. But no, it was that ‘Tea Party’ label that dragged me into this. Thankfully, Mr. Brat leaves me pleasantly surprised, so far.
First, who is this guy? For starters, he’s an economics professor that teaches at a really tiny college just outside of Richmond, VA and not but a stone’s throw from the ‘Beltway.’ And…yeah, that’s pretty much it. That’s just about all that anyone can say about him for right now. For instance, his Wikipedia entry made the day of the primary…
David A. Brat is a professor of economics and business at Randolph-Macon College. A member of the Republican Party, he is a candidate for U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 7th congressional district in 2014.
As for what he believes in, you’re going to likely [if you haven’t already] do a search of the net that will populate approximately 14-billion different articles that all include at least this one thing…
“The issue is the Republican Party has been paying way too much attention to Wall Street and not enough attention to Main Street,” Mr. Brat said.
Those articles leaning a little more to the right will probably feature blurbs by some news-talk, teabag toting, nationally-syndicated mouthpieces stating that this is an absolute victory for Tea-Partiers and anti-immigrationists everywhere. On the other hand, those that lean to the left are likely to play up the fight for the soul of the Republican party. Really, it’s both a lot more complicated and a lot simpler than what each makes it out to be.
While taking a good look at David Brat, what you’ll find is a guy who is really about a lot more than immigration and with a lot more fervor. When featured by a national paper, he’s highlighted the fiscal irresponsibility of Washington and general disenfranchisement of the people represented over the issue of immigration in a ratio approaching 2:1.
To contrast, when studying Mr. Cantor, you’ll notice that there isn’t a lot that can be said for concrete issues he supported and the ways he supported them…there’s a good reason for that. He really didn’t have any and he really wasn’t there. I mean that quite literally. (See Rep. Eric Cantor’s www.govtrack.us information for the 113th session).
Granted, that’s not to say that he didn’t still say a lot of things on different issues. He probably had to say a lot to keep his job as the numero dos to Speaker John Boehner. But apparently for his constituents, that kind of ‘say everything, do nothing’ stance wasn’t going to work.
All-in-all, I wish the best of luck to Mr. Brat. He seems like a sharp guy with a hawkish way about himself. Let’s hope he doesn’t let partisanship paint him in the wrong light nor lock him in a conservative cage. After all, it’s not just the person anymore, it’s the company they keep.
Thanks for reading!