The Angry Reaction to Brat Is Revealing


The initial reaction to economics professor David Brat’s defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Big Money) was fairly straightforward: apparently, it had to do with immigration.

The quick secondary reaction was that maybe Professor Brat had put together a fairly coherent critique of how the conventional wisdom in favor of “immigration reform” is just part of the bipartisan corruption of elites.

With a day to think about it, however, the media has righted ship and is now spinning like a 78 rpm Tommy Dorsey shellac: this had nothing to do with immigration, it only had to do with Cantor’s personal failings and the insane extremism of Republican voters and maybe anti-Semitism among the conservative Republicans who had elected Cantor seven times previously. We’ve haven’t got the story worked out perfectly yet, but stay tuned and details will follow.