Mike Huckabee News
Jun 16 2014
Eric Cantor gets shown the door, and no one saw it coming. The House majority leader made history by being the first person in America who held that position to be defeated in a primary. If the post-mortems from the pundit class are so brilliant and accurate, then why didn’t they have a clue before the fact? Explanations have run all over the map for Cantor’s stunning defeat---The Tea Party influence, Cantor’s support for immigration reform, his being better connected to the Washington crowd than to his district, and his over confidence due to his raising 22 dollars for every dollar that David Brat, his opponent had. All of those issues were certainly a factor, but I don’t think the winning candidate, David Brat, has been given enough credit. Fact is, Brat, the Randolph Macon economics professor, happens to be a very articulate, common sense candidate. It wasn’t all about what Cantor did wrong—it was also what Brat did right. He connected with people about free markets, and spoke about making sure that laws applied to the big boys on Wall Street who not only were too big to fail, but too big to jail. If the average American worker struggling to put food on his family’s table on an hourly wage had gamed the system like the Ivy League leeches who bled their companies dry, they’d go to jail. Brat had the audacity to suggest they should. Cantor spent more campaign money on steakhouses than Brat did in his entire campaign. That looked about as out of touch as Hillary whining last week that she and Bill were struggling to pay all those pesky taxes on a measly $10 million dollars of book income, not to mention the paltry $200,000 per speech that Bill was getting. Here’s what folks in the Wall Street to Washington corridor of power still don’t get. People in the real world are struggling. They aren’t opposed to immigration because they’re racists; they are opposed to their government is creating dumb job-killing regulations and then importing competition for the few jobs that are available. If Mexico won’t let one Marine loose from one its tortuous prisons, then a lot of Americans aren’t too keen on Mexico sending several million of their folks over the border. If taxpaying American citizens have to present a photo ID and be electronically strip searched and felt up by federal hands just to board a flight from Dallas to San Antonio, then they don’t want people to be able to get jobs without at least stopping by at the border and passing a background check. Americans aren’t mean; we’re the most generous, tolerant, and welcoming people on earth. If you don’t believe that, then try to cross the border into Mexico, and demand that you want your instructions in English when you press 2; you want free food, health care, and education; and you want to continue celebrating the 4th of July and expect the government to let you vote in Mexico. Americans aren’t mad that people want to come here. We get on our knees every night and thank God we live in a country people are trying to break into rather than one they’re trying to break out of. But if our own government is going to secure jobs for people here illegally before they first help secure jobs for American citizens, then Eric Cantor won’t be the last to go.