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‘Numb, speechless, sad’, Israel supporters grieve Cantor’s loss

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Cantor at 2011 AIPAC conference, photo from the lobby group

Cantor at 2011 AIPAC conference, photo from the lobby group

House Majority leader Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat in the Republican primary in a Richmond, Virginia, district last night is big news, and it has a Middle East angle. Cantor is a leading defender of Israel’s rightwing government in the Congress; he once said he would side with Israeli prime minister Netanyahu against Obama. Cantor is also one of the most prominent Jews in American politics, the leading Jew in the Republican Party, highest-ranking Jew ever in the Congress.

The New York Times news analysis puts the religious angle in the tenth paragraph, though an analyst describes it as the “elephant in the room.”

David Wasserman, a House political analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said another, more local factor has to be acknowledged: Mr. Cantor, who dreamed of becoming the first Jewish speaker of the House, was culturally out of step with a redrawn district that was more rural, more gun-oriented and more conservative.

“Part of this plays into his religion,” Mr. Wasserman said. “You can’t ignore the elephant in the room.”

Wasserman is a bit of a crank on the anti-Semitism angle:

“There will be lots of 2nd guessing tmw on Cantor loss #VA07,” [Wasserman] tweeted. “Surely will focus on debt ceiling/leadership role, but his religion a role too?”

Cantor famously once sided with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu over Obama, when the two administrations were disagreeing. After a meeting with the P.M., Cantor’s office said:

Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington. He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other.

Politico highlights the Jewish angle:

The dream of a Jewish Republican speaker of the House is no more.

Matt Brooks, the president of the Republican Jewish Coalition, went so far as to call Cantor’s defeat “one of those incredible, evil twists of fate that just changed the potential course of history.”

“Cantor serves up a schadenfreude Sundae,” Adam Horowitz says, and here’s more Matt Brooks to the JTA:

“We’re all processing it,” said Matt Brooks, the president of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “He was an invaluable leader, he was so integral to the promotion of, to congressional support of the pro-Israel agenda. It is a colossal defeat not just for Republicans, but for the entire Jewish community.”…

Brooks seems to have a point. Even Hillary supporter Steve Rabinowitz mourns Cantor’s defeat to the JTA:

“Wearing my mainstream Jewish skullcap its clear the community needs people like Eric Cantor,” he said. “This is a loss for the Jewish community. I have my disagreements with him, but he’s been there for the community.”

Oh, and the camp counselor is no more. Politico‘s Alexander Burns states:  

Now, with Cantor’s defeat, there’s no longer a point man to help organize trips to Israel for junior GOP lawmakers.

Cantor’s conqueror gave a religious spin to primary night. MSNBC:

In victory, [Tom] Brat quoted scripture: “I went to my family and this little note is hanging on my door every day and I read this every day. It’s Luke 18:27. Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’”

More Matt Brooks schadenfreude:

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is wearing black too, and says the people of Virginia made a mistake:

MJ Rosenberg says the defeat will change history, it’s a bad day for AIPAC and for Israel firsters who want a confrontation with Iran:

Most significant of all, AIPAC lost its #1 enforcer in the majority party.

Among Democrats (who are essentially powerless in the House), AIPAC has no problem, beginning with Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, Cantor’s counterpart. And dozens of Jewish Democrats.

But among House Republicans, there is only Cantor to effectively fight against negotiating with Iran, against opposing Israeli settlement expansion and, in general, carrying Binyamin Netanyahu’s portfolio in one hand and Sheldon Adelson’s checkbook in the other.

I’m not saying that there aren’t hundreds of Republicans (especially the Bible thumpers) who will aspire to carry Netanyahu’s agenda, but none have his unique attributes: Jewish, Majority Leader, Next Speaker! Not even close.

Cantor was the ball game. And he is irreplaceable.

Especially on Iran. When Matt Brooks, the Republican Jewish activist, says that Cantor’s defeat was an “evil twist of fate” that will change history, it is Iran he was talking about

“Oy vey,” says Politico. While JTA says Jewish Republicans are in mourning and “bereft“.

Update: The New Republic’s Jason Zengerle says it’s about money. That’s why Cantor was such a prominent Republican, because he tapped in to the new pools of dough. Hardheaded reporting:

Over the course of his 14 years in Washington, Cantor never ignored that [Jewish] elephantand often tried to exploit it. This was most evident when it came to fundraising, which was the foundation of the Cantor political operation.

Back in 2002, Cantor was given a place on the House Republican leadership team as a mere freshman largely because, as a former GOP congressman once explained to me, the fact that Cantor is Jewish gave him “access to donors we didn’t typically have access to.” Cantor not only helped the GOP fundraising machine make inroads into the big-money (and typically Democratic) Jewish precincts in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York; he also helped GOP congressmen tap their local Jewish communities for money. Nearly every House Republican I’ve ever spoken to about Cantor’s fundraising prowess has a story about the Virginia congressman parachuting into their districts and paying a visit to the local Friends of Israel or Jewish Federation on their behalves. “If you want to have him come and speak to the Jewish community in Charleston, he’s willing to do that,” West Virginia Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito once told me.

Thanks to Adam Horowitz.

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  1. on June 11, 2014, 1:40 pm

    He is far from done yet. We thought we had rid ourselves of JoeMentum Lieberman when he lost the Dem Primary for Senator in CT in 2006 despite being a sitting senator.

    Yet he was re-elected as an independent.

    Look for something similar here or perhaps even more outrageous (Brat somehow dq’ed, the results decertified).

    • annie on June 11, 2014, 2:36 pm

      he was re-elected as an independent….Look for something similar here

      not in virginia. according to my friend beq

      Virginia has a “sore loser” rule and Cantor can’t run as an independent.

      • Philip Munger on June 11, 2014, 2:57 pm

        He can’t run as an Independent, but he can, as PJM is quipping today, “Pull a Big Murkowski”:

        The possibility remained, though, that Cantor could attempt the same move that let Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to keep her seat.

        In 2010, conservative Tea Party favorite Joe Miller, backed by Sarah Palin, knocked Murkowski out in the primary. After failing to find any other route to ballot access, Murkowski launched a write-in campaign and defeated Miller — becoming the first senator in more than five decades to win her seat via write-ins.

        Two other articles along the same lines:

        I’m not sure the political environment in Cantor’s House district is ripe for him to outperform the wan Democratic Party candidate or the brand new Prof. Brat. Brat is going to get a lot of media attention, much of it positive, particularly in his district. However, his writings, which seem to be extensive, are already being closely scrutinized.

        I don’t see Cantor going meekly into the night. He’s proven to be a big fundraiser for the GOP outside of his district. And he’s likely to be able to call in some major favors from donors has has helped.

      • Philip Munger on June 11, 2014, 3:30 pm

        Well, scratch the “Big Murkowski” move – at least for now:

        Cantor huddled early in the day with key aides and trusted former staffers behind closed doors and told them he would not try his luck with a write-in campaign.

        “I am not going to do a write-in. I am a Republican and proud of that,” a source quoted him as saying.

        The source, who requested anonymity to describe the private get-together, said Cantor was “the most upbeat guy in the room.”

      • ritzl on June 11, 2014, 3:33 pm

        “Upbeat” = 2016 Veep-R.

      • Kathleen on June 12, 2014, 10:51 am

        I have been hearing MSNBC host reporting this “sore loser” rule. We shall see.

        Phil,Annie, All…did you see and hear Senator Barbara Boxer on Melissa Harris Perry’s MSNBC Sunday news program. Melissa demonstrated that Boxer is great on domestic issues …gun issues, wage increase, choice etc. Much of the conversation about how Boxer has been in support of working class Americans. What MHP fails to bring up is Boxer’s support for the Israel visa waiver legislation. MHP does not get anywhere near how that legislation would undermine U.S. National Security. How intelligence officials have weighed in heavily against this dangerous legislation. No mention. Worth listening to that interview with Boxer

    • Ellen on June 11, 2014, 4:31 pm

      For now he has ruled out a write in campaign and he cannot run as an independent in VA.

      Cantor lost because too many Virginians cannot stand him, especially those in his own district around Richmond. A relatively low information district. They care about “terrorists” abroad and terrorists on Wall Street. His constituents know — after seven terms — that Cantor was not their guy. He could only talk platitudes to them. He could not connect. He was unbearable to them and they to him. He had more time for fund raisers out of state than for meeting with his own constituents.

      For most in his district, Cantor represents the entrenched and filthy DC -Wall Street bubble that has worked together to empty out the middle class. From pushing and profiting from the bail out and TARP (he was personally invested in ULTRA short ETF’s that boomed on passing of the bank bailout). Much of his and his wife’s personal wealth in connected with the mortgage industry.

      He did not loose because he is Israel’s house hound or because he back immigration reform, he lost because he represents everything that is corrupt in the US political and financial system, who are in bed together.

      Most voters understand this because they understand that they have lost so much. And Brat had talk radio and an engaging line for the local meetings. He talked their talk. Also, Democrats came out and voted in the primary against Cantor, which did not hurt.

      His constituents do not care that he was only Israel’s go-to-guy. That is irrelevant to most. He lost because he was Wall Street’s boy and part of the machine stealing from them. They do not know how it works, but they know they have been somehow robbed over the last decade by the likes of a Cantor working for Wall Street first.

      Goldman Sachs and Blackrock contributed more to Cantor than Congressman by far. They will miss him.

      We’ll miss that Cantor sneer.

      • Hostage on June 11, 2014, 11:08 pm

        We’ll miss that Cantor sneer.

        Don’t despair, there’s still Naftali Bennett’s grotesque grin.
        * Naftali Bennet as The Joker
        * Snapshot: What Naftali Bennett’s dimple can’t hide
        The ingratiating, self-conscious grin adopted by the Bayit Hayehudi head is a mask.

      • Pixel on June 12, 2014, 2:14 am


      • LeaNder on June 12, 2014, 9:24 am

        Not Blackrock, Blackstone. Lately the biggest player in private equity. One English management buy-out firm I watched in 2005 over here by now has ended up in their possession too.

        I saw a documentary about Blackstone’s activities over here in Germany. Real Estate. Ugly story for the renters. But obviously it looks completely different on the side of shareholders or generally institutions and people profiting from the usually leveraged buyout schemes. If these deals fail, no doubt the banks as main financiers may well be in troubles too. Is that why they are also strong institutional holders? If not, strictly it can be a win-win scenario for the bank too, just as for Blackstone and its investors. Concerning the renters: Apparently the win-win scenario above had no planned necessary-repair-and-maintenance funds, with the usual result in these type of deals. But greed is pretty universal, although only a few can gamble in the field of risk. Which no doubt leads to the development of tools to serve their tastes.

        Strictly these housing bubbles everywhere are an interesting topic. But I don’t have the necessary basics in the field. Does Corpwatch have it? Is there are relation between the huge buyout boom that preceded the collapse of the financial market? From scanning the Wikipedia article.

        This is an interesting article from Corpwatch by Laura Gottesdiener apparently they changed the title to fit their interest in Blackstone. At least I don’t find it here. No doubt once the bubble exploded you could buy the real estate at much lower price. Good business.

        The second sign was the buyers themselves.

        “I went two years without selling to a black family, and that wasn’t for lack of trying,” says Alston, whose business is concentrated in inner-city neighborhoods where the majority of residents are African American and Hispanic. Instead, all his buyers — every last one of them — were besuited businessmen. And weirder yet, they were all paying in cash.

        Between 2005 and 2009, the mortgage crisis, fueled by racially discriminatory lending practices, destroyed 53 percent of African American wealth and 66 percent of Hispanic wealth, figures that stagger the imagination. As a result, it’s safe to say that few blacks or Hispanics today are buying homes outright, in cash. Blackstone, on the other hand, doesn’t have a problem fronting the money, given its $3.6 billion credit line arranged by Deutsche Bank. This money has allowed it to outbid families who have to secure traditional financing. It’s also paved the way for the company to purchase a lot of homes very quickly, shocking local markets and driving prices up in a way that pushes even more families out of the game.

        “You can’t compete with a company that’s betting on speculative future value when they’re playing with cash,” says Alston. “It’s almost like they planned this.”

        In hindsight, it’s clear that the Great Recession fueled a terrific wealth and asset transfer away from ordinary Americans and to financial institutions. During that crisis, Americans lost trillions of dollars of household wealth when housing prices crashed, while banks seized about five million homes. But what’s just beginning to emerge is how, as in the recession years, the recovery itself continues to drive the process of transferring wealth and power from the bottom to the top.

        From 2009-2012, the top 1 percent of Americans captured 95 percent of income gains. Now, as the housing market rebounds, billions of dollars in recovered housing wealth are flowing straight to Wall Street instead of to families and communities. Since spring 2012, just at the time when Blackstone began buying foreclosed homes in bulk, an estimated $88 billion of housing wealth accumulation has gone straight to banks or institutional investors as a result of their residential property holdings, according to an analysis by TomDispatch. And it’s a number that’s likely to just keep growing.

        Deutsche Bank was also prominently involved in dubious cross-border-lending schemes targeting the public infrastructure of German communities. Greed is international. And that’s why there is an industry for it.

  2. amigo on June 11, 2014, 1:40 pm

    Now I shout it from the highest hill.
    Even told a golden daffodil .
    Now the Lobby is an open book.
    And their secrets are no secrets anymore.

    I woke to this news this morning and went outside and made a very audible ,


    Friends asked me later if I had won the Lotto.I replied , no , something far more valuable.

    I did not explain.No point.

    • on June 11, 2014, 3:25 pm

      book doesn’t rhyme with anymore.

  3. amigo on June 11, 2014, 1:53 pm

    “‘Numb, speechless, sad’, ”

    Numb,speechless, ecstatic.

    Definition of mixed feelings??.

    Watching the lobby drive my new car over a cliff.

  4. Sycamores on June 11, 2014, 2:08 pm

    enumerating in The Wire

    Jews are heavily represented among both chambers of Congress, with 12 senators and 22 members of the House. But all of those save Cantor belong to or align their votes with the Democratic party.

  5. Feathers on June 11, 2014, 2:14 pm

    the fact that Cantor is Jewish gave him “access to donors we didn’t typically have access to.” Cantor not only helped the GOP fundraising machine make inroads into the big-money (and typically Democratic) Jewish precincts in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York; he also helped GOP congressmen tap their local Jewish communities for money.

    It could be the case — please Zeus it IS the case — that the vote for Brat, who spent $200k, signals that money is no longer all that it takes to win an election. The electorate is getting wise to being bought-ness, and has raised its price: they can’t be bought with (dramatically deflated) dollars, but only with sound ideas, and respect for their values and demands.

    Hard to imagine that Cantor could not be replaced if the AIPAC machine put its mind and money to the task, but the notion that money is no longer the game-changer is a game-changer.

    • Stateless American on June 11, 2014, 3:09 pm

      I think both Cantor and the Lobby thought he was a shoo-in (or is it shoe-in?). Pro-Israel PACs have only given him $15,000 this year–had they thought he was in danger he would have gotten tens of thousands more.

      • Kay24 on June 11, 2014, 5:42 pm

        I guess adelson was too slow to react. Heh.

      • lysias on June 11, 2014, 5:54 pm

        The Cantor campaign spent a lot of money, but it turned out to be money ill spent. There were a lot of negative ads against Brat that turned off the voters and gave Brat name recognition.

    • pabelmont on June 11, 2014, 3:45 pm

      Feathers: “signals that money is no longer all that it takes to win an election”.
      Perhaps. A lot of Dems sure hope that.

      But this was a primary when few people vote and the kooks come out of the woodwork. And the Teaparty was paying a lot to get its own voters out, enthusiasts if ever there were any. The next election is for the general electorate and presumably more than merely enthusiasts will come out to vote.

      So if Cantor changes his mind and runs a la Murkowsky, he might yet be elected. If so — question — would he keep his seniority and post, or would he no longer be a Republican and therefore not have seniority-as-a-Republican?

      • Citizen on June 12, 2014, 10:45 am

        Big Adelson dollars might convince Cantor to rethink his ego-inflated notion he won’t run as a write-in candidate? If so, that would be telling as few write-in candidates can ever afford an avalanche of media ads.

  6. surewin on June 11, 2014, 2:15 pm

    Cantor’s defeat is actually very good for the Jewish people; some don’t understand that, but we’re working on it…

  7. lysias on June 11, 2014, 2:21 pm

    Mr. Cantor, who dreamed of becoming the first Jewish speaker of the House, was culturally out of step with a redrawn district that was more rural, more gun-oriented and more conservative.

    I can’t imagine the Virginia legislature didn’t give Cantor exactly the district that he wanted.

    By the way, I wonder how the vote on the Amash amendment would have gone without Cantor whipping the vote on the NSA side.

    • ritzl on June 11, 2014, 4:06 pm

      Thanks, lysias. I didn’t know what the Amash amendment was. Interesting map at the wiki:

      Another example of a left-right alliance to do the right thing v. “leadership.” Scratch one “leader.” Maybe the amendment will be revisited in next year’s defense authorization in the House, with a different result.

    • Citizen on June 12, 2014, 10:47 am

      Cantor’s district on the map is a perfect example of hideously deforming redistricting–it’s got big legs–google a map of it!

  8. Kay24 on June 11, 2014, 3:26 pm

    “Cantor is a leading defender of Israel’s rightwing government in the Congress; he once said he would side with Israeli prime minister Netanyahu against Obama.”

    The more Americans realize those they elect, consistently put Israel over their own country, agree and pass resolutions favoring Israel before you can say “occupation”, when they take eons, simply cannot agree, to pass urgent bills for the American people, or shamelessly side with the Prime Minister of an alien nation against their own President, more Israeli firsters in Congress might find it difficult to win their primaries, or elections. These surprising results show that there is hope for us.
    Perhaps Cantor should move to the mother ship, and stop the crying going on over there, over his loss.

  9. Elisabeth on June 11, 2014, 3:33 pm

    So how is the Tea Party on Israel?, asks this dumbfounded European.
    I thought Tea Partiers were the worst, crazy etc.

    • just on June 11, 2014, 3:47 pm

      They are crazy, and Cantor was worse than crazy. This was a Republican primary. A Democrat (also an unknown) will face the Teabagger- elect in November……..

    • just on June 11, 2014, 4:02 pm

      One more thing. Tea Party Congress members glom onto and support Israel no matter what… but then again– most of Congress do as well. We have AIPAC to thank for that..

      • ckg on June 11, 2014, 4:30 pm

        But when the AIPAC-pushed ‘strangle Iran’ sanctions passed the House 400-20 last summer, there were only three brave Republicans who voted No: Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, and Walter Jones. All three are Tea Party.

      • just on June 11, 2014, 4:45 pm

        Yes– the three were correct in other foreign policy issues as well. Egypt and Syria iirc.

      • lysias on June 11, 2014, 4:50 pm

        And Jones recently defeated a primary challenger.

      • ritzl on June 11, 2014, 5:17 pm

        Thanks, ckg. Is it possible to generalize anything political from their connection to the “Tea Party” wing? Maybe not anything as strong as consistent opposition to AIPAC positions, but perhaps an awakening independence?

        Please say yes!

      • just on June 11, 2014, 5:35 pm

        This is the best explanation I could find of the 3 who voted against the sanctions– from a libertarian blog.

        “Yesterday the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to tighten sanctions on Iran. Of the 20 votes against the sanctions, only three were cast by Republicans. To anyone who has been keeping an eye on anti-interventionists in the Republican party it should not have come as a surprise that the three votes were cast by Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), and Walter Jones (R-N.C.).”

        Interesting details here:

      • ckg on June 11, 2014, 8:39 pm

        @ritzl–great link above by just.

        I think that many anti-interventionist Republicans read Ron Paul is certainly among them. But his son, once his father’s disciple, now wants his thirty pieces of silver.

      • ritzl on June 13, 2014, 11:46 am

        Thanks, just, ckg, and piotr. I was asking to get a sanity check on my perceptions. I was hoping that there might be some resilience, however small, inside the Beltway on/with these positions. I think you all confirmed there seems to be some resilience. Maybe it’s buildable.

      • piotr on June 11, 2014, 5:56 pm

        Clearly, there exists a well define libertatian+paleocons who have dim view of mass snooping at home, foreign interventions “for the heck of it” etc., and they may be in Tea Party simply to use an “anti-establishment” umbrella. Some Tea Party congressmen were almost comically pro-Israel — comically because they hopelessly garble AIPAC talking points.

        In short, my impression is that the Tea Party is a “know nothing” movement with a “know something” minority.

      • ckg on June 11, 2014, 8:14 pm

        I know more about Amash than Massie or Jones. Amash and I both live in Michigan and he, like my wife, are both Palestinian-American. But I recall in March when the House delivered for AIPAC, 410-1, and passed an Israel as ‘strategic partner’ bill, Massie was the lone dissenter on either side of the aisle. I also see, by searching MW archives, that Walter Jones led the ‘crusade’, as Phil called it, to get us out of Afghanistan.

      • Citizen on June 12, 2014, 10:55 am

        The earliest Tea Party constituency were the Ron Paul pushers, before “Tea Party” verbiage made a splash in the media. They were generally all non-interventionists (although not isolationists). But once the Tea Party label took off, many opportunistic conservative hacks with higher political management skills and much bigger donors pretty much squeezed out the grass roots folks who took their cue from Ron Paul.

    • DaBakr on June 11, 2014, 9:13 pm

      its not just that, Cantor was the sole Jewish republican in congress so some Jews and Zionists will naturally take this hard. There is not much indication that Brat holds anything other then fairly typical republican-right views on Israel though his views on funding I am unfamiliar with. He was educated in an evangelical college and claims to be religious-but he has to beat his opponent for it to matter much

  10. seafoid on June 11, 2014, 3:43 pm

    The security of the US is dependent on Israel? Pull the other one.

    Cantor should have looked after his VA garden. The US recovery is very patchy and there isn’t much spare time for fripperies like Zionism.

    • just on June 11, 2014, 3:51 pm

      lol! ‘fripperies’– brilliant use of an unfortunately little used word.

      Some people in Va. do use ‘tawdry’ and ‘trifle’ quite a bit, though.

  11. lysias on June 11, 2014, 4:07 pm

    Eric Cantor was a friend of the NSA. The guy who beat him hates it.

    The Hill: Rand Paul: Negative ads backfired on Cantor:

    While Paul admitted that ” ‘amnesty’ is a word that kind of traps us” and can be problematic for conservatives, he pointed to polling from Democratic group Americans United that indicated a majority of Republican voters in Cantor’s district were in favor of comprehensive immigration reform as evidence that wasn’t the only issue that took Cantor down.

    Paul said Brat “had a lot of popular things to say on other issues,” like the debt limit and NSA spying.

  12. James Canning on June 11, 2014, 6:20 pm

    The defeat of Eric Cantor appears to be a very good thing indeed, for those of us hoping so see a resolution of the Israel/Palestine problem.

  13. traintosiberia on June 11, 2014, 6:43 pm

    “Part of this plays into his religion,” Mr. Wasserman said. “You can’t ignore the elephant in the room.”
    But arent you an antisemite if you took note of that? Or did it on depend when you took notice like when it mattered like his knew jerk ready support for Isreal was as predictably expected as is the sun rise in the east ” .Was there any otherway to know that thier was the Elephant in the hosue? He did not wear anything or sport particluar hair style or dress to konw of the presence of the elephant.
    Did the elephant bother the voters? Foreign policy should be factor unless it is not supposed to be anymore . Can they reject someone on the basis of the foreign policy? May be they forgot when not to pay attention to foreign policy just as they forgot when not to look at the elephant and not flee.

  14. traintosiberia on June 11, 2014, 6:58 pm

    “Matt Brooks–one of those incredible, evil twists of fate that just changed the potential course of history.”
    The history is made and can be made by one person according to Brooks at least in the American version of the world dominated by the zionist .
    Apparently it is not a conspiracy theory to indulge in this beleif now . But what about in a world where Canor became Speaker or VP and there were an attack on Iran on his watch on some excuses (created and backdated if necessarry )? Would the focus on this accidental anguish laden disclsoure be labelleld as conspiarcy theory? What be the criticism? The criticism is going to be – in America, nothing happens without discussion,discourse,and debate and necessity and scrutiny of the processes . The “truther” wil be called conspircay nuts and antisemite liars .

  15. stopaipac on June 11, 2014, 7:48 pm

    careful what you wish for…
    while no rational person would mourn the loss of warmongering bastard like Cantor, the fact remains that the winner was David Brat, and he is also an extremist that ran, as far as i can tell, on a xenophobic and probably racist domestic agenda (and this is where he will find plenty of support). and presumably he will enter office next January, since he runs in a very republican district. the ascendancy of Brat and his ilk offers me no solace.
    Brat will find plenty of support for his anti-poor/basically racist agenda, that is already at full throttle in Congress. any hesitancy about pouring billions into Israel’s war machine, if any, will not find any support. He will successfully, no doubt, further attack the non-wealthy in America.
    Celebrate Cantor’s political demise by all means. Mourn the rise of a very dangerous other kind of insanity in Washington DC.

  16. bilal a on June 12, 2014, 1:50 am

    “nd then Cantor, who’s not exactly known as a raconteur, decided to tell me a story. It was about how he met his wife, Diana, in New York in the 1980s. He was in the city getting an MBA in real estate development at Columbia; Diana, who came from a prominent Jewish and Democratic family in Florida, was there working for Goldman Sachs. A mutual friend set them up on a date. During the meal, the conversation turned to politics, and Cantor—whose father was Ronald Reagan’s Virginia campaign treasurer in 1980—revealed his Republican beliefs. “Diana went into the other room with the person who set us up,” Cantor recalled. “She said, ‘I thought you said he was Jewish!’””

  17. traintosiberia on June 12, 2014, 8:15 am

    The same anguished thing that is written by M Brooks on the loss of Cantor could have been written by him or his ilk if Bush 2 decided not to induct Wolfowitz in his cabinet,just when f the inclusion had looked absolutely certain.He would have been lamenting at the possible diminution or loss of the possibility of the tremendous unimaginable changes in the course of the history . Speeches and planning ,connections,and loyalties,and persuasion and drive in the service of Israel have been evident for both for decades along with sacrificing of US interests.
    But blaming Wolfowitz for those changes would have invited the charges of antisemitism ( it still does) and thinking of any prior role in any of those events would have consigned the person in the category of conspiracy theorist.
    But what about Cantor? What was this twisted fate and the trajectory of future events that Max now would be missing apparently ?
    Defeat of one person by another in a democracy does not result in cataclysmic changes unless the ingredients for changes are added or kept in the dark for future use when time with the designated person at hand is ripe . Election in a remote corner should reflect the concerns and the ambitions of the electorate . Using that base with no other mandate from election, Cantor has been trying to advance the cause of Israel out of the electorate who never wanted to give him that power or opportunity at the first place.
    This is the coup cloaked in democracy and treason cloaked in patriotism .

    • traintosiberia on June 12, 2014, 8:41 am

      When he was being considered for the cabinet post ,any conjecture that Wolfowitz would be a calamity given his past behaviors would have resulted in condemnation and charges of antisemitism .
      Cantor is the exact duplication . He is a carbon copy . So is Schumer . They have people like Kirk and Menendez to parade the scheme as bipartisan and gentile project . I think this is the reason of the lament at the loss of Cantor.

  18. Kathleen on June 12, 2014, 11:06 am

    Wasserman’s comment about Cantor is odd.

    • Woody Tanaka on June 12, 2014, 11:45 am

      I don’t think it’s odd, at all. Given that there are those (some who post here from time to time) who seem to think that all criticism of Israel MUST reflect antisemitism and cannot be based on the objective view of Israel’s actions, I see no reason why someone like Wasserman wouldn’t apply the same thing to Cantor and hold that no one could possibly oppose him on the merits and that it must be antisemitism.

    • James Canning on June 12, 2014, 2:02 pm

      FYI, Scott McConnell at the American Conservative has some good comments on the political defeat suffered by Netanayhu when Cantor went down.

  19. Citizen on June 12, 2014, 11:13 am

    Brat was interviewed yesterday by MSNBC. Asked if he considers himself an interventionist or isolationist on foreign policy, the Virginia Republican said he has a “PhD in economics,” which means he “analyzes every situation uniquely.”

    Apparently not much on foreign policy on his web site. Just this: “That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense.”

    But Israelnationalnews discovered a few years ago he advocated keeping aid to Israel out of foreign aid looping by putting it in a different bucket, so that aid could not be cut, and he promised Bibi he’d keep an eye on Obama for him:

    • Citizen on June 12, 2014, 11:26 am

      Oops, scratch my last paragraph, I was in a hurry and misread it–It was Cantor the article was referring to–sorry folks.

  20. The JillyBeans on June 12, 2014, 9:34 pm

    Reading the comments reminds me of the Romney defeat tumbler. The shock and disbelief (and denial) is comparable. And equally amusing.

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