Readers of the Central Virginian were treated to two conservative letters on 1/23/14 supporting their respective candidates. The only redeeming quality of either was their complete lack of substance. Such deceptions will continue to be a feature of conservative letters to the editor in the CV, reflecting their parties poorly thought out and hypocritical policies.
Bob Arment, Chair of Louisa Republican committee tells local conservatives that the proper thing to do is to embrace Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment and speak no ill of fellow Republicans claiming that “It’s unfortunate that some Republicans spend their time attacking our own instead of focusing on the real fight’, which in his world view consists of exclusively of repealing Obamacare and somehow creating jobs.
This is nothing more than simplistic magical thinking believing this will happen when conservatives take control of Senate and re-elect Eric Cantor, stating that Republicans, “…must stand together if we are going to be successful.” Exactly how they will stand together, what they will stand for, or how they will even define success remains unclear.
In another letter, Tea Party leader Fred Gruber points out how after Eric Cantor’s office learned he had a Republican party challenger, their first reaction was to attempt to smear and discredit him, flinging wild accusations, hoping something would stick, not unlike angry monkeys flinging their poo at the zoo.
Accusing Mr. Brat of being a Liberal on his website “pretending to be a conservative” and that “he once served as Governor Tim Kaine’s hand-picked economic adviser”. Claiming he is no friend of conservatives because “We don’t need a protégé of Senator Tim Kaine representing us in Washington, “when in fact, he was a member of a council of 20 some economic advisers.
Mr. Gruber returns the Cantor camps tar and feathering, claiming that Mr. Brat is a strict adherent of the Republican Party of Virginian’s Republican Creed, and how“…fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government”.
In his reality, Eric Cantor somehow “violates” that creed. Exactly how someone with a 100 % conservative rating http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/the_case_for_cantor.html manages such a feat is unclear. Perhaps he will be using one of Commonwealth’s 10” ultrasound wands to violate their creed?
While Mr. Brat’s experience in academia gives the illusion that he is more qualified to speak on economic issues than Eric, the truth is their shared ideology makes it highly unlikely that either will or is capable of exercising sound fiscal judgment.
Eric Cantor’s twelve year record as a legislator is clear, while at this stage of the game, Dave Brat has yet to move beyond campaign smoke and mirrors. The fact that Republican’s policies seldom accomplish anything is something that few of their constituents notice, and is seldom reported by a compliant media.
What’s important is that Republicans can continue to claim to be the party of responsibility, honesty and integrity. This is the bedrock upon which their entire ideology rests.
Meanwhile the media and the voters continue to overlook Republicans’ and Eric Cantor’s lengthy history of knee jerk legislative proposals, allowing them to further obscure the fact that their actions are actively sabotaging the ability of the government to function.
This recent article in the New York Times http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/what-republicans-say-versus-what-republicans-mean/?ref=opinion about a letter Eric and other Congressional leaders sent to the President shortly after his State of the Union speech regarding areas that they would be willing to work with him points out their hypocrisy.
No matter what your political preferences are, or how you stretch your imagination, it’s obvious that Republicans, especially Eric Cantor have absolutely no intention of negotiating with anyone in good faith. The GOP’s and Eric’s dis-ingenuousness have become the guiding & unifying principle behind their ongoing legislative obstructionism.
Their strategy is simple: if Obama (or any other Democrat) wants it, they are against it. What is more revealing are their unscripted comments which lack the premeditated guile of this NYT’s letter. Whether it’s Huckabee’s remarks about women or the fact-free rants about Executive Orders and presidential overreach (which FYI are the fewest of ANY president in modern American history) or “birtherism” etc., these are the actions of party with no rudder and only an anchor.
When those extreme comments fail to gain any traction, Eric and his party can be counted on to say whatever disingenuous and outrageous comment they can get away with, knowing their sole purpose is to stir up his base over the latest outrage of the day, today its abortion – tomorrow its Benghazi. While avoiding any legislative or personal responsibility.
Congressional Republicans will be attending another retreat over this Super Bowl weekend http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/house-gop-to-gather-for-retreat-102652.html presumably to get their stories straight and to polish up their lies.
Regardless of ones political affiliation, removing the reprehensible Eric Cantor from office this November should be the priority of every resident of Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.