Last night, a political earthquake occurred. There is no denying that fact. While stunning, it is not entirely surprising.
Ed Morrissey at Hotair has an excellent analysis of Eric Cantor’s defeat with his post “The only poll that matters” In my rushed post last night I stated that Cantor’s campaign had outspent Dave Brat by over 20-1, Morrissey has the tally at 25-1, but it could well be as high as 50-1 . An outrageous amount, but more outrageous is the fact Cantor’s campaign spent more money on stake houses as Brat spent on his whole campaign.
Talk about the privileged elite!
What also hurt Eric Cantor was his attempt to bury Brat with a blitz of negative ads, it served to have the opposite effect:
“It gave [Brat] oxygen and it gave him sympathy. It was just a tactical mistake,” a Virginia Republican strategist said. “That’s when Brat went from being a guy that die-hard tea party people had heard about to being a guy that just ordinary conservatives driving around and listening to talk radio had heard about.”
This leads me to Mississippi, and the Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel’s Senate Race. McDaniel won the first round but failed to reach 50 percent forcing a run-off election. Thad Cochrane has responded by going overly negative and I think you will see another backlash with McDaniel defeating Cochrane handedly.
Finally, let’s meet Dave Brat: