An odd storyline popped up this week as Professor David Brat defeated Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). The basic idea was this: Brat’s victory is because voters in that district are anti-Semitic. Seriously. Sure, Cantor had represented these people as for the last 20 plus years…but they probably fired him because they hate Jews. It’s nonsensical… but that is exactly the story the liberal media has been running with the past few days.
To try and bolster the anti-Semitism argument, the media dug into Brat’s own faith and tried to explain it – and of course, they did a horrific job with it.
On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his Republican primary by college economics professor David Brat. Cantor’s steak-house budget was actually $50,000 more than Brat spent on his entire successful campaign.
In his acceptance speech, Brat outlined his belief in six principles — free markets, equal treatment under the law, fiscal responsibility, constitutional governance, peace through strong defense, and faith and strong moral fiber being necessary for the continuation of the Republic. Sounds pretty reasonable, no? Well, not to folks in most newsrooms, who lost their ever-living minds.
Nobody expected this upset. The vast majority of the media basically hadn’t even heard Brat’s name before he unseated the House’s number two Republican. But that didn’t stop them from almost immediately weighing in on what the election meant. Will you be surprised to learn that the media were pretty sure the election meant bad things for the G.O.P.?
1) Latent — Super-Latent — Anti-Semitism
One common theory proffered by media geniuses, from the New York Times to theNew York Daily News to Politico, was that Republican voters in Virginia’s 7th District had suddenly developed a raging case of anti-semitism.
I’m not joking. This was an actual theory that was treated as legitimate…