The Pantomime Horse CampaignPolitics

The RTD’s Jeff Schapiro has a bit of fun at Eric Cantor’s expense over the recent 7th district convention debacle. Such entries are both fun to write and, because they sting, even more fun to read.

But buried inside Jeff’s piece is a nugget of information worth pondering:

Brat acknowledges that defeating Cantor is the longest of long shots. Turning out 600 people for a district convention is one thing. Turning out 6,000 voters in a districtwide, open-to-all primary is quite another. Brat’s people do believe they can deeply wound Cantor, by holding his majority in the primary to the low double-digits. That would be fighting fire with fire.

If this is indeed the aim of the Brat campaign — to wound, embarrass, harass and otherwise poke Cantor — then it is an exercise in vanity. One that rivals the 2005 gubernatorial run of that boundlessly vain and silly man, Russ Potts.

Or we can be even less charitable, and call the race what it really is: a pantomime horse, cloaked in the guise of the current candidate while masking the real actors inside.

One of them — could be the horse’s front, but could just as easily be the back, will shed the costume and emerge as the contender in 2016.

The betting window is open as to who that challenger will be.

  • MD Russ

    You guys need to read the mainstream media, Norm. According to Pravda On The Potomac (aka the Washington Compost) today, Brat is gaining momentum and Gruber’s victory was a clear sign that the Republicans are deeply divided. They are headed for massive losses in November as a result. This was a news story and not a parody in the Style section.

    • NormLeahy

      I thought it was the “L Street Daily Worker.” No matter…there really is nothing wrong with competition for a House seat. But this whole campaign increasingly looks like a dry run for someone else.

      • Alan

        So you make a post deriding competition and then say it’s really ok. I think the feelings of Cantor’s stalwart supporters have been hurt by recent events. The aforementioned post is a manifestation of said hurt.

        • http://www.brianschoeneman.org/ Brian W. Schoeneman

          If you think Norm is a “stalwart supporter” of Eric Cantor, you don’t really read much written here.

    • http://redstate.com/ midwestconservative

      The local media in OH probably played up Winteregg ( who’s name I’ll probably forget in the coming weeks) challenge to John Boehner.

  • Lady_Penguin

    I don’t know about “phantom candidates” but I disagree that it isn’t good to go after Cantor, even if one doesn’t win. While Cantor, of course, has many supporters, there are many of us who see him as the ambitious wannabe Boehner that he is.
    Weakening him is a reasonable goal. He has done a lot of damage in Virginia, including aiding getting McAuliffe elected (remember the staff member of his who went to work for sleazy Mac?) against Cuchinelli.

    Maybe we won’t get him out in 2014, but no one should think these are one time efforts. It’s going to take several election cycles to try and right the ship so that the Republican Party isn’t a rubber stamp for the Democrat Party.

    • Mikey D

      No Cantor “staff member” went to work for McAuliffe. And Linwood Cobb and the 7th District, with the help of Cantor, donated more to Republican candidates last year than the rest of the state’s congressional districts COMBINED.

      • Lady_Penguin

        Sorry. I guess I was thinking of Boyd Marcus, a GOP operative. Maybe it’s “his” guy, Ray Allen I’m thinking of. Nevertheless, Cantor’s actions re: slating and trying to take hold of local party politics in several congressional districts leaves a bad taste.

        There isn’t any doubt to some of us that Cantor is GOP Establishment and he has been working behind the scenes using his YG program to suppress local Republican activism.

        Personally, I don’t trust him and don’t like him.