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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Trump the incumbent in the primary

While all the other pundits played with their polls this week, a bigger story emerged in the Virginia, where Republican voters fired eight-term Republican Congressman Randy Forbes in favor of state Delegate Scott Taylor. Forbes outspent Taylor 10-to-one but was still "Cantor-ed."

From the Virginian-Pilot:
Taylor’s next challenge is the Nov. 8 general election, where he will face Democrat Shaun Brown, a relatively unknown Newport News businesswoman and former unsuccessful candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates and the Newport News City Council.
He emerged from a Town Center restaurant a few minutes after 8 p.m. to a fanfare of applause and handshakes.
“This is not done alone,” he said. “This is a team effort. People come together to sacrifice for a cause greater than themselves.”
Taylor’s victory came after a bruising primary campaign in which he and Forbes traded personal barbs that challenged each other’s character and ability to support national security and the region’s defense-centric economy.
From Curtis Ellis:
Taylor blasted Forbes for voting to give President Obama fast track authority to ram through Congress the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping 12-nation international regulatory pact that would merge our economy with some of the poorest and most repressive on earth.
This move was especially hypocritical for Forbes, chairman of the House Prayer Caucus. Obamatrade would give special economic privileges to countries that persecute Christians, including Vietnam, Malaysia and the Shariah-law regime of Brunei.
After his disastrous vote for fast track, Forbes tried to tap dance around the Constitution-shredding, religious-liberty-trampling Obamatrade agreement.
In a letter to constituents, Forbes recycled the party establishment’s globalist talking points, saying free trade is “crucial to our economy” and to “our future as a country.”
Then Forbes said he would support Obamatrade if it were amended, glossing over the fact that his vote for fast track surrendered Congress’ power to amend the agreement.
That was not mentioned in the Virginian-Pilot story. Instead it mentioned:
Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, ran against much of Virginia Beach’s GOP establishment, with several local elected officials as well as departing U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell endorsing Forbes’ candidacy. Rigell rented Forbes his former headquarters on First Colonial Road and sold him his email lists of supporters.
Rigell said Tuesday night he had “significant” differences with Taylor but would support the party’s nominee to replace him in Congress. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell, who endorsed Forbes, also said he would support Taylor.
Forbes also leaned heavily on endorsements from retired military and civilian defense officials who said the region and state would suffer if the veteran lawmaker didn’t return to Washington. Forbes is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee where he leads the panel’s Seapower and Force Projections Subcommittee, which oversees Navy and Marine Corps programs.
Among Taylor’s most vocal supporters was Virginia Beach Sheriff Ken Stolle.
Taylor’s successful counterargument delivered in their one debate, numerous media interviews and a stream of campaign events was that his experience as a SEAL and an Iraq War veteran gave him a better understanding of military and veteran issues in the 2nd – a district that has among the highest concentrations of veterans and active-duty personnel in the nation.
He repeatedly lambasted Congress, including its Republican majority, for not being able to find common ground to solve major problems.
One other thing: Taylor supports Trump, Forbes does not.

I keep hearing reports on how Republican congressmen fear Trump will hurt the party "down ticket."

Shouldn't you get on the ticket first, then worry?

Coming soon -- "Trump the Press: Don Surber's take on how the pundits blew the 2016 Republican race."


  1. "While all the other pundits played with their polls this week..."

    Is it any wonder they're blind?

  2. It's encouraging to see former SEALS - real men - getting into politics.

    1. The training ought to come in handy for a conservative candidate in today's leftist-dominated establishment.

      How to survive under bleak conditions without support, how to improvise tools and apparatus, the whole maskirovka thing, ...

  3. It's encouraging to see former SEALS - real men - getting into politics.

  4. The WI primary for Ryan's seat is about a month away.

    Maybe he can be nailed, too.

    And, yes, the verb "Cantor" is becoming important.

    1. For those who like a taste of the vino, maybe it should be in, emptying from office to unemployment.

  5. OT:

    Go to the photos of the guy in the river.

    I'm on the front of the white boat.

    -Mikey NTH

  6. Good news. Too bad the voters of WI-1 are too stupid to do the same thing to Ryan.

    Steve in Greensboro