House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary last night to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat. Many are already puzzling over what this means for the future of the Republican party (nothing good, really), but first, let's take a look at the challenger himself. Who is Dave Brat?
Someone who thinks the rise of Hitler "could all happen again, quite easily."
Brat wrote in 2011 that Christians need to "rise up" and "spread the word" so that the government won't need to "backstop every action we take." He has a master's in divinity. Cantor is the last remaining Jewish Republican in Congress.
Someone who cares about the Heritage Foundation's scoring system for Republicans.
"If you go to Heritage and look at their score, I think [Cantor's] at about a 53 right now," he said last night. "I mean, that's an F-minus."
An economics professor.
Brat grades people all the time at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va. (1,200 students, 56 percent acceptance rate.)
An Ayn Rand scholar.
Brat doesn't call himself a "Randian," but one of his major papers is titled "An Analysis of the Moral Foundations in Ayn Rand," and he heads the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism program (funded by Cato Institute head John Allison, a huge contributor to the Ayn Rand Institute) at Randolph-Macon. He likes "Rand's case for human freedom and free markets."
Not a fan of immigrant kids.
Freedom should not be extended to children who enter this country illegally, in Brat's view. He blames Cantor in part for the child migrant crisis: "Once you announced that kids are welcome, they're going to head in."
Someone endorsed by Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, and Erick Erickson.
He's "total eye candy."
Brat has a 3.4/5 on RateMyProfessor.com.
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