A Cantor Narrative

Friday, June 13, 2014


The moment it became clear House Majority Leader Eric Cantor would suffer a shocking primary loss to David Brat, reporters began speculating about what the result would mean for Republican candidates across the country. Bob talks with North Star Opinion Research President Whit Ayers who says the media is once again extrapolating too much from too little.  


Whit Ayers

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Bob Garfield

Comments [3]

RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

I'll go with the theory that Wingnut radio (the actual powerbase of the Koch
Brothers) namely Limbaugh, Ingraham and Levine talked Eric Cantor down so much that he had to fall. But why? Why would the Koch Bros want Cantor out? He got 8,000 fewer votes than he did in 2012 EVEN THOUGH 20,000 more votes were cast last Tuesday. This adds some credence to the 'Cooter Factor' theory...i.e. Democrats took advantage of the open primary to vote out a guy they didn't like so much. Where's the research to back this up?

Jun. 14 2014 01:23 PM
Douglas from El Paso

The discussion on MSNBC began with Cantor's supposed position on immigration and then shifted to his neglect of his constituents, with anti-incumbency thrown into the mix. I think that the redrawing of his Congressional district, which he supported, brought in more rural voters who just did not like Cantor despite his conservatism. I think that Cantor would be more popular in Loudoun and Prince William Counties than in any other part of VA.

Jun. 14 2014 11:22 AM
Howard M Thompson from Livonia, MI

Despite what Bob said toward the beginning of this story, I do blame journalists for attempting to explain events when they don't have a well researched an explanation. I would be happy with a more more limited role for journalists. They should say what happened. Anyone who attempts to spin a narrative around a set of events, or explain why a certain set of events occurred, almost always introduces inaccuracy or misleads.

Jun. 14 2014 10:27 AM

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