The man that the tea party defeated Eric Cantor with lied about having gone to Princeton and sounded like a total idiot while dodging simple policy questions during an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd.
David Brat claims on his campaign website that he attended Princeton, but The Washington Post contacted Princeton, and the Ivy League school has no record of Brat ever attending. Secondly, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Brat presented a 2005 paper in which he argued that Protestants are the key to economic growth.
However, the most compelling evidence that the tea party has picked another “winner” was the interview that Brat did with Chuck Todd on MSNBC:
Todd asked Brat a simple foreign policy question about arming the Syrian rebels, and this was the answer that he got, “Hey, Chuck, I just thought today we were going to chat about the celebratory aspect. I’d love to go through all this, but my mind is just…I love all the policy questions. I’m happy to do more, but I just wanted to talk about the victory.”
Brat was also tripped up on a question about whether or not there should be a minimum wage:
Todd asked if there should be a minimum wage, and Brat answered, “Um, I don’t have a well crafted response on that one. All I know is if you take the long run graph over 200 years of your wage rate, it cannot differ from your productivity. Right? So you can’t make up wage rates.” He said that he would love to pay the people in sub-Saharan Africa one hundred dollars an hour.
Brat has the rhetoric about Adam Smith and the Founding Fathers that the tea party loves, but he appears to know nothing about politics and issues. David Brat is in way, way, way over his head, but it seems that he would fit in well with the other House tea party ideologues who have wrecked Congress, because they have no interest in learning how to govern.
Eric Cantor was a lot of things, but he wasn’t an idiot. The tea party will take another step towards accomplishing their goal of killing the few last living brain cells in the GOP if David Brat wins in November.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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