Damnesty

Due to our rigorous aversion to partisan vulgarity, we couldn’t possibly comment on this:

The majority leader pummeled the airwaves, spending more than $5 million on the race, including a direct-mail piece that took a harder line against immigration reform than Cantor previously had advocated. […] In many ways, however, the show of force gave more oxygen to the little-known Brat, who had few resources and almost no outside cash funding his underdog effort. To Cantor’s millions, Brat raised only $200,000, and spent even less, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. […] Among those who advocate changing the nation’s immigration rules, Cantor’s loss seems likely to dash all hope that the House will act on any legislation to provide a citizenship path for some immigrants — as Cantor had once proposed. […] Many had expected the chamber could turn to the issue once primary season had ended and lawmakers no longer had to worry about protecting their right flank.

At least they cooked that freaking duck ...

“At least they cooked that freaking duck …”

The Dark Dream scenario up to and beyond 2016 isn’t hard to piece together:
* GOP lock on Congress to ensure maximum obstruction.
* Tea-Party insurgency driving the GOP into right-wing extremism®.
* Secessionist ambitions spreading like a forest fire.
* A radical progressive Democrat in the White House, to keep a Cathedral clown-face glued onto the collapse.

Carry on.

ADDED: Jim.

ADDED: I like the cut of Zachary Werrell’s jib.

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  • Ex-pat in Oz Says:

    Maybe. Or just a more boring episode of Game of Thrones. I DO agree, if only for theatrical purposes, that a Prog Dem in 2016 would be fine with me.

    In any case, do bring on the DE/NRx Frost Zombies!

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    Dan Reply:

    “a Prog Dem in 2016 would be fine with me”

    … he says from Australia. Meanwhile, some of us are stuck on this ship.

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  • Chris B Says:

    Bwahahaha

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  • Alrenous Says:

    “Brat wins vs. Cantor.”

    Accidentally summarizing the modern world?

    Don’t forget the tea party is basically a scam. Heretic sophists still sophists, study suggests…

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  • Stirner (@heresiologist) Says:

    Heel turn for the Republican party! If only….

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  • Orthodox Says:

    I think you underestimate the opposition to immigration. The American public is not to the left of the UK or Australia, which have far more restrictive policies and have been trending to the right. If, a big if, a major candidate picks up immigration restrictions as an issue, everything goes out the window because the election could turn on that issue alone and the Cathedral (which includes the GOP leadership) will close ranks and try to isolate them, which even more so than in the UK, will funnel all of the public support to that candidate.

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  • Damnesty | Reaction Times Says:

    […] Source: Outside In […]

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  • bob sykes Says:

    Cantor is still majority leader until next January. There is plenty of time to pass amnesty.

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    Thales Reply:

    You’d be talking about a lame duck session since fellow pachyderms still need to run in November, and while the Cathedral will do anything to deny that this was a referendum on amnesty, they all know otherwise.

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    Thales Reply:

    Update: Cantor is going to resign the leadership in a copule months — prefered shares of Schadenfreude skyrocket.

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  • VXXC Says:

    @Alrenous,

    No, CATO is a scam. And Libertarianism is indeed applied autism that must choose between whoring or insanity. Or both. See Caplan. And increasingly Rand Paul.

    The Tea Party – regardless of what today’s Congressmen do – is geniune grass roots. It may have been co-opted so that might, might be a “was.” But it was organized by stay at home moms who handle the family budgets, who are pretty much the former urban “white ethnics” [read Catholic Union families] who fled to surburbia and self-employment and have seen this movie as children. The Tea Party certainly in the protests and elections of 2010 is The People and hence are universally hated amongst the elites. More importantly Feared.

    Electoral politics will not save us but it’s far, far from irrelevant. I think we know that – and the Tea Party realizes it as well. It’s part of the solution, the expressed will of voters an essential part.

    And it just torpedoed GOP back door deals for immigration this summer, unless they are so far gone they simply decide to surrender power for golden parachutes when out of power. That’s not an idiotic calculation, they don’t have much power in Congress to challenge the Cathedral. They mainly can block legislation, frustrate all in Keynesian budgeting of abandon, and hold hearings. As well as hand out the all important favors/monies.

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    Al Fin Reply:

    Agree that The Tea Party is mostly grass roots. It has picked up opportunistic parasites like any other political group, but for the most part it remains a grass roots movement, with valid motives.

    Electoral politics can be seen as a “holding action,” giving smarter people the time they need to create deeper networks for ad hoc actions. Until there are strong and valid mechanisms for radically reducing the size and scope of central governments, the trend is set to ratchet mainly in the direction of increasing central control of a despotic nature.

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    Alrenous Reply:

    Alright, let me clarify my statement.

    Tea party candidates, which tea party voters have been consistently convinced to vote for, mainly do not share tea party beliefs or are incapable of following those beliefs once elected. Which means the tea party phenomenon as a whole is corrupt – barrel of wine plus drop of sewage equals barrel of sewage.

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    Lesser Bull Reply:

    I wouldn’t say ‘mainly.’ It may be that as many as 1:2 or even 2:3 elected tea party candidates aren’t either evil (faking) or incompetent, though the longer in office, the greater the fail. But there certainly are a huge percentage of tares among the wheat. And the elected tea party candidates are already few.

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    Alrenous Reply:

    As per the link above, fewer than 30% are consistently as far right as Cato. To quote the article, “pathetic.”

    VXXC Reply:

    My dear Sir your one drop of sewage formula damns all humanity. Which fortunately is more fortified than any wine.

    We would not be better served if they were not there, and some peoples preferred solution of collapse is both a Chimera and and Hydra best viewed from afar. If our collapse has any human realms far enough to be called afar.

    I too want it to be over but I want the best position for my people when “it’s over” event occurs and the horrific consequences ensue. Not no position unless it’s pure. There’s no pure in the affairs of men. Those men with no position are leaves in a hurricane. It happens that fast.

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  • Musson Says:

    Many more pro-amnesty politicians are hearing footsteps this morning.

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  • Handle Says:

    Well, solve for equilibrium. Republican elites negotiating with Obama over amnesty / ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ can now credibly plea impossibility. Obama / Corporate interests will now have to explicitly promise to support and/or take care of people who will get voted out of office if they support that legislation. The rumor is that Boehner’s got just such a deal lined up.

    But that may be a bridge too far. For Republicans in swing districts, it might mean losing the district to the Democrats. For Republican in bright-red districts, the threat from future Brat repudiations is too salient.

    That may very well turn Republicans into the anti-immigration party, and it may become their primary identity.

    And Obama will push unilateral executive discretion to the absolute edge of impeachment, which, if I’m right, essentially means open borders for a while.

    And then?

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    VXXC Reply:

    And then….?

    And then we see. We’re about to see if trusting Chicago Style Pols is going to trump the comfort of having your own office [to sell as they’re in business for themselves]. Is trusting Obama to “take care of you” or even trusting corporate interests overcomes self-preservation in your own hands.

    And Then: Obama as he’s a puppet with delusions elsewise may well play brinksmanship with Murica and also the powerful interests he’s already offended [see banking, see backing out of Syria, see Russia] ..he likes to play brinksmanship then fold. Not back down but fold when it gets too hard . It’s hard to play brinks man ship when you’re clearly not a man, don’t understand what’s over the Brink…why shouldn’t it have no consequences like the rest of his life? and have little or no idea of that the ship he’s on is indeed the ship of state and can sink like all ships.

    If it ends under Obama we’ll know when he takes Air Force One to Hawaii as Shit’s.Getting.Real. That’s all the clue we’ll have that he knows it’s over, he’ll run and hide without a word. That’s the 1989 cue.

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  • VXXC Says:

    The Message

    We can’t vote in a solution, but we can vote you out of Power. The last President to represent us Muricans was Reagan. That won’t happen again. We can’t vote in representation but we can vote the frauds out and mitigate their evils [like open borders].

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  • Lesser Bull Says:

    Schadenfreude is the last refuge of real patriots.

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  • Peter A. Taylor Says:

    Speaking of secessionist ambitions, Derbyshire suggested a while back that the US has gone from an “are” (antebellum) to an “is”, and now (post Obama) to a “was”. I suggest that we make a point of speaking in the plural: “are” or “were”, as the case may be.

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  • Kgaard Says:

    I keep thinking about the power of Drudge, Rush and Mark Levin in all this. They are very smart guys, very DE — and they keep getting better. Between them they are funneling un-diluted neoreaction to 20+ million people every day. Brat won his primary with just 35,000 votes. These congressional primaries are small affairs. It doesn’t take much of a motivated grass roots to make something happen.

    The notion that race is a social construct with no biological basis has pretty much collapsed in the eyes of the average American. They now SEE so many more Latinos. Recently I was in High Point North Carolina at a Hampton Inn … and the entire staff was Latino except for the desk clerk. And I was thinking to myself, “High Point? Really?”

    I am always shocked at what Rush and Levin are willing to say on the radio. Michael Savage is even more over the top … but he’s kind of a narcissist so I don’t listen to him. Ditto Hannity, who is just a blowhard.

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    admin Reply:

    “… they are funneling un-diluted neoreaction to 20+ million people every day …” — that seems, perhaps, a little over-excited.

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    Kgaard Reply:

    Well … I don’t want to be a shill for radio talking heads … but the level of sophistication in their thought is far higher than many realize. Perhaps “undiluted” is a little over-the-top in the sense that some of what they say is coded … but it’s pretty much all there. And Drudge has been instrumental. He is like a drip-feed of race realism and increasingly sex realism. Drudge gets roughly the same number of hits as the New York Times — and with a narrative that is 100% counter to the NYT narrative. So on that basis Drudge is the most influential right-wing guy in the country. And he’s almost entirely libertarian/neoreactionary, not RINO.

    Without Rush, Levin and Drudge there would have been no takedown of Cantor …

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    VXXC Reply:

    Kgaard is right. Further there has been a marked shift hard right by at least Rush Limbaugh [subtly] and Drudge [not so subtly]. Things have been said routinely by many [Coulter is another] post election 2012 that were unthinkable before. The Charge of racism has become a joke in exactly those venues.

    Just as it returns. And that’s Justice on them all. Fuck ’em when they can’t take a good deal. Just when they needed to warn of the Wolf none are paying attention, worse they don’t care.

    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    strict constitutionalism has the peculiar position of being both liberal and reactionary; this annoys certain euro-paleo-reacs who may wish to frame reaction as old white versus red (commie), blue (conservative/liberal) and Jew.

    Since reaction is a kind of meta-politic (whereas conservatism and liberalism now have shed pretty much all of their metapolitic; they accept whig history without modification, meaning that whig history is outside of the scope of their thought.) you can have some really strange kinds of reaction. As Bowden pointed out, Adorno had a weird conservatism to him, despite being a bleeding red commie. It was called ‘revolutionary conservatism’ – to conserve the gains from the original Leninist revolution and not turn them back. Therefore simply using ‘conservative’, ‘liberal’, ‘progressive’ or ‘reactionary’ in a wider context without qualification may be nothing more than an attempt to camouflage.

    Therefore I think some word games are afoot, as usual, as when an animal has adapted a large set of eyes on its back to look like a larger thing than it is. Reaction in the form of WN in particular very much plays this game and the emergence of reaction coming from intelligent coders, scientists and engineers foils their game and shows the eyes just to be eye-spots on the back of a smaller creature. They value claiming all of ‘white people’ for themselves when speaking Majoritarian things, for example. But how many of these people would go along with such policies if presented?

    One thing about the Age of Bubbles is that everything is inflated.

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    JPOutlook Reply:

    Mr. Limbaugh with his radio programme has been going for a while. Don’t you suppose if his stuff was the real deal, that it would have made a bigger impact, stopping the Leftward slide?

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  • Thales Says:

    Cantor dusted!

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    peppermint Reply:

    Results were perfect, his metrics were laughable and all he had in the end was a fractal of ambition and ego, all the diagonalizing he had done had left him totally disconnected from any kind of political coalition…

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    admin Reply:

    That should have been the title — hope someone’s used it.

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    Thales Reply:

    I’ve been informed that “Kantor” means teacher in German or something, so you could have also gone with “Brat Schools Cantor.”

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    admin Reply:

    (Meaning of ‘Cantor’ is more like this.)

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  • vinteuil Says:

    I was really depressed by your very negative reaction to the strong showing of Europe’s ethno-nationalists in the EU elections a few days ago – so I’m happy to see you reacting a little more positively to Cantor’s richly earned demolition. It’s all very well to resign oneself to the long defeat – but one needs the odd glimmer of hope, now and then. Cheers.

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    JPOutlook Reply:

    You have to understand the divide between what Mr. Land will say vs. what he truly believes.. . Does he not have a website to run?

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    admin Reply:

    While the negative or critical outcomes of the democratic mechanism can on occasion be celebrated, its positive outcomes are reliably abhorrent. That’s what I really think — why would I need to be evasive about it?

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  • VXXC Says:

    There’s more than a glimmer of hope and as for the long defeat – that cup of woe is for the Cathedral.

    Don’t doubt that there are many here who mourn it’s passing, for capture the Cathedral was their fondest wish all along. And oft expressed openly.

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  • neovictorian23 Says:

    Did anyone spot the Fnords in the linked Los Angeles Times article? Tea party, tea party tea party tea party tea party tea party tea party tea party tea party tea party…

    Mr. Brat was apparently not supported or helped by any of the “National” tea party groups at all. Some local helpers may deserve the designation. But given the circumstances, Cathedral organs like LAT (and Republican “consultants”) must attribute this result to “tea party.”

    Because the other factors are too dangerous to contemplate; e.g., more people are becoming unhypnotized. Fnord, fnord, FNORD!

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    VXXC Reply:

    That is interesting. No national Tea Party support.

    It’s immigration of course, and atavism.

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    admin Reply:

    Fnord hyper-inflation could be the Cathedral’s last bubble.

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    VXXC Reply:

    Sooner or later all these bubbles pop. Money is the big one.

    For all we know the setbacks in Iraq may have set something in motion. Certainly the Veterans are very angry and disgusted – again – this week.

    And Bammy goes off for a round of links at Palm Spring. He actually said don’t expect anything out of us for a few days. That’s usually wise, seldom wise to say and neither kind of wise to say as columns approach your client’s capital city with their armies melting away.

    PS – in Iraq the Fix or probably several Fixes are in. And I don’t think it’s the Cathedral.
    It’s Saudi, Iran, and the Kurds at least. The Cathedral being out of such a loop is an indication of powerlessness.

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  • VXXC Says:

    Ann Coulter on Damnesty and Cantor loss,

    “Is Schumer’s harangue enough to convince the bubbleheads in the GOP to say: Let’s take it to the Democrats on this issue! They could start by asking Schumer: “How come we don’t get to have the same immigration policy that Israel does?”

    I like Israel’s immigration policy: instant, unapologetic, unsentimental deportation of illegal aliens. Schumer obviously supports that policy, too. It’s one of many Israeli policies we might try here at home, if only Schumer would let us.

    Could it be that Schumer cares more about the survival of Israel than he does about the survival of the Republican Party?”

    That’s risque not too long ago. I don’t know about neoreactionary, but the right wing pundits are getting righter faster.

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  • Contemplationist Says:

    @VXXC

    Wow, just wow.
    Coulter WENT THERE.

    *popcorn*

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    Kgaard Reply:

    Yeah Coulter is actually the most extreme of all of them in terms of what she is willing to say. She can get away with it because she’s a woman. That gives her some victim cred …

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    VXXC Reply:

    They are all saying things as many are unthinkable until late 2012, when all the lights came on.

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  • Mark Citadel Says:

    The Tea Party we ignore at our peril. With some convincing and the right situation, these people can easily become willing participants in the neo-reaction. They’re in the right mindset, just not fully awake yet.

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