Professor Brat spent about $230,000 to Eric Cantor’s $5.7 million. However, David Brat more than made up for the money deficit with energy, focused barbs and the shoe-leather of his committed followers… Can’t progressives find that kind of energy with their many broader issues and larger support base? Can’t they find capable so-called “nobodies” with hidden talent to become publically heralded champions? There are fresh voices everywhere who can take on the corporate Democrats, like the Clintons, who work with Wall Streeters and espouse crony capitalism and with neocons to advance militarism abroad, along with corporate-managed, job destroying trade agreements and off-shore tax havens?
…Unfortunately the driving energy of progressives, including the dissipating Occupy Wall Street effort, is not showing up in the electoral arena. The political energy, the policy disputes and the competitive contests are among the Republicans, not the Democrats…"
Ralph Nader, "Can Progressives Learn From Eric Cantor’s Defeat?"
Republicans are willing to throw out the House Majority Leader in favor of a political newcomer whose beliefs they agree with more, but Democrats look the other way when Cuomo pushes corporate welfare or Obama bombs the Middle East and launches domestic spying programs the Bush administration only dreamed of.
I think most people I know are significantly to the left of their elected officials, but seem content to keep voting for pro-war, pro-Wall Street Democrats. I wish that would change. Say what you will about Republicans, but at least they don’t vote for people they disagree with.