You can say that about his recent primary victory over his Republican opponent.
You, obviously can’t say the same about the House Majority Leader, who took a shot from a much lesser known and under-financed opponent.
At this point there are many who are trying to compare the Cantor situation to Lee Terry’s, but that of course has already flown. The comparative horse has left the barn, and all that.
Had it preceded the Nebraska primary, a comparison could have been made between Cantor’s and Terry’s primary. But the primary is over and Terry won.
“But what of Chip Maxwell?“, we’ve heard commentators — and Maxwell — say.
Well, Maxwell would be Cantor now, if Cantor decided to run in the General.
And then the Democrat would win Cantor’s old district.
See how that works?
As the Nate Silver aficionados like to say, “Math!“.
And now, Chip Maxwell has taken to the OWH writers to declare that not only is he NOT a Republican, he barely ever was!
Maxwell has alerted the OWH and anyone else who will listen that he has always been an Independent, and only ran for the County Board as a Republican because he had to.
Well, that’s interesting.
Because we could have sworn that the very first thing we heard Maxwell say in his Congressional campaign roll-out was that he would “caucus” with Republicans if he won.
Too good for Bernie Sanders, we guess.
And to that, we say, “feh”.
Not that we would suggest he do otherwise, because, of course, he won’t be winning.
But by pointing out his Republican-ness, and former party status, he still splits the Republican and conservative Independent vote in the General.
Maxwell didn’t run in the GOP primary because he knew he couldn’t win in a three way race.
The irony is that he still can’t.
A few months back, Maxwell could have been Dave Brat.
Now he’ll just be Ross Perot.
Lee Terry has a long…long, long, long, long, long row to hoe ahead of him in his race.
But we will just note that we still — STILL!!!!!! — wish he would stop reading the stage directions, and stop playing political prognosticator while he is a Congressman.
See Terry’s recent interview with CNN’s Dana Bash here:
Now what should Terry say here, when asked about “compromise”?
He should say…
“I always look at a bill and see if it is good for the people of Nebraska’s 2nd District. If it is good or bad for them, it is probably good or bad for the rest of the country. You take certain values with you to Congress, and you never compromise your values. But that doesn’t mean you can’t speak with members of the other party. But they, and my constituents should know that the people of Nebraska are my first concern, as I represent them and they sent me here.”
Or some such.
Instead, he starts talking about who should compromise and what the political considerations are and….and… JUST STOP IT! You’re not a talking head! This isn’t in private!!!
Terry has always done this, and it’s not getting any better.
If his campaign and office staff have any hair left in their heads after yanking at it every time Lee makes one of these statements, we’d be just as shocked.
We aren’t sure if we specifically predicted that Chuck Hagel would end up being the Obama Administration’s fall-guy in the Pentagon, back when he was nominated. But others certainly did.
And now, look who’s taking the blame for the President’s severely questioned decision to trade Taliban leaders for Bowe Bergdahl.
When it was all parents and heros, it was Obama in the Rose Garden.
When things went south, it was Hagel in front of a Congressional committee.
Hey, and then there is poor Hillary Clinton.
And we mean POOR!
Di you hear her? She and Bill were flat-broke when they loaded up the U-Haul truck and headed back to Arkansas…and then pulled a quick U-ey and carpet-bagged it up to Chappaqua.
You see, Hillary and Bill were just working to make ends meet — of course $10 million at a time on their post-Presidency speeches and the like.
Now, the GOP has shown that they’re not buying that kind of crap.
Mitt Romney was rich, but he never tried to pretend that he was struggling.
He always pushed the narrative of working hard.
But when Bill and Hillary’s cash comes from making speeches and selling books based off their time in government, it is pretty tough to try to pretend they’re all about the hard work.
Be interesting to see if Dems reject that crap now, like they rejected her 8 years ago.
But who would they take?
Elizabeth “You didn’t build that!” Warren?
Heckuva team they’ve got working there.
Our favorite weekend of the year coming up.
See ya at T.D. Ameritrade.