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On today's Thom Hartmann program, Judsen Phillps was a guest. He is the founder of Tea Party Nation and lives VA-7, so he has ground-level knowledge of how Brat defeated Cantor despite being out-spent 40-1.

It was social media and grassroots action.

Brat spammed the Internet with tweets and Facebook posts. These are free and reach more people than expensive traditional media ads and yard signs. Cantor relied on traditional media.

Brat also used the shoe leather. He held town meetings and worked the ground game. Cantor made exactly one appearance in the district (and a Commencement or something) and was actually booed.

It appears that Koch money may not be the advantage they think it is.

If Jack Trammell pays attention and does the same, there may be another surprise in the general.

Oh, and Brat is still a teabagger. You know he's going to say something (or lots of somethings) really stupid.

Update: Judsen Phillips is also on Sam Seder's show Ring of Fire.

Judsen repeats that it was a perfect storm for the challenger. Brat used social media effectively. Eric Cantor acted like an arrogant dick. Eric campaigned against immigration reform (amnesty), but the Republican voters thought his actions were just the opposite. Brat continually campaigned against immigration reform.

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  •  Tip Jar (33+ / 0-)

    Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome. uid:21352

    by pucklady on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:23:34 AM PDT

  •  Brat's a (crackpot) economist (7+ / 0-)

    up against a sociologist. Both from the same college. This ought to be quite entertaining.
    Sorry, couldn't resist }>

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:34:00 AM PDT

  •  There Wouldn't Be the Voter Block w/out Koch (9+ / 0-)

    and related money, so it makes a huge difference in politics, but it's good to know that in any given situation it doesn't necessarily buy particular elections.

    Thanks for bringing some on-the-ground facts to this story. I wasn't hearing anything like this last night in the media.

    Now I'd like to hear the story of how he can be an evangelical Protestant and Catholic at the same time.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:39:40 AM PDT

    •  he's a Calvinist. (1+ / 0-)
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      There have been diaries recently on this including quotes, cites, and links.  

      He has positions on the boards of a bunch of different churches, including Catholic and Protestant (numerous denominations, incl. Presbyterian and Methodist), but at root he's an avowed Calvinist.

      We got the future back. Uh-oh.

      by G2geek on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 09:14:50 PM PDT

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  •  Tipped and rec'd. Love me some (3+ / 0-)
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    Thom Hartmann.

    How children dance to the unlived lives of their parents. Rilke

    by ceebee7 on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:54:15 AM PDT

    •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome. uid:21352

      by pucklady on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 12:38:07 PM PDT

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  •  verrry interesting (7+ / 0-)

    so someone CAN challenge a politician who's held the office, and win?

    is there a lesson in this for our side?

    delightful that the mass/usual media was ignored and instead the candidate used the internet

    this should get around

    •  yeah, really! though, we're pretty good at it... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... and the Obama campaign made extensive use of it in 2008 and 2012.

      We should use it for going after Rs in "safe" districts this year & 2016.   Very often I hear strong Ds on this site saying "Oh we can't possibly win in XYZ District, it's gerrymandered, the Rs have it all sewn up."  Right.  But even if it's not worth spending lots of $$ on those districts, it's worthwhile using social media to force the Rs to spend money to hold on.

      Key point: use free resources to force the other guy to use resources that cost them $$.  Goal: drain their $$.  Also drain their labor pool by forcing them to make additional efforts where they thought they would not have to.

      We outnumber them substantially, and the bigger WE outnumbers the oligarchs 1000 to 1 or better.  We can use that numerical advantage in ways they can't touch.

      We got the future back. Uh-oh.

      by G2geek on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 09:20:14 PM PDT

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  •  Simple: TOXIC DISTRICT (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Toxic to whom? (0+ / 0-)

      It was certainly toxic to Cantor. You mean it's toxic to us and we should give up and go home before we even start?

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      by pucklady on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 02:20:22 PM PDT

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      •  There's a reason why so many (3+ / 0-)
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        toxic waste dumps are simply abandoned... the cost of remediating them is exhorbitant and simply prohibitive.

        The cretins in the 7th kept this unproductive, smug pretender in office for fourteen years... and, when they'd had enough of his dismissive indifference, they turned to an unqualified Jeebus-freak who can't articulate a coherent position on any issue of contemporary concern.

        You wanna try and show these jerks the light?

        Go for it.

        I'll watch.

        •  If an unqualified Jeebus-freak can (4+ / 0-)
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          depose a fourteen-year pretender, then a Dem can beat the Jeebus freak.

          You can walk away if you want, but Howard Dean was right. Never give up, never surrender. Or was that Galaxy Quest? Same thing.

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          by pucklady on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 03:31:42 PM PDT

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        •  pre-emptive defeatism, blech. (1+ / 0-)
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          Don't fight.

          Give up.

          Give in.

          Right, and then jump off a bridge.

          Sorry, but no.  Not just no, HELL NO.

          We outnumber them nationwide, and we outnumber their plutocrat benefactors by well over 1000:1.  The numbers are on our side.  

          All we have to do is keep hammering at them using free resources such as social media, forcing them to spend their time & effort & money responding, reacting, replying.  

          Play offense, get the other guy to play defense.

          The more time/effort/money they waste dealing with us, the less they have for advancing their positions.

          The more they spend defending "safe" districts, the less they have for contested districts where whatever-efforts might make a difference.

          Wear them down, wear them out, win a few more here and a few more there, and after a while what you have adds up to VICTORY.

          We got the future back. Uh-oh.

          by G2geek on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 09:25:38 PM PDT

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          •  You wanna waste your time and effort, (0+ / 0-)

            fighting a losing battle in a toxic, gerrymandered district populated by right-wing knuckledraggers? Indulge yourself.

            What happens in these ideological cesspools has nothing to do with the national conversation or, for that matter, statewide results in national campaigns. Obama won the State of Virginia with 51.16% of the vote in 2012, even as he lost the 7th District with 41.7% (and he lost that district in 2008 with 43.6% while winning the state with 52.63%).

            Nobody cares!

            •  self-fulfilling prophesies of gloom; poo. (1+ / 0-)
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              Can't-do Cantor did manage to do his share of crapping-up national politics for the time he was in Congress.

              Bottom line is: "they've got the guns (and money) but we have the numbers."  If Ds in the 7th District put in the time via social media and other means, they will force the Rs to spend more time & effort keeping their "safe" district: and that's time & effort the Rs won't be able to spend elsewhere.

              Why are you trying so hard to convince people to be inactive?

              You do realize, don't you, that that's the same sort of strategy the Rs use against us?

              Please: don't do the enemy's job for them.

              We got the future back. Uh-oh.

              by G2geek on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 12:01:29 AM PDT

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  •  Very Astute Diary..... (5+ / 0-)

    The traditional ways just got a spanking.  If Trammel is smart, he'll hit the pavement running from local town meeting to supermarket openings....yada, yada.

    And FB & tweet his heart out.  He's already beaten Brat at the college they both work @ as favored by the students.  If Trammel is smart, he'll incorporate those students into his campaign.  

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