With the political world still reeling from the surprising ouster of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, it’s time to take a closer look at last night’s winner and new GOP nominee for VA-07, Dave Brat. Fortunately, the folks at Mother Jones have done a bang-up job of combing through Brat’s political statements so we can quickly gleam what we’re dealing with. To say he’s a bit extreme would be an understatement.
Despite the fact that Brat holds a PhD and is employed as a college professor (at the same institution — Randolph Macon College — as his Democratic rival Jack Trammell), he doesn’t seem to care much for education. (Or ethical government, or logic…)
Sure, we could spend some time making ourselves aghast at his contention that we should slash retiree payouts of Medicare and Social Security by two-thirds, or his unconscionable assertion that we need not worry about climate change because we’re a rich country. (And presumably, the rest of the world can just eff off.) But let’s instead amuse ourselves for a bit with Dr. Brat’s uncanny resemblance to George W. Bush. A few highlights:
My hero Socrates trained in Plato on a rock. How much did that cost?
For the first 13 years of your kid’s life, we teach them no religion, no philosophy, and no ethics…Who is our great moral teachers these days?
Every generation has always had great theologians or philosophers by the century that you can name.
Who do we got right now?
We got a major problem.
“Common-” anything I’m against. United Nations. Common everything. If you say common, by definition you’re saying it’s top-down. I’m going to force this on you. That’s what dictators do.
Obama is forcing un-diversity onto everybody.
This guy is a hoot!