Eric Cantor has finally met his match in Wayne Powell, a 61-year-old retired Army-Colonel-turned-lawyer with a son in Afghanistan who is making his first run for public office.
Last night Cantor agreed, for the first time in 10 of his 12 years in Congress, to deign to debate a challenger.
Here’s the full 1-hour debate on CSPAN2 (scroll in 10 minutes to bypass the introductory blah-blah).
If Eric Cantor lives to be 100, he’ll always seem like the 90-lb. nerd who minced through high school with his shiny white loose leaf binder under his arm, smugly thinking he had all the answers.
If this politics thing fizzles out for him, Cantor would be perfect for the cast of the Big Bang Theory.
Powell showed up with a rumpled legal pad and a lot of determination. He was direct, and by turns passionate, emotional, and indignant.
He displayed any normal person’s responses to Cantor’s infuriatingly empty, canned, often-hypocritical Republican bullshit.
Powell never stopped throwing punches (i.e., facts), while Cantor just smirked and danced around them. Cantor did everything but taunt, “Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah!”
The most telling moment came at 38:10 (watch this, if nothing else), when Powell was asked to pose a direct question to Cantor. Powell choked up a little asking Cantor why he voted for Congress to continue being paid during a possible government shut-down, while he voted AGAINST funding to pay the troops.
As expected, Cantor’s response was smarmy enough to get some audience boos, and he didn’t answer the question.
Cantor’s opening statement included faux concern for some fictitious “single mother in Goochland” that came off as smarmy and insincere as Romney’s current TV ads, where he claims to care about everybody.
Takeaway from the whole event: Wayne Powell is from Mars, Eric Cantor is from whatever planet Romney calls home.
Cantor has been elected to represent Virginia 7th District 6 freaking times. Let’s hope Wayne Powell tears the blinkers off voters so they can finally see that their interests are the LAST thing on Cantor’s mind.
In 2006, Virginia elected another non-politician, Senator Jim Webb (D), to stop another self-serving Republican, former-governor-turned-Senator George Allen.
Now we need Wayne Powell to rid Washington of Eric Cantor.
Compare the debate write-up by the conservative Richmond Times-Dispatch…
…To the Daily Kos, which didn’t feel compelled to pussy-foot around Cantor.