Novel Ed Schultz Theory on Why Cantor Lost - He Obstructed Obama

There's delusional, and then there's the fortified, industrial-strength, liberal strain exemplified by Ed Schultz.

Schultz last month abruptly quit his three-hour long radio show that aired weekdays, opting instead to post a podcast to his website on the same schedule. Not only is the podcast much shorter than the radio show (usually about 30 minutes but occasionally shorter) and features no telephone calls from listeners (Schultz used to boast that his radio program was "Where America Comes to Talk"), Schultz still delivers commentary that is often comical albeit not to his intended audience. (Audio after the jump)

An example of this came in his reaction to ex-GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss to David Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College.

Typical of many on the left, Schultz is incapable of seeing Cantor's defeat unless refracted through the glittering, hypnotic lens of adoration for Obama (audio) --

I consumed very little news (alluding to his vacation last week) and this is, it's almost like the stars were lined up properly. This story that I did catch first when I jumped on the Internet up at the lodge (the fishing lodge this buy-America pitchman bought several years ago ... deep in the Canadian wilds), I saw that Cantor had lost (guffaws goofily). You have to understand what kind of feeling that, now look, you could say, well, he lost to a more radical person. Doesn't matter! It doesn't matter. You know, we'll deal with that person later on too. The fact is is that there are so many people in this country who are frustrated with no movement at all and obstruction, the obstructers are paying a price. That was my first initial reaction to this.

"A more radical person," an allusion to Brat's support from tea partiers. And if there's one thing we know for certain about the tea party, they hate it when anyone gets in Obama's way.

On the contrary, Ed, it wasn't Cantor's persistent willingness to oppose Obama that led to his defeat -- it was the widespread perception of his unwillingness to obstruct Obama on immigration reform, the singular issue in his race against Brat.

Jack Coleman
Jack Coleman
Ex-liberal from People's Republic of Massachusetts