By conferring a teaching position on Eric Cantor, Harvard promotes Big Business politics that the voters are rejecting.
One of the greatest victories won against the establishment political class in the United States was the defeat of Eric Cantor by David Brat. Brat ran an anti-cronyism, anti-corruption campaign and Cantor’s campaign had no idea how appealing that was to voters, even when confronted with evidence. The mainstream press sobbed in print out of pity for Big Business after losing such a stalwart champion.
Naturally, Cantor was rewarded for his loyal service to the one percent by “retiring” from politics to get a lucrative position with an investment bank. But that was not enough. Now it has been arranged for Cantor’s name to be publicly associated with Ivy League education and scholarship. Politico reports, “Eric Cantor heads for Harvard.”
No doubt, it is because he is so smart.
The former Republican House majority leader, who was ousted from leadership and his Virginia 7th Congressional District seat last year after losing in the GOP primary to Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), will join Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics as a visiting fellow, the school announced on Thursday.
What exactly makes Cantor a great teacher? Nothing he did was as heroic or as difficult as what Brat did by defeating him. When will we see Brat invited to Harvard?
When Hell freezes over.
One of Harvard’s purposes is to sustain the image and reputation of the ruling class, especially when the populace can no longer be manipulated into voting for them.
Cantor isn’t the only election loser from 2014 to have recently joined the Kennedy School of Government for the fellowship program. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who lost her reelection campaign to Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who unsuccessfully ran against current Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, are also visiting fellows in the program.
The Ivy League’s reputation for sound education and scholarship may have been deserved at one time. But it is obviously now used as a means of conferring respect on a corrupt system that is losing its hold on the voters.