On the Fox News Channel Tuesday night, Megyn Kelly, host of “The Kelly File” along with network contributors Brit Hume, Chris Stirewalt and Bret Baier offered their theories on how Dave Brat’s primary upset over House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) came to be – one of which was the major conservative figures that lined up to support Brat.
“[L]et me make a point about the level of support,” Hume said. “We’re looking for ways how this guy did this, right? He didn’t have any money. He didn’t have any advertising. And you heard Laura [Ingraham] say the Tea Party organizations that we may have heard of didn’t really support him in any way. But who did? Well, Laura did. And look there are parts of this country where if Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter and Mark Levin are on the radio supporting you — that’s worth a lot. In fact, if somebody said would you rather have, you know, FreedomWorks behind you or would you rather have any of those three radio talk show hosts in there plugging for you day-by-day, I think I know what my choice would be. I think w may now know how something about how this happened. Those three people in the right place with the right constituency — those people hold real power.
“I tell you – it’s the power of talk radio,” Baier added. “It’s also, you know, we’ve been focusing exclusively on immigration, immigration reform. Dave Brat using that against Eric Cantor. He used other issues like spending and he was hitting Eric Cantor on spending and how Congress is out of control — a key Tea Party issue. Now it’s also anti-establishment. The House Majority Leader is establishment.”
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