In a recent post addressing Dave Brat's win over Eric Cantor I said that, "We have a means to compare Eric Cantor to Lamar Alexander but we have no
means to compare the challenger of each. Maybe Cantor's challenger,
Dave Brat, was a
sensible and accomplished and capable tea party candidate, instead of a
nutty fringe and incompetent candidate like
Well, we do know something about Dave Brat. He is an intellectual while Joe Car is, well..., Joe Carr. While Cantor and Alexander are both mainstream Republicans with Cantor being slightly more conservative than Alexander, we now know Cantor's challenger was a smart, educated guy. He is not someone you be embarrassed having represent you. Below is an excerpt from a National Review piece:
He chairs the department of economics and business at Randolph-Macon College and heads its BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism program. The funding for the program came from John Allison, the former CEO of BB&T (a financial-services company) who now heads the Cato Institute. The two share an affinity for Ayn Rand: Allison is a major supporter of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Brat co-authored a paper titled “An Analysis of the Moral Foundations in Ayn Rand.” Brat says that while he isn’t a Randian, he has been influenced by Atlas Shrugged and appreciates Rand’s case for human freedom and free markets.
His academic background isn’t all economics, though. Brat got a business degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., then went to Princeton seminary. Before deciding to focus on economics, he wanted to be a professor of systematic theology and cites John Calvin, Karl Barth, and Reinhold Niebuhr as influences. (read more)