Skip to comments.Stunner: Cantor Upset Changes Everything
Posted on 06/10/2014 9:25:48 PM PDT by kristinn
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in a Republican primary Tuesday, conceding his Virginia seat to a local activist after a stunning loss with possibly dramatic consequences for leadership, the chances of any immigration overhaul passing Congress and the future of his party.
He is the first majority leader ever to fall in primary defeat the position was created in 1899.
Cantor, toppled by college economics professor Dave Brat, 56 percent to 44 percent, conceded just after The Associated Press declared the race over.
Democratic and Republican leadership aides expressed total disbelief and dumbfoundedness Tuesday night. Political operatives in the Old Dominion and organizers in Washington quickly studied election law to see if he could run as a write-in.
With his wife, Diana Fine Cantor, at his side, Cantor choked back emotion and did not sound like a man aiming to stage a comeback.
I know theres a lot of long faces here tonight. Its disappointing sure, but I believe in this country, I believe theres opportunity around the next corner for all of us, he said.
Cantor has been a contentious figure within the GOP, never more so than early in the speakership of John A. Boehner, when speculation abounded about his background attempts to overthrow the Ohio Republican.
But that talk had been tamped down in recent years and the two leaders worked in tandem. In many ways, Cantor had been the intellectual leader of the House Republicans, preferring a hands-on approach to Boehners famously laissez-faire demeanor.
Cantor is known inside the conference as the leader most interested in projecting a kinder, gentler, approach for the party, not only on immigration but also at the margins of social policy.
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As expected, the Ruling Class GOP leadership would rather see a Democrat in the seat than a Conservative.
Anyone who thinks voting Republican is going to turn back the tide is delusional.
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The GOP-E has had control of the Nations purse strings for over 4 years.
Boehner has been in control as Speaker of the House for over 4 years.
Obama has thus been at the mercy of Boehner and the GOP-E for over 4 years.
Obama thus could not have been as successful as he has been without the full cooperation of the GOP-E and ESPECIALLY Speaker Boehner, Leader Cantor, Whip McCarthy, Economist Ryan, Chairman Mike Rogers, Chairman Issa and loose cannon Peter King of NY.
As long as the Member Republicans in the US House choose to keep in place the above Leadership team, Obama will be able to continue his personal race to the bottom.
Obama, Reid, Holder and Pelosi are just doing what they have been raised up to do: Destroy America, ASAP. They are Public Enemy Number One.
Those who refuse to oppose the destruction of our Republic are Public Enemy Number Two.
BTW, when have - - conservatives - - - , Boehner, Cantor, or Ryan EVER Conserved anything when doing battle with Obama, Reid, Holder or Pelosi? Hmmmmmmmmm?
The only thing that matters in politics is to stay on offense.
The GOP-E has perfected the art of always staying on defense.
Thus, the GOP-E will continue to lose elections by wide margins.
R Sc Rep. Trey Gowdy is an exception to the shunning of Offense by the GOP-E.
Gowdy has the required fire-in-the-belly to attack, Attack, ATTACK!
I stand with Gowdy, Lee and Cruz, who so far have told the truth, and then refused to apologize for telling the TRUTH.
The Republican Party has come a long ways since 2012.
In 2012, then GOP-E candidate Romneycare Romney published a book entitled No Apologies.
Also in 2012 Romneycare Romney told the truth about the 47 % who pay no personal FI Taxes, and thus would not vote for him.
Two weeks later, Romney apologized, saying I was completely wrong.
The GOP-E lost the support of Conservatives when GHW Bush lied to us about Read my lips, NO NEW TAXES!
The GOP-E lost the support of the Hold-your-nose-when-you-vote segment in 2008 by voting for McCain.
The GOP-E revealed itself to be a dedicated loser when they chose to run Romneycare Romney against Obamacare Obama.
Now we have Scandal Coverup Artist Sobber Boehner caving in to Obama, Reid, Holder and Pelosi on a weekly basis.
We need to march into the US House of Representatives and escort out the above mentioned Leaders for a TEA Party reception on the Lawn of the US House.
I have the tar, yall bring the feathers!
Thank you Virginia!
You were there at the birth of this nation - now you’re leading in it’s rebirth.
He has kind of a long face, especially around the chin. He deserves to take it on his long chin. He was so deceptive; a turncoat. I could not stand to hear him try to charm-talk us with his pro-amnesty big government. All federal government is now local and personal. Last night when I was listening to Levin interview him and Brat said that even though he was 10 points behind, he still believed he had a chance. What a welcome surprise for all of us.
Nancy Pelosi’s quote on it being “a whole new ballgame” after Cantor winning, referring to Democrat’s chances at the 2014 midterm elections, shows how delusional she is. Instead of doubling down, she needs to be concerned as the tea party will take senate and keep the house.
JUST SAY NO TO AMNESTY. Send the INVADERS home! Let them stand in line like everyone else! We don’t want their kids either!
>> Anyone who thinks voting Republican is going to turn back the tide is delusional
Major upset in Republican politics and you’re saying it’s delusional to believe the Republican Party won’t be anything better than it is today?
Pub-E beebers have been stuned!
I've gotten to the point where I really don't give a flaming sh!t who sits in Congress or the White House. I just live my life as if they don't even exist ... and I'm much happier for it.
No doubt the current border situation with the thousands of illegal kids had a great impact on this race.
But Cantor also ran the most slimeball campaign imaginable, slinging all manner of dirt at Brat. He reversed his position many times on immigration and quite frankly does not have a lot of accomplishment behind him....unless you count voting like a democrat as an accomplishment. At some point, even low-involvement Republicans take offense at Repubs adapting the worst of the worst dem tactics. And he overloaded his turf with mailer after mailer, often changing message from one to the other. He Rove’d himself to death. I think it’s a lot to ask for the end of McConnell and (somewhat less) Graham but the next body I’d like to see carried out is Rove himself.
And I couldn’t be happier about the outcome!
A blessed relief tonight, to enjoy this victory without Karl Rove, on FOX. Nice.
This is HUGH!
I'll bring the rope- need someone to bring pitchforks.
Dear Soon to be retiring RINO:
What is it that you cant understand about immigration?
Do you STILL think that people are just kidding when they say “No deal on immigration UNTIL THE BORDER IS DEFENDED”?
CAN YOU HEAR US NOW???
Not a peep from Rove...lol. Or Jeb.
That's what I'm saying.
Case-in-point, perhaps you missed this little gem in the above OP:
Political operatives in the Old Dominion and organizers in Washington quickly studied election law to see if he (Cantor) could run as a write-in.
You really think for ONE SECOND that the Ruling Class Establishment is going to allow itself to be voted out of power?????
They will prefer a Democrat/Marxist/Fascist take Cantor's seat, than allow a Conservative they cannot control 'win' it. Anyone who believes you can stop tyrants via civil means is delusional and woefully ignorant of history and where we have arrived as a nation.
Stopping this Marxofascist juggernaut is going to have to come from OUTSIDE the system and from OUTSIDE of Washington. Not from trying to work within a cancer that has metastasized into the marrow of the government.
“I believe theres opportunity around the next corner for all of us”
For Cantor, it will be an extremely well-paid lobbyist “Consultant”, passing out the checks he formerly was receiving.
Not so fast in praise of my birth state, they put Terry McAuliff in the governor’s mansion.
I’m not disputing your sentiment concerning the GOP-e’s nefarious ways, but only the point the RCE is indestructible.
You see the OUTSIDE influence that unseated Cantor is a viable political force, right?
Funny, though. Yadon’tsuppose that GOP primary elections might be just a tad bit less crooked than those involving ‘rats?
Probably, but it was an open primary I heard, but not sure about it, and I think his stance on immigration was what drove people to the poll to vote against him.
That’s the narrative they are going to go with, however...and I would not be surprised if the press doesn’t push this narrative hard at the behest of their DNC overlords - that the GOP has now been taken over by “extremists”, and they must all be defeated so more moderate, level-headed leaders like Pelosi can be in charge rather than the “extremists.” You know its coming...
True. But they seem to be fast learners.
What does your government think of tonight’s results?
Take that GOP establishment. Get the idea that no one is safe and the people want change not business-as-usual? It wasn’t even close!
Funny how Rove was nowhere to be seen on Fox tonite. He’s down the rabbit hole somewhere, hiding.
I’m from N KY, trust me, Mitch McConnell will lose in the general election. I’m not a tea party member, but agree with many of their positions. When Mitch called TP racist after beating Bevin, it convinced me that I will vote for Grimes in order to rid the party of this the McConnell albatross.
I don’t want to rain on this great victory’s parade but isn’t it likely that, instead of Brat overcoming republican skepticism and climbing 25 points in a few days, democrat cross-over votes were the margin of his victory. Many, voting in a primary where no democrats were on the ballot, voted against the hated Cantor without regard to his opponents message.
Hey, I am now in Tucson and we have bigger problems!
I AM ALSO VERY AFRAID that this is what happened!!!!! I am praying I am VERY wrong but I think the DEMS interfered in the PRIMARY!!!! I
sincerely hope we CAN WIN the GENERAL, I was VERY impressed with
Brat and his CLEAR message WE WILL SEE!!!!
It is time that Cantor step down. Now!
I lived in Tucson for 9 years and visit often - still have family there.
What kind of problems ate you referring to?
Don’t vote for Grimes! Hope that 2014 gives the Republicans the majority in the Senate. McConnell may be GOPe to the core, but his vote according to the American Conservative Union is a 92% rating. McConnell’s vote may be the key towards rejecting Zer0’s next Supreme Court justice. Then, put on our wish list a new Senate Majority Leader when we do get the Senate majority.
If your faith is in the GOP to save us from what is coming, it is woefully misplaced.
Tyranny cannot be stopped by civil means within a corrupted system, history is very clear on this truth WITHOUT exception.
It’s sad so many continue to delude themselves in the cognitive dissonance that playing party politics will save us.
Why do you continue to ignore what the Ruling Class have said in the OP? That they are going to see about running Cantor as a third party candidate - and yet you still put your faith in voting for Republicans to change the party from within and save us???
You have a fatal case of Normalcy Bias.
My faith about anything was never stated and is nonetheless irrelevant to my question concerning your point apparently deemphasizing the turn-out that unseated Cantor.
I’m confused about your take on the voters responsible for unseating Cantor. Are these the OUTSIDE voters you’re referring to?
I think the punk POTUS moves toward dictatorship is finally waking a lot of people up. Just wait until Novemeber.
You are partially right Nancy. It will be a brand new ball game, when you Reid, and the rest of your criminal cronies are brought up on treason charges in 2016.
So which of the Tea Party positions do you not agree with?
The hell with that.
Terminate all Third World immigration permanently!
No more Green Cards, work visas, student visas, tourists visas for backward beggar nations who seek to overwhelm America demographically.
Here is the real question now ... what are Brat’s chances this November against the Dem?
I have read that there were a lot of Dems voting for Brat just to get rid of Cantor.
Is this now an easy seat for the Dems to pick up in Nov.?
My faith is in TEA. We are the ONLY group making inroads in politics and in the Republican party. We are the only ones making a difference.
We’re 5 years old and we’ve made them change the narrative. The GOPe hate us. That’s ok, we’ll continue to work against them until not one of them is left standing. We will win. We have won literally thousands of victories. Join us and help us win.
If you are suggesting a third party, give it up. The 2 party cartel has stacked the deck against 3rd. party candidates. They can’t win. 3% of the vote does nothing but help defeat us in our war to take back the party. It gives the Democrats great comfort. It gave Barry the election.
No - the district is Republican plus 10.
Thanks for clarifying. I misunderstood.
Yes, the GOP-e players are a vindictive, nasty lot indifferent to the interests of the constituents.