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  • Katie Couric: Sen. Warren Criticizes Washington-Wall Street 'Revolving Door'

    09/06/2014 8:44:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 6, 2014 | Andrew Romano
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In an exclusive interview Wednesday with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for accepting a multimillion-dollar job with a Wall Street investment bank shortly after leaving Congress. "This is wrong," Warren said in regard to Cantor's new role as vice chairman and managing director at Moelis & Co. "People work in Washington and, man, they hit that revolving door with a speed that would blind you." She went on to claim that banks hire politicians like Cantor "not because they bring great expertise and insight, but because they’re selling...
  • Eric Cantor Just Got A Job At A Wall Street Bank — Here Are The Details Of His $3.4 Million Pay Pack

    09/02/2014 6:55:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/02/2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    Late Monday night it was reported that former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor would take a job at investment bank Moelis.The news has already prompted the predictable eye-rolling about the "revolving door." And to the Tea Partiers who ousted Cantor in a primary earlier this year, the news that he is going to Wall Street is vindication that he was never a populist like them.But anyway, Moelis has put in a filing with the SEC, detailing his pay package (Via Erik Schatzker).From the filing:Group LP has agreed to pay Mr. Cantor an annual base salary of $400,000. Group LP has...
  • Three Reasons Eric Cantor Quit Early

    08/05/2014 2:25:53 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 1, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Eric Cantor just announced that he is quitting his House seat on August 18. The remainder of his term is likely to be filled by a special election held on the same day as the election for the next term. It’s almost certain that Dave Brat, the Republican firebrand who beat Cantor in the primary, will win both and take office immediately after November 4. Why did Cantor quit? There are three reasons, and Larry Sabato notwithstanding, “generosity” to his successor isn’t one of them. 1) He’s given up on the lame duck session. The last week of this legislative...
  • Cantor says he'll resign sooner than expected

    08/01/2014 1:36:42 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 1, 2014
    RICHMOND, Va. – U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor tells a Virginia newspaper he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.
  • Cantor's loss a blow to state GOP fundraising

    07/05/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    hamptonroads.com ^ | 7/5/14 | Alan Suderman
    Virginia state Republican lawmakers have lost one of their most reliable sources of campaign cash with U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat in a GOP primary contest last month. Cantor's campaign account and the Cantor-controlled 7th District Republican Committee have given more than $700,000 directly to Republican state candidates since Cantor was first elected to Congress in 2000. That is according to campaign finance reports compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit that tracks political contributions. Helping Cantor help state politicians were big-name donors from around the country attracted by the majority leader's former star power. They...
  • Eric Cantor's Buddies Move Party Money Away From Dave Brat

    06/30/2014 9:27:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    The Washington Post reported Friday that party players who were supporting soon-to-be-former Congressman Eric Cantor have pulled a fast one on the man who defeated him. Last week during a 7th District Committee meeting in Virginia, “Cantor loyalists who still sit on the 7th District Committee outmaneuvered Brat supporters to strip the committee of most of its budget — nearly $400,000.” According to the Washington Post, a parliamentary maneuver allowed the money to be moved so that Brat’s campaign couldn’t use it. Brat was to use the money for a get out the vote campaign. The move may assist the...
  • Dave Brat's $1,000 Earthquake [More unreported evidence of GOP's demise]

    06/23/2014 2:01:26 PM PDT · by RobaWho · 21 replies
    RobCunninghamUSA ^ | June 23, 2014 | Rob Cunningham
    Truth is one of the most powerful forces on earth. And perhaps the force most feared by compromised politicians. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's crushing defeat came at the hands of a virtual unknown college professor, one who overcame a 26 to 1 funding disadvantage in which 377 Political Action Committees (PACs) contributed to Cantor’s 2014 campaign vs. 0 (zero) PAC contributions into Brat's 2014 campaign. It's been borderline hilarious watching so many media talking heads, politicians and campaign consultants grasp at explanatory straws. It reminds me of Mark Twain's quote, "If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If...
  • Academic Shock after Eric Cantor’s Primary Loss

    06/23/2014 10:22:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 21, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    U.S. Representative Eric Cantor’s recent primary loss to free market economics professor David Brat has forced academics to take another look at the TEA Party. “They are very suspicious of liberal professors and believe most of academia is dominated by liberal professors,” Harvard sociologist Theda Skocpol claims. “But they would know the difference in their district, and they wouldn’t disrespect somebody just because they were a professor, if they had the appropriate ideas.” david brat “It’s not so much an animosity toward higher education, per se, and more toward a cultural elitism among liberals and concerns about liberal biases,” Ruth...
  • Chris Matthews: ‘This looking down our noses at Tea Party people has got to stop’(VIDEOS)

    06/12/2014 8:54:47 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 12 2014 | Robert Laurie
    The other night, in the wake of Eric Cantor’s epic loss to Dave Brat, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews appeared with the left-wing news channel’s new kid on the block, Ronan Farrow. Farrow was talking about how surprised he was that a Tea Party guy like Brat could be seemed to be so smart. After all, it’s simply shocking that someone so conservative is capable of making cogent arguments! -SNIP- Hell may have frozen over, because Matthews is just plain sick of people looking down on the Tea Party: -SNIP- This looking down our noses at the Tea Party people has got...
  • Bob Woodward Criticizes Press for Ignoring Possible Cantor Defeat But Misses Real Reason

    06/22/2014 12:34:13 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 22, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Bob Woodward came close. Oh so close to discerning how much of the mainstream media were blindsided by the stunning defeat of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his congressional primary in Virginia. In fact, Woodward came so close that your humble correspondent thought he was going to say it out loud today while being interviewed by CNN's Candy Crowley on State of the Union. Instead Woodward skipped the real reason and gave the secondary reason for neglect of this story. Woodward did mention that too many reporters don't like to do the hard footwork to investigate stories in...
  • Brian Schweitzer says his 'gaydar' goes off when he sees Eric Cantor

    06/19/2014 2:52:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 19, 2014 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer chose an interesting path and offered puzzling critiques since he tossed his name in the hat for a potential presidential run in 2016. But comments the Democrat made about Rep. Eric Cantor and Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a lengthy profile published by National Journal have probably knocked him off that path. In the piece, Schweitzer shared his perceptions on Cantor's sexuality while discussing the Virginia Republican's shocking loss last week against an unknown primary candidate. “If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would...
  • The Bankrupt Economics of David Brat

    06/17/2014 5:30:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 06/17/2014 | BY CULLEN ROCHE
    The big political news from last week was David Brat’s upset win over Eric Cantor for Congress. Brat is an economics professor at Randolph Macon and from his research it’s clear that he has strong political views embedded in his economics. It’s perfectly fine to be a political economist, but when it leads to an obviously flawed understanding and presentation of reality then it becomes a real problem in my opinion. For instance, in his website Brat says the following: “Our national debt has skyrocketed, reaching over $17 trillion dollars. What our leaders in Washington fail to mention is...
  • Leave Business-Bashing to the Liberals

    06/17/2014 1:59:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | Bill Murchison
    The Eric Cantor debacle in Virginia last week demanded a storyline, which was no heavy lifting. In the GOP primary a political newbie had wiped the floor with the majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. Bring on the analysts to find the narrative in the rebuke administered, a rather remote if hard-working political power broker linked more frequently -- here comes the dichotomy -- with Wall Street than Main Street. Cantor, on these terms, updated Cardinal Wolsey's Shakespearean lament from "Henry VIII": "Had I but served my district with half the zeal/I served the Chamber of Commerce...
  • Eric Cantor was criticized for being too cozy with big business. Who funds Kevin McCarthy?

    06/17/2014 11:41:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/17/2014 | By Chris Moody
    One of economic professor David Brat’s central criticisms of Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor was that the House majority leader was too cozy with big business, leaving him more concerned about his relationships with K Street lobbyists than with his constituents. Although there are many reasons for Cantor’s shocking defeat last week, Brat’s attacks on the appearance of “crony capitalism” do seem to have resonated with voters in Virginia’s 7th District. Cantor’s ouster forced House Republicans to choose a new leader, and all signs suggest that they will choose House Whip Kevin McCarthy, who has launched an aggressive campaign for the...
  • Raul Labrador Presides Over Chaos At Idaho GOP Convention

    06/16/2014 10:45:05 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 16 June 2014 | Kevin Daley
    Rep. Raul Labrador, the Idaho Republican running for House majority leader, presided over chaos at this weekend's state GOP convention in Moscow, which abruptly adjourned Saturday after he failed to broker an agreement between the party's warring factions.
  • Eric Cantor’s Defeat Exposed a Beltway Journalism Blind Spot

    06/16/2014 3:05:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 15, 2014 | David Carr
    It’s now clear why the primary defeat of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, came so completely out of the blue last week: Beltway blindness that put a focus on fund-raising, power-brokering and partisan back-and-forth created a reality distortion field that obscured the will of the people. But that affliction was not Mr. Cantor’s alone; it is shared by the political press. Reporters and commentators might want to pause and wipe the egg off their faces before they go on camera to cluck-cluck about how Mr. Cantor, Republican of Virginia, missed signs of the insurgency that took him out. There...
  • Liberal Media Are Very Concerned Over Cantor’s Primary Loss

    06/15/2014 10:00:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Pirate's Cove ^ | June 12, 2014 | William Teach
    They are Very Concerned about the extremists taking over or something. Here’s the NY Times Editorial Board The forces of political nihilism not only remain alive and well within the Republican Party, but they are on the rise. Witness the way they shook Washington on Tuesday by removing from power Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who had been one of the most implacable opponents to the reform of immigration, health care and taxation. His crime (in addition to complacent campaigning)? He was occasionally obliged, as a leader, to take a few minimalist steps toward governing, like raising the debt...
  • NY Times: GOP’ers sounding more like Occupy Wall Street, scaring business leaders

    06/15/2014 7:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 15, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    As the fallout from Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) stunning primary loss continues to settle, one of the many entrenched interests feeling suddenly insecure about their position in the American hierarchy is big business. For some, like the aviation giant Boeing, Cantor was a reliable friend. With his loss, that company’s prospects, along with its share price, have crumpled. “Mr. Cantor’s loss is much more than just symbolism,” the Times reported on Saturday. “He has been one of Wall Street’s most reliable benefactors in Congress. And Mr. Brat used that fact to deride the majority leader as someone who has rigged...
  • The Power of 3,607 (Cantor's loss and what she thinks it means)

    06/15/2014 2:13:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | June 12, 2014 | Susan Estrich
    That's how many people it took to bring down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, doom immigration reform and leave all but the most tea-sodden Republicans quaking. No, it wasn't the Democrats who did it. Various complicated analyses of voting patterns confirm what anyone who has ever tried to convince even their own mother to vote "strategically" knows: Voters don't work that way. They may cast their vote to send a message — that happens all the time — but not to execute a strategy that depends on their voting for someone they don't like at all so that someone else...
  • Top Jeb Bush Adviser: Cantor Didn't Lose Because of Amnesty

    06/14/2014 10:30:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 14, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Top Jeb Bush adviser Mike Murphy, who did not even pay attention to Dave Brat's campaign like Breitbart News did, has falsely been claiming that Cantor's embrace of amnesty for illegal immigrants was not the reason he lost last Tuesday. Liberal writer Mickey Kaus had enough of Murphy's nonsense and slammed him on Twitter on Friday evening. Kaus became Brat's de facto press secretary and top advocate on Twitter in the last months of the campaign because Kaus, like Brat, opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants because it would hurt American workers. He mentioned to Murphy that talk radio host Laura...
  • Eric Cantor’s Opponent Beat Him By Calling Out GOP Corruption

    06/12/2014 10:21:04 AM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    Republic Report ^ | 12 June 2014 | Lee Fang
    “All of the investment banks, up in New York and D.C., they should have gone to jail.”That isn’t a quote from an Occupy Wall Street protester or Senator Elizabeth Warren. That’s a common campaign slogan repeated by Dave Brat, the Virginia college professor who scored one of the biggest political upsets in over a century by defeating Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary last night.The national media is buzzing about Brat’s victory, but for all of the wrong reasons.Did the Tea Party swoop in and help Brat, as many in the Democratic Party are suggesting? Actually, the Wall Street...
  • MSNBC.com Deceptively Edits Dave Brat to Suggest He Was 'Dodging' Questions

    06/12/2014 9:45:57 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 11, 2014 | Ken Shepherd
    Editors at MSNBC.com trimmed down Republican congressional nominee Dave Brat's June 11 phone interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd in order to paint him as dodging questions from the Daily Rundown host. But a review of the full interview [listen to the mp3 audio here] shows that Brat had already and seemingly quite gladly answered a few policy questions on such hot issues as the minimum wage, immigration reform, and his stance on Wall Street's influence on the business wing of the GOP. "Brat dodges Chuck Todd's questions," blared a teaser headline. "Brat: I just wanted to talk about the victory,"...
  • Cantor Loses By 11 Million Voters

    06/11/2014 10:19:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    anncoulter.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | ann colter
    The pro-amnesty crowd -- i.e., everyone except the American people -- promptly lost its collective mind. The amnesty shills went on the attack, insisting that Cantor's historic defeat had nothing to do amnesty. Brat's triumph was touted as simply a victory for the "tea party."
  • What Cantor's Fall Means to Financial World

    06/11/2014 1:07:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/10/14 | Kevin Cirelli
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor canceled a scheduled speech he was to give Wednesday morning before the National Association of Manufacturers, as policymakers scramble to sort through what his stunning political loss means for the financial sector. Cantor was expected to discuss a host of conservative policy initiatives at NAM's annual summit, but now he will be replaced by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), according to a source familiar with the matter. No explanation was given by the source. Cantor lost in a primary election Tuesday night to Tea Party challenger David Brat, an economics professor. His last minute speech cancellation...
  • Tea Party Dead-Enders [Will Dave Brat make him eat his words?]

    06/10/2014 8:28:50 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 31 replies
    NYT ^ | June 5, 2014 | Timothy Egan
    The Tea Party is five years old this election season, which means it’s done teething and spitting up on itself, but still prone to temper tantrums, irrational outbursts and threats to take its toys and storm off if it doesn’t get its way. As a movement, it is down to a couple of former talk-radio hosts running for office in two states of the old Confederacy, Texas and Mississippi. And in the latter, the Senate candidate, Chris McDaniel, has given a keynote to a group that considers Abraham Lincoln a war criminal. It’s not hard to make the case that...
  • 100% reporting: D. Brat 36,110 (55.5%) E. Cantor 28,898 (45.5%) [LANDSLIDE!]

    06/10/2014 4:48:55 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 186 replies
    Mark Levin Radio ^ | 6/10/2014 | Mark L
    Did I just hear this right? Dave Brat has a big lead over Cantor right now...only %40 of the vote left to count and he's got a huge lead 57-43 GOOOOOO BRAT!!! Let's hope he pull this out!
  • Watch: SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor Meets Hillary at Costco

    06/14/2014 5:23:41 PM PDT · by GilGil · 34 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 06/14/14 | ALEXNBCNEWS
    Saturday at the Costco in Arlington, VA, right outside of Washington, DC, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a surprise stop to see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signing copies of her book, "Hard Choices."
  • Virginia victory gives tea party 'caffeine jolt' for coming elections

    06/14/2014 4:03:00 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro
    As soon as a little-known conservative toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday night, tea party enthusiasts turned their sights to the next big election-year targets: Mississippi and Kansas. The two states are next up on the GOP's primary calendar as Washington insiders, particularly 76-year-old Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, are fighting hard-right upstarts in an environment in which outsiders have suddenly gained currency. New ads went on the air in Mississippi two days after Cantor's defeat, hammering Cochran as a veteran lawmaker who deserves respect — but not another term in office. In Kansas, Milton Wolf, who is...
  • Brat’s Blueprint

    06/14/2014 3:47:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Considering it’s the first time a sitting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in a primary since 1899, and Dave Brat was out-spent $5.4 million to $200,000, Brat pulled off our biggest political upset since George Nethercutt beat then-Speaker Tom Foley in 1994. The first time a House Speaker had been unseated since 1862. By now most of us have already read and celebrated plenty of analysis of Brat’s statement win on Tuesday. But there are three things to learn from this upset that have largely gone unnoticed elsewhere, and provide a necessary blueprint for conservatives going forward. 1....
  • MICHAEL STEELE: 'A LOT OF INTEREST IN' ERIC CANTOR FOR RNC CHAIRMAN

    06/14/2014 4:50:40 PM PDT · by kingattax · 58 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 14 Jun 2014
    On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Up w/Steve Kornaki,” former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said there was push for outgoing-Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) to head the Republican National Committee after he leaves office in January. Steele pointed to the build-up of the 2016 presidential election cycle as a reason for the push behind Cantor.
  • Michael Steele: 'Lot Of Interest' In Eric Cantor Serving As RNC Chairman

    06/14/2014 4:06:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 14, 2014 | Sahil Kapur
    Eric Cantor, next Republican National Committee chairman? Former RNC chair Michael Steele thinks it's a possibility after the House majority leader was defeated Tuesday in a Virginia Republican primary. "With the upcoming presidential election, there's a lot of interest in Eric Cantor serving as national chairman of the RNC," Steele said Saturday on MSNBC's "Up With Steve Kornacki.""In fact I think he'd be interesting because he started dialogues on poverty and some other issues that were sort of outside of what Republicans have traditionally talked about. So he could bring a very interesting voice into that space," he said. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)
  • Our Endorsement of Raul Labrador for Majority Leader

    06/14/2014 1:31:03 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 20 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 14, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In the wake of Eric Cantor's shocking primary election loss to Dave Brat earlier this week, the choice to replace him as House Majority Leader seemed a foregone conclusion, as Pete Sessions (R-TX) decision to bow out appeared to seal the decision and ascend Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to the second highest position in the House. This changed yesterday as Raul Labrador (R-ID) announced he will challenge for the role, a move Dignitas News Service both applauds and has no reservations in providing our endorsement for. Not only would the second-term Representative from Idaho bring solid conservative credentials and voting record...
  • The Surprise That Shouldn't Have Happened

    06/14/2014 1:16:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | Scottie Hughes
    Though Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s epic defeat was a shock to the country, when you think about it, those of us within the Tea Party movement should not have been surprised. We know how frustrated and disappointed voters across America have been with our government. We have all endured a jobless recovery and Virginians (just like the rest of America) are trying to figure out how to put food on the table, gas in their tank, and how to pay for this "affordable" healthcare system that Barack Obama crammed down our throats without our consent. Yet, instead of focusing...
  • Cantor didn't need to move right. He needed to get real.

    06/14/2014 11:30:08 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/12/814 | Matt Bai
    Predictably, Cantor's defeat has undammed a flood of punditry on why he lost, most of it focusing on immigration policy or on the tea party's supposed resurgence. In truth, it's way too soon to know exactly what went on in Virginia's 7th District, and by the time we get any perspective, it's not clear that anyone will care. But one way to look at Cantor's humiliation might be as an indictment of the culture of incumbency itself, and of the dysfunctional way in which a lot of Washington politicians get used to communicating, or don't.
  • Ted Cruz Spikes the Ball

    06/13/2014 6:01:35 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 13, 2014 4:42 p.m. ET | Allysia Finley
    Ted Cruztook a victory lap of sorts this week after Eric Cantor's primary defeat. And why shouldn't he? The junior senator from Texas helped fuel the anti-establishment furies that devoured the House majority leader. "This election should be a reminder to all in Congress—Republicans and Democrats alike—that the conservative base is alive and well, and the American people will hold us all accountable," said Mr. Cruz. "Each of us needs to do what we said we would do and tell the truth." If this sounds like a threat, that's because it is.Mr. Cruz is wont to criticize Republican politicians who...
  • What Eric Cantor's Defeat Means for Hillary Clinton ("Advantage, Clinton")

    06/13/2014 5:59:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 12, 2014 | Ronald Brownstein
    The Democratic presidential prospect could have demographics on her side.The best news for Hillary Rodham Clinton this week wasn't the mostly positive reviews for her memoir Hard Choices. It was the hard fall taken by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor when he was ousted by a tea-party challenger who denounced him as insufficiently conservative, particularly on immigration. The Virginia Republican's defeat virtually extinguishes the already flickering chances that House Republicans will pass immigration reform before the 2014 election, and even dims the odds that the chamber will take action before 2016. And that significantly improves prospects in the next presidential...
  • Rep. Raul Labrador Will Challenge Kevin McCarthy for GOP Leader: A race for Cantor's job after all.

    06/13/2014 5:01:09 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 13, 2014 | Tim Alberta
    Rep. Raul Labrador, a fiery conservative lawmaker from Idaho, will challenge House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy in next Thursday's special election to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader, according to Republican sources. "I want a House Leadership team that reflects the best of our conference," Labrador said in a statement provided to National Journal. He later added: "I am running for Majority Leader because I want to help create a vision of growth and opportunity for everyone and start getting to work for the American people." A sophomore representative from a heavily Republican district, Labrador's election would dramatically alter the...
  • Top Democrat: Tea party swallowed GOP

    06/13/2014 5:33:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    DES MOINES — It’s not often that a Democratic Party top national strategist travels to Iowa to lament an election loss of a prominent conservative Republican leader. But that happened Friday when Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz warned that the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican who is the second most-powerful U.S. House leader, could be a harbinger of deeper political extremism, gridlock and obstructionism....
  • Ashford: GOP’s Terry has ‘Cantor lesson’ all wrong

    One day after the GOP’s Lee Terry opened the door to closing off compromises on Capitol Hill, Democrat Brad Ashford tells Nebraska Watchdog that Terry’s talk is “ridiculous, it’s disappointing.” Following Eric Cantor’s tea party ambush on Tuesday, Terry, an 8-term incumbent, told CNN, “Do we compromise? How do we work together? All of this is now in question.” Ashford says the “Cantor lesson” is just the opposite. “You can’t find solutions without working together,” says Ashford. Terry, of course, is coming off his own Cantor-like primary—just last month Terry survived a threat from his right wing, defeating Republican Dan...
  • Stuck on Stupid

    06/13/2014 4:19:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Juine 13, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    On Sept. 20, 2005, Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, answered reporters' questions during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Honoré focused on steps being taken to prevent future storms. Reporters kept drawing him back to planning prior to Hurricane Katrina hitting. "You're asking last storm questions for people who are concerned about the future storm. Don't get stuck on stupid, reporters," Honoré said, coining a phrase. The General concluded, "You are part of the public message. So help us get the message straight. And if you don't understand, maybe you'll confuse it to the people." Republicans in Washington are confused...
  • Kevin McCarthy set to replace Cantor as House Majority Leader: Same Old, Same Old

    06/13/2014 7:17:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/13/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Or worse. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California now stands to inherit the position of Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, as Reps. Hensarling and Sessions have withdrawn from contention.  The plain fact is that the GOP House delegation is far less conservative than its base. My colleague Rick Moran estimates that tea Party-aligned House members number 80 or so votes out of the caucus, so this was probably inevitable. On the upside, it avoids a divisive intraparty battle as the election looms. On the downside, it sends a message to...
  • The young Haverford grad who helped beat Eric Cantor

    06/13/2014 1:32:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 13, 2014 | Jeff Gammage
    In the space of less than a week, 23-year-old Zachary Werrell went from unknown to boy wonder to angry toddler, depending on who was talking. Werrell, who graduated last year from Haverford College, was lauded for having engineered Tuesday's shocking political defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. And, as campaign manager of insurgent David Brat, he was criticized Wednesday for scrubbing his Facebook page, which included provocative comments comparing the shooting of Trayvon Martin with abortion. Multiple efforts to reach Werrell were unsuccessful. His teachers at Haverford, the rigorous, liberal-arts-and-Quaker-values institution on the Main Line, described Werrell as a...
  • David Frum: When Will Republican Leaders Fight Back? (Unintentionally hilarious!)

    06/12/2014 4:45:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 12, 2014 | David Frum, senior editor
    If the GOP is unwilling to stand up to radicals, it might as well just rename itself the Committee to Elect Hillary Clinton. Eric Cantor tried to appease Republican radicals. They turned on him anyway. John Boehner has tried to resist them. They just overwhelmed him. Mitt Romney tried to join them—and in doing so fastened onto his party the platform that lost the presidential election of 2012. At some point, Republican leaders must recognize that they have a fight on their hands whether they like it or not. If they refuse to join that fight, they will be devoured...
  • Shocking Videos: Pete Sessions Supports Amnesty To ‘Accommodate’ Illegal Aliens (Flashback)

    06/12/2014 4:36:17 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 3/1/14 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Full Title: SHOCKING VIDEOS: PETE SESSIONS SUPPORTS AMNESTY TO ‘ACCOMMODATE’ ILLEGAL ALIENS FOR ‘RIGHT REASONS A series of videos from several town halls in 2013 have surfaced showing that Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) supports amnesty for illegal aliens, despite claims from his re-election campaign that he is against allowing illegal aliens stay in America. In the videos, Sessions frames his support for amnesty as granting legal status to illegal aliens who are not violent criminals—but somehow not citizenship, even though anyone who obtains a green card is allowed to eventually apply for citizenship. Sessions described such an amnesty as aiming...
  • Sarah Palin sounds off on Eric Cantor’s loss

    06/12/2014 2:39:23 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jun. 11, 2014 - 7:04 | Fox News
    Former vice presidential candidate discusses the state of the GOP
  • For White House, little joy in Cantor's defeat

    06/12/2014 2:21:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2014 | Julie Pace
    For years, the White House saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a chief driver of Republicans' staunch opposition to nearly all of President Barack Obama's agenda. Now, Cantor's stunning primary loss seems likely to make politics even more difficult for Obama. Rather than opening a pathway for the president, Cantor's defeat could push Republicans more to the right and harden the House GOP's hostility toward the White House, virtually dooming Obama's efforts to pass a legacy-building immigration bill or other major legislation....
  • Eric Cantor & the Politics of Smug Incumbency

    06/12/2014 12:21:09 PM PDT · by dignitasnews
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 12, 2014 | Lauren Thomas
    After Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat to political neophyte and economics college professor Dave Brat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, the political and media elite are beside themselves trying to understand how this could happen. How could they, in their all knowledge and insight, not see this coming? How could a nobody, a man who spend less than 200,000 on his campaign, and had zero name recognition or political experience, beat the House Majority Leader, the great (and smug) one himself, incumbent Mr. Cantor? First of all, Eric Cantor is not a conservative, he simply isn’t. It is also fair to...
  • What Eric Cantor's Loss and Lindsay Graham's Win Mean

    06/12/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    RCP ^ | 06/12/2014 | Sean Trende
    Eric Cantor's loss in the Republican primary Tuesday night sent shockwaves through the establishments of both parties. The previously dominant "Tea Party is dead" narrative has been unceremoniously dumped. Some in the media seem to be pursuing two new storylines: “Support for immigration reform dooms Republicans” and “the Tea Party is actually dominant in the Republican Party.” But both of these explanations run into problems. Lindsey Graham is one of the faces of immigration reform, and he won his primary handily. The “inmates running the asylum” narrative runs into the very real establishment wins from earlier in the cycle --...
  • The Stupid Party

    06/12/2014 9:04:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 75 replies
    RedState ^ | June 12, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Less than twenty-four hours after the shockwaves of Eric Cantor’s defeat, the House Republican Party has decided to ignore the results as a meaningless anomaly. They will expedite a leadership election to affirm the status quo with Cantor’s right hand, Kevin McCarthy, picked as Majority Leader. McCarthy is squishy on a host of issues, bad on immigration, and not a friend of conservatives. House Republicans looked on the biggest electoral surprise of the year and are giving it the middle finger.
  • David Brat, the Libertarian Who Beat Eric Cantor, Doesn't Believe in the "Common" Good

    06/12/2014 1:36:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | June 11, 2014 | Molly Redden and David Corn
    Brat has called for slashing Social Security, Medicare, and education spending and says "rich" nations don't have to fear climate change. When tea party challenger David Brat sent Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House majority leader, to the ash heap on Tuesday night, vanquishing the incumbent by more than 10 points in the primary race, the politerati were stunned. Political journalists scrambled to answer a question: who is this guy? The political pros knew that Brat had mounted a campaign largely based on two issues: bashing Cantor on immigration (that is, excoriating the congressman, who was quite hesitant about immigration...