Why Virginia Democrats Need to Get Out the Vote This Fall in District 7

From left, Democrat Jack Trammel and Tea Party Republican David Brat

If you thought U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor’s views on the budget and other matters were bad, take a look at the guy Virginia Republicans in House District 7 chose instead. Mother Jones provides these nuggets about Randolph-Macon College (student population: 1,300) economics professor and tea party candidate David Brat.

It’s hard to imagine Brat denouncing white celebrities as he has Jay-Z and Beyonce, except everyone knows tea partiers are NOT racist
  • His negative ads criticized Cantor for entertaining the idea of immigration reform and acting to end the debt ceiling crisis
  • He wants to cut Medicare and Social Security assistance to seniors by two-thirds
  • Climate change is not an issue because “rich countries solve their problems”
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Tea Party Topples House Majority Leader, Former ‘Young Gun’ Eric Cantor


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, once one of the self-proclaimed GOP “Young Guns,” lost his seat today representing Virginia’s 7th District to a tea bagger professor, Dave Brat. Hard to believe, but even Fox News confirms it:

In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost the GOP Virginia primary Tuesday night to Dave Brat, an economics professor and political novice.

The Associated Press called the race for Cantor about an hour after polls closed at 7 p.m. ET.

Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was widely seen as the next in line to succeed House Speaker John Boehner.

Cantor’s loss to a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the Tea Party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago.

Cantor Explains Why GOP Is in Trouble

Winning elections is about convincing the voters that the we have their back, that we’re on their side. If we want to win, we must offer solutions to problems that people face every day. We have not done this recently and it has allowed Democrats to take power, it has allowed them to push their partisan politics, and even worse to enact their leftist agenda.

— House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), quoted by the Washington Post.

Good News for America, Bad News for the GOP – CBO Says Deficit Is Shrinking Faster Than at Any Time Since Post-World War II

Chart based on figures from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office showing the federal deficit for each year since the economy crashed at the end of the Bush administration

Good news, America. The federal deficit is shrinking faster than it has since the end of World War II, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Oddly enough, however, this good news for the country — this sure sign that the United States is finally recovering from the economic crash at the end of the Bush administration — is actually horrible news for the Republican Party, which for the past five years has pinned its hopes on defeating Pres. Obama and the Democrats by deliberately hobbling the recovery with the hope that a weak economy would benefit them politically.


From the Department of No Atheists in Foxholes

Our people are suffering now, and they need support now. And they (Congress) can all go down there and get back to work and figure out budget cuts later.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), often suggested as a presidential candidate, disagreeing with Rep. Eric Cantor that before offering disaster aid, the federal government must make commensurate cuts in other areas.

Obama to Cantor: ‘Would Ronald Reagan Be Sitting Here? I’ve Reached My Limit?’

I have reached the point where I say, “Enough.” Would Ronald Reagan be sitting here? I’ve reached my limit. This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this.

Pres. Obama to House Minority Leader Eric Cantor Wednesday night as he brought their umpteenth daily meeting on the debt ceiling crisis to a close.