So Eric Cantor has lost his GOP leadership hat,
And the party doesn’t know what to do about that.
A Republican giant,
Cantor remains defiant,
Though, we note, he was beaten by a Tea Party Brat.
Amount Eric Cantor’s campaign spent at steakhouses compared with the $200,000 his challenger, David Brat, spent on his entire campaign, according to the New York Times.
If I were a drinking man, I’d have been drunk last night. I’d have been celebrating like crazy.
— Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), quoted by KDVR, on Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) defeat in a GOP primary.
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.
- 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”
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.
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, 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.