Eric Cantor, No. 2 House Republican, Defeated in Virginia Primary Upset
Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-ranking House Republican, was defeated by a conservative challenger in a primary election Tuesday, an unexpected assertion of tea-party power expected to roil GOP policy on a range of issues.
David Brat, a college professor, won nearly 56% of the vote to Mr. Cantor’s 44%, a margin of more than 7,000 votes, in the district north and west of Richmond. Mr. Cantor conceded in a speech Tuesday night, telling his supporters in Richmond that “obviously, we came up short,” according to the Associated Press. SOURCE
I’m not a TEA Party kind of person, I haven’t been for quite a while now, just so you know, and it has nothing to do with the TEA Party on a national scale, it’s because the TEA Party in MY part of Texas is as useless as a screen door on a submarine.
The GOP as a whole needs a serious wake-up call. This could possibly be just that call.
His defeat is likely to have big implications for a range of policy matters, including the effort in Congress to overhaul immigration legislation, which has seen support from House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio). A departure of Mr. Cantor from Congress also would shake up the ranks of the House leadership and the battle to succeed Mr. Boehner as speaker.
Conservatives are tired of RINOs, Republicans In Name Only.
We want to see the GOP go back to what it was under Ronald Reagan, not under the *big tent* all inclusive mud puddle it became under Michael Steele and Reince Priebus. We want to see a Party that is as far from being called *Dem Lite* as possible, and that my friends means rooting out and removing the RINOs from the herd.
When this story broke I made a comment on Facebook that read:
Everyone crowing about this TEA Party guy beating Cantor better hope he can beat whoever his Dem opponent is. If the GOP loses the House and doesn’t retake the Senate Barack Hussein Obama will have 2 years of uncontrolled power with which he can fully dismantle the United States of America.
Elections DO have consequences.
I was told by my friend Roy Magno, Mayor of Aubrey, TX., and a gentleman that has a lot more savvy regarding East Coast politics than I do, “The district is an R+10 – extremely unlikely that the seat will be lost to a Democrat.”
To put it in terms that I was very familiar with Roy went on to say, “In comparison – TX32 – Pete Session’s district – is also R+10” and that gave me a bit of confidence.
So many TEA Party candidates run against an incumbent simply because they are the incumbent and the TEA Party wants to remove any and all elected officials from office and start over.
In some cases that may indeed be the right thing to do, but not in ALL instances.
Why, for instance, would you remove an incumbent like Pete Sessions from office? He has served Texas for a long time, that’s true, and if Congress had term limits he would be gone, but Congress doesn’t have term limits.
Recently Pete Sessions, faced a challenger for the seat he holds. The only real platform his opponent had was that she was female, she was TEA Party and she was, uh, female. You have to bring a lot more to the table if you want to play in the BIG Leagues. If you’re going after a successful *heavy hitter* like Sessions, and Cantor for that matter, you need to get your ducks in a row and bring your *A* game.
The TEA Party did have some success in this part of Texas. On the local stage two Texas State Senators were unseated by TEA Party challengers, and a few TEA Party supported candidates won statewide elections, but as I stated above, elections DO have consequences.
Eric Cantor was seen by many as an immigration and amnesty supporter and that is just not something that sits well with many Americans. I’m sure there must be other issues that Cantor had with his constituency, not being one of them I am not all that aware of his numbers and issues at home in that district so I will refrain from making accusations.
I was told this by another friend, Thomas Gary, “Cantor should have picked his fight with the DEMS and not with the Tea Party. Negativity is not the way to go. And you can’t ride the fence on any issue or it may bite you in the ass.”
If the TEA Party wants to get in the fight I am all for it, as long as they run reputable candidates and not some *Moonbeam* or *fluff and stuff* types.
If the TEA Party gets serious, and if the TEA Party and the GOP could get their heads together, the USA would be a big-time WIN all around but it WILL take a lot of people working together and a degree of organization that the TEA Party always seems to fight against.
A few minor changes, from BOTH sides, and we can take Barack Hussein Obama and his Democratic regime of evil and corruption DOWN as America is reborn to the greatness we were all raised on!