Sweet, sweet, sweetness:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated Tuesday by a little-known economics professor in Virginia’s Republican primary, a stunning upset and major victory for the tea party.
Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was seen by some as a possible successor to the House speaker.
His loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago.
Brat had been a thorn in Cantor’s side on the campaign, casting the congressman as a Washington insider who isn’t conservative enough. Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention.
His message apparently scored well with voters in the 7th District.
I’m certain his support of amnesty and a host of other liberal hand-holding had nothing to do with this result…
I find it hilarious that Cantor’s consultants told him he was 20-30 points ahead and didn’t need to worry about anything. These are the same guys who said McCain and Romney could/would beat Obama. Can we please ditch the consultants now, and instead listen to the base??
Seriously, though, it should be very interesting to see what the professional pundits say about this in the coming days. On its face, it seems like one of the liberal-leaning establishment Republicans just got his butt handed to him by a citizenry that is fed up with liberal-leaning establishment Republicans. Is that the case? Does this signal such a massive tidal wave of throw-the-bum-out that no incumbent will be safe come November? I would absolutely LOVE it if that was the case, but I’ve been guilty of over-optimism in the past so I’m not going to go quite that far yet. I’m sure we’ll know more soon.
Perhaps even more interesting to watch in the next few days is the reaction from other liberal-leaning establishment Republicans like John Boehner or the horde of them in the Senate, especially those who are up for election this November. Will we suddenly see a rash of backpedaling and new found conservatism from them, or will they just go silent and hope to slide by for a few more months? Will the GOP “enthusiasm” for the current amnesty — even coming from such unlikely suspects as Paul Ryan — cool, or will they push through and commit electoral suicide?
Time will tell, but I’m thinking it may not be a long time before we know.
There’s my two cents.