GOP leader Eric Cantor loses in shock Tea Party defeat

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by 728ups, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    I hate the Tea Party,but this is great lol

    WASHINGTON -- The demise of the Tea Party has been greatly exaggerated.

    The anti-establishment force within the GOP was strong enough Tuesday to oust House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a stunning upset by political newcomer and Randolph-Macon economics professor Dave Brat.

    Cantor, the second-most powerful House leader, is the highest-ranking Republican to lose renomination to a Tea Party challenger since the movement rose to prominence in 2010. A sitting majority leader has not lost since 1899, according to CQ/Roll Call, a Washington publication.

    The last major upset of a sitting House leader was in 1994, when Speaker Tom Foley, D-Wash., lost in the general election to Republican George Nethercutt.

    Brat, an economics professor at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va., entered the race in January pledging to be "Eric Cantor's term limit." He vowed to fight for "real, conservative, free-market change" and voiced opposition to a bipartisan budget deal reach last December and an effort by some in the GOP to pass an immigration overhaul.

    "Brat ran an aggressive campaign with strong Tea Party support and perhaps some voters felt that Cantor was not doing enough for those in his home district," said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor, who resides in Cantor's district.

    In a warning sign of Tea Party discontent in Cantor's Richmond-based district, activists booed and heckled Cantor during a party convention in May. Cantor had invested nearly $1 million into the primary, running television ads and sending mailers attacking the underfunded and little known Brat.

    Virginia has a "sore loser" law that prevents him from running as an independent candidate, or attempting a write-in campaign in November. Brat will face Democratic nominee Jack Trammell, who is also a Randolph-Macon professor.

    The Tea Party had failed to muster many victories so far in the 2014 midterms, but Cantor's defeat could reinvigorate the debate over deep divisions within the Republican Party. Tea Party activists have also helped Mississippi GOP candidate Chris McDaniel into a competitive June 24 run-off against incumbent GOP Sen. Thad Cochran. Milton Wolf, a Tea Party candidate challenging Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, issued a one-line statement Tuesday warning that Cantor "isn't the only incumbent" who is going to lose this year.

    In contrast, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham won a seven-way primary Tuesday, surpassing the 50% threshold to win the nomination and avoid a run-off contest. Graham has long been a target of Tea Party ire, in part because of his effort to enact immigration reform.

    Cantor, 51, was first elected to Congress in 2001 and became the majority leader in 2011. He is the only Jewish Republican in the U.S. House. Long heralded as a rising GOP star, Cantor was widely viewed as the likeliest contender to become the next House speaker.

    His loss also scrambles the House calendar. The majority leader is tasked with coordinating the House agenda, which is particularly sensitive in an election year. Cantor's ability to lead the House GOP Conference could be undermined by his Tuesday defeat.

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  2. tourists24

    tourists24 Well-Known Member

    728,,, why do you hate the Tea Party? I love any time an establishment member of Congress is sent packing whatever party
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  3. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    I despise The Tea party and the Republicans for ....................well pretty much everything they stand for as I'm very much a member of the Liberal Left. having said that I am very tickled to see the GOP leader tossed out on his arse
  4. tourists24

    tourists24 Well-Known Member

    Im not a lib but do like to see ANY establishment guy/gal get the boot.... may it continue on.... :)
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  5. Panin

    Panin Well-Known Troll Troll

    "The Tea Party's been a tremendously positive input, I think... certainly for our party, you see the benefit."

    -Eric Cantor
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  6. av8torntn

    av8torntn Well-Known Member

    He got something correct.
  7. DriveInDriveOut

    DriveInDriveOut This Is The Last Stop

    My problem with the tea party is that they were hijacked by the religious right, gun nuts, and neocons... way before they ever really got started.
  8. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Neocons ... you mean Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove and the like?
    Never thought of them being part of the Tea Party.
  9. DriveInDriveOut

    DriveInDriveOut This Is The Last Stop

    My point is that there is no Tea Party. They don't exist. They aren't a party.There are Republicans, there are Democrats, and there are the voters who go to the polls and "choose" one or the other. It's the illusion of choice, and the "tea party" idea makes people think they're voting for something different.... in reality they're just going to get more of the same.
  10. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    If more of the same means more people in Congress like Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul then I am all for it. This is a fantastic victory not only for the Tea Party itself, but the country as a whole.
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  11. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Cantor lost because he was a RINO who didn't listen to his voters so they rejected him regardless of how much money he threw into his campaign. Liberals should have wanted Cantor to win since Brat is far more conservative.
  12. DriveInDriveOut

    DriveInDriveOut This Is The Last Stop

    Rand Paul is not Ron Paul. You can call it a victory if you want.... I'm done with the republican party, they are a lost cause. I'll say it again in case you didn't hear, THERE IS NO "TEA PARTY", they're just republicans with a new ad campaign. Same as it ever was.
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  13. Nimnim

    Nimnim The Nim

    I was surprised as I hadn't heard anything leading up to this, but I think most if not all politicians in congress that have been around for more than a couple terms in this political landscape really should go. Our public offices shouldn't be a career. It's very hard to keep in touch with the constituents you're supposed to represent, especially when holding federal office. And so they get lured in by big money from companies, interest groups and lobbies which keeps them only thinking about themselves and not the people they were elected by.
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  14. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    rofl.gif rofl.gif
  15. greengrenades

    greengrenades To be the man, you gotta beat the man.

  16. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    If I understand correctly, Bratt refused to tell Chuck Todd that the gov't would not set a minimum wage. Regardless what one thinks of such an idea, if true, how does Bratt differ from Cantor on this issue? Where else might Bratt and Cantor actually agree?

    Thus the $264k, what will be different going forward?


    Your Tea Party history may be true to some degree after the fact (you did forget the Koch Bros.) but you are incorrect if you are asserting those origins. Google "Tea Party, Treavor Leech, Liberty Belle" and follow that line of information and research. Liberty Belle aka Keri Carender in some quarters is considered the Tea Party movement's founder as we know it as she started protests over the Bank Bailouts in January 2009'. WAIT! Isn't that what Occupy started out for too? :surprised:

    It was a few weeks later at a similar protest rally in Denver she organized that Michelle Malkin showed up with free food and goodies for the protesters and some consider this the beginning point of what became the Koch Bros./GOP highjacking of this cause.

    One other interesting thing about the Koch Bros. Being they are "SO LIBERTARIAN" did it ever occur to anyone to ask why the Koch's totally ignored Ron Paul come election time? Why no money for the good Doctor? Seems a bit odd does it not?

    Before we call something libertarian, it may serve to define our terms first. Depending on how you define the term, seems to me that Paul or the Kochs may be excluded as libertarian. It's also possible that both would be. Or could the current libertarianism of mainstream political narratives be a highjacked version too?
  17. realbrown1

    realbrown1 Annoy a liberal today. Hit them with facts.

    So you are for less individual freedoms, more government control of everything, amnesty for all that sneak into our country, and you are for a total gun ban?

    You are that kind of liberal leftist?
  18. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    I'm the kind of Liberal Leftist that is FOR Freedom from Religion, Gun Control,Gay Marriage,Equal Rights for GaysWomen and minorities, Believer in Abortion Rights, I believe no citizen should be in in need of affordable healthcare, I believe in SCIENCE,and the need for Stem Cell research, I feel oil is a finite resource and other options should be explored . I am a believer in Euthanasia i.e. a person should have the choice to die with dignity on his own terms. I feel Social Security should be protected at all costs,Taxing the rich I also support welfare as it protects the poor.

    as far as Immigration, i feel if the reasons for the illegals to come here in the first place were eliminated the problem would solve itself.However Republicans support Big Business so that will never ever happen
  19. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    I think we will start to see a domino affect. Cantor won't be the last "republican" to be ousted. Next we'll see liberals being replaced by Tea Party candidates. I just don't see why the left is so seemingly scared of the Tea Party. They simply want The Constitution to be followed and to get rid of bloated government. I'm not conservative per say but I would prefer the Tea Party take the majority in congress over liberals any day.

    What I would prefer happen is that the democrat party end up with their own grass roots campaign within the party that could return it to the party it once was (minus the racism). This country needs a good mix of blue dog democrats and Tea Party republicans in congress to clean up the mess that the socialist liberals and John McCain style republicans have been talking turns making.

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  20. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995