Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tea Party , Eric Cantor.

Is this a domino effect? Cantor out ,
who is next?
It was bound to happen , the ole' Tea Party was going sneak up on the vary Republican's who once shared their values . The Tea Party won a stunning and unexpected victory over the Republican establishment on Tuesday when a little-knownconservative economics professor unseated the party's second most senior leader in Congress.In one of the greatest upsets in recent US political history, Eric Cantor, the deputy Republican leader in Congress, was defeated by a little-known conservative academic. *** Cantor, who has represented the Richmond suburbs since 2001, lost by 11 percentage points to Dave Brat, an economist at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. It was an operatic fall from power, swift and deep and utterly surprising. As late as Tuesday morning, Cantor had felt so confident of victory that he spent the morning at a Starbucks on Capitol Hill, holding a fundraising meeting with lobbyists while his constituents went to the polls.Something that everybody is missing in all the talk of immigration reform and other important national issues.  One of the big reasons for the vote against Mr. Cantor is that a lot of his constituents were tired of not having a local representative for the past six years, at least.  Eric Cantor was a prime example of a politician who felt he could rise to national prominence because his re-election was assured.  He didn't have to meet with the local voters, or put up with their pedestrian concerns.This anger at the 'absentee congressman' has been rising.  One of David Brat's campaign promises (that nobody has bothered to report) is that he will have regularly scheduled times when his constituents can meet with him, not just be fobbed off on some functionary. You all have to remember it was no Democrat that defeated Cantor , but one of his own who elected Cantor a few years back .Brat, who admits that he has supported several Cantor candidacies over the years, says he mounted his improbable primary campaign because the House GOP’s No. 2 leader has lost touch with his constituents, “veering from the Republican creed.”“Years ago he had a good conservative track record, but now he’s veered off,” Brat told ABC News during an interview on Capitol Hill in May. “If you go to Heritage and look at their score, I think he’s at about a 53 right now. I mean, that’s an F-minus.” And the landscape has radically shifted, both for the Republican Party, and for the 2014 election. Here are the biggest ramifications of Cantor’s defeat. Boehner Is Likely Done. The writing has been on the wall for Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) ever since a failed House insurgency in the aftermath of a coup attempt against his speakership in January 2013. Boehner had been under fire ever since his sequestration deal with President Obama in 2011; his “fiscal cliff” deal with President Obama at the end of 2012 only drove further pressure. Boehner’s repeated attempts to covertly push amnesty legislation have lost him his base. And the departure of many of his top allies in Congress leaves him vulnerable this year. Cantor’s ties to Boehner may signal that a successful insurgency is on the way. Aides are telling the National Journal, “We’re absolutely stunned. Honestly, we really can’t believe it.”

*** With 99% of precincts reporting, the Tea Party just proved– It’s not dead! Tea Party backed David Brat leads House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) 56% to 44%. The race has been called for Brat.

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