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Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Virginia) has been defeated in his primary race by a Tea Party candidate. Good news or bad news?

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BrianJ Florida
06/15/14 5:22 pm

Good and bad!!! Good because I didn't like him! Bad because I don't like and trust the Tea Party! They want to take our country back to the 1800's.

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Obamaican
06/13/14 4:54 pm

Nothing good comes out of Virginia...

Macmurphy35 Alabama
06/12/14 7:34 pm

I cheer because this will ultimately help democrats.

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AnonBiscuit In Murica
06/15/14 12:53 pm

Most democrats picked "Boo" oddly...

Macmurphy35 Alabama
06/15/14 12:58 pm

I'm assuming because we like moderate Republicans alot more than hardcore conservatives, even though Eric Cantor was anything but moderate, in my opinion.

drumr
06/16/14 8:04 pm

Most Democrats pick "Boo" because a Tea Party member is not a good alternative. Not a fan of either one

Hebdomad
06/12/14 4:09 pm

Tea baggers ewww

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tsd715 New York City
06/12/14 12:37 pm

The more split the GOP gets, between the traditional base and the Tea Party, the less likely it is for Republicans to get elected :). His Bible-centered politics, though, will ultimately just make the log jam in DC even worse.

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dovirstrgn Austin
06/12/14 8:40 am

I could not care less about Cantor - good riddance - but the Tea Party's rapid extremist subversion of existing Republican political machinery is troubling. It's reminiscent of the rise of early 20th-century minority fascist regimes.

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thursday Kansas
06/11/14 10:54 pm

I'm happy for Virginians. I think that Eric Cantor was clearly out of touch with his district and the constituents of VA's 7th deserve someone who cares about them. I think either way now, they'll get that.

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theNobamist Silicon Valley
06/11/14 8:58 pm

I'm delighted that the silk-glove, check-pants, golf-course, big-bank Republican who thought his home address is DC and banks on Wall St instead of his own district got the SHAFT! Too bad it didn't happen to Boner.

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jdengel
06/12/14 4:46 am

Now if the democrats would finally punt Pelosi and Durban, these two have been getting fat off our dime for far too long

chandler15
06/11/14 8:32 pm

What? Where is the outrage from republicans? This guy is a PROFESSOR, people, which automatically makes him a radical communist Marxist socialist fascist Stalinist Maoist traitor.

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theNobamist Silicon Valley
06/11/14 8:59 pm

Brat's opponent is also a professor, from the same school!

chandler15
06/11/14 9:01 pm

The more, the merrier, then!

jdengel
06/11/14 5:16 pm

Now if the dems would start cleaning up their side of the aisle, we can have legitimate disagreements but clean up these politicians getting fat on our dime

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danwh1290
06/11/14 2:37 pm

I'm a democrat so I'm happy to see him go. I don't think the tea party got him though. It was the Koch brothers. I think he got too comfortable and figured he was there to stay so it was great to see the look on his face. All in all it's great!

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danwh1290
06/11/14 2:43 pm

The new guy will surely get elected since it's one of the most conservative districts in the nation. He's a free trader, a "free market conservative", against the minimum wage, etc... But at least he's not Eric cantor! He only has one face so far.

debob texas
06/11/14 9:01 pm

A lot of them think they are there to stay. Wish we could through all the long termers out Republicans and Democrats. It was never meant to be a career.

debob texas
06/11/14 9:01 pm

throw - (ooops!)

themahcrow Louisiana
06/11/14 1:51 pm

DC needs to be fired from the top on down. Politicians are in it for themselves regardless of party.

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FrankLunts Fredericksburg, VA
06/11/14 1:47 pm

Dems have a worse chance than Cantor did

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brentwho Home
06/11/14 1:01 pm

We'll see if we can get a democrat in that seat now

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vin woof
06/11/14 10:19 am

Do people really think it's going to make a friggin diff?

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OrenGino
06/11/14 10:15 am

It's funny that the democrats prefer a neocon to a constitutionalist... What ever happened to anti-war/anti-surveillance democrats?

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erika348 Texas
06/11/14 9:55 am

He's not a Tea Party candidate. However, I'm glad to see VA leading the way to toss all incumbents out on their behinds! Regardless of party.

Let's see if others will follow

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/11/14 10:00 am

if only rigell...

commonsense America isnt racist
06/11/14 8:50 am

He is NOT a tea party candidate!!

He's just a republican!
Grrrr....

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mstt
06/11/14 8:08 am

A victory for smaller government!

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jchristianreed South Carolina
06/11/14 7:59 am

Just wish we could have gotten rid of Lindsay Graham to! He hung on by the skin of his teeth.

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hrankta
06/11/14 7:09 am

Hopefully this will be a wake up call for career polititions. You work for your constituents, not the lobbyists and special interests.

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fredmertz
06/11/14 6:41 am

No incumbents. Period.

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ThePhlegm The Lone Star State
06/11/14 7:02 am

I like your attitude and idea!

Congressman Louisiana
06/11/14 6:31 am

I'd certainly be interested in knowing where is campaign funds came from. :)

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cowboy Dawns Highway
06/11/14 8:59 am

I'd like to know where Harry Reid's funds come from. That guy is a moron.

Congressman Louisiana
06/11/14 9:08 am

We know where his come from. We know he's corrupt.

cowboy Dawns Highway
06/11/14 9:12 am

Do we really?

cowboy Dawns Highway
06/11/14 9:13 am

So you're not excited to kick out RINOs?

cowboy Dawns Highway
06/11/14 9:44 am

I guess not...

GoNiners
06/11/14 3:20 pm

Reid's funding must come from the same idiots funding Pelosi... Feinstein... Boxer... Sigh, I'm going to run out of room...

Briceman16
06/11/14 6:25 am

I'd prefer that a moderate republican wasn't replaced my a far right wing tea party candidate.

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robertboston Portland, Maine
06/11/14 10:12 am

Seems to open the door to a moderate Dem to take this seat.

OrenGino
06/11/14 10:18 am

The thing is that if you go far enough to one side, you end up on the other. I used to be a liberal, but realized I have a lot more in common with Libertarians... Mostly because they're way more anti-war than liberals and they understand the economy.

ProfDG I Want Truth
06/11/14 6:05 am

Washington underestimates how angry the people are. All incumbents better watch out because they are the problem. Get these entitled, out of touch politocrats out of office.

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schristo
06/11/14 5:45 am

Love it. These people can be replaced. Not a big tea party fan but we need change. Please...term limits already.

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shygal47 Florida east coast
06/11/14 5:47 am

absolutely agree!

shyriath1 Ware Ye the Dragon
06/11/14 12:14 pm

Yes! It's one thing to be a politician, it's another to make a career out of it.

Ban them from becoming lobbyists afterward too, while we're at it.

rons Thanks America
06/11/14 5:40 am

He claims no tea party organization supported him.

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variable00 New Jersey
06/11/14 5:14 am

Perhaps this will show to the average citizen that you can make a difference despite the SuperPACs, political bosses and corporate influence that dominate politics. It still comes down to votes!

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ELATeacher
06/11/14 4:51 am

Not a fan of Cantor but I hate the Tea Party so I kind of have mixed feelings.

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EarlyBird Portland
06/11/14 8:15 am

I thought Catholics, for the most part, were behind the tea party.

ELATeacher
06/11/14 10:09 am

No, I believe any Catholic who truly follows Church teaching should have major problems with both parties and certainly with their more extreme fringe groups (like tea party).

EarlyBird Portland
06/11/14 10:25 am

That's interesting. Thank you.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
06/11/14 9:03 pm

Catholics vote Democrat. Many still have JFK's picture up in the house. See: both Dems and Catholics do the same thing: give away all their personal power to something else (God, State)

anarchy GET OFF MY LAWN
06/12/14 8:24 am

Just curious...what specific, stated, "tea-party" position(s) do you believe a good catholic - such as yourself - should be so vehemently opposed to? I'm not a "tea-party" person mind you, but I do identify with much of what they stand for...

anarchy GET OFF MY LAWN
06/12/14 8:27 am

...and having known many "tea-partiers," as well as having attended a "tea-party" function, I found much of what the media, the left, and the establishment right had labeled them to be lies. They were just a bunch of Constitutional conservatives.

ELATeacher
06/12/14 7:25 pm

Well they are very anti-government in general, and swing way to far toward libertarianism and individualism. Specifically they are way to pro laissez faire capitalism. And most obvious of all their immigration ideas couldn't be more anti-Catholic.

ELATeacher
06/12/14 8:24 pm

oh and then there the "Christian" tea parties who are often the worst like this guy: thinkprogress.org/election/2014/06/11/3447712/david-brat-embrace-christian-capitalism-or-hitler-will-come-back/

ELATeacher
06/12/14 8:25 pm

please excuse all the bad grammar: I hate typing on the iPhone so much!

gonzoboy Arizona
06/11/14 4:39 am

So, as late as election-day Tuesday, Cantor is nowhere near his home district in Virginia, but hosting a National fundraiser with Lobbyists in a Starbucks on Capitol Hill(?)! You DESERVE to be fired!
Oh, the hubris...

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gonzoboy Arizona
06/11/14 3:23 am

Fabulous news for Dave Brat
Stunning news for Eric Cantor
"...according to FEC campaign finance data, the soon-to-be former majority leader spent more money at steak houses than Brat spent on his entire campaign."

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jdengel
06/11/14 5:46 am

My favorite line of the article: cantor spent more money at steakhouses than brat spent on his entire campaign.

gonzoboy Arizona
06/11/14 7:00 am

I'm with ya, j! And I think this makes a powerful statement, that no matter how much money is poured into a campaign, when We the People decide to participate in the process, THERE IS NO GREATER POWER.

tydye
06/11/14 3:09 am

Replace a lunatic with a psychopath? Sounds good to me

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b4mytime Orange County, CA
06/11/14 3:18 am

But that's why it's good news, because it's a more beatable candidate for the challenger.

ScrewU Gone
06/11/14 3:39 am

Lol. SW Virginia doesn't elect Democrats.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/11/14 4:41 am

It's not a SW district. Its a district that includes part of the Richmond suburbs and goes north. Granted, it skips Caroline county,..

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/11/14 4:49 am

And unfortunately ends right before Albermarle County.

ScrewU Gone
06/11/14 4:50 am

Good luck getting Richmond folks out for a midterm.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/11/14 4:52 am

It's a long shot, but this guy has been their representative for a long time. Maybe they'll be energized now. Hopefully.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/11/14 4:53 am

Someone like Phil Puckett would win in this district.

UtopianKing Palo Alto
06/10/14 10:59 pm

I wouldn't have a problem if it wasn't a tea party member. I can't stand their religious stances.

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HappyLez No Worries... Be Happy
06/11/14 1:28 am

Pretty sure the democrat will beat him now... Too extreme... Most Tea Party members in recent elections have been losing.

gjb2779
06/11/14 3:02 am

Don't worry about that Cantor was a raging homophobe too.

ScrewU Gone
06/11/14 3:39 am

Pure fantasy. It's a solidly conservative district. Brat will win in a walk.

HappyLez No Worries... Be Happy
06/11/14 5:21 am

Unfamiliar with the district... perhaps it will remain republican. ... Statistically speaking Tea Party has lost its popularity

jdengel
06/11/14 5:51 am

Tea party has lost it's popularity? I suppose you will post examples like Todd akin, who was not the tea party candidate, and was just pretty much a moron.

persuader
06/10/14 10:49 pm

According to the polling results, Dems like Cantor. That illustrates why he lost. He does not and has not represented his constituency, according to their desires. He is a RINO.

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ScrewU Gone
06/11/14 3:45 am

You mean poll results, right? There was only one. Methinks you're making this up.

persuader
06/11/14 6:39 am

3Gun, Methinks that if you will simply touch on the poll results for this question, and scroll to the right until you arrive at the area reflecting voting by party affiliation, you will discover that 57% of Dems are disappointed that Cantor lost.

persuader
06/11/14 6:49 am

Polling = process, ie. the process of taking a poll. Polls, with an "s" = plural, or more than one poll.

ScrewU Gone
06/11/14 8:00 am

I assumed you were referring to actual polling. Which I believe can also be plural. But that's not important now.

Not2L8
06/10/14 10:23 pm

Good riddance Cantor!!!!!!

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/10/14 10:05 pm

FanTAStic news!!!

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veritas1 Panda
06/11/14 12:49 am

I know! This means the Dems will have a solid chance at winning what would otherwise have been a guaranteed GOP victory.

4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
06/10/14 9:46 pm

Lots of people are really pissed at what's happening to our country. They don't like the lawless Obama refusing to enforce immigration laws (among other things) and the establishment big money GOP dinosaurs going along with it. Great for America!!!

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/10/14 9:44 pm

Good. It's not an extremely conservative district last time I checked. It probably means a dem will win seeing as how the dems are the ones that voted for the tea party candidate in the primary.

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ScrewU Gone
06/11/14 3:41 am

Brat won with a higher turnout than the last presidential election there. It's an easy win for him.

ScrewU Gone
06/11/14 3:42 am

About as much a contest as Beyer's.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/11/14 4:46 am

There wouldn't have been a high turnout with only republicans. It's because more than republicans went out.

ScrewU Gone
06/11/14 4:49 am

Hope they don't think they helped themselves by putting a tea party candidate in office.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/11/14 4:51 am

Depend on how many people in the district can tough voting for a tea party guy. It's a working-wealthy district. The median income is higher than Tidewater.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/11/14 4:56 am

Beyer will win because it's one of the most liberal places. Cantor'a district isn't one of the most conservative. It's conservative, but not tea part conservative. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

dudley northern Virginia woods
06/10/14 9:30 pm

Shows that illegal immigration is more of an issue .

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moonshot More often I know nothing
06/10/14 9:27 pm

Honestly, this probably will be a boon for the Democratic opponent in the general election.

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Alex619 California
06/10/14 10:08 pm

Laughable people think tea party candidates help democrats.

iTeach Mos Eisley
06/10/14 11:51 pm

They absolutely help Democrats because they're less likely to win a general election because they don't represent mainstream America.

ScrewU Gone
06/11/14 3:43 am

They DO represent VA-7, obviously. It's not a national election.

Brrrrrrrrr
06/10/14 9:21 pm

Let this serve as a warning to the remaining republicans/conservatives who erroneously think they can propagate leftist ideas and still maintain their old voter base.

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/10/14 9:43 pm

Nah. It was democrats that went out to vote for the tea party candidate. It just ensured that district will go blue.

Brrrrrrrrr
06/11/14 1:58 am

And precisely what position of the new republican candidate did these supposed democrat voters think Cantor's former voter base would find so repulsive that they'd rather vote for a democrat?

ScrewU Gone
06/11/14 3:44 am

There aren't enough Democrats in VA-7 to have made a difference.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/11/14 4:39 am

There were enough if Cantor was unpopular enough

kcRVAco
06/11/14 9:13 am

Beach you obviously don't have a clue about the district. Being I lie in there are hardly any democrats. Highly doubt THOUSANDS of democrats turned out to sway the election. The majority if the district did not like Cantor.

ScrewU Gone
06/11/14 9:40 am

That's what's all over the radio today. He didn't spend any time in his district, didn't return people's calls and emails, didn't seem to care about the views of the people he was supposed to represent. He earned his pink slip, apparently.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/11/14 9:41 am

I didn't say it was JUST democrats. I said them plus his unpopularity. I simply said they tipped the scales.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
06/11/14 9:42 am

Hardly any democrats? That's pretty ignorant. Its a district with nearly 800,000 people. There are tens of thousands of democrats especially since it borders Caroline, Richmond, AND Albermarle. There are plenty of democrats.

Brrrrrrrrr
06/11/14 10:28 am

Still waiting for what it is you think about the new candidate that will drive Cantor's former voters to vote for a democrat.

tsd715 New York City
06/12/14 12:45 pm

Cantor never promoted a single leftist ideal. If you're referring to immigration reform, all he tried to do was find some common ground with Dems to explore how likely it was to get a bill through and what needed to be changed.

Brrrrrrrrr
06/12/14 1:01 pm

Right has no common ground with wrong.

leader77 California
06/10/14 9:08 pm

Never liked Cantor. Incumbents should never feel safe anyways.

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mcdkm Houston
06/10/14 8:48 pm

As long as he can win in November.

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Squidboy Snarkapottamus
06/10/14 8:35 pm

Vote them all out, start over!

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Spiritof76 USA 1776
06/10/14 9:50 pm

Yes, then give those inept, foolhardy charlatans brooms so they can start sweeping up the mess they left this
Country in!

RINOTom Peoria, IL
06/10/14 8:35 pm

Scary to think that even Cantor isn't conservative enough for the Tea Party now...

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kscott516 Masks fail
06/10/14 8:43 pm

Says the RINO

RINOTom Peoria, IL
06/10/14 9:15 pm

I only made my name that to poke fun at people who call me that. Anyone who identifies with the Tea Party is more of a RINO than me.

SugarShaq
06/10/14 9:17 pm

How's that?

RINOTom Peoria, IL
06/10/14 9:21 pm

Well, for one they constantly break Reagan's 11th Commandment and attack other Republicans. They act like a separate party that is "against" the REPUBLICAN Establishment. Then call moderates RINOs? Don't see how that makes any sense.

SugarShaq
06/10/14 9:32 pm

Yes, they are against the RINO establishment who have contributed to 17 trillion in debt. Thank God some are still trying to save this country from financial ruin.

RINOTom Peoria, IL
06/10/14 9:44 pm

Hey, I'm all for their fiscal conservatism (though I strongly dislike some of their anti-Wall Street rhetoric ... Leave that to the Dems!); it's the attacking of moderate Republicans in states where only moderates can win vs. a Democrat and...

RINOTom Peoria, IL
06/10/14 9:45 pm

... the fact that social conservatives have hopped on their bandwagon that I don't care for.

kscott516 Masks fail
06/11/14 5:02 am

They are against the Republican establishment because those Congressman have sold out. Look at Boehner. He's weak and impotent. He doesn't stand for conservatism much these days so it's time for him to go. I really wish McConnell was defeated too.

RINOTom Peoria, IL
06/11/14 10:26 am

You want McConnell defeated even though his loss in a primary would all but guarantee that conservative Democrat Alison Lunderlin-Grimes would get that seat?

political Georgia
06/11/14 10:27 am

Haven't you learned no election is guaranteed?

RINOTom Peoria, IL
06/11/14 10:29 am

Sure!! But polls help gauge a result, and most polls have Grimes and McConnell tied. Most polls have Grimes killing McConnell's Tea Party challenger. A majority of Kentuckians still register as Democrats (albeit moderate ones), and moderate...

RINOTom Peoria, IL
06/11/14 10:31 am

... Dems still do extremely well there (KY hardly ever elects a Republican governor), and Grimes is a moderate. She's pretty socially conservative. So our choices are pretty much socially conservative Dem or socially conservative Republican.

RINOTom Peoria, IL
06/11/14 10:32 am

McConnell is far from perfect, but I'll take any Republican over a Democrat. If you think "Establishment Republicans" aren't fiscally conservative enough, why would you want a economically populist, pro-union Democrat??

NDAmerican Florida
06/10/14 8:34 pm

I personally liked him, sad to see him go.

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/10/14 8:37 pm

Did he ever come out of the closet?

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/10/14 8:52 pm

I think he's a butt pirate. Am I wrong? My gadar isn't calibrated so I might be wrong, but it's off the charts with cantor.

RJ1969 SoCal
06/10/14 8:55 pm

You must mean Lindsey Graham.

NDAmerican Florida
06/10/14 8:57 pm

He's a devout Jew, that's very insulting. He's been a successful in supporting Israel, supporting campaign reform, amnesty, jobs Act, stock act, and so on. An A Rated NRA, and 100% Right to life.

political Georgia
06/10/14 9:01 pm

"amnesty"

I knew this was good news!

DamageInc California
06/10/14 9:05 pm

It was his support of amnesty that did him in.

political Georgia
06/10/14 9:06 pm

Good! Invertebrates need to be voted out.

RJ1969 SoCal
06/10/14 9:09 pm

His "support" of amnesty or how some media outlets portrayed it?

There's a difference.

DamageInc California
06/10/14 10:38 pm

He supported amnesty, how else do you portray that?

gjb2779
06/11/14 2:59 am

Uh as a Jew I'm just gonna throw it out there that most Jews in this country are very pro-gay rights. That's not offensive to most Jews at all if Cantor was gay.

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/11/14 3:40 am

So....he is or he isn't a rump ranger? He is or he is not a skin flautist? I don't see what being a Jew has to do with it.

Wes28 CBus
06/10/14 8:27 pm

I don't like the Tea Party so much but out with ALL the incumbents. Our government is too corrupt and dysfunctional.

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gelina44 Springfield, MO
06/10/14 8:36 pm

Just curious what don't you like about the Tea Party?

RJ1969 SoCal
06/10/14 8:56 pm

He likes coffee.

Not2L8
06/10/14 10:29 pm

They are all wackos that ruined the Republican party.

Wes28 CBus
06/10/14 11:51 pm

I think initially it started out with good intentions- it seemed very libertarian (what I am). But has long since been hijacked by the nut job far right-wingers.

cato Santa Barbara, California
06/10/14 8:25 pm

Yahooo. Out with the liars.

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