Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Virginia) has been defeated in his primary race by a Tea Party candidate. Good news or bad news?
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.
Nothing good comes out of Virginia...
I cheer because this will ultimately help democrats.
Most democrats picked "Boo" oddly...
I'm assuming because we like moderate Republicans alot more than hardcore conservatives, even though Eric Cantor was anything but moderate, in my opinion.
Most Democrats pick "Boo" because a Tea Party member is not a good alternative. Not a fan of either one
Tea baggers ewww
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now if the democrats would finally punt Pelosi and Durban, these two have been getting fat off our dime for far too long
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.
Brat's opponent is also a professor, from the same school!
The more, the merrier, then!
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
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!
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.
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.
throw - (ooops!)
DC needs to be fired from the top on down. Politicians are in it for themselves regardless of party.
Dems have a worse chance than Cantor did
We'll see if we can get a democrat in that seat now
Do people really think it's going to make a friggin diff?
It's funny that the democrats prefer a neocon to a constitutionalist... What ever happened to anti-war/anti-surveillance democrats?
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
if only rigell...
He is NOT a tea party candidate!!
He's just a republican!
A victory for smaller government!
Just wish we could have gotten rid of Lindsay Graham to! He hung on by the skin of his teeth.
Can I pick "who cares?"
Hopefully this will be a wake up call for career polititions. You work for your constituents, not the lobbyists and special interests.
No incumbents. Period.
I like your attitude and idea!
I'd certainly be interested in knowing where is campaign funds came from. :)
I'd like to know where Harry Reid's funds come from. That guy is a moron.
We know where his come from. We know he's corrupt.
Do we really?
So you're not excited to kick out RINOs?
Was talking about Reid.
I guess not...
Reid's funding must come from the same idiots funding Pelosi... Feinstein... Boxer... Sigh, I'm going to run out of room...
I'd prefer that a moderate republican wasn't replaced my a far right wing tea party candidate.
Seems to open the door to a moderate Dem to take this seat.
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.
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.
Love it. These people can be replaced. Not a big tea party fan but we need change. Please...term limits already.
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.
He claims no tea party organization supported him.
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!
Not a fan of Cantor but I hate the Tea Party so I kind of have mixed feelings.
I thought Catholics, for the most part, were behind the tea party.
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).
That's interesting. Thank you.
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)
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...
...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.
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.
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/
please excuse all the bad grammar: I hate typing on the iPhone so much!
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...
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."
My favorite line of the article: cantor spent more money at steakhouses than brat spent on his entire campaign.
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.
Replace a lunatic with a psychopath? Sounds good to me
But that's why it's good news, because it's a more beatable candidate for the challenger.
Lol. SW Virginia doesn't elect Democrats.
It's not a SW district. Its a district that includes part of the Richmond suburbs and goes north. Granted, it skips Caroline county,..
And unfortunately ends right before Albermarle County.
Good luck getting Richmond folks out for a midterm.
It's a long shot, but this guy has been their representative for a long time. Maybe they'll be energized now. Hopefully.
Someone like Phil Puckett would win in this district.
I wouldn't have a problem if it wasn't a tea party member. I can't stand their religious stances.
Pretty sure the democrat will beat him now... Too extreme... Most Tea Party members in recent elections have been losing.
Don't worry about that Cantor was a raging homophobe too.
Pure fantasy. It's a solidly conservative district. Brat will win in a walk.
Unfamiliar with the district... perhaps it will remain republican. ... Statistically speaking Tea Party has lost its popularity
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.
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.
You mean poll results, right? There was only one. Methinks you're making this up.
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.
Polling = process, ie. the process of taking a poll. Polls, with an "s" = plural, or more than one poll.
I love grammar police
I assumed you were referring to actual polling. Which I believe can also be plural. But that's not important now.
Good riddance Cantor!!!!!!
I know! This means the Dems will have a solid chance at winning what would otherwise have been a guaranteed GOP victory.
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!!!
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.
Brat won with a higher turnout than the last presidential election there. It's an easy win for him.
About as much a contest as Beyer's.
There wouldn't have been a high turnout with only republicans. It's because more than republicans went out.
Hope they don't think they helped themselves by putting a tea party candidate in office.
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.
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.
Va-7 voted for Warner.
Shows that illegal immigration is more of an issue .
Honestly, this probably will be a boon for the Democratic opponent in the general election.
Laughable people think tea party candidates help democrats.
They absolutely help Democrats because they're less likely to win a general election because they don't represent mainstream America.
They DO represent VA-7, obviously. It's not a national election.
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.
Nah. It was democrats that went out to vote for the tea party candidate. It just ensured that district will go blue.
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?
There aren't enough Democrats in VA-7 to have made a difference.
There were enough if Cantor was unpopular enough
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.
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.
I didn't say it was JUST democrats. I said them plus his unpopularity. I simply said they tipped the scales.
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.
Still waiting for what it is you think about the new candidate that will drive Cantor's former voters to vote for a democrat.
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.
Right has no common ground with wrong.
Never liked Cantor. Incumbents should never feel safe anyways.
As long as he can win in November.
Vote them all out, start over!
Yes, then give those inept, foolhardy charlatans brooms so they can start sweeping up the mess they left this
Scary to think that even Cantor isn't conservative enough for the Tea Party now...
Says the RINO
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.
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.
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.
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...
... the fact that social conservatives have hopped on their bandwagon that I don't care for.
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.
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?
Haven't you learned no election is guaranteed?
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...
... 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.
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??
I personally liked him, sad to see him go.
Did he ever come out of the closet?
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.
You must mean Lindsey Graham.
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.
I knew this was good news!
It was his support of amnesty that did him in.
Good! Invertebrates need to be voted out.
His "support" of amnesty or how some media outlets portrayed it?
There's a difference.
He supported amnesty, how else do you portray that?
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.
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.
I don't like the Tea Party so much but out with ALL the incumbents. Our government is too corrupt and dysfunctional.
Just curious what don't you like about the Tea Party?
He likes coffee.
They are all wackos that ruined the Republican party.
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.
Yahooo. Out with the liars.