House GOP Leader Eric Cantor Falls to Tea Party Challenger

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    Jun 11, 2014 1:05 AM GMT
    "In a stunning upset, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the second-highest ranking Republican in the House, lost his primary challenge to a tea party-backed candidate Tuesday, according to the Associated Press."

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/gop-leader-eric-cantor-falls-tea-party-challenger-n127946
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    Jun 11, 2014 1:13 AM GMT
    "According to the Associated Press, with 86.1 percent of precincts reporting Brat won with 55.8 percent of the vote to Cantor's 44.2 percent. "Cantor became the first person in American history to lose his party's primary while holding the position of House majority leader", according to Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper.

    Brat’s bid was widely seen as a long-shot, improbable campaign to unseat the possible heir to Speaker John Boehner. Cantor has long been seen as the member of Republican leadership friendliest to the tea party, but it’s likely his portrayal as being open to immigration reform is what hurt him in this campaign."


    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/eric-cantor-loses-primary-tea-party-challenger-huge/story?id=24081609
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    Jun 11, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said
    Art_Deco said"Cantor became the first person in American history to lose his party's primary while holding the position of House majority leader", according to Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper.

    House majority leader is Boehner.

    Wrong. Boehner is the Speaker of the House. Cantor is (or was after the new Congress in convened in January, 2015), the Republican Majority Party Leader. They are different positions, do look it up.
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    Jun 11, 2014 1:28 AM GMT
    "Eric Cantor’s internal polling had him up 34 points in his primary a few days before the primary."

    When you believe your own lie, you get what's coming for you.
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    Jun 11, 2014 1:28 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    coolarmydude said
    Art_Deco said"Cantor became the first person in American history to lose his party's primary while holding the position of House majority leader", according to Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper.

    House majority leader is Boehner.

    Wrong. Boehner is the Speaker of the House. Cantor is (or was after the new Congress in convened in January, 2015), the Republican Majority Party Leader. They are different positions, do look it up.


    I did. I was thinking Boehner was Majority Leader as Speaker of the House.
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    Jun 11, 2014 1:31 AM GMT
    Big upset: No. 2 House Republican Eric Cantor loses primary

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/10/politics/primaries-cantor/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

    "In what was described as a political "earthquake," the No. 2 Republican in the House, Eric Cantor, lost his primary on Tuesday to a college professor and political neophyte.

    Most Republicans view Cantor, 51, as the most conservative member in the House leadership lineup."


    [Evidently not conservative enough for the Teabaggers]
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    Jun 11, 2014 1:32 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said
    Art_Deco said
    coolarmydude said
    Art_Deco said"Cantor became the first person in American history to lose his party's primary while holding the position of House majority leader", according to Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper.

    House majority leader is Boehner.

    Wrong. Boehner is the Speaker of the House. Cantor is (or was after the new Congress in convened in January, 2015), the Republican Majority Party Leader. They are different positions, do look it up.

    I did. I was thinking Boehner was Majority Leader as Speaker of the House.

    The Speaker of the House is never the Majority Leader of his party.
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    Jun 11, 2014 2:14 AM GMT
    So Brat will face off against his own colleague, Trammell, who is also a professor at Randolph-Macon College.
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    Jun 11, 2014 2:37 AM GMT
    OMG, freak show, expect more government shut down in the fall by the lunatic fringe icon_rolleyes.gif

    Bone head Boehner pissing his pants about now


    lets not forget, who these people are, cray, cray.....

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    Jun 11, 2014 6:13 AM GMT
    Will this pull VA even farther to the right? I would like to know why people voted for Dave Brat


    Who is Dave Brat?


    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/10/who-is-dave-brat-political-novice-who-beat-house-majority-leader-eric-cantor/




    Dave Brat: Meet The Candidate Who Beat Eric Cantor
    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/dave-brat-meet-candidate-beat-eric-cantor/story?id=24081628&singlePage=true
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    Jun 11, 2014 8:44 AM GMT
    it's always healthy to see a long time incumbent politician eliminated
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    Jun 11, 2014 10:17 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said"Eric Cantor’s internal polling had him up 34 points in his primary a few days before the primary."

    When you believe your own lie, you get what's coming for you.



    If true, that has to be a RECORD meltdown then!
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    Jun 11, 2014 10:33 AM GMT
    As if any of you supported Eric Cantor...
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    Jun 11, 2014 11:06 AM GMT
    Blakes7 saidAs if any of you supported Eric Cantor...


    lol nobody gave a shit about Cantor except for Goldman Sachs and Blackstone
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    Jun 11, 2014 1:29 PM GMT
    Blakes7 saidAs if any of you supported Eric Cantor...

    Virginia is an "open" primary State, in which non-Republican registered and unregistered district residents can vote. There may have been some Democratic & Independent crossover voting, to sabotage Cantor for his own sabotaging of numerous Obama legislative initiatives, and being the principle orchestrator of the "Party of No" in Congress.

    Of course the Teabagger winner Brat is worse politically than Cantor, but revenge is revenge. On the other hand Brat may not be as effective in Congress as Cantor (it's assumed no Democratic will win in November in that solid Republican district, leaving that House seat in Republican hands in any case), and could add to House Republican in-fighting and disarray.

    Not to mention denying Cantor becoming Speaker of the House when Boehner retires (or is ousted) as is expected. Cantor was the strongest candidate to replace Boehner; now the field is wide open for filling the Republican Majority Leader position, the second ranking Republican in the House (or top position when a Democrat is House Speaker).

    I haven't heard an analysis yet of who voted in this primary, but it should be interesting. With an upset like this it's likely to be examined under a microscope to see exactly what happened. Among the reasons why Republican and Teabagger voters chose as they did appears to be Brat's misrepresentation of Cantor's stance on immigration reform, and typical low Virginia turnout.

    Which kept complacent Cantor Republicans at home and brought more energized Brat Teabaggers to the polls. Cantor may have actually hurt himself by claiming a huge lead going into the election, causing voters who might have supported him to think: "Why bother to go out, Cantor already has this thing won."
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    Jun 11, 2014 2:11 PM GMT
    Bye, Felicia! icon_biggrin.gif

    Nobody will cry for him anyway. He'll have a cushy thinktank gig well before he walks out the door.
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    Jun 11, 2014 3:48 PM GMT
    The downside to the defeat of "Party of No" Republican House leader Cantor is the death of immigration reform. At least that's what most political analysts are saying the day after the election.

    The message Republicans in Congress will have gotten is that to support any legislation reforming immigration will make them vulnerable to Teabag primary challenges, like happened to Cantor. Legislation many of them were considering passing is now dead.

    Which is a sad commentary on US politics. Legislation that might have passed on its merits, including benefits to the nation as a whole, takes a backseat to keeping these Republicans in office. You can see that their first priority is getting reelected, not doing what is best for US citizens.

    It also shows a weakness in the US system, that lets a radical minority like the Teabaggers wield so much power, virtually a veto over the legislative process. As well as the electoral process, at least in some voting districts.

    The Republicans worked hard to gerrymander voting districts to marginalize potential Democractic voters, but now the monster they created may also be biting them in the ass, not just Democrats.

    In the same way Republicans created the Christian Fundamentalist voting block Frankenstein that also sometimes turns on them, instead of attacking Liberals exclusively, the intended target. The Law of Unintended Consequences can be ruthless, often better not to delve short-sightedly into unchartered political territory that can produce unforeseen longterm problems. Politicizing Christian conservative churches, technically illegal under US tax exemption rules, has opened a Pandora's box of unconstitutional & nondemocratic (small letter "d") turmoil in this country.
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    Jun 11, 2014 3:58 PM GMT
    Speaking of the voting block Fundamentalist Frankenstein, at least for now, Cantor is reportedly the sole non-Christian representing Republicans in either house of Congress.
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    Jun 11, 2014 3:58 PM GMT
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    lets not forget, who these people are, cray, cray.....


    Exhibit A: jockfever
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    Jun 11, 2014 4:06 PM GMT
    He often seemed to have this smirky-smirk when responding to a question, like he knew he was lying his ass off and thought it was funny.
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    Jun 11, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
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    Blakes7 saidAs if any of you supported Eric Cantor...

    Virginia is an "open" primary State, in which non-Republican registered and unregistered district residents can vote. There may have been some Democratic & Independent crossover voting, to sabotage Cantor for his own sabotaging of numerous Obama legislative initiatives, and being the principle orchestrator of the "Party of No" in Congress.

    Of course the Teabagger winner Brat is worse politically than Cantor, but revenge is revenge. On the other hand Brat may not be as effective in Congress as Cantor (it's assumed no Democratic will win in November in that solid Republican district, leaving that House seat in Republican hands in any case), and could add to House Republican in-fighting and disarray.

    Not to mention denying Cantor becoming Speaker of the House when Boehner retires (or is ousted) as is expected. Cantor was the strongest candidate to replace Boehner; now the field is wide open for filling the Republican Majority Leader position, the second ranking Republican in the House (or top position when a Democrat is House Speaker).

    I haven't heard an analysis yet of who voted in this primary, but it should be interesting. With an upset like this it's likely to be examined under a microscope to see exactly what happened. Among the reasons why Republican and Teabagger voters chose as they did appears to be Brat's misrepresentation of Cantor's stance on immigration reform, and typical low Virginia turnout.

    Which kept complacent Cantor Republicans at home and brought more energized Brat Teabaggers to the polls. Cantor may have actually hurt himself by claiming a huge lead going into the election, causing voters who might have supported him to think: "Why bother to go out, Cantor already has this thing won."


    Sabotage? Like pushing the liberal immigration agenda FOR Obama??
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    Jun 11, 2014 4:18 PM GMT
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    Sabotage? Like pushing the liberal immigration agenda FOR Obama??

    You can go sit in the back of the classroom until you pay better attention.
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    Jun 11, 2014 4:33 PM GMT
    Cantor IS pushing amnesty.
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    Jun 11, 2014 4:46 PM GMT
    Blakes7 saidCantor IS pushing amnesty.

    Keep drinking the tea.
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    Jun 11, 2014 6:15 PM GMT
    Blakes7 saidCantor IS pushing amnesty.


    lol if he pushed a bus ride back to Guatemala and El Salvador would have won