The title of a recently released Fox News article is “Cantor UPSET in Virginia GOP primary by TEA PARTY-backed challenger” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/11/house-majority-leader-eric-cantor-loses-virginia-gop-primary-ap-reports/).
“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his GOP Virginia primary race to Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat Tuesday night (June 10, 2014) in a STUNNING upset“.
“Brat, an economics professor and political novice, latched onto the hot-button issue of IMMIGRATION, ACCUSING Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the GOP-led House, of supporting immigration legislation that would give “amnesty” to millions of people living illegally in the United States”. There are TWO things to note here. First “accusing” is our first example of BLAMING & CRITICIZING (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk). Secondly/On top of this “immigration” is the latest “hot button issue” with Republicans surely supporting JOHN MCCAIN‘s “Complete the danged fence” approach (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0lwusMxiHc). “If you go KNOCKING DOOR TO DOOR, you’ll know (that) the American people think (that) they’re IN TROUBLE. It was a MIRACLE. God gave us (Brat & THE TEA PARTY) this win“. Again there are TWO things to note here. First, when “people think (that) they’re in trouble”, they do things that they WOULDN’T normally do and they tend to vote for someone they WOULDN’T normally vote for. This PLAYS RIGHT INTO Brat and the Tea Party’s hands.
“He (Brat) said he enjoyed Tea Party support, but was a candidate focused on Republican PRINCIPLES, including FREE MARKETS and (STRICT) “adherence to the Constitution”. Of course, these “principles” are RIGIDLY DOGMATIC.
“Cantor conceded defeat about an hour after the race was called, confirming THE BIGGEST upset victory of this year’s (the 2014) election cycle and a MAJOR blow to the core of the GOP”.
“(Cantor) told a small crowd in Richmond”, “It’s DISAPPOINTING. But I BELIEVE IN THIS COUNTRY. I believe there is opportunity around THE NEXT corner”, now that HIS POLITICAL CAREER IS COMING TO A CLOSE.
“In the closing weeks of the race, Brat tried to tie the SEVEN-term congressman’s support for legal status for children who have illegally entered the country to the situation of hundreds of children from Central America pouring illegally across the southern U.S. border, creating a HUMANITARIAN crisis“. “humanitarian crisis” is exactly the argument that EMPLOYERS OF DOMESTIC HELPERS IN HONG KONG USE: this is the “We cannot support” argument”
“Cantor, once considered next in line to take over for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, fought back in part by pointing out that he helped BLOCK Senate plans “to give illegal aliens amnesty“.
“Brat also said Cantor, who was first elected in 2000 and has ties to Tea Party-backed lawmakers in Congress, had spent TOO MUCH time in Washington and LOST TOUCH with the conservative base in his Richmond-area district”. “spent too much time in Washington” and “lost touch with” suggest that 2014 could be another year of WASHINGTON INSIDER vs. WASHINGTON OUTSIDER, just like we saw in the 2010 mid-term elections when HOUSE Democrats lost A STAGGERING 63 seats (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2010). So Cantor is a Washington INSIDER who has GONE DOWN/LOST.
“Despite the attacks, Cantor had APPEARED well positioned for reelection”. As we know “appearances” can be DECEIVING.
“The most recent campaign finance reports showed he spent more than $1 million in April and May (2014), but still has more than $1.5 million in the bank”.
“Brat, by contrast, raised just more than $200,000 for his campaign, according to the reports”. “Dollars DON’T vote, PEOPLE do“. BINGO.
According to Boehner, “Eric Cantor and I have been through A LOT together. He’s A GOOD FRIEND and a great leader and someone I’ve come to rely upon on a daily basis as we make the tough choices that come with governing. My thoughts are with him and (wife) Diana and their kids (Evan, Jenna & Michael) tonight (June 11, 2014)”.
“One former senior House Republican close to Boehner described Cantor’s loss as “DEVASTATING to the party,” before adding that it may not be to Boehner “as THERE IS NO ONE ELSE NOW” or more accurately “no one” WHO CAN CHALLENGE BOEHNER FOR THE SPEAKER’S GAVEL “now”. “We need Boehner NOW MORE THAN EVER. Can Boehner step up?” to PROTECT MAINSTREAM Republicans from THE TEA PARTY.
“Democrats REVELED in the loss“.
“In a FUNDRAISING email”, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said: “From Day One of (President) Obama’s presidency, Eric Cantor HAS USED EVERY DIRTY TRICK TO BLOCK the Democratic agenda“. Again there are TWO things to note here. First, notice “fundraising”. Well, Brat has demonstrated that politics IS NOT ALWAYS about MONEY. On top of this, the Tea Party has EVEN MORE “dirty tricks” up their sleeves than people like Cantor do.
According to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, “Eric Cantor has long been THE FACE of House Republicans’ EXTREME policies, DEBILITATING DYSFUNCTION and MANUFACTURED crises“, which BOTH parties are responsible for. “Tonight (June 11, 2014) is a MAJOR victory for The Tea Party as they yet again PULL the Republican Party FURTHER to the RADICAL right“. We DON’T need ANY MORE “radicals” in society today. There are more than enough of those already. “As far as the midterm elections are concerned, IT’S A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME“ indeed.
“The Brat victory was by far THE BIGGEST of the 2014 campaign season for Tea Party forces, though last week (June 10, 2014) they forced veteran Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran into a June 24 (2014) runoff with state Sen. Chris McDaniel”.
According to “a source familiar with both campaigns (Cochran & Cantor), “Thad Cochran (and) Eric Cantor. They were PLAYING WITH FIRE“. Well, Cantor “(was) playing with fire” and Cochran “is playing with fire” since COCHRAN HASN’T lost yet. “It will force the Republicans to move FURTHER TO THE RIGHT. … You have what could be CHAOS for leadership. They could GET CAUGHT UP in the politics of this and that GETS THEM AWAY FROM ANY POLITICAL AGENDA“. Well, the GOP could BLAME the LACK OF a “political agenda” on PRESIDENT OBAMA ahead of the 2016 PRESIDENTIAL elections.
Finally, “Jay S. Poole, a Cantor volunteer, said Brat tapped into WIDESPREAD FRUSTRATION among voters about THE GRIDLOCK in Washington and issues such as IMMIGRATION”..”I can’t tell you how AMAZING this is to me”. There are THREE things to finish off. First, when people are “frustrated”, they tend to do things that they WOULDN’T USUALLY do. “frustration”, of course, is a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Secondly, “immigration” is mentioned once again. On top of this, Poole is getting emotional here because with ERIC CANTOR being voted out POOLE IS ALSO LOSING HIS JOB as a staffer.
To conclude, Cantor had won all of his previous SEVEN election and re-election campaigns dating back to 2000, with at least 58% of the vote (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Cantor). So, THIS WAS INDEED “a STUNNING upset” by Brat.