Skip to comments.The Top 8 Consequences of Cantor's Defeat
Posted on 06/10/2014 8:46:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
On Tuesday night, one of the most stunning upsets in Congressional primary history took place, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) losing his primary to economics professor Dave Brat. Brat campaigned on the platform that Cantor was a backer of amnesty legislation; heavy conservative media coverage of the thousands of illegal immigrant youths pouring across our inundated southern border contributed to a sense of urgency. So Cantor is out.
And the landscape has radically shifted, both for the Republican Party, and for the 2014 election. Here are the biggest ramifications of Cantors 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. Boehners 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. Cantors ties to Boehner may signal that a successful insurgency is on the way. Aides are telling the National Journal, Were absolutely stunned. Honestly, we really cant believe it.
The Young Guns Are Firing Blanks. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Cantor were considered the so-called young guns in the House, preparing to take over leadership from Boehner and company whenever he stepped down. Ryan and Cantor have been vocal about their desire for immigration reform legislation this year. Cantor is now gone. And Ryans position as a leader is in serious jeopardy.
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Elections have consequences.
A whole bunch more RINOs to go and we’ll be set.
Don’t catch Potomac Fever. Stay true to the Conservative cause.
I hope he’s right about everything.
What sticks in my mind is nominee Brat’s comments I heard on TV today. He said (paraphrasing) that Tea party goals and GOPe goals are not far apart. Both are for free market capitalism, which is actually more humane than socialism.
It wasn’t just amnesty. It was spending, the unwillingness to stand for Republican principles, Obamacare, and a host of issues on which Eric Cantor has gone over to the dark side. Immigration is in the news and it was likely the tipping point, but it was just one of a host of reasons why Cantor was ousted.
What needs to happen is the GOP needs to be for American free market capitalism.
That is the word, which is not emphasised nearly enough.
I still say that 95 percent of elected Republicans in Congress either repudiate conservatism or fake it.
Some new fake conservative in the Ryan-McCarthy mold will emerge as Speaker of the House if there is going to be a change.
BOEHNER AND A SMALL GROUP OF GOP HOUSE MEMBERS WILL LIKELY GO WITH THE DEMS TO RAM THROUGH ‘IMMIGRATION REFORM’ AFTER THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS, THEN BOEHNER WILL MOVE ON AND A NEW FACE WILL BE SPEAKER.
I hope this gets momentum for Joe Carr in TN. Our primary isn’t until August. And McDaniel in MS. When is Gramnesty up?
Gramnesty won his primary tonight. Six more years of that idiot.
The GOP-E Leadership in the US House, (Boehner, Cantor, and Ryan), is always gullible to Obamas tricks.
Consequently, Boehner, Cantor and Ryan, have all pledged to ram through this unpopular Obama Amnesty Bill due to Obamas illegal decision to flood the USA with children from Mexico and Central America.
It is time to kick the GOP-E out of Congressional Leadership!
Newws media don’t tell me you’re ‘stunned’. I’ve been stunned with all the news about immigrant children crossing the border, EPA shutting down more industries when we’re hurting for jobs, gas prices going up to $4.00 a gallion, the Dems allowing Veterans to die but they want to buy the votes of young people by forgiving their student loans, etc. etc. Stunned voters do stunning things - hip hip hooray.
Raúl Labrador (ID-1) has made some vague indication he may try for the speakership, with some Tea Party congressmen favoring him. Would be a million times better than Boehner, and best of all, McConnell would HATE it!
From what I’ve heard him say, it sounds like he is making the point many have made. The only difference between the Tea Party and the GOP is that the Tea Party actually follows the stated Republican Party platform. The GOP doesn’t.
Labrador: Leave the Bergdahl family alone
Gayham won unfortunately, though by a pathetic margin. He got 58.5%. Worse than Cornyn and McConnell.
But the momentum is there now. We can oust Lamar! if we activate the grassroots voters in TN.
What stuck out to me in what Brat said tonight on FNC is that every position that he took in his campaign is the Republican platform position.
The leadership power structure in the House is effectively broken tonight.
Yes, I’m aware of his statements on this. A blemish in total (though I agree that the main issue is the swap itself rather than the idiocy of Bergdahl), but still he’s way better than Boehner and anyone else in the leadership circle.
I’d say Steve King should go for it, but I don’t think the support is there from the middle of the caucus.
And while no one wants to hear it tonight, six more years for one of 100 is more significant than 2 years for 1 in 435. But the important thing is the principles which we are fighting for, and tonight’s defeat of Cantor (the man) is insignificant compared with defeating the push fo immigration “reform” (the principle).
Tom DeLay’s conviction was overturned today.
Well, to primary an incumbant in one congressional district is one thing; to primary an incumbent senator in a state-wide election is a lot more difficult.
I think Ben S. pretty much nails it...
I don’t often agree with Impy, but I think he’s right about DeLay. He would struggle to get traction as a potential speaker, as much as Newt would. As interesting as the idea of a non-elected speaker is (Allen West has also been mentioned), it does seem to be a pipe dream. We have to get someone from the conservative wing of the caucus to make a run at it. Otherwise, I fear McMorris Rodgers may try to take it. Ugh!
And, Labrador being Latino would be create Schadenfreude watching the establishment folks squirm
Very good point...I did hear him say that also.
More important than the significance of the seat, is the message that was sent. Defeating a House Majority Leader is seismic! (I’ve heard tonight that this is the very first time it’s been done.) Tomorrow will be a busy day at the Capitol Hill laundry.
I pray that happens. They are just as culpable as Obama.
except as Viennacon points out, GOPe do not follow their own platform. Hopefully this Cantor loss is wake up call for GOPe.
This result also weakens Jeb Bush’s chances in 2016. Which is just fine with me.
The GOP-E has had control of the Nations purse strings for over 4 years.
Boehner has been in control as Speaker of the House for over 4 years.
Obama has thus been at the mercy of Boehner and the GOP-E for over 4 years.
Obama thus could not have been as successful as he has been without the full cooperation of the GOP-E and ESPECIALLY Speaker Boehner, Leader Cantor, Whip McCarthy, Economist Ryan, Chairman Mike Rogers, Chairman Issa and loose cannon Peter King of NY.
As long as the Member Republicans in the US House choose to keep in place the above Leadership team, Obama will be able to continue his personal race to the bottom.
Obama, Reid, Holder and Pelosi are just doing what they have been raised up to do: Destroy America, ASAP. They are Public Enemy Number One.
Those who refuse to oppose the destruction of our Republic are Public Enemy Number Two.
BTW, when have - - conservatives - - - , Boehner, Cantor, or Ryan EVER Conserved anything when doing battle with Obama, Reid, Holder or Pelosi? Hmmmmmmmmm?
The only thing that matters in politics is to stay on offense.
The GOP-E has perfected the art of always staying on defense.
Thus, the GOP-E will continue to lose elections by wide margins.
R Sc Rep. Trey Gowdy is an exception to the shunning of Offense by the GOP-E.
Gowdy has the required fire-in-the-belly to attack, Attack, ATTACK!
I stand with Gowdy, Lee and Cruz, who so far have told the truth, and then refused to apologize for telling the TRUTH.
The Republican Party has come a long ways since 2012.
In 2012, then GOP-E candidate Romneycare Romney published a book entitled No Apologies.
Also in 2012 Romneycare Romney told the truth about the 47 % who pay no personal FI Taxes, and thus would not vote for him.
Two weeks later, Romney apologized, saying I was completely wrong.
The GOP-E lost the support of Conservatives when GHW Bush lied to us about Read my lips, NO NEW TAXES!
The GOP-E lost the support of the Hold-your-nose-when-you-vote segment in 2008 by voting for McCain.
The GOP-E revealed itself to be a dedicated loser when they chose to run Romneycare Romney against Obamacare Obama.
Now we have Scandal Coverup Artist Sobber Boehner caving in to Obama, Reid, Holder and Pelosi on a weekly basis.
We need to march into the US House of Representatives and escort out the above mentioned Leaders for a TEA Party reception on the Lawn of the US House.
I have the tar, yall bring the feathers!
Why would Obama even consider performing an open act such as issuing an executive order on immigration?
The guy is a weasel.
All he needs to do is continue to work the back channels to support the current policy of de facto amnesty.
The Viva La Raza crowd is getting more than its fair share of TV coverage making the claim that Obama has deported more illegals than any other president.
So Obama's getting the cover he needs to continue to allow the waves of illegals to wash upon our shores. No need to make this public and rile up the Democrats trying to prop up a majority in the Senate.
I’d really like to see Tom McClintock in a leadership position.
Focusing on Bergdahl misses the real traitor - Obama
Google their numbers and pick up the phones and write emails. Flood their offices. This situation with all these “children” cannot stand.
Activism can win a primary with 35,000 votes, but not a Presidential election. That's why Romney won the nomination. For activism to have a chance, we need to pick a candidate early and fund that person.
The Cantor defeat is the death knell for the immigration reform caucus in the GOP, at least for this cycle, and that means that the party will be more, not less unified.
I don't believe this for a second. There is a majority in Congress for "immigration reform" consisting of Democrats and RINOs. Just tonight, Dana Perrino was "suggesting" that Cantor step down so that a RINO could be entrenched and offering a list of "attractive" womyn. We don't need sexism; we need leadership.
See my tagline.
I will happily educate either of them on the principles of privatizing environmental regulation.
I thought that happened last year?
Was there another appeal?
I think the point was that the GOPe ignores the platform, which it does, but the platform is a winner.
Agree, he’s long due.
McClintock one of the good guys..
Yes, and thanks to the 17th amendment, outside the state money flowed in to support Graham...
NOT what the founders intended...
Send the military to the border and send Boehner to the back bench.
You will see the GOPe push harder than ever before to make sure all non GOPe candidates get shredded. If not in the primaries, in the general election.
I have already heard rumblings here in Iowa after the primary that the GOP is going to make sure that first, the election in November does not result in a “reactionary” candidate winning. Even if that means giving it to Braley.
Second, to make dang sure that the caucuses go to the “right” candidate. The Paul people found out about the fix last time, they will be more careful this time.