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  • Cantor Voting Rights Act Legacy is Failure to Deliver, Democrats Say

    08/14/2014 5:16:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 8/14/14 | Emma Dumain
    Passing a new Voting Rights Act in the GOP-dominated House was never going to be easy, supporters acknowledge. But with a powerful Republican such as Eric Cantor as an ally, hope flickered for nearly a year. Then came June 10 and the shocking primary defeat that tanked Cantor’s congressional career — taking with it, in all likelihood, any prospect for an update of the landmark 1965 civil rights legislation that had been weakened by a 2012 Supreme Court ruling. Even with Cantor as majority leader, said a House aide close to the VRA negotiations, “I would have speculated that it...
  • Eric Cantor Skips Final Immigration Votes

    08/02/2014 6:12:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 8/1/14 | Emma Dumain
    When Eric Cantor bid the House farewell in a floor speech Thursday, he apparently meant it. At the time, Cantor had not yet disclosed his intent to resign his seat from Congress as of Aug. 18. He was merely ending his tenure as majority leader a little under two months after his sudden primary defeat in June, handing the gavel off to his successor, Kevin McCarthy of California. But when it came time for a major test for Cantor’s House Republicans, the ousted Virginian was already long gone. Cantor was among the 20 lawmakers who did not vote Friday night,...
  • Cantor to resign from Congress

    08/01/2014 7:28:09 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | Taylor | Jessica
    Now-former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will resign from Congress on Aug. 18, nearly two months after his surprise GOP primary defeat. Cantor announced his plans in an interview with his hometown newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the same day he officially stepped down from GOP leadership. According to Cantor, his decision is timed so that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) can call a special election to coincide with the regular Nov. 4 general election. “I want to make sure that the constituents in the 7th District will have a voice in what will be a very consequential lame-duck session,”...
  • Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader

    07/31/2014 9:06:54 PM PDT · by Rome2000 · 45 replies
    AP ^ | July 31, 2014
    After his speech, Cantor received a standing ovation from members of both parties and shared a hug with the No. 2 House Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland.....
  • Eric Cantor parties in Hamptons, campaigning for Wall Street job: report

    07/16/2014 1:16:08 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 7/16/14 | Terrence Cullen
    Pick a job, any job. Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s career in Congress might be over, but he’s got plenty of suitors on Wall Street and in the National Republican Committee. Cantor was recently spotted at an exclusive Hamptons party, rubbing elbows with Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfien and billionaire investor Carl Icahn, according to Politico, and seemed to be pining for a finance job in New York. The seven-term congressman from Virginia lost his primary last month to Tea Party favorite Dave Brat. Cantor will step down from his leadership role at the end of July, but will...
  • UPDATE: Goodlatte holds meeting with Shenandoah Valley tea party leadership after Cantor’s loss

    07/05/2014 10:11:41 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    LynnRMitchell.com ^ | Lynn R. Mitchell
    UPDATE: Congressman Goodlatte’s office responded to this post: “Congressman Goodlatte requested this meeting with SVTPP in May, well before the June 10th primary, as part of his continued outreach to groups throughout the Sixth District. The headline of your post is quite misleading, making it look like the meeting was requested in response to Eric Cantor’s loss, which is not the case.” The Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Patriots (SVTPP) reported in their June 29 newsletter that they were asked by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-6th) to meet to air their concerns, an hour-long event that took place on June 17, just...
  • An Angry Tea Party and Vocal Ted Cruz Prove America Is Becoming More Liberal

    06/30/2014 8:03:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 26, 2014 | H. A. Goodman
    Christopher Hitchens got a chance to analyze the Tea Party in 2011, the same year cancer took his life. In a Vanity Fair article titled "Tea'd Off," the great polemicist explains that populist movements like the Tea Party are a reaction to social and political change. Hitchens writes that before the Revolutionary War costumes, America had seen a somewhat similar phenomenon with the John Birch Society: The John Birch Society possessed such a mainstream message--the existence of a Communist world system with tentacles in the United States--that it had a potent influence over whole sections of the Republican Party. It...
  • Pompeo, Tiahrt to participate in political forum

    Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo and his challenger in the Aug. 5 Republican primary will participate next month in a political forum hosted by the Wichita Crime Commission. Pompeo is running for a third term in Kansas' 4th Congressional District.
  • Scorched Earth: Eric Cantor’s Staff, Supporters Drain Cash From Virginia GOP, Dave Brat

    06/27/2014 9:00:24 AM PDT · by bigbob · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-27-14 | David Steinberg
    After the skin-crawling exploitation of black voters in Mississippi, the GOP’s current leadership wing gives a second demonstration, this time in Virginia, of just how committed they are to “a big tent,” or to the GOP’s vitality in general. The Senate majority matters, the House majority matters. But this party’s leadership is infested with the same disregard for Washington’s intended purpose as any Clintonian. Third parties fail. But what cost does remaining aligned with this generation of GOP leadership take from the cause of liberty and transparency? Recall, last week Eric Cantor said: “Of course I’ll vote for David Brat...
  • What Do You Mean We, Kemo Sabe? (Somewhat long but very interesting)

    06/26/2014 9:05:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | June 26, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    It’s a scene straight out of fiction. Refugees from North Africa, packed like sardines in small boats are streaming in droves across the Med to Italy. “According to Italian interior ministry figures given to the Guardian, 59,880 migrants and refugees have landed on the country’s coast this year – almost as many as in the whole of 2011, which holds the record. The situation is unprecedented. Sicily, which has received more than 53,000 of the new arrivals, is bearing the brunt and struggling to cope. And summer – historically the peak time for boat landings – has only just begun.”...
  • The RINOs: A History

    06/26/2014 8:09:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Feehery Theory ^ | June 25, 2014 | John Feehery, GOP consultant
    When news broke that Eric Cantor had lost his primary, Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee for the Virginia Senate seat, immediately tweeted congratulations to David Brat. The rest of the Republican party establishment, the non-sentimental lot that it is, fell into line and pledged to support the winner. Cantor had been defeated. There was no talk of starting a third party or sitting the election out. Sure, there was some anger and disappointment, but rank and file Republicans moved on. Contrast with the news of what happened last night. Long before it became clear that Thad Cochran, a long-time Republican...
  • 6.9 million multiple voters in 28 states, report finds

    06/26/2014 7:38:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 62 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 25, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    The latest interstate voter cross check tallied 6,951,484 overlapping voter registrations, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg. The cross-check program involves only 28 states and does not include the three largest: California, Texas and Florida. “Duplicate registration is an open invitation to voting fraud,” said Clara Belle Wheeler, a member of the Election Board in Albemarle County, Va. “This ability to vote more than once dilutes the legal votes and changes the results of elections.”
  • Elites Beware: Eric Cantor's Defeat May Signal a Populist Revolution

    06/11/2014 10:16:11 AM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 48 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 11, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    WEST CHESTER, Pa—Expecting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to win his GOP primary in Virginia, I spent Election Day in Pennsylvania—interviewing angry Republicans, Democrats, and independents about the rise of political populism. I was in the wrong state, but I had the right topic. Cantor's defeat has less to do with immigration reform than it does with an uneven movement that should frighten conservative and liberal political elites to their shallow cores. Americans see a grim future for themselves, their children and their country. They believe their political leaders are selfish, greedy, and short-sighted—unable and/or unwilling to shield most people...
  • MCCARTHY BLAMES DEMS FOR CANTOR LOSS

    06/23/2014 5:52:37 PM PDT · by kingattax · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jun 2014
    House Majority Leader-elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blamed crossover votes by Democrats for Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) surprise primary defeat at the hands of David Brat in an interview on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Monday. He stated that was surprised by Cantor’s defeat, and did say that “all politics are local” when asked why he thought Cantor lost. McCarthy added that he had “read five different analyses” and one theory he came across was “Democrats voted 30 percent in [that race].”
  • Dave Brat's $1,000 Earthquake [More unreported evidence of GOP's demise]

    06/23/2014 2:01:26 PM PDT · by RobaWho · 21 replies
    RobCunninghamUSA ^ | June 23, 2014 | Rob Cunningham
    Truth is one of the most powerful forces on earth. And perhaps the force most feared by compromised politicians. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's crushing defeat came at the hands of a virtual unknown college professor, one who overcame a 26 to 1 funding disadvantage in which 377 Political Action Committees (PACs) contributed to Cantor’s 2014 campaign vs. 0 (zero) PAC contributions into Brat's 2014 campaign. It's been borderline hilarious watching so many media talking heads, politicians and campaign consultants grasp at explanatory straws. It reminds me of Mark Twain's quote, "If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If...
  • Republicans Begin Shift To The Right After Cantor's Defeat

    06/23/2014 5:35:33 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 6/23/14 | Sahil Kapur
    If anyone doubted that the Republican Party would become more conservative after the ousting of Eric Cantor, his successor put those doubts to rest over the weekend. In an interview with Fox News, incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) revealed leadership's first significant policy shift: opposition to reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank when its current charter expires on Sept. 30, a move that would shutter the credit agency. "One of the problems with government is it's going to take hard earned money so others do things that the private sector can do. That's what Ex-Im Bank does," he said. "I...
  • National Interest Or Self Interest? Not A Hard Choice

    06/20/2014 5:02:37 PM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 20, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    If character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking, World War II Gen. Dwight Eisenhower radiated it on D-Day’s eve, writing that “any blame … is mine alone” in never-delivered remarks known as “In Case of Failure.” In making one of history’s toughest and most consequential decisions — unlike those chronicled in Hillary Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices” — Eisenhower prepared for the worst as 150,000 men readied for a veritable suicide mission 70 years ago this month. Willing to shoulder failure’s blame, even without knowing its reason, Eisenhower publicly attributed the anticipated victory to liberty’s cause and the...
  • Will New York's Rep. Hanna Crash in Primary Like Eric Cantor?

    06/20/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by statestreet · 5 replies
    NewsMax ^ | June 19, 2014 | John Gizzi
    With barely five days to go before New York's June 24 primary, speculation is mounting as to whether Rep. Richard Hanna is going to the next Republican U.S. House member after Virginia's Eric Cantor to lose renomination. While House Majority Leader Cantor's loss was fueled largely by his support on immigration reform and extending the debt ceiling — both issues that angered tea party Republicans — two-termer Hanna has many more positions hostile to conservatives. More significantly, Cantor was defeated by an obscure college educator, David Brat, while Hanna, 63, faces a well-known conservative figure in State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.
  • So, who’s running this party anyway?

    06/19/2014 7:55:29 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Bearing Drift ^ | JR Hoeft
    Yesterday’s “Burgers with Bill,” held in the normally sleepy days following the end of primaries, the end of school, and pre-Independence day, has gotten folks to thinking. Why? Because the GOP is in complete transition. And it’s time to just openly accept it.(SNIP) So, when many of the former leaders gathered last night for “Burgers with Bill,” which used to be a much sought after fundraising ticket, but is now an event that is paid for by Bolling’s PAC, it seemed a bit like a nod to the past and a reflection on the current state of the party. McDonnell...
  • RUPERT MURDOCH: Here's Why 'My Heart Sank' When Eric Cantor Lost

    06/19/2014 1:45:43 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato/Jessica Rinaldi
    News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch Rupert Murdoch said his "heart sank" after he learned of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning Republican primary loss last week, because he believes Congress needs to tackle the issue of immigration reform this year. Murdoch, the chair of News Corp., has an op-ed in Thursday's Wall Street Journal in which he argued immigration reform "can't wait." After Cantor's loss, immigration reform was almost universally pronounced dead as a possibility this year, as it was perceived to be one of the issues on which Cantor lost favor with his Republican constituents. But Murdoch,...
  • Brat Focuses on Unifying 'Mainstream American Principles We All Believe In'

    06/19/2014 6:20:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 19, 2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    In the first major press conference since his stunning primary victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on June 10, Virginia's 7th Congressional District Republican nominee Dave Brat focused on the unifying "mainstream American principles we all believe in." Speaking outside his Glenn Allen headquarters in suburban Richmond Thursday morning, Brat noted that his supporters, volunteers, and campaign staffers "are coming from all corners of the Republican party and beyond. We've got long-time Republicans of all stripes. We have Tea Partiers, independents, and libertarians on board." "This is precisely what this campaign is all about from the beginning. We're...
  • Brian Schweitzer says his 'gaydar' goes off when he sees Eric Cantor

    06/19/2014 2:52:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 19, 2014 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer chose an interesting path and offered puzzling critiques since he tossed his name in the hat for a potential presidential run in 2016. But comments the Democrat made about Rep. Eric Cantor and Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a lengthy profile published by National Journal have probably knocked him off that path. In the piece, Schweitzer shared his perceptions on Cantor's sexuality while discussing the Virginia Republican's shocking loss last week against an unknown primary candidate. “If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would...
  • REPUBLICANS SELECT KEVIN MCCARTHY AS NEXT HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER

    06/19/2014 12:19:57 PM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 248 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 06/19/2014 | www.foxnews.com
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  • Brian Schweitzer: Eric Cantor Set off my "Gaydar"

    06/19/2014 12:07:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is many things, but circumspect is apparently not one of them. Schweitzer, a Democrat who's said he's mulling a presidential bid in 2016, offered a colorful appraisal of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the soon-to-be former House majority leader who was defeated in a primary election last week. "Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it out. How do I say this...men in the South, they are a little effeminate," Schweitzer told National Journal's Marin Cogan in an interview the night of the election. "They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just...
  • POLL: TEA PARTY, ANTI-AMNESTY VOTERS OUSTED ERIC CANTOR

    06/19/2014 6:58:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    A post-election survey found that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) support for amnesty legislation influenced a majority of voters who ousted him last week in Virginia's seventh congressional district primary that blindsided the mainstream media and rocked establishment Washington.
  • Just fyi for you:

    06/18/2014 6:18:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 14 replies
    NRCC | Karl Rove
    Dear Friend, The conservative principles you and I believe in are in danger. Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are crisscrossing America raising millions of dollars from rich liberals. They now have $11 million more on hand. In 12 days we face a critical deadline: the June End of Quarter FEC Fundraising Deadline. We must end strong to stay close with Pelosi’s campaign machine. This is critical to increasing our majority in the House this November. (SNIP) The deadline is just days away. After the VA scandal, Benghazi, the IRS targeting conservatives, and the Obama Administration trading away 5 Taliban Terrorist...
  • HALEY BARBOUR: CONGRESS CAN STILL PASS AMNESTY AFTER CANTOR DEFEAT

    06/16/2014 8:04:02 PM PDT · by kingattax · 109 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 16 Jun 2014 | by TONY LEE
    On Monday, despite House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) shocking primary loss last week that was viewed as a referendum against amnesty legislation, former Mississippi Governor and lobbyist Haley Barbour said the House could still pass amnesty legislation this year. "I don't think Eric's loss should have anything to do with it," Barbour said at the New York Meeting before pushing for a bill that would give a pathway to citizenship to "everybody's who's here illegally" so long as they confess they are in America illegally, pay fines and back taxes, and are put on probation. Barbour said the House...
  • Illegals crisis brings surprise 'patrol' to border

    06/16/2014 8:33:10 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 9 replies
    WND ^ | Jun 16, 2014 | Jerome Corsi
    On the leadership race in the House to find a replacement for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who lost his primary election last week, King stressed a pledge he made that he would not vote for any member of Congress who supports amnesty. King accused House Speaker John Boehner of attempting to engineer the leadership vote to replace Cantor in favor of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, an establishment GOP leader in Washington that King identified as part of the problem, not the solution. “Boehner gave McCarthy a full day to organize before the rest of us in the GOP...
  • Eric Cantor’s Defeat Exposed a Beltway Journalism Blind Spot

    06/16/2014 3:05:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 15, 2014 | David Carr
    It’s now clear why the primary defeat of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, came so completely out of the blue last week: Beltway blindness that put a focus on fund-raising, power-brokering and partisan back-and-forth created a reality distortion field that obscured the will of the people. But that affliction was not Mr. Cantor’s alone; it is shared by the political press. Reporters and commentators might want to pause and wipe the egg off their faces before they go on camera to cluck-cluck about how Mr. Cantor, Republican of Virginia, missed signs of the insurgency that took him out. There...
  • Why Cantor lost (in one image)

    06/16/2014 10:58:25 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 6-15-2014 | Bookworm
    The drive-by media is desperately trying to prove that Eric Cantor lost in the primary because he's Jewish, never mind the fact that the same 7th district in Virginia had elected him repeatedly before, despite knowing that he was Jewish. The truth is a little different:And no, the image doesn't mean Cantor lost because racist. It means that he lost because, despite calling himself a Republican and putting up a decent defense against Obama in 2009, Cantor's position on amnesty has become indistinguishable from Obama's. When that's combined with the images of Latin American young people, many of them ill,...
  • Cantor bashes Laura Ingraham

    06/16/2014 10:28:11 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 15, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    -snip- Cantor was fairly placid during his appearance on ABC’s “This Week” and in an earlier interview with CNN’s “State of the Union,” but bristled when ABC correspondent asked him about Ingraham.Cantor zeroed in on Ingraham’s charge that he was “two-faced” and a “phony” on the issue of immigration reform because he touted himself as an opponent of amnesty but also worked on legislation to grant legal status to young illegal immigrants.Ingraham joked that Cantor should have been traded to the Taliban in exchange for American POW Bowe Bergdahl, who is accused of deserting his combat post in Afghanistan.“That suggestion...
  • Rep. Eric Cantor 'Absolutely' Shocked by Primary Loss

    06/16/2014 12:44:04 AM PDT · by kingattax · 13 replies
    Yahoo/ABC News ^ | 6-15-14 | Benjamin Bell
    Outgoing Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told ABC's Jonathan Karl that he was "absolutely" shocked by his primary loss this week to Tea Party challenger David Brat, a defeat that has sent shockwaves through Washington as the man seen as a possible heir to Speaker John Boehner was dethroned. "Absolutely…I don't think anybody in the country thought that the outcome would be what it was. And, you know, I just am a believer, as I said that night, and subsequently, that there are some things that happen for a reason and we may not be able to really discern...
  • NewsReal - The News NOT Reported...

    06/16/2014 8:36:55 AM PDT · by mononymous · 4 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 6/16/2014 | Mononymous1
    The following is mostly satire. Hillary Clinton, the Prince Charles of American politics (in more ways than one), has a new book out that she’s busy promoting. It’s called “Hard Choices.” She said, for example, her most difficult choice on the night of the Benghazi consulate attack was whether to have scotch, vodka or gin. In one interview, Hillary said that when she and Bill left the White House they were “flat broke.” She admitted to one interviewer that, "all the silverware we took from the White House were practically worthless". To escape their positively Dickensian condition, Hillary tried her...
  • Liberal Media Are Very Concerned Over Cantor’s Primary Loss

    06/15/2014 10:00:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Pirate's Cove ^ | June 12, 2014 | William Teach
    They are Very Concerned about the extremists taking over or something. Here’s the NY Times Editorial Board The forces of political nihilism not only remain alive and well within the Republican Party, but they are on the rise. Witness the way they shook Washington on Tuesday by removing from power Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who had been one of the most implacable opponents to the reform of immigration, health care and taxation. His crime (in addition to complacent campaigning)? He was occasionally obliged, as a leader, to take a few minimalist steps toward governing, like raising the debt...
  • NY Times: GOP’ers sounding more like Occupy Wall Street, scaring business leaders

    06/15/2014 7:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 15, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    As the fallout from Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) stunning primary loss continues to settle, one of the many entrenched interests feeling suddenly insecure about their position in the American hierarchy is big business. For some, like the aviation giant Boeing, Cantor was a reliable friend. With his loss, that company’s prospects, along with its share price, have crumpled. “Mr. Cantor’s loss is much more than just symbolism,” the Times reported on Saturday. “He has been one of Wall Street’s most reliable benefactors in Congress. And Mr. Brat used that fact to deride the majority leader as someone who has rigged...
  • Cantor will vote for Brat (Harrumph!)

    06/15/2014 9:09:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 15, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Sunday he will vote for Dave Brat, the man who ended his career in Congress, but stopped short of congratulating him or mentioning his name. Cantor, who lost to Brat despite outspending by a margin of 26 to 1, stressed the importance of keeping the Republican Party unified, a message he stressed to Tea Party conservatives in the House after the 2013 government shutdown. Cantor said keeping his seat, Virginia’s 7th congressional district, in Republican hands is a priority and that’s why he’ll vote for Brat, who pummeled him mercilessly on the campaign...
  • The Power of 3,607 (Cantor's loss and what she thinks it means)

    06/15/2014 2:13:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | June 12, 2014 | Susan Estrich
    That's how many people it took to bring down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, doom immigration reform and leave all but the most tea-sodden Republicans quaking. No, it wasn't the Democrats who did it. Various complicated analyses of voting patterns confirm what anyone who has ever tried to convince even their own mother to vote "strategically" knows: Voters don't work that way. They may cast their vote to send a message — that happens all the time — but not to execute a strategy that depends on their voting for someone they don't like at all so that someone else...
  • Bill Bolling on Cantor losing & division

    06/15/2014 1:22:30 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 36 replies
    Facebook ^ | June 11, 2014 | Bill Bolling
    Last night I posted what I thought was a very balanced comment on the 7th district congressional election. I expressed my personal disappointment that Eric Cantor lost, congratulated David Brat on his victory, and expressed concern over the deep divisions that currently exist in our party. I encourage you to read the comments that were made in response. The negativity and vitriol of these comments (dare I say the hate in some of them) reflects what is wrong in our party right now. We have to learn to disagree without being disagreeable, and we have to learn to respect the...
  • Top Jeb Bush Adviser: Cantor Didn't Lose Because of Amnesty

    06/14/2014 10:30:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 14, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Top Jeb Bush adviser Mike Murphy, who did not even pay attention to Dave Brat's campaign like Breitbart News did, has falsely been claiming that Cantor's embrace of amnesty for illegal immigrants was not the reason he lost last Tuesday. Liberal writer Mickey Kaus had enough of Murphy's nonsense and slammed him on Twitter on Friday evening. Kaus became Brat's de facto press secretary and top advocate on Twitter in the last months of the campaign because Kaus, like Brat, opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants because it would hurt American workers. He mentioned to Murphy that talk radio host Laura...
  • Michael Steele: 'Lot Of Interest' In Eric Cantor Serving As RNC Chairman

    06/14/2014 4:06:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 14, 2014 | Sahil Kapur
    Eric Cantor, next Republican National Committee chairman? Former RNC chair Michael Steele thinks it's a possibility after the House majority leader was defeated Tuesday in a Virginia Republican primary. "With the upcoming presidential election, there's a lot of interest in Eric Cantor serving as national chairman of the RNC," Steele said Saturday on MSNBC's "Up With Steve Kornacki.""In fact I think he'd be interesting because he started dialogues on poverty and some other issues that were sort of outside of what Republicans have traditionally talked about. So he could bring a very interesting voice into that space," he said. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)
  • At Romney Retreat, Republicans Search for Focus

    The official topic of the conference, emblazoned on materials handed out to guests gathered here at a luxury Norwegian-inspired resort, was “The Future of American Leadership.” But the unofficial theme was made clear not long into breakfast on Friday, when a guest asked Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky the question on everyone’s mind: Is Hillary beatable?(SNIP) “This is the place where, I believe, the future of the party is really going to come out of,” said Anthony Scaramucci, a New York hedge fund manager and former Romney fund-raising bundler. “This is the Republican Party’s Bell Labs. This is our R...
  • No, Eric Cantor Didn’t Lose Because Of Anti-Semitism

    06/13/2014 5:21:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.13.14 | Megan Cairns
    Most of us are still trying to figure out exactly what was behind Eric Cantor’s shocking primary loss on Tuesday. But some on the left were able to jump to conclusions almost immediately after the election. Their hypothesis? Eric Cantor is a victim of Tea Party anti-Semitism. Even ignoring the fact that Dave Brat was not technically a Tea Party candidate, the theory has zero supporting evidence. It is ridiculous to suggest that a district that has been electing Cantor since 2000 recently developed a case of raging anti-Semitism. This is a case of liberals assuming that everyone is as...
  • What Eric Cantor's Defeat Means for Hillary Clinton ("Advantage, Clinton")

    06/13/2014 5:59:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 12, 2014 | Ronald Brownstein
    The Democratic presidential prospect could have demographics on her side.The best news for Hillary Rodham Clinton this week wasn't the mostly positive reviews for her memoir Hard Choices. It was the hard fall taken by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor when he was ousted by a tea-party challenger who denounced him as insufficiently conservative, particularly on immigration. The Virginia Republican's defeat virtually extinguishes the already flickering chances that House Republicans will pass immigration reform before the 2014 election, and even dims the odds that the chamber will take action before 2016. And that significantly improves prospects in the next presidential...
  • Liberals Mourn Cantor

    06/13/2014 5:36:34 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | June 13, 2014 | John Fund
    Many liberals privately mourn the departure of Eric Cantor from the ranks of the House GOP leadership. At a symposium on “Voting in America,” several of the attendees told me that they and Majority Leader Cantor were within striking distance of a compromise to restore many of the provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the Supreme Court last year as unconstitutional. The Court ruled that certain provisions that singled out certain states and jurisdictions for special oversight based on 50-year-old data were obsolete and could no longer be justified. Liberal civil-rights groups were furious...
  • Top Democrat: Tea party swallowed GOP

    06/13/2014 5:33:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    DES MOINES — It’s not often that a Democratic Party top national strategist travels to Iowa to lament an election loss of a prominent conservative Republican leader. But that happened Friday when Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz warned that the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican who is the second most-powerful U.S. House leader, could be a harbinger of deeper political extremism, gridlock and obstructionism....
  • The Spin: Eric Cantor's Loss (Vanity)

    06/13/2014 3:45:41 PM PDT · by BobL · 13 replies
    (none) | June 13, 2014 | BobL (self)
    The Spin: Eric Cantor's Loss (Vanity) The Democrats and the Media (really, are they different?) have been climbing all over themselves to convince us that Amnesty was NOT the reason that Eric Cantor lost to Dave Brat on Tuesday (there are even a few trolls on this site saying the same). They even have a poll showing 72% of the people in the district actually support of Amnesty. They are desperate to get Amnesty through this term, and for good reason - it will be a long time before they ever get another chance for such a country-killing (or transforming,...
  • This Tea Party favorite just jumped in the race to replace Eric Cantor

    06/13/2014 1:48:38 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 13 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    Second-term Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, plans to challenge Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for the second most powerful House leadership position. Labrador just released a statement announcing his bid for House majority leader, saying he believes Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss on Tuesday shows, “Americans are looking for a change in the status quo.” The leadership election is scheduled for June 19. Labrador made the announcement a half-day after it appeared McCarthy had the job locked up with no opponents. Sign Up for the Politics Today newsletter! Now, a Labrador aide said, the contest is up in the air. “The...
  • Why Polling Fails - Republicans Couldn’t Predict Eric Cantor’s Loss

    06/12/2014 8:44:16 AM PDT · by Kenny · 47 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JUNE 11, 2014 | FRANK LUNTZ
    ERIC CANTOR wasn’t the only person at a loss for words on Tuesday night. His pollster, McLaughlin & Associates, found itself trying to explain the impossible — how a projected 34 percent lead for the House majority leader 12 days before the election could end up an 11-point loss on Election Day to David Brat of the Tea Party in the Virginia Republican primary. We’ve all been there. There isn’t a pollster alive — me included — who hasn’t had to take the walk of shame, hat in hand, to explain to an angry client why a predicted outcome simply...
  • Numbers USA Chart: Kevin McCarthy Gets "F-Minus" On Immigration For 2013-2014

    06/13/2014 10:38:41 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 10 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | 13 June 2014
    Gets "B" for 2011-2014. Gets "A-minus" for Congressional career.
  • Thad Cochran apparently didn’t know that Eric Cantor lost

    06/13/2014 10:09:14 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 17 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/13/14 | Philip Bump
    INTERVIEWER: What happened in Virginia the other day, does that concern you for your chances here in this run-off? COCHRAN: I don't know what you're talking about. What happened in Virginia? INTERVIEWER: With Eric Cantor losing his seat. COCHRAN: Well, I haven't followed that campaign very closely at all. INTERVIEWER: Really? Later, the interviewer says, "Well, Eric Cantor lost his seat as the Majority Leader." To which Cochran replies, "Well, it happens. Some win, some lose."