The Top 8 Consequences of Cantor’s Defeat

June 11, 2014

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 Cantor’s 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. Boehner’s 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. Cantor’s ties to Boehner may signal that a successful insurgency is on the way. Aides are telling the National Journal, “We’re absolutely stunned. Honestly, we really can’t 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 Ryan’s position as a leader is in serious jeopardy.

10 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Leatherneck says:

    These people were elected to represent their constituents. They are more interested in lining their pockets. Also looking for jobs as lobbyist in D.C.
    Senators should be elected by state legislators so they are accountable to the people of their states. That’s the way it used to be. The people didn’t elect these clowns.

  • leebo13 says:

    Kevin McCarthy is even worse than Cantor or Ryan. He too is Pro Amnesty as are all the GOP leaders. We need to purge ALL of them

  • johnsnare says:

    Totally agree with all the comments. New broom sweeping clean. Throw all the excess trash out, and start with a new team, who will work for the American people. Term limits are needed, so we can have some fresh blood, every few years. A long term politician is like a spreading cancer. They never seem to go away. 2016, we finally say good bye to our First Black Kenyan born Muslim , Chicago Community Organizer, Socialist President. Good riddance.

  • milmac says:

    Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy deserve the same fate as Eric Cantor. All three have had their noses up Boehner’s butt too many times. Boehner should also be on his way out.

  • awegweiser says:

    Amazing how the real reason for sacking Cantor, his cozy relationships with big business, sounds so much like the Progressive position. Too bad the TP has its head up its ass on so many other issues.

  • James in Texas says:

    If “It” is an incumbent, send it home, Period! Incumbency is the “mothers-milk” of corruption on both sides of the aisle! If 8 years is good enough for the Presidency, it should also be “good enough for the House and Senate!

    1. Derrick E Truett says:

      If the 8 years thing is imposed they would simply raise their benefits and pay to even more obscene amounts aka make like 100 years worth for 8 years of goofing off and criminal activities in the Capital. I like your idea though as it is better than nothing. I guess we can fight the next fire when they start it.

    2. BayMan says:

      I agree. It’s time for legislative term limits.

    3. I Seigel says:

      Absolutely!! And let’s start by throwing out those incumbents in Texas – Pete Sessions, Jeb Hensarling and Ted Cruz. We can’t take too much more of their “experience” and corruption.

  • Walter Moser says:

    Clean em all out.

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