Eric Cantor lost today. Pretty remarkable given his name recognition, given the fact that he is the house majority leader, given the fact that the congressional system is already setup to benefit incumbents, given the fact that he had the GOP machine backing him, given the fact that he outspent his challenger 5:1. Yet, he lost. And that’s wonderful. Because like so many of the other republicans in congress, Cantor is a disaster. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and on and on. All of them are a bunch of big government, big spending RINO’s. All of them have been weak at standing up to Obama in terms of spending, in terms of him exceeding his power and working around congress to push his agenda. They all play political games while the country is driven further into the ground by an ever expanding and bloated federal government.
On the one hand, it’s remarkable Cantor lost. I can’t find another example of a house majority leader ever having lost a primary. Cantor was believed to be the future speaker of the house. On the other hand, I think millions of Americans who are actually conservative are completely fed up with congress.
I’m sure the spin doctors in the media will point to this as showing that the republican party is collapsing from the inside. It’s not. It’s primarily an indictment on the position that Cantor had taken regarding amnesty.
Cantor lost to Dave Brat, who is an economics professor with a Master of Divinity degree. Brat ran on fiscal conservationism and pledged to hold monthly meetings in each of the 9 counties he will be representing. Brat is also a proponent of term limits.