“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cantor loss sends chills through entrenched GOP establishment

Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost big in the open primary last night, almost certainly terrifying the establishment-class republicans in DC. But he was questionable on immigration and a number of other traditionally conservative issues and his association with the unpopular speaker Boehner didn't help any. But the most damaging move was when he attended a beach retreat over the winter recess, highly publicized by talk radio, where the primary focus was defeating tea party candidates. Essentially the establishment GOP said to grass-roots voters, give us your money and your votes and shut the hell up. 

If nothing else, I think a lot of entrenched GOP incumbents are scared today and might move toward the right. But then, as always, with the election around the corner, they'll talk a good "rightward" game and then go back to being obsequious Obama-moderates thereafter.