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.