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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
In numerous ways, the defeat of Eric Cantor has changed the political dynamic
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is ...
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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All across America, political junkies like me were on the phone last night comparing notes on the stunning, overwhelming defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by an unknown, underfunded challenger in the Republican primary election in the 7th Congressional District of Virginia.

How could this have happened?

To me, the most amazing angle is that nobody seems to have seen this thing coming — least of all the Cantor campaign itself. Pre-election polls showed the incumbent well ahead of Tea Party challenger David Brat. But it wasn’t even close when the ballots were counted. Brat won by a whopping 11 percentage points.

The ironies and ramifications are countless.

In no particular order of importance, here are a few random notes gleaned this morning from the Internet:

Michael Tomasky SAYS:

So what happened here? Obviously, first, it’s about immigration. That was David Brat’s (that’s the guy who won) whole campaign: Cantor was a liberal who supported a path to citizenship for the swarthy illegals. (He didn’t say that, of course, at least the swarthy part.) Immigration reform is D-E-A-D. There is no chance the House will touch it. That means it’s dead for this Congress, which means that next Congress, the Senate would have to take the lead in passing it again. (The Senate’s passage of the current bill expires when this Congress ends.) And the Senate isn’t going to touch it in the next Congress, even if the Democrats hold on to the majority. Those handful of Republicans who backed reform last year will be terrified to do so. And it’s difficult to say when immigration reform might have another shot. Maybe the first two years of President Clinton’s second term. Maybe.

Jonathan Weisman and Jennifer Steinhauer SAY:

The House Republican leadership, so solid in its opposition to President Obama, was torn apart Tuesday by the defeat of its most influential conservative voice…His demise will reverberate all the way to the speaker’s chair, pull the top echelons of the House even further to the right and most likely doom any ambitious legislation, possibly through the next presidential election.

Todd Purdom SAYS:

[I]n historical terms, it should not have come as a shock. House Republicans have been eating their young since the Eisenhower era, and the race has been always to the right.

If it seems hard to imagine a leaner, hungrier conservative Cassius than Cantor, rewind to the Cold War. That’s when Joe Martin, a rock-ribbed conservative newspaper editor and publisher from Massachusetts (who served two stints as the only GOP speaker between 1931 and 1995), was toppled from the House leadership by a self-described “gut-fighter” from the Midwest: Charles Halleck of Indiana.

Halleck was pudgy and pugnacious — with a W.C. Fields nose and a prodigious thirst for distilled spirits. Cantor’s primary nemesis — a virtual unknown named Dave Brat — is by contrast Simon-pure. But the pattern of insurgent attacks on the establishment is well-established.

Jonathan Chait SAYS:

Cantor went out the way he carried himself throughout his career: making comically disingenuous attacks. His television commercials assailed Brat as a tax-loving Democrat — he served on a non-partisan state revenue-estimating commission — and actually ran ads calling him a “liberal college professor.”

It is conceivable that, by preposterously describing a[n] [Ayn] Rand-loving right-wing crank as a liberal, Cantor actually managed to underestimate the intellectual discernment of his voters. In any case, he had ceded all the premises of the argument to his opponent even in the course of smearing him. Cantor was, finally, Cantor’d. He will not be missed.

Seung Min Kim SAYS:

Opponents of immigration reform seized on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking primary defeat Tuesday night as a clear referendum against a sweeping overhaul – particularly one that includes so-called “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants.

Not so fast – at least according to one new poll…

About 72 percent of registered voters in Cantor’s district polled on Tuesday said they either “strongly” or “somewhat” support immigration reform that would secure the borders, block employers from hiring those here illegally, and allow undocumented residents without criminal backgrounds to gain legal status – three key tenets of an overhaul, according to a poll by the left-leaning firm Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change.

Looking just at Republicans in Cantor’s district, the poll found that 70 percent of GOP registered voters would support such a plan, while 27 percent would oppose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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