After Cantor spoke of his support of the "Dream Act" he tried to
backtrack. Today, we know what he would have really done - supported amnesty -
he said so himself.Kudos to Virginians for sending this guy
packing!The Tea Party (which isn't really a party BTW)did send
members back in May to give guidance and training to Brat supporters, but they
didn't offer much else.Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levin did though.
Maybe it says something about Virginia voters NOT listening to the lamestream
media much anymore?Brat was outspent roughly 40 to 1. BTW - WHAT
did Cantor spend his (almost)5 million dollars on that he got such poor
results?Cantor spent VERY LITTLE time in his homestate. Most of the
RINO's don't. They like to party and schmooze too much. Who wants to
give up that?If/when voters get the truth, they can make pretty
Good riddance, hope they vote out all Rino's
There's a change ah comin.
That's impossible!The tea party movement's dead.My TV said
If the republicans can't do something responsible, and that appears to be
the case, then here's hoping this guy brings some of that true tea party
crazy for entertainment value.
I know this is just one primary election. But one gets the sense that something
big is coming, kind of like when the ocean recedes before a tsunami. It could
be that the past two years of Obama's behavior is going to end up costing
the Dems dearly in November. Cantor's mistake is that he didn't
listen to the people in his district.
It makes sense, he is from a very conservative district. It is the only way to
replace an incumbent in this district. A democrat has very little chance in that
district. It would be nearly impossible for a republican to replace Nancy
The tea party is the undertaker of the Republican Party. The tea party will
gorge itself on its' own until it burst. Cantor's blatant political
opportunism, much like Mitt Romney's South Carolina switch to the far
right. is what "dun him in". I have more respect for a REAL member of
the tea party , excepting Mike Lee who is an opportunist, than I do for the
mealy mouthed one issue baiters like Chaffetz.Immigration as an moral
issue is a dead issue. It has been dead for twenty years. Immigration as a
revenge issue is alive and well. Thanks to the likes of Cantor, Mike Lee and
Senator Bennett knows the impact of not listening to his constituents when the
tea-party surfaced at the convention. He didn't have his ear to the
ground. Cantor liked his high position more than taking care of constituents in
his own district. His meeting with Chaffetz where no inkling of the election
being mentioned shows both Congressmen lacking while riding their horses.
To all who think money is such a bad thing in politics. Notice what happened
here. Cantor spent more money on lunch than this guy did in his whole campaign.
I just love the knee-jerk reaction to the term TEA Party as if it were a curse
word. Those who react that way have not a clue. Brat speaks of law and the
Constitution and some are scared to death they might have to actually take one
of those jobs created when government is brought under control.As
for immigration reform, Cantor endorsed a path to citizenship with the phrase
"amnesty" thrown in for votes. Brat speaks of enforcing existing law.
Currently there is no law being enforced and we are in the process of drowning
under the tens of thousands flooding across an unenforced border. Children
enticed by Obama's and Cantor's cheap labor and ballot stuffing
dreams. TEA Party is truly a grass-roots movement trying to prevent
the collapse of this nation. Amazing that Cantor can outspend his opponent 40:1
and somehow his message is turned down by the electorate.
A couple of predictions: One, the remaining GOP candidates for the upcoming
elections will be less willing to compromise with Obama or Democrats on anything
so that they can be re-elected and appear more TEA Party-like, and then we have
another two years of gridlock and inaction on critical issues, such as the
economy, jobs, immigration, etc.Two, the GOP continues to shift to
the right and becomes less relevant to younger voters. Polls show
that even young Republicans are more liberal on social issues and wish the party
were more focused on business and the economy -- instead of anti-civil rights
(e.g., voter registration, opposition to gay marriage), anti-science (e.g.,
climate change is a hoax, advocacy of creationism and religion in schools), and
anti-health (e.g., anti-ObamaCare, promotion of junk foods in school lunch
programs, etc.). What has happened to the pro-business GOP?
It's been toppled by a right-wing social agenda that is increasingly
unattractive to today's youth who want jobs and economic opportunity -- not
more religion in schools, "freedom fries" on their school plates, or
attacks on gay rights.
Dave Brat is NOT a Tea Party candidate. Anyone listening to him (instead of the
MSM) heard him say that he ran on sound Republican principles and common sense
values...free market place being one of them. I didn't hear anything he
said as "far out" there. We need to elect more candidates that listen to
the people instead of the lobbyists and special interests in Washington, D.C.
any libs that think otherwise, please listen to the man himself. He will
represent "we the people". This outrage at the borders right
now that only FOX is covering is outrageous. Sending thousands of children and
teenagers into this country from South America is criminal to say the least. We
must secure our borders. In Rules for Radicals one of the principles is
"overwhelm the system." That is what this administration is doing right
now. God bless America!
Virginians went RINO hunting and bagged a biggun.
"It’s about a party starving for new ideas and party leaders who
haven’t responded . . . "It's about the GOP . . . A
Party starving for another fantasy in which they can immerse themselves for a
while . . . Something that reinforces their prejudices but doesn't turn
around and bite them too hard, at least not right away.. . .
Something that will make them feel good about themselves in the short term, but
will most likely force their children and grandchildren to pay the price.. . . Something like Reaganomics . . . A policy the nation is reeling
from now, and a policy still revered by unrealistic and willfully delusional
Right Wingers who have made an art of blaming others for their own extensive
and repeated failures.
Let all incumbents beware!The people are tired of your lack of action....Mike
Lee and Chaffetz are next!
Haiku -"The tea party movement's dead."Wrong!The Tea Party IS the Republican Party . . . a bunch of
extremists . . . some of whom love to carry guns and
Don't-Tread-On-Me-Flags, while looking for opportunities to make strong
statements against the government, as recently demonstrated in Las Vegas.
They are all in line for the extreme right blaze tea party leadership position.
The party of no becomes the party of mean spirited no to everything all the time
to appease people disenchanted old people with guns.
"Republicans feel disconnected from their leaders, Lee said."Indeed. We pay our mortgages and student loans.
When Cantor leaves can he please take the Tea Party with him?
I think this is great. Shows Virginians cannot be bought. Hope this is the same
for our state and the corruption that has been exposed so far. Time for a regime
For once I agree with Mike Lee. It's too soon to know if this is a trend
or has any implications for other races around the country. There are lessons,
however. Cantor played with fire and eventually got burned. Like playing with
a snake, he played with the Tea Party and encouraged them when he thought he
could use them. They turned and fatally bit him. Neglect of the district,
getting to important for the folks back home, his cold personality, and who
knows, perhaps his religion, all could have been factors. What is clear is that
the House will be a bigger mess than it has been. The dearth of leadership will
get even worse. Courage and leadership will be even more lacking. And what
does it mean to the GOP? Perhaps more fracturing?
Illegal immigration is down. Obama has deported a record number,more than Bush.
The Tea Party is against any immigrant reform, period. Amnesty is a buzz word
to stir up the party base who want to use immigration laws to keep Hispanics
out. You can't secure a border that reaches from TX to CA. Baron Scarpia.
I agree with your comments.
Baron Scarpia, one vote and othersI suggest you and anyone else out
there who thinks the political shift in America is all about conservatives going
more conservative take a look at a recent Pew poll on the subject. It clearly
shows the country dividing more and more with both liberal going more liberal,
and conservatives going more conservative. It's pretty evenly divided.
And it now is infecting our culture in more ways than at the ballot box. People
are now more likely to want to live and work around people with whom they agree
with more than before. Families are more troubled if a Republican marries a
Democrat or the other way around. Our country is dividing more and the gap is
getting wider. Thus we have the great divide of current day America. And that
is why in Washington D.C. we have such animosity. According to this Pew Poll it
is merely reflective of what our society is doing. As to why this is happening
as strongly as it is, well, that is a debate for another time. One which on
which I'm sure there would be disagreement.
The Republican Party in its present form cannot beat the radical left wing
agenda. The answer as a conservative Democrat with Navy experience is a third
party based on the JFK philosophy without the lifestyle which evolved into Bill
Clinton. The Tea Party could be the seedling of that third party. They have to
attract labor and go after the entitled and come up with a common sense approach
to immigration reform.
In the battle between "Establishment Republicans" and actual
Conservative aka Tea Party people, the Republicans have started eating their
young. They forget Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment. Though shalt not
speak ill of another Republican. Establishment Republicans such as Mitch
McConnell and others have forgotten this commandment because they have lost
their Conservative values by being in Washington too long. They attack anything
or anyone that is viewed as a threat to their power. That means that they are
out of touch. A good wakeup call is occasionally needed and Cantor and the
Establishment just got one. When you get a good Conservative candidate, not a
stupid one, you win elections because the message resonates with people.Ronald Reagan always said that the Republican party was the party of the
big tent. The Establishment Republicans of the time didn't like Reagan and
his conservatism either. He got through that and was very effective. The
Establishment Republicans don't want to be the party of the big tent. The
problem with that is, that they can't win elections without the
conservatives.McConnell, Boehner, and others need to wake up. BTW,
I'm not Tea Party but I am Conservative.
Really funny that Cantor's constituents felt he ignored them!!!! Although his district is a little south of Washington, D.C., he is ONE OF THE
VERY FEW Members of Congress who doesn't HAVE to commute (i.e. Utah to
D.C.) to "work." He doesn't have to maintain two houses (which is
really expensive), one in his district/state and one to live in near D.C.,
unless he chooses to have a Capitol Hill apartment. You would have
to work really hard to ignore constituents who are within 1-2 hours driving
distance from Capitol Hill :)
To: Hutterite and GaryO - just because one or two or three Republicans
don't stand up for what they believe does not mean all Republicans are like
that - I'm not and I know thousands of others that are not like that.
"instead of anti-civil rights (e.g., voter registration" In a recent
poll 76 percent of African Americans were not opposed to voter registration. 68
percent of Democrats were not opposed to voter registration. And Overall of
those polled only 18 percent were opposed. How is voter registration anti-civil
rights, when democrats require voter id for attending their conventions. When
Obamacare requires the equivalent of voter id to obtain healthcare. Does this
mean democrats and Obamacare policies are anti-civil rights. Prove where voter
id could even remotely be anti-civil rights. And if it is, how Obamacare is not
for requiring the same equivalent id. This is a talking point of the Democrats
talking out of both sides of their mouth. Oh those evil republicans that demand
the anti-civil rights policies the Democrats promote. By that policy the
Democrat policies of anti-segregation and slavery of the South still run rampant
in their policies of today.
Eric Cantor lost not because of idealogy, but because his opponent was able to
get his base rallied to go vote.12% of those eligible voted. 12%Hardly a referendum.
Whether you like the results or don't - one aspect is certain: take
elections seriously, stay informed and focused and vote your convictions. Too
many allow this right and responsibility to be relegated to someone else through
neglect. You shortchange your agency when you don't participate.
If the liberals take two steps to the right, they might become even more
powerful... Watch out!
If we are lucky, this is a preview of things to come.If we are
luckier, the constitution will be fully restored to it's former glory too.
I’m an immigrant myself. I spent four (4) year to get my PR (green card)
status and spent another five (5) years to have my citizenship (while pay my
federal tax and state tax every each year as an engineer). I feel I(as LEGAL
IMMIGRANT) have been betrayed by current US voted leaders. USA supposedly is a
law-biding country – reward law-biding people and punish law-broken
people. This “common sense” seems no longer exist anymore -
It’s not right IMHO.
This will teach Republicans to reach out and find a solution for illegal
immigration and the 11 to 20 million already here. No Dreamers legislation, no
acceptance of the Utah Compact, and no compromise with a growing Hispanic
population. This will leave things in status quo, with more Hispanic families
fearing deportation while their citizen children and grandchildren stand as the
next generation to make the GOP pay for their inability to do more than say
No.Don't worry. Natural events will take care of this problem.
So David brat is being interviewed on MSNBC. They asked him several policy
questions… His response? He thought the interview was going to be about
the celebrity aspects of him winning the election. "I thought we were just
going to chat today about the celebratory aspects...I love all the policy
questions, I'm happy to do more, but I just wanted to talk about the
victory ahead and I wanted to thank everybody that worked so hard on my
campaign."Like a dog chasing a car. Only David Brat caught the
car… Now he's got to figure out what to do with it.That's okay, he doesn't have to know policy, and next election cycle
he can be Sarah Palin's vice president.
Gee! Who would have thought that a group of people called Tea baggers, anti
government radicals, that love the constitution, and freedom could have done
such a thing?Tune in for the next segment of tea party candidates who beat
out an incumbent, I can hardly wait.One would almost believe the guy in
the whitehouse would say, "If you want your party politician you can keep
your party politician.....period"
Sadly, the Tea Party folks and those on the fence, will try to elect someone
even more restrictive, obstructive and right wing; than the Mr.Brat. The T-party
and GOP in general, have no answer as to what to do about the immigration
problem. The GOP has had the choice of doing something that would make a
difference, or even move the discussion to a new level, but sadly also, they
waste that time and opportunity on investigating Benghazi again and again,
trying to over turn the Health Care Act again and again. The GOP and its
militant wing the Tea Party, are not united by a vision of the future. They are
united by their hate. The GOP stance on immigration assures a victory for the
Democrat Presidential Candidate in 2016. Hail Hilary.
A lot of very angry liberal Democrats post on DN these days. And to think you
haven't even lost power. Yet.
President Reagan would have embraced the tea party instead of kicking them in
the groin like Mitch McConnell, who chose to join the liberal left in
threatening to crush them.The election season has a ways to go, and the
tea party will continue, and not as before when it was considered extinct, but
more energized.November comes a rolling.
Congratulations to Mr. Brat.Any day an American can beat the
Citizens United big money boys is a good day. Hope the win does not
go to his head.As he goes forward, the big money will be there just
waiting to co-opt him and his principles.It will be interesting to
see what happens.
"One election isn't a movement," Beattie said."Great storms announce themselves with a simple breeze, Captain, and a
single rebel spark can ignite the fires of rebellion."(From the
1985 movie Ladyhawke.)
Isn't democracy wonderful? People can actually chose their representative.
Amnesty is the issue. Most American's are against it because we realize
that the cons vastly outweigh any pros. Politically, Republicans
should recognize that supporting amnesty is political suicide. The Democratic
Party is using amnesty for their own long-term gain.There is no
greater treason than to do something good (granting amnesty) for the wrong
reason (money and power). And that's what this issue is all about. Beyond that Obama has never been a fan of this country and is bent on
leveling the playing field, and the only way that can happen is to bankrupt our
economy. And amnesty is one of the steps necessary to make this just another 3rd
world nation. Good riddance to any traitor to America!
Make no mistake, there are many in this land who are not going to sit idly by
and watch our land be torn apart by political opportunists in either party. Many
love freedom, liberty, and justice more than life itself and rightfully so. Just
as our Founding Fathers gave all they had to bequeath those principles to future
generations, many alive at this time intend to work diligently to reestablish
those sacred blessings given all of us by God. Call them what you will, but
remember this, they are true American Patriots.
Personally I am glad he is gone.My opinion he never met a war in the
middle east that he did not like.Just maybe people are realizing we
can not afford to be the policeman of the world especially in the middle east.
@GaryOYou are obviously not a Republican. Cantor lost a Republican
primary.I find it hilarious when liberals try to tell Republicans why a
Republican contest ended the way it did.If you want to know why the
Republicans in Cantor's district voted him out, as those who voted.
When the TEA party was in its infancy they threw money at any candidate in a
desperate attempt to stop Obama Care. Many of the people they gave money to were
not viable candidates. The TEA party has grown up. They now give their money to
viable candidates who have a chance of winning.TEA party candidates
are also getting a bit wiser. You will not hear them calling for the repeal of
Social Security, or some of the other foolish things that some of them have
said.It is a natural process.
Baron, I will have to say that the global warming agenda cannot be let stand.
With Obama's directive to the EPA to enforce HIS ideas of cap and trade, if
let stand, that alone will collapse this country. You must grasp that coal fired
power plants provided nearly 50% of all electricity produced in this country.
They are being attacked not because of actual pollution, but the production of
CO2. There is no near term or long term replacement for 50% of our power. If you
have never lived during the period when brown-outs and black-outs were common,
wait until it happens in this day of computer controlled everything. Electricity
is not needed only for lights, heat, and to charge your plug in Prius, but to
run every business in this country. Now IF GLOBAL WARMING were not a hoax, then
the average global temp over the last 10-15 years, as CO2 has continued to
increase in the atmosphere (we are making less, but it is increasing?)would not
have gone DOWN.
BYUalum, You have nailed it. Brat speaking with common sense and the logic of
Constitutional law is exactly the traits the Left tries to smear with cries of
"racist" or "TEA Partier!" He is endorsed because of that logic
and clarity. If those against him had listened to his stump speeches they would
have realized he spoke of problems and well thought out solutions, not banal
platitudes! He was told by advisers that he couldn't go into such
complicated detail in campaign speeches. He did anyway; his constituency
listened, and he got elected!
So ElmoBaggins, you really singled out Lee and left Orrin Hatch, such good
friends with Harry Reid,standing unscathed left of center?
I hope this sends a clear message to all politicians, that voters are fed-up
with being ignored in favor of big money or personal agendas.
Well, democracy still exists in the Republican Party. How many long term
democrats have been voted out of office through the democratic primaries; even
in open primaries? This was an open primary, meaning democrats could also
vote...why not vote to oust the Republican Majority Leader in house, if you
can?There were 18,000 more voters in the Virginia Republican primary
this year than two years before...and democrats were complaining of the low
voter turnout. Perhaps they made up the difference, but Brat is an excellent
candidate...thanks for your help, demos, if you did vote for Brat.This is a conservative Republican Virginia district; perhaps more conservative
than Mr. Cantor was. Hope the "establishment" learns something from
this, but chances are they won't.
it is a national tragedy that the GOP has been unable to withstand a hostile
It is not possible to govern without compromise in a country as large and
diverse as ours, and those who cannot compromise should not be elected, no
matter how many cymbals they tinkle.
It is amazing to see the GOP cannibalistically eat it's own.