Celebrating the Tea Party victory over Eric Cantor
During this campaign i learned a lot about Eric Cantor and how completely corrupt he was. Quoting the Urban Dictionary,Eric Cantor is “possibly the most immature douchebag ever to grace the halls of congress.” Last night in a stunning Tea Party upset, Cantor lost the Republican Party primary by 44% of the electorate to 55%. That is a spanking.
One of the political encyclopedias declared district 7 to be the safest Republican district in the country. That was written back when there was just one Republican Party. The district is so politically red, that Cantor ran unopposed for one of his 7 terms. Tonight a challenger with less than 1/10th the campaign funding of Cantor’s routed the second most powerful politician in the party.
This represents a fantastic political miscalculation by Cantor who won his last election by a margin larger than the total number of votes cast in this weeks primary. Cantor spent too much time out of the district campaigning for other Republicans and raising money. But before we forget Mr Cantor, who’s political career may blissfully be over. Let’s look at how he performed as far as rating groups are concerned.
- 0% rating from Alliance of Retired Americans (ARA), indicating an anti-senior voting record
- 7% from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which means he is anti-civil and constitutional rights
- 0% from the ALF-CIO indicating he is anti-labor
- 0% from League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which means he is anti-environment
- 92% from the Christian Coalition – a fundamentalist right wing group.
- An “A rating” from the National Rifle Association (NRA),
- 0% from The Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE), which means he wants more nuclear weapons and less control on their use.
- 0% from National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), he opposes abortion.
More disturbing is that Cantor had a 98% identical voting record with corrupt and convicted Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
Look, we know we screwed up when we were in the majority. We fell in love with power. We spent way too much money – especially on earmarks. There was too much corruption when we ran this place. We were guilty. And that’s why we lost.
And as terrible as David Brat is, i am thrilled he won. For several reasons.
It means Tea Party is not dead, despite having done much more poorly this election cycle than in the last one, with this notable exception. Which means the Republican party is still in danger of civil war.
It also means mainstream Republicans will not touch immigration reform (which was the hot button issue at the center of Cantor’s defeat). This in itself if bad for the country, but it will likely cost Republicans at least the increasingly Hispanic state of Florida in the next presidential election, which could well cost them the White House.
It means that an entrenched, corporately controlled, corrupt, powerful politician has fallen and will be replaced by an extreme but freshman member of the House of Representatives, which bases much of it’s power structure on seniority.
Curiously, Brat’s opponent in the November election will be another professor from the same college. Brat’s is expected to easily beat Democrat and sociology professor Jack Trammell.
Good bye Eric, you won’t be missed.