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GOP shaken, Capitol Hill rocked with Cantor's surprise primary defeat

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/12/2014 (3 years ago)
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Tea Party victory sending shockwaves through Washington

Establishment Republicans have recently prided themselves on meeting the challenge of their tea party-backed challengers. That sense of security has since been threatened. Dave Brat, an anti-establishment  challenger in Virginia's 7th Congressional District pulled off the political upset of the year, defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by 10 percentage points.

A very nonplussed Eric Cantor.

A very nonplussed Eric Cantor.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (
6/12/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Eric Canotr, Dave Brat, tea party, shockwaves, GOP

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - An economics professor, Dave Brat has made political history. He was NOT a tea party candidate, though some who identify with the movement supported him.

He was a principled, morally coherent, conservative candidate who made sense to people tired of the establishment candidates.

He is also a devout Pro-Life, Pro-Family and Pro-Freedom Catholic!

Brat has shaken the confidence of the establishment of the Republican Party. He has also  given the tea party a revived legitimacy in the eyes of the political pundits. They have become almost apoplectic as they have attempted to explain his unexpected victory. 

The results of this primary election have been truly significant. There are reported shock waves ricocheting throughout Capitol Hill.

The GOP House leadership is now called into question. Eric Cantor was seen by many as the next speaker of the House. He announced his decision to leave his post of leadership on Wednesday.

Many say that Brat's victory has effectively quelled any chance of immigration reform passing through the House any time soon.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

"I think this is a scale eight earthquake. I think it will shock the Washington establishment; it will shock the House Republicans," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.

"It certainly upsets the balance of power inside the Republican conference. And combined with the results last week in Mississippi, it sends a pretty strong signal that while money matters, voters may matter more, and people have to have a little respect for the right of the voter to have attention paid to them, and the right of the voter to throw people out if they're not happy with them," Gingrich added, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate and co-host of CNN's "Crossfire."

Cantor has become only the second member of Congress running for re-election this year to go down in defeat in the primaries, following 91-year-old Republican Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas. Longtime Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi may soon become the third.

"This victory is the 'Pulp Fiction' equivalent of the adrenaline needle plunged into the chest of the tea party," GOP consultant Ron Bonjean says. Having served as a top strategist and adviser to House and Senate Republican leaders, Bonjean says that "They had largely conceded most of the Republican primaries to the establishment."

Brent Bozell, an anti-establishment leader and "ForAmerica" chairman, proclaimed that "Eric Cantor's loss tonight is an apocalyptic moment for the GOP establishment. The grass-roots is in revolt and marching."


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