Ahhh the taste of sweet justice! Eric Cantor believed he could change his liberal narrative long enough to win another re-election bid in Virginia. Cantor spent millions and Dave Brat spent thousands to win the Republican nomination for the House of Representatives in the 2014 election. I can only imagine John Boehner’s reaction to losing his side-kick to … an unknown … Brat!
There will be a bunch of those pesky true conservatives kicking up the dust in 2014 and 2016. To those of you in Washington who think they are dug in – beware of the true power in America – We the People! Congratulations to Dave Brat; let’s support him and other candidates like him.
Titans of the Washington GOP establishment are bracing for more potential defeats after grassroots-fueled conservative economics professor Dave Brat crushed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by double digits on Tuesday. The top two GOP establishment icons grassroots conservatives are targeting next are Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Thad Cochran of Mississippi.
Brat’s campaign against Cantor laser-focused on the majority leader’s support for comprehensive immigration reform, and how amnesty would economically hurt American workers. Brat ran on the message of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an immigration hawk who’s argued against amnesty and an increase in legal immigration based on the economic effect it would have on struggling American families.
That same issue—immigration—is shaping up as a backbone of the coming Tennessee Senate primary, and has played out in Mississippi too.
Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr—Alexander’s conservative primary challenger, who is within striking distance of the under-50-percent Alexander—on Tuesday night congratulated Brat, and said he’s coming for Alexander in that state’s August primary. “What we have seen tonight in Virginia shows that no race should be taken for granted and all the money and position in the world doesn’t resonate with an electorate that is fed up with a Washington establishment that has abandoned conservative principles,” Carr said.
Carr added praise for last week’s Mississippi grassroots upset against the establishment. A week ago in Mississippi’s GOP primary, state Sen. Chris McDaniel beat Cochran in the popular vote forcing a runoff, which will occur two weeks from today.
“From Virginia to Mississippi, a transformational change is underway that is being led by a true grassroots movement,” Carr said.
House GOP Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss has sent shockwaves through Capitol Hill, with sources warning that the historic upset could have a “destabilizing” effect on party leadership and sideline key legislation.
“Everybody is just in shock right now,” Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., said.
Cantor, a seven-term Virginia congressman, was defeated in Tuesday’s primary by Dave Brat, a little-known economics professor with Tea Party backing. He won in part by hammering Cantor over immigration, accusing him of supporting “amnesty” for illegal immigrants.
That strategy immediately raises questions about the fate of immigration legislation in Congress. GOP leaders had been giving conflicting signals over whether they would try to advance some version of what the Senate passed, perhaps after the primaries.
But Cantor’s loss could send immigration talks into a deep freeze. Opponents of the proposed legislation pointed to Brat’s victory as a lesson to other members.
“The wage-earning voters of Rep. Cantor’s district apparently felt abandoned by his immigration positions that virtually ignored their anxiety about stagnant wages and high unemployment and that projected primary concern for unlawful foreign visitors and employers seeking more foreign workers,” NumbersUSA President Roy Beck said in a statement.