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Friday, June 13, 2014

Sally Kohn: The media and political chattering class are rushing to explain how Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor could lose his primary election to a relatively unknown challenger. No one saw it coming. And apparently it's not enough to just bask in the shock. We need answers. But this loss is not just about immigration reform or even the tea party. It's about the insanely unpopular Republican leadership in Congress and one of its figureheads, who increasingly made little legislative progress for America or for his district.

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Yes, in the waning hours of the campaign, immigration was a key issue. But a poll taken on election night shows that fully 72% of Cantor's very Republican district support immigration reform including a path to citizenship.

Conservative commentator Erick Erickson tweeted Tuesday night, and followed up with a blog post today, confirming that Cantor's loss had nothing to do with immigration reform -- though conservatives would happily exploit that narrative. Indeed, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a far stronger and more consistent supporter of immigration reform, handily won his primary last night in a much more conservative voting bloc.

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confirming that Cantor's loss had nothing to do with immigration reform -- though conservatives would happily exploit that narrative. Indeed, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a far stronger and more consistent supporter of immigration reform, handily won his primary last night in a much more conservative voting bloc. - FTA

Graham's opposition was fractured among six other candidates .... simple enough....

Keep trying WhatsLeft something will stick.....

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-06-12 07:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

I've read the opinion piece and while some of the details may be wrong in the analysis, the overall conclusion (insane though it may be) remains true. Cantor lost because despite being a highly visible and powerful FAR rightwing Republican, he wasn't extreme enough for that hardcore base which votes en masse in primaries. Which can only mean more polarization both within the GOP and in Congress as a whole. Basically, rightwingers may yet succeed in ------- over the entire nation with their off-the-cliff extremism.

#2 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-06-12 07:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

Simply, he stopped representing the people who sent him to the Congress.

#3 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-06-12 08:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sally Kohn is not to be believed no matter what she says. I watched her when she was on fox until I kept having to swallow little bits of food particles in my mouth.

she knew virtually nothing about just about everything.

#4 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-06-12 09:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

Cantor only personally forced ObamaCare to a vote 40 times.

41 might have at least gotten him on his Party's ticket.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-12 09:55 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

he wasn't extreme enough for that hardcore base which votes en masse in primaries.

It appears Mussolini would not be far right enough for these clowns.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2014-06-13 07:35 AM | Reply | Flag:

until I kept having to swallow little bits of food particles in my mouth.

That's called eating. Look it up.

#7 | Posted by 726 at 2014-06-13 07:36 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

What I see happening here is that the GOTP is basking in the small victory of pouncing on a far right wing loon like Cantor and replacing him with a Rantard.

They are dancing around their tribal fire jumping up and down celebrating after being handed so many defeats on the national stage.

ACA
Tax increases
Debt limit increases

They have felt used, washed up and powerless. So they sacrifice one of their own to get a needed win to feel good.

Will Bart win the general? Maybe. But what it does in the long term is take a solid R seat and makes it vulnerable. That is one hell of a victory.

The ReVOLuSHun has BeGUN.

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2014-06-13 07:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

O don't forget their losses in state after state to their marriage bigotry. That has to be eating at the GOTP too.

#9 | Posted by 726 at 2014-06-13 07:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

Cantor lost because Congress is corrupt and everyone knows it. Brat railed against that corruption. Cantor, by contrast, is a Congressional leader who toes the party line and does nothing to fix Congress. People are getting sick of DC.

#10 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-06-13 08:18 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#10 Well so far that only seems to apply to one district in NC as many many other corrupt Congresscritters easily won their primaries.

Your jubilation is a bit premature.

#11 | Posted by 726 at 2014-06-13 08:31 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

This is about the 10th different version of "Why Cantor Lost"

What this really means is...nobody really knows.

#12 | Posted by CaseyJones at 2014-06-13 08:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

Now that Cantor is gone.....who will be the scout leader for GOP freshmen taking their yearly indoctrination trips to Israel? That also ends the hopes for Israel to have a US Speaker of the House and third in line for USA President.

Boehner must feel a lot better with the knife out of his back.

www.politico.com

#13 | Posted by Robson at 2014-06-13 09:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

she knew virtually nothing about just about everything.

#4 | Posted by afkabl2

Sounds like your soulmate.

#14 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-06-13 09:41 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Graham's opposition was fractured among six other candidates .... simple enough....

That's not enough to explain it. Graham got 57 percent of the vote. If you combined all six of those opponents into a single Not Graham, he still has far more than he needs to win without a runoff.

#15 | Posted by rcade at 2014-06-13 10:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

The Tea Party was fundamentally about the increasing political corruption and elected officials that had lost touch with constituents, and with their ears only directed towards lobbyists. The media and establishment Parties colluded to discredit the TP using the race card, because a demand for honest responsive government for the people was not in their interest.

Brat was able to expound those points and apply them to a perpetually smug Eric Cantor. If you remember, Cantor was an establishment hack who played a big part in weakening the insider trading restrictions on Congress that 60 Minutes had exposed.

#16 | Posted by Robson at 2014-06-13 10:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

The Tea Party was fundamentally about the increasing political corruption and elected officials that had lost touch with constituents, and with their ears only directed towards lobbyists.

I don't think that's what you meant to write.

#17 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-06-13 10:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

I don't think that's what you meant to write.

#17 | Posted by MUSTANG

Thanks! The Tea Party was formed as a result of increasing political corruption and elected officials (in both Parties) that had lost touch with constituents, and with their ears only directed towards lobbyists.

Your point in #10 well taken too.

The consolidated media was able to redefine/discredit the TP into something less influential and threatening to the. Many in the TP opposed our costly ME wars and un-free trade policies too.

#18 | Posted by Robson at 2014-06-13 11:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The consolidated media was able to redefine/discredit the TP into something less influential and threatening..."

It's worked for the most part. Obamabots here believe the TP is an organization formed solely for the purpose of stopping Obama because he is black.

#19 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-13 11:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Obamabots here believe the TP is an organization formed solely for the purpose of stopping Obama because he is black."

---------- just had to re-purpose their mission statement since Obama has less than three years remaining in the White House -- or fewer if Republicans in the House could grow a pair and impeach him. But they're -------, so that won't happen.

#20 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-06-13 11:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

ALl this hand-wringing or joy over GOTP issues misses the point. What's been overlooked is that it was an open election. Dems could vote for Bart and may have tipped the election against Cantor.

To repeat myself, where the hell are the exit polls?

#21 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-06-13 11:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

Washington is corrupt. Cantor was deeply involved in undoing financial reforms and funding bailouts for Banks which he held stock in. Cantor also killed legislation which would have put a stop to all the insider trading Congress engages in. Brat brought this up a lot. Also Cantor was totally committed to Israel, their most precious lapdog. Brat had better watch his back, the Israeli lobby is going to gun for him with prostitutes and assassins.

#22 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-13 12:14 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

"she knew virtually nothing about just about everything.
#4 | Posted by afkabl2"

If so, the two of you are a match made in heaven.

#23 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-06-13 01:21 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The real reason cantor lost is because voter turnout is pathetically low in this country.

So if you can appeal to one group of people who are insanely rabid about one issue and will show up to vote on it, you can win.

It doesn't matter if the majority of your district doesn't agree with them on that issue, it just matters that the rabid minority actually shows up and votes.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-06-13 02:26 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The Tea Party was formed as a result of increasing political corruption and elected officials (in both Parties) that had lost touch with constituents, and with their ears only directed towards lobbyists.

Which is why they were so opposed to Dubya and his corrupt regime. Who else, since the time of Randolph Hearst,pimped a war solely for private profit? And made billions of taxpayer dollars simply vanish in Iraq?

What, they supported the Dubster? They proudly called themselves "Bushlover"?

They didn't exist until 2008?

Tell me it ain't so, Joe!

#25 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-06-13 09:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Cantor lost because Cantor is a weasel.

#26 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-06-13 10:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah, definitely. I think you are right. More weasel than ferret.

www.google.com

#27 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-13 10:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Most teahadists are the same idiots that loved Dubya his wars and his destructive policy's. Dubya was unpopular and these same folks that supported him realized they needed a new brand, so wah lah the Teahadist party was created, new brand, same ingredients.

#28 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2014-06-14 12:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

...and wah lah, a straw man argument was created.

#29 | Posted by ghickey at 2014-06-15 06:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

I thought he lost because he didn't bother to show up for his own re-election campaign ~ except for a few steak dinners with 200-300 of his closest friends.

And also because his pollsters told him he was a shoo-in.

LOL ~ I hope he stopped payment on the check.

#30 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-06-15 07:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

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