- This is a huge victory for anti-immigration extremists, including Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge, Laura Ingraham and Mickey Kaus.
- Part 1: Tea Party eats its own: Why Cantor’s right-wing obstruction wasn’t enough
- Part 2: Eric Cantor got what he deserved: A political fraud’s stunning demise
- So Who's The Guy Who Just Beat Eric Cantor? Meet Dave Brat
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Part 1: Tea Party eats its own: Why Cantor’s right-wing obstruction wasn’t enough
Eric Cantor is as conservative as they come and it wasn't enough for the far right fringe. Here's what it all means.
Simon Maloy, Salon
Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 | Eric Cantor represents something of an oddity in American politics. It’s not just that his loss last night to goofy economics professor David Brat in the Virginia 7th District GOP primary was unexpected* and lopsided, though it was. And it’s not just he’s the first ever sitting House majority leader to lose a primary, though he is. What made it especially strange is that Cantor is basically everything Republicans could ask for in a majority leader – conservative, obstructionist, deferential to the tea party – and he still got booted out.
In January 2009, when President Obama debuted his stimulus package to prevent the cratering economy from collapsing entirely, Cantor announced that not a single Republican would vote for it, telling his staff that it was key that the White House not get any GOP defectors and thus claim a bipartisan label for the legislation. He succeeded, and Cantor and the rest of the Republicans have been complaining about the stimulus Obama “rammed through Congress” ever since.
Simon Maloy is Salon's political writer.
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Part 2: Eric Cantor got what he deserved: A political fraud’s stunning demise
Immigration foes killed the majority leader, as they’ll kill the GOP. It couldn’t happen to a more swell guy
Joan Walsh, Salon
Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 | Around 8 p.m. MSNBC began running B-roll footage of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as though he died, and, well, he did politically. None of the major networks were prepared to cover a major election upset. In a GOP primary season where the big story had been the GOP establishment beating back the Tea Party, the story turned on a dime with Cantor’s stunning defeat. He is the first majority leader in history to lose in a primary in his own party since 1899.
This is a huge victory for anti-immigration extremists, including Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge, Laura Ingraham and Mickey Kaus. Drudge is mocking Salon for writing that Cantor was likely to beat unknown far-right economics professor Dave Brat, but in fact Jim Newell got the pulse of the race right. Brat had accused Cantor of shoving immigration reform down the party’s throat – the right is obsessed with things being forced down their throats? – and with recent news about children crossing the border from Mexico vainly hoping for congressional sanity in the form of an immigration deal, the issue had new heat.
Joan Walsh joined Salon in 1998 to become the first full-time news editor and became editor in chief in February 2005. At the end of 2010, she became editor at large, to write full time. In the last couple of years she's had the privilege of debating conservative zealots on TV, from Bill O' Reilly to Dick Armey to Pat Buchanan.
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So Who's The Guy Who Just Beat Eric Cantor? Meet Dave Brat, Samantha Lachman, Huffington Post
- He's an Ayn Rand proselytizer, successfully tarred Cantor as a "pro-amnesty" candidate, thinks religion has been short-shrifted, and supports getting rid of the federal role in farm regulation.
- Eric Cantor's Stunning Demise and What It All Means