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June 10, 2014 - 6:16 pm
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) conceded Tuesday night that “obviously, we came up short” in fending off the Tea Party challenge from economics professor Dave Brat.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Brat had 55.6 percent to Cantor’s 44.4 percent.

“I know there’s a lot of long faces here tonight and it’s disappointing, sure,” Cantor said. “But I believe in this country, I believe there’s opportunity around the next corner for all of us.”

“So I look forward to continue to fight with all of you for the things that we believe in for the conservative cause because those solutions of ours are the answers to the problems that so many people are facing today.”

While Cantor’s loss unfolded and the majority leader gave his concession speech, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Va.) delivered a marathon speech against immigration reform on the House floor.

The remainder of the Hill was largely quiet, with no comments from other House leaders.

The possibility remained, though, that Cantor could attempt the same move that let Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to keep her seat.

In 2010, conservative Tea Party favorite Joe Miller, backed by Sarah Palin, knocked Murkowski out in the primary. After failing to find any other route to ballot access, Murkowski launched a write-in campaign and defeated Miller — becoming the first senator in more than five decades to win her seat via write-ins.

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NYTimes headline tomorrow?

Tea Party Brat wins, throws out last Jewish member of the Party.

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You left out the part about Lugar supporting Donnelly against Mourdock.
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Eric Cantor just seen being force-fed a post-primary Brat-worst...
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Roger, I don't like this new format for articles; please get rid of it.


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Here's what happened to Cantor.

When he first ran in 2000 he was accessible to the people. I met him while he was handing out flyers in front of a Ukrops grocery store. He continued to be accessible and reliably conservative for several years, but eventually he drifted and became a creature of Washington, D.C.

He stopped holding town halls. He stopped listening. And then then became hostile to his constituency, especially in the area of illegal immigration.
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...though the open primary system meant that Democrats were able to cast ballots for Cantor or Brat.

Why, why, why???

Note to the Republican Party: Get rid of this crap. NOW.
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Why? It's a mechanism that's designed to temper conservatism, built to prevent upstart righties from taking over the GOP.
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Stand down. Reassess. And remember what you used to be.
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More probably, Cantor would run for Senate, where he can appeal to RINO's and Dems.
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NYTimes headline tomorrow?

Tea Party Brat wins, throws out last Jewish member of the Party.

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You may recall, 'Bleachers, the favor Buckley rendered in driving out the crazies.

You're one of the crazies.
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Preston has already called out that lefty smear.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/06/10/cantors-out-what-now/?singlepage=true&show-at-comment=718300#comment-718300

Question is, why are you indulging it?

It's because you've lost your sh!t, 'Bleachers.
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Just because I commented the same way about 17 hours ago, and PJMedia may have deleted that comment, I've saved a screenshot of that post immediately above. If I recall, Reformed Trombonist replied, and I replied to them.

I quote Bryan Preston, referenced above, here:

"Cantor is Jewish, and that fact had nothing to do with his defeat, but the dishonest left doesn’t care. They will use Cantor’s defeat to generate a vicious smear."

Of course, I'll screenshot this too.
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Actually, ISTR that Virginia has a law against those who lose primaries running in the general election, so this is highly unlikely.
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That just means they can't have their name on the ballot. They can still stage a write-in campaign.

http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+24.2-648
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I think the key bit is what Newt said: “'I would be a little skeptical given the size and the margin' of Cantor’s defeat, Gingrich said, adding that he thinks every Tea Party group would 'pile on' the majority leader in that campaign."

That's a hefty margin for him to overcome. It would likely require more than a few Democrat votes and that is no guarantee for Cantor.
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Cantor doesn't have the means to carry off a write in. Murkowski was a very special case. She is part of a political dynasty known for its cronyism. Her father had been dispensing favor$ in Alaska ever since Lisa was nine years old. That's a lot of favors that can be called in. A great many more were said to be promised to be dealt out if Princess Lisa got reelected via write in. This effort was helped because Alaska has one of the highest percentages of people who get money from the government, in part because of the large percent of native Americans in the population and the amount of land owned by the federal government. Murkowski played those voters like a fiddle. Cantor's district has a far different mix of voters.
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The reality was that it was a deadly dull election with almost no contested races. Only political activists had ever even heard of Joe Miller. Sarah used him as her sockpuppet in her never-ending campaign against all things Murkowski and delivered up several hundred thousand dollars of Tea Party money for a last minute ad blitz. Ad to that the fact that there was a parental notification initiative on the ballot that brought out a strong pro-life vote that went to Miller. Miller won by a little over 2000 votes and the people woke up and said, "What have we done?" While Republican Party leaders said the right thing and expressed support for Miller as the nominee, I doubt any of them actually voted for him in the General. We all knew him from his shenanigans at various Republican events and the Conventions including his very loudly quitting the Party at one time. If you watched his lips closely, you could see Sarah's fingers moving them.

I'm not much of Lisa fan and I think Frank appointing her destroyed any chance of having a successful administration. I think any well-known Republican could beat her. Unfortunately, anybody who isn't also crazy as a sh*thouse rat could beat Miller. Miller doesn't even need an opponent, he can beat himself all by himself. The great fear of most Republicans I know was that the Democrats would throw one of their well known people in to replace their unknown nominee and we'd have two Democrat Senators from a once solidly Republican state. I still don't know why Tony Knowles, Fran Ulmer, maybe even Ethan Berkowitz or Eric Croft, all with Statewide name recognition, didn't immediately throw their hat in the ring. Any one of them could have beat Miller and it is unlikely Lisa could have beaten one of them as a write-in since they'd have gotten both the ANCSA Corporation and organized labor support that went to Lisa's write-in campaign.
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This response is not totally politically correct, but you will soon see I do not care. As a 20 year Alaskan, I can say I think this is pretty spot on. Politically correct or not, Murkowski is the poster child for whiny establishment class beyotch. God save us from her type. Please.
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You left out the part about Lugar supporting Donnelly against Mourdock.
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