In Case You Haven’t Heard, The Tea Party Is Dead

Eric Cantor, (R Virginia) has lost his primary to the Tea Party challenger, Dave Brat. Cantor stands right behind the Speaker of the House in terms of political clout and that is what has undone him. It’s the Greek Tragedy writ large; in your strength we will find the source of your weakness. Cantor tried desperately to maintain credibility with both mainstream and Conservative Republicans. He ended up satisfying neither by trying to be both. He succumbed to Potomac Fever and the intoxication of power.

Granted Tea Party folks have had, at best, mixed results, in part due to the inexperience of committed private citizens attempting to crack a political system that so favors incumbents. There is lots of head scratching going on in the halls of Congress and down at the RNC. Dave Brat should not have won; Dave Brat should have had no shot. Dave who?

Virginia, I’m proud to say has often led the nation throughout its history. Virginia has delivered a set of messages that occur at a variety of levels. Don’t go Washington, don’t be intoxicated by power at the expense of the people you represent. Don’t engage in a breathless pursuit of immigration amnesty. Don’t make bad economic deals. Don’t abrogate the power of the Congress, Don’t cave to the President. Don’t fight the Select Committee on Benghazi. Don’t allow politics to overwhelm the moral center. Don’t fall victim to doing the politically correct thing at the expense of doing the right thing. Cantor knew the politics on the Hill as well as anyone; he forgot, however, why he was sent to Washington in the first place. Welcome to American term limits.

The numbers will, in the final analysis, show that Cantor did not only fail in Conservative leaning precincts but he lost support in precincts where he has demonstrated a strong showing in the past, moderate precincts. Moderate precincts moved to the Right.

Brat took advantage of every “free” media opportunity available to him; talk radio being a central part of Dave whose strategy. Eric Cantor spent money! Dave Brat will win by eleven points; eleven points! No one wins by eleven points.

One would hope that the Republican consultant class might actually absorb the messages here. The electorate is rejecting small points of progress on the fringes. Even where the Tea Party candidate has lost, they had an impact; they convince more and more voters that Barack Obama has to be stopped or stifled. In greater Richmond Virginia they don’t think Cantor did that. Bold colors, clarity and creating the perception that you will walk the talk has led to a victory by a rookie outsider who toppled one of the ten most powerful individuals in Washington.

God bless America!

  • D. E. Landreaux

    One more thing. Cantor spend 5 million Bratt spent about 250 thousand. Does my heart good.

  • Bob

    This renews some of my faith in the American public!

    Looking forward to seeing the cartoon below come to pass…… http://www.usnews.com/dims4/USNEWS/6e94264/2147483647/thumbnail/766×511%3E/quality/85/?url=%2Fcmsmedia%2F14%2F10fe4173fef66ab9772a1d9aedec3c%2F344-46

  • Bill Hedges

    OLD adages:

    1. “make a mountain out of a molehill”.

    2. For THOSES enlightened TRUE BELIEVERS, “To thine own self be true”.

    Don’t have the CARE ENOUGH whereto all to read up on the election at the revival of TEA PARTY in order to attempt to uncover reasons for result OF ((( ONE ELECTION ))) IN THIS ARTICLE.

    BY TEA STANDARD, as exhibited by bob, better to have SECOND buma term in office, rather than lower ONES VOTE to a LESS THAN stellar Republican candidate. STAY HOME ELECTION DAY. Not only that, PROMOTE OTHERS to follow suite.

    BOTH Son of Ron Paul & Ted Cruz have fallen __ SHORT __ from the loathly HIGH standards of TEA. How could a Tea, in GOOD conscious, leave home to pull a leaver at a polling site under such circumstances. Would be a tragedy of ONES high morality.

    Didn’t our FOUNDING FATHERS believe in DON’T VOTE if candidate is not:

    3. “PURE AS THE driven snow”.

    Enjoy your second term of buma. BY YOUR LEAVE, bumcare RULES this land. Sights are upon immigration reform by executive order. What OTHER GOODIES in our future ???

    A SINGLE TEA WIN. WOW. A TEA spurt of GROWTH ???:

    4. “Don’t count your chicken before they hatch”

  • Bill Hedges

    Take S off of THOSES…

  • Bill Hedges

    D. E. Landreaux wrote:

    “Granted Tea Party folks have had, at best, mixed results, in part due to the inexperience of committed private citizens attempting to crack a political system that so favors incumbents. There is lots of head scratching going on in the halls of Congress and down at the RNC. Dave Brat should not have won; Dave Brat should have had no shot. Dave who?”

    I did the penny TOUR to uncover deeper TRUTHS.

    1. Why ONLY Dave win HIGHLIGHTED ???

    WHAT ABOUT:

    2. “A tea party challenge failed against South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was once considered vulnerable to a challenge from the right. Graham defeated six opponents and avoided a runoff by getting more than 50 percent of the vote”

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/news-guide-primary-elections-tuesday-in-states/article_1f25595f-3e84-50bc-84dd-982e791e2050.html

  • Bob

    In his concession speech last night Majority leader Eric Cantor DID NOT make any mention of Dave Brat nor did he say he would support Mr. Brat in the November general election.And I’m accused by some of being childish and stubborn in my ideology?

    Article entitled: “Cantors Graceless Concession Speech”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/10/Cantors-Graceless-Concession-Speech

  • Bill Hedges

    I’ll quote bob’s link WHY Cantor lost:

    “Surprisingly, Cantor made no mention of the issue that ultimately led to his defeat: his support for granting amnesty to illegal aliens who entered the country as minors.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/10/Cantors-Graceless-Concession-Speech

    Yes bob, Cantor PULLED a Rand Paul, and to a lesser degree a Ted Cruz, reversal on Tea immigration political view. YOU MAY be SITTING OUT ((( another ))) PRESIDENTIAL election. Helping TO ELECT say Hillary.

    Harry Reid, as I have quoted, said buma will do a executive order on this issue before November election IF CONGRESS sits on THEIR HANDS.

    bob writes:

    “And I’m accused by some of being childish and stubborn in my ideology?”

    Funny you should bring THIS UP at this time. I keep my COMMENTS CLEAN with you until I created a list on your comments__ a naughty list. A “BLAST FROM THE PAST”, I do QUOTE YOU FROM Nate’s other site. YES, BIG BOTHER is spying on YOU in a open, public arena. Holding you accountable for YOUR REMARKS WHICH ARE conflicting:

    Bob June 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

    “I have a problem conferring with or even taking serious any contributor to this or any other site who insist on name calling. I find it immature and it only takes away from not adds anything to your argument. You may have noticed I attempt to use the persons office title or Mr. or Mrs. when ever possible. Call me old fashion but the exchange of ideas can be and should be civil.”

    http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2014/06/hillary-will-decide-by-end-of-year-on-presidential-run/#OD8Vj3ft6DbVDgTt.99

    That HIGH MOUNTAIN you place yourself ON TOP OF ((( JUST ))) HAD a major landslide crashing you down from your exhaled high throne.

    “Old fashion” ??? You bob ??? That a false allegation. Sue yourself…

  • Bill Hedges

    “You may have noticed I attempt to use the persons office title or Mr. or Mrs. when ever possible. Call me old fashion but the exchange of ideas can be and should be civil.”

    REALLY !!!???!!!

    Except for Karl Rowe, etc…???

  • Huge win for the grassroots. Cantor was arrogant, unprincipled, and had to go. Boehner can follow him out.

  • Bill Hedges

    Nate wrote about Cantor:

    1. “Huge win for the grassroots”

    HOW DO YOU conclude THAT ???

    A what’s his name beat a INVINCIBLE, POWERHOUSE Mike Tyson. OR did mental & life’s arbitrations floor MIKE ? WASN’T Mike’s head spinning LONG BEFORE first blow night of Buster Douglas, PROMOTED as “Tyson Is Back!”, YET biggest upset in ALL OF SPORTS.

    “GRASSROOT” TEA wrote OFF WINNING THIS CHAIR. Nullifiable level of Tea group $$$ support. “Zero” $$$ Tea groups came out of the woodwork to praise WHAT HIS NAME once Caesar was pronounced DEAD.

    Was a previously unknown entity group that galvanized David against the giant.

    2. “Cantor was arrogant”

    I’ll give you THAT.

    He ignored THE BOOS. PERHAPS too self confident.

    3. “unprincipled”

    In YOUR VIEW.

  • Bill Hedges

    SORRY… Had a technical issue…

    Continuing:

    2010 Redistricting may have doomed Candor. Is as plausible as YOUR REMARKS___ if not more so. Redistricting IS A FACT, while tea had insignificant involvement until JUMPING ON winner’s band wagon, with “arrogant, unprincipled” sheer _ con·jec·ture _…