It was clearly a shock to the GOP when Eric Cantor lost what should have been a none event primary in Virginia. Having served 7 terms in Congress and getting ‘Tea Bagged’ must have come as a bit of a shock.
Had Cantor spent too much time courting Washington DC lobbyists at the expense of the people he was representing? It is an interesting theory that has some legs. Eric Cantor was very much a fixture and fitting in the DC scene. His achievements, other than being famous for being famous, are not so well known.
Apparently he was keen on immigration reform, but did little to advance the idea with his fellow Republicans.
For the most part he just followed the party lines. While I do not use Wikipedia as a source of knowledge, there is an interesting notation:
Cantor opposes public funding of embryonic stem cell research and opposes elective abortion. He is rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America, indicating a pro-life voting record. He is also opposed to same-sex marriage, voting to Constitutionally define marriage as between a male and a female in 2006. In November 2007 he voted against prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. He also supports making flag burning illegal. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) rated him 19% in 2006, indicating an anti-affirmative action voting record. He is opposed to gun control, voting to ban product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers in 2005, and he voted not to require gun registration and trigger-lock laws in the District of Columbia. He has a rating of “A” from the National Rifle Association (NRA). On Nov. 2, 2010, Cantor told Wolf Blitzer of CNN that he would try to trim the federal deficit by reducing welfare.
It is the ‘A’ rating from the NRA that I find interesting. Who cares what the NRA thinks? I view this as a grade “A” rating with the Goldfish Owners Preservation society (GOP).
How did a lifetime politician get booted by a Tea Bagger that even the Tea Baggers were not backing? The answer is simple, Can’t or and the GOP viewed Brat, as just that, a naughty little boy who was poking his nose into area’s he should not.
It was a huge mistake, Can’t or is screwed. There is little doubt that the Brat will win in November, the idea of Virginia voting Blue is about as likely as the pope getting married.
But this is a huge shake up for the Goldfish party, if the Tea Baggers get any more influence, what is already a fractured party will have a huge headache on their hands.
It is almost as if the Dems should sit back and watch. Let the Tea Baggers and the GOP duke it out. If the Can’t or vs Brat battle is anything to go by, the blood bath is going to be fun to watch.