In Virginia House Majority Leader Eric Cantor got shellacked today.
WASHINGTON -- The demise of the Tea Party has been greatly exaggerated.
|The face of the Democratic Party in Virginia.|
The anti-establishment force within the GOP was strong enough Tuesday to oust House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a stunning upset by a political newcomer, Randolph-Macon College economics professor Dave Brat.
Cantor said Tuesday that serving in Congress and as majority leader "has been one of the highest honors of my life" and that he would continue to promote the conservative cause. "It's disappointing, sure. But I believe in this country. I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us," he said.
Cantor, the second-most powerful House leader, is the highest-ranking Republican to lose renomination to a Tea Party challenger since the movement rose to prominence in 2010. It is likely to go down as one of the most stunning primary defeats in congressional history.Just so you know, the tea party "nut" that beat Cantor, as you are sure to hear him described, is a tenured and thoughtful economics professor.
Meanwhile in my old home district in Northern Virginia, the "progressive" Democrats have nominated a Volvo car dealer to fill the seat of retiring punk and bully Jim Moran in a seat that is certain to stay Democratic in November. Isn't that precious, the Democrats elect someone who thoughtfully sells imported cars. Just what we need for the middle class in America!