GOP hasn’t learned ONE THING from Cantor primary loss

RINO123House Majority leader Eric Cantor spent years running around the  country meddling in other people’s primaries.  He cheerleaded for more spending and more debt, poo-pooed the repeal of ObamaCare, and promoted amnesty for illegal aliens.  And to “thank” him for that, his constituents sent him packing this week.   For the first time in history, a sitting majority leader lost his bid for renomination.  

You would have thought the GOP powers-that-be would have done some Wednesday morning quarterbacking and decided: “Hey. We need to do something different.”

Nope.  It appears that the US House GOP caucus is preparing to elevate Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) into the majority leader slot.  Erick Erickson over at RedState points out that McCarthy has been an even bigger ideological squish than Cantor.  In other words, for conservatives, McCarthy is a step backward from Cantor. 

John Davis, Raleigh’s favorite GOP commentator, decided to sound off on the Cantor affair.  And he’s as wrong on this Virginia development as he often is on stuff that happens here in North Carolina: 

[…] Many conservative Republicans are claiming today that U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, lost his race for reelection because of the influence of the Tea Party or because of the immigration issue. Wrong. Here is why he lost:

  • Eric Cantor was not a good Congressman
  • Cantor and his staff had the reputation of being arrogant and aloof
  • Cantor spent too much time positioning himself to run for House Speaker and not enough time positioning himself back home to run for reelection
  • Cantor let his power go to his head; he didn’t think he was vulnerable
  • Cantor was so despised by his own voters that a $5.4 million to $207,000 fundraising advantage and a 34-point lead in the polls couldn’t save him
  • Cantor lost by 56% to 44% because of hubris; ego run amok
  • Cantor lost despite a staff of 23 to his opponent’s 2 staffers because he was dismissive […]

With those bullet points, Davis could very well be describing Renee Ellmers.  But she won in May.  The difference between the primary in North Carolina’s 2nd and Virginia’s 7th comes down to: (1) the quality of challenger, and (2) the quality of the on-the-ground organization.   Frank Roche worked hard in his effort to unseat Ellmers, but he couldn’t ellmers boehnerovercome all of the bridges he has burned during his time in local politics.  Also, there’s no real organized opposition in North Carolina’s 2nd.  Contrast that with what’s going on in Virginia’s 7th.    In the Tar Heel State, we’ve got a lot of folks who are really fed up with the massive amount of selling out by the Republican establishment.  But the establishment stays in power because they’re organized.  The grassroots opposition is not (on a large-scale basis).

Here’s another angle on the “bad congressman” theme pushed by Davis.  Cantor had been representing that district in the US House since 2000.  He had been representing a good chunk of those people in the state legislature since 1992.  At some point, he must have been doing SOMETHING right.  You can trace Cantor’s drop in popularity from the point he started carrying water for the House leadership on immigration, raising the debt ceiling, and opposing the repeal of ObamaCare.

Davis also makes the same error so many in the establishment make: The Tea Party is not a club or an organization.  You don’t pay dues.  You don’t register or sign up.  The Tea Party is a nickname supplied to people who are mad as hell over being lied to, and abused by, a government that is supposed to be working FOR them. 

On top of all that, the establishment has decided to point fingers at Cantor’s constituents and David Brat, the 7th’s new GOP nominee for US House.  Some media reports have tied  Cantor’s downfall to a supposed rise in anti-Semitism.  (Cantor is Jewish.)  Again, Cantor had been representing the district since 2000 in Congress, and in the state legislature since 1992.  brat

There was also a hit on Brat and some “Hitler” comments.  When you get past the shock headline, you find that Brat wrote an essay in 2011 suggesting that the world’s political and economic climate were ripe for the rise of a new “Hitler.”  * Hmmm.  The guy mentions Hitler in an article he wrote.  Three years later, he defeats a Jewish leader in an election. Conspiracy !!!!*  smh. 

Brat ran with a pretty good message.  You would think the GOP hierarchy would look at that message, see the electoral result, and embrace it.  But, no.  We’re talking about Hitler and anti-semitism.  

And with the effort to elevate McCarthy to the majority leader role being vacated by Cantor, the GOP is simply re-arranging deck chairs on The Titanic.  The establishment learned nothing.  It’s up to US to hammer the point home again and again until they do

16 thoughts on “GOP hasn’t learned ONE THING from Cantor primary loss

  1. The Republican Establishment is just as corrupt as the Democrat Establishment. They all work for the same people and get paid by the same people. Case in point: NYC Mayor Bloomberg just sent $250,000 to Thad Cochran’s moribund campaign against a conservative challenger.

    1. I hope that McDaniel’s campaign will make a campaign ad of that Bloomberg contribution. That contribution also shows just how clueless the NRA’s policy of heavily preferring incumbents or insiders over challengers is. Here they are backing the same candidate as stridently anti-gun Bloomberg. Gunowners of America and the National Association for Gun Rights have got it right. They have been backing McDaniel all along.

      And Cochran just keeps beclowning himself in this race:

  2. Watch the establishment work against conservative candidate Brat in VA-07. The GOP will be in bag for the Democrat challenger. Watch and learn. The GOP establishment despises conservatives.

    1. As pro establishment, ex Beaufort County Republican Chairman (Liberal) Larry Britt said in a public meeting and was quoted in a local paper: When conservative candidates are in an election, as a last resort support the Democrat.

      This seems to be the establishment Republican way at all levels.

  3. Speaking of Ellmers and the GOP double down –

    “Amazingly, 70 Republican House members joined with almost every Democrat to defeat Gohmert’s amendment. Among those who voted to keep the subsidies for illegals were Eric Cantor and Renee Ellmers, two Republicans who were challenged on their support for amnesty. Ironically, Cantor was defeated in a stunning upset on that very day by Dave Brat who criticized Cantor for promoting policies that have attracted more illegal immigration.”

    see more at Breitbart

    Ellmers benefited from timing, the pics of the kids in border holding areas didn’t hit the news until after the primary, she also had Zuckerburg paid ads plastering the media. Frank entered the race late so in addition to little money, and the past problems you mentioned, he had a bigger mountain to climb.

    I do have to say the primary turnout was extremely poor across the state…too many people don’t realize the importance of primaries.

    Time to request town hall schedules for all of NC Delegation

    1. Every one of the NC delegation may as well be numbered among the treasonous seventy, whether they actually participated or not. Why? Because they tolerate and in most cases voted for the current House leadership which permits these things to happen. All of them need to be challenged for supporting the likes of Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy and McMorris-Rodgers,

    2. Check, Got it. GOP establishment pushing Richard Burr and Thom Tillis on us support and promote illegal invaders in our country. Check. Got it. The alarm clock is ringing, time to wake up!

    3. Ellmers is nothing but an undocumented Democrat. We need someone to qualify as a write-in conservative candidate in that district.

  4. Probably learned that the concept of “all politics are local” is still true.

    And that the candidate getting the most votes gets to move forward.

    Got to keep them home fires burning so I’m guessing that all politicians will be drinking coffee and eating doughnuts with the local folk pretty often. Probably a bunch of kissing babies and watching a bunch of T-ball games. Going to church and dropping in a big bill in the collection plate. Eating a lot of barbecue and fried chicken. Attending the Ramp Festival.

    Probably got the message that schmoozing and whispering sweet nothings is necessary if you are going to win the hearts of the voters.

    Walter Jones has always done a good job of keeping in touch with the local folk.

    From what I read it seems ol’ Eric was rather a cold fish.

    Renee won her primary and she is an attractive lady. So she’s got that going for her.

    1. Politics is primarily about issues, and one of the top rules in politics is not to piss on your base. We have far too many of our Republicans actively pissing on the base, and that simply needs to stop, or it will be stopped by the grassroots voters like it was with Cantor.

      But when it comes to interacting with the constituents, we have one politician who seems never to have learned that lesson, Thom TIllis, who thumbed his nose at the grassroots by ducking all those candidate forums in the primary all over the state, and had to rely on Uncle Karl to dump millions into the state to buy the nomination for him.

      1. And the voters will get a chance to stand in judgement of Thom. Hopefully Karl is up to the challenge.

        Of course it may be like with Cantor and many will be voting against Kay. But then again the Democratic senate committee ain’t too shabby either.

        But you never can tell. Perhaps the write-in campaign will gain traction and we will send Opie Taylor to Congress.

        Thom had a pretty easy run through the primary so the general election will test his mettle.

        We will see who has the most turnovers.

        1. An easy run? Being tied in the polls a few weeks out, and then winning with less than half the vote after Uncle Karl dumped in a few million to buy him the nomination? Without the rescue by Uncle Karl, Tillis would be in a runoff right now and about to lose. Oh, yeah, he had an easy run all right.

          1. “Being tied in the polls a few weeks out…..”

            Must be the same pollsters who said Cantor had a 35% lead over his opponent.

  5. It seems as if jr cooper is starting to personalize things a bit too much, defend, feel the pressue. Must be something not so good happening over in the Tillis camp like maybe cooper is concerned about the future of his paycheck as a Tillis troll and staffer? Get out while you still can cooper, get out while you still can. Living inside of cooper’s head rent free. Poor cooper.

    1. Golly Jenny!

      And here I was thinking I was just about the only one on this site dealing with reality.

      So where do I go?

      Do you remember the scene in the movie “Officer and a Gentleman?” The instructor, played by Louis Gossett, Jr., yells at Zack Mayo that Mayo should DOR (drop out of the flight training school.) Mayo yells back, “I got nowhere else to go.”

      So where does a conservative go in this race?

      P.S. I am not interested in registering a protest vote. If I want to protest I will join Rev. Barber’s Moral Monday crowd.

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