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Sunday, March 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — In 1961, John F. Kennedy said: “In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”

In November of 2010, Eric Cantor said: “The Tea Party are … an organic movement that played a tremendously positive role in this election. I mean, certainly, it produced an outcome beneficial to our party when you’re picking up at least 60-some seats.”

Yes, Republican leaders happily rode the Tea Party tiger when doing so was convenient. Now, Cantor has fallen to the very forces he and his colleagues unleashed and encouraged. After an electoral earthquake that shocked the party’s system, the GOP’s top brass will be scrambling to figure out what lessons they should draw.

Unfortunately, they’ll probably absorb the wrong ones. Rather than taking on the Tea Party and battling for a more moderate and popular form of conservatism, they are likely to cower and accommodate even more.

Because immigration was a central issue used against Cantor by David Brat, the insurgent professor who defeated him by 11 points, the immediate betting is that House leaders will once and for all declare immigration reform dead for this session of Congress. Governing is likely to become even less important, if that’s possible, to House Speaker John Boehner. Just holding a fearful and fractious GOP caucus together will become an even greater preoccupation.

It might usefully occur to some Republicans that Cantor was not their party’s only incumbent challenged by the Tea Party in a primary on Tuesday. In South Carolina, Sen. Lindsey Graham overwhelmed six Tea Party challengers, securing 57 percent of the vote and avoiding a runoff.

While it’s true that Graham did what he could to satisfy his party’s ultras — for long stretches, it seemed that not a day went by when he didn’t use the word “Benghazi” — he did not, as Cantor did, twist this way and that on the immigration question. On the contrary, Graham defended his support of immigration reform and his vote for a bipartisan Senate bill.

We’ll never know if Cantor would have done better if he had held steady on the subject. What we do know is that sending out campaign literature bragging about a news story that declared him “the No. 1 guy standing between the American people and immigration reform” did nothing to placate or persuade those who were out to defeat him.

Republicans who simply want to keep tacking right to maintain their power should also note that if the Tea Party helped mobilize support for them in 2010, it now threatens to reduce the party to a right-wing sect.

The movement is very good at organizing its own, but it is doing little to attract new voters the GOP’s way. If anything, the party’s rightward drift is pushing people out. In December 2010, 33 percent of Americans told Gallup’s pollsters they considered themselves Republicans. Last month only 24 percent did. Although the turnout was up in the Brat-Cantor race, participation has been low in most of this year’s Republican primaries.

66 Responses to Eric Cantor And The Tea Party Purge

  1. Yesterday in our town, in the eastern/Democratic half of Iowa, a white pick-up cruised around our neighborhood flying a huge Confederate flag. Today, a huge Confederate flag is mounted on top of the local BP station and convenience store, impudently drawing attention away from the troll-like soft-serve “ice-cream cone” sitting under the store’s sign, which used to be this filling station’s iconic mascot. Until the GOP disavows bigotry and misogyny, and opposes effectively the anti-government nutjobs displaying their high-powered weaponry and waving the Confederate flag in the name of the Republican party, these elements within it will alienate minority voters, the young, women, and moderates of all stripes, especially those with families, who do not want their schools, stores, and public gatherings turned into modern-day replicas of the OK Corral by extremists emboldened by dumb things Republicans say to appease them. Unfortunately, the NSA will have to once again devise policies to protect the public from these domestic terrorists playing out their fantasies within our midst. I’m not sure if the GOP has any credibility left to thwart the potential for violence its far-right now poses during the upcoming election cycles.

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    • How frightening that must be for you. I have a grandchild who is attending school in your State, so now I am worried as well.

      • This has been coming on for a long time. The Republican party went beserk when President Clinton was elected. All they could do is trash and burn. Then when President Obama was elected the tea party wing came out with even worse vitriol and virulent racism. The republicans thought they had a winner in their ability to raise even more money and activism. They didn’t know they had a tiger by the tail who was going to turn around and devour them.

        • Well stay safe, you never how far they will go when they go that crazy. I hope my grandchild is smart enough to keep quiet and just finish college.

          • We have four college campuses in our town, and my son is a graduate of one of those colleges. There are a few right-wingers on most campuses, but the majority of students seem quite liberal and–like your grandson–keeping their heads in the academic game and athletic competitions among campuses. With such high tuition, they cannot afford to ride around displaying Confederate flags. The locals with no college education seem to be behind that–including a whole contingent of men whose lives are run on gasoline and tied to operating vehicles as their chief source of pleasure. The common denominator among exponents of the far-right seems to be the desire to exhibit their extreme positions, whether with flags or with loud motors or Confederate flag stickers in their truck windows (you see that here, too). Maybe they are becoming more exuberant–and concealed carry gun laws are worrisome in this respect–but my gut feeling is that IF they can find expression through these larger than life flags and speeding vehicles, they may be satisfied, and remain virtually harmless. Remember, they can also express themselves harmlessly on the Internet. These uneducated, possibly unempolyed, would-be troublemakers may not even vote. Your grandchild should be perfectly safe on campus, with his peers, and at social events where families are welcome. If I were he, however, I’d avoid the biker bars in Iowa–or any where else for that matter.

          • Actually it is a granddaughter and she tells me she is very happy there. She is also working and is pre-med so has little time for biker bars. She seems to be meeting people and making friends, I trust her judgment she is one of those people who are born old and sensible. I just hope she doesn’t get too happy and does not come home when she graduates which I will be attending.

          • My mother was a nurse, so I am glad about your granddaughter and her good experiences. I hope your granddaughter returns home after graduation, because the medical offices in this part of Iowa seem to hire locals–born here, grew up here, returned here after college. This worries me, because I think hiring for medical offices should be based on merit not on nepotistic associations and cronyism.

          • She’s wants to get her MD, but she is also very interested in medical research. Where she goes will depend on which Medical School accepts her. She is a very special person.

    • Sigrid, somehow something needs to be done about the treachery in our Congress. See this:

      UPDATE: Eric Cantor Plotted to Sabotage US Economy in Secret Meeting with Hensarling & Luntz

      In Robert Draper’s book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives” Draper wrote that on inauguration night, 2009, during a four hour, “invitation only” meeting with GOP Hate-Propaganda Minister, Frank Luntz, the below listed Senior GOP Law Writers literally plotted to sabotage, undermine and destroy America’s Economy.

    • A few short years ago, Sarah Palin (remember her?) put a US Congressman in her gunsights, thanks to some clever editing. She suffered dearly for this move. Will the Republicans also suffer in November because of all the nut jobs who seem to be threatening the sanity of the whole nation? Or will it be that the failure of the Democrats to get out the vote in 2010, resulting in the massive shift in state legislatures and the redistricting that led to Republican dominance, will be repeated in November? We must make every reasonable effort to get Democrats REGISTERED and TO THE POLLS in November, or we have no one to blame but ourselves.

  2. I think what Dionne discounts a little too much here, is the fact Graham’s political environment, is in the Senate. And depends on much larger, and a not much more, but still, a more diverse group, than Virginia’s 7th House District. These small, issue intense, and highly gerrymandered districts, are ready made for a faux grass roots insurgency. A great thing, if you’re Charles, or David Koch. It is amazing just how much further your money goes, when we’re talking buying House seats in Washington, or entire State Legislatures, and Governorships, in bulk. As was done in the 2010 cycle that created the T Party. Where all this starts to fall apart, and becomes really corrosive is when you have a politician like Cantor in Washington, who also happens to be in a leadership position. Attempting to formulate, and promote a long term National platform, while needing to square those responsibilities with the narrow small ball politics of your intentionally mis-fashioned, bright red district at home. That could not care less about how any issue plays anywhere else. There used to be local Party bosses, collations, or collusions, and we called them, “machines,” that made the necessary allowances to prevent the kind of thing that brought down the first House Majority Leader ever, in a primary contest. As evidently these voices were overruled, in favor of the system the GOP adopted prior to the 2010 mid-terms, that now holds every GOP member, especially members of the House, and equally, maybe more important, Legislators at the State level, hostages to their new primary system, and the most extreme elements of their base who show up without fail, to vote for the most extreme ideological zealot on the ballot. Now, they’d change it all, if they could. But, that would take some real political courage. And, caring more for the good of their Country, than about procuring power. Because the Country itself will suffer over these disastrous political decisions of a Party that’s traded it’s core directives for political expediency. It will suffer due to the continued gridlock, and it’s effect of causing the Central Government to lurch along, crisis to crisis. Only acting to prevent the current calamity, even as the stage is being set for the next. Each viewed through the eye of an extortionists. As an opportunity to force that upon the Country at large, that which the insurgency itself, hasn’t yet the political power to enact on it’s own.

    • 100% correct, if I had read your comment before I wrote mine, I would not have bothered writing it. The GOP, as it stands today, is dangerous for the Country and sooner or later enough people will open their eyes and stop voting for them. Let us hope it is sooner.

    • Charle, here’s an article all NM posters really need to see:

      UPDATE: Eric Cantor Plotted to Sabotage US Economy in Secret Meeting with Hensarling & Luntz

      In Robert Draper’s book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives” Draper wrote that on inauguration night, 2009, during a four hour, “invitation only” meeting with GOP Hate-Propaganda Minister, Frank Luntz, the below listed Senior GOP Law Writers literally plotted to sabotage, undermine and destroy America’s Economy.

      • This is truly reprehensible, and seditionist behavior. And,
        what many on the Left had alluded to, publicly as early as
        the Spring of 2010. By using anecdotal evidence. But, this
        is clearly more than that. Why do you think the press has
        not reported this much more widely? It’s an outrage.

        • If what the DailyKos article says can be proven true, I don’t understand why these, basically treasonous acting legislators, can’t be prosecuted for crimes against America. Just because they’re elected officials should not give them immunity to prosecution for what are actually crimes against our country; willfully plotting to sabotage the economy.

          • Yes. I agree totally. Then, I always remind myself, I’m not a lawyer. And just because I think it ought to be against the law, especially for elected officials, doesn’t necessarily mean it is. First, is this a new story? There was a time. Maybe before the press became so consolidated, so dependent upon profit, or access, or just basically, seemed to be sympathetic with certain individuals within the GOP, itself, that supports their bottom lines in very structural ways. This should be a front page story, Nationwide. So my friend, there’s a lot I don’t understand about a lot of things. For example, has Maddow, Mathews, Hayes, 60 minutes, NY Times, Elizabeth Warren, or Bernie Sanders, anyone? Been talking about this? I don’t know. Sometimes I think the GOP is in so much trouble, everyone is covering for them, hoping they get their act together, before 1/2 of our political system falls apart. And that is in no one’s within the power structures that be’s, interests for that to happen. I know I’m running on here, but am I running way out in Left field here? (I do tend to do that sometimes.)

  3. But purges, as Cantor has learned, are painful. They can also be dangerous to a party’s long-term well-being.

    Let’s hope so anyway.

  4. I wouldn’t read too much into this as far as the Tea Party is concerned. This is suburban Richmond, with more interest in immigration and fiscal issues than any uber-conservative social issues.

  5. Tuesday’s upset in the Virginia 7th and the rest of this Tea Party madness may have made it impossible for the republican party to lure an electable candidate into the 2016 presidential contest. I know if I was Jeb Bush or Chris Christy I would drop the idea like a hot rock. That party has given itself over to so many nut-cases now that even if they had a clone of their precious Ronald Reagan they couldn’t get him nominated.

    • The potentially nominatable but unelectable candidates, if they are smart and young enough, should switch parties and spend some time “paying their dues” to the Democratic party. If they examined the facts that contradict the GOP “trickle down” and “climate denier” myths, they would no longer belong in that party anyway.

      • If they cared about facts they wouldn’t be in that party to begin with, but I get your point. I believe that voters are quietly doing that right now, shifting away from these radicals. The middle independents are the most silent voting block out there and nearly impossible to poll or predict.

        This is a great time for the democratic party to stake out the middle and push the republicans off the playing field. Never did I dream that the democratic party would be given such a golden opportunity and stand around with finger in nose and let it slip away.

      • The problem is if they joined that right wing group they probably believe in it. They probably are anti-choice, against equal rights, for tax breaks for the wealthy, religious zealots, want tax breaks for the rich, and against the ACA.

        • What we need, among both politicians, is a large number of Constantines, and Sauls of Tarsus, who switched sides when they saw the light.

          * Constantine: Roman Emperor who made the Christian Church the official Imperial religion.

          * Saul of Tarsus: persecutor who became St. Paul.

          I’m doing what I can to “turn the lights back on in Georgia,” by supporting Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn.

  6. Well, since the GOP likes Putin and wants USSR style government here… They should of read a little history before going down this road. Cantor should just be thankful he wasn’t sent to the American Siberia (Mississippi.)

    Now if we can only exile McCain, McConnel, Cruz, Bohner, Gomert… Oh hell, ALL of the Republicans currently in the House and Senate… but the “leadership” at the very least (and I use the term leadership very loosly as not a one of them is worthy of the title of leader, but rather DAIC (Dumb Ass In Charge) which would be more fitting.)

    • These Conservative Republicans’tea party are not normal at all. Their friends are Putin, Bundy, faux militia, Rush, Beck, Fox channel, Louie Goober. Rafael Ted Cruz, Ayn Rand, Akin, Palin, Bachmann, and the NRA. They have skidded off the road.

  7. As the moderate republicians kiss butt to their tea party affiliates, there goes the republican party that stood up to slavery. It has becoming a fight for power between the wealthy and the once middle class.They went after the unions and now the industrial cities are minimum wage slums. Soon they will go after the farms and rural america. Wake up! The turst for more money by a few has to stop. They back stabed Cantor, they will back stab YOU.

      • That is a falacy. “trickle down economics” started it. Minimum wage was for teenagers in high school and retirees. Minimum wage for anyone else, especially with a family is slavery.

  8. Americans are naturally hostile to granting illegal aliens legal status. Dr. Brat apparently realizes this and made a strong case to the voters against amnesty. I doubt any of Sen. Graham challengers were that smart. It is a rarity for a politician to make a steady, level-headed case against excessive immigration as Dr. Brat seems to have.

    • Actually polling shows the opposite that most American believe their should be a path to citizenship aliens already living in the Country.

      • Polls are not reliable means of determining public opinion. Remember one poll going into this primary showed Cantor with double-digit leads in his district. The polls you speak of are put out by groups that lobby for amnesty and more immigration and media organizations that have a strong pro-amnesty editorial stance. Polls put out by restrictionist groups, such as the Center for Immigration Studies, show the opposite. So who do we believe? The next step is to look to other indicators besides polls. Those other indicators reveal a public that, so far as it is paying attention, is almost unanimous in its opposition to any legalization whatsoever. Over 99% of the feedback Congress gets from constituents opposes amnesty, website visitation rates are almost an order of magnitude higher on anti-amnesty websites than on pro-amnesty websites, and comment threads on MSM articles are overwhelmingly anti-amnesty in tone.

        • Oh what nonsense! If you believe that feed back given to individual Congress members are better indicators than polls, you are either very stupid or desperate. Take your pick but more importantly pedal it to someone who might buy it. Most people here will not.

          • So much for diplomacy on a public opinion site! ELW, calling someone else’s (James Bowen’s) view nonsense, stupid and desperate lacks maturity, civility and fairness, He has every right to state that the group casting the poll may tweak it to their group’s viewpoint, and he’s right. You obviously only hang out with like-minded folks, so you think everyone agrees with you.
            There’s an old saying that says “If you’re not liberal when young, you have no heart. If you’re not conservative when older, you have no brain.”
            My belief of why Cantor lost is that a majority of Republicans feel their party officials “raise money on the party view then cave in the voting.” They’re viewed as intimidated by the liberal press. Conservatives believe the Tea Party candidates have more of a record of adhering to their campaign promises. Incumbent Republicans fear the Tea Party because they’re losing status quo, campaign donations and core conservatives to the Tea Party, regardless of the press branding them racists, etc. In fact the Tea Party main push is simply for smaller government. The truth is the fed. gov. cannot solve everything. Capitalism within a free enterprise system historically has served up cheaper and more creative solutions than bloated bureaucracies. An arrogant IRS and dysfunctional VA are recent examples.

          • I sure that James does not need you to defend him. Nor am I interested in your hypocritical admonishment. It is just more nonsensical rambling by people who view the world through filters that only show them what they want to see.

          • Can you tell me, if amnesty is so popular, why at Congressional town hall meetings the attending constituents are mostly against amnesty when the subject comes up? Why does the pro-amnesty side have to bus in activists from outside the district to make a showing? If amnesty were as popular as these polls say it is, they would not have to do that.

          • Sure, town hall meetings reflex the local community and are primarily attended by people who are interested in voting for the representative speaking at it. Thusly, an anti-amnesty candidate will find his town hall meeting full of anti-amnesty people. They are not scientific nor do the reflex the Nation as a whole. Do you have proof that that happens at every single town hall meeting nation wide? If you are interested in finding out why pro groups, to any issue, cover the cost of sending people out of district to rallies and local town hall meeting, I would suggest you call ask them. You are aware that anti-abortion group do that big time – start by asking them.

          • It has happened at the vast majority of them where the immigration issue has been brought up. The only presence the other side has been able to make is high profile protests from people bussed in outside the district. This is a very strong indication that they do not have much in the way of numbers. Surely they could find people in the district if they did. Have you ever wondered why amnesty has not passed yet, or why it is even controversial, given that big business, big media, big labor, big religion, big academia, and the leadership of both major political parties support it? If it had the popular support that its advocates claim it has, it would have passed long ago without any controversy.

          • You see James, this is the problem with your side, you make all these claims that cannot be proven or have been already shown to not be true. Do you have anything to back your claims up? Can you even answer the question of exactly how many town hall meeting this has happened at? I am sure that if people are being bussed in from outside district to discuss Amnesty there would have to be a schedule somewhere that tells where and when that is happening. You want to know why Amnesty has not passed yet, it is because you need both the house and Senate to pass it and the “do nothing” house of representatives sits on those bill without voting on them. I guess they are just too busy passing over 50 bills on, a lost cause for them, which try to repeal or dismember the ACA to do anything meaningful like immigration reform. You really need to go back to Government 101 and learn how our government works. There is no reason to wonder why a bill is not making it way through the Congress there is always a written record that follows it and records when it was voted on and the vote of the individual representatives.

          • I don’t personally keep track of them, but I can tell you a few off the top of my head. Rep. Jenkins of Kansas and Rep. McCarthy of California last summer and Rep. Ellmers of North Carolina more recently had such town hall meetings. Additionally, those two Texas Congressmen who were part of the House Gang of 8 left it after having such experiences at town hall meetings last summer. And what makes you think a schedule would have been posted for such protests? They were organized by groups like America’s Voice and La Raza, groups which roll in the cash given to them by big business but which have very little in the way of membership.

            Why do you think the House hasn’t taken this bill up? It is because it is very unpopular among their constituents. If they thought their constituents supported it, they would vote for it without a second thought.

          • Are you kidding? Congressional feedback is a far, far more reliable gauge of public opinion than polling. And even if it wasn’t, how do you explain the the web visitation and comment thread sentiments? If amnesty is so popular, why doesn’t that popularity manifest itself in these ways? Did you read what I said about how what polls on this issue say depends on who is doing the polling? That is hardly indicative of objectivity.

          • Yes it is true that not all polls are created equal, but that does not make Congressional feedback more reliable. The reason is simple, it is a self-selected group. It takes time and energy to write letters or to comment on a blog. The vast majority of people will never do that – they are just too busy or have other interests that are more important. Polling groups use scientific methods to select the people who answer their questions so cover a wider range of people and how balanced their selection method are affect their result, which is why you see difference between the pollers

          • I am a physicist, so trust me, I subscribe to the scientific method (there really is no such thing as “believing” in science since all scientific understanding is always subject to new challenges). These polls you speak of often try to lead people to a certain answer. The people who take polls are usually not objective parties. After all, polls showed Eric Cantor with a solid lead going into the primary. As far as immigration is concerned, most American voters do not have a strong opinion one way or the other. So what many of these polls do is try to sway those neutral types to a certain answer. Of those who do pay attention, those who oppose immigration increases and amnesty enormously outnumber those who support it. After seeing Congressional feedback, comment threads, web visitation, etc., it is pretty apparent that there is almost no popular support for liberalization of immigration law whatsoever. What those who want to loosen our immigration laws do have is money, and lots of it.

          • James, you are a man of strong opinions most of which are not based on facts or anything real. This conversation is going in circles and needs to end.

          • Most of what I have stated are facts, such as web traffic, Congressional feedback, and comment threads being overwhelmingly anti-amnesty in sentiment. There may be no way to know for sure how Americans’ views on immigration break down, but all indications on the ground show Americans, so far as they are engaged on this issue, being almost unanimously opposed to more permissive immigration laws. The only thing that speaks to the contrary are polls that are often put out by groups that have a vested interest in more immigration–that is highly suspect.

    • Sorry, James. He is on the level with Sarah Palin. Can’t answer simple questions. Has to read his right wing talking points.

      • He made a strong argument that more immigration harms American workers based on basic economic principles. He is a teacher at a liberal arts college, so he is used to instructing people.

  9. Does anyone else see the humor in CantorGate? First, Eric Cantor sucks up big time to Charles and David Koch. Then, he’s dumped on his doopah like a hot potato for a more “appropriate” Bircher Confederate good old boi. Anyone who thinks Cantor will take this laying down should take their clues from Cantor’s swift departure from his position in the GOP. Ergo, CantorGate. This is the guy who was photo opped exiting monthly meetings with the Koch tyrants. Ironically, Cantor now stands in the unique position of “outing” the Koch bois big time. He was an insider. As an outsider, he owes no fealty or allegiance to ole Charley and Davey.

    Want to know the real reason for the Koch betrayal? Cantor is Jewish. The Koch’s have been Birchers, a narrow minded group largely steeped in Christianity. Confederates always mistrust Jews and envy their numerous talents and high levels of intelligence the Confederates consider a serious threat to their “back” “back” “back” agenda.

  10. Since the 1980s and the Reagan Administration the GOP has been slowly and steadily drifting further and further to the Right. They are now to the point that they are basically irrelevant to most of society. What was once a far sighted political party has turned into a shortsighted party that has little understanding of what is actually happening in the world outside of their immediate surroundings and pocketbooks. Although the phrase “all politics are local” is true, it is only true in how you apply it. You can gerrymander districts, but in the end when people vote for the Senate and the President the size of local politics changes drastically. They still have not gotten that anything video taped is here to stay and therefore it does not work to be Altra-conservative one day and moderate the next (as demonstrated by Mit Romney). Republicans have worked very hard to insult a good part of the population so while they may continue to win on a house of Representative level they will continue to be defeated more frequently in Senate races and will have a very difficult time winning Presidential elections. In addition, the more they move to the Right the fewer followers and power they will have. Basically they have evolved in such a way that they are no longer compatible within the Society they exist and will become extinct. Pretty ironic for the Party that rejects evolution and global warming.

    • Great post. My concern is the potential for violence as those on the far-right, especially the gun nuts, sense their growing irrelevance. Perhaps counter demonstrations are a good thing, satisfying the far-right’s need to be observed taking these extreme positions, their need to be acknowledged even though they are in a growing minority. I just hope their threats of violence are never carried out, and that they can get enough satisfaction from opposition to what they do. I think the First Amendment was a revolutionary act of brilliance on the part of the writers of the Constitution, don’t you?

      • Yes I am a strong First Amendment supporter, as long as it is individual human beings speaking and not “corporations.” I also think that events like the Bundy thing, the cop killings in Los Vegas are the early stages of their violent reaction to their growing irrelevance and that should be only acknowledged by arrest, trial and jail time. As far as I am concerned they can say and believe in anything they want as long as they keep their hands, guns off of everyone else and stop disturbing me by knocking on my door to hand me a flyer they could have left in my mail box.

    • Unfortunately, the GOP is going beyond being irrelevant, it’s actually not only inflicting damage on the states they govern, but also on the country itself.

      Red states rank poorly on so many aspects, including life expectancy, violence – including homicides, excessive auto accidents, lack of access to healthcare, poverty, pollution because of their acceptance of coal fired power plants and fracking, and on and on; that their negative impacts are not only putting an undue burden on our government’s overall tax structure (they pay far less into the government coffers than they take out); that something has to be done to make Americans more aware of the fact that the GOP is actually outright dangerous to their well being.

      And going beyond that, a group of GOP legislators actually got together on Obama’s inauguration night in 2009 and plotted how they could sabotage the American economy during his presidency.

      UPDATE: Eric Cantor Plotted to Sabotage US Economy in Secret Meeting with Hensarling & Luntz

  11. …I think u must take into consideration that the conservative core of the repubs are also the ones who lost big time in the stockmarkets,and have had 6 yrs to realize that they too were duped by the repubs ,,incl the costly war w/Iraq for oil ,and are not happy with the attacks on soc sec and medicare unemployment or jobs bills or help for vets and have voted against cantor only to knock him out ,,now they will not vote for this tea partyer they will either not vote or vote for a demo ,,anyway u look at it ,,its a major defeat for the repubs over-all and a big gain and plus for the dems and lets hope Obama will get a working congress in his last 2 that’s a trickle down I’d love to see and have


    A stale bag of Libertarian favored leavings seeped in an evaporating puddle of Republican secretions is the recipe for the elixir being marketed by TEA Party Pirates from the back end of a Trojan Horse. Served with Limbaugh cheese and Fox droppings will produce a foul odor and fungus among us requiring a Liberal dose of the United States Constitution to eradicate the malfeasant spores.

  13. During the Clinton administration, Jim Jeffords, a Senator from New England, changed his affiliation – from Republican to Independent, although he caucused with the Democrats. Jeffords’ change gave the Democrats the majority in the Senate, briefly. The question today may well be whether Cantor’s defeat will have any effect on the race in November. Will Brat be able to defeat a Democratic challenger, or will Ohioans start taking a good hard look at their representatives and what they are NOT accomplishing in Congress.

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