So establishment Repubs and the media got their world rocked by watching House majority leader Eric Cantor lose his primary.
Tea party folks are ecstatic. We see headlines like this ….
I think we should hone down our euphoria, just a bit. There’s two reasons for this.
One, this wasn’t so much of a rejection of all that Cantor is, but, rather, a rejection of his views on amnesty. Cantor, by in large, was pretty good, in my estimation. I’m sure others will have specifics in which they would disagree, but, on the whole, I agreed with him more than I disagreed.
Two, nothing is won until the election. There’s still a huge chance this is a step backwards, rather than forward. Yes, yes, it’s a message, and yes, Cantor probably wasn’t right as a majority leader. But, let’s be sure to understand the stakes. If a Dem sneaks in Cantor’s district come November, it will be a giant blow to the tea party types. Seriously, it won’t be pretty if that happens.
So, what needs to happen is that the tea party types redouble their efforts to ensure Brat wins. He needs to win decisively.
And, while we’re cheering, I would note Senator L. Graham won his primary without being forced into a run-off.
All that said, I think this changes the game. I think dismissing Tea party types as cranks and likely losers ends with this. We have the attention of every establishment Repub. They will wake up, or be gone ….. except those in places where tea party types simply can’t make any inroads, like King’s district in New York, or Maine where they have that idiot Collins.
Lastly, and most importantly, after the primaries are over, it’s imperative the establishment Repubs and tea party types put a stop to their bickering. It has to end at the primaries.