Tea Party Says No To Amnesty In Cantor Loss …… Need To Hold Off Celebrating Until After November


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. 

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14 Responses to Tea Party Says No To Amnesty In Cantor Loss …… Need To Hold Off Celebrating Until After November

  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I agree with you James, the Tea Party people should be careful, since the Dems will paint them with propaganda. Independent voters aren’t generally switched on enough to see it as propaganda, so mud will stick. The Tea Partiers’ best strategy is to lurk under the water and pull down their victims quietly and firmly, like they just did with Cantor.

    The aim should be to put some spine into the RINO’s. So far this primary loss is stirring them up nicely. But like the Tory party in the UK there is a tendency to revert to wet liberal policies to suck up to the media as soon as the pressure is off. The UKIP will keep the pressure on them in the UK, but only the Tea Party can do the same in the US because of the different voting system. The GOP must move back to Reagan territory – they cannot operate like a 1970’s Democrat Party or the base will give them the flick and stay right at home.

    • kim2ooo says:

      “The aim should be to put some spine into the RINO’s. So far this primary loss is stirring them up nicely. “


    • philjourdan says:

      The problem with that thesis is that Brat got NO Tea Party money. He was endorsed by them but not financially supported. And the platform he ran on was strictly Republican (although he does fit the Tea Party personna).

      The MSM is going to vilify the Tea Party regardless. They have since its inception, lying and distorting at every turn. And yet they continue to win races. Slowly but surely.

      This would be a plum for the Tea Party (and they have run candidates against Cantor in the past), but they were again a non-factor here.

  2. kim2ooo says:

    Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:
    “So, what needs to happen is that the tea party types redouble their efforts to ensure Brat wins. He needs to win decisively.”

    • philjourdan says:

      He will. The Tea Party will support him because he has not betrayed them. The republicans will support him because while conservative, he is closer to mainstream than the Tea Party.

  3. leftinflagstaff says:

    All true. But I’m still gonna hope it’s the beginning of a change to sanity. And maturity.

  4. kim2ooo says:

    Democrats are already trying to paint this as anti-amnesty.

    This is more about securing the borders.

    Rhinos REFUSE to demand a secure border.

  5. Latitude says:

    ..and it was just the other day I read where the TEA Party had become a non-issue

  6. philjourdan says:

    Sorry, we are going to disagree. Cantor’s defeat had very little to do with amnesty. It had a lot to do with integrity and adhering to what got him to the ball.

    I did not vote for Cantor because of amnesty. In fact. that was a complete non-issue as it was with most of the voters. He lost because he had lost contact with his constituents AND he was not fighting Obama. More than amnesty, the straw that broke the camels back for him was Bergdahl. When Diane Feinstein is more vocal about the crime that Obama committed than your rep, you either live in very liberal district, or something is wrong with your rep. But that was just the straw as I said. He and Boehner caving to Obama at almost every turn. Sometimes without even the appearance of opposition! The district is conservative. It wanted a conservative. Cantor was one long ago. He stopped being one in about 2009.

    Amnesty might have been a factor in a handful of votes, but most of them were for other reasons.

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