Eric Cantor, the Republican Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, will not be at the reins when President Obama serves his last day. He wouldn't have missed it for the world. But on Tuesday Cantor was primaried out of office by a Tea Partyite . He will serve out his term and settle on the dustbin of history.
He didn't foresee his demise. He was busy with his usual House work: Doing nothing.
Except obstructing everything Obama.
He will leave that critical calling now to others.
A professor of economics from a small college brought him down. It was an humiliating defeat. And no one knows quite what to make of it.
Cantor in his concession speech attributed it to his willingness to find common ground with his Democratic adversaries. I'm not sure if he said this with a straight face. Cantor and compromise in the same sentence would be a classic oxymoron.
So why the fall from grace? Some say Cantor was softening on immigration. Others that he failed to address his own constituents' issues. And still others that a low turnout did him in.
Chuck Todd of NBC called it a 'perfect storm'. A convergence of all of the above.
But the reasons for Cantor's swift, resounding, and alarming rejection will continue to be analyzed by the tea readers for days.
I myself will miss him in a way. After all he wasn't Louie Gohmert.
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