The Fall of the House's Cantor

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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  • My union buddy said he was told to vote for Dillard in the Republican primary in hopes to have the weaker candidate win and run against Quinn, might this be an obvious explanation. I think I read Brat got 79% of the vote, sounds fishy.

    I do love Poe........“In me didst thou exist—and, in my death, see by this image, which is thine own, how utterly thou hast murdered thyself.”

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I don't know if that is an obvious explanation. Cantor's district is heavily Republican and has been so since 1968. Why did Cantor lose? I'll let Poe answer: "Oh, gigantic paradox, too utterly monstrous for solution!"

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Correction: Brat did not receive 79% of the vote, previously Cantor did. And as you stated, it appears Cantor's softening on amnesty helped sink him.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Roughly 55-45.

    From the map, it appeared that he was in a well gerrymandered district, but apparently not enough to protect him from another Republican.

    This seems to be an issue similar to in the Senate primaries, i.e. is someone to the right enough, although the Senate incumbents were able to beat off challenges from the left. Like AW indicates, he didn't seem to be cooperating with Obama.

    The equivalent here would be if someone actually knocked off Jan Schakowsky in a primary, but the Illinois Democratic Machine is too well organized to allow that, plus it probably would take a member of the Weather Underground camped out somewhere in the cellars of Northwestern University.

  • In reply to jack:

    I meant "from the right."

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