Newsflash to the GOP: Eric Cantor’s Endorsement of Jeb Bush Is Worthless
Ooouuuch. My sides are still aching after last week’s comical announcement by GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush that he had snagged the coveted endorsement of notorious electoral reject Eric Cantor, the former House majority leader kicked to the curb …
Will’s Take: Cantor Lost Because Being in Washington Leadership ‘Not a Good Thing to Be These Days’
The demands of Eric Cantor’s role in Republican leadership, and subsequent large warchest, ultimately doomed him in Tuesday’s primary upset to challenger Dave Brat, according to George Will.
“Mr. Cantor’s great advantage was money, and I think it hurt him,” …
The Race Is On for Majority Leader
Events are moving with lightning speed on Capitol Hill. First, Eric Cantor announced he is giving up the majority leader’s spot next month. Rep. Paul Ryan said he wouldn’t run to replace him. And elections to fill the majority leader’s …
The Sun Is Out, and So Is Eric Cantor
Even by Virginia standards, this May and June have been particularly glorious, and to top it off, Eric Cantor lost! He’s classy enough to have announced he won’t try to run a write-in campaign in response, and however …
Reform Conservatism and Cantor
I got an email asking how Cantor’s defeat affected the “reform conservative” project, and thought I’d share my reply here. (Ross Douthat took on the same topic today.)
Cantor fell victim to the tea party-establishment battle that we are trying …
Cantor: I Won’t Mount a Write-In Campaign
Yahoo reports that Eric Cantor will not mount a write-in campaign:
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told key aides and trusted former staffers on Wednesday that he will not try his luck with a write-in campaign after his shocking …
Brat: Victory Is an ‘Unbelievable Miracle’
Dave Brat’s stunning upset over Eric Cantor didn’t just surprise many political insiders — Brat himself seemed stunned by the win.
“Just an unbelievable miracle,” he told Fox News just hours after his victory. Brat defeated Cantor, the House majority …
Cantor’s Loss and Voting Rights Act Amendments
I noted on Monday the unhappiness among conservatives with Representative Cantor’s failure to oppose forthrightly the very bad bill to amend the Voting Rights Act. While immigration reform was an important issue in his primary loss last night, this other …
The Foolish House Immigration ‘Principles’
All of punditry is now in the game of explaining what almost none of us saw coming in the Cantor race. But it seems pretty clear that one reason for the power of the immigration issue in the Cantor race …
Illegal Immigration and Eric Cantor
Eric Cantor’s luck ran out, when his long insistence of pushing immigration-reform legislation finally coincided with a massive and sudden rush of thousands to the U.S. border from Central America. That lining up of the planets explains why a …
Obama: ‘Our Future Rests’ On The Success Of DREAM Kids
President Obama reminded Democratic donors that “our future rests” on the success of people brought to the United States illegally as children, who would qualify for citizenship if Congress had passed the DREAM Act.
“About 30 to 40 percent of the kids …
Cantor Steps Down, Throws Support behind McCarthy as Successor
Eric Cantor officially announced his plans to leave as House majority leader Wednesday afternoon, following his surprising defeat in Tuesday’s primary. He will remain in Congress until the end of his term.
Looking forward after his “personal setback,” he told …
Local Tea Party Activists Helped Topple Eric Cantor
Tea Party activists helped Dave Brat defeat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), but they aren’t getting much credit because national groups didn’t spend money in support of their candidate.
“The fact that Brat took off without the help …
What Brat’s Victory Means for the Future of the GOP
As Jonah Goldberg, John Fund, and Erick Erickson have observed, a number of factors led to Dave Brat’s victory over Eric Cantor on Tuesday. Much of the reporting and analysis of yesterday’s primary has understandably focused on immigration’s role in …
Ted Cruz Compares Republican Senator In Mississippi to Eric Cantor
House majority leader Eric Cantor’s defeat in the Virginia Republican primary inspired Senator Ted Cruz to tout the tea-party challenger to Senator Thad Cochran (R., Miss.), although Cruz still officially followed the unwritten rule about refusing to endorse challengers to …
That Immigration Statement of Principles
I’d go further than Rich, and say that Cantor would probably have won if not for that statement of principles. It never made a lick of sense to reignite the immigration controversy when it had already died down, but the …
The Steep Drop in Cantor’s Primary Vote Total from 2012
Here’s a piece of evidence arguing against the “Democratic crossover votes helped Dave Brat beat Eric Cantor” theory.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, House majority leader Cantor received 28,898 votes in the GOP primary, to Brat’s 36,110.
In June 2012, against …
After Virginia: A Media Guide to American Politics
Though I have read the U.S. Constitution, I am still puzzled by American politics. Are there any simple rules that will help me understand it?
Certainly. The two most important rules are as follows:
When Democrats win, it’s good …
The effects of last night on the make-up of the House leadership will be extremely complex, and assuming that Cantor serves out his term and stays as majority leader, will play out over the course of the year. But I’…
The Victory Behind Cantor’s Defeat
It’s amusing to watch the strange new respect Democrats are mustering for Eric Cantor. Xavier Becerra was on Morning Joe lamenting how Eric was just the sort of responsible Republican who wanted to get things done. I think Hugh Hewitt …