SHORT PUMP, VA. — Just a few miles from his family home, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) felt the wrath of the tea party Saturday, when activists in his congressional district booed and heckled the second-most powerful House Republican.
They also elected one of their own to lead Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Republican Committee, turning their back on Cantor’s choice for a post viewed as crucial by both tea party and establishment wings in determining control of the fractured state GOP.
I’ve always thought he was a bit of a short pump.
Cantor’s facing a Tea Party primary opponent in an open primary. The story contains the mandatory quote from an establishment Republican saying that there’s a “battle for the soul of the Republican Party,” even though it’s clear to anyone paying attention that the battle’s over and the TP won. When the Majority Leader of your party can’t even get his choice for District Committee elected, all that’s left to do is for him to either fall in line by adopting more-Teanderthal-than-thou positions, or to get run over.
all that’s left to do is for him to either fall in line by adopting more-Teanderthal-than-thou positions, or to get run over.
“Moderate” Republican lobbyist.
[‘Bet on it.’]
You know, for all the soul-battling that’s going on in the Party, the voting records never change. The only difference between the Establishment and the Tea Party is the marketing.
West of the Rockies
Remember when he was one of the bold new “young guns”? He is just a careerist sans principles.
mistermix @ top:
Then Republicans got what they advocated for. I don’t know what made the GOP think they could release the John Birch id of the party and expect a controllable outcome, but sometimes karma gives you what asked for – good and hard.
It’s just so disappointing when your own hand-built cadre of sociopaths turns on you.
Iowa Old Lady
Cantor reminds me of Eddie Haskell.
“When you hang from a gibbet, for the sport of your own crows…”
You’ve earned this in so many, many ways, Eric, that the most sympathetic gesture I can offer is to sell tickets and moderately overpriced popcorn.
Cantor looks like he could use some more Benghazi!
A) it’s not as though they’re going to battle over the heart or brain of their beloved party.
B) given their usual standard of spelling, they’re likely squabbling over the lower portion of the boot they intend on planting on the face of evetyone else. Or having a brisk game of tug of war over a (rotting) flatfish.
The sight of pro-business, right-wing Republicans being attacked as liberals by xenophopic, homophobic, sexist, racist, self-identified Christian, conservative AFP & Tea Party extremists is the finest self-defeating irony conservative billionaire businessmen can buy.
If Eric Cantor had a bitch face BEFORE he started tangling with aspiring congresscritter Brat ….
I’m hoping Eric’s troubles will inspire this guy to put up some new stuff on his blog.
Speaking of charmless little turds who deserve to be kicked around the block by their own kind, George Will is opening his ignorant racist mouth again:
The same people apparently think that calling Boko Haram a terrorist organization earlier would have prevented the kidnappings. “Oh, Hillary Clinton is cross with us, we’d best diaband.”
Yeah, it’s more like a battle for the ass of the Republican Party.
This fight isn’t to decide where the Republican party goes, is it? That fight is decided, and the John Birch Society has won: both the party Establishment and the Tea Party tendency are reactionary, indifferent to the welfare of the ordinary person, and uninterested in governance. Now it’s just a straight fight for the boss’ chair between Cantor’s tribe, the Establishment, and the Tea Party tendency.
More like a battle for the tightly clenched sphincter it “talks” out of.
I guess he missed all the countries from around the world sending in law enforcement types to help find these kidnapped girls.
Clearly the protests and pressure and slowly building media attention has had no effect whatsoever on the situation on the ground and getting these law enforcement types to work in Nigeria.
@Morzer: They probably do cleverer things with their cell-phone networks in parts of Nigeria than in chunks of these here uu-nited states. Idiot on multiple fronts.
More of that quote from the WaPost story:
That ship sailed, dude. You didn’t even run for governor, former Lt. Gov. Bolling, because “party activists” selected Ken Cuccinelli at a state convention for wingtards.
My schadenfreude is loudest over the last paragraph. Yes, Eric Cantor is reduced to calling someone to his RIGHT a creature of ivory towers of academia.
AND the June 10th primary is open to all voters in Cantor’s district.
No Republican purity pledge.
I am guessing George Will was one of those sad old men who wrote back to the email he got from the widow of a recently deceased Nigerian finance minister – and gave her his banking information.
Vote for Brat or the Rat.
Gonna be a tough one.
There’s always the option of writing in “Meteor Strike” as your preferred candidate.
As much as I want to point and laugh at Cantor, the sad truth is the lunatics have basically turned the Republican Party into a group unfit to govern, because any perceived compromise – like not kicking Obama in the nuts or not cunt-punting Pelosi – will cause a Republican office holder’s purity to “Conservative Principals” to be called into question.
Unfortunately, there are enough Americans, who support the crazies that we cannot crush them in enough elections across the country to force the Republicans to change and become rational again.
And yes, once conservatives and Republicans did actually do some governing. For example, cap and trade is a Republican policy proposal, which was implemented in 1990, by Bush, Sr, with Republican votes in Congress and has effectively reduced acid rain.
@Elizabelle: Oh help, this floated through my brain
James E. Powell
I really really really hope this guy can find a way to take Cantor down. What’s it going to take? Do I have to move to Virginia?
My grandfather is always griping about how the media refers to people like Cantor and Ryan as moderates because they’re not openly racist and they don’t openly disrespect the president. Of course their form of racism is more insidious.
@Anya: My grandfather is always griping about how the media refers to people like Cantor and Ryan as moderates because they’re not openly racist and they don’t openly disrespect the president.
That’s how this career path runs. You get elected to the House or the Senate, and then you yell a lot and become maximally intransigent, and then you make some deals and declare victory, and then you get attacked for not being right-wing enough, and if you aren’t going to move up, you move over and write some books and get on Crossfire or whatever. Now you’re Newt Gingrich, and you spend your retirement collecting the big bucks. Or you declare yourself a moderate and spend all your time sucking up to ‘business leaders’ about how you’re not like those extremists and you’ll get this deal done.
[‘Same shit, different day.’]
@James E. Powell:
Now that sounds alarmingly like extremism in defense of liberty.
@Morzer: This brings to mind one of George Will’s shining moments from a few decades back. When sanctions on South Africa were being promoted by many on the left, and finally implemented (over right-wing opposition), Will said it accomplished what all liberal legislation did: made liberals feel good about themselves.
When it ultimately led to the dissolution of apartheid, the release of Mandela from prison and all the rest, Will offered no comment.
And I’ve been calling Eric Cantor Mr. Brat. Now I have to brainstorm?
I seem to recall that the Reagan administration saw the apartheid regime as fighting the good fight against terrorism. (The ANC was designated a terrorist group in those days, wasn’t it?) I presume that Will saw its fall as a defeat for the good guys, and went into mourning.
Anyone share my very slight interest in watching George Will explain how strutting about a park wearing tea-bags dangling from tricorn hats is not an effective demonstration of real world power? To their faces, of course.
nothing says ‘conservative’ like mocking concerns about kidnapped 10-year-olds being sold into sexual slavery.
@Xecky Gilchrist: Yep. It’s completely class based. The only distinction is who looks good wearing a suit.
there’s a “battle for the soul of the Republican Party,” even though it’s clear to anyone paying attention that the battle’s over and
the TP wonSatan holds the receipt.
@Anya: Yeah. Except that if I recall correctly, Cantor went into the budget/shutdown meetings and totally disrespected the president and shit all over the process. If you mean “won’t call him a coon, even for laughs”, well that may be true. But they don’t respect the office when it is held by a Democrat. Then they claim that they restore dignity to the office if they get it back.
Oh! There you go with your liberal exaggeration. The girls are mostly 16-18 years old. If their parents had followed tradition and arranged a marriage for them already, none of this would be happening.
/sad to say this would be snark, but that’s what a lot of folks think
I remember reading some article, Charlie Pierce perhaps, that referred to Cantor as the “Cassius of the House.”
@gene108: Yeah. That doesn’t explain the massacre at the boys school, though.
Problem for them is they cannot get any of their crackpot ideas to stick to Obama, unlike the success they had with Clinton, especially with Whitewater that seemed to chew up 5-6 years of Clinton’s Presidency.
They tried with the Obama-Rezko deal, but most folks did not care.
They tried with Fast and Furious, the IRS flagging of groups to justify tax exempt status and now they are rehashing Benghazi, but nothing really is a singular scandal that sticks to people about the Obama Administration.
Unfortunately, all the Republicans, who get to be on T.V. and say “Obama is week because of Ukraine or Syria” or some other foreign broo-ha-ha have planted the seed in many American’s minds that something is not right with Obama, even though people actually agree with the way Obama’s handling things. You keep CNN on in the background and you sort of catch “Obama…weak…Ukraine/Syria/Benghazi…etc.” and I think the repetition sort of gets into people’s heads.
Mike in NC
Eric Cantor’s entire political career has been in the service of Big Tobacco.
@J.D. Rhoades: The same people also think that failure to call BENGHAZI!!! a premeditated terrorist attack the very next day is an impeachable offense.
James E. Powell
Problem for them is they cannot get any of their crackpot ideas to stick to Obama
Oh but in a sense, they have. We’ve wasted a lot of time on the right-wing’s hysterical ideas. The corporate press/media always give them a pass on their reality gap because, true or not, this shit sells.
Villago Delenda Est
So, the monster turns on one of its creators.
Suffer, Cantor. Suffer. You have earned the suffering, you heartless sack of shit.
Villago Delenda Est
@gene108: Well, something is not right with Obama.
I mean, look at the color of his skin!
Seeing Cantor get his smarmy ass yelled at puts me in my happy place.
Interesting brain you got there, scav. The description doth fit.
BJuicers are better read and more technically accomplished than moi and the average soul.
Higgs Boson's Mate
This is where the Republicans’ elevation of ignorance to a virtue kicks them right in the ass. Anyone with a non-trivial acquaintance with history knows what happened during the Reign of Terror in France; it simply led to The Grand Terror. Once you unleash the crazies you are not going to reign them in.
A quote from historian Francois Furet:
As this ideology became more and more pervasive, violence became a significant method for dealing with counter-revolutionaries and the opposition because, for fear of being labelled a counter-revolutionary themselves, “the moderate men would have to accept, endorse and even glorify the acts of the more violent.”
Richmond Times Dispatch on the Cantor-Brat matchup primary in June. They scoff at challenger’s chances. (War chests: $2 million vs. $90,000 in recent filings.) Re David Brat:
College professor of Economics and Ethics at Randolph-Macon (private school) since 1996. Master of Divinity, Free Market apostle. Endorsed by Ann Coulter. Gospel of prosperity, I’d guess. Social Darwinism as ethics. He’s a flat taxer.
Actually might be an interesting guy, intellectually, but would Jesus be that concerned about government spending or debt ceiling? Or use immigration as a wedge issue against Eric Cantor?
Cantor’s run an ad trying to paint him as a “liberal” because he’s a college professor. You know, pointy headed elite-tard, except …
And this morsel about the WHCD aka nerdprom ie suck-ups in formal wear:
From a comment at a blog of a Cantor supporter:
“I was at that meeting today; it was ugly.
The sulfuric stench of the unruly, disrespectful and unwashed rednecks and anti-Semites supporting Gruber and Brat turned my stomach. The 7th District was over-run by that lot. And their victory is the Republican Party of Virginia’s great LO$$ in Cobb’s defeat today.
God Save America and the VA Republican Party.”
Hahaha, laughing my ass off
So maybe we can pick up a House seat or two in Virginia, if the more absurd challengers win nomination.
Higgs Boson's Mate
“Unruly and disrespectful” pretty much applies to any Republican Representative. That commenter was probably clapping his flippers with glee at the antics of House teahadis right up to the moment that they went after his guy. As ye sow, muthafuckers.
Higgs Boson's Mate
There are Democrats running in all but three districts. Except for Mark Warner, most of the Dems are massively outgunned financially.
Trying to arouse some glimmerings of sympathy for Eric Cantor.
Unfortunately Cantor doesn’t have a Dem challenger.
Somehow this all reminds me of the Cultural Revolution in China in the late 60’s- the carefully groomed successors turn on their mentors in a blind fury of ideological purity.
Although it is a bit amusing to envision Eric Cantor being paraded through CPAC with a confessional sign hung around his neck.
@Elizabelle: That face is so punchable….
@Iowa Old Lady:
@Mike G: A ‘battle for the soul of the Republican party’ seems to me to be like a ‘battle for the prize in a box of carpet tacks’.
Grumpy Code Monkey
The GOP no longer has a soul to battle over. Not since the’80s. It’s just this gaping black hole of opportunism and griftery now.
Amusing as this is in certain respects, God help us all if these people obtain real power. The Nazis rose to prominence on a similar wave of resentment and racial angst. Just because it invokes Godwin doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
Tone In DC
Need caffeine to improve the ole reading skills. I honestly thought that guy’s name was Bratkowski or something.
As for Eric Who Can’t, he most richly deserves whatever he gets.
I think all Richmond Democrats should seriously consider voting in this OPEN primary and voting for Cantor’s opponent. The tea party guy should be a lot easier to knock off in the general. Plus, Cantor is a major sleaze, but semi-competent. Whoever replaces him in Congress, even if the TP guy should win, has an even chance of being spectacularly awful. Which is a shame to do to our Congress, but the Rs broke it long ago.
@Van: Yes, this would be why the expanded 50-state strategy matters. We should always run somebody.
Why does Robespierre come to mind every time I think of Eric Cantor?