News Of The Tea Party's Death May Have Been Premature

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

It's now two days past the shocking defeat of Eric Cantor. In the last 36 hours, I have read some of the world's dumbest analysis on any political topic, all straining to make some kind of sense of how this unthinkable thing could have happened. An incumbent member of the House got beat in a primary. One who had spent more of his campaign war chest on fine dining than the total budget of his opponent. He was among the most powerful members of his party in the lower chamber of congress, and represented a Congressional District that is R + 10. In terms of whether his conservative bona fides were in order is a matter of debate, which probably did contribute to his loss. The polling data, as reliable as we all know that is, showed him with a comfortable lead, as recently as the day prior to the election. He got thumped, and by thumped, read beaten like the red headed step child who just stole Granny's prescription money.

Among the more moronic theories I've seen, Virginia - 7 is tired of gridlock, and now wants to see Congress come together and work on passing Obama's agenda. This was all about immigration, and not one single other issue mattered to the Republicans in Cantor's home district. Some how, the good people living in Virginia - 7 have suddenly realized that they now, and for no good reason didn't before, hate Jewish people. After all, they had 6 times previously elected Cantor to the very Congressional seat that they'd taken from him. The Libertarians have finally flexed their formidable muscle, which by the way represents a necessarily opposite argument to the, "this is all about immigration," meme. I've read that this somehow ends the entire effort to repeal Obamacare, as if Brat, the Economics PHD and Professor wouldn't be 100% on board with that effort once sworn into office.

Listen closely my fellow inhabitants of the formerly free land which served as a home for the brave. First and foremost, the primary election in Virginia - 7 represents the attitudes and beliefs of the Republicans who live and vote in Virginia - 7. Don't read too much into Brat's victory there. While some lessons for the Republican establishment can be gleaned from the a** kicking their man received, by and large it does not necessarily reflect the mood of the electorate on a national level. Mostly, the, "Tea Party," candidates have not won against the establishment guys in enough places to consider this victory complete. On the flip side however, they have won enough to send a message back to the establishment. That message is, our voices better matter to you, because we vote.

The Republican Party has been at war with its voting base for multiple decades now. Over the last week, as with every other week, I received no fewer than a dozen pleas for money from various RNC apparatchiks imploring me to help them fight, "Barack Obama's Radical Agenda." Upon receiving each one, I'll consider for just one moment actually making a donation, and then someone like John McCain or Susan Collins will state that perhaps repeal of Obamacare won't be possible after all, and now our efforts should be placed within the construct of fixing the broken law. Eric Cantor was sent to Washington by the people of his district expressly based upon his fiscal bona fides. His getting behind and leading the charge on the multiple fiscally irresponsible deals over the years that saw our debt limit increased without concession from the other side, the ever increasing budgets inflicted upon American Taxpayers without concession from the other side, and his agreement on every penny of pork barrel spending without concession from the other side convinced his constituents that he would never live up to the rhetoric he promised while campaigning for his seat. Taking us down the path of national suicide at a slower velocity than that promised by the other major political party was not enough for his constituents, and that message was sent this past Tuesday.

That is a fairly simple message to understand, and it was delivered with clarity. Whether or not that message extends itself to other locations outside of Virginia is up for debate. Certainly every incumbent has a choice to make, whether to heed that warning or not. Watching this year however has shown me that the grass roots movement, and by the way not at all organized in any political sense, known as the Tea Party has been wildly successful. Candidates who are surviving primary challenges are doing so by shifting further to the right. The others of course have had their time at the plate and struck out, at least according to the people who vote.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

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Comment by Sonie Thomson on June 14, 2014 at 5:55am
Thomas, it is really sad when you or anyone post such articles regarding people of Jewish faith....good gracious man, pull it together. We don't need these comments here!! God loves us all, and we must be tolerant of ALL!
Comment by Donna on June 13, 2014 at 8:12pm
The Tea Party is alive and well. Vote all of them out that wont uphold our constitutional laws! IMPEACH the USURPER!
Comment by John Bellaire on June 13, 2014 at 4:10pm

Why not help Hillary Clinton run for president? She may be the best blessing the GOP could  hope for.

Comment by John Wiseman on June 13, 2014 at 2:21pm

Here you Jew hating a******, have another link to debunk your crap.


Comment by John Wiseman on June 13, 2014 at 2:13pm

More on debunking the, "fake Jew," baloney, which still has no place being discussed in this forum.


Comment by John Wiseman on June 13, 2014 at 2:04pm

Thank you for the Anti-Semitic screed, and even though it in no way fit at all with anything that could be considered an even moderately tangential point, you laid it out there anyhow.  Well Done!  

Of course your nonsense had been debunked almost immediately upon its entrance into public discourse, but that never truly stops the classic Jew haters does it.  again, Well Done! 

Comment by Thomas on June 13, 2014 at 1:41pm

It appears that Eric Cantor and George Soros are members of the same "tribe": Khazarians.

The newest DNA science finding is from Dr. Eran Elhaik (“a Jew”) and associates at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In research accepted December 5, 2012 and published by the Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution, it was found that the “Khazarian Hypothesis” is scientifically correct.

What exactly is the “Khazarian Hypothesis?” Simply stated, it holds that the Jewry genome is a mosaic of ancestries which rise primarily out of the Khazars.

Jews are Khazars, not Israelites.

The “Jews” of America, Europe, and Israel are descendants not of Father Abraham but of King Bulan and the people of ancient Khazaria. Khazaria was an amalgam of Turkic clans who once lived in the Caucasus (Southern Russia) in the early centuries CE. These Turkic peoples were pagans who converted to Judaism in the eighth century. As converts, they called themselves “Jews,” but none of their blood comes from Israel.

Comment by Herrmann Glockler on June 13, 2014 at 11:00am

I can only hope the TEA party winners from the 2010 election cycle will combine with the new member from the 2014 election cycle to insist on needed reforms

Comment by Lizzie on June 13, 2014 at 9:16am

I get that the GOP has been at war with its base.

But look how they come out in the open with it, when the bedrock principles are given a group name.

They don't have to make any bones about the Constitution, representation, tax reform, spending reform, small government, ANY of it.  We gave them basic conservatism in one package and they declared war on it.

They painted themselves into a corner though-- now it's clear they're just 'Democrat Lite.'  

Comment by Dr. Arthur W. Carpenter on June 13, 2014 at 7:14am

Having been a huge financial supporter of Dave Brat for many months now (I tossed the guy a bit less than 0.1% of the cash he spent getting elected) all I can say for sure is why I did what I did. 

I gave Brat cash because I wanted to "cut the head off the snake" so other Republicans in Congress might get a wake up call and break from leadership.  Well Pete Sessions (Rules committee) has dropped out of the running for "Majority Leader" so FOX News has anointed Kevin McCarthy (Majority Whip) as the only one left that anyone could consider for the position Cantor is forced to vacate.  This is the Establishment trying to force their continued control of the GOP.  Will the conservatives in the house put up a fight?  I sure hope so.

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