11 June 2014

The Seismic Political Consequences
of Eric Cantor’s Stunning Loss...


The defeat of the second-ranking Republican in the House by an
ill-funded, little-known tea party-backed candidate ranks as the
biggest congressional upset in modern memory
and will immediately generate a series of political and policy-related shock waves in Washington and the Richmond-area 7th District.
"People don't know how to respond because it's never been contemplated," said one Virginia Republican strategist, granted anonymity to speak candidly about Cantor's loss. (Worth noting:
Cantor didn't just lose. He got walloped; David Brat, his challenger,
won 56 percent to 44 percent.)
In conversations with a handful of GOP operatives in the aftermath of Cantor's loss --  a loss blamed largely on an inept campaign consulting team that misread the level of vitriol directed at the candidate due to his place in Republican leadership and the perception he supported so-called "amnesty" for illegal immigrants -- there were several common threads about what it means for politics inside and outside the House...

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