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  •  Should the national media have seen (4+ / 0-)

    Cantor's loss coming? Expert Larry Sabato says loss attributable to Cantors "machine" which has stepped on a lotta toes. He says district is 57% Republican which he doesn't consider "overwhelming."  Biggest upset in Virginia history since 1966. Per interview on Rachel Maddow.

    •  1966 that was Absalom Willis Robertson (1+ / 0-)
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      anshmishra

      I don't know if that's the most apt comparison. Sure it was a bit of a shock to wipe out and old school conservative Democrat in the south, but when you have the full force of LBJ on your side ...

      When President Lyndon Johnson sent his wife, Lady Bird, on a train trip through the South to encourage support for the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, Robertson was one of four Southern Senators who refused to meet with her on the whistle-stop trip. In retaliation, President Johnson personally recruited State Senator William B. Spong, Jr., a considerably more liberal Democrat, to run against Robertson in the 1966 Democratic primary. By this time, even some Byrd Democrats were moving away from obstinate resistance to integration as espoused by Robertson and the Organization's patriarch, Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Spong defeated Robertson in the primary in one of the biggest upsets in Virginia political history—an event that is considered the beginning of the end of the Byrd Organization's long dominance of Virginia state politics.

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not understanding it" - Upton Sinclair

      by lordpet8 on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 06:36:31 PM PDT

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    •  Just an FYI to nobody in particular (0+ / 0-)

      if your 'machine' is stepping on lotta toes in YOUR district, you're doing it wrong.

      Stepping on toes in OTHER districts is fine, but why on earth would you piss off people who can VOTE for you?

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