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  •  Given that polls showed no inkling (8+ / 0-)

    Of this, I'm wondering if that call for cross over voting to oust cantor in the primary didn't help bring this about???

    I'm usually skeptical of calls for that kind of a tactic, but all the polls couldn't have missed a GOP rejection could they?

    That cross over vote call just got started recently.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 05:41:59 PM PDT

    •  Cf. comment above from VaBreeze, one of (3+ / 0-)
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      Cantor's constituents:

      Oh, the schadenfreude! As one of Cantor's "constituents," I can honestly say ... he never did the first thing for his district.
      Congresscritters are expected to deliver for their constituents: bring money & jobs to the district, sort out citizen complaints about their personal run-ins with the Federal bureaucracy, etc.

      I don't think anti-incumbent sentiment all by itself can pull off an upset like this. But when the incumbent is too busy practicing the Machiavelli Mambo to take care of the people he supposedly represents, it can galvanize the "throw the bums out" crowd to get off their butts & actually throw the bum out.

      Toss in cross-over voting from Democrats who (as VaBreeze so delicately put it) "hate the son-of-a-bitch," season with a couple of polls showing Cantor ahead by 20+ points to induce apathy in his base, & the rest is hysterically-funny history...

      The bumpersticker I want: THE LEFT IS RIGHT! THE RIGHT IS WRONG! THE FAR RIGHT IS FAR WRONG!

      by Uncle Cosmo on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 06:30:51 PM PDT

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      •  Not just the dems (3+ / 0-)
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        hate the son of a bitch; a lot of the righties in the district also hate him. Even my mother, who is a Republican, took him to task for "forgetting about the people of his district."

        •  But for somewhat different reasons (2+ / 0-)
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          Dems' hatred of "Lurch" is programmatic & global; that of the Far Wrong is more pragmatic & local.

          I grew up in MD-02, which from 1963-1985 sent to Congress a Johns Hopkins economics prof named Clarence Long. For all his academic chops, "Doc" Long was never known for his advocacy of programs or legislation--one would be hard pressed to find a single bill he introduced in 11 terms--but he ran the best constituent-service operation in the entire House of Representatives.

          He made fierce & frequent use of the Congressional franking privilege to make sure his constituents knew where & when in the district he could be found. (For which, NB, he was despised by letter carriers who had to drop his franked newsletters at every house--I being one of them for 2 summers in college.) And that was often. (Didn't hurt that the Capitol was only an hour's drive away.) Most Saturdays he'd be at one of the post offices in the then-reliably-Democratic row-house suburbs of southeast Baltimore County, sitting for hours in an office built into a van (occasionally known as "Deals On Wheels") as the steelworkers & stevedores filed in to lay out their problems with this or that government agency. Long would direct one of his staffers to look into it, as they faithfully would (in Long's office it was the top line of their job description)--& whatever help the Congressman's office managed for those honest hardworking folks was much appreciated & handsomely repaid at the polls.

          In your case, looks like "Lurch" got so taken up with power-brokering that he plumb forgot the name of the job is Representative, & turned his back on the people he was elected to represent. Those who the voters would defeat, they first see ignoring them...

          The bumpersticker I want: THE LEFT IS RIGHT! THE RIGHT IS WRONG! THE FAR RIGHT IS FAR WRONG!

          by Uncle Cosmo on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 05:34:55 AM PDT

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          •  Yes, but this is long-standing... (0+ / 0-)

            at least as you describe it, meaning it would have showed up in polls before this.

            Or?

            Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

            by a gilas girl on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 08:48:35 AM PDT

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            •  Apparently it did show up in at least one poll (0+ / 0-)

              There's a diary front-paged here at DK that reports a PPP poll. I quote from the diary (which appears to quote from the pollsters):

              Cantor has a only a 30% approval rating in his district, with 63% of voters disapproving. The Republican leadership in the House is even more unpopular, with just 26% of voters approving of it to 67% who disapprove. Among GOP voters Cantor’s approval is a 43/49 spread and the House leadership’s is 41/50.
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              The bumpersticker I want: THE LEFT IS RIGHT! THE RIGHT IS WRONG! THE FAR RIGHT IS FAR WRONG!

              by Uncle Cosmo on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 09:14:22 AM PDT

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