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  •  Indeed, I think this is a warning shot for both (3+ / 0-)
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    Choco8, jrooth, Brooke In Seattle

    Republicans and Democrats. If Eric Cantor could be taken out then anyone, regardless of party can too.
    He had everything that current political wisdom says you need to be invincible. He won big the last time. He had truckloads of money, access to the best advisors and campaign staff. He was well known, well connected and widely believed to be a shoe in. But he got beat because his opponent got his folks out to the polls on a shoestring budget, not depending heavily on TV adds, and completely under the radar.
    This has to be sending chills down the spine of any incumbent.
    The machine can be beaten, and the little people are beginning to realize it.

    •  Yup (1+ / 0-)
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      fat old man

      Why is part of the reason this unexpected win is being characterized as something other that what it might actually be.

      Cantor was also Obama's best allies on the NSA's unconstitutional ( YMMV) surveillance. And now he's gone.

      Eric Cantor's loss is bad news for the NSA

      The man who just beat Cantor, Dave Brat, has taken a different tack on surveillance issues. In a recent interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he argued that "The NSA’s indiscriminate collection of data on all Americans is a disturbing violation of our Fourth Amendment right to privacy." On his website, Brat says he favors "the end of bulk phone and email data collection by the NSA."
      Maybe it's time for the Democrats to get out in front of a few issues? Of course, that would take courage, so...

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