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U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) addresses reporters during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Goodbye to all that
As you've no doubt heard by now, last night House Majority Leader Eric Cantor suffered a stunning primary defeat at the hands of David Brat, who before his shocking victory was an unknown political novice.

Cantor is now planning a 4:30 PM ET press conference at which he is expected to announce he will resign as majority leader by July 31. It's unclear whether he will resign from Congress as well, but it hardly matters: The big story is cemented in stone, and that story is that the GOP has gone so utterly insane that one of its most hardline conservatives lost a primary because Republicans thought he was too liberal.

Brat, the professor who beat Cantor, gave an interview to MSNBC earlier this morning, and while he tried to dodge, he revealed himself to be about as ultra-right as it gets. But the amazing thing is that as right-wing as Brat is, at a functional level, he's not really all that far from where Cantor stood.

And it's a reminder that for all the talk of some Republicans about how they want to take back their party from the clutches of lunatics, they don't actually have the courage to stand up and do anything about it. Take Rep. Peter King, for example. Like clockwork, King went on television to denounce Cantor's defeat and to worry that it would embolden his party's far right. King said it was important for sane Republicans to stand up and not be bullied in the wake of the defeat:

“We can’t allow Eric’s defeat last night allow the Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over the party, or their disciples to take over the party,” the moderate New York Republican said on MSNBC. “Because this is not conservatism to me. Shutting down the government is not being conservative.”
Sounds great, except Republicans—Peter King among them—already shut the government down. They did it in October, back when nobody in their right mind thought that Eric Cantor was in trouble. The irony, of course, is that guys like King went along with the shutdown instead of siding with Democrats to prevent it because they thought that by shutting the government down, they would teach right-wingers a lesson about the futility of napalm conservatism.

Ha! The only "lesson" they taught is that they are afraid of right-wing hardliners and will do everything in their power to avoid directly confronting them. They didn't discourage the right: They encouraged them. And now the cowards are paying the price. Serves them right.

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  •  This is good news because there are no moderates (27+ / 0-)

    left in the GOP. Dems should be able to make some hay in election 2014.

    Trammell the Brat.

  •  GOP Civil War - Establishment vs Tea Party (10+ / 0-)

    Boehner and McConnell should just go ahead and resign now

  •  Gotta love the NYT op-ed board's take on this: (24+ / 0-)
    In G.O.P., Far Right is Too Moderate
    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

    Having unleashed the most destructive political impulses of his party, Eric Cantor finally fell victim to them.

    Couldn't have happened to a more deserving asshole.

    You sowed it, you reap it, putz. Now go make your millions, Eric.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:04:41 PM PDT

    •  And Brat is definitely far-right (12+ / 0-)

      Brat isn't a career politician.  He's an academic, of a sort.  So the bulk of the "paper trail" about his beliefs comes in the form of the journal and proceedings publications he's written.

      It's been somewhat challenging to hunt them down, much less in a way that can be linked to readers here.  Needless to say, these aren't in major publications.  Interpretation is paywalled by Sage; this is where his essay on usury was published, and is probably the best journal presence he's had. Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences only shows archives back to about 2007 online ... but that's okay, because none of their pdf archive links work. Proceedings of the Southeastern InfORMS Conference includes his work on the "moral foundations" of Ayn Rand, but the conference clearly excerpted the presentation for the Proceedings, because the promised "twenty testable" points to judge the justness of Rand's philosophy never appear.

      But there's enough, here and there, to paint a picture of an ultra-conservative guided by an economic theology that dictates that helping others makes them into beggars, or worse than beggars, and that rewards the fruits of capitalism as the just consequence of the exercise of god-granted gifts.  Some of his work on international economic development comes across as passively racist, although I don't have enough to know whether it was meant to be (like his campaign was), or if that's just an unintended side effect.

      I know people are happy that Cantor lost.  I'm happy that Cantor's going away, so far as that goes.  But I'm not happy that his losing puts someone like this into contention for a seat in Congress (and, quite possibly, in a seat in Congress).  Yes, yes, one Representative.  I get that.  But I want our government -- even and especially the Republicans -- to find a way back from the slow slide to the far right, so we can get this country working and moving forward again.  And this ... probably doesn't help.

      •  Whether religiously or otherwise (6+ / 0-)

        and whether sincerely or not,, pretty much all modern Repubs are "theocrats" of one sort or another. Meaning, they're entirely faith, not reality-based, and believe in things that are really out there.

        From a clinical pov they're exhibiting psychotic reactions to traumatic conditions and events (losing their societal and political dominance as conservative white males). E.g. believing that helping someone harms them, that severely cutting taxes, especially to the rich, pays for itself and is an effective deficit-reduction measure, that global warming is a hoax and that fossil fuels aren't making the globe warmer, that gays are evil, and so on. We're talking full meltdown.

        Cantor appeared to be a con man preying upon people who truly believe this shit. This guy appears to be the real thing, a full-blown GOPocratic nutcase. The modern GOP is basically split between these two types, the still if barely dominant huckster leadership, and the batshit crazy true believer rank and file and base. Both are taking the party and country over a cliff. It's pleasing to view the direction the GOP is taking as good for Dems and the country, and in the long run it might be so. But the interim could be devastating.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:53:06 PM PDT

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        •  Frankly, I beleive that........... (2+ / 0-)
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          they are hypocrites. Their "faith" is not in that they are strong adherents to religion but that strong adherents to religion, especially evangelicals, must be pandered to in order to win elections.

          The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

          by cazcee on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 02:17:53 PM PDT

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        •  it's even worse (1+ / 0-)
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          He believes he has a messianic mission...he is a national figure...

          Hate towards Iran?  Bullocks.  We want to be just like them apparently.

        •  The long run is only good if (4+ / 0-)
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          ...it fails.

          Sure, we all think that there's no way the crazy can ever find itself in charge.  But elections ... well, things happen in elections.  Scandals emerge where we never expected them (think Edwards).  Heck, sometimes candidates die.  There are a thousand ways that a campaign can go wrong.

          Every time an objective theocrat who wants to replace democracy with some nightmare pseudo-Protestant version of sharia law wins an elected office ... every time a tea partier with dreams of shutting down the government forever takes his seat in Congress ... every time that happens, we are playing with fire.  Sure, it's super fun to watch the Republican party self-destruct.

          Right up until something awful happens, and we wind up with someone like this as the Senate Majority Leader.  Or until we get whatever the next-cycle version of a President Palin would be.  Then, it wouldn't be any fun at all.

          •  Although I believe it's far less likely (0+ / 0-)

            to happen here, there are always the examples of Italy, Germany and Spain in the 20's and 30's to remind us of how democracies can go so very, very, very wrong. Of course, their democracies were very young and weak at the time, and there were all sorts of other conditions then that don't obtain today.

            Still, one can never be too sure. There is certainly a substantial minority base for such overt fascism in the US these days. I'd guess that as much as 20-30% of Americans would be quite comfortable with it, and another 10-20% would be in denial of it. And no, what we have today, or had under Bush, while far from acceptable, is NOT that sort of fascism, folks.

            As they say in the Civilian Air Patrol, Semper Vigilens.

            "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

            by kovie on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 03:52:06 PM PDT

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            •  Couldn't agree more! (0+ / 0-)

              Most countries which have been at various times under dictators/fascists all felt overwhelmed at being free from being without regal control. Portugal is a prime example of this phenomenon. From King to dictatorship to voting privileges, all within just a few generations of memory, they are still very dependant on very conservative politics and the security blanket idealism which makes them not entirely responsible for their monetary crisis, and the ills and sacrifices one has to make to establish independence and accountability. Because they now have to live with the knowledge you get what you vote for, thanks to becoming part of a greater world then themselves in joining the EU,  their determination towards real change in their government and their understanding of politics has increased exponentially. As it should have done.

              The US is lulled into wanting to be independent of government by some kind of 'osmosis' of freedoms and restrictions. Restrictions which are not of a majority benefit, but rather self serving and destructive are the beginning of the end of freedom for all.

               

      •  His article on usury (0+ / 0-)

        Like most seminary graduates, I have relatively easy access to Interpretation.  I also have very strong feelings on usury.  My father-in-law ran a savings and loan in Arkansas back where the law there was that if you charged a penny more than ten per cent interest, you forfeited not just the interest but the principal.  I'm fine with going back to that--it is high interest rates that financially rape the lower classes.

        So I wondered where Brat would be on this.  Interpretation is, after all, published by my own denomination, and Brat is a graduate of a Presbyterian seminary.

        I confess the article is fifteen pages.  I couldn't make it through the first two for all the self-congratulation.  Consider this sentence, perhaps the worst of it:

        Now, while I realize that even reason itself is out of fashion in many philosophy departments across the nation, I have to believe that most of my seminary colleagues, pastors, and students have not fallen so far astray.
        Or this:
        Curiously, the church is currently loathe to judge anyone for anything. Sin is not in vogue. But when it comes to capitalism, judgment is at hand. Seminarians, pastors, and academics are notorious for talking and thinking in terms of "we"—we think this and we believe that.
        If he talks like that on paper in a peer-reviewed, hardly conservative journal, what will he be like on the campaign trail?

        "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." Jesus, Matthew 25:40, New Revised Standard Version.

        by Tenn Wisc Dem on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 05:38:28 PM PDT

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        •  And it doesn't get better (0+ / 0-)

          I also got access to the Interpretation paper, and made it through the whole thing, and the cost of my sanity.  It never really gets better, and it never stops with the smarmy self-congratulations.

          It does, however, eventually slip in his actual opinion about the morality of usury:

          Here is a short case study on this point. If a person with poor credit (high risk) wants to take out a loan, the bank has two options for that person. Say "no." Or charge a high interest rate to cover the added risk involved. Is it more just to deny the loan, or to charge a higher rate and give the poor person a loan? Or should we simply force the banker to make the loan at a lower rate? But then we are asking the banker to pay for the risk of the riskier borrower. That borrower may not like work and may sleep all day and eat snacks while watching television. Can we in good conscience make the banker, who in this case is a good hard-working person, pay for the faults of the sleeper with bad credit? Is that the knee-jerk Christian position? Let us just force people to be ethical. Let us force an ethical outcome. Let us force justice.

          The story could, of course, be told with a greedy banker and a nice borrower with good credit, but in that case, I would just refer the good borrower to the good banker above.

          So, there you go.  Yikes.
          •  If he's God's gift to Democrats (0+ / 0-)

            (and he may literally be), it's because he feels okay saying things like this.  Should help him shoot himself in the foot easily.  Indeed, the words you quote by themselves, well publicized, should be enough to defeat him.  

            "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." Jesus, Matthew 25:40, New Revised Standard Version.

            by Tenn Wisc Dem on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 07:19:10 AM PDT

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  •  Brat: Worst (15+ / 0-)

    Probably not the first to suggest that (even here) as a campaign slogan.

  •  Three Parties (6+ / 0-)

    D and Crazy R's and Economic R's will happen.

    Rove reaps what he sewed.

    •  As I Noted On Another Thread... (7+ / 0-)

      ...that'll make it nearly impossible for the incumbent Republicans to give themselves safe districts next time around, since they have to worry about both the Democrats and the other faction of their own party. That's quite a dilemma for them, given that they're already dependent on gerrymandering to win control of the House and the demographics are making it harder for them every year.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 02:26:55 PM PDT

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  •  Did someone actually call peter king a moderate... (20+ / 0-)

    Did someone actually call peter king a moderate? Geez, that just shows you how far the republicans have fallen.

  •  So now we know why those crows were on (4+ / 0-)
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    K Street a few weeks ago... They were looking for office space for Eric Cantor!

    To be great is to be misunderstood

    by LordFairfax on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:09:12 PM PDT

  •  Any moderate in the GOP has (7+ / 0-)

    been worm snacks for a few decades now. It's just various shades of right-wing crazy these days.

    Guns are never the principal in the commission of a crime, but they are usually an accomplice

    by MadGeorgiaDem on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:09:20 PM PDT

    •  Agree (2+ / 0-)
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      I think that (to expand comment above). In my lifetime, I am sure this goes back to Nixon, Rove was the one who planted the seeds.

      It seemed always a (think of a term for a pseudo-big tent) that was really people that had very different lives/intellect/$ motives, aligned and convinced by non-logical forces.

      Recruiting say the Religious Right. To take Abortion down. Recruiting Crazies to I guess hate Obama. But I don't think that the 1% party would ever have to deliver their promises and could keep depending on their votes. Abortion is legal. Obama is not going anywhere. Now these people that would have voted anyways have taken a good 8 years (started I guess in 2012 and the rhetoric of 2008) are finally saying "I can do a better job".

      It reminds me of my Wealthy Boss (I work for one person) had a bunch of Eminent domain cases. His best friend and attorney of 40 years tried them. At some point he said "I can do better" and literally fired him (he did all the time lol). And well I don't know what results he got.

      Point being . . . did they really not think they could wave things they could not control over the heads of people foaming at the mouth and expect their votes?

      Lesson to D's. We want Russ Feinbergs, Sorry I WiLL say knowing the man better than his Detractors DENNIS KUCINICH'S, Elizabeth Warrens, that awesome guy from Florida. Even who that Con Law Prof from Illinois promised to be.

      Deliver.

    •  The last real moderates I remember are Jim Jeff... (0+ / 0-)

      The last real moderates I remember are Jim Jeffords and Lowell Wicker. The ladies in Maine don't count because they're all talk.

  •  Um... (5+ / 0-)

    We are all paying the price...

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck (Disputed)

    by RichM on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:09:48 PM PDT

    •  Agreed, RichM (6+ / 0-)

      All this laughing and celebrating might be fun, but in the real world we've got one more out-of-control Christian wacko uninformed, science-denying, punish-the-poor fanatic measuring the drapes for his new office.

      "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

      by SottoVoce on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:13:58 PM PDT

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      •  Disagree (1+ / 0-)
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        The Republican party has been a faux big tent made up of empty promises to people who abhor or are told to abhor D platforms with nothing in common.

        Rove (and I'd guess before my political life) used them (how long have Christians tried to overturn Roe?). They thought they'd be quiet and form a Coalition equal to the actual big tent here. I have said for 8 years since Palin in my life there will be a splintering in their party.

         I think it goes only one way. The crazy will vote more moderate. The rich Republican is not going to get worked up by the insane anti-intellectual wing-nuts.

        I could care less about one Congress seat when the party's direction is following this fake right wing meme of how America is. It isn't.

        The bigger fights will destroy the R party IN MY LIFetimE. Their coalition is totally made up.

        You seriously would not want Ted Cruz the R nominee?

        There are not so many crazies. 1%'ers fiscal conservatives, are not going to "love" the face of the "no-nothing party". I just wonder how long they pretend to be going steady.

        •  GOP version of the Time Warp (4+ / 0-)

          First you move to the right,
          Then you move to the right.
          ...

          •  I think the GOP is dying (4+ / 0-)

            The Southern Strategy probably was seen as not extending long.

            So they recruited a lot of very differing persepctives. And they depended on them. They fired them up.

            They did not deliver. They never DREAMPT of Losing their jobs.

            But form the beginning anyone thinking it was not the strategy that the 1% party would say what crazies wanted to hear to create a coalition should've.

            They were never going to attack Roe. In fact even justices inclined to overturn get pissed at literature saying we will overturn it. I cannot remember the source but they want to be left out even if they are politicians.

            But when you keep promising someone a quarter, eventually they are going to turn.

            The bigger question is what are the future parties going to be? Moderate R's and D's? A progressive party. Or d's stay together, because I would bet anything in the next 20 years, maybe a lot sooner this will be completely untenable and a huge unintended consequence of the Kochs, ie crazy talk, do nothing, turned to crazies "thinking" hey why is nothing crazy happening?

            •  I agree, and (1+ / 0-)
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              assuming that only the Republican Party is dying is incorrect--both parties are losing their focus, and at similar rates of decline. The Democrats have ceded their New Deal coalition to, well, nobody, while soaking up all the "sane" Republicans they could have since 1980. The current Dem Party is what the "Liberal Republicans" were in the late 1960s and 1970s, although they kept their military interventionist heritage intact.
              The problem is that the Republican Party is still electorally strong locally and on the state level (which translates to controlling the federal House and maintaining a large minority of the Senate), with little to indicate that this will change until after a new census is redrawn, at the earliest. (I have my doubts that the Dems will know how to capitalize on even that redistricting, judging by their lack of savvy when given those levers in the recent past.) The Dems are also following the path of the Whig Party by only proving widely competitive in national election years and ignoring downballot elections in any coherent fashion at all times. That has the unintended effect of keeping the Republicans propped up locally, making the R demise much more drawn out than it might have been otherwise.
              I think we are in for a very long struggle to regain sanity in our governments, and sadly, I think climate change will beat us to the punch in wrecking what's left of our nation.

              "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

              by bryduck on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:52:15 PM PDT

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              •  That's very well considered (2+ / 0-)
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                and I do not mean to downplay my cynicism as to the belief in where most D's truly stand and who they pay homage to. Nor that both parties are truly just utilizing social issues as a wedge.

                However, I do think that Rove's (please anything prior is beyond my knowledge) laid the seeds of trying to recoup the Demographic down-turn of the Southern Strategy.

                I do not think that those voting for Democrats are as ideologically radicalized nor pandered to in the same way. This is what I think is a consequence of what the Establishment Republicans did not mean.  I do not think it parallels yet with the Democratic Party.

                The Democratic Party has not artifically created a coalition of voting based on impossible goals and I guess that is what I am speaking to. We do have a General belief that IS left of our elected officials and we don't have the same vote for me and I'll overturn Rove, and hate politics creating bubbles of support to make up for demo shifts.

                I only mean to comment this would be like us gaining the AA vote by promising reparations and after 20 years them saying "wait" you can't depend on us and us being shocked that they actually want what was promised.

                I guess I am saying the obvious (to me) that the hate regressive rhetoric to put a Religious Right concerned with Abortion, together with a Racist 2nd Amendment toter, etc amping up the "threat" and expecting them to vote as you are really only concerned with the economic aspects of your platform BEGS to splinter and is untenable.

                I am though fascinated at what you say about local politics.

                But, I would almost argue that we are seeing a third party anyways why say you are "Tea Party" and not simply "Conservative Right"? I am not at all disagreeing and I hope you diary on what you are saying I'd be glad to research and help because the Medium Voter Theorem is thrown out for National elections now.

                It is not Nationally dangerous to us but is to the Republican Establishment that did this. Does Faux news change?

                •  Tea Partiers have been pretty consistent (1+ / 0-)
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                  in advocating taking over the Republican Party, not replacing it. Oddly enough, they have been working on this pretty smartly. (But then again, in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.)
                  No, the Dems don't yet pander to (or less heatedly, "represent") any ideologically-determined group, but that may simply be the result of our coalition's not being ideologically based and authoritarian to begin with. "We support Keynesian economics" is not as catchy a banner phrase/clause as "Tea Party" or "Get your government hands off my Medicare!" (let alone, "Get a brain morans!"), nor is it as likely to evince fiery monomania. The OWS "99%" sloganeering came/comes close, but unfortunately, a whole lot of people more than 1% of the populace thinks they are in the 1% (or soon will be, more to the point) for that to capture and solidify a political movement.
                  And officially, all we seem to get rhetorically speaking is, "We aren't Republicans", which again is hardly the stuff from which overwhelming electoral victories are derived. Until the Dem Party and its leaders put forth a coherent platform--and stick by it through thick and thin, nobody will have any idea what the Party actually stands for, which is what is necessary for cohesion and non-Presidential voting. When looking at a local ballot and seeing a "D" next to somebody's name, do you really get an idea of what that person believes? I bet you do when seeing the "R"s, and therein lies all the difference . . .

                  "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

                  by bryduck on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 02:56:20 PM PDT

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        •  The Money Men Are Losing Patience (3+ / 0-)

          From their point of view, the O'Donnells and Akins and Mourdochs are an expensive indulgence for the GOP, having cost them what should have been gimme opportunities to take the Senate (and push the money men's three issues: tax cuts, reductions of taxes, and less money going to the government).

          On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

          by stevemb on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 02:31:31 PM PDT

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  •  This ISN'T good news for John McCain. n/t (8+ / 0-)

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:10:57 PM PDT

  •  Michael Steele (6+ / 0-)

    on Alex Wagner - this affords Jeb a chance to strike out and set a new course for the party, including on immigration. Good fucking luck.

  •  One of two major American political parties (4+ / 0-)
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    is certifiable. Stone dead cold certifiable.

    Think about that for a moment. It is truly terrifying.

    Rick Perry - the greatest scientist since Galileo!

    by Bobs Telecaster on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:13:45 PM PDT

    •  They created it, it is not terrifying (2+ / 0-)
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      my R friends are hardly Conservative they think they are.

      The Republican party is finally having to pay back with their jobs not votes those they used for votes. I say bring it on it's them that will be crushed. Voter enthusiasm a party split don't rule it out. The 1% is losing control.

  •  First, we take VA-7 (2+ / 0-)
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    You loved me as a loser,
    But now you're worried that I just might win
    You know the way to stop me
    But you don't have the discipline
    How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin

    First, we take VA-7
    Then, we take...?

    The republicans ignore Leonard Cohen at their own peril :-)
  •  Our new framing... (6+ / 0-)

    We should stop referring to the other party as the Republicans or the GOP and just call them what they are, the Tea Party.

    They delight it calling us the "democrat party" well we should drop republican branding altogether.

    It might communicate to moderates that it's not the same old horse race anymore (and hasn't been for a long time).

    •  Agreed (2+ / 0-)
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      Miggles, ClevelandAttorney

      I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:27:25 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed x2 (1+ / 0-)
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        And the concept of infinity I taught my nephew over the weekend.

        But I think that their alliance was untenable from the beginning, this is not at all frightening to me. I said in 2008 if this is their rhetoric they are really betting on ppl coming out and being dissapointed. That in my lifetime they'd split.

        This Completely goes against the medium voter theorem and I love it.

        This is a death knell.  1%'s have gotten people in an uproar and coaltion and gotten them to vote against their own fiscal interests for how long? Then go further from the majority of Americans despite the embarassment.

        They should not be thinking about winning in 2016. They should be worried about the little bubbles of politically "astute" fox news fans they created who now finally want payment for their votes. This party will splinter. The only way is to draw back Rhetoric and change their current image, but then they'd have to agree with Obama? Sometimes. The establishment is in a corner.

        This is not the party of any of the "Founders" and not really a party. They will simply not last and I really wonder how feverishly and what the strategy is for the Establishment.

        Idk the demographics well enough but they cannot be the "White Party". Or Southern. Their only true concern is Economic all the Social Platforms are to get people to vote against economic interests.

        There will just be a "Tea Party" mark my words as a former average political science student. The double down too often and CANNOT deliver the promises to get crazies on board. They have to be more concerned about this than the next presidency if not they are truly idiotic.

    •  ^^I like this idea.^^ (0+ / 0-)

      ^^I like this idea.^^

  •  Looks like the Bolsheviks are purging the (3+ / 0-)

    Mensheviks. Czar Boehner might be looking for some way out of the crazy house. Hint, don't have any female relatives sew jewels in their dresses (those GOP Bolsheviks are nuts).

  •  Blessings (2+ / 0-)
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    We are so blessed to be able to have the Republican Party to elect these comedic personalities. Nobody takes the Congress seriously but, themselves.  Democrats are not very funny.  These nutcake Repubs are a scream.  May they elect more and more.  Fodder for John Daily.

  •  Eric says (2+ / 0-)
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    Vita Brevis, TofG

    If you thought I was nuts, just wait till this new guy, you'll be sorry!

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:17:03 PM PDT

  •  just curious- last i heard cantor hadnt called (0+ / 0-)

    the brat shit crazy guy to congrat him. anyone know if he has yet?

    lol- not that i really care...

  •  The Popcorn is Delicious (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't indulge in partisanship as a rule.  To me the country needs a major correction in a progressive direction, and the leadership of both parties are working as hard as ever they can to thwart that.  But I find myself chuckling a lot today.  Eric Cantor is too liberal in today's GOP.  I can hear the heads in DC exploding all the way from Brooklyn.  It sounds like popcorn popping, and smells delicious.

  •  I am curious about how many of you talk with (1+ / 0-)
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    Republican friends who are concerned with the direction of their party. I can only think of one out of many and he has never been your typical republican. The rest usually pass off the most insane shit with "the democrats are worse."

    It's quite disheartening.

    Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

    by Mike S on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:23:49 PM PDT

  •  "King said it was important for sane Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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    to stand up and not be bullied".

    Accordingly, a search party has been organized to fucking find one!

    •  Sane Rs what's that? (0+ / 0-)

      I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:34:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I wonder though, (1+ / 0-)
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    how much of Brat's win was due to Democratic interference? Since VA has open primaries, and Trammell seemed to be the only name out there, maybe some Democrats voted in the Republican primary to get rid of Cantor, figuring that Brat will be easier for Trammell to defeat in November.

    It's one reason why I'm leery of open primaries, and that includes our "top two" system in California.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:25:12 PM PDT

  •  Wealthy right wing lunatic. Cantor's family is in (2+ / 0-)
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    RE development and Eric can return, I'm sure, to his old job.  Mr Never Want for Anything.

    If you don't have a seat at the table, you're probably on the menu.

    by CarolinNJ on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:26:52 PM PDT

  •  Don't know where to post this but... (3+ / 0-)
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    Given all the Eric Cantor-related diaries today, I didn't know where to put this one but...

    Anyway, the great Robert Costa is tweeting the House GOP meeting/farewell party for Cantor that is currently going on:

    Robert Costa ‏@costareports  now
    SECOND standing O for Cantor when he begins speaking...
    Which prompted this Republican to reply:
    Michael Steele ‏@MichaelSteele  now
    Yeah, they always stand up when you leave.
    Michael Steele, as we all know, was famously booted from his post as chair as the RNC after everything he did for them in 2010. I just found this amusing. Bitterness much?

    "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." -Jack Layton (1950-2011)

    by Coco Usagi on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:27:13 PM PDT

  •  Tactically, Democrats should not act as if the ... (0+ / 0-)

    Tactically, Democrats should not act as if the Republicans were bat-shot crazy. Rather, they should exploit the fact the Republicsns have an untenable number of litmus tests and force votes on them.

    •  Tactically (0+ / 0-)

      We simply by far out number what would have been sane Republicans. Simple post Southern Strategy Demographics and well education.

      The Right wing is going to implode without our help. I only hope it means we can run more progressive candidates against what will essentially be 2 parties.

  •  Cowards (1+ / 0-)
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    Cowards is exactly the right word for King and the other so-called moderate Republicans, Boehner included. They have no problem sending men and women off to war but then they coward in the face of loudmouth, know-nothing, vile, unpatriotic tea party hags.  

  •  My sig... (2+ / 0-)
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    ..says it all.

    I never get tired of saying that I went to law school with Eric Cantor, and he was as much of a deeply closeted scumbag then as he is now.

    by ereshkigal on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 01:40:22 PM PDT

  •  I can't wait (4+ / 0-)

    until the next election when the Tea Party accuses Brat of being too liberal and they run a candidate to his right

    "The oppressors most powerful weapon is the mind of the oppressed." - Stephen Biko

    by gjohnsit on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 02:04:30 PM PDT

    •  I said above (0+ / 0-)

      I don't disagree. This is a phenomenon we are seeing that while totally logical, is not the medium voter theorem you learn in Poli Sci.

      I have thought since 2008 and am not alone I am sure that with the Demo shifts and South Strategy (we should rename).

      The establishment probably is more watching this than us. Maybe re-calibrating so that 2016 is already a foregone loss.

      And figuring out how to create a party that can gain a majority who votes against their Financial interests while not asking for the Social Promises.  

      I really wonder, as it is too important, there is too much $ involved for the "real conservatives" to me who only care economically, to not look long term at their screw up. And how to again get a lot of fools not so fired up to change the party but to vote for candidates they really have nothing in common with. Latinos?

  •  "napalm conservatism" imho is the perfect term eom (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Peter King Is Pathetic (0+ / 0-)

    The original diary and other comments have addressed King's weaselry and cowardice, so I'll just note one more contemptible angle -- one of the main reasons King lashes out at the Rand Paul wing is that he's determined to fight for the status quo on one of the few issues where they're actually in the right (surveillance abuse).

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 02:14:38 PM PDT

  •  Goodbye Eric Cantor Hello Crazy Brat (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm a Virginian and I'm hoping that Jack Tramwell now has a chance in taking the 7th District Virginia away from the Republicans which has not happened since 1971.  

    David Brat is batshit crazy like the majority of Tea Party loons and frankly can't even get his stories straight, claiming God has spoken to him through the people (SIGH how many times have we heard this one) yet he's a great fan of Ayn Rand.  

    Something else is afoot with the Republicans and I think Cantor's people had a hand in this little scheme.  There's a write-in candidate claiming he's a Democrat but not sanctioned by the Democratic Party by the name of Mike Wilkinson.  I don't think he's a Democrat at all considering his boasts of killing Ann Coulter, Ted Cruz and a host of other Republicans.

    I hope the Democrats look into this little gambit because although it's certainly not new it's pretty dirty business.

  •  Brat and the Tea Party are taking credit for the (4+ / 0-)
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    win, but I live in the area and I think the only thing anyone knew about Brat was that he wasn't Cantor. I really believe this was an anti-Cantor vote and not a Tea Party vote. Whatever. We'll take Cantor leaving. Just hope we can now get Trammell elected!!

    •  The initial knee-jerk response last night, (1+ / 0-)
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      since Brat ran a one-issue anti-immigration campaign, was to assume that this issue was responsible for the outcome.

      This morning it was laid at the feet of Democratic ratfucking.

      Cantor's polling negatives were huge. I tend to agree with you.

      Democrats hyperventilated that "health care reform is dead" when Scott Brown won his special election...yet the ACA still was passed, mostly because Obama ignored his advisers and didn't give up.

      Last night Democrats were hyperventilating that 'immigration reform is dead." We'll see.

      I hope you're right.

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      by smileycreek on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:43:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Sincere question about what is conservative? (0+ / 0-)

    Is taking massive amounts of money from big business conservative?

    It's voting in favor of Oligarchy conservative?

  •  Your last paragraph is applicable to more than (1+ / 0-)
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    drmah

    just right wing goopers:

    Ha! The only "lesson" they taught is that they are afraid of right-wing hardliners and will do everything in their power to avoid directly confronting them. They didn't discourage the right: They encouraged them. And now the cowards are paying the price. Serves them right.
    The Administration wasted its early opportunities doing the same thing.

    "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man..." Robbie Robertson

    by NearlyNormal on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 03:21:12 PM PDT

  •  Great title! (0+ / 0-)

    While I was perplexed in just which wing nut and lunatic we were going to learn about I was happy to see one of the more evil lunatics has left the building...but his replacement is wackier than an elephant with two asses, (or in this case how many asses does it take to make up the RIGHT WING EARTH IS FLAT LETS KILL ALL THE SCIENTISTS ZEALOTS Party)?

  •  Resignation is so quick. What is Cantor hiding and (0+ / 0-)

    when does the other shoe drop?

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