When the tea party
slithered out of the right-wing
fever swamps, wrapped in Gadsden flags
, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
was among those singing their praises
Little did he know that in just a few short years, the teabaggers would be feasting on his carcass.
On the other hand, David Brat—the economic theologian/Ayn Rand "scholar" who defeated Cantor—saw this coming from miles away.
He had predicted that Hitler would rise again if America failed to embrace Christian capitalism.
None of which is to suggest that Cantor's Jewishness was responsible for his loss—but it probably didn't help.
Meet the Press: 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney; Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Rep. Peter King (R-NY); David Ignatius (Washington Post); Dexter Filkins (The New Yorker); Roundtable: Ruth Marcus (Washington Post), Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt and Chuck Todd (NBC News).
Face The Nation: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; Prop 8 Lawyers Ted Olson & David Boies; Roundtable: Robert Costa (Washington Post), Gwen Ifill (PBS) and Nancy Cordes (CBS News).
This Week: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Former Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli; Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Radio Host Laura Ingraham and Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard).
Fox News Sunday: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR); Rep. Tom Price (R-GA); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Julie Pace (Associated Press), George Will (Washington Post) and Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA).
State of the Union: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Retired U.S. Army Commander Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
60 Minutes will feature: a report on the world's largest eye-wear company, Luxottica, which is responsible for putting glasses on half a billion people (preview); a report on whether providing apartments to those who have been on the streets the longest and are at greatest medical risk can save taxpayers' money (preview); and, an interview with former Tonight Show host Jay Leno (preview).
On Comedy Central...
Jon Stewart examined Eric Cantor's shocking defeat.
The Daily Show
Monday: President/CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz
Tuesday: Journalist/Author David Shulman
Wednesday: Actor/Comedian Kevin Hart
Thursday: Actress Jennifer Esposito
And Stephen Colbert celebrated Ted Cruz's renunciation of his Canadian citizenship.
The Colbert Report
Monday: Author/Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates
Tuesday: Lawyers Ted Olson & David Boies
Wednesday: Journalists Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
Thursday: Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby tried to spin her history of harassing former lovers as a positive.
After three weeks staying largely out of the public eye, Monica Wehby held a meet-and-greet with supporters in Oregon City and took questions from reporters. Police reports made public days before the May 20 primary showed that an ex-husband and a former boyfriend both called police on Wehby as their relationships were deteriorating, reporting that she was harassing them.
"I think that the thing to learn from that is that I am a person who will stand up for what I believe in," Wehby said of the police reports. "I'm a person who doesn't easily back down. I will fight for Oregonians with very strong conviction. I'm a very committed, determined person."
Meanwhile, in other relationship news...
Texas Gov. Rick Perry equated homosexuality with alcoholism.
Gov. Rick Perry took a break from trying to lure businesses away from California to promote healthy competition between the two states, and share his thoughts Texas' newly adopted "ex-gay therapy" platform. While Perry is "not a doctor," he didn't see how being gay is any different from being an alcoholic.
During his visit with the Commonwealth Club, Perry was asked whether he thought therapy to "cure" homosexuality actually worked. "I don't know," he said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm not a psychiatrist, I'm not a doctor."
Despite his lack of medical training, however, Perry argued that "whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that ... I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way."
And, in other scientifically-unsound news...
Rep. Jeff Miller expressed skepticism about man-made climate change... because dinosaurs!
MSNBC host Richard Lui had asked Miller if he thought messaging against man-made climate change would be detrimental to Republicans' 2014 and 2016 election prospects. Lui cited a poll of Florida voters who said that on the issue of climate change they trusted scientists over Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who does not believe human activity contributes to global warming, by a margin of 56 to 33 percent. [...]
Miller argued that the climate has been changing for centuries and that scientists, whether they believe human activity contributes to climate change or not, acknowledge that the issue is not settled. [...]
"Then why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Were there men that were causing -- were there cars running around at that point that were causing global warming? No," Miller concluded. "The climate has changed since Earth was created."