Open thread: Tonight’s the night we retire Eric Cantor and Lindsey Graham; Update: Cantor in deep trouble early; Update: Cantor loses? Update: AP calls it for Dave Brat

posted at 6:31 pm on June 10, 2014 by Allahpundit

I know that headline’s egregiously incorrect, I just … wanted to experience it. Just once.

There is, I suppose, a slim chance that Grahamnesty could lose tonight, if by “lose” you mean “finish just shy of an absolute majority and end up in a runoff.” That would give tea partiers a glimmer of hope that South Carolinians, forced to make a binary choice in a few weeks between Graham and any other Republican in the country, would choose correctly. They won’t, though. Read this post from a few months ago to see why. Graham, to his credit, took nothing for granted in his reelection bid. He pulled every lever of power he has to protect his seat. In fact, aside from the occasional burbling about impeachment to reassure conservatives that he’s kinda sorta One Of Us, the most striking thing about his campaign is how little pandering he’s done to tea partiers. As he said himself, “I didn’t back off from being me.” That’s how confident he is of winning this race, all of his amnesty/ultrainterventionist baggage notwithstanding. The founder of a tea-party group in Columbia, South Carolina, predicts that he’s going to win the nomination outright tonight, even though he’s facing no less than six different challengers who could, in theory, force a runoff without any one of them reaching double digits. I think that’s right. In fact, I’m going to guess he takes 60 percent. Easily the tea party’s lowest moment this year, the McConnell/Bevin race included.

As for Cantor, people like Laura Ingraham and Mickey Kaus have been fighting the good fight on air and online for weeks in trying to drum up interest in his challenger, Dave Brat. For good reason: This race has, to some extent, become a referendum on amnesty, particularly Cantor’s enthusiasm for the sort of DREAM amnesty that’s now created a humanitarian crisis at the border. The better Brat does, the sterner the warning to House Republicans that an amnesty this summer could be painful this fall. Brat’s done a nice job making Cantor sweat, forcing him to spend more and fight dirtier — replete with a few well-placed bald-faced lies — than anyone expected. Realistically, though, an unknown candidate’s not beating the House majority leader in a primary. No undecided voter is going to forfeit the influence their district has in the House right now in order to roll the dice on Brat. The best we can hope for is a race that’s closer than expected, so that the GOP House caucus sits up and takes notice, but I think we’re going to end up disappointed here too. I’m guessing Cantor takes 65-70 percent, capping a glorious night for fans of immigration reform.

Politico and RCP will have the returns as they come in, although your best bet is Ace’s Decision Desk crew. The polls in South Carolina and Virginia close at 7 p.m. ET.

Update: I’m cooking up some tasty crow to feast on. Eric Cantor is in on life support early in VA-7.

The House majority leader could be going down — in a primary. Biggest House upset ever?

Update: He’s not closing the gap. This is really happening.

Media coverage of young illegals pouring over the border in Texas the past few months, whether induced by DREAM and DACA or not, may have ended up killing him. Show of hands, House Republicans: Who’s up for passing amnesty this summer now?

Update: Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight thinks Cantor is dunzo. Am I awake?

Update: Election expert Dave Wasserman says it’s over:

Update: Cantor outspent Brat by about 14 to one over the last few weeks. I’m honestly speechless. This is a political earthquake.

Can we retire the “tea party is dead” storyline now?

Update: No one saw it coming, Cantor’s team included:

Update: Slublog suggests Tom Foley’s defeat in 1994 as an upset to rival this one. True — beating a sitting Speaker is almost unheard of. But ’94 was also the year of a giant GOP wave and Foley lost very narrowly. Cantor’s race is sui generis in an election season where establishment Republicans have done well against tea partiers. And he’s not losing narrowly. He’s getting obliterated.

Update: I know you’re wondering, but rest easy. Virginia does have a “sore loser” law.

Update: You ready for this? Cantor’s own internal polling had him up 62/28.

Update: Tough call for Obama now. At first blush, there’s nothing stopping him at this point from issuing his long-awaited executive order on deportations tomorrow. No sense waiting any longer; the House isn’t going to pass anything on amnesty anymore. But the Cantor earthquake is so surprising that maybe even Democrats are leery now of having O make any sudden moves on the topic. If the House majority leader’s mild support for DREAM was enough to get him swamped at the polls by conservatives, what happens to Democrats in November if Obama doubles down on amnesty with an executive order?

Update: Game over. The upset of the century, so far.

Only one thing left to do now.


Robot libido by sabotage

Update: So, who’s the new House majority leader? Kevin McCarthy? Caucus might feel obliged to push someone more conservative after this, a la Jeb Hensarling or Jim Jordan.

Update: Good point from Sean Davis:

Establishment Republicans would have been comfortable with Cantor replacing Boehner. Now that there’s a chance that Boehner’s successor will be significantly more conservative than him, there’ll be heavy pressure on him to stick around until someone more moderate can creep up the ranks.

Possible compromise candidate: Paul Ryan?

Update: This upset may have ended more than just the near-term prospects for immigration reform. Hmmmmm:

Update: See why I thought Cantor would win by 30?

Update: Now this is interesting. Did Brat get help from anti-Cantor Democrats?

Update: Minor problem with the “Operation Chaos” theory of Brat’s upset, says Leon Wolf:

If Democrats were capable of mounting a significant effort against Cantor in the GOP primary, they’d have a serious candidate waiting for Brat in the general. They don’t. The Dem nominee is token opposition.

Update: Meanwhile, as predicted, Lindsey Graham topped 50 percent tonight, winning his primary without a runoff. How did Grahamnesty pull that off while Cantor got swamped over immigration?

Update: More pushback to the “Operation Chaos” theory from Wasserman:

Update: The White House has released its spin for the evening. You ready?

A spokesman for President Obama rushed to assure House Republicans that Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) didn’t actually lose because of his gestures toward Democrats on immigration reform.

“Cantor’s problem wasn’t his position on immigration reform, it was his lack of a position,” Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer tweeted, citing the success of Senator Lindsay Graham (R., S.C.). “Graham wrote and passed a bill and is winning big.”

Tonight was … a win for amnesty?

Update: An eeyore like me can’t resist some pessimism amid a hugely exciting upset, so here’s a scenario for you. What if Boehner decides to retire anyway, and he and Cantor decide to go ahead and ram amnesty through this summer with token GOP support (30 votes or so) plus 190 Democrats? Cantor’s got nothing left to lose now.


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I’ve walked around the North Side of Chicago after dark alone and felt safe.

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

So the South Side is rape/murder city?

And you’re proud of that?

sentinelrules on June 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

bimmcorp on June 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

You all are arguing about preference. Some like rural areas. Some like suburbs. Some like urban areas. The good thing is the USA is big enough to have all three.

God bless America!

terryannonline on June 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM

People beating up on Petunia? Old times, man….

J.B. Say on June 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

bimmcorp on June 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Sorry, I grew up in a NW suburb, and it was a great childhood. I wouldn’t move back.

But never–NEVER–screw with my Bears.

BuckeyeSam on June 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

But that doesn’t mean I automatically think Brat is the greatest man on Earth…

Tell me about him…

Does anyone know anything about him? I do want to know.

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Sounded reasonable enough on Hannity. I think most of us outside of VA-07 are just getting introduced to him. Hopefully his campaign is ready to fight against the top tier slime of the party of crooks and thieves. If so, he should hold up okay.

On the other side of the coin, who do the Democrats even have in this race? I’m sure they were expecting a 65-35 loss against Cantor. Jack Trammell (had to look it up on Ballotpedia) has to be their 3rd string…

Gingotts on June 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Dave Brat is a Prof. of Economics, a freemarket guy, he teaches third world countries on how that free markets, the rule of law, private property rights, and freedom will pull all the people out of proverty.

He talks plain, he is a normal American, and will not be a nut job.

Ms. Apachewhoknows my wife knows him she went to Va. to get closer and see and hear and to get with the locals on how to help with her phone bank skills.

More like this.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 10, 2014 at 10:37 PM

That sounds really good! Solidly Capitalist then. I’d about vote for him for President based on that…

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

1700 comments. Ya think people are interested in this?

This reminiscent of a ‘Cuda post.

BobMbx on June 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

1700 comments so far

entagor on June 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

The Orange Man’s useless azz needs to be next out. I suggest he sign up for some Dale Carnegie courses.

philoise65 on June 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Say hello to the town I grew up, foothills of SC.

All the culture you might hope to find. Wonderful architecture. Great museums. But also the heritage of Southern courtesy at ever turn.

‘Course to an elitist like yourself, what do simple things like courtesy matter in life, eh?

lineholder on June 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

bimmcorp on June 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

flip side is, you still don’t know how to invest. Err.. jail! and all.

WryTrvllr on June 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I’ve walked around the North Side of Chicago after dark alone and felt safe.

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

This just proves there are some things even a criminal won’t touch.

AubieJon on June 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Another fallacy about this being a TEA PARTY victory. It was not! Brat called the top Tea Party orgs and asked for their help, but they either declined to do so or simply didn’t answer.
THIS was a GRASSROOTS CONSERVATIVE victory my friends! The Tea Party had nothing to do with it!
Sarah Palin’s support and endorsement is being sought for the mid-term campaign.

Jayrae on June 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

You all are arguing about preference. Some like rural areas. Some like suburbs. Some like urban areas. The good thing is the USA is big enough to have all three.

God bless America!

terryannonline on June 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM

No, they aren’t arguing about preferences. Follow along- the Illinidiva is saying ignorant, bigoted things about the south, and has been for much of this thread.

melle1228 on June 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I don’t think either [Boehner or Cantor] is married to the amnesty issue for any reason other than to gain votes.

glennbo on June 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I suspect most of us believe their primary reason is money (bought and paid for) — not votes — i.e., self-enrichment/greed presently and in the future (from the “right” people and organizations) as lobbyists.

ShainS on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I’ve walked around the North Side of Chicago after dark alone and felt safe.

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Was you walking around nekkid?

arnold ziffel on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

He’s on Hannity now talking about free markets and revision of the tax code to eliminate the distortions they create in the economy.

Now, he’s talking about health care and health insurance.

This guy is already smarter than 90% of those in federal office.

BuckeyeSam on June 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

I like the stuff he said, as a tangent to his opposition to amnesty, about how the US has helped nations abroad find liberty and they create opportunity for themselves. Sounds as if he’s pro-Ukraine.

Gingotts on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Never forget:

Every national home builder company builds every home now with around 90% wage slave illegal Mexican labor.

The very, very much lower cost of these homes built with slave wage labor came into compition with existing homes that were built with American labor set by Unions who had the price up in the $25.00 per hour and higher in some places.

The older homes could not compete with the new wage slave priced homes.

A huge reason for the failed housing market, the older home had high mortages and could not match the price of the new homes built with slave labor thus all the foreclosures.

All of this a product of this evil two party money cult in Washington D.C..

Vote more of them out at every chance.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Boehner will now stay on as speaker. Cantor will resign from leadership within a week.

And Cochran should concede the runoff.

Tonight’s result has potential to create civil war and we need unity to hold House and win Senate.

matthew8787 on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Yes.. Country music, guns, and cowboy hats aren’t culture. You live in a highway broken up by generic box stores and monotone suburbs with the same exact McMansion. And no one ventures into the bad areas of Chicago. I’ve walked around the North Side of Chicago after dark alone and felt safe.

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Gee…there’s GOOD areas of Chitcago?? Doubtful. Seriously, ‘lady’…you are such a bigoted, shallow, obtuse, arrogant and self aggrandizing liberal douche-nozzle that I feel dirty just engaging with you via and internet forum. So I think I’ll just leave you to your ugliness and misery and go take a shower. Get that liberal stink off of me…

bimmcorp on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

For a movement that was supposedly dead, the tea party has now had:

-Sasse in Nebraska

-McDaniel in Mississippi (probably)

-Ernst in Iowa

-Ratcliffe in TX-4 (though his opponent did have some Tea Party support too)

-Mooney in WV-2 (hardly ever mentioned)

-Bob Johnson in GA-1, Jody Hice in GA-10, and Barry Loudermilk in GA-11 who all advanced to runoffs.

-Dave Brat in VA-7

-There’s still a good chance of Shannon in Oklahoma and Amash & Bentivolio will probably fend off their establishment primary opponents.

topdawg on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

melle1228 on June 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

In fairness to Illinidiva, she is an ignorant bigot.

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Scott Brown was supposed to be the end of ObamaCare. The site loser law was supposed to be the end of Murkowski. I’ll believe it’s over when the fast lady sings… and maybe not even then.

calbear on June 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Citizens United helped Brat claim victory! Without the zillions of dollars flowing in from unknown sources……wait…..he spent ~122k?

Say it ain’t so, Debbie. The horror of DC revealed: You don’t need tons of money to get elected. All you need is a message that resonates with the people.

BobMbx on June 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

The GOP would become the New Whigs.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Exactly what would happen.

The GOPe does amnesty (in any form and regardless of what they call it), and I’ll be first in line to burn the GOP to the ground.

Meople on June 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Update: An eeyore like me can’t resist some pessimism amid a hugely exciting upset, so here’s a scenario for you. What if Boehner decides to retire anyway, and he and Cantor decide to go ahead and ram amnesty through this summer with token GOP support (30 votes or so) plus 190 Democrats? Cantor’s got nothing left to lose now.

Geez. Ya had to go there.

tru2tx on June 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Sorry, I grew up in a NW suburb, and it was a great childhood. I wouldn’t move back.

But never–NEVER–screw with my Bears.

BuckeyeSam on June 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

You, too? I’m still pi$$ed about that loss to the Peckers, uh, Packers.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Why don’t you try to find out before running him down?

Barred on June 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Who do you think gives the R speaker of the House re-election money, any possible idea that D.R. Horton Homes LLC puts up lots of doe,re, me…….

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

In fairness to Illinidiva, she is an ignorant bigot.

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I’d say that an accurate assessment, Bmore. Fancies herself to be superior to the core of her very being, while having a mind that is closed to anything beyond her realm of existence.

lineholder on June 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

And no one ventures into the bad areas of Chicago. I’ve walked around the North Side of Chicago after dark alone and felt safe.

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Jeez! Who the *bleep* do you think you are? “no one ventures into the bad areas of Chicago”

How about the people who live there, you misbegotten tool.

ElectricPhase on June 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

-_-

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Update: Cantor outspent Brat by about 14 to one over the last few weeks. I’m honestly speechless. This is a political earthquake.

Can we retire the “tea party is dead” storyline now?

Nope. :)

Update: An eeyore like me can’t resist some pessimism amid a hugely exciting upset, so here’s a scenario for you. What if Boehner decides to retire anyway, and he and Cantor decide to go ahead and ram amnesty through this summer with token GOP support (30 votes or so) plus 190 Democrats? Cantor’s got nothing left to lose now.

I dunno. Is he a petty POS with a bruised ego who feels like he’ll show ‘em — ‘em being his own constituents?

Axe on June 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Update: An eeyore like me can’t resist some pessimism amid a hugely exciting upset, so here’s a scenario for you. What if Boehner decides to retire anyway, and he and Cantor decide to go ahead and ram amnesty through this summer with token GOP support (30 votes or so) plus 190 Democrats? Cantor’s got nothing left to lose now.

They probably will. This whole thing is about posturing, not about what is the best solution. The problem is that the Dems for the most part are not doing this in good faith. Insist on the faithful execution of the current laws. No changes until then. And then not with the current administration.

J.B. Say on June 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM

flip side is, you still don’t know how to invest. Err.. jail! and all.

WryTrvllr on June 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Y’all will NEVER let me forget, will ya’??? LOL

bimmcorp on June 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM

lineholder on June 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

By her own admission she has never spent time down here. I hope it stays that way. Far to many transplants from the failed rust belt as it is.

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM

*too

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I suggest everyone ignore this ^^^ bigot.

Either they are trolling or they are so ignorant that they are oblivious to their ignorance and bigotry.

melle1228 on June 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

It’s hard trolling and it’s not even clever. Total weak sauce. I guarantee it’s a HotAir staffer.

reddevil on June 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

The best thing about Chicago is Naperville.

bw222 on June 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Jeez! Who the *bleep* do you think you are? “no one ventures into the bad areas of Chicago”

How about the people who live there, you misbegotten tool.

ElectricPhase on June 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

She’s an elitist to the core. They never consider the “little people”.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Tonight’s result has potential to create civil war and we need unity to hold House and win Senate.

matthew8787 on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

o_O

Potential to create?

Where’ve you been the past 5 years or so?

ShainS on June 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Another fallacy about this being a TEA PARTY victory. It was not! Brat called the top Tea Party orgs and asked for their help, but they either declined to do so or simply didn’t answer.
THIS was a GRASSROOTS CONSERVATIVE victory my friends! The Tea Party had nothing to do with it!
Sarah Palin’s support and endorsement is being sought for the mid-term campaign.

Jayrae on June 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Really? Why are the headlines about the Tea Party?

Did Palin support him then?

I mean this is such a huge thing, nobody saw it coming, and the Tea Party didn’t even support him?

He didn’t even spend very much money!

How did he win?

This is amazing.

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I’m pretty partial to South Texas myself :-)

Go Spurs!

terryannonline on June 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

-_-

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Did I touch a nerve?

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Boehner will now stay on as speaker. Cantor will resign from leadership within a week.

And Cochran should concede the runoff.

Tonight’s result has potential to create civil war and we need unity to hold House and win Senate.

matthew8787 on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I’m all for unity and working to find Conservative compromises within the party.

Amnesty, regardless of what it’s called or what flavor it’s in, isn’t one of them.

All the current data tells us that ANY “pathway to citizenship” is going to do is give the Democrats new voters, on a 70% clip. Yet somehow, the GOPe seems to think that’s a good idea.

Amnesty will kill the GOP and will take America with it.

Meople on June 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Why don’t you try to find out before running him down?

Barred on June 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Who did I run down?

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Lolz! Go Pack!!!

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Brat is a economics professor at a small college. He’s no nut case and never said or did the sort of things that have sunk less well-vetted candidates.

Cantor may well have had a comfortable lead two weeks ago when his last poll was taken. But he really stepped in it, defiantly saying he would like to pass some immigration bill like the Dream Act “for the kids.”

Less than a week later, the dam had broken and the Southwest is being flooded with illegal minors sent her because “the word” in Mexico and Central America is that Obama won’t deport any kids. It showed the weakness of Cantor’s position.

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Seriously, as long as Obama is President, it is insane to contemplate any immigration bills EXCEPT those enforcement measures that need to be in force and working BEFORE any further reforms can proceed. Obama just cannot be trusted, and after November he won’t care at all.

Adjoran on June 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Yes.. Country music, guns, and cowboy hats aren’t culture. You live in a highway broken up by generic box stores and monotone suburbs with the same exact McMansion. And no one ventures into the bad areas of Chicago. I’ve walked around the North Side of Chicago after dark alone and felt safe.

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

What culture has Chicago produced in the past 50 years? Deep dish pizza, the 90′s Bulls and the band Chicago?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Yes.. Country music, guns, and cowboy hats aren’t culture. You live in a highway broken up by generic box stores and monotone suburbs with the same exact McMansion. And no one ventures into the bad areas of Chicago. I’ve walked around the North Side of Chicago after dark alone and felt safe.

Diva, you really sound silly…I thought you were just misguided in your understanding of the Catholic faith, but now you’ve added a new element…you don’t have a clue about where you live…as a former Chicago precinct captain, 49th Ward, I understand the north side of the City and the City better than you apparently do. The City is a cesspool and whistling past the graveyard won’t make it better. I got out 30 years ago to North Carolina and never looked back.

ironmarshal on June 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM

The best thing about Chicago is Naperville.

bw222 on June 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

South Beloit and the New Holland Oasis.

WryTrvllr on June 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Tonight’s result has potential to create civil war and we need unity to hold House and win Senate.

matthew8787 on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

If it creates civil war, that’ll only be because the establishment-types want it to be that way.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM

You all are arguing about preference. Some like rural areas. Some like suburbs. Some like urban areas. The good thing is the USA is big enough to have all three.

God bless America!

terryannonline on June 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM

You have not been following the thread…BTW…Texas has it all…Urban, suburban, rural and all points in between. Chitcago is the A-Hole of the nation, and illinidiva is merely passing through it…

bimmcorp on June 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Brat’s a decent candidate, but if what my brother says is true, and he lives just to the east of VA07, Cantor’s little tricks to try to fool voters were just too smart by half. This encouraged more voters to give Brat a second look.

lineholder on June 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Lolz! Go Pack!!!

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Aww, man. A friggin’ Cheesehead.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM

South Holland. I think

WryTrvllr on June 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

You should stay out of Texas, it’s just too scary and mundane for you, bless your heart.

batterup on June 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Yes.. Country music, guns, and cowboy hats aren’t culture. You live in a highway broken up by generic box stores and monotone suburbs with the same exact McMansion. And no one ventures into the bad areas of Chicago. I’ve walked around the North Side of Chicago after dark alone and felt safe.

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

And you’re an arrogant snob who spends their life tsk-tsking those “other” people who they wish would stay on their side of the tracks and don’t come mix with “normal” people.

Your sneers have no value here. When you come with rational discussion, let us know.

itsspideyman on June 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Wasn’t Tea Party organizations, it was grassroot conservatives.

Barred on June 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Chitcago is the A-Hole of the nation, and illinidiva is merely passing through it…

bimmcorp on June 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

CW on June 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

You, too? I’m still pi$$ed about that loss to the Peckers, uh, Packers.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I’m still trying to get over the loss to the Redskins the year after they won the Super Bowl.

BuckeyeSam on June 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

1700 comments. Ya think people are interested in this?

This reminiscent of a ‘Cuda post.

BobMbx on June 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

What Palin might have to say on sellout Cantor’s demise could be interesting.

viking01 on June 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Brat. Right off the bat, you attempted to Akinize him. It was so obvious that you resented his win and were dead set against him. That’s why asked you about being a sore loser.

lineholder on June 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Chitcago is the A-Hole of the nation, and illinidiva is merely passing through it…

bimmcorp on June 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

CW on June 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Heh!!!

I missed that the first time I read it.

Hilarious!!!

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Update: Cantor outspent Brat by about 14 to one over the last few weeks. I’m honestly speechless. This is a political earthquake.

Can we retire the “tea party is dead” storyline now?

It’s something we always will face in the 2014 primaries. The u.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending about $50 million this year and is far more interested in defeating conservatives than Democrats. Add in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Coalition, etc., etc., etc. and we’re lucky if the conservative isn’t outspent 5-1.

bw222 on June 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I’m still trying to get over the loss to the Redskins the year after they won the Super Bowl.

BuckeyeSam on June 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Yeah. Two years in a row, ’86 and ’87.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

It is also true that no outside “Tea Party” groups were willing to sign on to Brat’s campaign. The media is calling it “TP” because it fits their narrative, and TP individuals in the area and people like Laura Ingraham came to support him.

So all the victory dancing is somewhat misplaced.

You do understand that nearly all the so-called “tea party” money in Mississippi came from Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund, not the “TP” groups, who don’t really give money to campaigns in large amounts. About 5% of what they collect on average. Giving most of them money is for suckers. Give directly to candidates instead.

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Tonight’s story is Cantor was arrogant and lost, Graham was humble and kicked butt.

As I’ve been saying now for over seven years, if you want to beat Graham, you need to do two things: recruit ONE strong candidate (not seven dwarves) and raise $2 million cash by March of election year. Do that, and there is a chance. Anything less will give you nights like tonight.

Adjoran on June 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

How did he win?

This is amazing.

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

He screwed the people in Virginia and tried to remove their delegates by asking Democrats to show up to vote against conservative delegates.

He went to George Soros’ meet up in Amelia Island Florida to organize to take out the conservative candidates in the primary elections.

He showed up at Davos.

He’s an elitist ba$tard.

Jayrae on June 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Where’s the humpbot AP? Ousting a RINO is even more difficult than ousting a liberal. Bring it please…we the Tea Party deserve a prize. :)

trish333 on June 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

An eeyore like me can’t resist some pessimism amid a hugely exciting upset, so here’s a scenario for you. What if Boehner decides to retire anyway, and he and Cantor decide to go ahead and ram amnesty through this summer with token GOP support (30 votes or so) plus 190 Democrats? Cantor’s got nothing left to lose now.


When you completely WHIFF on the Cantor upset …

… your answer is to climb further out on a limb???

I doubt there are 30 Republicans who are NOW willing to join the Democrats to pass the Gang of 8 bill …

… because the low level GOP members of the House are NOT going to be offered cushy K street jobs if THEY lose in November.

Grab your blankie, your pillow and your cat and go to bed, AP.

PolAgnostic on June 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I’ve walked around the North Side of Chicago after dark alone and felt safe.

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Which proves WHAT, exactly?

That your pimp is really scary?

Adjoran on June 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Graham won an outright majority though. It’s tough to blame his victory on a split of the conservative opposition when Graham pulls in 60% of the vote.

alchemist19

There were 6 other candidates pretending to be against him, and ultimately it resulted in one big circle jerk. He may as well have been running unopposed. So it’s not tough to blame it on that at all. At a minimum, it guaranteed he had absolutely no shot at losing. It’s almost like it was deliberate.

xblade on June 10, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Where’s the humpbot AP? Ousting a RINO is even more difficult than ousting a liberal. Bring it please…we the Tea Party deserve a prize. :)

trish333 on June 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Uh, you obviously haven’t read all the updates. ‘Cause it’s there.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Chitcago is the A-Hole of the nation, and illinidiva is merely passing through it…

bimmcorp on June 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

CW on June 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Heh!!!

I missed that the first time I read it.

Hilarious!!!

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Even the Donner party pushed on further west. Last state settled.

WryTrvllr on June 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM

It’s hard trolling and it’s not even clever. Total weak sauce. I guarantee it’s a HotAir staffer.

reddevil on June 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

She’s not a HA staffer. But she is unpleasant, and doesn’t sound like a real Christian, does she?

non-nonpartisan on June 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM

allah.

you should make sarcastic headlines more often because half of your sarcasm will come true!! =)

Sachiko on June 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Really? Why are the headlines about the Tea Party?

Did Palin support him then?

I mean this is such a huge thing, nobody saw it coming, and the Tea Party didn’t even support him?

He didn’t even spend very much money!

How did he win?

This is amazing.

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/05/Eric-Cantor-s-ex-chief-of-staff-helped-Terry-McAuliffe-beat-Ken-Cuccinelli

ebrown2 on June 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Lolz! Worse for you than that. The Deep South variety. ; )

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

There were 6 other candidates pretending to be against him, and ultimately it resulted in one big circle jerk. He may as well have been running unopposed. So it’s not tough to blame it on that at all. At a minimum, it guaranteed he had absolutely no shot at losing. It’s almost like it was deliberate.

xblade on June 10, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Open primary and Grahamnesty had full support of Dim voters. This combined with the 6 challenger thing, ensured he would win.

Was still pretty close to triggering a runoff though. So there is that.

Meople on June 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

And Cochran should concede the runoff.

Tonight’s result has potential to create civil war and we need unity to hold House and win Senate.

matthew8787 on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Yes, he should. Sadly, he doesn’t appear to be leaning in that direction.

He is definitly old enough to retire and let someone younger do the heavy lifting. He should have a very adequate pension. He could barely stay awake during his campaign.

It’s time to step down. It would be nice if he did it with class. I don’t expect he will however.

talkingpoints on June 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

PolAgnostic on June 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

+1

Wanted to say the same thing, but wouldn’t have been as elegant …

ShainS on June 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Oops, I was so excited about Cantor’s loss I scrolled right on by it.
Thanks.

trish333 on June 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Update: An eeyore like me can’t resist some pessimism amid a hugely exciting upset, so here’s a scenario for you. What if Boehner decides to retire anyway, and he and Cantor decide to go ahead and ram amnesty through this summer with token GOP support (30 votes or so) plus 190 Democrats? Cantor’s got nothing left to lose now.

Thinking the same thing. If Cantor really believes it is the right thing to do, why not? It’s a lame duck session now.

Jaibones on June 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Maybe just little digs….?

Good. Not talking witchcraft? Or women getting pregnant from rape must like being raped? Or other weirdness?

I hope that is true. I hope someone gets him some PR help before the Democrats can get his dirt out. Or better yet there is nothing to find, but honestly they will make mountains out of specks.

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

I just hope that Brat doesn’t turn out to be another horrible choice and blow the district! (Brat is really his name right? I didn’t fall for a trick?)

Barred on June 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Was still pretty close to triggering a runoff though. So there is that.

Meople on June 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Not really.

But we don’t need to win every race.

A message has been sent. Will it be received?

talkingpoints on June 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

ebrown2 on June 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Excellent.

I’d forgotten about that …

ShainS on June 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Yes, I am an elitist. I never said that I wasn’t. I’m fine with being an elitist. I’m not interested in extolling the virtues of the Old Confederacy.

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

You aren’t qualified to be an elitist. Evanston’s not that great, either. The idea that it’s some sort of cultural oasis from the yabboos is laughable.

The nearest Walmart is about ten minutes drive from Evanston, straight up Dempster. Meanwhile, there’s a whole array of those nasty “box stores” lining the western border of Evanston.

Also, US 99, the country radio station, is one of the most popular in the Chicagoland area

Kensington on June 10, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Illinidiva on June 10, 2014 at 10:30 PM

I’m in Lubbock. Also-the country music station with the largest listener-ship isn’t in the south-it’s Chicago’s ‘US 99”
Lubbock had one or 2 country stations…and around NINE rock stations. Your stereotypes don’t scan.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

terryannonline on June 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Obviously, you’re pro-amnesty. Care to share your thoughts on when we cut off illegal immigration and start protecting our borders?

There are 115 million people in Mexico. Central America has a population of over 500 million. The vast majority are poor, uneducated and unskilled. The public service announcements some countries are running saying “Go to the United States; they won’t deport you” aren’t aimed at physicians, chemists, engineers, etc. They are aimed at poor, illiterate peasants that Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, etc. know they would be better off without.

At what point is enough actually enough? 50 million, 100 million, 150 million, 200 million, 300 million?

bw222 on June 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Oops, I was so excited about Cantor’s loss I scrolled right on by it.
Thanks.

trish333 on June 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

No problem.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Yeah. Two years in a row, ’86 and ’87.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

But for the Miami game, though, that ’85 season and ’86 playoff run was glorious.

BuckeyeSam on June 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM

ebrown2 on June 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Excellent.

I’d forgotten about that …

ShainS on June 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Yep, the party uber alles types always want us to forget things like that, don’t they?

ebrown2 on June 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Graham won an outright majority though. It’s tough to blame his victory on a split of the conservative opposition when Graham pulls in 60% of the vote.

alchemist19

OR … 43% of South Carolina GOP voters went to the polls to vote against a three-term, high-ranking GOP Senator who has zero chance of losing to a Democrap in November. 43%.

If half of them decided they really hate Graham and stayed home, he would lose to a convicted felon. I am sick that this liberal jackass will stay in the Senate, but he had to use every measure of corruption at his wide disposal in the Senate to avoid being Eric Cantor tonight.

Jaibones on June 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Sniff
Hump away little guy. Nothing pleases me better to see Cantor loose.

F15Mech on June 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Cochran will probably pull a Moocowski and demand all misspellings of his name be counted for him.

They didn’t mean “rooster”… Thad.

viking01 on June 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Obviously, you’re pro-amnesty. Care to share your thoughts on when we cut off illegal immigration and start protecting our borders?

This is what I dislike about the debate. People try to make it black and white.

You realize you can be for immigration reform and for enforcing the border?

Heck, I believe even Dems say they what to enforce the border….I don’t believe them but even they say that.

terryannonline on June 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

And Cochran should concede the runoff.

Tonight’s result has potential to create civil war and we need unity to hold House and win Senate.

matthew8787 on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Cochran’s team (primarily Haley Barbour and his two idiot nephews) and the GOP establishment are trying to woo Democrats. Given his druthers from what I have read, Cochran was considering retirement. Boss Hogg is the problem.

bw222 on June 10, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Lolz! Worse for you than that. The Deep South variety. ; )

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

:)

I gotta say, though, that I despise the Vi-queens far more than the Cheeseheads. When I was a kid in the 70′s, the damn purple b@stards always won the division. I’ve always hated them more.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Adjoran on June 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

You’re right. Tea Party Patriots does not even endorse candidates. They just deal with issues.

TarheelBen on June 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

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