House GOP to huddle at 4 p.m. ET to plot future after Cantor defeat; Report: Cantor to step down as leader on July 31st; Update: Cantor to back McCarthy

posted at 1:01 pm on June 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

Will Cantor step down as majority leader? Will he quit Congress entirely? Who’ll step up to lead the caucus if he goes? Sit tight. We’ll know more in just a few hours.

In the meantime, it doesn’t sound like he’s giving up his seat, at least:

What about his leadership position, though? If Boehner wants to pass something unpopular this summer, he’s better off having Cantor stay put as majority leader to absorb some of the heat. Problem is, the only big-ticket unpopular item on the agenda potentially is amnesty and no one thinks amnesty is happening now until next year at the earliest. They’re better off moving Cantor out now, then, and moving his replacement in so that the House isn’t dealing with uncertainty and palace intrigue about the new leadership all the way to November. (Besides, you can’t have Cantor out on the trail fundraising for other Republicans anymore either.) Early indications are that there are at least two candidates in the mix:

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas, two fierce rivals within the senior GOP leadership ranks, began courting members almost immediately upon Cantor’s loss to upstart challenger Dave Brat, a college economics professor…

Sessions is likely to remind members that in 2004, he was one of the few congressional Republicans who crossed the Bush administration and other party leaders and endorsed Pat Toomey in his GOP primary challenge of Sen. Arlen Specter.

McCarthy, the No. 3 ranking Republican, has better relationships with members and has been more active recently in helping them raise money and move legislation, is viewed as the early favorite in a head to head against Sessions. McCarthy helped recruit many of the members who were elected in 2010 and is a fundraising powerhouse in his own right. The looming question is whether a third heavyweight candidate joins the race.

Sessions has lots of friends in the caucus from his time spent fundraising for them as head of the NRCC, but then so does McCarthy. In fact, McCarthy beat Sessions in 2010 when they faced off to become the new House majority whip. They’ve both also suffered minor headaches from grassroots conservatives over the past year. Sessions beat tea-party activist Katrina Pierson in his own House primary a few months ago; McCarthy, meanwhile, supports legalizing illegals as part of a comprehensive deal on immigration reform, a position somewhat forced on him by the fact that his California district includes, as Politico put it, “a wide swath of Latino residents and agricultural workers.” If you’re expecting him to be firmer on amnesty than Cantor was, adjust your expectations.

What about Jeb Hensarling, the former head of the House Republican Conference, then? He said earlier today that he’s praying on his decision. House conservatives love him and are no doubt egging him on privately. Just as I’m writing this, Robert Costa has this news:

Not sure where that leaves Sessions. Another dark-horse possibility is Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, the highest-ranking woman in the caucus and the member who delivered the rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union this year. Elevating her to majority leader would be counterprogramming against Democratic “war on women” attacks, but she’s being looked at right now by the House Ethics committee and, as a Twitter pal pointed out, she’s got some baggage after implying a few months ago that ObamaCare wouldn’t be repealed after all.

Lots of questions, few answers for now. Stay tuned. And no, in case you’re wondering, Cantor’s not going to try to mount a write-in campaign this fall. Quote: “I am a Republican and proud of that.”

Update: Turns out we don’t have to wait until the meeting for one answer.

Why July 31st? Why not go now?

Update: I’m not the only one who feels that way:

Which side of the caucus, the conservatives or the centrists, benefits more from waiting until July 31st? Centrists may be thinking that if they vote today, with the caucus terrified of conservative wrath at the polls, fencesitters are more likely to elect someone like Hensarling. Give them six weeks to regain their bearings and they might come home to McCarthy. I don’t know, though. McCarthy’s the guy who’s next in line and thus might benefit from a snap vote; the longer you wait, the more time you give Hensarling and House conservatives to whip votes against him.

Update: Hmmmmmmmm.

Update: No surprise here, but it sounds like we’re headed for a centrist/conservative war over the leadership position:

Update: Cantor’s going to hold a presser at 4:30 ET. Expect lots of pathos but probably not much news.


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They still don’t get it…

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

No, they don’t It’s going to take more than one stunner for them to begin to get the message. Undoing the learned behavior of DC is a long process.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM

No it doesn’t! It needs to be someone who’s qualified.
Let’s leave the identity politics to the dims please!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM

This woman thanks you, alt. I think we’ve all had plenty of elected unqualifiables……………

kozanne on June 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I am across the street from Sessions district and would really like to be able to vote for him instead of voting against EBJ.

That being said, Hensarling would be a better choice.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Because they are going to pass an amnesty bill?

Ted the Average on June 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

The middle class, from the left to the right, would truly pitchfork them.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

The results of last night’s election in Virginia are reverberating all through the nation’s Capitol. Eric Cantor is a good man, but last night, voters in Virginia made D.C. listen loud and clear. This election should be a reminder to all in Congress – Republicans and Democrats alike – that the conservative base is alive and well, and the American people will hold us all accountable. Each of us needs to do what we said we would do and tell the truth. Washington needs to listen to the people, stop spending money we don’t have, and stand up and defend the Constitution. I look forward to working with soon-to-be-elected Rep. Brat to help turn our nation around, to pull back from the fiscal and economic cliff we are facing, and to bring back jobs, growth, and freedom in America.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/11/McCarthy-Sessions-Scalise-Roskam

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Great statement from Cruz.

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

That being said, Hensarling would be a better choice.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I agree – I think he can be trusted. Well as trusted as a DC pol can be.

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

he will go the way of so many Sharon Angle’s, Richard Mourdock’s and Christine O’Donnell’s.

libfreeorgan on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

…name the… “so many”!
…the list goes a lot longer…the other way!

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Mccarthy is his buddy

cmsinaz on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

H/t CurtZHP

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Just for fun….

Take a stroll over to Politico and check out the Progs who think Brat is some sort of “anti-Semite”. I got called all sorts of “Jew-hater” names.
These people are a pathetic waste of human beings

Pelosi Schmelosi on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

The Wall Street Journal has apparently jumped onto the “Because he’s a Jew!” bandwagon:

http://minx.cc:1080/?post=349749

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

They’d better not utter the word amnesty again if they know whats good for them. Heres a lesson they should take from Cantor’s trouncing they need to stay in touch with their constituents and get out of the DC bubble. If Cantor hadn’t been so insulated and if the GOPe RINOs hadn’t as well then they wouldn’t have been so gobsmacked last night. Remember GOP you have to dance with the one that brung ya.

neyney on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Rush just played fuming Brit Hume’s “amnesty” soliloquy.

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Mccarthy is his buddy

cmsinaz on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Ant NO different from him, not by one iota.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Start the meeting with telling Bonehead he needs to step aside also!!! I’m serious. King Obama is abusing the law/Constitution and the Republicans sit by with thumbs up their a**! Why are no administration officials in front of a judge for the abuses they are shoving down our throat? I angry and THANK YOU VIRGINIA!!

karlinsync on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

It needs to be a woman.

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM

No it needs to be the best CONSERVATIVE

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Bret Baier ‏@BretBaier 1 Min.
Now.. senior GOP sources say Cantor will throw his support behind Kevin McCarthy for the spot. more from the Hill in moments

What a shock.

Cantor supports McCarthy, another amnesty lover.

sentinelrules on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

.
If reports of Cantor being widely despised in the GOP caucus are true, his endorsement will cost McCarthy support.

PolAgnostic on June 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Just for fun….

Take a stroll over to Politico and check out the Progs who think Brat is some sort of “anti-Semite”. I got called all sorts of “Jew-hater” names.
These people are a pathetic waste of human beings

Pelosi Schmelosi on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Their desperado is palpable.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

kozanne on June 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I’m a woman as well.
We get it…

annoyinglittletwerp on June 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

I totally get the Democrats. I totally understand Obama. I totally get communists and socialists… I do not understand the Republican leadership. I do not know why they hate America so much and why they are so willing to do anything they can to assist the Democrats and stop normal Americans from participating in government!

It’s like there is an evil enchantment in DC. It’s like there is some kind of spell over the establishment Republicans. We’re all on a sinking boat and the only enemies they see are the ones trying to bail water and patch the holes. How do they sleep at night? I have not a clue.

JellyToast on June 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The explanation is really simple – most of the Republican leadership is comprised of socialists. They aren’t conservatives and don’t believe in conservatism. Many of them would rather throw in their lot with the Democrats, whom they feel more in common with, that with middle class Americans who they regard as social, intellectual, and moral inferiors.

Doomberg on June 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Shouldn’t everyone wait until Brat starts doing more interviews before they imagine this as a paradigm shift? His conversation with Chuck Todd where he argued against the very notion of a minimum wage, his previous statements about the return of Hitler, his wacky extreme Christian fundamentalism? These things are going to leak and eventually, he will go the way of so many Sharon Angle’s, Richard Mourdock’s and Christine O’Donnell’s.

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

If you think things through to their logical outcome, repealing the minimum wage makes an awful lot of sense. Dunno what you’re talking about regarding the return of Hitler. As for the third objection, this country was built by many “extreme Christian fundamentalists” so I fail to see the problem.

Othniel on June 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Tappity, tappity, tap!

CurtZHP on June 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

No it needs to be the best CONSERVATIVE

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

THIS!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Cantor is backing McCarthy because McCarthy is also in the amnesty camp. Having McCarthy as majority leader will help Boehner considerably on the amnesty push. Basically, they will proceed as the establishment planned all along. Now, if we can get a conservative in that spot, things will get mighty interesting.

KickandSwimMom on June 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Just for fun….

Take a stroll over to Politico and check out the Progs who think Brat is some sort of “anti-Semite”. I got called all sorts of “Jew-hater” names.
These people are a pathetic waste of human beings

Pelosi Schmelosi on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Ask them why Ogabe always betrays Netanyahu?

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Cantor behind McCarthy – should be a very, very good reason to pick Hensarling.

Midas on June 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

If Cantor is looking for a lobbyist gig,there might be something available with Haley Barbour’s group after Thad Cochrane nods off into his soup bowl and Boss Hawg finally has to take his fingers out of the Mississippi cash register. Funny how that all synchronized, eh?

butch on June 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Just for fun….

Take a stroll over to Politico and check out the Progs who think Brat is some sort of “anti-Semite”. I got called all sorts of “Jew-hater” names.
These people are a pathetic waste of human beings

Pelosi Schmelosi on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

How long was Cantor in office as a Republican again? 20+ years?

Yeah – conservatives hate them Jews so bad, they stewed and plotted and schemed for two decades to get rid of him.

*eyeroll*

Midas on June 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Cantor behind McCarthy – should be a very, very good reason to pick Hensarling.

Midas on June 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Indeed….same thing…definition of insanity.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Shouldn’t everyone wait until Brat starts doing more interviews before they imagine this as a paradigm shift? His conversation with Chuck Todd where he argued against the very notion of a minimum wage, his previous statements about the return of Hitler, his wacky extreme Christian fundamentalism? These things are going to leak and eventually, he will go the way of so many Sharon Angle’s, Richard Mourdock’s and Christine O’Donnell’s.

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

For Flukes sake, you can never stop embarrassing yourself, can you?

From Ace:

All of this is interesting — hey, I learned something; I had no idea David Brat was a full-on libertarian — but the piece is written as if to suggest the excerpts here constitute Dangerous Thoughts and therefore Campaign Fodder.

David Brat, the Virginia Republican who shocked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) Tuesday, wrote in 2011 that Hitler’s rise “could all happen again, quite easily.”

And?

Mr. Brat’s remarks, in a 2011 issue of Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, came three years before he defeated the only Jewish Republican in Congress.

What?

They’re suggesting Brat is pro-Hitler? How else can one read their noting that Brat said that Hitler could rise again, and then mention that in reference to the defeat of the GOP’s only Jewish Congressmen as if they’re linked?

Here’s what he actually wrote:

Capitalism is here to stay, and we need a church model that corresponds to that reality. Read Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s diagnosis of the weak modern Christian democratic man was spot on. Jesus was a great man. Jesus said he was the Son of God. Jesus made things happen. Jesus had faith. Jesus actually made people better. Then came the Christians. What happened? What went wrong? We appear to be a bit passive. Hitler came along, and he did not meet with unified resistance. I have the sinking feeling that it could all happen again, quite easily. The church should rise up higher than Nietzsche could see and prove him wrong. We should love our neighbor so much that we actually believe in right and wrong, and do something about it. If we all did the right thing and had the guts to spread the word, we would not need the government to backstop every action we take.

Jesus Christ Almighty, the guy is upset by the fact that Christians (and Americans, generally, I think he’d say) are too “morally weak” to stand firm in the face of Hitlerian evil — and urges them to be more resolute against a New Hitler — and yet this writer frames this as some sort of Ekdahlian covert admiration for Hitler.

Unbelievable. Unbelievable.

Oh, read on, and you’ll see this Ignoramus being surprised at the observation that the “government exercises a monopoly on the use of force.” That truism strikes this idiot as possibly scandalous.

You are such a foolish little child. But that is to be expected from someone who posted the following:

Here’s a simple question for you. Which of the founding fathers did not subscribe to the communitarian ethos Calhoun deploys to rationalize slavery? *sets sundial*

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

None. They weren’t nascent Commies like John C. Calhoun, and full blown Commies like you. Don’t you think you need to provide some proof for such a ridiculous smear there Mr. Calhoun? You’re a history perfesser, right?

NotCoach on August 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM

The Cathy McMorris Rogers temptest in Tea Pot, was made up by the media and run with by whoever her enemies are.

She never said or implied that she did not want to repeal Obama Care.

She just did not know when there would be enough votes to get rid of it. Do you?

In order to over throw Obama Care, a lot of people are going to have to hold a lot of noses and vote for a lot of imperfect GOP candidates for Senate. I hope they do, and then you “clean house” afterward. You need a veto proof majority to vote Obama Care out. If you are in a blue state, you should start working on your Senators. Maybe some of them will join when it is inevitable?

Fleuries on June 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Ah, the worm is spinning like the centrifuges in Iran. I had high hopes for Cantor and his semi-twin, Ryan, years ago when they both seemed to be the new boys on the block ready to take Congress back to the ‘People’. No more. They both have succumbed to the seeking after power, and NOT in the populist bent, but in the RINO school of hanging on to an assured (and ever burgeoning) income after years of playing the Sheeple like, well, sheep. I expect that Ryan is now looking into a mirror and seeing the image of an emerging Dorian Grey. Bonerless, et al, must be tripping all over themselves trying to do damage control. Like The One who doubles down on his clueless and ideologically driven ‘decisions’, the RINO’S will do the same. Fasten yer seat belts, it’s gwan be a bumpy ride!

vnvet on June 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM

What you heard was the explosion of….a…..flea.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Shouldn’t everyone wait until Brat starts doing more interviews before they imagine this as a paradigm shift? His conversation with Chuck Todd where he argued against the very notion of a minimum wage, his previous statements about the return of Hitler, his wacky extreme Christian fundamentalism? These things are going to leak and eventually, he will go the way of so many Sharon Angle’s, Richard Mourdock’s and Christine O’Donnell’s.

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

If you think things through to their logical outcome, repealing the minimum wage makes an awful lot of sense. Dunno what you’re talking about regarding the return of Hitler. As for the third objection, this country was built by many “extreme Christian fundamentalists” so I fail to see the problem.

Othniel on June 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Huh, so I looked up his words on Hitler, and I’m a bit puzzled as to why you think it’s odd:

Capitalism is here to stay, and we need a church model that corresponds to that reality. Read Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s diagnosis of the weak modern Christian democratic man was spot on. Jesus was a great man. Jesus said he was the Son of God. Jesus made things happen. Jesus had faith. Jesus actually made people better. Then came the Christians. What happened? What went wrong? We appear to be a bit passive. Hitler came along, and he did not meet with unified resistance. I have the sinking feeling that it could all happen again, quite easily. The church should rise up higher than Nietzsche could see and prove him wrong. We should love our neighbor so much that we actually believe in right and wrong, and do something about it. If we all did the right thing and had the guts to spread the word, we would not need the government to backstop every action we take.

-> Referenced in this article: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/06/11/david-brats-writings-hitlers-rise-could-all-happen-again/

Othniel on June 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Congrats guys…cheering over replacing Cantor with his buddy. Some victory.

rubberneck on June 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Wow! Real radical…..

We Believe…
•That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,
•That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,
•That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,
•That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,
•That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,
•That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.

Barred on June 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Brainfree is nervous about that California tenure decision…

…and how that may mean “Want fries with that?” in his near future.

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

So Cantor the AMNESTY champion, who just got booted out, wants another AMNESTY champion, Kevin McCarthy, to take his stead.

You sure can’t fix STUPID!

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Congrats guys…cheering over replacing Cantor with his buddy. Some victory.

rubberneck on June 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Thanks bro….Now GFY.

VegasRick on June 11, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Congrats guys…cheering over replacing Cantor with his buddy. Some victory.

rubberneck on June 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

LOL…

Their numbers are going down… ours are going up.

Little by little, we shall prevail.

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Huh, so I looked up his words on Hitler, and I’m a bit puzzled as to why you think it’s odd:

Othniel on June 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

He has no idea what Brat wrote or said. He read on some leftist turd site that Brat said Hitler one time, and they are all running with it like little girls with sparklers.

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Laura Ingraham is a badass

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Ingram is laughing her bad ass all the way to the bank

She makes $$$ off you all who hang onto to her words..she’s an entertainer

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM

rubberneck on June 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Thanks bro….Now GFY.

VegasRick on June 11, 2014 at 1:58 PM

LMAO!

ToddPA on June 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Now.. senior GOP sources say Cantor will throw his support behind Kevin McCarthy for the spot

So McCarthy got the coveted Cantor endorsement, huh? McCarthy must be delighted! I don’t think enough House Republicans are gonna paint a target on their back by voting for McCarthy for majority leader.

If that happens, then it’s the end of the rino establishment. The only reason many Republicans could justify their amnesty immigration stance is because they had the power behind them. Now they’d have to agitate against the rule of law from the outside. It can’t work that way, they’ll look ridiculous and they’ll be purged that much quicker.

Buddahpundit on June 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM

McCarthy?

A modern day California Republican official is a Liberal in most other states.

portlandon on June 11, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Midas on June 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

I like how you think. Can I subscribe to your newsletter?

cptacek on June 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

It’s too bad we couldn’t get the weasel Boehner, too.

Ward Cleaver on June 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

In order to over throw Obama Care, a lot of people are going to have to hold a lot of noses and vote for a lot of imperfect GOP candidates for Senate. I hope they do, and then you “clean house” afterward. You need a veto proof majority to vote Obama Care out. If you are in a blue state, you should start working on your Senators. Maybe some of them will join when it is inevitable?

Fleuries on June 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

In case you just woke up, that strategy is OUT the window.

We tried it only for the imperfect candidates to turn on us and call us “crazy extremists” for wanting to repeal Obamacare.

Fact Check: How many supported Ted Cruz’s fight against Obamacare?

So now we are retiring the GOP Establishment members and replacing them with newbies, who will FIGHT like hell against the DC statist agenda!

No more RINOs and Democrat implants.

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 2:05 PM

So Cantor the AMNESTY champion, who just got booted out, wants another AMNESTY champion, Kevin McCarthy, to take his stead.

You sure can’t fix STUPID!

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM


No one
ever said Eric Cantor didn’t know which side of K Street his bread gets buttered on.

A stinging, national embarassment is not going to stop him from reaching for a cushy consulting job.

PolAgnostic on June 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

If you think things through to their logical outcome, repealing the minimum wage makes an awful lot of sense. Dunno what you’re talking about regarding the return of Hitler. As for the third objection, this country was built by many “extreme Christian fundamentalists” so I fail to see the problem.

Othniel on June 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

I looked at Brat’s website. I didn’t see any wacky theocratic stuff that would scare me away. I just saw he is “pro-life”. I don’t agree with that, but I have come to accept that most politicians I am going to like are going to be “pro-life” out of electoral necessity.

thuja on June 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Wow! Real radical…..

We Believe…
•That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,
•That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,
•That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,
•That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,
•That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,
•That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.

Barred on June 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

To Libtard he mentioned the G word and he’s Conservative so he MUST be a zealot. Typical leftist bigotry on display.

Meople on June 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Hensarling for Majority Leader.

And how about Trey Gowdy for Speaker? :-)

Heh!

TrubadorMike on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

How about Blackburn?

ConservativePartyNow on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

ConservativePartyNow on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

How about all qualified conservatives jump in and let the reps vote.
Quit trying to push women.
Signed-a woman.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

thuja on June 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Or maybe they’re pro-life because abortion is a moral evil?
Hmmm.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Exactamundo schadenfreude

cmsinaz on June 11, 2014 at 2:13 PM

All of the usual suspects who trolled here before the 2012 elections, are now full of…concern over Cantor getting his clock cleaned.

I’m shocked.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Settle the twerking down ALyT. Brat won, bask in his victory.

Hensarling would be an even greater TEA party victory, but we can wait a little bit.

Until then enjoy the day.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Americans see a grim future for themselves, their children and their country. They believe their political leaders are selfish, greedy, and short-sighted—unable and/or unwilling to shield most people from wrenching economic and social change. For many, the Republican Party is becoming too extreme, while the Democratic Party—specifically, President Obama—raised and dashed their hopes for true reform.

Really? The GOP is becoming too extreme? They are and have been turning into a less extreme version of the Democrats, but I doubt that’s what these women mean. I don’t think they even know what they mean by calling the GOP “too extreme.” For the GOP to be truly extreme, they would actively be following conservative principles.

As for the Dems, I really wish they’d just cut to the chase, call themselves communists and take themselves and their hero Obama to some remote outpost somewhere permanently.

As Rush has said today, if 30 years ago, a GOP candidate espousing principles as David Brat has, then he would have been greeted with shrugged shoulders and other people would be saying “Yeah, we all believe that … what are you going to do once you’re in office?”

PatriotGal2257 on June 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

thuja on June 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Or maybe they’re pro-life because abortion is a moral evil?
Hmmm.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Exactly. Some still think Auschwitz was a bad idea.

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

All of the usual suspects who trolled here before the 2012 elections, are now full of…concern over Cantor getting his clock cleaned.

I’m shocked.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

That reminds me: Where’s joanna to tell us how stupid we all are?

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Hensarling for Majority Leader.

And how about Trey Gowdy for Speaker? :-)

Heh!

TrubadorMike on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Brilliant! The establishment and DimocRat’s heads would explode if this happened.

Meople on June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Her broom’s in the shop.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Where’s joanna to tell us how stupid we all are?

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Hiding under the bed.

I would really like for them to appear though.

There have been too few good days like today lately.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM

So . . . the Palinization of Dave Brat has already begun. I just hope he’s careful about who he gives interviews to. Certain networks will do a cut-and-paste job on him if he’s not careful.

TarheelBen on June 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Where’s joanna to tell us how stupid we all are?

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Hiding under the bed.

I would really like for them to appear though.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Jo-aaaaaaa-nna. Come out and plaaa-aaaaay.

ElectricPhase on June 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

ElectricPhase on June 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

The hagfish is bashing HA again in the “Bad Sign” thread.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Of course.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

I looked at Brat’s website. I didn’t see any wacky theocratic stuff that would scare me away. I just saw he is “pro-life”. I don’t agree with that, but I have come to accept that most politicians I am going to like are going to be “pro-life” out of electoral necessity.

thuja on June 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Care to provide any information supporting this observation? Any current and/or potential Conservative legislators who fit your definition of “pro-life out of electoral necessity”?

tanked59 on June 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

These things are going to leak and eventually, he will go the way of so many Sharon Angle’s, Richard Mourdock’s and Christine O’Donnell’s.

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Except those were all Senate elections. Brat is in a safe Republican district and will win easily. His opponent isn’t a heavy hitter. The Dems didn’t even bother fielding a big name candidate since they figured they’d be facing Cantor and losing big time.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

The Wall Street Journal has apparently jumped onto the “Because he’s a Jew!” bandwagon:

http://minx.cc:1080/?post=349749

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Read the Brat quotes in that Epstein article. Not the tiniest bit of anti-Jewish sentiment. Yet that’s the set up for the quotes. Despicable smear. I expect better from the WSJ op-ed.

But the progs will pile on as directed. When you realize Cantor was the subject of anti-Jew sentiment FROM THE LEFT it’s even more infuriating.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Jo-aaaaaaa-nna. Come out and plaaa-aaaaay.

ElectricPhase on June 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Best intoned like the zombies calling Vincent Price in “The Last Man on Earth.”

“Morgan. Come out. We know you’re in there. Morgan….”

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Shouldn’t everyone wait until Brat starts doing more interviews before they imagine this as a paradigm shift? His conversation with Chuck Todd where he argued against the very notion of a minimum wage, his previous statements about the return of Hitler, his wacky extreme Christian fundamentalism? These things are going to leak and eventually, he will go the way of so many Sharon Angle’s, Richard Mourdock’s and Christine O’Donnell’s.

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

It’s a paradigm shift because a guy who everyone thought would die in office of old age, including Cantor himself, got booted by a pissed-off electorate.

But take heart, little camper, when aged, political lifer, carpet-bagger Killary comes knocking in 2016 you’ll dutifully pull the lever for her because that’s what you’re told to do; your job on election day is already half over.

Bishop on June 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Either Sessions or Hensarling would be an improvement over Cantor…I like them both because they’re from Texas and are more conservative than the other candidate(s).

golfer1 on June 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

golfer1 on June 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Hensarling is in the economics mold of Phil Gramm. Sessions is in a closer district and would have to be more centrist to keep his seat.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Some people are over-interpreting my defense of Brat to make it says things that it didn’t imply. I don’t think it serves any conversation well to play these sorts of games. And since I am not running for any elective office, I see no reason to explain what I didn’t say.

thuja on June 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

It’s like there is an evil enchantment in DC. It’s like there is some kind of spell over the establishment Republicans. We’re all on a sinking boat and the only enemies they see are the ones trying to bail water and patch the holes. How do they sleep at night? I have not a clue.

JellyToast on June 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

You have a way with words Jelly. Repubs are puzzling. As you said we understand Dems being the way they are.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I am across the street from Sessions district and would really like to be able to vote for him instead of voting against EBJ.

That being said, Hensarling would be a better choice.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

You know what you can do……..move across the street.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

I think conservatives in the House will be in there pushing for a conservative leader.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Few observations

As Hugh Hewitt noted, VA governors are term-limited. Cantor can make a ton of dough and then run for governor of VA in 2017. His political career is far from over if he chooses.

The people of VA-7 are idiots – flushing the House speakership for their representative who has only been in Congress since 2000. That’s a meteoric rise, reflective of Cantor’s talent. (Reading the nonsense at HA that Cantor has been in office for 24 years is like reading last evening that there is no Dem on the ballot in VA-7; or earlier yesterday that the back cover of Hillary’s book has the Benghazi caskets — all lies and disinformation peddled on this site). Instead, at best, VA-7 will get a freshman back-bencher. But that’s their decision.

A quick leadership vote will help put the focus back on Obama and off the GOP infighting.

Diversity does matter in today’s world, whether people at HA think so or not. Having a GOP ML who happened to be Jewish was not a bad thing. This is not to suggest there was any anti-Semitism in the vote for Brat, just stupidity. For the record, I am a lifelong Catholic, and not Jewish.

I hope Brat wins in November, but he is careless to go on MSNBC and the MSM is lying in wait to destroy him.

Cochran should concede in Mississippi to promote unity and call off the dogs. He’s going to lose, and damage McDaniel in the process.

Before and after the midterms, Obama will now do whatever he pleases to open the borders and grant amnesty to illegals already here. He doesn’t give a damn about public opinion, the law, or the Constitution. All constraints are done.

matthew8787 on June 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

No it needs to be the best CONSERVATIVE

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Endorsed

reddevil on June 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Hensarling is in the economics mold of Phil Gramm. Sessions is in a closer district and would have to be more centrist to keep his seat.

Hensarling is commonly known as Phil and Wendy Gramm’s 3rd son. They are very close.

matthew8787 on June 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

The people of VA-7 are idiots – flushing the House speakership for their representative who has only been in Congress since 2000. [...] Instead, at best, VA-7 will get a freshman back-bencher. But that’s their decision.

matthew8787 on June 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

A freshman back-bencher who represents them trumps a House speaker who condescends to them on the rare occasions he isn’t ignoring them….that’s their decision.

ElectricPhase on June 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

A freshman back-bencher who represents them trumps a House speaker who condescends to them on the rare occasions he isn’t ignoring them….that’s their decision.

ElectricPhase on June 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I respect your opinion, but I don’t share it and I still think they’re idiots in VA-7, but that’s what elections are for. You don’t dump the person soon to be 3rd in line to the presidency if you care about your district.

Obviously Cantor didn’t take the threat seriously, and that is to his great detriment.

matthew8787 on June 11, 2014 at 4:03 PM

flushing the House speakership for their representative who has only been in Congress since 2000. That’s a meteoric rise, reflective of Cantor’s talent.

matthew8787 on June 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

What good is talent when it is not used in service of the party’s stated goals? The platform says no amnesty. Cantor was working on a backdoor amnesty plan. His talent was being used in service of our enemies’ goals. He had to be stopped.

Also: 24 years is merely a typo from 14 years, which is how long he’s been there. 14 is seven terms. That’s a lot for a House member.

alwaysfiredup on June 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Cantor still doesn’t get it. He still thinks they are all sitting in DC doing things to make it better for us.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM

It looks like McCarthy for Majority leader and Scalise for whip. Amnesty is still a go

Brock Robamney on June 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Biggest mistake Boehner made was when he declared war on conservatives while embracing the Dem agenda.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Absolutely the best article to read today, for anyone who still cares about the USA.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Thanks Schady! Good read… I put it in my “Schadenfreude file” where I store all your valuable links!

Wing Chun Man on June 11, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Yeah, a leader from California. That’s just the Republicans need.

K. Hobbit on June 11, 2014 at 8:32 PM

We live in Sessions district and would puke if he became leader. He divorced his long time wife, has a child with special needs, shacked up with a woman and now lives in Florida. He rents an efficientcy apt in his district. Pos needs to go. Full on politician that’s been in dc too long. I’d be happy with Jeb H.

Aggie85 on June 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Aggie85 on June 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

What’s wrong with him having a differently-abled child?
Nothing.
Everything else that you listed is a negative.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Did not mean to imply that anything was wrong with the child. My bad. I intended to imply that he relinquished his duties as a father to a child with special needs by not being close by.

Aggie85 on June 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM

your job on election day is already half over.

Bishop on June 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Ah … a clear thinking, on-topic commenter. How I miss the days…good times.

Jim Jordan!

Jaibones on June 12, 2014 at 7:20 AM

In order to over throw Obama Care, a lot of people are going to have to hold a lot of noses and vote for a lot of imperfect GOP candidates for Senate. I hope they do, and then you “clean house” afterward.
Fleuries on June 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Sure “imperfect” (WTH does that mean?) GOP candidate will “clean house. how do you think we got to the co-ruling betrayal stage if it wasn’t voting for “imperfect GOP candidates?

Don L on June 12, 2014 at 7:28 AM

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