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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Didn’t take long for reality to set in.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:02 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

Elites Beware: Eric Cantor’s Defeat May Signal a Populist Revolution
Democrats and Republicans need to ask themselves:’What side of the barricades am I on?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

If Weasel Boehner fails to deliver cheap illegal labor does the FL mansion go back to the Chamber?

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

House GOP leadership: “Who would like to take Eric Cantor’s place, in bed next to obama?”

Pork-Chop on June 11, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Why July 31st? Why not go now?

Give him time to secure a cushy lobbying gig for after he leaves Congress, AP. Geez!

Doughboy on June 11, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Brat said that while he’s received a ton of tea party support, he didn’t run as a tea partier. He supports Republican principles, and made it clear “the only problem with Republican principles is no one’s following them.”

Why the TEA party exists, dead as it is, and why Brat won.

That the D/Rs are in total disarray, and to watch Brit Hume’s face, and hear Dana Perino’s desperate voice, is schadenfreude, pure.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:06 PM

How about trying out a conservative for a change?

DanMan on June 11, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Watch out for Roskam. He’s no better than Cantor.

Fallon on June 11, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Why July 31st? Why not go now?

Because they don’t have the votes to get McCarthy in and they want to makes some deals to change that. I see a lot of roads and bridges being built in Republican districts soon.

Rocks on June 11, 2014 at 1:07 PM

House GOP to huddle at 4 p.m.

…are ‘hankies’ required?

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I agree Shad, Brit Hume showed himself to be completely out of touch last night.

DanMan on June 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Cathy McMorris-Rodgers is a scumhag on amnesty.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Buuh Bye!!!!!!!!

I still don’t get how Cantor thought he was going win the primary in a walk. The arrogance of incumbency, I guess. It’s fun watching the WaPo go crazy trying to figure this loss out. Like watching a chimp perform brain surgery.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Cantor stepping down as leader is a good move.

Now – I hope the GOP will elect and put a WOMAN as Majority Leader.

It needs to be a woman.

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

Gowdy?

BobMbx on June 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California

…getting rid of a piece of shit…for diarrhea?

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Why July 31st? Why not go now?

Save some faith and grace…buddies…honor him…

20 years in politics…

I agree Shad, Brit Hume showed himself to be completely out of touch last night.

DanMan on June 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Laura Ingraham and Kelley destroyed his manhood :)

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

So the Republicans traded the second most power member of their party for a guy if he wins will have a basement office with absolutely no power and they cheer about that. Who am I to argue with that kind of logic…

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Bair, who’s made by Hume, was white in the face, but recovered and ended up reporting in a balanced way, as the evening progressed. He saw the light.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

The replacement of Canter better not be another amnesty pushing RINO like Canter. Find someone that everyone can be happy with.

anotherJoe on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Why July 31st? Why not go now?

They still had a number of Steak Dinners booked…

ToddPA on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Sorry, this s/b in quotes

Brat said that while he’s received a ton of tea party support, he didn’t run as a tea partier. He supports Republican principles, and made it clear “the only problem with Republican principles is no one’s following them.”

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Watch out for Roskam. He’s no better than Cantor.

Fallon on June 11, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Indeed!

ElectricPhase on June 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM

I was in the wrong state, but I had the right topic. Cantor’s defeat has less to do with immigration reform than it does with an uneven movement that should frighten conservative and liberal political elites to their shallow cores.

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.

Worse of all, the typical American doesn’t know how to channel his or her anger. Heaven help Washington if they do.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Laura Ingraham and Kelley destroyed his manhood :)

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

…I think he’s sitting down…just to pee today!

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

So the Republicans traded the second most power member of their party who was working for the other party. for a guy if he wins will have a basement office with absolutely no power and they cheer about that. Who am I to argue with that kind of logic…

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Newt? Is that you?

BobMbx on June 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Why July 31st? Why not go now?

Transition.

People need to hire staff, set up their office, etc

sentinelrules on June 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM

A violent revolution is unconscionable. But what may be in the air is a peaceful populist revolt—a bottom-up, tech-fueled assault on 20th-century political institutions. In a memo to his fellow Democrats, former Clinton White House political director Doug Sosnik writes persuasively about “an increasing populist push” across the political spectrum.

At the core of Americans’ anger and alienation is the belief that the American Dream is no longer attainable. Previous generations held fast to the promise that anyone who worked hard and played by the rules could get ahead, regardless of their circumstances. But increasingly, Americans have concluded that the rules aren’t fair and that the system has been rigged to concentrate power and wealth in the hands of a privileged few at the expense of the many. And now the government is simply not working for anyone.

Americans’ long-brewing discontent shows clear signs of reaching a boiling point. And when it happens, the country will judge its politicians through a new filter—one that asks, “Which side of the barricade are you on? Is it the side of the out-of-touch political class that clings to the status quo by protecting those at the top and their own political agendas, or is it the side that is fighting for the kind of change that will make the government work for the people—all the people?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Someone should bring a copy of the Constitution to the 4 PM “huddle” as a hint.

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Absolutely not Rodgers; she’s too close to Boehner. Though I have no gripe with so cons, I dislike when they “prayerfully” do anything, because it looks like they are pushing one angle because they’re weak on another, namely spending. Sessions would be a good choice.

ezspirit on June 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

…Robert!…you need Botox!

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Why July 31st? Why not go now?

Cantor needs that time to cut some underhanded deals to become a lobbyist.

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

the only problem with Republican principles is no one’s following them.” — Dave Brat

Engrave it, all you charlatans in DC.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

whomever it is will have to toe the Boehner line, he is the problem

commodore on June 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Cathy McMorris-Rodgers is a scumhag on amnesty.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

She’s the House version of Kelly Ayotte, a complete faux conservative that is really a blue blooded RINO.

The Hyphenated-DASH-Name should have been a dead giveaway…

ConstantineXI on June 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

House GOP to huddle at 4 p.m. ET to plot future after Cantor defeat;

‘plot’ is apt

faraway on June 11, 2014 at 1:17 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

Imagine what this did for Ted Cruz.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM

She’s the House version of Kelly Ayotte, a complete faux conservative that is really a blue blooded RINO.

The Hyphenated-DASH-Name should have been a dead giveaway…

ConstantineXI on June 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Totally

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:19 PM

So the Republicans traded the second most power member of their party for a guy if he wins will have a basement office with absolutely no power and they cheer about that. Who am I to argue with that kind of logic…

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

The Republicans aren’t cheering, but conservatives are. And why? Because it’s an improvement in terms of removing f*ckheaded crapweaselesque behavior from the GOP and replacing it with solid, reliable, truthful, conservative behavior.

And no, I’m not surprised that f*ckheaded crapweasels don’t get the logic of it.

Midas on June 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Well, bye. – Curly Bill Broscious

Good Riddance. – dog -

dogsoldier on June 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Obviously corruption, cronyism, big-government legislating, further exploding the debt, and being pro-amnesty is A-OK with you.

Every career politician that has been in Congress for decades should be thrown out on their azzes.

The only way we will EVER clean up Washington is via a forced, Constitutional Amendment for congressional term limits.

But then you’re probably in full support of the status quo. So I’m sure I’m wasting my time even replying in your general direction.

Meople on June 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

So the Republicans traded the second most power member of their party for a guy if he wins will have a basement office with absolutely no power and they cheer about that. Who am I to argue with that kind of logic…

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

They ALL ought to have basement offices. With no heat.

The last thing I want this guy to be in Washington is comfortable.

CurtZHP on June 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Someone should bring a copy of the Constitution to the 4 PM “huddle” as a hint.

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Copies of the Constitution should be nailed (by constituents) to the doors of every representative and senator.

Othniel on June 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Midas on June 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Could not have said that better.

dogsoldier on June 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

If Boehner moves on amnesty, he will drive a stake into the GOP establishment…

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

*And* it’s about working to drive a stake through the heart of amnesty, forcing changes in personnel and behavior in GOP leadership, and quite a bit more.

Hell, yes, conservatives are cheering.

Midas on June 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

So the Republicans traded the second most power member of their party for a guy if he wins will have a basement office with absolutely no power and they cheer about that. Who am I to argue with that kind of logic…

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

You can raise it up at your daily “huddling” meeting with like-minded Establishment apologists.

We will keep retiring the GOP Establishment members one by one, something you all swore will NEVER happen.

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Imagine what this did for Ted Cruz.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I hope he gets those tats for real and starts calling Boehner his bi+ch.

CurtZHP on June 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Othniel on June 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

I suppose stapling it to their foreheads might be considered rude.

dogsoldier on June 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Report: Cantor to step down as leader on July 31st

If Cantor is stepping down, this may be an indicator the Republicans are backing off on amnesty. If he didn’t resign, he could continue to lead the push for it until th new Congress gets seated next year.

whomever it is will have to toe the Boehner line, he is the problem

commodore on June 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

I’m going to disagree there. Boehner couldn’t protect his most important lieutenant. His standing has taken a major hit.

Doomberg on June 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Who am I to argue with that kind of logic…

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

You got that part right.

faraway on June 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Anybody heard from Karl Rove…?

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

So the Republicans traded the second most power member of their party for a guy if he wins will have a basement office with absolutely no power and they cheer about that. Who am I to argue with that kind of logic…

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

So the Redskins trade their 3rd string running back who fumbles the football every time he touches it for a first round draft choice. What could go right!

VegasRick on June 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

They could opt to do a total F-U to the base by elevating Cantor to the Speakership.

IE: “oh, you think you can get rid of our RINO leader, WELL TAKE THIS!!!”

You don’t have to be a member of Congress to be Speaker.

ConstantineXI on June 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I still don’t get how Cantor thought he was going win the primary in a walk. The arrogance of incumbency, I guess. It’s fun watching the WaPo go crazy trying to figure this loss out. Like watching a chimp perform brain surgery.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Cantor outspent Brat something like 200:1. So much for the liberals’ argument that money affects politics.

Occams Stubble on June 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Othniel on June 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

I suppose stapling it to their foreheads might be considered rude.

dogsoldier on June 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Tattoo the Constitution on their chests….

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Desperado

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Elites Beware: Eric Cantor’s Defeat May Signal a Populist Revolution
Democrats and Republicans need to ask themselves:’What side of the barricades am I on?‘
Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Democrats have nothing to fear. Liberals will mindlessly vote for whoever their party leaders tell them to. The only time they have turned on an incumbent was with Joe Lieberman, and that was just because he didn’t hate Bush enough.

HidetheDecline on June 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

And considering you’re likely a liberal DiocRat, your comment is not surprising at all, considering the DimocRat party is the party of cronyism, corruption, big-government excess…oh and infanticide (can’t leave that one out).

Meople on June 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Laura Ingraham and Kelley destroyed his manhood :)

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Laura Ingraham is a badass

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

RSC mtg in HC-5 in Cap basement, txts from members inside say all talk is re: HENSARLING, whipping votes vs McCarthy, making a real play


THIS
is the smart move for the other incumbents.

Nothing beats sending a quick, “We Heard You!” to dampen a potential populist outbreak.

McCarthy taking over for Cantor will be seen as a GFY! from out-of-touch elites.

Odds are Boehner will back McCarthy.

PolAgnostic on June 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Imagine what this did for Ted Cruz.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement:

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

Cantor outspent Brat something like 200:1. So much for the liberals’ argument that money affects politics.

Occams Stubble on June 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

The only thing that scares the DC Establishment more than money (that they don’t control) dictating the outcome of elections is the concept of money NOT dictating elections!

ConstantineXI on June 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

They still don’t get it…

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

And considering you’re likely a liberal DimocRat DiocRat, your comment is not surprising at all, considering the DimocRat party is the party of cronyism, corruption, big-government excess…oh and infanticide (can’t leave that one out).

Meople on June 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Small typo.

Meople on June 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Anybody heard from Karl Rove…?

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

He bumped his head and accidentally stalked Christine O’Donnell instead of Brat….

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I suppose stapling it to their foreheads might be considered rude.

dogsoldier on June 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Hah! I had in mind a sort of Martin Luther 95 Theses moment there.

Othniel on June 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Who cares whom Cantor backs?

That s/b a good indicator not to elect him.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

What about Marsha Blackburn? A bit more spunk than Cathy McMorrow-Rodgers. Or is she waiting to challenge Corker and/or Alexander?

monalisa on June 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Anybody heard from Karl Rove…?

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

He had a political heart attack.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement:

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

Spot on, and very Presidential from Sen. Cruz.

Meople on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 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

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

Gowdy?

BobMbx on June 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

You wish. Me too. Congratulations, by the way. You guys really took me by surprise. Judging from various reactions a lot of people were surprised.

Oldnuke on June 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Othniel on June 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

heh

dogsoldier on June 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

What about Marsha Blackburn?

monalisa on June 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Have you ever heard her on Sunday shows? She is not an effective counter to the other side.

faraway on June 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Small typo.

Meople on June 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I didn’t even notice it. The thinnest of thin…………..

VegasRick on June 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Maybe, but it’s a 57% Romney district and the Democrat candidate is a nobody.

sentinelrules on June 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

It needs to be a woman.

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

It needs to be a conservative that is capable of promoting conservative values.
jake-the-gooseliberal

astonerii on June 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Tattoo the Constitution on their chests….

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

That would vastly improve knowledge of the Constitution by all male Congressmen and Senators under 60 years old who have balls. Too bad we have so damn few of them.

Rix on June 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Harder to read it that way…

dogsoldier on June 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

How many primaries are still left to go?

dddave on June 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

What about Marsha Blackburn? A bit more spunk than Cathy McMorrow-Rodgers. Or is she waiting to challenge Corker and/or Alexander?

monalisa on June 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

She has a decent voting record on amnesty, but when push comes to shove, will she RINO?

Anyone named Majority Leader who’s immigration stance is less than “plug the DAMN HOLE” is unacceptable. But that is what the Establishment is likely to give us.

ConstantineXI on June 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Boehner is probably preparing a speech to the effect that Cantor lost because he didn’t “go far enough” in groveling to illegal aliens and that “we” must “redouble our efforts” to look like contemptible jackasses to sneering outlaws who already hate us for being contemptible jackasses.

MaiDee on June 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

What about Marsha Blackburn?

monalisa on June 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I like Blackburn….thought she’d be a pushover, but over
time whenever I saw her interviewed, I came away more impressed
than the previous time…we have a guy here in PA by the name
Lou Barletta…look him up. A good man.

ToddPA on June 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Shouldn’t everyone wait until Brat starts doing more interviews before they imagine this as a paradigm shift?

Only in your shitty mind.

Does everybody poop?

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 9:23 AM

His conversation with Chuck Todd where he argued against the very notion of a minimum wage

Total plus. He’s an economics professor, contrary to you.

, his previous statements about the return of Hitler

True too. Adolf wasn’t at first whom he became…see economics/obama.

his wacky extreme Christian fundamentalism?

Bigot. obama is ‘religious’, when elections approach.

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

Your and Brit Humes desperado are schadenfreude, pure!

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Umm…so they’re going to replace the guy who got voted out because of his support for amnesty with another pro-amnesty guy? wtf…

blue13326 on June 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Transition.

People need to hire staff, set up their office, etc

sentinelrules on June 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM

.
And the moment he is no longer House Majority Leader, MOST of his staff will no longer have a job.

Word is they are hated by their colleagues in the House GOP caucus.

Kind of an extra chilled cherry of schadenfreude on top of the Schadenfreude Sunday.

PolAgnostic on June 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Harder to read it that way…

dogsoldier on June 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Tattoo it upside down which is sorta where the Constitution exists with present management.

viking01 on June 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Cantor supports McCarthy, another amnesty lover.

sentinelrules on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

NO McCarthyism!!!!!

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Brat’s opposition to the federal minimum wage stems from him being an economics professor. You know, economics? Something supporters of the min wage in Congress have no clue about and should be forced to take before assuming their office.

The rest of your statement is nothing but leftist spin, wishful thinking, and bigoted hyperbole.

Meople on June 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Word is they are hated by their colleagues in the House GOP caucus.

Kind of an extra chilled cherry of schadenfreude on top of the Schadenfreude Sunday.

PolAgnostic on June 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

They’re as arrogant as their boss.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

libfreeorgan on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

…the only one butt-plugged wacky…is you!

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

If they can pass amnesty they will. And they would stand there in front of the cameras laughing at us all just like Pelosi and the Dems did after they passed ObamaCare. If they could pass it they will and if they could pass another law kicking us all in the face while they did it they’d pass that law too!

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

Your and Brit Hume’s desperado are schadenfreude, pure!

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Cantor supports McCarthy, another amnesty lover.

sentinelrules on June 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

The only reason anyone should need to pick someone else.

Meople on June 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

QotD

Does everybody poop?

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Why July 31st? Why not go now?

Because they are going to pass an amnesty bill?

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

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