The repercussions of Cantor’s loss will reverberate for Republicans.
Their far right agenda is already hurting them in general elections. I shudder to think what Republican presidential contenders will say in a 2016 primary to win over voters who think Eric Cantor isn’t conservative enough.
But even this year, the effect will be felt. We’re only about halfway through the primary calendar. In addition to the Mississippi Senate runoff, Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District will hold a convention next week to select their candidate. The last time the state used a convention, we wound up with Rep. Steve King.
On Tuesday night, New York Republican Peter King expressed his fear that the results “will move the party further to the right, which will marginalize us further as a national party.” He doesn’t need to look any further than his home state to see how the tea party is relegating the Republican Party to the sidelines.