Posted by: JanF | June 11, 2014

“… you knew I was a snake”

Tuesday night, the tea party wing of the Republican Party turned on one of their own. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost his primary to Dave Brat, a professor who teaches Ayn Randian economics to college students. Brat spent $122,000 to Cantor’s $5 million.

Now she clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight
But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite
[chorus]
“I saved you,” cried that woman
“And you’ve bit me even, why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in

Tweets …
@imillhiser: “The Tea Party’s been a tremendously positive input, I think… certainly for our party, you see the benefit.” -Eric Cantor, Nov. 10, 2010

@JuddLegum: Lesson GOP will take from Cantor’s loss: Kill immigration reform Real lesson: No matter how much you pander to Tea Party, it’s never enough

@DanaHoule: This shows a resurgence of the Republican establ…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

@lizzwinstead: ERIC CANTOR IS TOO LIBERAL FOR THE REPUBLICANS IN VIRGINIA! #murica #YourPartyIsCurdled

The Republicans made a deal with the devil and released the hounds of hell … who are biting them in the hinder.

So, does this scare Republicans further right or back to the center? Will moderate Republicans unfurl their own banners, like the Tuesday Group tried to do?

Brookings Institution Congressional expert Thomas Mann told the Daily Beast the moderates were now powerless: “None, absolutely zero, zippo. … It’s sad but it’s true. The handful that remain lie low and change positions as needed. The party is much more homogenous, and the center of gravity has moved sharply to the right.” While the [“moderate”] Tuesday Group’s members, in theory, could have blocked any of the GOP’s agenda items by uniting with the Democratic minority, in practice they didn’t do so.

Does it reinvigorate the calls to form a “governing wing of the Republican Party” as former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) suggested last fall?

As a Republican watching a handful of conservative extremists push to either defund Obamacare or shut down the government, it was obvious from the start it wouldn’t end well. To make such a prominent and painful mistake makes Republicans like me worry for the survival of our party as a national force. […]

We are told Romney lost because he wasn’t conservative enough, despite the fact that he adopted every single ultra-conservative position suggested to him during the primaries. He signed every tax and women’s health pledge, filled out every right-wing questionnaire and promised to do anything and everything he was asked to by the people who now claim he wasn’t “one of theirs.”

The first thing congressional Republicans need to recognize is that we have an obligation to govern, not just sit on the sidelines saying no.

Methinks it is too late. Once you lay down with pigs, it is difficult to get the stench off. And by the time you do, it is often too late to convince people to give you another sniff.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Eric Cantor’s defeat:

The American people should take notice. Tonight, the Tea Party defeated Republican Leader Eric Cantor who is one of the most extreme Members of Congress.

Eric Cantor has long been the face of House Republicans’ extreme policies, debilitating dysfunction and manufactured crises. Tonight, is a major victory for the Tea Party as they yet again pull the Republican Party further to the radical right.

As far as the midterms elections are concerned, it’s a whole new ballgame.

It is too early to tell if it is a whole new ballgame or just one bad inning. But what it does do is change the narrative. Anyone can win if they outhustle the opposition and there is no guarantee that money will win elections.

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