The Brat Who Ousted a Majority Leader

by Ryan on June 11, 2014

in Election 2014,Politics

Last evening a political earthquake took place that everyone is still trying to absorb.  Eric Cantor became the first sitting House Majority Leader to ever lose a primary (at least since the position was created in the 1890s).  That’s big, especially since his opponent was a little known college professor named Dave Brat, who won with 56% of the vote.

Cantor was on the path to perhaps being House Speaker one day, but instead will likely join the K-Street lobbyist crowd this January.  I’m sure he’ll be fine.

However, the Establishment lost one of their top brass and should be concerned.  Cantor’s campaign spent $5 million to Brat’s $200,000.  Cantor’s name ID in his district is near 100%.  As Brat said, “Dollars don’t vote, you do” — a very troubling prospect for the Chamber of Commerce and the GOP Establishment.  If money loses its monopoly on the selection and manipulation of the members of one’s caucus, then the game really has changed.

Yet, one election does not make a game-change, but the message is clear to our ruling class elites — no one is completely safe from the judgment of the people.

It’s very refreshing.

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