There is a bit of political news from my home state that is worthy of comment.
Oh NO! Not NOW! Not politics! I just submitted a techno-yaoi manuscript to Bantam and now I'm gonna get frickking blacklisted!
You should have tried Baen, but fear not! We put the politics below the fold.
Well, it seems that Eric Cantor, the House majority leader. Has lost his primary bid
This is unheard of in US politics and huge win for the TEA Party.
...and there is good reason for that. It means the system works. Even a congresscritter as powerful as the House Majority Leader is sufficiently answerable to the people he represents to be defeated in a primary. It also means that the TEA Party, the reform wing of the Republicans, is still a force, which is probably a good thing. However, the primary is over..it's time to move on.
While Cantor was smart, solid on most issues and seemed to be a decent fellow. he became a poster child for amnesty due to his advocacy of the DREAM ACT, superimposed with recent events.
Given his brains, conservative views, overall competence and extensive political experience, Cantor might be an excellent choice for Governor in the next cycle.
Additionally, there was the utter bass-ackwardness of the administration's setting criminal illegals free
coupled with the poor optics of putting children into what are technically makeshift concentration camps
* (although in fairness the invasion of unattended children
was probably not anticipated and they've got to be put somewhere).
*not actually a Godwin violation as this does not denote death camps but the old military bases that are being used to house the huge influx of people. The humanitarian issues in them are mostly due to being caught off guard and being overwhelmed. I say mostly because there are some legit questions about the feds moving all the kids to Arizona. In any event if this were a Republican president the fact that these are by definition concentration camps would probably not slip the mind of the press.
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But that's unpossible! The Tea Party is Dead! The newsguy told us so!
Posted by: Mauser at Wed Jun 11 06:13:31 2014 (TJ7ih)
A local Tea Party guy Mike Frese won Republican primary for U.S. 1st Congressional district in New Mexico too. I don't think he's going to prevail over our Democrat incumbent, however. Still, it's not just Virginia.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wed Jun 11 12:31:25 2014 (RqRa5)
Indeed, there is still a spirited debate in the primaries, which is probably healthy thing.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed Jun 11 15:44:25 2014 (DnAJl)
Bob Parks pointed out that the two major national "Tea Party" organizations who are touting Brat's victory as their victories contributed a total of $0 to his campaign.
Posted by: Mauser at Thu Jun 12 04:21:44 2014 (TJ7ih)
In fairness, Cantor was not a major target for the national organizations because he wasn't really a RINO.
However, Tea Party Express in particular is annoying in claiming Cantor as a notch on their belt buckle.
I still think Cantor should run for governor.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Jun 12 09:20:31 2014 (DnAJl)
Governor? He Cantor Won't.
Posted by: Mauser at Fri Jun 13 04:49:18 2014 (TJ7ih)
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