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Big changes in GOP after Cantor’s loss

Published: 6/12/14 @ 12:00


Associated Press

WASHINGTON

Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Wednesday that he will resign his leadership post at the end of next month, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.

Cantor informed fellow Republicans of his intentions at an emotional closed-door meeting, then made his public announcement at a news conference where he appeared upbeat, all less than 24 hours after losing Virginia’s GOP primary election to David Brat, a little-known and underfunded rival backed by tea-party groups.

Lawmakers in both parties said Cantor’s defeat and the prospect of a change within the Republican high command probably signal the demise of immigration legislation along the lines President Barack Obama is seeking and also will have a negative impact on the balance of his second-term agenda.

Even so, Obama disputed the notion that Cantor’s surprise loss crushed the prospects of House Republican leaders bringing an immigration bill to the floor this year. Addressing Democratic donors in Massachusetts, Obama rejected what he called “conventional wisdom” proffered by Washington pundits.

“I fundamentally reject that, and I will tell the speaker of the House he needs to reject it,” Obama said.

Cantor also has been deeply involved in GOP attempts to develop an alternative to the health care law that Republicans want to repeal.

Fellow Republicans set leadership elections for June 19, assuring that any campaigning would be brief.


Comments


Posted by parlayhenry (anonymous) on June 12, 2014 at 4:57 a.m.

Historians will mark Cantor's defeat as the beginning of the end for the Republican Party as a major force in American politics. The only thing further to the right of Cantor is the precipice.

Maybe Cantor should have worn a hood over his head and carried an AR-15 on his shoulder when he was in Congress. He might have won over the RepubliKKKan right.


Posted by lajoci (anonymous) on June 12, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.

Another Republikkkan hollow man (head-piece filled with straw) bites the dust, courtesy of their brothers in arms, the Baggers.

We are witnessing the death throes of the once-proud party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower, towering historical figures who would be drummed from the ranks today by Lilliputian baggers.

In the '60's Vietnamese monks were famous for setting themselves ablaze to protest U.S. presence in their country; the Baggers have taken that tactic to an extra level as they take an entire political party down in flames.

The Dems need only sit back and chuckle.