Thursday, June 12, 2014

Republicans: the downfall of Eric Cantor

The first thing I thought of when I heard House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had unexpectedly lost his ballot line to a Tea Party challenger was: "Cantor is Jewish." Did his religion make it harder for him to hold his Virginia Republican district? If so, the usual commentators aren't opining about it. After all, he was a long time incumbent, so his religion wasn't news to his former constituents. But I had to wonder ...

Ed Kilgore has pointed out that Cantor was "the only non-Christian Republican in either chamber."

... for now, the estimated 27% of Americans who don’t identify themselves with some form of the Christian faith will likely have no representation among Republicans House and Senate members come next year.

Incongruously this train of thought reminds me of this -- ungenerous, but hilarious.

H/t to Hannah at Blue Hampshire.


Rain Trueax said...

The pundits are trying to find a reason for it. Some say immigration but Lindsey Graham skated through his primary and he's been a big proponent of it. Maybe they just got as sick of Cantor's pomposity as I did ;). I'd like to say that smug smile won't be missed, but since he's likely to end up a commentator at big bucks, I suppose we won't really be rid of it.

amspirnational said...

He was not a small government conservative. He supported,fervently, trillions spent on wars for Haliburton and ,yes Israel.

Hattie said...

Brat's cute, but he's going to need some coaching before he's ready for prime time.

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