After being all but counted out, tea party activist David Brat pulled off a stunning victory against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday in the Virginia GOP primary for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Associated Press reports.
With 220 of 243 precincts reporting, Brat lead Cantor by nearly 11 points. The AP was the first to call the contest for Brat.
Brat, an economics professor who has never held political office, reportedly had just $40,000 in the bank at the end of March against Cantor’s $2 million war chest. He has attacked Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House, as a member of the elite establishment GOP who has voted to raise the debt ceiling and supported some immigration reform.
As previously reported by TheBlaze, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention last month. Source
Cue the imitable Howard Cosell voice:
And down goes Cantor, down goes Cantor, down goes Cantor!!!
With a quickness and efficiency, Bratt -- a relatively unknown on a shoe string budget -- whooped Eric Cantor just like George Forman whooped Joe Frazier in Jamaica on Jan. 22nd 1973.
Frazier's upset defeat by Forman shook-up the boxing world, just as Majority Leader Cantor's defeat shook-up the political world.
Here's the kicker: Cantor -- along with John Boehner -- is the GOP/TP face of anti-Obamism; yet GOP primary voters fired Cantor for not being anti-Obama enough. Hence, they delivered a mighty far, far-right hook to the body.
Hard to believe.
This is the Cantor who took smug pride in being a thorn in President Obama's side. He lead the fight against the Stimulus package, Obamacare, sensible gun control legislation and immigration reform.
If Obama was for it, Cantor was conspicuously against it.
In away this is poetic justice. In 2010, Cantor flamed the dangerous Tea Party fire. When the country -- fresh from the debacle of Bush/Cheney -- needed courageous leadership, Cantor and his peers delivered partisanship on steroids.
Likewise, Cantor and his peers worked overtime in demonizing all things Obama. They used hyperbolic language and imagery that played to GOP voters' fears and hatreds. Not quite profile of courage material.
And now the monster (Tea Party) is eating its own... The final analysis: The new far, far right move of the GOP does not bode well for our country.
Our political forecast: 99% chance of more rancor and inertia. Zero to one percent chance of sensible well needed legislation passed into law.