Cantor to resign

House GOP majority leader defeated in primary.
Associated Press
Jun 11, 2014

 

House Republican Leader Eric Cantor says he is resigning his leadership post at the end of next month.

The majority leader is stepping down in the aftermath of his defeat in a primary election to a tea-party backed rival in Virginia.

That clears the way for a Republican shake-up just before the midterm elections this fall, when control of Congress is at stake.

Cantor says he'll serve out the remainder of his term in Congress. And he hopes to continue to be a champion for conservative causes across the nation after he leaves office.

Cantor says he will support Kevin McCarthy of California to replace him as majority leader.

On Tuesday, the Virginia Republican lost a primary election to David Brat.

 

 

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WhatTheHeck

What a loser this guy is

deertracker

Really! Big loser!

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The Hero Zone

"...when control of Congress is at stake."

Control of Congress? By whom? If we buy into that language is would seem Congress actually belongs to the parties and not the people. Not only that, but that Congress has power over you as a constituent instead is a servant to you. That its function is to represent D.C. to you and not the other way around.

So unless I missed a coup d'etat where control was wrested from the population (I'd say states, too, but an amendment a little over 100 years ago made the states irrelevant to Congress) there is no reason to buy this supposition.

Donegan

It matters to those like Coaster and dog who see the control of Congress and the government like a football game. They cheer on their parties flavor of the week hoping to move the ball a few yards while the rest of the stadium burns to the ground. They just cannot look down the road further than the next first down will do anything to protect their team from a defeat.
It is sad that our republic is reduced to the idiotic standards of these people who think those in government are somehow better than the ones they are supposed to serve.

The Big Dog's back

done again, you think you're the smartest in the room. You might be when you're the only one in the room.

Donegan

Insults are the best you have huh? That's why no one takes you seriously.

jazzbo

Donegan-

I take him seriously.
I don't take you seriously.
All you do is insult.

Donegan

If you take him serious it shows a lot about who and what you are. I feel sorry for you.

jazzbo

Don't feel sorry for me...you have the problem.

Donegan

It makes sense now. Just another Big Dog made up name to support his opinions. How many does this make Dog, 5,6?

jazzbo

You are wrong, Sherlock.

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The Hero Zone

I'll have to disagree, Donegan. At least with me jazzbo has been engaging and civil and shows passion, not party interest, in what s/he posts. The writing styles appear different, too.

I much prefer jazzbo (even under your presumption it is an alter-ego) because s/he actually wants to be conversational and engage with those that may not normally think as s/he does. I respect that above fretting over any policy disagreements we may have.

Donegan

It is just my optimistic personality kicking in hoping that Dog and Jazzbo are the same, If not that would mean there are more delusional Obama worshipers out there that are willing to throw themselves and their credibility under the bus than i originally thought.
My faith in this society is rapidly failing.

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The Hero Zone

Don't lose too much, please! Faith in ourselves is the last vestige of civil society. Without it we degrade into something perhaps even worse than another Civil War. Look at Iraq or parts of Africa for example. It's tough especially as the civil society has been abused by so many, taken for granted, and not learned about so it may be mended and added to as quickly as it seems to wear. But if you don't do it, who will? If I don't do it, if anyone else doesn't do it themselves then who will?

"A vibrant civil society can challenge those in power by documenting corruption or uncovering activities like the murder of political enemies. In democracies, this function is mostly performed by the media, NGOs or opposition parties." - Evgeny Morozov

In the absence of an actual opposition party it is up to the citizens to fill in the gaps as is indicated by this quote:

"Where there is an absence of international political leadership, civil society should step in to fill the gap, providing the energy and vision needed to move the world in a new and better direction." - Daisaku Ikeda

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quote...

These aren't Enlightenment-era "backwards" peasant-philosophers as some try to paint Madison, Locke, etc. We each are the first and last responders to the community in which we live.

Donegan

I do not mind the opposition at all, In fact i welcome it. The problem that i have with Dog and some posters is their suspension of reality in the face of facts when it comes to their chosen one. They seem to hold their public officials in some higher station than normal citizens which to me is the exact opposite of what idea this country was founded upon. It is actually scary watching these folks cheer on the death of the republic and their voice in government for the sake of rich politicians that have swayed the moronic masses into voting for them.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause." Yes history repeats itself.

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The Hero Zone

You may enjoy this. Your last sentence reminded me of this poem (and it's final lines): http://poetry.rapgenius.com/Ts-e...

Babo

Be careful HZ you might get indicted for posting lyrics.

Bottom Line

Hey big dog, at least he's smarter than the drywall.

You must fall down a lot.

freespeech1

luckily dogs helmet cushions the blow to his head, lord knows he doesn't need another excuse to be dumber than a light post.

MiddleRight

Big Dog spends alot of time alone in a room. A padded room, with a small window.

coasterfan

That's an interesting analogy, likening control of Congress to a football game. The House GOP's game plan seems to be "run the ball up the middle" with no gain, play after play after play, as all our ticket money is funneled to just a few (team owners, 1%) at the top.

I do see the stadium burning to the ground, as you mentioned, however, from my seat, Bush started the fire in 2002, and continued to pour gasoline on it for the next 6 years.

Since 2009, we Dems and Obama have worked hard to put the fire out, and admittedly, both sides have continued to add fuel to the fire since then. Dems, however, are the only ones to actually do things to slow/quell the fire.

I find it interesting that you think we Dems are unable to look "further down the road". We think the same thing about Republicans, when it comes to the issue of Climate Change and green energy. Conservatives aren't even able to look at the current state of things with a truthful eye, much less "down the road" with those issues.

Apparently, there is plenty of idiocy to go around, but the people who ignore science seem to seek idiocy a little more earnestly than we do on the Left.

Meanwhile, the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party have actually convinced millions of poor Americans that we should NOT ask the rich to pay more in taxes.

Darwin's choice

Please list all the accomplishments by the failure in the white house!
Here's a form:________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
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Notice it's blank!!!!

Keep cheering for your messiah, the failure, the citizens of the U.S. are going to let you know exactly what they think of obama, and persons such as yourself this november! Troll!

obama/still failing

grumpy

"The majority leader is stepping down in the aftermath of his defeat in a primary election to a tea-party backed rival in Virginia."

How was he "backed" by the tea-party? He was not endorsed by any tea-party organization, nor was any money donated to his election by any tea-party group. Unless you can show where either he got an endorsement or money can you explain just what the tea-party group did to "back" him actually did... that is BEFORE he won his election?

Not that I expect an answer from the AP, but you would expect the local paper to at least have some idea about the articles they choose to copy and run.

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If I remember correctly Rep. Cantor raised and/or spent $5,000,000 while his opponent only $200,000. It shows the power of a message and is an indicator of performance. Also it seemed that when you run a campaign based on hyperbole to laughable proportions it turns back on you for how ridiculously far you are willing to reach to paint your opponent as something else.

I have nothing personal against Rep. Cantor. It's actually quite refreshing to have a changing of the guard and will provide more momentum to an amendment to term limit Congress (something his opponents wants, so we'll see if his actions ultimately match up). Fresh ideas, less "establishmentism", and a better representation of the constituents in a society that changes faster than the "guard" in Congress.

"...The 111th Congress, which took office in 2009, was the oldest in U.S. history, with an average age of 57 in the House and 63 in the Senate. (The sitting 112th Congress is only slightly younger.) At the time, many reporters pointed out the creeping gray in the U.S. Capitol and speculated about the significance of changes in the ages of our representatives. It’s best not to read too much into the numbers, though. The average age in Congress has remained within a rather small range since World War II. The average age in the Senate was 59 in 1945, compared to 62 in 2011. The House has aged more substantially, with the average rising from 53 in 1945 to 57 in 2011. Between those years, average age fluctuated irregularly."

The rest of the article if fascinating and telling: http://www.slate.com/articles/ne...

If you want to shake your head even more why not have a gander at this chart, too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis...

The lowest end of the chart has members serving uninterrupted for about five years longer than I have been alive in total. That's not just the overall age. That is years spent behind a desk in D.C. that was never meant to greet the same pants bottom for as long as it has.

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2. a foulness or staleness, as one emanating from a standing pool of water.
3. a failure to develop, progress, or advance: periods of economic stagnation followed by bursts of growth.
4. the state or quality of being or feeling sluggish and dull: Happily, they have been able to avoid stagnation in their ten-year marriage.

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1. necrosis or death of soft tissue due to obstructed circulation, usually followed by decomposition and putrefaction.
2. moral or spiritual corruption and decadence that pervades an individual or group: “This church body has been afflicted with a spiritual gangrene that is poisoning our relationship with the Lord,” the preacher expostulated. Synonyms: decay, rot; depravity, degeneracy.

The Big Dog's back

Grow up already hz. If you can't play ball with the big boys, then go sit in the stands.

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The Hero Zone

So democracy doesn't belong to the people it only belongs to party officials? Got it.

There you go again

Yep, more insults....Just proving Donegan to be correct.

freespeech1

hey waterboy go get me some water and a sandwich.

Darwin's choice

Wormy, remember obama's very first scandal...?

Remember - Obama's first scandal was before he was elected.....

The credit card verification was removed from Obama's election site.
He got hundreds of millions of illegal dollars from who knows who.

The failure of the media to report on him will go down in history.

obama/still failing

jazzbo

Im curious.

Gotta a link ?

grumpy

Here is one, there are many more if you search.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp...

jazzbo

I looked at the link.

You should read it and the " many more " again , slowly and carefully.

Another Republican "tempest in a teacup ".

Darwin's choice

Jazzbo....Did you forget his past? Or are you another blind follower?
See the above link, or google "obama failures", and watch your computer blaze away.

The Big Dog's back

Like you know pooh.

Ralph J.

Good riddance to bad garbage. The House's No. 2 man - Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican and friend of big pharma, big chemical, big corporations, and big donors - has lost his party's primary to a political unknown who is currently teaching courses at a small local college, despite the fact that the American Chemistry Council spent $300,000 in advertising support money to try to keep him in office.

http://www.naturalnews.com/04553...

44846GWP

One bad Apple steps down, and a Tea Bagger takes his place. Looks like an even trade.

The Big Dog's back

Yep, one piece of sheet for another.

Darwin's choice

From the mouth of the "under the tail licking" sheet taster!

obama/failing....

Maggdi

Here are the big questions: What is going to be done about the humanitarian crisis going on at the US border with Mexico? How are the children going to be taken care of? Why are people throwing their children across the border?
And is there any accountability for encouraging these actions?

freespeech1

My solution is contact all these liberals and have them adopt some of these kids. You know since they are so compassionate towards their fellow man. Oh I forgot you want everyone else to take care of the problems you create.

Contango

When are the Democrats going to see a fiscal conservative populist element like the TEA Party emerge in their party?

About the last fiscal conservative was Sen. Lieberman and the Dems kicked him out of the party.

Other than flaming, extremist socialists, the Dems got nobody.

coasterfan

We already have that. His name is Barack Obama. I am guessing that, from your perch on the extreme rightwingnut fringe, Obama appears as a liberal/leftist, huh.

Darwin's choice

" barack obama, the failure".

Contango

CNN: "In his 13 years in Congress, Cantor has rocketed up the ranks, all the way to majority leader"

Not to worry, Mr. Cantor will probably return to DC as a lobbyist. Thereby making a lot more money than he did as a Rep.

DC: The revolving door of Wall St. (Big money) & Big Govt.

Contango

The more I read about Dave Brat, the more I like his political stance.

"If there is a theme to Brat's campaign it is this, 'I’m against Big Business in bed with Big Government.'"

I heard last night that he's against the Export-Import Bank. Sounds good to me.

Why pay McDonald's to help them sell hamburgers world-wide?

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/con...

The New World Czar

Ultimately the voters realized Cantor was in it for Cantor.

tk

The residents in Cantors' district that were interviewed said he was out of touch with the people there. He had a 30% approval rating.

coasterfan

Am thoroughly enjoying the pouting/sour grapes from conservatives over Cantor's loss.

This event will move the GOP further to the Right, which will help them win local elections in their gerrymandered districts, but will push them further away from any chance at the White House in the foreseeable future. America is a centrist country. We don't elect extremists at either end of the spectrum, and the tea party is so far to the right that they're almost off the game board entirely. Fine by me :)

Darwin's choice

November is going to be a great month for us to watch your implosion!

You should video it!

obama/failing

KURTje

Sadly most know by & large unless you are money you are not valued very much.