So Eric Cantor, the fanatical right-winger (I refuse to use “conservative” to describe a movement that is un-American in its goals and radical in its tactics) who was hoping to succeed the extremely right-wing John Boehner as Speaker of the House, wasn’t extreme enough for the Republican primary voters in his Virginia district, and will now be forced to accept ten times or so his Congressional salary as a lobbyist for various factions of the plutocracy.
In the short term, this is bad news if you thought that something sensible on immigration might make it through the House this year, or if you believed that K Street/Chamber of Commerce Republicans, in coalition with Teahadis, constituted a possibly tolerable party of government. If you didn’t believe in that (or the Tooth Fairy) then it’s not bad news even in the short run. The fact of the apparently irreversible degeneration of the GOP is terrible news, except that it’s not “new.” Anything that helps demonstrate that to deluded reporters and self-deluded Republicans counts, I think, as good news.
Footnote Just to illustrate: it was Cantor who said of Social Security and Medicare “these programs cannot exist if we want America to be what we want America to be.” And led the jihad against NSF social-science funding.
“Eric Cantor has long been the face of House Republicans’ extreme policies, debilitating dysfunction and manufactured crises. Tonight is a major victory for the Tea Party as they yet again pull the Republican Party further to the radical right.”