In the May issue, I shared this prediction with you: “The oustthe-leadership campaign is real and is aimed straight at Speaker John Boehner and his chosen successor, Eric Cantor.”
This predication came true with the sound defeat of House GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his primary race back home. Professor Dave Brat beat Cantor by 10 points. And that was after Cantor raised more than $5 million compared to Brat’s paltry $200k.
Cantor spent more on two campaign dinners than Brat spent in the whole race! But it wasn’t enough.
There are other electoral indications that lots of angry voters are going to turn out next November and that national concerns are driving them. If true, that means bad news for politicians who are aligned with Barack Obama. Another indication: Lots of Mr. Obama’s political allies have been publicly breaking with him, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, his former ambassador to Syria, Rob Ford, and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein.
Lots of people are arguing about what all this means.My take is that Cantor’s Tea Party ouster suggests a broad voter backlash against entrenched political incumbents. Perhaps even with the potential to re-shape the GOP into a more “small government” party over time.