Shaking up the republic

Concerned conservative voters spurred seismic shift in Congress

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Political pundits are describing the defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., as a “political earthquake.”

But the rejection of the GOP establishment’s poster boy for a comparatively unknown Tea Party-backed college professor may be more aptly described as a “Lexington and Concord” moment – it was nothing short of a revolutionary moment in the fight to save this republic.

Repudiation of the House Majority Leader in Virginia’s District 7 congressional primaries is mainstream America’s message to the GOP’s ruling elite: Turn this ship around, or we will turn you out of office.

The magnitude of Tuesday’s vote cannot be overstated; no majority leader in U.S. history ever has suffered such a primary defeat.

A gleeful Democratic Party already has labeled the victor, 49-year-old economics professor Dave Brat, as a right-wing extremist because he supports values such as free enterprise, fiscal restraint and individual liberties.

When did mainstream American values become extreme?

The sad reality is that the ruling Republican elite have helped reinforce this notion through acts of duplicity and complicity with big-money interests, liberal policymakers and an out-of-control executive branch.

Not anymore. Middle America has had it.

“The grassroots is in revolt and marching,” said Brent Bozell, a veteran conservative activist and founder of ForAmerica.

Instead of smugness, the Democratic Party may want to take a cue from Cantor’s defeat and do some housecleaning of its own. The GOP is courageous enough to engage in self-governance. Are Democrats capable of the same?

For their part, conservatives finally are paying more attention to voting records than campaign rhetoric. Cantor outspent Brat by more than 10-to-1, but his weak stance on federal spending, debt and immigration were not simpatico with those in his district.

Not only did Cantor – who was in line to be House speaker – ignore his constituency, he even accepted an invitation this spring to an anti-Tea Party confab in Amelia Island, Fla., organized by the establishment-backed Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC.

Clearly, money and power were Cantor’s priorities, not the interests of the everyday people concerned about the nation’s perilous trajectory.

In his victory speech, Brat told supporters, “Dollars do not vote – you do.”

That’s a message conservatives nationwide should take to heart.

Consider that less than 16 percent of South Carolina turned out for the GOP primary. Beltway insider U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was able to stave off six challengers and avoid a runoff by winning 59 percent of the vote. That’s a respectable margin, but far from overwhelming. What might have been if more conservatives had gotten off the couch?

There’s still hope in Mississippi, where Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel has a shot to unseat longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in a June 24 runoff.

Like other grassroots conservatives, McDaniel has been labeled an extremist while Cochran has been lauded as a “quiet pragmatist” who can “work across the aisle.” Hopefully the people of Mississippi will realize that Republicans who treasure quiet pragmatism and working across the aisle over bedrock conservative principles are only accelerating the demise of this once-great nation.

“I think the people are just ready for some major changes in this country,” Brat said. “And I was blessed. It’s a miracle.”

Maybe. Or perhaps it was the first signs of mainstream America waking from a long nap.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/12/14 - 02:05 am
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Saying 1 + 1 = 2 is Extreme to Liberals

Tea Party supporters present absolutely irrefutable notions such as not spending what you don’t have and securing the border, yet are attacked by the media with virulence unseen since Pravda was attacking the opponents of Stalin.

Excuse our directness, we are only trying to tell you the truth and save this country. Isn’t it better to be forthright and blunt instead of trying to coat the pill in obtuse molasses to make it palatable to liberals in the media?

The elections over the next couple of years are D-day. Tea Partiers are not going to be told to get in lines and march with vacant stares to where the Minister of Propaganda directs. People are forming brigades to storm the Bastille run by the Loris Lerner types not only refusing to answer the questions of the people, but of conservative Congress members.

Lois, you work for us, we pay you and you will tell us who you and Elijah Cummings sent the IRS black sedans in the middle of the night after. Please, Mr. Goudy, open the hearing with something like that.

By the way, Amelia Island, GA?

carcraft
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carcraft 06/12/14 - 05:00 am
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I am this scares some

I am this scares some holyness into to the folks in DC. NO AMNESTY UNTIL THE BORDER IS SECURE! Cut spending. If welfare cheats can steal $18 million in Georgia alone then wefare participants are getting to much money.

deestafford
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deestafford 06/12/14 - 05:27 am
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It is a mistake to think that the "national" TEA Party...

It is a mistake to think that the "national" TEA Party organizations had anything to do with Brat's victory. They would not even return his phone calls for help. The local TEA Party and Conservative talk show hosts are the ones who got the word out resulting in a record turnout to put a man with a "putting America first" agenda and philosophy as his foundation.

It will be interesting campaign wise as he and the Democratic candidate are professors at the same college.

Maybe, just maybe, this will get a new Conservative Speaker in the House.

bubba2014
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bubba2014 06/12/14 - 06:02 am
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'The elections over the next
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'The elections over the next couple of years are D-day."
i AGREE

ymnbde
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ymnbde 06/12/14 - 06:21 am
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we're tired, tired, tired of this... stuff

and the jim jones msnb not see media
congress shouldn't be comprised of actors in a scripted non-reality show
democrats (how far the '60's ideals have fallen) use the Archie Bunker method
to mischaracterize those with whom they disagree
they script an enemy, then change the enemy into the script
and if the play is the thing, the govermedia is the director
the govermedia decides who the tea party is, not who they really are
tea party ideals are less government and more individual freedom and responsibility, more fiscal sanity and less fiscal insanity
but the democrats have turned in to "true believers"
Hitler and Lenin, and even Stalin, had them
"...the longer an empire is in existence, the more time the successfully sinister have to find ways to subvert the system and insert themselves into positions of power."

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/12/14 - 06:36 am
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Turn this ship around!!

I like that, thanks. I plan to use it in my letters.

Tea party or vodka party, what does it matter now..(heard that B4)

Look at the news & tell me with a straight face that we are on the right track. We have lost our everloving minds in almost every department.
Iraq war
secure border
release terror groups
funding for illegals
health reforms (hah)
VA hospitals
middle income taxes
crime
We need a few more earthquakes in congress...maybe, just maybe, they will wake up.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/12/14 - 06:42 am
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Paula Deen turned her ship around

Remember her?

Last year I heard that she was toast...that she can't overcome the disaster that circled her empire....WELL, guess what?

Better than ever now---we didn't let her ship go down...the woman has her own network now & we need to get ours...
The Network of The People...

Pay 0 attention to the spoiled talking heads on tv..they speak just to hear their voices...esp the cable pundits...gotta fill that air yaknow.

gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 06/12/14 - 06:43 am
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This rare case

shows that an informed electorate can do the right thing regardless of how many $$$ the opposition throws at it.

Sometimes, We the People prevail! Here's praying that it starts happening a lot more often.

deestafford
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deestafford 06/12/14 - 06:59 am
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Are we beginning to see a flicker of...

Are we beginning to see a flicker of a flame of national discontent coupled with informed common sense that can turn the ship of socialism around?

It would be great if this is so. If we don't turn the ship away from the shoals of socialism in the next two elections it maybe grounded on the rocks of our destructed experiment of Republican form of government.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/12/14 - 07:01 am
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dee

That would be a YES!!

jaymai
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jaymai 06/12/14 - 07:07 am
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I am a progressive who would

I am a progressive who would love for the tea party to take over the Republican Party. A presidential ticket with Ted Cruz and Rand Paul (or better yet, Sarah Palin) would be a dream team for the Democrats. There's this tea party candidate in Oklahoma that thinks it would be okay to stone gay people, and thinks that there should be jury trials for divorce cases and an end to no-fault proceedings, among other things. These ideas go over well in some parts of the country (like here), but they are by no means mainstream. Thank goodness the majority of Americans won't stand for the Republicans trying to take this country back to the "good ol' days", which weren't so good to all of us.

southern2
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southern2 06/12/14 - 07:10 am
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I keep seeing the results

I keep seeing the results showing Graham winning with 56% not 59%. I don't want him to get more credit than he deserves.

Very disappointed there is no runoff. Maybe some of his democratic friends loaned him some buses and absentee ballots.

myfather15
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myfather15 06/12/14 - 07:16 am
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I LOVE it!!

It brings a smile to my face to see the establishment LOSE!! If only Graham would have lost, I believe I would have thrown a party!!

I'm just so sick of seeing the same people, every day!! I wish the leftists would vote out their established politicians!! We need to get rid of ALL OF THEM, to send a strong message!! Even if they vote in other liberals, just vote out the establishment folks!! Send them a message that their cush little lives in Washington are NOT secure!! But, you won't see the left do this, because they support the radical changes their party is bringing to the Country!! Matter of fact, they want more radical changes!!

It was reported that Cantor's campaign spent $150,000.00 eating at expensive restaurants during the campaign. Brat spent $200,000.00 TOTAL on his campaign!! That is AMAZING!!

We've got to send these wasteful spenders packing!!

myfather15
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myfather15 06/12/14 - 07:18 am
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About Graham.....

Maybe if there weren't so many candidates running, they would have had a better shot at defeating him!!

With the votes divided between 7 people, the incumbent is going to win every time!!

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 06/12/14 - 07:21 am
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Oh how much fun it is to
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Oh how much fun it is to watch the republican institution busting at the seams and trying to gnaw it's own head off.

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jimmymac 06/12/14 - 07:27 am
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GRAHAM
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I predicted Graham would win in a landslide when I saw so many challengers running against him. Also he outspent all the candidates combined into adds. So the status quo remains in SC. Too bad and I doubt Graham will change his RINO ways.

southern2
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southern2 06/12/14 - 07:40 am
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Still a chance to stop

Still a chance to stop Lindsey....Third party candidate in November. Somebody please!

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 06/12/14 - 07:46 am
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Once again, the Chronicle

Once again, the Chronicle misses the point, whether intentionally or not. They do mention that less than 16% turned out for the SC primary, that the Tea Party targeted with all of their heart and soul and MONEY (Well, they don't really spend much money on the candidates, they just mention who they're for and against in their fundraising pleas, and everything is a fundraising plea. Someone has to keep Jenny Beth Martin able to live in the lifestyle to which she's become accustomed, now that the $700,000 in back taxes she owed has been paid. Very rapidly once she founded the Tea Party Patriots, we might add.) yet somehow a 59% win is just "respectable" in a 6 man race?. The turnout for the Cantor/Brat contest was 12%. This race wasn't about money which, whether the Chronicle chooses to admit it or not, does have major influences on elections. These races boil down to apathy. 12% and 16%? Unbelievable. We deserve what we get and Brat is a far right Ayn Rand loon. Why these far right loons can tell that long bad fiction is just that, long bad fiction, not a reality based, well researched, economic system is beyond me.

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crkgrdn 06/12/14 - 08:06 am
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GOP and self governance?

The AC like the national media still does not get it. This isn't about the GOP potentates, this is about freedom. The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party is a grassroots and organic association. Those who value freedom and are acutely suspicious of government came out to vote in the Republican primary in Virginia's 7th District to defeat a potentate.
Last week I was in Kansas City, Missouri on business. The RNC was meeting in the hotel where I stayed. The lobby and hallways were awash with the self anointed of the GOP leadership. Their attitudes of arrogance and haughtiness were on full display.
No. The TEA Party is the light of freedom for all Americans. The TEA Party might yet recapture the GOP and make it once more Grand. Those of us who embrace the TEA Party movement know that there is nothing to be done to save the Democratic Party.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/12/14 - 08:42 am
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Bod, criticize THAT Tea Party

Bod, criticize THAT Tea Party all you want because it's not ours. Ours is not a party at all, it's non card carrying people with similar ideas. We won't let OUR local Tea Party theme over the nation become another bureaucratic national, out of touch party.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/12/14 - 09:18 am
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I wish I wish

I would love to be a fly on the wall in congress today...just to hear their conversations while they look in that earthquake gap......I guess it could go like this..

"Well boys, looks like we got us a problem here--yahear. They are waking up & all the money in the world won't win our elections...guess we better start towing the line til this mess cools off."

IT WON'T COOL...that is what they will know soon enough!

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nofanofobama 06/12/14 - 09:42 am
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CANTER was very active in the

CANTER was very active in the push for amensity..etc...our immigration laws are the most generous in the world...if we allow the system to work properly its beneficial to our nation...so i'm tired of hearing its broke...its NOT..we just dont enforce the current laws...do that and presto no more problems...with unemployment running 50 to 70 percent in the poor commiunities...with countless billion spent ....enforce the laws ...thats all

carcraft
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carcraft 06/12/14 - 10:39 am
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Who can be against fiscal

Who can be against fiscal responsibility , limited government, and following our constitution and why?

myfather15
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myfather15 06/12/14 - 10:55 am
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jaymai

"There's this tea party candidate in Oklahoma that thinks it would be okay to stone gay people, and thinks that there should be jury trials for divorce cases and an end to no-fault proceedings, among other things. "

Would you care to name this candidate that has actually said it would be ok to stone gay people?? Or do you prefer to just keeping lying about the Tea party, just like the rest of the typical leftists??

Because I don't believe ANY legitimate candidate in the United States of America would ever say it's ok to stone ANYONE, besides maybe a child rapist or serial killer!! And on those two, I'm not far from agreeing with them!!

myfather15
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myfather15 06/12/14 - 11:03 am
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Bodhisattva

Since you're on the topic of money; would you care to comment about Hillary Clinton's declaration they were not just "broke" but "in debt" when they left the White House?

How is this even possible, for them to be 12 million in debt when they left????

They made millions of dollars while Bill was President for 8 years!! They made more in one year, than most American's make in their LIFETIME!!! Yet, they were 12 Million in debt? Can you explain this? The ONLY way they could be this far in debt is RECKLESS IRRESPONSIBILITY!!! So, someone this reckless with their own money, should run the Country???

Then she attempts to blame it on legal bills!! That is absurd!! He was never even charged with ANYTHING!! There was no trial, which would cost possibly millions!! Yes, he was investigated but was never officially charged with any crime!!

And you believe this excuse she gave?? Seriously?? I make less than 40k a year and I've NEVER been broke!! How on God's earth can you make hundreds of thousands and MILLIONS of dollars and claim to be "broke"?? Reckless SPENDING, that's how!! And liberals want her as the next President?? America, you vote her in and you get exactly what you deserve!!

By the way, someone should spit in her eye, just for saying that crap!! She is playing politics with people's lives!! Trying to connect herself with the poor and not appear as the ELITE, she is!!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/12/14 - 12:14 pm
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example

of what will continue to happen as RINO's lose sight of why we elected them to begin with.

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lovingthesouth72 06/12/14 - 12:18 pm
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ABC

I believe this was more of an "anything but cantor" moment where democrats voted for Brat just to get cantor off the map. If I heard it right on the news the other day anyone can vote in a primary. So it could have been an orchestrated move by democrats to get rid if the next "speaker of the house". I sense something evil going on here.

jaymai
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jaymai 06/12/14 - 12:52 pm
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corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/14 - 02:49 pm
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Riverman, are you aware that

Riverman, are you aware that since WWII, the US has operated under more deficits than surpluses?

If they hadn't operated under deficits, you and I would not enjoy the prosperity that we do today.

The US government isn't like individuals, because the government can print money, and we can't.

That's why very little attention is paid to the Tea Party, because their idea would result in wide-spread unemployment- and that would probably include you, Riverman. The unemployment would reach levels not seen since the Great Depression.

And how is that good for the country?

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corgimom 06/12/14 - 02:53 pm
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"Deal-makers vs.

"Deal-makers vs. Stand-takers

Of course, immigration did play a role in dooming Cantor’s re-election. But it wasn’t just because Republicans in his district don’t want a reform bill or “amnesty.” It was also because the issue helped confirm in the minds of activists that Cantor was what they most feared — a deal-maker.

The charge might surprise some on Capitol Hill, who view Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as far more eager to negotiate with the enemy than his No. 2. Yet many on the right, in Washington and the Old Dominion, also see Cantor as a squish — a supporter of immigration reform who voted to raise the federal debt ceiling in 2011 and pass the TARP bank bailout in 2008, the measure that helped spark the entire tea party movement.

The deals haven’t just happened in Washington. In 2013, a divided General Assembly passed Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell’s massive transportation package, changing the way the state pays for infrastructure projects and raising a host of state taxes.

Most conservatives, including Cuccinelli, hated the bill and saw it as a symptom of all that was wrong with the Richmond power establishment. Cantor’s allies in Richmond supported the measure.

Conservatives in Cantor’s district have long feared that he might be willing to cut exactly that kind of bad bargain with President Barack Obama, whether on immigration or tax reform or entitlements. On Tuesday, they ensured Cantor will never get the chance."

So...it had nothing to do with the Tea Party messages, and had every thing to do with the voters didn't like HIM personally.

But don't confuse the ACES with the truth.

As for me, I'm still waiting for the "sweeping change" that they told us was going to happen.

In reality, those Tea Party candidates haven't done diddly squat. They are just as worthless and ineffective as all the other politicians.

And THAT is the truth.

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