I’m sure you’ve heard about Cantor’s election loss to David Brat, whose main financer was an auto repair shop. The experts are busy interpreting what this must mean, as usual they get it mostly wrong. I think a slight rewrite of Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote fits well “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of incumbents”. Cantor’s loss is being portrayed as “extremist TEA PARTY growing pains” by the leftist media, what else would we expect? In reality it is a direct result of the angst of the voters and their determination not to go down without a fight.
The thought from here in the trenches was that Boehner (already considering whether to run for speaker again) would see the writing on the wall….. and not. That someone like Jeb Hensarling would take his spot as Speaker and Cantor could be replaced with someone with a more constitutional mindset. It appears that the tin eared leaders of the establishment aren’t paying attention.
The establishment plans on replacing their #2 with their #3, Kevin McCarthy…. a Cantor clone and now Boehner wants to stay 2 more years… a symptom of “bubble think”. It seems clear that more bloodletting will be required. On a more positive note the word on the street is that Idaho congressmen Raul Labrador is considering running for Cantor’s position. I called his office and spoke to one of his people. I told her I would fully support him with e-mails and phone calls if he decided to run, though I could not guaranty that those answering my calls and reading my e-mails would care. She would neither confirm nor deny his considerations but insisted she would pass on my support.
I know this is all fairly boring stuff but wanted you to know that many of us are still carrying on the fight, an important fight I think to many are ignoring.