So wow, Eric Cantor. No one saw that coming. If they had our lovelies on cable news would have been milking the story for weeks. I have a few thoughts.
That's my clam, well-reasoned take. For something more explosive check out this.
- It's relieving to see that a small, upstart campaign being outspent 25 to 1 can still roil the well laid plans of the political elite. Yesterday the question was 'when will Cantor become speaker?' Today the question is 'which lobbying firm will he work for?'
- Immigration reform is now severely wounded, and with it Republican chances in 2016 and beyond. You can't win the presidency with 27% of the Latino vote and you're not going to get above that number whilst supporting the harsh anti-immigrant tone demanded by tea party regulars.
- Gerrymandering has enabled Republicans to keep control of the house in the short term, but pandering to a structurally artificial conservative minority is destroying their credibility with the general electorate. I fear they are being gerrymandered to death, and while I rejoice in that as a progressive it is a bad thing for democracy.