Don’t want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde

Maybe it’s wrong to read too much into this, but there’s been only one surprising upset in the Republican primaries and….

No Jewish Republican Senators either, btw.

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  1. 1
    David Koch says:

    a combined 278 elected Republicans in the House and Senate and there are now ZERO Jews in their caucus.

    That’s a Big WHITE Tent.

  2. 2
    wmd says:

    Virginia loses a majority whip, and gains an AIPAC lobbiest.

  3. 3
    Baud says:

    there’s been only one surprising upset in the Republican primaries and….

    There’s still MS SEN.

  4. 4
    dmsilev says:

    I’d just like to admire these two consecutive headlines on TPM’s feed:

    Cantor Campaign: Internal Poll Showed 34-Point Lead Over Tea Partier

    Cantor Concession Speech: ‘Obviously We Came Up Short’

    Just a tad short.

  5. 5
    JPL says:

    There is a down side. My rep has been trying to attain that status and I like Price as much as I like Cantor. ugh.

  6. 6
    David Koch says:

    To mark this glorious occasion, a special message from the late-great Rodney Dangerfield.

  7. 7
    David Koch says:

    First Majority Leader to EVAH to be ousted in a primary

    it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!


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    RobertDSC-Power Mac G5 Dual says:

    He’s still a shitbag regardless of his religion. Eat a bag of dicks, Eric.

  9. 9

    Big tent seems to have shrunk considerably.

    ETA: How are the MSM toadies spinning it?

  10. 10
    srv says:

    Eric should have converted.

    Ann Coulter @ Fox: Amnesty is good for the Chamber of Commerce and employers looking for cheap labor, but it’s bad for the country.

    Ann recognizes immigration is the nail in the coffin for the Republican Party, and the populist win card.

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    Jennifer says:

    It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving insufferable prick.

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    James E. Powell says:

    You know, it’s funny when big shot whack job right wing Republicans lose to even whackier right wing Republicans. I will probably regret saying this, but right now I just think it’s funny as hell.

    And to see him be so shocked. Was he more shocked than Romney? I think he was. What a dumbass.

    CNN says no comment from Boehner. He’s too busy drinking a bottle of the old stuff right now. He won’t have a comment till after breakfast lunch tomorrow.

  13. 13
    James Hare says:

    Very happy to know that my beloved Commonwealth will not return this fool to Congress. He’s been a huge embarrassment to thinking Virginians and a sterling example of why NOVA secession sometimes seems like a good idea. Bon Voyage, Mr. Cantor. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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    Forkbeard says:

    It’s almost like you’re implying that the Republicans have something against people who aren’t white protestants. We all know that can’t be true…

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Brat just invoked Jesus in his victory speech.

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    David Koch says:

    Here’s a short 3 minute interview with the Tee partier who ousted Cantor (from this morning) and all he said was “illegals”, “illegals”, “illegals”, “illegals”, “illegals”, “illegals”, “did I mention, illegals”.

    The Latino backlash is gonna be beautiful, the GOP will lose 90% of the vote in 2016.

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    Keith P says:

    Makes all those articles a couple of weeks ago about the Republican Establishment being BACK! seem more amusing. Now I want to go track down that old Young Guns TV commercial for laughs.

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    Jennifer says:

    @James E. Powell: I can’t imagine that Boehner is sorry to see him go. He’s put the knife in Boehner’s back more than once, and Boehner can’t have failed to notice that he’s an insufferable prick, either.

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    DougJ says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I do wonder if there’s something to this. Maybe I’m being crazy.

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    @David Koch: Not just the Latino vote.

  21. 21
    Baud says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Ha! And Jesus just cut the feed.

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    Forkbeard says:

    And actually (forgive the quick 2nd post) I’ve been listening to right-wing radio lately, and they’re mighty pissed that Eric Cantor was “For amnesty and immigration” and “had the backing of the US Chamber of Crony Capitalism”, as well as “was rich and sold out people like you and me!”. And they’re mostly pissed about the Chamber of Commerce because THEY also want Immigration reform. Can’t have those people in the country, you know?

    I do love that the Tea Partiers officially hate the Chamber of Commerce now. Let’s get some “Republicans in disarray” articles now. :)

  23. 23
    Killjoy says:

    GOP minority outreach should be pretty awesome the next few years.

  24. 24

    I’m afraid that those of us who correctly understand that it’s a problem for one of our 2 national political parties to be represented exclusively by [certain types of] Christians were already not voting GOP.

    Now we’re down to some hair splitting stuff: Is there a GOP congresscritter who’s a Methodist? Or American [in contrast to Southern, y’all] Baptist? Who keeps track of this kind of crap?

    I’m asking because now that my wife’s friend (may she rest in peace), whose field this was has given up on living, I really don’t know. At some point I have to stop waiting for her forwarded emails to explain the religion in US politics. It’s part of the grieving, I know.

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    James E. Powell says:


    I can’t imagine that Boehner is sorry to see him go.

    That’s what I mean. He’s celebrating.

  26. 26
    dmsilev says:


    It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving insufferable prick.

    Mitt Romney?
    Rick Santorum?

    Just like Peak Wingnut, Peak GOP Insufferable Prick is a lie.

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    srv says:

    @David Koch:

    They’re gonna lose the latino vote by 90% in 2016.

    Not going to help if hating the untermensch wins the Senate.

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    SarahT says:

    @David Koch: hahahahahahhahaha !

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    Judge Crater says:

    What do those hillbillies in Cantor’s district care about immigration? No one has immigrated there in generations.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Keith P: Go to; they’ve got a huge ‘Cantor is toast’ story and that commercial is linked in about halfway down.

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    Helen says:

    OK I don’t do horse races as well as others. My political interest is on the policy side. So for those of you smarter than me:

    Is this result possibly because “regular” (yeah I know I know) republicans have given up and just stayed home? And is it good for us in November? Will they remain on their couches in other parts of the country for the general?

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    beltane says:

    Eric Cantor was what passed as a person of color in the GOP.

  33. 33
    sacrablue says:

    Apparently, Virginians aren’t accustomed to primaries, they usually chose candidates at state party conventions. Only the total loons showed up to vote today. Very low turnout.

  34. 34
    Howard Beale IV says:

    Jesus wept.

    (but not for the reasons you believe.)

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    JPL says:

    @Betty Cracker: What jesus? I’m curious. The Jesus that would be put in gitmo or the jesus that they invented..

  36. 36
    Brian R. says:

    Oh my God, if I don’t stop laughing over this, I’m going to fucking hyperventilate.


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    David Koch says:

    The best part – they did this to themselves.

    They decided to stoke and finance the crazies, the haters, the conspiracy theorists to generate turn out in low turnout races and now their Frankenstein monster is running around the village, destroying it.

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    MattF says:

    @Betty Cracker: No more War on Christmas, I guess. One may note, btw, that the New England Puritans thought that Christmas was mostly pagan nonsense and didn’t celebrate it..

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    raven says:

    @JPL: The one he had on the sign in his hand.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    I hate to be Benny Buzzkill here, but what this means is that the House will continue to be anti-immigration reform, and thanks to gerrymandering, keep anti-reform right wingnuts in protected seats. They can piss off every Latino in the world, and still keep the fucking House.

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    Jose Arcadio Buendía says:

    @Betty Cracker: He has a divinity degree too.

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    srv says:

    @Judge Crater: See Pat Buchanan’s speech at the 1992 RNC Convention.

    Fox News just said 100K Mexican babies are on their way, right now! Don’t you people listen to the radio?

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    SarahT says:

    @RobertDSC-Power Mac G5 Dual: Speaking as a somewhat (ok, pretty much totally) unobservant Jew, I feel fully qualified to suggest that Eric Cantor can kissin mir toches (sp). Also, he should go shit in the ocean (forgot the Yiddish for that, sorry).

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    RSA says:

    Curious Lurker at littlegreenfootballs has a list of Jewish Republicans in Congress going back 16 years, and a couple of nice charts of religious affiliations. Currently, Cantor is the only non-Christian Republican in either house. (Not that there’s much on the Democratic side either, but one is a lot less that 20 or so.)

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    helping hand says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:

    They can piss off every Latino in the world, and still keep the fucking House.

    Not forever. Probably not even for another decade.

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    Brian R. says:

    @David Koch:

    The Latino backlash is gonna be beautiful, the GOP will lose 90% of the vote in 2016.


    The media and the teatards are going to overreact to this, and it’s going to destroy them not just in 2016, but in statewide races in 2014 and beyond.


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    Cermet says:

    Sweet – let the far, far right loons vote out the not so right wing nut jobs – this spells defeat for thugs sooner than I thought (but not this cycle; but might hurt their chances, some) as more and more only semi- insane blue dogs realize that these thugs don’t represent, or care at all for the real middle class. This is the real bite that the teabaggers represent and this will help them get stronger; also, this might finally bite the kock-sucker brothers – the real power of the teabaggers. They may soon discover what riding a tiger really means and realize that their money is being wasted. What asswipes the cock … I mean kock-sucker brothers really are.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    Can’t quote Desmond Dekker with seeing this.

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    MattF says:

    @SarahT: My little grannie used to say that. “Go shit in the sea!”

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    Brian R. says:

    For the only time in my life, John Boehner and I are both very happy about the same thing.

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    JPL says:

    @raven: Oh that one. It is so difficult to keep track of their jesus. OMG Tom Price could move up and at some point I’ll miss Cantor. Did I mention that the only doctor that my sons saw that was questioned by a gold insurance company was tom. yeah I think I mentioned that.

  52. 52
    Suffern ACE says:

    @J.D. Rhoades: yep. Also, no one should have to be subject to constant pressure from their elected officials.

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    CaseyL says:

    Is Cantor’s district that wingnutty, or is this a pickup opportunity for the Dems?

    Anyone know who the Democratic candidate is?

  54. 54
    Brian R. says:

    Fox News is in fucking mourning. It’s like Reagan died again.

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    Baud says:


    R + 7, according to MSNBC. There’s some confusion about whether there is a D candidate.

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    raven says:

    Brat is a mackerel snapper not a baptist.

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    David Koch says:

    @DougJ: You’re not wrong. Remember in 2006 it was discovered that Virginia Senator George Allen was hiding the fact that he was half Jewish, even lying about it.. He knew the fundies wouldn’t turn out in high numbers for someone who didn’t pray to a jewish carpenter.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Brian R.: The bars opened?

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    yet another jeff says:

    It would be irresponsible not to speculate…

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    eemom says:

    Second and thirding the bwaaaahaaaahaaaaas.

    Coincidentally I was driving north through former (bwaahaahaaahaaaa) Cantorcountry this evening whilst this was going down. I did notice that the sun seemed to shine down from teh heavens with especially righteous glory.


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    Brian R. says:


    Judging from the state results page, I’m not even sure they had a contested primary or a candidate at all.

  62. 62
    BGinCHI says:

    Finally, Congress can get something done.

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    beltane says:

    @helping hand: Yep, in a couple of decades it will be the white racists who will me most adversely affected by gerrymandering, corralled into a relatively small number of all-white districts where their votes are inconsequential. Since they are used to living in an echo chamber, they probably won’t notice.

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    JPL says:

    The nice thing about Cantor is that he is the lead or close to the lead on most online sites for the major newspapers. Check out,, latimes and even the tribune.

  65. 65
    beltane says:

    @David Koch: Remember the Maccawitz jokes?

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    Brian R. says:

    Maddow says the Democratic candidate is Jack Trammell, who’s a professor at Randolph-Macon, the same college as the guy who knocked off Cantor.


  67. 67
    raven says:

    Larry Sabato says both candidates are Randolph Macon Profs!

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    burnspbesq says:


    And they’re mostly pissed about the Chamber of Commerce because THEY also want Immigration reform.

    The Chamber is for immigration reform because its members have noticed that immigrants, unlike white trash, show up on time and not hung over over or coming off a meth jag, do their jobs without taking extra-long lunch breaks to listen to Rush, and actually care about the quality of their work.

  69. 69
    David Koch says:

    I blame the Democrats for this disaster.

    If they had only confirmed the great jurist Robert Bork to the Supreme Court and if Obama had only lead and invited Louie Gohmert and Steve “illegals are drug mules with calves like melons” King to play golf, none of this would have happened.

    /Morning Blow

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    Baud says:

    It’s 2014. I can access information from anywhere on Earth in seconds over the Internet. BUT WE CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHO THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE TO CONGRESS IS OR WHETHER THERE IS ONE!


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    Anoniminous says:


    The Virginia GOP has been in a faction fight for some time between the state party establishment and TeaBaggers. The TeaBaggers forced a change from conventions to primaries so they could get their candidates the nomination. Cantor has been siding with the state party.

    So add that into the mix.

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    Brian R. says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    OK, two things.

    Good Lord, if Obama outlasts both Cantor and McConnell, you’ll be able to see his erection from space.

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    raven says:

    Randolph-Macon College Professor and Director of Disability Support Services Jack Trammell will discuss his latest book, The Richmond Slave Trade: The Economic Backbone of The Old Dominion (The History Press, 2012), at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012 in the Washington Room, Washington-Franklin Hall. A book signing will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

    Few people appreciate the extent to which the American slave economy fueled national industrialization and an encompassing continental economic growth. After the ban on the international slave trade in 1808, the North American slave trade gravitated and eventually centered along Wall Street in Richmond, Virginia. The capitalized value of slave labor became as important as the dollar itself, a commodity to be loaned, bought and sold, speculated on, and eventually even serving as a means of financing a fratricidal Civil War. Learn more about this trade, and in the process, challenge some of the sacred myths that still persist about the history of slavery in America.

    In addition to his work as the director of Disability Support Services in R-MC’s Higgins Academic Center, Trammell is also the director of the Honors Program and teaches part-time in the Sociology Department. He earned his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

    Trammell is the author of several books, including the 2010 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Silas House Volume II and Down on the Chickahominy: The Life and Times of a Vanishing Virginia River. In 2009 he won the Virginia Writer’s Club award for non-fiction for his Reflections of a Southern Gentleman Farmer, a collection of vignettes about life with his wife and children on his small farm in Louisa County.

  74. 74
    burnspbesq says:

    @Judge Crater:

    No one has immigrated there in generations.

    I’m guessing you haven’t been in a chicken or hog processing plant in the Southeast in a while.

  75. 75
    Kay says:

    With Mr. Cantor gone from the leadership suites, David Wasserman, an editor at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, predicted “a free-for-all” when House Republicans assemble after the November elections to pick their new leaders. At the very least, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the No. 3 Republican, will seek to move up to majority leader, but he could also challenge Mr. Boehner.
    More broadly, Mr. Cantor’s defeat will embolden conservatives like Representative Tom Price, Republican of Georgia, who has openly complained that the leadership positions are occupied by Democratic or swing-state Republicans. The push will be for “red state” leadership.

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    CaseyL says:

    Oh, boy; the general is gonna be really interesting.

    Need to know what the turnout was, and whether the non-crazy element of Cantor’s support (if there was such a thing) will sit out the general, vote for Brat out of GOP loyalty, or… consider voting for the Democratic candidate.

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    raven says:

    @Baud: The Democratic candidate is Jack Trammell, a professor at Randolph Macon College.

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    Baud says:

    The Associated Press ‏@AP 57s

    BREAKING: US Sen. Lindsey Graham defeats 6 tea party challengers in GOP primary, avoids runoff election

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    Baud says:


    After about an hour of discussion, that does appear to be the consensus.

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    @Kay: I don’t know how non-partisan the Cook report is, Amy Walter of the Cook Report is always spouting Republican CW on the Snooze Hour, whenever she is on.

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    gf120581 says:

    @Brian R.: He’s got to be gloating tonight. From all I’ve read, Obama likes Cantor the least of all the Congressional GOP leaders.

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    beltane says:

    @Kay: Being that we’re talking about Republicans, it will be an actual free-for-all complete with assault rifles and rocket launchers.

  83. 83
    Nashville_fan says:

    Apparently . . . even though “the truth” is slow to get on his shoes . . . he does catch up eventually . . . another hit for the all important “poll” . . . looks like “reality” has overtaken yet another media “meme” . . . and of course . . . let’s not forget the fact that Eric Cantor is a giant #$#@ . . . and now “the truth” has set him free . . . hallelujah! ;o)

  84. 84

    Now for the most important question, have we reached peak wingnut yet?

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    maeve says:

    I just got an email from

    Seriously: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor just lost his primary to a Tea Party challenger. Eric Cantor — Eric. Freaking. Cantor. — is officially too moderate to win the nomination of the Republican Party. And the results are not even close!

    The Tea Party isn’t just alive and well — it’s taken wholesale control of the GOP.

    We’ve got to stop these guys, and here’s why: If they think that the House under Eric Cantor is too moderate, you can only imagine what Congress will look like if they win this November.

    Chip in $75 or more right now, and help Democrats fight the Tea Party:

    Wouldn’t one way to stop them have been to have someone running in that district?

  86. 86
    James E. Powell says:

    @Judge Crater:

    What do those hillbillies in Cantor’s district care about immigration? No one has immigrated there in generations.

    I believe it comes down to a white supremacy thing. Their worldview, their sense of how the world ought to be and how they fit into it has been under attack every day since October 16, 1859.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    Robert Costa ✔ @costareports
    it’s the biggest blow to the GOP establishment in years. Whole network of DC Rs have been wired into Cantor, prepping for when he got gavel
    8:47 PM – 10 Jun 2014

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: No.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:


    As redneck comedian Tim Wilson once wryly observed: “Yer illegal Mexican is a great American! You may have to come pick him up for work, but he’ll be there! All they want is 40 bucks a day, a subway sandwich, and how deep do you want this hole dug?”

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    Anoniminous says:


    Expected. The Not-Graham vote was split between 6 (IIRC) challengers.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @maeve: They do.

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    Baud says:

    Retweeted by MorningMoneyDoug
    Dante Estrada ‏@Napsterrific 35m

    I might just watch @Morning_Joe or read @ron_fournier tomorrow to find how Cantor’s loss is Obama’s fault

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    pseudonymous in nc says:


    It’s 2014. I can access information from anywhere on Earth in seconds over the Internet. BUT WE CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHO THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE TO CONGRESS IS OR WHETHER THERE IS ONE!

    It’s always interesting where that stuff breaks down, probably because there’s one person who’s in charge of it and he uses an Underwood typewriter.

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    DougJ says:


    Fournier’s already started on it.

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    David Koch says:

    Hava nagila, hava nagila
    Hava nagila ve-nis’mecha

    Hava neranena, hava neranena
    Hava neranena venis’mecha

    Uru, uru achim
    Uru achim belev same’ach

    Let us rejoice, let us rejoice
    Let us rejoice and be glad

    Let us sing, let us sing
    Let us sing and be glad

    Awaken, awaken brethren
    Awaken brethren with a cheerful heart.

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    Arclite says:

    @raven: Hey Raven, a bit OT, but you asked about daughter’s swimming. She’s tall and muscular so excels at free and back, and less so at breast and fly, but good enough so that her IM is very competitive. Only being 11, she still needs to work on endurance (she gets tired on longer races) and figure out her pacing, as she’ll have too much gas in the tank at the end of a 200 free for example.

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    raven says:

    @maeve: What the fuck, there are a bunch of posts naming his opponent.

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    Baud says:


    That’s why he gets paid the big bucks.

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    efgoldman says:


    Finally, Congress can get something done.

    Chances of taking back the House in a non-presidential cycle are, unfortunately, very small still.

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    Anoniminous says:

    I was wrong in the previous thread. Democratic Party candidate for Cantor’s old seat* is Jack Trammell.

    * I love being able to type that!

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    Violet says:

    Is there video of Cantor’s crying concession speech available yet? I missed it live.

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    Tripod says:

    We’re gettin’ the Klan back together!

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    raven says:

    @Arclite: Ah great, she’s got plenty of time to figure all that out. Careful of overtraining and too much focus on one sport.

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    Roger Moore says:


    I can’t imagine that Boehner is sorry to see him go.

    Yeah, but he’s not going to be particularly happy with whomever replaces him. He’s going to have a teabagger knife at his back either way.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @Judge Crater:

    What do those hillbillies in Cantor’s district care about immigration? No one has immigrated there in generations.

    All the more reason to treat it as a big scary monster, when the occasional brown face on the street is symbolic of the incoming menace, as opposed to your co-worker or doctor or the person who owns the store.

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    Marc says:


    Not that there’s much on the Democratic side either, but one is a lot less that 20 or so

    Considering the country is only about 2% Jewish, twenty Jewish representatives out of a 200-person Democratic delegation is wildly over-representative. And the House has nothing on the Senate (11 out of 55).

    Zero out of 278, on the other hand…

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    David Koch says:

    I don’t think people are fully grasping what just happened.

    Imagine Nancy Pelosi being ousted by Cindy Sheehan.

    Impossible, right. Well, that’s just what happened in reverse.

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    mdblanche says:

    He should have converted when he had the chance.

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    JPL says:

    @Kay: That has been my biggest concern. He’s just as slimy but maybe won’t be on msm as often.

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    James E. Powell says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:

    They can piss off every Latino in the world, and still keep the fucking House.

    If that guarantees the White House in Democratic hands for the next three elections (or until John Roberts dies, whichever comes first) I will make that deal. Without a new Supreme Court, there is almost nothing we can do to make this a more progressive country.

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    skerry says:

    Trammel’s campaign website

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @David Koch: Why the fuck do you think everyone is talking about it then?

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    burnspbesq says:

    OT, but has anyone found a link to a complete copy of the platform that was adopted by the Texas GOP at its convention last weekend?

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    Kay says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    I think they’re Republicans, too. I always thought the “nonpartisan” was marketing rather than reality.

    Maybe they’re Tea Partiers now, thus the anti-Cantor tilt :)

    Republicans here beat back two Tea Party challengers for the statehouse, but they all still think the Tea Party is good for R turnout in the general in a midterm and I tend to agree.

    Voters said Cantor was “out of touch” and that’s a problem for both Republicans and Democrats, IMO. I hear “out of touch” more often than I hear any specific complaint. There’s a real populist shift on both sides, I think.

    The Tea Party’s will be horrible and xenophobic but the Democrats need to address it, develop a liberal version, or conservatives will run away with the whole concept. I think it’s real.

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    Morzer says:

    @Howard Beale IV:

    Actually, tonight Jesus Swept.

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    Anoniminous says:

    @David Koch:

    I understand it, all right. I’m having too much fun laughing and drinking white wine to care. The Tea Party has claimed another scalp and whether Brat wins or loses the important thing is immigration reform will not now, not ever, get one GOP vote. Which is going to kill them going forward.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @burnspbesq: Here you go.

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    mdblanche says:

    @burnspbesq: In English or the original German?

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    SarahT says:

    @MattF: And I also used to hear, ‘He can kiss my ass in Macy’s window” and “He should go lie in the dirt ’til his head sprouts like an onion”. Yiddish is just the best.

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    James E. Powell says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    The internets, they are yours for the day.

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    Brian R. says:

    @David Koch:

    That’s the perfect analogy. Well done.

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    Elizabelle says:


    David Brat has a Master’s in Divinity from Princeton, and then he got the Ph.D. in Economics.

    From Brat’s website:

    A product of the rural Midwest, he learned the value of faith, family, and a strong work ethic at a young age. Dave was determined to get an education that would empower him to help others reach their economic dreams.

    Dave’s journey led him to Princeton where he obtained a Masters in Divinity and on to American University where he earned a Ph.D. in Economics. That education has led him to a career serving the Commonwealth.

    In 1996, Dave and Laura moved to Henrico and he began teaching Economics and Ethics at Randolph-Macon College, and he chaired the Economics and Business department for the past 6 years.

    He has served the Commonwealth in numerous capacities. Dave served two Governors on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists. He was president of the Virginia Association of Economists. Dave has been honored to serve the Commonwealth in numerous capacities including: serving two Governor’s on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists and serving on the Richmond Metropolitan Authority, the Great Aspirations Scholarship Program, and the VACO OPEB Investment Board.

    His economic expertise has also been recognized by his peers who elected him as president of the Virginia Association of Economists, and the Governor also appointed him to the Virginia Board of Accountancy.

    Dave is also regularly called upon by regional TV Stations and Newspapers to offer understandable insights into current economic issues and to provide ethical insights on the public policy issues of the day.

    An active member in the Henrico Republican Party, Dave has been a consistent conservative voice in his community.

    Dave has spoken on ethics and economics and worked with a diverse range of groups including most of the regional Rotary Clubs, many Churches, businesses, academic institutions, political groups, the Asian Chamber, the Richmond Federal Reserve, and a host of business associations.

    A man of deep faith, Dave attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church with his wife Laura and their two children: Jonathan, 15 and Sophia, 11.

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    Brian R. says:

    Steve Kornacki is suggesting that Ben “Cooter” Jones urged local Democrats to cross over in the open primary and vote against Cantor.

    If that’s true, and in numbers that mean anything, that’s hilarious on so many levels.

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    SFAW says:

    @David Koch:

    in the House and Senate and there are now ZERO Jews

    You know who ELSE had zero Jews in the legislature?


    He’s put the knife in Boehner’s back more than once

    Interesting choice of words. Dolchstosslegende, anyone?

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    Anoniminous says:


    Yes the wave of populism is real but it’s not an ideology or philosophy or even a political stance. It’s a movement based on resentiment at being pushed down and kept down. The Left and Right wings of a populist movement do not and will not agree on solutions. We see this today. The TeaBaggers are Right Wing populists par excellance and the Occupy Movement are an example of Left Wing populists. Maybe you can find something in common that can be forged into Public Policy. I can’t.

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    Kay says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Because that’s the big risk with populism, right? That it turns stupid and mean. Pointing in a direction and saying “it’s their fault”. Here’s it’s “immigration” but it could have been any group. Democrats almost have an obligation to address it, present an alternative to that fear and anger and it can’t just be what I consider “advice” (go to college, work hard, eat right, whatever) :)

    They’re doing too much advising of the masses, Democrats. I’m annoyed and a little offended by it and I am not unemployed, deeply in debt. etc.

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    RSA says:

    @Marc: Oops, thanks for the correction. (Also, I miscounted–I was counting non-Christian, non-Jewish people in Congress, and there are only ten of those.)

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    @Kay: They (Dems) do come off as condescending and clueless at times, I agree.

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    Kay says:


    I think they should pay attention to the “crony capitalism” charge from the Tea Party.

    That’s about captured politicians. It’s also about “small government”, so obviously liberals wouldn’t go in that direction, but I think the “corruption” idea behind that is serious because it touches on so many things for liberals; campaign finance, captured regulators, revolving doors, outright actual corruption, etc.

    I think it’s bigger on the liberal or Democratic side than “OWS”. It’s ordinary Democrats. They think DC is irrelevant, that it has nothing to do with them.

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    gbear says:

    So how long until some beltway types says this is great news for Cantor because he can now dedicate himself to his 2016 presidential race? How long until Cantor realizes how much grift money he can rake in by being a fake presidential candidate?

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    SFAW says:

    @David Koch:

    a combined 278 elected Republicans in the House and Senate and there are now ZERO Jews in their caucus.

    Just thinking of the fun one could have at Cantor’s expense:

    “There are now ZERO Jewish axe murderers in their caucus”
    “There are now ZERO Jewish female impersonators in their caucus”
    “There are now ZERO Jewish child molesters in their caucus”

    and so forth

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    SFAW says:


    this is great news for Cantor

    or John McCain.

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    Kay says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Yeah, we’ll see. The craziness of Republicans obscures a lot of problems in the Democratic Party. Republicans are so dramatic and loud and they get so much coverage but Democrats have real cracks forming, IMO.

    I just see it popping up all over the place. Cuomo’s polling is absolutely horrible and so is Rahm Emanuel’s. Who is a really strong Democratic governor right now besides Jerry Brown? I don’t know, is Hickenlooper popular? Who else?

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    @Kay: The neo-liberal economic status quo is crumbling, what it will be replaced by is anybody’s guess.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:


    Who is a really strong Democratic governor right now besides Jerry Brown?

    Martin O’Malley.

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    gbear says:

    @Kay: Dayton is popular with dems in MN, although he got a bit flakey when he was in DC for one term.

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    Forkbeard says:

    @burnspbesq: Yeah, no kidding. The Chamber is slightly sane – they know that not deporting the cheapest, most efficient workers is probably a good idea. They may even be on board with the whole “broaden the tax base by having more (poor) people pay in”, which is what would happen if a bunch of people suddenly got their papers.

    But to the Tea Party and the Talk Radio set, the ONLY reason for immigration reform is so that more undocumented people can triple vote for Obama. Which doesn’t make sense on so many levels it’s… actually, it’s still pretty funny. But they apparently think that being for Immigration Reform means you literally want America to burn. It’s crazy.

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    Kay says:


    I approve of him, so I’m glad :)

    I love Minnesota, generally, though. “We’re the good government state!”

    Everyone else just sheepishly concedes: “yes, that’s true”.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I for one can hardly wait to read Charlie Pierce’s take on this tomorrow. And I am counting on Raven to prove a blow-by-blow of Joe’n’Mika starting at 6:01 a.m.

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    Anoniminous says:


    “The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.” — Bertolt Brecht

    We got a lot of political illiterates in the US. We’re heading into an election that, if recent history holds, less than 42% of voters will get off their asses and vote, never mind engage. The crony capitalists engage in EVERY election. Gaur-an-teed. Until that dynamic is change The System will keep on running.

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    Kay says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    Thanks. I get discouraged with the governors. The other day I realized “Quinn is horrible, too!” I’m thinking Quinn and Rahm Emanuel will be campaigning together and liberal Democrats will be picketing them both :)

    Just a disaster. Rahm Emanuel actually hired a person from Ohio who was corrupt while IN Ohio, which is probably why left! Then he was indicted.

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    @skerry: Good lord.

    1) Who’s in for 5 bucks to buy the Democrat a laptop with a RETURN key that works?
    2) The Democratic candidate is a native of Kentucky who lives on a farm and has 7 children? (And the directions to the farm probably include, Turn off the pavement by the break in the guardrail and then left at the crick, you can’t miss it.)


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    Roy G. says:

    @raven: I can’t wait to hear what our friend Pat Lang is going to say about this!

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    Kay says:


    Oh, I’ll engage. I’m having a picnic for the Ohio governor candidate and I love the candidate for Sec of State. We don’t have any federal races here, really. Our House member will stroll to victory.

    It’s weird out there, though. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

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    gbear says:

    @Kay: I got my ’15 years with the state’ gift today and a certificate signed by Dayton. I’ll value it a lot more than my 10 year certificate signed by Pawlenty. I made the mistake of choosing the color-on-color monogram for the jacket; you can’t even tell it’s there. Bummer.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @PhoenixRising: The Dem was born in the “South” and lives on a farm. How is this a bad thing for this race?

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    DougJ says:


    Cuomo’s polling is absolutely horrible

    Good. I don’t think his Republican challenger would be that different from him, FWIW.

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    gbear says:


    lives on a farm and has 7 children

    Won’t that be a tempting plus for the vagina-as-clown-car conservatives?

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    Well played, good sir.

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    Anoniminous says:


    I’ll engage too. At this point in my life I cannot not engage. (My name is Anoniminous and I’m a politicalholic. :-)

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @burnspbesq: I do think they amended it to change some of the dates.

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    Origuy says:


    Who keeps track of this kind of crap?

    Pew Research does.

    The new, 113th Congress includes the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate, the first Hindu to serve in either chamber and the first member of Congress to describe her religion as “none,” continuing a gradual increase in religious diversity that mirrors trends in the country as a whole. While Congress remains majority Protestant, the institution is far less so today than it was 50 years ago, when nearly three-quarters of the members belonged to Protestant denominations.

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    Barry says:

    @Kay: “I think they should pay attention to the “crony capitalism” charge from the Tea Party. ”

    Tell you what – we’ve seen a number of states where the Tea Party has massive clout. How many of them have taken steps *against* crony capitalism?

    Name them. I have not heard of any, but maybe that’s the liberal media.

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    Barry says:

    @Kay: test

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