The Tea Party will take any win they get and won’t hesitate to use it as fodder for the country changing. If you haven’t heard by now, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his district’s GOP primary to a guy named Dave Brat, a college professor and Tea Party member. Cantor outspent his opponent in spades yet lost in convincing fashion. So why did he lose?
“Cue The Rant!”
Eric Cantor lost because he lost touch with his district. He also lost because Brat and the Tea Party successfully painted him as soft on immigration while simultaneously scaring his constituents into thinking illegal immigrants are ‘taking jobs’ and ‘benefiting off the system.’
While Cantor losing his seat came as a surprise, in our own backyard with Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel the same thing is very much possible. Cochran, the 40 year veteran and favorite is getting staunch competition from Tea Party backed McDaniel. During the primarily Cochran actually lost but it was so close that they are headed to a run-off.
If you listen to the Tea Party supporters, they are very excited and think that these high profile Republican senators and congressmen losing signifies American’s frustration with the establishment. But that isn’t necessarily the case.
Jon Stewart eloquently argues the case below.
The Tea Party is a well organized and well financed machine attempting to and succeeding at making waves in American politics. They think their views are shared with the majority of the country but everyone knows it’s far from the truth. It’s only shared by a very loud and active small minority. And while their dreams and hard work have propelled them this far, their delusions will be the death of them.