Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the tea party is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are sweating out this year’s election, right? Nope. Mostly they’re not. People talk about throwing the bums out, but voters keep sending the same bunch back in. More than […]
The giant slayer isn’t quite ready for his close up. For the three days since Dave Brat took down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary Tuesday, he’s been holed up in his suburban home, avoiding the reporters and TV trucks waiting out front. While the world wants to know more about the […]
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is offering words of support for Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who has announced a longshot bid to become U.S. House majority leader. Paul was the keynote speaker at Idaho’s Republican Convention on Friday. The 2016 GOP presidential prospect was joined by Labrador and said, “I think Labrador would be a great […]
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor‘s startling primary loss this week to a tea party-backed opponent illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the Republican Party’s future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall. Almost all represent districts that are […]
The California Republican is on a glide path to the No. 2 job in the House
California Republican Kevin McCarthy secured a clear shot to becoming House majority leader on Thursday as his sole rival dropped his bid in a leadership fight that exposed deep fissures within the GOP. Barring an unforeseen challenge, McCarthy is on a glide path to the No. 2 job in the House behind Speaker John Boehner, […]
'The people of this country... have had enough of Washington, D.C.'
A conservative underdog’s swift dispatch of Majority Leader Eric Cantor is feeding tea party dreams in Mississippi and beyond in the 2014 midterm elections. Deeply conservative contenders across the country were cheering little-known Virginia candidate David Brat’s primary upset of Cantor Tuesday as a sign that tea party-backed contenders could shift the Republican party to […]
'This is the end of anything productive getting done legislatively in Congress'
For years, the White House saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a chief driver of Republicans’ staunch opposition to nearly all of President Barack Obama’s agenda. Now, Cantor’s stunning primary loss seems likely to make politics even more difficult for Obama. Rather than opening a pathway for the president, Cantor’s defeat could push Republicans […]
Politics, the President said, can't play a part in the need for reform
President Barack Obama weighed in on the shock election defeat of Republican Eric Cantor on Wednesday, rejecting the argument that the ouster of the House of Representatives’ No. 2 will spell the death knell for immigration reform. Cantor’s ouster by a Tea Party-backed conservative in his Virginia district on Tuesday has sent political shock waves […]
The man who beat Eric Cantor won by blaming immigrants for costing American jobs
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor “was defeated by a candidate who basically ran against immigrants.” In Chicago to promote her new book in a public discussion with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said a “negative attitude about immigration and immigrants” is playing out politically in […]
The tea party viewed Cantor as too willing to compromise
Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor says he will step down as House majority leader on July 31. He plans to stay in Congress but not seek re-election. Cantor announced his decision at a news conference Wednesday. The Virginia Republican revealed his decision a day after his astonishing upset in a primary election by economics professor […]