Posted: 9:40 am Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Georgia threads in Eric Cantor’s defeat 

By Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

The unexpected shellacking of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., by tea party forces has plenty of Georgia tendrils. We’ll begin with this from the New York Times:

Mr. Cantor’s defeat will embolden conservatives like Representative Tom Price of Georgia, who has openly complained that the leadership positions are occupied by swing-state Republicans.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogCandidates to move up could include Mr. Price, Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas, or brash newcomers like Representative Tom Graves of Georgia, Mr. Wasserman said. The message is that the House must be run by even more conservative leaders.

From that same NYT article:

David Wasserman, a House political analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said another, more local factor has to be acknowledged: Mr. Cantor, who dreamed of becoming the first Jewish speaker of the House, was culturally out of step with a redrawn district that was more rural, more gun-oriented and more conservative.

“Part of this plays into his religion,” Mr. Wasserman said. “You can’t ignore the elephant in the room.”

Over at the Washington Post, the Wonkblog notes that Cantor’s defeat has huge implications for proponents of big business:

Cantor lost to a challenger who specifically attacked him for his close ties to business — going so far as to single out the BRT and the Chamber.

“The central theme of [David] Brat’s campaign is that Cantor is beholden to business — specifically the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable,” wrote Politico in April.

“If you’re in big business, Eric’s been very good to you, and he gets a lot of donations because of that, right?” Brat said at a local meeting of Republicans in Virginia, according to Politico. “Very powerful. Very good at fundraising because he favors big business. But when you’re favoring artificially big business, someone’s paying the tab for that. Someone’s paying the price for that, and guess who that is? You.”

Don’t be surprised if, in Georgia, Republican David Perdue quickly begins attacking U.S. Senate run off rival Jack Kingston as a U.S. Chamber of Commerce candidate.

In the GOP runoff race to replace Jack Kingston in Congress, Bob Johnson is already taking heed of the Cantor loss. The Savannah surgeon, running as a tea party foil to state Sen. Buddy Carter in the coastal First District, issued a statement saying the result “serves as a warning to liberal Republicans like Carter.”

On Tuesday, an internal Kingston campaign poll surfaced, showing the Savannah congressman winning 49 to 35 percent in a head-to-head match-up against former Dollar General CEO David Perdue. We have three reasons to take the survey with more than a grain of salt.

First of all, it’s an internal poll. Secondly, it was taken May 27-29, well before an AJC article pointing out that a felon whom U.S. authorities are seeking to deport has acted as Kingston’s biggest campaign bundler.

Then there’s the fact that the internal Kingston survey was conducted by John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates – the same pollster used by Gov. Nathan Deal, Attorney General Sam Olens and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

McLaughlin was also Cantor’s pollster. And last week, he gave Cantor a 34-point lead.

Conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham is taking much of the credit for Cantor’s defeat. But Tom Crawford of the Georgia Report points to another Georgia thread this morning:

Ben “Cooter” Jones, a former Democratic congressman from Georgia who now lives in Virginia, called on Democrats in that area to cross over in the primary election and vote for Brat to help beat Cantor.

“By voting for David Brat in the Seventh District Republican primary, we Democrats, independents, and Libertarians can make a big difference in American politics,” Jones said in a letter to Virginia Democrats. “It is your right to cast that vote.”

“A vote for David Brat will be heard not just throughout Washington, D.C. but around the world,” predicted Jones, who was defeated by Cantor in a 2002 congressional race.

In an email to the National Journal, pollster John McLaughlin said the “Cooter” factor likely contributed to higher-than-expected turnout. From the report:

“Over the weekend Democrats like Ben Jones and liberal media were driving their Democratic voters on the internet into the open primary,” McLaughlin wrote. “Eric got hit from right and left. In our polls two weeks out Eric was stronger with Republicans at 70% of the vote, but running under 50% among non Republicans.”

“Untold story,” McLaughlin continued, “is who were the new primary voters? They were probably not Republicans.”

Many commentators have already declared immigration reform dead in the House this year as a result of Cantor’s loss. Another probably-already-dead-but-now-certainly-so policy — a Voting Rights Act rewrite.

Cantor was the highest profile GOP backer of the plan, pushed by Atlanta Democrat John Lewis among others, to put Georgia and three other states back under federal pre-clearance for their new voting laws. It has not received a committee hearing since being introduced in January.

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Eric Cantor’s defeat drew attention away from a harsh counterattack made Tuesday by businessman David Perdue, in a tough GOP runoff for U.S. Senate against Jack Kingston. 80,000 in cash bundled by a felon that authorities are attempting to deport.

But Perdue also pointed to a 2011 article from ProPublica, the investigative journalism website, which documented Kingston’s support for a prominent Savannah car dealer and his quest for a presidential pardon. Kingston accepted $10,100 from the car dealer’s family before the pardon, and $13,050 afterwards.

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Gov. Nathan Deal, the Republican incumbent, clearly has a richer godfather than Democratic challenger Jason Carter, according to the Center for Public Integrity:

Through March, the Republican Governors Association has spent five times more around the country than it did at the same point four years ago while the Democratic Governors Association’s overall spending is double what it was in 2010, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service….

Already the RGA has spent more than $15 million overall on its operations. By comparison, the group had spent just over $3 million through March in 2010, part of more than $110 million spent during the cycle that helped the party pick up five governorships previously held by Democrats.

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The Georgia U.S. Senate race is drawing interest all the way across the pond. The London-based Guardian has a deep dive on Georgia’s demographic changes.

The whole piece is worth a read but among the interesting tidbits: Michelle Nunn would not say whether George H.W. Bush or Barack Obama has been a better president, and her campaign estimates there are 632,000 “likely Nunn supporters” who voted in the 2012 presidential race after staying home in 2010.

153 comments
LostGoat
LostGoat

the billionaires in the chamber of commerce are furious that their puppet cantor got beat by some no name professor.  now they'll have to kick in more millions to buy him off and put in their pocket.

juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

Look for all of the wing nuts to become even more nutty and extreme.  as if they haven't already doubled down on crazy, this is going to be a real knee slapper, watching them all trying to out do one another.

Chris30338
Chris30338

The civil war on the Right rages on and the Democratic Party will be the winners.

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

This has little to do with Tea Party.


All of Washington needs flushed out.

Atl50
Atl50

The problem with the Tea Party agenda is that it is far right of where most Americans are on most issues.  The far left agenda kept the Democrats out of power for years -- until Bill Clinton brought the party back towards the center, where the vast majority of Americans are. The defeat of Cantor will only pull the party away from more Americans who may otherwise vote Republican in the next presidential election.  Yee-haw, Cantor is out!  But wait -- Hillary has a better chance now?!

newsphile
newsphile

Vote every incumbent, from every party, out!  All of us middle-of-the-road voters have stood by and let the far right and far left politicians line their pockets.  Our apathy has allowed greed and corruption to become the norm. I am not a supporter of the Tea Party.  I simply think we need to clean House and Senate because no one in DC seems to have our country's best interest at heart.  The common attitude up there is entirely self-serving. We need moderate-thinking elected servants who demonstrate their love of our country.  Sadly, it's now very difficult for an honest individual to be elected to public office.

bbeforec
bbeforec

The worthless people of NO are going down.  Hooray.

EdUktr
EdUktr

The White House and its liberal media allies (Jim; the AJC) are desperate to blame Eric Cantor's loss on anything other than ... his support for AMNESTY!

likeitis
likeitis

Urgent message from the House and Senate Please sit down all you voters and quit rocking the boat.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

While me and millions of others loved the honorable Rep. Cantor, He was still rightfully fired for sticking with the status quo. This is a sympathetic ditto to other establishment Republicans who served honorably, but became too soft and lost their way.


Congratulations to the future honorable Rep. David Brat. Folks, at least 85-90 percent of this once-free nation agrees and knows full well that the rightful Republican Party of America is coming back to its roots which includes small government, no/low taxe$, pro-business agenda, low regulation, traditional marriage, the rightful return of the culture of life and a FIRM stance against special interests by saying NO to anyone's radical agenda.


So, come this autumn, members of the Democrat Party will realize that their Marxist vision is yesterday's news and OUR pro-growth/pro-life vision IS the future. Folks, can we say the word, "Referendum?" FACT: THIS IS a referendum on the failed Hussein Obama "administration." "Mr." Obama: You had your chance, you failed and you need to be rightfully impeached and quickly removed from The Oval Office.


Last night's proper tea party victory is a sign of the times and thank The Lord Almighty that WE ARE WINNING!


Amen, Bill

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

The extreme left is just as bad as the extreme right in terms of the damage being done to this great nation. What has changed is now, those extreme factions are willing to allow America to "go over the cliff" the prove their point. They have become the suicide bombers of extreme politics and that has never been seen in America before. While both parties have some blame, it is clearly the GOP that is being forced further and further to the right. And the further you go the the extreme, the smaller the number of people under the tent become. And that is the suicide mission that the GOP is on. Anyone who even utters the word compromise is subject to a beat down at the ballot box. What several bloggers on this site don't understand is that this is not a sustainable position. White males are the only demographic that is declining in American politics. And the GOP is going to realize, albeit too late, that the only folks standing under their tent is a few old, disgruntled white men. And that is not a formula for success.

RalphMorton
RalphMorton

The republicans are in a downward spiral....


peewilly
peewilly

Anyone who does not see the illegal amnesty situation as paramount is just ignorant or blind to what they will do and are doing to this country. I will never vote, or support anyone who takes that stand/platform.

Good Riddance  ERIC CANTOR.

Jke
Jke

Bob Johnson/Buddy Carter 1st Dist. race -- Johnson said the result “serves as a warning to liberal Republicans like Carter.”  Is there any such thing as "Liberal Republicans"? 

Bernie31
Bernie31

Eric "Judas" Cantor....this is what happens when you Run with the Children of Darkness....

td1234
td1234

@BoomTown You do understand that the Chambers of Commerce is set up for small businesses. 

td1234
td1234

@Chris30338 Says who? Will the Democrats reclaim the House due to this civil war in November? How many Governorships will the Democrats reclaim due to this so called civil war? 

td1234
td1234

@Atl50 And there are to many moderate people that do not realize that Obama, Pelosi and Reid has taken the Democratic party back even more to the far left than it was when Clinton took office. 

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

EDUktr

What you really mean in Cantor's willingness to COMPROMISE on amnesty. And any conservative who dares to compromise, winds up with a bullseye on his back. Again, that is not a sustainable position for the GOP.

So, tell me old wise one, how would you solve the illegal immigration problem? It seems the ONLY position acceptable to the far right is to round up every single illegal alien and ship them home. I wonder, have you ever listened to that statement and realized how totally impractical that is? It's virtually impossible. And IF it could be done, they would be back within a week. And oh fiscal conservative, have you ever thought of the cost to do that or the financial cost to American businesses? It's a disastrous position to take, and Cantor had enough sense to understand that. In politics, it is rarely "winner take all" . By definition, politics is the art of compromise. Finding some middle ground on immigration reform would be much wiser than continuing to alienate voters and fracture the party.

I'm afraid I'm probably talking too logical for you to grasp my point. So just sit back and wait until 2016 and see which party still occupies the White House. The far right will be the end of the GOP.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Bill OrvisWhite 

Folks, at least 85-90 percent of this once-free nation agrees and knows full well that the rightful Republican Party of America is coming back to its roots...

Folks, at least 85-90 percent of this once-free nation agrees and knows full well that I will have a threesome this evening with Catrinel Menghia and Scarlett Johansson

billygreen
billygreen

@gotalife We'll be here when you leftists and flamers are rotting in the box, Don'tHaveALife. Sorry to be the one to clue you up...

td1234
td1234

@gotalife Yes, all the moderates have already been kicked out of the Democratic party in 2010 and they are all lockstep far left progressives now. 

billygreen
billygreen

@PoliticalOutsider No, the leftist Dimsticks are exponentially worse; if you don't know that, you don't know enough to intelligently comment on the subject...

billygreen
billygreen

@RalphMorton No, RalphMoron, you must have some defective spatial abilities. When PBO and the leftists are through destroying the country, you guys will have disappeared. Even leftists have some shame... 

td1234
td1234

@RalphMorton And yet they control the House, have better than a 60% chance of gaining control of the Senate, will control more than 25 governors mansions and will control more than 50% of all state legislative houses. 


Yes, in the progressive world that is  a downward spiral. LOL

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

@Jke any republican who doesn't call the president a NWORD is considered a liberal republican

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

@td1234 @BoomTown


When they say "Chambers of Commerce" they are not talking about the small business chambers, but the US Chamber of Commerce", which represent big corporations, with strong lobbying agency in Washington.


ex animo

davidfarrar

Chris30338
Chris30338

@td1234 @Chris30338  Pushing the Republican Party even further to the Right will drive away independents that you guys need to win Presidential elections. Add Blacks, Hispanics, educated women, Gays and anyone under 30 to that equation and you have a hole no amount of BS is going to fill. I know plenty of socially liberal Republicans who don't even bother voting anymore because of what the Republican Party has become. As far as the states are concerned, demographics are the tide that not even the Koch Brothers billions can stop. Texas will turn Blue in 10-15 years. Virginia is already going through the process. You can't stop the tide and it's coming in.


In 25-30 years, history will view the Tea Party as the John Birch Society of it's time. Ironic and fitting considering both were founded by the same family. In case you forget history, the elder Koch was one of the founders of the John Birch Society and the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree.

deerockin
deerockin

@td1234 @Atl50 Obama Pelosi and Reid are anything but far left.

You are just told that they are by an institution that likes to rewrite the definitions of words and present opinion as fact.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@PoliticalOutsider

There's no "compromise" possible on amnesty. Either our laws are enforced—or lawbreakers are (as in 1986) rewarded for jumping the immigration queue and stealing jobs and welfare benefits.

And don't give me that crap about "paying a fine" and "learning English."

An estimated 23 million Americans and legal immigrants are currently under-employed.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

@Kamchak td1234

Well, of course I would expect such mockery from non other than you secular progressive fools. When will you realize that this once-free nation can be free again if we simply went back to the basics which include nuclear families, go back onto The Gold Standard, cut or eliminate entitlements especially ObamaCare and expand our military might? Let's get serious and talk about solutions to the degradation of America which was created by those on the left. 

Amen, Bill 

td1234
td1234

@Kamchak That line would be more believable if you said Lenin and Stalin. 


Just sayin.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 after the 2013 government shut down by the obstuctionist party your first atta boy is sure to change which will have a definite affect on your second one.  This leaves your third and fourth to which I say may God have mercy on our souls.  If the rest of the sane population within the United States of America start to pray in sync with me our prayers are gauranteed to be answered. 

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Chris

Preach on brother! You are absolutely correct. td just can't see the Forrest for the trees.

td1234
td1234

@deerockin Yea right. Are you trying to tell us that Clinton was more to the left than Obama? 


Compared to Clinton, Obama is a far left loon and that is how far the Democratic party has went. If the party was in the middle then why is Barrow the only remaining southern conservative Democrat? Why Clinton was in office there were many southern conservative Democrats. 

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Ed

Ok. Tell me your solution. Tell me a practical and affordable way to round up all of the illegals, ship them back, and KEEP them from coming back. If you have a practical and workable solution, you will be the FIRST one in history to accomplish that.

Just in case you don't have one, COMPROMISE is the ONLY solution.

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@Bill OrvisWhite @Kamchak Bill is having the last laugh on most here. Why is it that no one recognizes his posts for what they are?


Satire.


Visit his blog.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Bill OrvisWhite 

Well, of course I would expect such mockery from non[sic] other than you secular progressive fools.

Expect such mockery again when you don't substantiate outlandish assertions, sport.

Just deridin'.

Kamchak
Kamchak

More projection than an IMAX theater.

Just sayin'.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser Obamacare will have a million times more negative effect on America than anything the shut down did. 

billygreen
billygreen

@forexbomb @Bill OrvisWhite @Kamchak Since when in the entire history of the earth DID they have anything positive to contribute? From Marx, to Lenin, to the latest dullard, PBO, they're nothing but destroyers. We've got a better retirement plan than you leftists do, Chalk; if you want to do diligent research, pick up the Word. The Almighty actually knows more than you do--you'll be shocked...

billygreen
billygreen

@Kamchak You'll have to answer for every idle word, Kamchalk; best be nice, esp to us pilgrims. Ciao, baby...

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 still on that the sky is falling from Obamacare trip huh?  It didn't work in the 2012 presidential election and it's not going to work now.  The difference between what I am saying and what you are saying is that my thoery has been proven while yours is still only making rounds on the daily right wing talk circuit whose listeners did not and still do not equal enough to have a major effect in a national election or to change the structure of the country's house and senate. The ideology of the tea party is too extreme and most Americans are not willing to travel down that road. Voices from the extreme southern right are not even a close representation of the make up of the rest of country which will also be voting.  Remember that.