The defeat of the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor–reportedly the first time someone holding that office has been ousted in a party primary–has Washington, D.C., in a state of shock. (Cantor, who had been projected as a future successor to House Speaker John Boehner, has announced that he is resigning his post.) His unheralded opponent, David Brat, was thought to have no chance, but he was supported by grass roots conservatives identified with the Tea Party movement, and he won the election by a wide margin.
Some Democrats are gleeful that, by electing an inexperienced Tea Party candidate, that a once safe seat for the Republicans in the Virginia district is now in play for them. The problem is, the Democrats were expecting an impossible race against Cantor, so their candidate is equally unheralded and inexperienced. Jack Trammell was the only one who filed for the election and all of his paperwork isn’t even in. [Read more...]