The other professor in the race for Cantor’s seat

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...]

House Majority Leader beaten by Tea Party challenger

Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, lost his Virginia district’s Republican primary.  He was defeated by David Brat, a conservative college professor with hardly any money, who was supported by  Tea Party activists.   For other national primary results, go here. [Read more...]

No more congressional pages

When I was a youth, back in the olden days, I got to serve as a page in the Oklahoma state legislature.  It filled me with awe, getting to be on the floor of where laws were made, carrying messages for congressmen when they signaled to the row of us sitting in front and bringing them coffee.  It was a great civic experience.

But now the House of Representatives of the United States of America has canceled its 200-year program, in which some 70 young people come to Washington to serve and to learn as congressional pages.   Congressional leaders who made the decision cite the cost.  $5 million.  But since when does Congress care about that kind of chump change?

I suspect the real reason is the difficulty of safeguarding the pages against the sexual predators in Congress.  Think Reps. Gerry Studds (D-Mass.),   Dan Crane (R-Ill.), and Mark Foley (R-Florida), all of whom were caught in sex scandals with pages.  Better to protect Congressmen than to protect the pages.

How far I have fallen from the respect for lawmakers that I had when I was a page!

 

See End of House Page Program is bittersweet for some lawmakers – The Washington Post.


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