RICHMOND, VA – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor forgot the basic law of politics, which is “all politics is local.”
And it took David Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, to teach Cantor that important lesson.
Cantor took a 34-point lead going into Tuesday’s Republican primary election in Virginia’s 7th congressional district, which may explain why he spent the day raising money in Washington.
But about an hour after the polls closed, Cantor threw in the towel saying, “Obviously we came up short.”
Brat is a local Tea-Party candidate who received very little financial support from the national conservative group, mostly because he looked like a sure bet to lose.
Instead, he beat Cantor by double digits in one of the biggest upsets in history, “The reason we won this campaign, there is just one reason. And that’s because dollars do not vote. You do.”
The question now is whether Brat’s win strengthens the Tea Party nationally and in Texas.
“A victory like this demonstrates to politicians that they need to be responsive to their own voters, and not to just other political elites,” said Ken Vaughn, Tea Party board chair in Montgomery county.
Then there’s Tea-Party favorite, Texas senator Ted Cruz, who is now a true-blue American.
Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, which gave him dual citizenship, which is no bueno if he wants to run for president.
He filled out the paperwork last year, and just last month received the official boot from Canada.
Now if we could just figure out what country that other guy is from.