Those within the Tea Party movement should not be surprised by Rep. Eric Cantor’s loss simply because of where we currently stand as a country. We have not had a jobless recovery, despite what Barack Obama says, and Virginian’s (just like the rest of America) are trying to figure out how to put food on the table, gas in their tank and pay for this “affordable” healthcare system. Yet, instead of focusing on these issues, Cantor was pushing and flip-flopping on immigration reform.
While a large part of the problem is the numerous failed and overreaching policies of the Obama Administration, just as worrisome is that Republicans in Congress haven’t stood up to them and done their job. Eric Cantor, just like so many of his colleagues, has not been focused on the issues that matter to the majority of Americans.
While many are placing the blame on Cantor’s push for Immigration reform, it was also his support of large spending plans, votes on tax increases and to repeal the sequester which gave more than enough motivation for voters to look for another option.
This is one of the largest single Tea Party victories to date, but there are many more to come. Tea Party victories like Ben Sasse in Nebraska, Joni Ernst in Iowa and Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor in Texas only confirm that the Conservative voice is not just strong in one area. We are winning across the country. What is great about the Conservative movement is that we are a movement of momentum and just like a snowball, we are continuing to grow with each Primary.
Our support does not come mainly from large donors, as in the case of Eric Cantor, where more than half of his war chest of $4.7 million dollars came from PAC’s and just 2% came from small donors. Dave Brat’s fundraising was completely opposite than Cantor’s in terms of donors. Brat’s $206,000 came almost completely from individuals, with around 30% being given in $200.00 or less increments. Like in any case, individuals usually put their vote where they put their money regardless of whether if it is $5 or $5,000. In a case where the incumbent outspent his challenger 25-1 and yet the final vote numbers had Brat winning by 56%-44%, the people of the 7th Congressional district of Virginia were obviously invested in David Brat.
I just wonder if once again media pundits will be so quick to write off the power of the Tea Party. In the past, the headline was usually written before the election was even called about the end of the movement. Yet, we must remind them time and time again, that we are a movement, not a Party. Do you remember the other movement that began around the same time at the modern day Tea Party? It was called the Occupy Movement and while I hope their disappearance means they went home, took a bath and got a job, truth is, they are gone from the conversation. You never hear of them pushing legislation or promoting candidates who are faithful to their ideals. But do we ever hear that the Occupy Movement is dead from anyone other than a conservative media personality ever so often?
Many members of the Grand Old Republican Party are not representing the views of conservative Americans that the Tea Party represents. Hence why so many are focused on the land of the Delta. Can lightning strike twice in Mississippi with a Chris McDaniel win? I believe so, as the Conservative movement in Mississippi is already energized and as the race continues to get more and more dirty with Thad Cochran now allegedly recruiting Democrats to cross over and vote. There is no wonder why the latest polling shows McDaniel ahead by almost 5 points.
The real take away lesson for this is that the Establishment has to learn that they cannot live without the grassroots support, passion and energy of the Tea Party and the Tea Party must recognize that the Establishment has the structure and financing that the Tea Party does not. Right now we are having this power struggle within our own family. However, if we don’t quickly find some common ground to unite our side of the aisle promptly after the Primary season is over, then I fear the Democrats will have the ultimate victory.