The second-in-command Republican in the U.S. House is done. Hard to believe because no one...including Eric Cantor himself...probably thought he was in trouble. So, today, we're left to try to make sense of what happened yesterday in Virginia's Fightin' 7th.
At the very basic level, Tea Party candidate David Brat defeated the powerhouse Cantor by a wide margin. It wasn't even close, and it was called well before all the votes were counted. I'd like to say that Cantor's arrogance cost him, but that would mean that I would have seen this coming. As has been widely reported, Cantor never expected it as his internal polls had him up 34 percentage points over Brat.
I didn't even know there was a Primary in Virginia until the news broke that Cantor was done.
To be frank, I don't know what to make of this. Trying to put it into context is unbelievably hard since something like this hasn't happened since the 19th Century. The world was quite different then. Elections were quite different then. Women, for example, couldn't vote.
The bottom line is people are fed up with what's going on in Washington, and Cantor is a clear reflection of the current gridlocked government we have. I think you saw as well the battle for the soul of the Republican Party playing out again in living color right in front of us all. While the Tea Party's influence has waned a bit, it still wields a heavy hammer in the Primary.
Now is David Brat going to be any better? He's an unknown commodity. Brat credited his election to God working through the people on Fox News and called it a miracle. We'll find out if Brat is worthy over the next few months.
The only thing we know is that the incredibly-powerful Cantor lost to an unknown guy with the last name of Brat. That, my friends, is irony.