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  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2014 7:41 p.m.

    After Cantor spoke of his support of the "Dream Act" he tried to backtrack. Today, we know what he would have really done - supported amnesty - he said so himself.

    Kudos to Virginians for sending this guy packing!

    The Tea Party (which isn't really a party BTW)did send members back in May to give guidance and training to Brat supporters, but they didn't offer much else.
    Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levin did though. Maybe it says something about Virginia voters NOT listening to the lamestream media much anymore?

    Brat was outspent roughly 40 to 1. BTW - WHAT did Cantor spend his (almost)5 million dollars on that he got such poor results?

    Cantor spent VERY LITTLE time in his homestate. Most of the RINO's don't. They like to party and schmooze too much. Who wants to give up that?

    If/when voters get the truth, they can make pretty smart choices!

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    June 11, 2014 9:28 p.m.

    Good riddance, hope they vote out all Rino's

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    June 11, 2014 9:33 p.m.

    There's a change ah comin.

  • Haiku Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 11, 2014 10:21 p.m.

    That's impossible!
    The tea party movement's dead.
    My TV said so.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 11, 2014 10:40 p.m.

    If the republicans can't do something responsible, and that appears to be the case, then here's hoping this guy brings some of that true tea party crazy for entertainment value.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    June 11, 2014 11:16 p.m.

    I know this is just one primary election. But one gets the sense that something big is coming, kind of like when the ocean recedes before a tsunami. It could be that the past two years of Obama's behavior is going to end up costing the Dems dearly in November. Cantor's mistake is that he didn't listen to the people in his district.

  • Mark l SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 11, 2014 11:25 p.m.

    It makes sense, he is from a very conservative district. It is the only way to replace an incumbent in this district. A democrat has very little chance in that district. It would be nearly impossible for a republican to replace Nancy Pelosi.

  • kolob1 sandy, UT
    June 12, 2014 6:15 a.m.

    The tea party is the undertaker of the Republican Party. The tea party will gorge itself on its' own until it burst. Cantor's blatant political opportunism, much like Mitt Romney's South Carolina switch to the far right. is what "dun him in". I have more respect for a REAL member of the tea party , excepting Mike Lee who is an opportunist, than I do for the mealy mouthed one issue baiters like Chaffetz.
    Immigration as an moral issue is a dead issue. It has been dead for twenty years. Immigration as a revenge issue is alive and well. Thanks to the likes of Cantor, Mike Lee and Jason Chaffetz,

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 12, 2014 6:23 a.m.

    Senator Bennett knows the impact of not listening to his constituents when the tea-party surfaced at the convention. He didn't have his ear to the ground. Cantor liked his high position more than taking care of constituents in his own district. His meeting with Chaffetz where no inkling of the election being mentioned shows both Congressmen lacking while riding their horses.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    June 12, 2014 6:35 a.m.

    To all who think money is such a bad thing in politics. Notice what happened here. Cantor spent more money on lunch than this guy did in his whole campaign.

  • Bruce A. Frank San Jose, CA
    June 12, 2014 6:46 a.m.

    I just love the knee-jerk reaction to the term TEA Party as if it were a curse word. Those who react that way have not a clue. Brat speaks of law and the Constitution and some are scared to death they might have to actually take one of those jobs created when government is brought under control.

    As for immigration reform, Cantor endorsed a path to citizenship with the phrase "amnesty" thrown in for votes. Brat speaks of enforcing existing law. Currently there is no law being enforced and we are in the process of drowning under the tens of thousands flooding across an unenforced border. Children enticed by Obama's and Cantor's cheap labor and ballot stuffing dreams.

    TEA Party is truly a grass-roots movement trying to prevent the collapse of this nation. Amazing that Cantor can outspend his opponent 40:1 and somehow his message is turned down by the electorate.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    June 12, 2014 6:53 a.m.

    A couple of predictions: One, the remaining GOP candidates for the upcoming elections will be less willing to compromise with Obama or Democrats on anything so that they can be re-elected and appear more TEA Party-like, and then we have another two years of gridlock and inaction on critical issues, such as the economy, jobs, immigration, etc.

    Two, the GOP continues to shift to the right and becomes less relevant to younger voters.

    Polls show that even young Republicans are more liberal on social issues and wish the party were more focused on business and the economy -- instead of anti-civil rights (e.g., voter registration, opposition to gay marriage), anti-science (e.g., climate change is a hoax, advocacy of creationism and religion in schools), and anti-health (e.g., anti-ObamaCare, promotion of junk foods in school lunch programs, etc.).

    What has happened to the pro-business GOP? It's been toppled by a right-wing social agenda that is increasingly unattractive to today's youth who want jobs and economic opportunity -- not more religion in schools, "freedom fries" on their school plates, or attacks on gay rights.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    June 12, 2014 7:00 a.m.

    Dave Brat is NOT a Tea Party candidate. Anyone listening to him (instead of the MSM) heard him say that he ran on sound Republican principles and common sense values...free market place being one of them. I didn't hear anything he said as "far out" there. We need to elect more candidates that listen to the people instead of the lobbyists and special interests in Washington, D.C. any libs that think otherwise, please listen to the man himself. He will represent "we the people".

    This outrage at the borders right now that only FOX is covering is outrageous. Sending thousands of children and teenagers into this country from South America is criminal to say the least. We must secure our borders. In Rules for Radicals one of the principles is "overwhelm the system." That is what this administration is doing right now. God bless America!

  • Uncle_Fester Niskayuna, NY
    June 12, 2014 7:07 a.m.

    Virginians went RINO hunting and bagged a biggun.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 12, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    "It’s about a party starving for new ideas and party leaders who haven’t responded . . . "

    It's about the GOP . . . A Party starving for another fantasy in which they can immerse themselves for a while . . . Something that reinforces their prejudices but doesn't turn around and bite them too hard, at least not right away.

    . . . Something that will make them feel good about themselves in the short term, but will most likely force their children and grandchildren to pay the price.

    . . . Something like Reaganomics . . . A policy the nation is reeling from now, and a policy still revered by unrealistic and willfully delusional Right Wingers who have made an art of blaming others for their own extensive and repeated failures.

  • ElmoBaggins Escalante, UT
    June 12, 2014 7:15 a.m.

    Let all incumbents beware!The people are tired of your lack of action....Mike Lee and Chaffetz are next!

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 12, 2014 7:18 a.m.

    Haiku -

    "The tea party movement's dead."

    Wrong!

    The Tea Party IS the Republican Party . . . a bunch of extremists . . . some of whom love to carry guns and Don't-Tread-On-Me-Flags, while looking for opportunities to make strong statements against the government, as recently demonstrated in Las Vegas.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2014 7:20 a.m.

    They are all in line for the extreme right blaze tea party leadership position. The party of no becomes the party of mean spirited no to everything all the time to appease people disenchanted old people with guns.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    June 12, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    "Republicans feel disconnected from their leaders, Lee said."

    Indeed. We pay our mortgages and student loans.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    June 12, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    When Cantor leaves can he please take the Tea Party with him?

  • My house was stolen Roy , UT
    June 12, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    I think this is great. Shows Virginians cannot be bought. Hope this is the same for our state and the corruption that has been exposed so far. Time for a regime change.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 12, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    For once I agree with Mike Lee. It's too soon to know if this is a trend or has any implications for other races around the country. There are lessons, however. Cantor played with fire and eventually got burned. Like playing with a snake, he played with the Tea Party and encouraged them when he thought he could use them. They turned and fatally bit him. Neglect of the district, getting to important for the folks back home, his cold personality, and who knows, perhaps his religion, all could have been factors. What is clear is that the House will be a bigger mess than it has been. The dearth of leadership will get even worse. Courage and leadership will be even more lacking. And what does it mean to the GOP? Perhaps more fracturing?

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    June 12, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    Illegal immigration is down. Obama has deported a record number,more than Bush. The Tea Party is against any immigrant reform, period. Amnesty is a buzz word to stir up the party base who want to use immigration laws to keep Hispanics out. You can't secure a border that reaches from TX to CA. Baron Scarpia. I agree with your comments.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    June 12, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    Baron Scarpia, one vote and others

    I suggest you and anyone else out there who thinks the political shift in America is all about conservatives going more conservative take a look at a recent Pew poll on the subject. It clearly shows the country dividing more and more with both liberal going more liberal, and conservatives going more conservative. It's pretty evenly divided. And it now is infecting our culture in more ways than at the ballot box. People are now more likely to want to live and work around people with whom they agree with more than before. Families are more troubled if a Republican marries a Democrat or the other way around. Our country is dividing more and the gap is getting wider. Thus we have the great divide of current day America. And that is why in Washington D.C. we have such animosity. According to this Pew Poll it is merely reflective of what our society is doing. As to why this is happening as strongly as it is, well, that is a debate for another time. One which on which I'm sure there would be disagreement.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    June 12, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    The Republican Party in its present form cannot beat the radical left wing agenda. The answer as a conservative Democrat with Navy experience is a third party based on the JFK philosophy without the lifestyle which evolved into Bill Clinton. The Tea Party could be the seedling of that third party. They have to attract labor and go after the entitled and come up with a common sense approach to immigration reform.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 12, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    In the battle between "Establishment Republicans" and actual Conservative aka Tea Party people, the Republicans have started eating their young. They forget Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment. Though shalt not speak ill of another Republican. Establishment Republicans such as Mitch McConnell and others have forgotten this commandment because they have lost their Conservative values by being in Washington too long. They attack anything or anyone that is viewed as a threat to their power. That means that they are out of touch. A good wakeup call is occasionally needed and Cantor and the Establishment just got one. When you get a good Conservative candidate, not a stupid one, you win elections because the message resonates with people.

    Ronald Reagan always said that the Republican party was the party of the big tent. The Establishment Republicans of the time didn't like Reagan and his conservatism either. He got through that and was very effective. The Establishment Republicans don't want to be the party of the big tent. The problem with that is, that they can't win elections without the conservatives.

    McConnell, Boehner, and others need to wake up. BTW, I'm not Tea Party but I am Conservative.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    June 12, 2014 9:40 a.m.

    Really funny that Cantor's constituents felt he ignored them!!!!

    Although his district is a little south of Washington, D.C., he is ONE OF THE VERY FEW Members of Congress who doesn't HAVE to commute (i.e. Utah to D.C.) to "work." He doesn't have to maintain two houses (which is really expensive), one in his district/state and one to live in near D.C., unless he chooses to have a Capitol Hill apartment.

    You would have to work really hard to ignore constituents who are within 1-2 hours driving distance from Capitol Hill :)

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    June 12, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    To: Hutterite and GaryO - just because one or two or three Republicans don't stand up for what they believe does not mean all Republicans are like that - I'm not and I know thousands of others that are not like that.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    June 12, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    "instead of anti-civil rights (e.g., voter registration" In a recent poll 76 percent of African Americans were not opposed to voter registration. 68 percent of Democrats were not opposed to voter registration. And Overall of those polled only 18 percent were opposed. How is voter registration anti-civil rights, when democrats require voter id for attending their conventions. When Obamacare requires the equivalent of voter id to obtain healthcare. Does this mean democrats and Obamacare policies are anti-civil rights. Prove where voter id could even remotely be anti-civil rights. And if it is, how Obamacare is not for requiring the same equivalent id. This is a talking point of the Democrats talking out of both sides of their mouth. Oh those evil republicans that demand the anti-civil rights policies the Democrats promote. By that policy the Democrat policies of anti-segregation and slavery of the South still run rampant in their policies of today.

  • Darrel Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 12, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    Eric Cantor lost not because of idealogy, but because his opponent was able to get his base rallied to go vote.

    12% of those eligible voted. 12%

    Hardly a referendum.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    June 12, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    Whether you like the results or don't - one aspect is certain: take elections seriously, stay informed and focused and vote your convictions. Too many allow this right and responsibility to be relegated to someone else through neglect. You shortchange your agency when you don't participate.

  • holy moly Herrmian, UT
    June 12, 2014 11:08 a.m.

    If the liberals take two steps to the right, they might become even more powerful...

    Watch out!

  • 100%TruePAtriot cincinnati, OH
    June 12, 2014 11:15 a.m.

    If we are lucky, this is a preview of things to come.

    If we are luckier, the constitution will be fully restored to it's former glory too.

  • A_Chinese_American Cedar Hills, UT
    June 12, 2014 11:25 a.m.

    I’m an immigrant myself. I spent four (4) year to get my PR (green card) status and spent another five (5) years to have my citizenship (while pay my federal tax and state tax every each year as an engineer). I feel I(as LEGAL IMMIGRANT) have been betrayed by current US voted leaders. USA supposedly is a law-biding country – reward law-biding people and punish law-broken people. This “common sense” seems no longer exist anymore - It’s not right IMHO.

  • Dragline Orem, UT
    June 12, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    This will teach Republicans to reach out and find a solution for illegal immigration and the 11 to 20 million already here. No Dreamers legislation, no acceptance of the Utah Compact, and no compromise with a growing Hispanic population. This will leave things in status quo, with more Hispanic families fearing deportation while their citizen children and grandchildren stand as the next generation to make the GOP pay for their inability to do more than say No.
    Don't worry. Natural events will take care of this problem.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    June 12, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    So David brat is being interviewed on MSNBC. They asked him several policy questions… His response? He thought the interview was going to be about the celebrity aspects of him winning the election. "I thought we were just going to chat today about the celebratory aspects...I love all the policy questions, I'm happy to do more, but I just wanted to talk about the victory ahead and I wanted to thank everybody that worked so hard on my campaign."

    Like a dog chasing a car. Only David Brat caught the car… Now he's got to figure out what to do with it.

    That's okay, he doesn't have to know policy, and next election cycle he can be Sarah Palin's vice president.

  • Johnnyoh! ,
    June 12, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    Gee! Who would have thought that a group of people called Tea baggers, anti government radicals, that love the constitution, and freedom could have done such a thing?
    Tune in for the next segment of tea party candidates who beat out an incumbent, I can hardly wait.
    One would almost believe the guy in the whitehouse would say, "If you want your party politician you can keep your party politician.....period"

  • bullet56 Olympia, WA
    June 12, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    Sadly, the Tea Party folks and those on the fence, will try to elect someone even more restrictive, obstructive and right wing; than the Mr.Brat. The T-party and GOP in general, have no answer as to what to do about the immigration problem. The GOP has had the choice of doing something that would make a difference, or even move the discussion to a new level, but sadly also, they waste that time and opportunity on investigating Benghazi again and again, trying to over turn the Health Care Act again and again. The GOP and its militant wing the Tea Party, are not united by a vision of the future. They are united by their hate. The GOP stance on immigration assures a victory for the Democrat Presidential Candidate in 2016. Hail Hilary.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    June 12, 2014 12:33 p.m.

    A lot of very angry liberal Democrats post on DN these days. And to think you haven't even lost power. Yet.

  • Johnnyoh! ,
    June 12, 2014 12:40 p.m.

    President Reagan would have embraced the tea party instead of kicking them in the groin like Mitch McConnell, who chose to join the liberal left in threatening to crush them.
    The election season has a ways to go, and the tea party will continue, and not as before when it was considered extinct, but more energized.
    November comes a rolling.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    June 12, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    Congratulations to Mr. Brat.

    Any day an American can beat the Citizens United big money boys is a good day.

    Hope the win does not go to his head.

    As he goes forward, the big money will be there just waiting to co-opt him and his principles.

    It will be interesting to see what happens.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    June 12, 2014 1:16 p.m.

    "One election isn't a movement," Beattie said.

    "Great storms announce themselves with a simple breeze, Captain, and a single rebel spark can ignite the fires of rebellion."

    (From the 1985 movie Ladyhawke.)

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    Isn't democracy wonderful? People can actually chose their representative.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    June 12, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    Amnesty is the issue. Most American's are against it because we realize that the cons vastly outweigh any pros.

    Politically, Republicans should recognize that supporting amnesty is political suicide. The Democratic Party is using amnesty for their own long-term gain.

    There is no greater treason than to do something good (granting amnesty) for the wrong reason (money and power). And that's what this issue is all about.

    Beyond that Obama has never been a fan of this country and is bent on leveling the playing field, and the only way that can happen is to bankrupt our economy. And amnesty is one of the steps necessary to make this just another 3rd world nation.

    Good riddance to any traitor to America!

  • ldsironrodder Mount Vernon, OH
    June 12, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    Make no mistake, there are many in this land who are not going to sit idly by and watch our land be torn apart by political opportunists in either party. Many love freedom, liberty, and justice more than life itself and rightfully so. Just as our Founding Fathers gave all they had to bequeath those principles to future generations, many alive at this time intend to work diligently to reestablish those sacred blessings given all of us by God. Call them what you will, but remember this, they are true American Patriots.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2014 3:06 p.m.

    Personally I am glad he is gone.

    My opinion he never met a war in the middle east that he did not like.

    Just maybe people are realizing we can not afford to be the policeman of the world especially in the middle east.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    June 12, 2014 3:19 p.m.

    @GaryO

    You are obviously not a Republican. Cantor lost a Republican primary.
    I find it hilarious when liberals try to tell Republicans why a Republican contest ended the way it did.

    If you want to know why the Republicans in Cantor's district voted him out, as those who voted.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    June 12, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    When the TEA party was in its infancy they threw money at any candidate in a desperate attempt to stop Obama Care. Many of the people they gave money to were not viable candidates. The TEA party has grown up. They now give their money to viable candidates who have a chance of winning.

    TEA party candidates are also getting a bit wiser. You will not hear them calling for the repeal of Social Security, or some of the other foolish things that some of them have said.

    It is a natural process.

  • Bruce A. Frank San Jose, CA
    June 12, 2014 7:14 p.m.

    Baron, I will have to say that the global warming agenda cannot be let stand. With Obama's directive to the EPA to enforce HIS ideas of cap and trade, if let stand, that alone will collapse this country. You must grasp that coal fired power plants provided nearly 50% of all electricity produced in this country. They are being attacked not because of actual pollution, but the production of CO2. There is no near term or long term replacement for 50% of our power. If you have never lived during the period when brown-outs and black-outs were common, wait until it happens in this day of computer controlled everything. Electricity is not needed only for lights, heat, and to charge your plug in Prius, but to run every business in this country. Now IF GLOBAL WARMING were not a hoax, then the average global temp over the last 10-15 years, as CO2 has continued to increase in the atmosphere (we are making less, but it is increasing?)would not have gone DOWN.

  • Bruce A. Frank San Jose, CA
    June 12, 2014 7:24 p.m.

    BYUalum, You have nailed it. Brat speaking with common sense and the logic of Constitutional law is exactly the traits the Left tries to smear with cries of "racist" or "TEA Partier!" He is endorsed because of that logic and clarity. If those against him had listened to his stump speeches they would have realized he spoke of problems and well thought out solutions, not banal platitudes! He was told by advisers that he couldn't go into such complicated detail in campaign speeches. He did anyway; his constituency listened, and he got elected!

  • Bruce A. Frank San Jose, CA
    June 12, 2014 7:29 p.m.

    So ElmoBaggins, you really singled out Lee and left Orrin Hatch, such good friends with Harry Reid,standing unscathed left of center?

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    June 12, 2014 9:58 p.m.

    I hope this sends a clear message to all politicians, that voters are fed-up with being ignored in favor of big money or personal agendas.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    June 12, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    Well, democracy still exists in the Republican Party. How many long term democrats have been voted out of office through the democratic primaries; even in open primaries? This was an open primary, meaning democrats could also vote...why not vote to oust the Republican Majority Leader in house, if you can?

    There were 18,000 more voters in the Virginia Republican primary this year than two years before...and democrats were complaining of the low voter turnout. Perhaps they made up the difference, but Brat is an excellent candidate...thanks for your help, demos, if you did vote for Brat.

    This is a conservative Republican Virginia district; perhaps more conservative than Mr. Cantor was. Hope the "establishment" learns something from this, but chances are they won't.

  • Bob Pomeroy Bisbee, AZ
    June 12, 2014 11:55 p.m.

    it is a national tragedy that the GOP has been unable to withstand a hostile takeover.

  • Bob Pomeroy Bisbee, AZ
    June 13, 2014 12:02 a.m.

    It is not possible to govern without compromise in a country as large and diverse as ours, and those who cannot compromise should not be elected, no matter how many cymbals they tinkle.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    It is amazing to see the GOP cannibalistically eat it's own.