Sad Trombone

[Content Note: Anti-immigration rhetoric.]

In one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history, the [Republican] House majority leader, Eric Cantor, was soundly defeated on Tuesday by a Tea Party-backed economics professor who had hammered him for being insufficiently conservative.

The result delivered a major jolt to the Republican Party — Mr. Cantor had widely been considered the top candidate to succeed Speaker John A. Boehner — and it has the potential to change both the debate in Washington on immigration and, possibly, the midterm elections.

With just over $200,000, David Brat, a professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., toppled Mr. Cantor, repeatedly criticizing him for being soft on immigration and contending that he supported what critics call amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally.

During a short concession speech late Tuesday, Mr. Cantor did not try to analyze his defeat or cast blame, saying only that he knew he had disappointed his supporters.

The Republican Party is a fucking mess. Moderates schmoderates. (And Cantor was no moderate.)

There are plenty of Republicans who will be wondering what happened to their party today, but we all know what happened to the Republican Party.

Lick it up, baby. Lick it up.

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