June 14, 2014
BROKEN ICE MELTS IN THE SUN:
A Surprising Loss for Unsurprising Reasons : Eric Cantor simply lost touch with his constituents. (Ford O'Connell, June 14, 2014, US News)
Posted by Orrin Judd at June 14, 2014 8:54 AMOn the night Eric Cantor lost to David Brat in the Republican primary in Virginia's 7th Congressional District, Twitter was "atwitter" with the fact that Cantor had spent more in steakhouses during the campaign than Brat had spent total.This served to reinforce the narrative that Cantor was in all those steakhouses fat-catting with his campaign staff while Brat's hungry advisers were pounding the pavement. But what Cantor really was doing in those steakhouses more accurately explains his loss. He was raising funds - and helping others to raise funds - for fellow Republicans throughout the House of Representatives.He made time for big-dollar private fundraisers to curry favor with other members of Congress, but he did not make time for constituent service. He walked the halls of power instead of the streets of his suburban Richmond district. [...][T]he same night, Lindsey Graham, as pro-immigration-reform and non-tea party-aligned a Republican as there is in Congress, fended off six challengers for his party's nomination in South Carolina. And, as U.S. News' Lara Brown, an associate professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, pointed out, 70 percent of Cantor's district was with him on immigration.