House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) recently lost his bid for an 8th term at the hands of Tea Party candidate David Brat. The New York Times called his loss “one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history.” When asked to comment on the loss, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) fell back on the Republicans’ all-too-common course of action – he blamed the President.
”You have to understand, the American people are being squeezed by Obama’s policies. . . And so there’s a lot of frustration that’s out there, and they look to Washington, and wonder why we can’t resolve these issues. And they’re hard to resolve when you’ve got a president who won’t engage.”
So America, if anyone asks why Cantor lost the election, don’t blame his voting record, or his stance on the issues, or the waning popularity of his party. Just say it’s Obama’s fault.
As for Brat, an economics professor, he told Fox News that his victory was a sign of the American people’s desire to rid themselves of “political rhetoric.”
“The American people want to pay attention to serious ideas again. Our founding was built by people who were political philosophers, and we need to get back to that, away from this kind of cheap political rhetoric of right and left.”
So what does Cantor’s defeat mean for the Republican Party and the future of Washington politics? The only thing we can be sure of at this point is that if it all goes to hell, the GOP will once again point its collective finger and blame Obama.
Watch Boehner blame Cantor’s defeat on Obama.
Here’s the video with John Boehner’s press conference via Politico.
h/t: Daily Kos