Interesting commentary about the Cantor defeat and a populist anti-incumbent movement from the transcripts of Meet the Press, Father's Day:
It was a stunning fall from power. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor losing his primary to Dave Brat, a conservative college professor with no political experience.
Power belongs to the people.
So what can we learn from Cantor's defeat? First, immigration reform is probably dead. Not just this year, but perhaps for the rest of the Obama presidency.
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And illegal immigrants are pouring across the border on the promise of Eric Cantor's amnesty.
Brat used the a-bomb, "Amnesty" against Cantor very effectively. But the issue put national Republicans in a box. Without reform, their chances of winning over Latino voters is difficult. Even Rand Paul, a Tea Party favorite, said this week, "Too many Republicans have perverted the definition of amnesty." Quote, "Amnesty is a word that's kind of trapped us."
A second lesson, the public is fed up with Congress. Congress's job approval rating is at an historic low, 13%. And more than eight in ten disapprove of the job they're doing. Eric Cantor is one of the highest-profile faces of Congress. And that may have contributed to his defeat.
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5,110 days. That's how long Eric Cantor has been representing us in Washington D.C.
Cantor's loss should also be a warning to all national politicians. A populist revolution might be brewing.
It's across the spectrum, the American people feeling that their leaders aren't leading, aren't getting stuff done, and aren't paying attention.
And that leads to lesson number three. Don't lose touch with voters. There's anger in both parties that their leaders don't care about them, and don't understand the everyday problems people face. On election day, Eric Cantor was in Washington D.C., not in his district 90 miles away where people were voting. It's a mistake Democrats can make too. As Hillary Clinton did this week, trying to defend the millions that Clintons had made in recent years.