Whoa! Last night Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, the #2 guy in the House of Representatives, was defeated in his Virginia district primary race. This is both good news and bad news.
Cantor was one of the Republican "Young Guns" along with Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy, a small group of virtually inflexible super conservatives who, IMO, were preventing our government from "governing". Think "government shutdown". He'll be gone after the first of the new year. That's the good news.
The bad news is that the guy who defeated him is even MORE inflexible, as in absolutely rigid. He's a Tea Party fave and one of those "my way or the highway" kinda people. If enough people like him are elected our political polarization, our gridlock, will get even worse. Sales of pitchforks and torches will surge.
While the Tea Party has been swatted down in many primary races so far this year, this was a BIG win for them. As a student of politics (among other things) this intrigues me. It's going to make for a fascinating fall election.
I'm tickled by all the fuss over whether Hillary Clinton will run for President in 2016. My first prediction: She might run, but she won't even get her party's nomination.
She'll be in the headlines all right, and might win some early primaries, but her party will eventually realize she's a lightning rod.
Her fans love her, but her foes are reviled by her. That's not a recipe for winning an election. She comes with a lot of baggage....I'm guessing even more than most politicians. There's gonna be lots of mud (shit?) slinging.
Get one of her bumper stickers and buttons as soon as you can 'cause they will some day be political novelties.
I'll add Hillary's to my collection. :)