Republicans who were retired because of amnesty

June 10, 2014

Eric Cantor joins a list of prominent Republicans whose political careers were ended “primarily” because of their support for illegal-alien amnesty:

Most recently Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst lost his primary because of amnesty.

Before that, Texas Governor Rick Perry’s weakness on illegal immigration cost him the presidential race.

Senator Dick Lugar (Indiana) lost his seat because of amnesty.

Senator Bob Bennet (Utah) lost his seat in large part because of amnesty.

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) lost her primary, but won the general in a write-in campaign.

In Nebraska, Governor Dave Heineman won his Republican primary – “one of the most surprising defeats in Nebraska political history” – almost entirely because his very popular opponent, Tom Osborne, supported in-state tuition for illegal aliens.

Heck, Hillary Clinton began her downfall in the 2008 Democrat primaries when she waffled on driver’s licenses for illegal aliens.

And Marco Rubio’s presidential aspirations might die because of amnesty.

Jeb Bush’s too!

When will they learn??

16 Responses to Republicans who were retired because of amnesty

  1. 2014 Conservative Majority on June 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I’m not from VA but have heard Brat speak many times; he is highly educated, a skilled speaker with common sense approaches to solving domestic economic challenges that are very well received by Conservative and independent voters. The hard left will have an exceedingly difficult time trying to paint Brat as any sort of radical. That’s what Cantor tried to do, and because Brat is clearly an intelligent scholar with down to earth principles, it only made the voters turn against Cantor for such obvious lies. Brat has been well vetted and the democrats are going to struggle if they go by their normal play book. Looks like VA will be getting another solid Conservative who will not waffle on principles and now a loud warning shot has been fired across the bow for any establishment Rinos who are on the wrong side of amnesty for illegals. Further, this will cause Obama to attempt more executive fiat, which will only cost the democrats more seats and likely the 2016 presidency. This VA Brat victory, won on $120K budget vs. Cantor’s $5MILLION+ budget, is going to send shock waves out until November and beyond. This is a significant victory for the America people and for the US economy. Things are looking better and better for both 2014 & 2016. Nice job VA!! Well done.

  2. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on June 11, 2014 at 12:44 am

    One for the history books. So far, no one says the Dems have the slightest chance to win the district unless Cantor runs as a write-in and splits the vot.

    “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor became the first person in American history to lose his primary while holding that position. He lost Tuesday night to a poorly-funded GOP opponent in the biggest electoral stunner in several cycles.
    College professor David Brat defeated Cantor, 56 percent to 44 percent”

    Not even close.

  3. Bill W on June 11, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Eric Cantor did nothing to further amnesty but lost because he didn’t continually and loudly denounce even the possibility of one small measure of reform. He wasn’t bellicose enough. I’m sure the RINOs got the message.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 11, 2014 at 6:49 am

      I personally don’t think so.
      Cantor tried to open the door to amnesty. He was doing it a slower pace than Dems but the corporate money flowing to his campaign belied his claims of being anti-Amnesty. Also, his recent proposal to excuse minors from deportation has led to a humanitarian crisis of young kids being sent to this country.

      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

        Here is a bit of evidence that Cantor was not on the up-and-up in saying he opposed illegal immigration.

        Laura Ingraham … mentioned last night that one of those Ray Allen mailings made the wildly dishonest claim that Cantor was “stopping the Obama/Reid plan to give amnesty to illegal aliens.” As evidence, she referred to the fact that just last year Cantor took a three-day speaking tour with the chief amnesty supporter in Congress, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and that the intent of tour was discussing their shared ideas for “comprehensive immigration reform.”
        … on May 28, Rep. Luis Gutierrez came all the way to Richmond to appear at the Virginia Capitol building for the purpose of declaring Eric Cantor to be “the one man standing in the way of immigration reform.”

        Of course, the Allen mailers proclaiming the exact same message had gone out just a day or two before.

        Adding one plus one together, not a soul present at the Gutierrez event was not suspicious that the Cantor team had coordinated with Gutierrez to produce pure theater. A Brat loss served Gutierrez’s interests, as Brat was clearly less of a partner on amnesty than Cantor, and Cantor knew that his amnesty history was killing him within his district.

        So Brat showed up an hour ahead of the Gutierrez event — knowing the cameras would already be there — and got out the message that Cantor’s mailers were dishonest, and that Cantor was in fact the friend of amnesty in this race.

  4. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 11, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Not able to watch the SecDef Hagel testimony, just seeing some messages–
    “So Chuck Hagel made the final decision about whether Barack Obama made the final decision on the Bergdahl deal.”
    “(So far) nothing he’s saying justifies why Congress wasn’t notified.”

  5. Ken_phd on June 11, 2014 at 6:55 am


    ‘ nothing he’s saying justifies why Congress wasn’t notified.”

    I gues they just “forgot” to do it. Everyone was too busy.

  6. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 11, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Ha, left my nom-de-plume in place after responding to a back-thread comment.
    These sock puppet thing-o’s are tricky, I’ll never be as good as The Trolls…

  7. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 11, 2014 at 7:12 am

    A couple of things stand out on the Brat victory over Cantor.
    I’ll be interested to learn the size and extent of Dem cross over voting. Seems like a Pyrrhic victory, if so. Even with Cantor gone, people expect the seat to remain Repub, only with a more staunchly conservative member.
    Also, the death of the Tea Party. Most people are too busy with their lives to care, too busy to get involved. Still, they can’t help but notice and I think this bit from Roger Kimball expresses the pro-Tea people outlook pretty well. It’s a sleeping giant, but still a giant.
    “We’ve been told that the “tea party” is a spent force. The trouble is, the millions of ordinary people who are disgusted with Washington, who fear and loath the the rise of the imperial state with its vast armory of regulation and surveillance, not to mention its untouchable self-enriching nomenklatura — those millions haven’t gotten the memo.”

  8. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 11, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Micky Kaus, a former Dem candidate for Senate here in CA has a link-rich Washington-insider writeup on Brat/Kantor here. Kaus is a Dem but against amnesty. Lots of “inside baseball” political analysis…

  9. Ken_phd on June 11, 2014 at 7:58 am


    The best poll is always the voting booth.

    • Jake on June 11, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Except when a Democrat gets elected. Then it’s Rasmussen to the rescue.

      • "Jake" is a Plutard sockpuppet on June 14, 2014 at 1:18 am

        ^ fortunately for America, there won’t be very much democrat high-fiving after the November elections are completed. The only poll that matters, the election, will deal yet another crushing defeat to the inept lefty communists. Sure, a few demoncrap imbeciles will scurry through the cracks like the cockroaches they are, but overall the partisan media hacks will be furiously scrambling to try and provide more cover for their most incompetent prezidunce in history (after he suffers yet another “shellacking”). No doubt the idiot trolls will join in the tired and lame demoncrap excuses of blaming everything except for their own twisted and failed ideologies.

        Predictably, the failed liberal ideology will cost them yet again.

  10. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Nevada Gov race has unexpected result: the purification of the party continues apace.
    An upset last night in the Democrat primary for governor of Nevada was almost as stunning as the Brat win in VA-7.
    “None of the Above” won with 29.96% of the vote.