Second in command in the House of Representative, Eric Cantor, lost his primary election to an unknown, David Brat. The defeat was totally unexpected. Voter turn out is the blame according to most pundits. Additionally, Cantor was targeted because of his support of Dream Act legislation.
No cheering here. I couldn’t stand Eric Cantor but a tea party candidate is worse. In addition, I am a strong supporter of the Dream Act. I don’t like bricks that single out students and keep them from reaching their educational goals if they are good students.
So who is David Brat? Brat teaches economy at Randolph-Macon College in Ashville. According to the Washington Post:
Brat was backed by the Tea Party. In addition to being backed by prominent conservatives (Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham), Brat was backed by grass-roots Tea Party groups as well. As the National Journal notes, Cantor’s district became more conservative in the most recent redistricting, including adding new areas to his district, making an ideologically-driven challenge more possible.
So does Brat have a chance? Is there even a Democratic challenger out there? I don’t think so. This upset is being billed as the upset of the century.