Final results found Brat with 56% of the vote to Cantor's 44%, a wide margin way beyond the point where a recount could be requested. The race was called one hour after the polls closed and Cantor did graciously concede quickly, but you could see the shock all over his face and the disappointment in his family and friends.
So what happened? After all, the second most powerful man in the House, the Majority Leader, flush with huge campaign coffers which he used lavishly and district name recognition found himself on the losing end of a battle against a relative unknown who had less than a tenth of the funding compared to the incumbent. Spunk, energy, and a clear message is what happened, and Brat used them effectively while painting Cantor as a man who had forgotten his district and the middle class through his strong support for Amnesty. The stars obviously aligned correctly as well since Obama opened the floodgates to more illegal immigrants in recent months and all Americans are seeing the tragedy along our Southern border which is playing out.
But there was more than just that. Since the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has let it be known that he will be retiring in the not-too-distant future, Cantor was the heir apparent to his position and many of his constituents in the metro Richmond area have complained that Cantor has spent his time running for Speaker instead of working for his hometown constituents. The Amnesty issue is a case in point with Cantor taking a leading role on behalf of cheap labor interests, notably the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to gain approval for legalization of illegal aliens rushing to America.
Will this kill the likelihood of the Republicans in the House capitulating to the Democrats' desire for quick approval of the Amnesty bill? The answer is a resounding yes. John Boehner, while squishy, is also not a fool and it seems almost unthinkable for him to go forward with any back door plan in opposition of the Conservatives in light of this election. This is clearly good news for America and the rule of law and maybe, just maybe, it will give him some backbone to do battle with this lawless Administration. If nothing else, it will likely bring someone with a more conservative outlook to membership on the leadership team.
Despite the optimism, however, remember, friends that politicians really can't be trusted. I would ask for those of you who live in Wisconsin to also keep the pressure on Paul Ryan, the one Congressman who is pushing Amnesty harder than anyone. Just send him the message that if he doesn't relent, he might easily find the same fate as Mr. Cantor.
Let's take a moment to celebrate the action by Republican voters of Virginia's Seventh District, but then let's get back to work. The battle for limited government, a government that responds to the will of the people instead of the will of the powerful few, is a never ending battle. Keep your battle gear ready; we have work to do.