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Economics Professor Dave Brat was stunned himself last night. In fact, it would be a draw as to who was more stunned, Brat in winning or Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va) for being defeated.

With the backing of grassroots organizing, and without the names of the national Tea Party groups, Dave Brat spent less than $200k to Cantor’s $5  million campaign. Brat was able to capitalize on the backing of radio talk hosts like Laura Ingraham.

So what does Cantor’s defeat mean? The DNC and their talking heads are spinning this as the GOP in turmoil. Or could this be the wake up call the GOP Establishment needed? The next few weeks will be very important for the GOP, for the midterms in November and for the 2016 Presidential race. Let’s hope they know how to handle this situation and make it a positive for the country.

From The Hill:

House Republican leaders got an earful in two separate private meetings Wednesday from conservatives fuming over their move last week to pass a Medicare payment fix without a full House vote.

The leadership on Thursday had abruptly put up a bill to prevent a cut in Medicare reimbursements to doctors, passing it by voice vote rather than holding a recorded roll-call vote. Few members were on the House floor to object, angering conservatives who accused the leadership of subverting the democratic process.

I’m getting used to being deceived by the Obama administration, but when my own leaders do it, it’s not acceptable at all,” Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) said

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From Tad Dehaven @ Cato Institute:

In December 2010, I wrote that “An indicator of the incoming House Republican majority’s seriousness about cutting spending will be which members the party selects to head the various committees.” The final roster ended up leaving a lot to be desired from a limited government perspective. For example, the House Republican leadership and its allies went with “The Prince of Pork” to head up the Appropriations Committee.

Two years later, the committee situation is about to get even worse now that the House Republican leadership has decided to send a message that casting a vote according to one’s beliefs instead of one’s instructions is a punishable offense. On Monday, four congressmen were booted from “plum” committee assignments for failing to sufficiently tow the leadership line. I suspect that the purge was motivated, at least in part, by Team Boehner’s desire to have the rest of the rank and file think twice before casting a “no” vote on whatever lousy deal is struck with the White House to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

Three of the purged Republicans are returning members of the 2010 freshmen “Tea Party Class”: Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Justin Amash (R-MI), and Tim Huelskamp (R-KS). Over the past year, I have been keeping a loose record of how the freshmen voted on opportunities to eliminate programs and prevent spending increases. On seven particularly telling votes*, Schweikert and Amash voted in favor of limited government every time. Out of 87 freshmen, only Schweikert, Amash, and five others had a perfect record. Huelskamp was six for seven. He also was one of only four Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee to vote against the bloated farm bill that passed out of the committee in July. The fourth outcast, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), had become an irritant to the Republican establishment after turning against the Iraq War and associating himself with more libertarian Republicans like Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).

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     With all of the pundits calling it a “symbolic” gesture, one that will have “no futher traction”, and a “basic waste of taxpayer time and dollars”, the House of Representatives voted last night to repeal the job-killing legislation known as ObamaCare.

      In line with the Pesident’s call for civil discourse, Sheila Jackson Lee took to floor, and spouted that this repeal would “kill” Americans. Steve Cohen compared the GOP to Goerbells and Nazi Germany.

      The Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, challenged Sen. Harry Reid on the bill. Reid has steadfastly said that he will not bring the bill to the floor for debate or a vote. Cantor said that if Reid was so sure that he would be able to keep ObamaCare alive in the Senate, bring it to a vote. Let the American public see where the 100 Senators stand. Remember, though, that 23 of the Democrat Senators are up for election in 2012, including Claire McCaskill, Sen. Ben Nelson, and Sen. Bill Nelson.

      I believe that our healthcare system needs reform. But we cannot do a “piecemeal” amending of the ObamaCare legislation. First and foremost, the legislation puts way too much authority to write the regulations in the hands of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and her new bureacracy of over 160 new agencies. Then, as Nancy Pelosi had said, we have to find out what is in the bill. If everything that they crammed into this monstrosity is not known, how do you begin to do a piecemeal job to fix it?

        The idea of Repeal and Replace is the proper approach. And any reform MUST include TORT REFORM to make sure that the frivolous lawsuits are dealt with. Before we consider a single-payor option, or government exchanges, let us see the government tackle the fraud and abuse concerns of the Medicare program. After all, this is the bureacracy that sends payments to dead individuals, or checks to prisoners.

        REAL REFORM to healthcare is necessary, but OBAMACARE was not the answer.

      As Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fights the “battle of her life”, the local law enforcement has confirmed that the Congresswoman was the target of suspect Jared Lee Loughner. The Congresswoman’s aide for Public Outreach, Gabe Zimmerman is among the dead. Federal Judge John Roll had just attended daily Mass at the Cathedral nearby, and knowing Rep. Giffords, walked through the parking lot to see her. He too, is among those killed. A neighbor of 9 year old Christine Taylor Green thought she might enjoy going to the shopping center and seeing our “government at work”, invited the child to join them. The 9 year old will never go home.

      Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va) has announced that all legislative votes for next week, including the Repeal of ObamaCare, have been cancelled. It is thought that there will be some major review of Congressional security, not just on Capitol Hill, but elsewhere.

     The Pima County Sheriff, who used his press conference to blast the media and others for the “vitriole” of rhetoric that has “escalated” in recent years (as the Left pointedly blames Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck for the tragedy, not instigators like Van Jones), said that he personally knew the Judge, as well as knowing the Congresswoman.

      As President Obama dispatched the FBI Director Robert Mueller to personally lead the investigation (2 Federal officials being involved in the attack), the officials in Arizona are saying that they are, in fact, looking for a second suspect, described as a male in his 50’s. It is believed that there are photos of the individual at the scene, possibly running from it. (Could that be “Blue Boy” on the Daily Kos— just sayin’).

       This story will continue to unfold.

     Just hours after the Republicans won the majority in the House of Representatives, while John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Mitch McConnell strategized the leadership roles of the next Congress, Indiana Republican Rep. Mike Pence followed through on an earlier rumor to resign as the Chairman of the House Republican Conference Committee:

“As we consider new opportunities to serve Indiana and our nation in the years ahead, I have come to realize that it may not be possible to complete an entire term as Conference Chairman,” Pence said in a letter to colleagues. “As such, I think it would be more appropriate for me to step aside now, especially since there are other talented men and women in our Conference who could do the job just as well or better.”

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As had been reported, many believe that this is Pence’s first step toward a potential run for the Presidency in 2012.

To the Honorable John Boehner,

       With the House of Representatives’ passage of HR3962, on behalf of Constitutional Conservatives, I would like to congratulate you on your early selecyion as the next Speaker of the House.

      Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic in Congress have opted to disregard the “We The People” voice that has been addressed to Congress since the TARP bailouts and the economic stimulus package in the Spring. By ignoring the voice of the People, the Speaker and the Democrats have assured that Speaker Pelosi will not be in the majority as of November 2010.

       It is incumbent on you, and Rep. Cantor, and other Republican leaders to begin the task of making sure that the legislation that will be hammered out in conference after the Senate comes to agreement on a bill is NOT passable, that we end this healthcare debacle. Reform is imperative, but we must push “Restart”, and do this in a positive and fiscal manner.



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The events held on 9-11 included appearances by Sen. Inhofe, Sen. DeMint, Rep. John Boehner, and Rep. Eric Cantor– this is NOT A FRINGE MOVEMENT. The sooner that Washington DC understands that, the sooner we will be able to re-chart the course of this country’s ideology.

They’ve awakened the American worker, the American small-business owner, and the American voter.

All three of which are now wondering aloud, “What on earth have we done?”

The full OpEd from Kevin McCullough:

Kevin McCullough  

 – September 01, 2009

 Why the Obama Administration Will Implode In Weeks

 I was the first pundit to predict that Barack Obama would become president. Here’s what I think we can expect from this administration in the next six to eight weeks.