Though Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s epic defeat was a shock to the country, when you think about it, those of us within the Tea Party movement should not have been surprised. We know how frustrated and disappointed voters across America have been with our government. We have all endured a jobless recovery and Virginians (just like the rest of America) are trying to figure out how to put food on the table, gas in their tank, and how to pay for this "affordable" healthcare system that Barack Obama crammed down our throats without our consent.
Yet, instead of focusing on these issues and standing up to the Obama administration, Cantor was trying to cut a deal with them on immigration reform. This is how Republican leaders deal with a lawless president – by supporting his plans to reward millions of law breakers. It’s insane. And thankfully conservatives in Virginia knew it.
Tuesday’s vote restored my faith in the Tea Party movement. It also strengthened my faith in this country and the wisdom of its people.
While many pundits are placing the blame for Cantor’s defeat on his push for Immigration reform, that was only part of the story. Voters were also fed up with his support of massive spending bills, tax increases and his efforts to end the sequester. In short, Cantor gave voters more than enough motivation for voters to look for another option.
The Cantor defeat ranks as one of the largest single Tea Party victories to date, following wins for Ben Sasse In Nebraska, Joni Ernst in Iowa, and Dan Patrick in Texas. But I’m confident there are many more to come. We are winning across the country. Even those incumbents who managed to fend off Tea Party challengers are running scared and, more importantly, running to the right to hold onto the jobs. Just like a snowball, we are continuing to grow with each primary. The next victory may come very quickly, with Chris McDaniel currently poised to unseat longtime Republican incumbent Thad Cochran.