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  1. #1 Top ten reasons Eric Cantor lost 
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    Top ten reasons Eric Cantor lost
    By Jamie Radtke
    6/11/14
    As I watch the national pundits and media try and analyze the huge Dave Brat victory against Eric Cantor yesterday, it is clear that most are completely clueless about why Brat won and Cantor lost. This election was not won because of Cantor’s view on illegal immigration. It played a factor at the polls yesterday, but it was not the determining factor. Those of us who have lived in this district for over a decade and have been on the ground can tell you the real reasons Cantor lost yesterday – and it was years in the making.


    10 – LOST TOUCH: There has been significant discontent in the district for years with Eric Cantor. He earned a reputation as someone who cared more about Fortune 500 companies than he did voters in his own district and he proved it by spending all his time with them and no time with the people in his district. ...


    9 – IN YOUR FACE: Cantor decided to then ratchet it up another level when Cantor decided to run off to Amelia Island to help a PAC that was partially funded with labor unions and Soros money. The primary objective of Main Street PAC was to target the tea party for destruction. This really angered the tea party and fueled their discontent. Fatal mistake.


    8 – UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Eric Cantor and his consultant, Ray Allen, wanted to control the Republican Party of Virginia and he was willing to use any means necessary to accomplish his goal, including slating tea party and conservatives out of the political process. ... It is really not smart to make enemies of your friends, and especially when you are in a primary. Fatal mistake.


    7 – CONSERVATIVE MEGAPHONE: A shot out to The Bull Elephant, Sara for America, Doc Thompson, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, and Glenn Beck for getting the truth out to the public. Social media is a powerful vehicle for disseminating your message and we were able to cut through $5 million of Cantor’s false advertising.
    I appreciate this author's consideration of the multiple factors that came together to defeat Cantor. A lot of the factors were self-inflicted wounds. If the R Party establishment ignores or fails to see factors #8 & #9 and keeps trying to cut conservatives - including, and maybe especially, social conservatives - out of the R Party leadership structure, Cantor will be but the first of many R establishment people who will be handing out resumes'. That latter result is becoming necessary, IMO.
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    Perhaps the Democrat party should also take heed. The Republicans don't have a lock on people out of touch, the let them eat cake crowd---thinking of Obama and Michelle, as well as many underlings. They show a contempt for the will of the people in their attempt to go around the constitution and become almost a dictatorship.

    There's a reason that the people elect representatives and senators. The actual name REPRESENTATIVE should give Obama and crew a clue.

    As far as some of the mainstream Republicans, they had best get out of the country club atmosphere and associate with the real people. Ditto for the Dems. I believe there are as many millionaire dems, actually probably more, than Republicans.

    All of them better take notice. Way too much has been happening of late. The people are slow to wake up, but when they do, watch out.
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    8 – UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Eric Cantor and his consultant, Ray Allen, wanted to control the Republican Party of Virginia and he was willing to use any means necessary to accomplish his goal, including slating tea party and conservatives out of the political process. ... It is really not smart to make enemies of your friends, and especially when you are in a primary. Fatal mistake.
    This slating thing was huge. Cantor and his group managed to oust 4 of 5 grass roots leaders. Payback is hell.
    Obama isn't the problem. The problem is an electorate that would vote a man like him into office.
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    It doesn't take a political genius to figure out that making enemies among those who are otherwise friends or allies is incredibly stupid. Either Cantor really thought he was invincible, or he hated those conservative people so much that he would sacrifice his career to destroy their influence.
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    More from the article:

    6 – POLICY MATTERS: Eric Cantor thought that as long as he said the right things in slick mailers it was sufficient to gain the trust of voters. Washington DC politicians are having difficulty with the tea party curve ball – we actually look at your record now, not just your rhetoric. ...
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    4 – VOTE SUPPRESSION: The irony is that the negative campaigning by Cantor backfired on him. Not only did he turn out Democrat votes with his ridiculous lies about Brat, but he suppressed the the enthusiasm of his own activists and volunteers in the more traditional wing of the Republican Party who were completely disgusted with Cantor’s all-negative campaign. I heard more than once, “this is so beneath the Majority Leader. I am so disappointed with him.” Fatal mistake.

    3 – SEND THEM A MESSAGE: This cannot be overstated. I heard this repeatedly at the polls yesterday. People are angry and frustrated. Middle class America is struggling to make a living and local businesses are fighting to survive. They are tired about it being all about Washington DC wants. They want it to be about THEM. They want Washington DC out of their lives. ...
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    1 - GRASSROOTS DOMINATION: This is really the number one reason for victory last night. It cannot be emphasized enough the significance of the grassroots. Literally hundreds of individuals volunteered over the last five months to door knock and phone bank for Dave Brat. ...
    Looking over the article again while prepping the quote above, two overriding themes stuck out to me: Cantor did not, on multiple levels, respect his constituents or his party base; Cantor really thought he could not be beaten.
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