On Tuesday night, the earth shook in central Virginia...Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, was defeated in the 7th District's Republican Primary by Tea Party favorite, Dave Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College.
Not only did Brat pull off the unthinkable, handing a primary loss to a sitting Majority Leader, but he did so on a shoestring budget. In fact, Brat only spent about $120,000, compared to the $2 million Cantor was forced to spend (much of that money coming from the open-borders Chamber of Commerce).
Brat won, 56 to 44 percent, with Cantor receiving a little more than 28,000 votes. Meaning that Cantor spent $71 per vote, compared to the bargain basement price of $3 per vote spent by Brat.
So, obviously, money had nothing to with the outcome of this race. However, message had absolutely everything to do with it.
And, what message won it for Brat? Perhaps, the message that lost it for Cantor is more important, and that message was amnesty for illegal aliens. Period.
Remember, only a few years ago, Cantor was a favorite among the Tea Party faithful, as he led the fight against Obamacare. But, since his re-election in 2012, the Virginia Republican has been sounding more like a California Democrat on the issue of illegal immigration.
On Jan. 10, 2014, during a speech on the House floor, Cantor stated the oft-repeated talking point: "immigration reform could be an economic boon to this country."
Of course, no one who makes this absurd claim, has ever actually explained just how legalizing tens of millions of illegal aliens, at a time when the number of Americans with full-time employment is the lowest it's been since 1979, would provide "an economic boon" to anyone but those who have broken our laws to get here.
As recently as last Friday, in an interview, Cantor said he still wanted to work with President Obama on an amnesty deal, stating: "we can work on something like the kids," referring to the thousands of illegal alien children from Central America who are currently flooding our Southern border.
Now, take a look at Brat's position on immigration...
Brat's website states:
When addressing the issue of immigration, we must start by securing our border. An open border is both a national security threat and an economic threat that our country cannot ignore. I reject any proposal that grants amnesty and undermines the fundamental rule of law. Adding millions of workers to the labor market will force wages to fall and jobs to be lost. I support proposals that will secure our border, enforce our current laws, and restore an orderly and fair process to allow law abiding individuals to work towards becoming citizens of this great nation.
You see, despite all of the money donated by open-borders businessmen, Cantor could not overcome the truth, and the people's desire for the restoration of the rule of law to this quickly-fading nation. This country wants its borders actually secured, and the American people are tired of hearing about the so-called 'rights' of those who have no legal right to be here.
Make no mistake, every Republican in Congress received a very loud message last night. No amnesty...ever!