An earthquake hit the Republican Party last night. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) was defeated by a Tea Party challenger. This will fuel Tea Party types with the real impact hitting in 2015 and 2016 as battle for the Republican nomination moves into full gear.
I just hope this is realized by all Republicans not just insiders. The consequence will be significant as we enter the contest to select a 2016 Republican presidential nominee.
Every day Republicans not active in the party must get involved immediately if we are to nominate a presidential candidate who can get elected. Otherwise, let’s just crown Hillary Clinton.
This cannot wait until the excitement of a campaign. Anyone who follows politics will recall the movement to nominate Barry Goldwater in 1964 started well before that year. F. Clifton White was organizing, recruiting and taking control of Republican Party machinery at the local level. This is well document in his book Suite 3505.
That year regular Republicans waited too long and the battle ensured. Throughout the spring and summer of 1964 there was blood on the floor everywhere you looked. At the last minute even former President Dwight Eisenhower got involved trying to save the Republican Party from itself. We all know how 1964 turned out!
In West Virginia control of the party has been underway for some time by Tea Party believers. Our representatives to the Republican National Committee are Tea Party in their heart. The State Chairman is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”. Following the May election when new county GOP committee members were elected the same is taking place as committees reorganize.
This take over extends even to selecting a Congressman to replace Shelley Moore Captio in the 2nd District. Not only has the Tea Party prevailed there but it was done with a Maryland resident coming across our state line.
Eric Cantor is a conservative Republican but not obviously to the extent liked by the extremists.
Extremism cannot win in 2016 get involved now – don’t wait until it’s too late.
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