Wow — Eric Cantor lost his primary, by a large margin. Amazing.
Obviously I know nothing about his district, or what exactly happened. Fivethirtyeight does have something interesting, pointing out that Tea Party upsets seem correlated with the second dimension of DW-nominate, the Poole-Rosenthal system that maps roll call votes into an implied position space. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I might come back to this, but basically I’m telling you that I remain a serious nerd.
What I think I might add to this discussion is a note on incentives: Cantor’s loss is part of a process that could well unravel movement conservatism as we know it.
Think Progress just ran a piece that parallels Cantor and Lindsey Graham’s approaches to immigration. The jist is that Graham had a position on immigration and backed it up by proposing legislation, while Cantor said he had a position but did nothing about it. Others point to Cantor’s perceived lack of purity as being the cause of his loss in a Tea Party district.
Then, four days ago, HuffPo ran a piece on Cooter, the former Dukes of Hazzard actor who was involved in the campaign to unseat Cantor. I have no opinion as to whether or not it is he who made all the difference…
To read the rest of my comment and Professor Krugman’s blog post, click here.
Curated from krugman.blogs.nytimes.com