5:01 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House Republicans elected California congressman Kevin McCarthy as their new majority leader Thursday afternoon. The election comes just more than a week after the outgoing majority leader, Eric Cantor, lost his primary in Virginia. Cantor will step down as majority leader on July 31. McCarthy defeated Idaho's Raul Labrador for the position.
McCarthy, who is currently the majority whip, will be replaced by Steve Scalise of Louisiana as whip. Scalise, the current chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, squared off against Illinois's Peter Roskam, McCarthy's chief deputy whip, and Indiana's Marlin Stutzman. While some expected the voting for majority whip to proceed to a second ballot, Scalise won on the first ballot.
John Boehner remains the House speaker. The House Republicans will hold leadership elections again this November, after the midterm elections.
Fred Barnes writes in the current issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD about what we can expect from a McCarthy-led House of Representatives:
McCarthy’s personality is one of his political strengths, perhaps his greatest. He’s surely the best-liked Republican in the House, at least among Republicans. He was elected in 2006 along with Peter Roskam of Illinois and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. For two decades, he worked for Bill Thomas, a brainy GOP House member, and ran his California office.
The question is, how conservative is he? He’s not a Tea Party Republican, a libertarian, or a neocon. He’s been called “pragmatic,” but that word is so vague as to be meaningless. To me, he’s a conventional conservative like most Republicans, Ronald Reagan included. He rounded up votes to pass Paul Ryan’s budgets, voted against TARP, and won passage of free trade agreements. The Wall Street Journal, while urging Hensarling to run for majority leader, likened McCarthy to Boehner and said he’s “known more for his political than policy chops.” Nothing wrong with that.
Read the whole thing here.
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The Cantor succession. Jun 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39 • By FRED BARNES
Kevin McCarthy won the race to replace Eric Cantor as House majority leader in the blink of an eye. Less than 24 hours after Cantor’s defeat in a Republican primary in Virginia, McCarthy, the majority whip, had amassed enough pledges to be confident of winning the vote for a new Republican leader, short of some unforeseen late challenge.
Eric Cantor’s disaffected constituents throw him out. Jun 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Nancy Russell, the chair of the Hanover County GOP, isn’t shy about saying she supported Rep. Eric Cantor in his Virginia primary race last week. She expected most of her fellow Republicans in the 7th District, which stretches from the northern suburbs of Richmond north and west into the rural counties toward Washington, to do the same. Even so, she had heard neighbor after neighbor say they were fed up with their congressman. “I felt certain Eric was not going to take Hanover,” says Russell.
9:44 PM, Jun 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama made the case at a Democratic fundraiser this evening that Eric Cantor's loss yesterday does not mean that "the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now." Instead, he seems to believe,so-called immigration reform is in reach.
1:42 PM, Jun 11, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
Eric Cantor is expected to announce his plan to resign as House majority leader today, probably at a meeting of all House Republicans. Cantor lost the GOP primary to David Brat, a little-known college professor, in Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District on Tuesday.
1:02 PM, Jun 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Eric Cantor will step down from his position as House majority leader on July 31. The news of his resignation follows his failure to win the Republican nomination for his seat on Tuesday. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza reports:
7:22 AM, Jun 11, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In the New York Times, Jonathan Martin calls David Brat's defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary "one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history."
11:20 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
With their misleading talk about passing an immigration bill this year, Republican leaders are partly to blame for House majority leader Eric Cantor’s defeat at the hands of an unknown college professor.
10:50 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Around 7:00 p.m. this evening, as the polls closed in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, and as a populist, anti-Big Government and anti-Big Business challenger was about to record an amazing upset of the House majority leader in the GOP primary, an email arrived in TWS inboxes.
10:19 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday, Eric Cantor, the Republican congressman from Virginia, became the first sitting House majority leader to lose a primary for reelection. The victor, political newcomer and college professor David Brat, won nearly 56 percent of the vote to win the GOP nomination for the Republican-heavy district around Richmond's northern suburbs and stretching toward Washington.
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4:32 PM, Jun 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Dave Brat, a college professor challenging House majority leader Eric Cantor in next week's Republican primary in Virginia, has a 60-second ad touting his conservative credentials.
"I will fight to defund and repeal Obamacare. I will fight to stop the reckless spending in Washington. I will fight to stop amnesty for illegal immigrants," says Brat, matter-of-factly. "Eric Cantor voted to fund Obamcare. He voted to give President Obama a clean debt ceiling increase in this past January, and he is pushing for amnesty for illegal immigrants." Watch the ad below:
3:02 PM, Mar 27, 2014 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
As Vladimir Putin reminds us that hard power, military power – not “soft” or “smart” power – is the ultima ratio in international affairs, who speaks for the Republican party?