Cantor loss likely means no way immigration reform proceeds this summer. Rank and file, already uneasy, won't go for it.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) June 11, 2014
Immigration was a major issue in Dave Brat’s successful campaign against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Specifically, Cantor supports amnesty; Brat opposes it.
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer says Brat’s victory tonight ensures “immigration reform” (by which he means amnesty, though he doesn’t call it that) is dead in the water.
Cantor’s defeat is all about immigration. A vast gulf has opened up between certain Republican leaders, like Cantor and Paul Ryan, who seemingly are doing the bidding of corporate interests that would like to drive down wages, and the Republican rank and file.
So does The New Republic:
The immediate policy implications of this are clear: Immigration reform is completely dead. It was a very longshot before Tuesday night. Now, it’s 100 percent over. Cantor’s loss shows how toxic the subject is for any incumbent Republican.
And Miami Herald political writer Marc Caputo:
The No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House is a goner.
And amid the ashes of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking defeat Tuesday, comprehensive immigration reform smolders.
And countless others on both Left and Right:
Does Cantor's loss completely end the chance of immigration reform in this Congress? Surely it has: http://t.co/V6QGUhCec5
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) June 11, 2014
Cantor loss will be analyzed every which way but those R's who engage immigration reform must be seen at risk.
— Nina Easton (@NinaEaston) June 11, 2014
If Cantor goes down, so does immigration reform.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 10, 2014
Amnesty supporters are spinning. Hard:
Cantor's problem wasn't his position on immigration reform, it was his lack of a position. Graham wrote and passed a bill and is winning big
— Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44) June 11, 2014
Even Cantor with an anti-immigrant position lost for not being extreme enough. Bad news for immigration reform and for the GOP in 2016
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) June 11, 2014
“Anti-immigrant”? Cantor? Um…
Bless their Open Borders hearts.
Editor’s note: This post was edited to correct the name of Miami Herald political writer Marc (not Eric) Caputo. Twitchy regrets the error.