Republicans seek answers
Republicans, including the vanquished majority leader himself, on Sunday considered Rep. Eric Cantor's primary loss last week to a little-known tea party challenger and what it means for the GOP heading forward.Stunned.
The monumental rejection of House Republicans' No. 2 lawmaker left many in Washington stunned
and searching for a way to prevent another upset.The Republican party must do everything possible to prevent rank-and-file Republicans from determining who will be their candidate for a Congressional seat.
At least we know what the answer is not.
"I know it's our inclination to look at races and suggest that somehow a national movement is causing what occurs," Romney said.Graham knows the true stakes here.
Instead, Romney and others urged, party leaders need to consider all of the factors that went into Cantor's loss.
"I don't think Eric got beat because of his stand on immigration. I think he got beat because of his lack of defining himself on immigration," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Graham faced much the same criticism that Cantor faced over stalled immigration proposals but spent heavily, campaigned hard and avoided a runoff against a crowded field of underfunded rivals.Yes, senator. Yes, indeed.
"Politics is war in another form," Graham said.
At this point, it's just dress rehearsal for the civil war.