Eric Cantor’s loss in the Virginia Republican primary was clearly an embarrassing one for the House majority leader. The election was decided by 7,212 votes out of 65,008 cast. In light of this result, pundits immediately declared that discussions regarding immigration reform, minimum pay, climate change, tax reform, etc. are off the table because members of Mr. Cantor’s caucus will be unwilling to support issues which might displease their Tea Party constituents.
If this analysis is correct, 7,212 people in the suburbs of Richmond, the civil war capital of the confederacy, have decided the course of Congress for the near future. Where does that leave the rest of us? Watching paint dry until the November elections?