UPDATE: GOP in “Chaos” after Tea Party Defeats Majority Leader

John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Jeb Hensarling

Dave Brat’s historic victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has sent shockwaves through the Republican establishment ranks, and the leadership held closed door meetings long into the night in order to sort out the future of the House’s leadership. Robert Costa, reporter for The Washington Post, has been closely following developments.

Cantor was considered next-in-line for the Speaker of the House, the most prominent position in Congress. Instead, he became the first House Majority Leader in American history to lose his primary.

Meanwhile, GOP House Whip Kevin McCarthy met with his aides and is expected to mount a challenge for Cantor’s soon-to-be-vacant position. Representatives Pete Sessions and Cathy McMorris-Rodgers may also be in the running.

At this point it looks like Paul Ryan is not interested in the job.

Let’s not forget to ask what the anti-Tea Party Congressman from New York has to say about Cantor’s defeat.

How the Republican leadership responds to the Cantor loss could be indicative of their strategy going forward. If the GOP retains control of the House in 2014, a challenge to John Boehner’s speakership may also be on the table.

The Tea Party’s victories in Nebraska, Iowa, Mississippi, and now Virginia may be indicative of a grassroots sentiment that is looking for conservative leadership that will strive to restore limited government in Washington.


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