By Lynn R. Mitchell
If the June 10th Republican Primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District had involved only Republican voters, Eric Cantor would be continuing as Majority Leader (and possibly preparing to become Speaker), and Dave Brat would be planning fall classes at Randolph-Macon.
In a recent poll, Dave Brat lost among Republicans 51 percent to 49 percent but won among “other” voters 71 percent to 29 percent. Those non-Republican voters flipped the race and proved true a Washington Post piece written by a Democratic operative claiming to have coordinated with the tea party to defeat Eric Cantor (see Democrats help take down Eric Cantor).
By removing Eric Cantor, the tea party certainly made Barack Obama’s day. He must still be laughing because the tea partiers did the job he wanted to do — remove his nemesis, the biggest thorn in his side during his tenure in Washington.
It is time for voter registration by party in Virginia.