Tea Party victory was by default
To the editor:
The recent defeat of an incumbent and top government official in Virginia’s GOP primary, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is widely hailed as a Tea Party victory. Not really and certainly not by will of the majority.
Cantor’s defeat is symptomatic of U.S. electorate apathy in general and especially in mid-term, non-presidential elections. Cantor won his fifth term in 2012 with support of over 223,000 voters. He was defeated this year by just 36,000 votes for his opponent, Dave Brat, which represents less than 10 percent of all 2012 votes.
Same things happened to the two Colorado state senators who were “fired” by a narrow loss in a recall mostly over their gun-control legislation. Colorado citizens supported that gun legislation and those leading senators by a vast majority, but those supporters failed to turn out at the polls. The lesson, of course, is get out and vote!