Great news, everyone: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has lost his primary unexpectedly and decisively to a teabagger. Not that the teabagger, a man unfortunately named David Brat, would be any better, and I doubt the next Republican House Leader will be much of an improvement on Mr. Cantor, but at least we'll have one fewer extreme right-winger pretending to be a sensible person and gaining unearned plaudits from the "liberal" media. And Virginia's 7th has slipped from Mr. Cantor's grip a bit in the last two general elections (he didn't make 60% in either one, and 2010, you may recall, was a bit of a wave year for Republicans), so maybe there's an opening for Democrat Jack Trammel -- or Libertarian James Carr.
Ex-U.S. House Rep Toby Moffett (D-CT) defends life as a lobbyist thusly: "You see former quarterbacks and all-star baseball players just moving seamlessly into the media and they’re treated with reverence because they know the game. Why wouldn’t the same be true for people who know the political game?" Because it's not a game, you ass.
Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) claims another House Rep told him if he voted a certain way on a certain bill, he would get a $1,200 donation from the Heritage Foundation, adding that if he voted the other way, he'd get a $1,000 donation from an "environmental impact group." He voted the Heritage Foundation way, but apparently never received a donation, and still insists he didn't vote that way with the donation in mind -- which is probably literally true, since, as Mr. McAllister says, life as a House Rep (which won't go on much longer for him, after his little kissing-a-woman-not-your-wife-on-camera moment) basically comprises a "steady cycle of voting for fundraising and money instead of voting for what is right," which suggests that specific bribes may not be all that persuasive. If by some miracle good works start flowing out of him because of his little Damascus moment, I'll be pleased.
Arkansas state legislator, whining about a judge striking down the state's gay marriage ban, wishes America was more like Saudi Arabia, because "(t)hey live under the law that they see fit to live under there" wink-wink. Even worse than his apparent belief that the popular will should be suborned to "the democratic process" -- I mean, why would we want the latter to be the instrument of the former? -- is his suggestion that judges have nothing to do with that process. Ever heard of Jason Rapert before? Me neither. Now let's never speak of him again.
Finally, from the "not so fast" file: Markos Moulitsas does a little victory dance over Karl Rove's apparently waning influence in the campaign finance sphere, given that Mr. Rove's Super PAC, American Crossroads, raised a mere $6 million in the first quarter. I say "not so fast" because Mr. Rove's "non-profit," Crossroads GPS, doesn't have to report a damn thing, so they might be swimming in money for all we know. Also, while Mr. Rove's profligate spending ($175 million!) in 2012 didn't get results, the $72 million his groups spent in 2010 apparently did, and anyway the Democrats never get organized enough for midterm elections. Still, I suppose you could say he's at a crossroads.