June 25th, 2014
09:08 AM ET
5 years ago

5 things we learned from Tuesday's primaries

Washington (CNN) - The establishment struck back.

Two weeks after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss to a little-known and underfunded tea party challenger rocked the Republican Party, incumbent and mainstream GOP candidates came out on top in several high-profile primary showdowns.

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  1. Dead Bear

    I didn't learn anything that I didn't already know previous to last night's primaries. It's common knowledge that the Tea Party is comprised of holier than thou obstructionist brats (funny, considering their new poster boy is actually named Brat) who stamp their feet and scream bloody murder when they don't get their way. Personally, I am glad their man lost (the fool was on record saying he wanted to be the next Ted Cruz) as I really can't stomach another "fiscally responsible" phony whose idea of protecting the freedoms in the Constitution is only speaking up for the freedoms that they like while squashing all the others... Better luck next time, Chris! Now tell all of your followers to stay home in November so the Dems in Mississippi can exact some real change.

    June 25, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Anthony

    Rick and freedom, let's face it, when Democrats show up, Republicans can't win.

    June 25, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Wilkinson

    Nothing surprising. Not even that they are going back to that criminal Rangel. Idiotic yes but surprising no.

    GOP candidates best suited to win in the general election took their primaries so its all fine.

    June 25, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Meanwhile, in less important news, we've learned that the economy contracted 2.9% in the first quarter of 2014, far more than originally "reported".

    Musta been the bad weather. Yeah... that's it. The weather.
    -----------------------------
    ....and if there had been 5% then conservatives would have rolled out the "We Take The Credit" bandwagon.
    You've done it before, back in 2011. Give me a break.

    June 25, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Malory Archer

    Wilkinson
    Nothing surprising. Not even that they are going back to that criminal Rangel.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Last I heard that race was too close to call. Have they called it? Funny, there's nothing on the web about that. You'd think the "librul media" would be all over that!

    June 25, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. just saying

    we learned that the demorcats are scared to death of the tea party. smaller government, adherance to our constitution, fiscal responsibility, a balance budget. absolutely, positively scared to death as it endangers their large government nanny state.

    June 25, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Chris-E...al

    They are all crooks and liars . They got to do to get voted in and that means very little .

    June 25, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Gunderson

    Whazzat?,
    Around and around we go, where we stop, nobody know. Anthony say, When Democrats show up, Republicans can't win. Real Democrats, maybe. Liberal Democrats, maybe. Latest Government statistics. Economy shrink in first quarter 3 some percent. OK. Blame it on the weather. The Tea Party is more conservative than some other politicians. Liberals want to run the country. But they want the conservatives to pay for it. Business has moved off shore because of the climate of liberals and high taxes. The peasants elected a lot of "Crooks", actually being generous as most of those elected officials have been brainwashed and do not understand economics in any sense of the word. They think all they have to do is raise taxes and they are home free. Maybe next report will have economy exploding. Or dead on arrival.

    June 25, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Tommy G

    Anthony
    Rick and freedom, let's face it, when Democrats show up, Republicans can't win.
    --

    Democrats can't win SQUAT without independents and right now independents are totally turned off by Obama's total failure as president.

    June 25, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Dean

    Low-information voters can be fooled every time.

    June 25, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. it must be said

    Dean
    Low-information voters can be fooled every time.
    ---

    Obama is living proof of THAT!!

    June 25, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. smith

    @Anthony-Your half right, the dems do have a block of voters that fail to show up at mid-terms. However, Tommy G has the other half which is the Indy vote.

    June 25, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @just saying
    we learned that the demorcats are scared to death of the tea party. smaller government, adherance to our constitution, fiscal responsibility, a balance budget. absolutely, positively scared to death as it endangers their large government nanny state.
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    We learned that even the mainstream GOP does not want the uncontrolled corporate greed and state theocracy that the Tea Party has to offer.

    June 25, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Donna

    Republicans learned once again that they must stop having open primaries where the deceitful Democrats can come in and sway the election results. It makes absolutely ZERO sense to be allowing that, anywhere, anytime. The treachery on the left is not to be under estimated. Obama and the Democrats have already proven they will lie about our healthcare.

    June 25, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    " Economy shrink in first quarter 3 some percent. OK. Blame it on the weather."

    Actually 2/3 of it was because of lower health care spending. And the economy is growing on pace for expanding 4.0% this quarter. So yeah, economies fluxuate. If you're just learning that, then you haven't been paying attention for the past several decades.

    "Democrats can't win SQUAT without independents and right now independents are totally turned off by Obama's total failure as president.

    Is that why the GOP consistently polls much lower than both him and Dems? Whatever helps you sleep at night, champ.

    June 25, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Anthony

    Tommy G, so where were the independents yesterday? Why did Cochran reach out to Democrats rather than independents?

    June 25, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    Tea Party is not very gracious in defeat. Watch out for some tin foil hat gun owner out there to interpret the latest talk-show rant to make him hear God telling him to go shoot someone. Las Vegas again.

    June 25, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @Tommy G
    Anthony
    Rick and freedom, let's face it, when Democrats show up, Republicans can't win.
    -

    Democrats can't win SQUAT without independents and right now independents are totally turned off by Obama's total failure as president.
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    Good point – Dems succeed by being inclusive of more people (remember The People?),
    while the Tea Party fails by being exclusive and having Purity Tests.

    June 25, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dean says:
    June 25, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am
    Low-information voters can be fooled every time.

    So that explains why the least educated states voted for Mitt. Thanks for clearing that up Dean. 😊😊

    June 25, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    Donna
    Republicans learned once again that they must stop having open primaries where the deceitful Democrats can come in and sway the election results. It makes absolutely ZERO sense to be allowing that, anywhere, anytime. The treachery on the left is not to be under estimated. Obama and the Democrats have already proven they will lie about our healthcare.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Perhaps they should take it up with the voters from MS as THEY are the only ones who can petition for a referendum to be placed on the ballot so voters can VOTE for that change. You're only mad because your guy didn't win.

    June 25, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    smith
    @Anthony-Your half right, the dems do have a block of voters that fail to show up at mid-terms. However, Tommy G has the other half which is the Indy vote.

    Tommy G doesn't have squat. His man McDaniel lost.

    June 25, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Interesting that the conservatives are upset by people voting in an open primary, a system that they control. Interesting how all their talk about adhering to the rules and to the law flies out the window when they don't get the outcome they want.

    June 25, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-lmao, you can twist, turn, spin, and say it different until your face turns blue but 2nd Amend. is not going to defined any other way besides the right to bear arms.
    ---------------------------
    If you were to trouble yourself to pick up a history book, then you'd see that the "government takeover" "right to bear arms" definition pushed by 2nd Amendment fanatics is not only wrong, but it's also treasonous. The 2nd Amendment does not grant people the right to rise up against the government in armed revolt. That's the people at the Bundy ranch talking.

    The 2nd Amendment was the first step taken by the Congress in forming a national militia of volunteers to defend the country. The new nation had no legal framework to create a national army. The phrase "well regulated militia" was given to the authors of the 2nd Amendment by George Washington's State of the Union address.

    June 25, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. salty dog

    Its official, Tommy said so, and we know how smart he is, yikes! Cheer up sport, were doing you a favor, political intervention, your welcome. I do think the gop is in for a BIG surprise, if people show up to vote, you loose, and you know it. I'm expecting some pretty pathetic behavior coming from the gop these next two elections, all sorts of laws to protect us from the non existing voter fraud, the lame excuse you use to suppress votes, look what happened in Florida, when tricky Ricky tried to limit the voting, didn't work out so well, I'm sure the gop thought they would win. The stool pigeon in Pennsylvania said a bit too much, done and done, not so fast sport. I still can't understand why anyone who's not wealthy voting for this type of BS, if you can't win with a big voter turnout, your not representing the majority, and you loose elections. They have zero interest in changing ideology, so they lie and cheat,and blame the other guy for everything, and the ones who think they are morally superior vote gop, knowing all the dirty, underhanded shenanigans they do to stay in power, shameful, and disgusting.

    June 25, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. it must be said

    Sniffit
    -–
    " Economy shrink in first quarter 3 some percent. OK. Blame it on the weather."
    --
    Actually 2/3 of it was because of lower health care spending. And the economy is growing on pace for expanding 4.0% this quarter.
    --

    Oh, so now it's not just the weather and still nothing to be worried about right? Lower healthcare spending? By who? All of the unemployed people or by the millions that now have it paid for by the taxpayer?

    And a 7% swing in the numbers?! Are you SERIOUS?!! Obama has yet to score anything much above 2% let alone 4%. It is WAY too early to be hitting the bottle buddy.

    June 25, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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