There was the realization.
Brat spent about $150K in this race, Cantor more than $5 mill. This is just stunning.— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) June 11, 2014
This Cantor loss is SEISMICALLY large. Can't remember when I have been so surprised.— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) June 11, 2014
Yes, you read that right. No sitting House Majority Leader has lost since 1899.— Emily Cahn (@CahnEmily) June 11, 2014
There were the "holy crap" tweets.
There was glee — from the left and the right.
Rule of thumb: if you’re butt hurt over Cantor, you might be in the establishment.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 11, 2014
It looks like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his re-election in the GOP primary in Virginia today!— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) June 11, 2014
There were jokes.
Rains of Castamere now playing at Eric Cantor campaign HQ.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) June 10, 2014
And then finally, there was much analysis.
Cantor's friends are FURIOUS, said he was told by consultants that he was up 20-30 points, didn't need to worry...— Robert Costa (@costareports) June 11, 2014
My mother just asked me if Cantor might be a good candidate for deputy director of the Va. tobacco commission. She notes the job is open.— Rosalind Helderman (@PostRoz) June 11, 2014
Cantor can still run as a write-in candidate, broader electorate in Nov., but wow, he has decisions to make— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) June 11, 2014
Trying to explain significance of Cantor loss to non-political friend. Best I can do: "It's like a 16 seed upsetting a 1 seed."— Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) June 11, 2014
The Establishment can mock the Tea Party all they want for not winning every challenge, but even if Tea Party goes 1-99, you might be the 1.— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) June 11, 2014
Here's an idea. Since nobody predicted the Cantor loss, maybe we should be a bit modest about predicting its consequences.— John Cassidy (@TNYJohnCassidy) June 11, 2014