Those looking to explain House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss need look no further than The Post’s reporting that Tuesday “he spent the morning at a Starbucks on Capitol Hill, holding a fundraising meeting with lobbyists while his constituents went to the polls” [“Cantor loses in primary shocker,” front page, June 11]. Such displays of arrogance are rarely rewarded by those who are being ignored. While Mr. Cantor was working to ascend even higher in the GOP House leadership, his constituents were making other plans.
Stephen Anderson, Locust Grove, Va.
Maybe the defeat of Eric Cantor will send a message to the Republican Party to stop whining about the president all the time and do something constructive for the country. We are not a dictatorship, and Congress cannot blame the president for the gridlock in the legislative branch of government. Republicans in Congress need to put up or shut up. We are tired of the blame game.
Thomas Vitanza, Virginia Beach
The Post and other mainstream media that set the political agenda unwittingly help the tea party when they refer to candidates such as David Brat as “conservative.” Eric Cantor’s conservative credentials were impeccable. He was beaten by a far-right candidate as radical in his way as the leftist radicals of the 1960s were in theirs. The only difference is that the left-wing radicals labeled themselves honestly. Most tea partyers do not.
Michael L. Millenson, Highland Park, Ill.
As a D.C. resident, I am jealous that the voters in Eric Cantor’s district could vote him out of office. I wish I had the power to do anything as loony as keeping someone who could have been the next speaker of the House from representing me. I yearn for the days when we in the District have the opportunity to vote against our economic self-interest in the House and the Senate.
Mark Wolfe, Washington