Bill Kristol on McCarthy's Succession of Cantor: 'Unfortunate'

Bill Kristol on McCarthy's Succession of Cantor: 'Unfortunate'

In an interview with Breitbart News following Monday night’s New York Meeting, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said that the 2014 election, as represented by Eric Cantor’s primary loss to little known David Brat could represent a sea change in the business as usual Congress. 

“I’m very encouraged by what happened in Virginia in the 7th Congressional District,” Kristol said. “I know Eric Cantor, and I like him, but I think the sense among voters that it’s time for a change, it’s time for mainstream, middle-America message. That really came through in the Virginia primary.”

It remains unclear whether Republicans in the House have heard that message. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), seen as an “establishment” candidate, and close friend of Eric Cantor, and amnesty proponent, is projected to replace Cantor as the House Leader. Kristol calls this development “unfortunate.”

“It seems to send the signal that what happened in VA7 didn’t matter, then next guys just stepped up…new boss, same as the old boss.”

Kristol went on to say that it’s imperative that Republicans champion a strong America, and not “accept an American decline.”

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