After finding out that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) had lost in the Virginia GOP Primary by Tea Party-backed Dave Brat, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is now saying that the 2014 midterm elections are a “whole new ballgame.”
Pelosi, worried about not regaining the majority in the House, said that the Cantor upset shows that the Republican Party is being pulled farther to the right.
“Eric Cantor has long been the face of House Republicans’ extreme policies, debilitating dysfunction and manufactured crises. Tonight is a major victory for the Tea Party as they yet again pull the Republican Party further to the radical right,” she said in a statement.
The California Democrat added, “As far as the midterms elections are concerned, it’s a whole new ballgame.”
Pelosi, who is up for re-election in her own state in 2014, says she is hopeful that the Democrats can win back the House come November, though this is highly unlikely, even the Washington establishment acknowledge it.
Brat will now face Jack Trammell, who is a professor at Randolph-Macon College, in the 7th District of VA. However, a win for Trammell is also believed to be unlikely, as the district normally leans Republican.